1. Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
Iweala's long-awaited follow-up to Beasts of No Nation — the book behind the incredible 2015 film - follows a young Nigerian-American man coming to terms with his sexuality after his parents find gay apps on his phone, which was installed 'playfully' by his white, straight friend. Speak No Evil is a jarring exploration of privilege, sexuality and love that will captivate you from start to finish.
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
This novel is, by no means, new. However, the 2008 New York Times Bestseller has recently been adapted to a period film starring incredible actors including Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell and Katherine Parkinson (watch the trailer here). The film is set to be released on the 19th of April, giving readers plenty of time to indulge themselves in the captivating world of the protagonist, strong-willed author Juliet Ashton, and her visit to the small British island of Guernsey in the wake of WWII in 1946.
3. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Rao's debut novel tells the story of two incredibly close young girls Poornima and Savitha, who are torn apart as adults in devastating circumstances, before fate finds a way to pull them back together through the hardships they face.
4. The Merry Spinster: Tales Of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
An addicting collection of re-vamped folk stories and fairytales, that's equal parts horror and delight. Ortberg gives a dark update to your (former) favourite tales such as Beauty And The Beast and The Little Mermaid, with a strong feminist skew and psychologically thrilling twists.
5. Bring Out The Dog: Stories by Will Mackin
A debut collection of eleven tales from Mackin, a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The depiction of modern warfare draws on his experience and deployments with a special operations task force in Iraq and Afghanistan. The stories in this novel offer a compelling insight to the psychological battles, intense bonds and meaning of life for an elite sliver of the armed forces.
6. The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth
A novel guaranteed to be a hit with fans of Big Little Lies, Hepworth journeys through dark pasts, mysterious neighbours and scandal in the suburbs of Melbourne.
7. Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen
Set in mid-century Maoist China, a family's life is thrown into disarray when nine-year-old San San and her twelve-year-old brother Ah Liam discover their grandmother taking a hammer to a framed portrait of Chairman Mao. Setting off a devastating chain of events, Chen tells the emotional tale of a displaced family as they grapple with an agonizing decision they have made and the consequences it has on their lives.
8. The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
Gloriously funny and poignant, The Cactus introduces us to Susan Green, a 45-year-old woman who's seemingly in-control life begins to unravel in a very messy and, er, prickly way. You will love her.