New books soon from King, Coetzee, Messud

Updated: 31 December 2012 13:01

There are new novels from Stephen King, Claire Messud, JM Coetzee and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the way in 2013.

There are new novels from Stephen King, Claire Messud, JM Coetzee and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the way in 2013.

Danny Torrance was the young boy who survived disturbing events in Stephen King's best-selling novel, The Shining. King's much-anticipated sequel, Doctor Sleep, will be published next September, 36 years after The Shining was first published in 1977.

King's third novel, The Shining told the story of the Torrance family, who move to a hotel in the Colorado Rockies. Jack Torrance (famously played by Jack Nicholson in the film) was supposed to be the caretaker there over a winter. But Torrance became possessed by evil spirits, and attacked his family. Danny and his mother Wendy eventually escape. Doctor Sleep takes up the story of Dan Torrance in middle age.

At this point, Dan has been drifting for decades, and is "desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence," according to the synopsis released by King's publisher, Hodder and Stoughton.

Meanwshile, JM Coetzee's first novel in six years, The Childhood of Jesus (Harvill Secker, March) tells the dramatic story of a young refugee, making his way in a new country and coming up against red tape and bureaucracy. It has already been suggested that the book could win Coetzee a third Booker prize. The South African-born novelist has already won the Nobel Prize for literature and his best known novel is the hugely compelling Disgrace.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new work of fiction Americanah (due from Fourth Estate in April), follows a pair of teenage lovers from the author's native Nigeria as they try to start a new life in the USA. Unfortuantely, they are parted by the forces of `homeland security.' Adichie won the 2007 Orange prize for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun and Leaving Cert students in recent years will have studied her novel Purple Hibiscus.

Claire Messud's best-selling novel The Emperor's Children was perhaps the most distinguished of the post-9/11 books. Her new novel The Woman Upstairs will be published by Virago in May. The story is set in Massachussetts, where Messud lives. It concerns a teacher who finds salvation in the works of art which she refuses to show.

Readers may be familiar with Rachel Joyce's debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry which made the coveted 2012 Man Booker shortlist. Her second novel, Perfect (due from Doubleday in July) explores the lives of two young boys marked by a traumatic event which haunts their lives afterwards.