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10 new books the RUSSH team will be reading in 2021

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There's an unparalleled luxury associated with an uninterrupted afternoon nestled in the hearty pages of an excellent book. If there's been one silver-lining that has resulted from this disruptive year, it's been the chance to indulge in such an activity more than ever before. If like us, you've exhausted the list of 2020 new releases, look to the year ahead and find your next read in our round-up of new books to read in 2021.

What can we expect from 2021's most anticipated books? A mix of brilliant fiction and honest insights into the lives of some of the world's most prominent figures – most notably, that of the late Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Read ahead for the 10 new books the RUSSH team is adding to their reading list in 2021, and details on where you can pre-order them, now.


Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion


Joan Didion book


It's no secret that the RUSSH team are big fans of iconic American writer, Joan Didion. You could imagine then, how thrilled we were to discover that she is publishing 12 previously uncollected essays in Let Me Tell You What I Mean. The essays will be mostly drawn from the early stages of her five-decade career.

Pre-order the book here.


The Push by Ashley Audrain


Take a deep-dive into Ashley Audrain's psychological drama about motherhood, where main character Blythe realises that her experience is nothing at all what she had hoped for – and everything she feared. An utterly immersive novel you're sure to read in one sitting.

Pre-order the book here.


This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith

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A cathartic novel about a life-changing weekend shared between two strangers, This Close to Okay will have you enthralled in the story of Emmett and Tallie – with each character revealing the truths behind that monumental weekend from their own perspectives.

Pre-order the book here.


Kink: Stories edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell


Kink: Stories book


A ground-breaking anthology of literary short fiction exploring love and desire, BDSM, and interests across the sexual spectrum, Kink: Stories edited by bestselling author R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, is a must-read on our list.

Pre-order the book here.


Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins


New York Times best-selling novelist Morgan Jerkins makes her fictional debut with Caul Baby. Following the tale of a woman named Laila, desperate to become a mother, she turns to the Melancons, an old and powerful Harlem family known for their caul, a precious layer of skin that is the secret source of their healing power. What follows is a story of heartbreak, identity and familial connection.

Pre-order the book here.


Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue by Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Amanda L. Tyler


Ruth Badger Ginsburg book


An insight into the personal life and life-long career of the immortalised Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue, is an unmissable read in 2021. Need we say more?

Pre-order the book here.


Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay



Calling all true crime buffs, Every Last Fear will have you gripped from start to finish. Main character Matt Pine becomes caught-up in the world of dark mystery, after his infamous family are suspiciously killed by an apparent gas leak. Sounds right up our alley.

Pre-order the book here.


Later by Stephen King


Later Stephen King


Prolific novelist Stephen King has returns with another instalment in his crime-horror repertoire, Later. The premise of his latest novel lies in the story of Jamie Conklin, a young boy who simply wants to live a normal life. However, his special abilities make him an asset to an NYPD detective trying to stop a killer who is threatening to cause mayhem.

Pre-order the book here.


While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams


Stacey Abrams novel


If you've been following American politics, you certainly know the name Stacey Abrams. There's truly nothing Abrams can't do, including now, writing a compelling thriller. While Justice Sleeps Avery Keene, a young clerk for the fictional Justice Howard Wynn, who becomes his legal guardian and power of attorney when he slips into a coma. From here, Keene discovers a string of scandals Washington is trying desperately to conceal.

Pre-order the book here.


You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes


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No matter how much we'd like to deny it, hit-psychological thriller, You, is impossible not to love. Confirming the show's success, original author Caroline Kepnes is releasing her third book in the You franchise, and we can hardly wait.

Pre-order the book here.


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