First the bad news. Amitav Ghosh’s last instalment of the Ibis trilogy and Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Girl will not be written in 2014.
But there is plenty that will be. After all those years, English August, er, Upamanyu Chatterjee will come up with Fairy Tales at Fifty. Allen Sealy too will be writing the intriguing The Small Wild Goose Pagoda after about a decade and Shashi Tharoor will get back to fiction with Border Crossing. The Lives of Others by Neel Chatterjee, on a Bengali family in decay, No Country by Kalyan Ray, a piece of historical fiction voyaging from New York to Ireland to Bengal to Canada, the much-awaited Idris by Anita Nair and The Gypsy Goddess by Meena Kandaswamy are some of the interesting Indian fiction that will come out soon.
Nobel winner Mo Yan’s Frog, Haruki Murakami’s The Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Kamila Shamsie’s A God In Every Stone, Hanief Kureshi’s The Last Word, David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, Sarah Waters’s The Paying Guest will be the big international titles.