Penguin’s 2015 reading list

Your next great read . . .

With 2015 just around the corner, it’s time to start looking ahead at some of the new books and authors that could make it big next year. Here’s our guide to your next great read:

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Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Emma Hooper
29 January 2015

Described by the author as a “love letter to her homeland, the Canadian prairies”, this truly moving debut beautifully – and with humour and magic – explores the themes of regret and love and the roads not taken.

Etta’s greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two she gets up very early one morning, takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 2,000 miles to water. Meanwhile her husband Otto waits patiently at home, left only with his memories.

Robert Macfarlane
5 March 2015

An utterly joyous meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Old Ways.

Landmarks is a field guide to the literature of nature, and contains a glossary comprising thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather. With this book, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a vital means of coming to love it.

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Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
26 February 2015

The most impossible-to-put-down novel you will read this year; this is the story of a girl named Peggy and a magical, strange, secret house in the forest. Peggy’s survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything. She is not seen again for another nine years.

The World Beyond Your Head: How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction
Matthew Crawford
9 April 2015

From one of the most influential thinkers of our time this is an essential manifesto on flourishing in the modern world; The World Beyond Your Head investigates the challenge of mastering one’s own mind. With ever-increasing demands on our attention, how do we focus on what’s really important in our lives? Perfect for anyone suffering from tech burnout!

2014 also had stacks of great books, so if you need some more suggestion then take a look at the Penguin best sellers from 2014.


Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

How to be Both by Ali Smith


Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe

Mr Bones by Paul Theroux


Elsa Schiaparelli by Meryle Secrest

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey


The Book of Gold Leaves by Mirza Waheed

A Delicate Truth by John le Carre


One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook


Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak


Walking Home by Clare Balding

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