When you consider that January lasted about 17 years it’s quite astonishing how quickly the year is now flying by. March is almost upon us and for us in the Northern Hemisphere, at least, thoughts are turning to springtime. A new month also means a new selection of newly published books and so today we’re taking a look at the best of the March new releases.
For this list we’re concentrating on novels written by adults, and each of the books is out this March. Some are hotly anticipated, others are just likely to catch your eye but they are the novels we think will be the bestsellers this coming month.
This Terrible Beauty – Katrin Schumann
March 1st, 2020
On the windswept shores of an East German island, Bettina Heilstrom struggles to build a life from the ashes. World War II has ended, and her country is torn apart. Longing for a family, she marries Werner, an older bureaucrat who adores her. But after joining the fledgling secret police, he is drawn deep into its dark mission and becomes a dangerous man.
The Night Watchman – Louise Erdrich
March 3rd, 2020
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
Sea of Lost Girls – Carol Goodman
March 3rd, 2020
In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier, Shari Lapena, and Michelle Richmond comes a new thriller from the bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages—a twisty, harrowing story set at a prestigious prep school in which one woman’s carefully hidden past might destroy her future.
The Body Politic – Brian Platzer
March 3rd, 2020
Elegant and perceptive, The Body Politic explores the meaning of commitment, the nature of forgiveness, the way that buried secrets will always find their way to the surface, and how all of it can shift—and eventually erupt—over the course of a life.
The Mirror and the Light – Hilary Mantel
March 10th, 2020
After a long wait, the final book in the Wolf Hall trilogy is out this month and it’s likely to be the bestselling book for March, bringing to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with her peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.
A Thousand Moons – Sebastian Barry
March 19th, 2020
A Thousand Moons is a hotly anticipated novel by Sebastian Barry. Narrated by Winona – the young Lakota orphan adopted by soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole in Days Without End – A Thousand Moons continues Sebastian Barry’s extraordinary fictional exploration of late nineteenth century America.
The City We Became – J. K Jemisin
March 24th, 2020
Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got six. But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.
Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrel
March 31st, 2020
Agnes settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet as Maggie O’Farrell brings to life the inspiration for Britain’s most famous playwright.