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On This Day in Literature – 50 Years of January

By January 2, 2017New Releases

Every month we reflect back on the new releases of the past and the books we were patiently awaiting the release of over the last 50 years! Each month we take a look at a book from each decade of the last 50 years, and as we move into a new year that means a new look at the January releases of the last 50 years!

You may remember some of these as they were released and if you were eagerly awaiting them, you may remember the excitement of the release date. It’s an eclectic mix this month, here we go:

January 2007

The Birthday Party – Panos Karnezis

Published in late January 2007, the Birthday Party is a biographical novel looking at life and the excesses of modern living.

The Birthday Party US
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January 1997

Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

This is a favourite with many members of our page, a nonfiction look at the relationship between one man and his dying professor who suffers from ALS, released first in early January 1997.

Tuesdays with Morrie US
Tuesdays with Morrie UK

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January 1987

Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

While Haruki Murakami is one of the most translated authors in the world, Norwegian Wood was one of the first novels to be translated and was first released in Japanese in January 1987.

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January 1977

The Shining – Stephen King

These flashbacks through the years really show us just how long King has been throwing novels our way. The Shining is possibly one of King’s most well-known works, first released on January 28th 1977.

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January 1967

The Mouse and His Child – Russell Hoban

This beautiful children’s book is true classic literature, but I can’t remember the last time I saw a copy of this beautiful tale. A heartbreakingly beautiful book, as enjoyable for adults as children.

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So that’s it, our first 50 years of literature round up for 2017. We hope you enjoyed the nostalgic look back and we’ll be back with February next month!

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