Fantastic new books for 2017

Posted on January 16, 2017

Last year was unprecedented for Saraband. The sun shone on Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project, with its Man Booker prize shortlisting and scooping the Saltire Society’s Fiction Book of the Year award. And Chitra Ramaswamy’s Expecting took the Saltire Society’s First Book of the Year Award, with Robin Noble’s Castles in the Mist being shortlisted for the History category, and Karen Lloyd’s The Gathering Tide taking a Lakeland Award.

Then there was Contraband, with top crime fiction from Matt Bendoris, Neil Broadfoot, Shelley Day, Michael Malone, Russel D McLean, Steve Mullins and Douglas Skelton. So, all in all, a great year. And we’re VERY excited about 2017 too, with more fab fiction, crime and non-fiction to come. Here’s a taster of things to come…

For Jean by Catherine Czerkawska (January). A beautiful new collection of Robert Burns’s poems and songs written for his wife, Jean Armour, with selected letters.

Cross Purpose by Claire MacLeary (February). Debut thriller by a new voice for older women in crime fiction. Featuring two middle-aged women fighting crime, Cross Purpose is Scotland’s answer to Happy Valley.

Double Exposure by Brian Johnstone (February). This memoir is a touching story of family secrets, long-lost relatives and childhood in the post-war years.

The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee (March). Naughty 1940s noir from the legendary burlesque queen who was an unlikely early feminist icon.

Ed’s Dead by Russel D McLean (March). A heart-stopping new crime thriller that tells the simple story of Jen, a bookseller and failed writer who accidentally kills her rubbish boyfriend, Ed, leaving her with a body, his big pile of cash and drugs, and the small matter of a hitman on her trail.

Dog Fight by Michael J Malone (April). The return of Kenny O’Neill, the villain with a conscience, who gets caught up in the vicious underground fight scene, where gangs ruthlessly exploit the vulnerable, damaged and the homeless.

And that’s just for starters. Coming later in the year is 2020, a provocative literary thriller by Kenneth Steven that lays bare the soul of Brexit Britain. Then there’s fascinating non-fiction, such as Barry Smith’s exploration of the world’s islands in The Island in Imagination and Experience. Plus, of course, there will be plenty more crime, thriller and mystery surprises from our Contraband imprint.