elizabeth-is-missing-coverThe Guardian have published their feature on new writers to watch out for in the coming year. If you want to stay ahead of the game, then take a look at the names we’re sure to be hearing a lot from over the next few months.

Emma Healey has won the Costa Best First Novel award for her book Elizabeth is Missing and will be entered into the next stage of the prize for Costa Book of the Year. The book features a woman in her eighties struggling with dementia who is determined to figure out where her missing friend Elizabeth is. Healey will face Ali Smith, Helen Macdonald, Jonathan Edwards and Kate Saunders for the top prize in a month’s time.

Waterstones has claimed it will be opening a dozen more shops in the UK following a peak in book buys over the holidays. While e-book sales were dropping and interest in Kindles seemed to be waning, more buyers were actually spending money on print books. Not only Waterstones it seems, independent bookshops have also experienced a successful Christmas season with books like The Miniaturist and H is for Hawk leading the sales.

Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz will be starring in an adaptation of the novel The November Criminals from 2011. The story follows two teenagers who fall in love while investigating a friend’s murder in Washington DC.

Following the tragedy of the Charlie Hebdo shooting last week, the controversial French author Michel Houellebecq, whose latest novel Soumission (Submission) featured on the cover of the magazine, announced he was postponing promotional work for the book, leaving the spotlight with armed guards placed at his publisher’s offices. The book itself is set in 2022 in France where, for the first time in its history, the president is Muslim. So far UK publishers Cornerstone have confirmed that plans for the launch of the novel in September remain unchanged.