The Pages We'll Be Turrning in 2011; Looking towards the Best Reads of 2011, Experts Predict a Surge in Scandinavian Crime Fiction Plus Gems from a Wide Range of Other Authors

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Byline: Hannah Stephenson

LONG after Jamie Oliver, Guinness World Records and the plethora of gift books given over the festive season have been put away, readers can look forward to a year of new titles from exciting authors.

Big names for 2011 include thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who is writing the new James Bond novel, Jean M Auel, who brings us The Land Of Painted Caves, the sixth and final instalment of the mega-selling Earth Children series, and Tom Bower, who has written a revealing authorised biography of maverick entrepreneur Bernie Ecclestone.

Tony Blair's former spin doctor, Alastair Campbell, will no doubt be generating headlines with the second volume of his diaries, Power And The People, to be published this month, which opens as Tony Blair enters Downing Street in 1997 and covers a host of political scandals and revelations. r

Meanwhile, in fiction, Scandinavian crime writing is likely to be a major genre next year, predicts Jon Howells, from Waterstone's.

"It's been building over the last few years, and we've seen it crescendo in 2010 with the Stieg Larsson Millennium trilogy being out in paperback, the original Swedish films coming out and now the American remakes on the way.

"We will see other leading Scandinavian writers becoming more popular. Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo is one to watch out for, and is being marketed as the next Stieg Larsson. …