Nonfiction to look out for in 2018

Spies, suffragettes and Mary Shelley feature heavily in next year’s nonfiction lists – along with essays from the likes of Zadie Smith, Graham Swift and Amos Oz

Glance even for just a moment at the nonfiction lists for the first half of 2018, and the trends all but leap from the shelf. One can, for instance, see immediately that the three S’s – spies, suffragettes and Mary Shelley – are going to be a thing next year; ditto essays, a form, newly invigorated, that perhaps connects more than most with our frenzied and confused times. But while publishers continue to indulge the trend for books  about reading, they seem to be tiring both of nature writing and traditional biographies (though the juggernaut that is memoir rolls noisily on).

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