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The Twilight World

The Twilight World

Werner Herzog

An extraordinary and captivating story told in exquisite prose; this is the unmade documentary from the pioneer and legendary filmmaker who brought us the mutli-award-winning Grizzly Man

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They (Faber Editions)

They (Faber Editions)

Kay Dick, Carmen Maria Machado

Introduced by Carmen Maria Machado, the radical dystopian classic, lost for forty years: in a nightmarish through-a-glass-darkly Britain, they are coming closer...

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Small Things Like These: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

Small Things Like These: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

Claire Keegan

An exquisite winter tale of courage - and its cost - set in Catholic Ireland.

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We Had to Remove This Post

We Had to Remove This Post

Hanna Bervoets, Emma Rault

For readers of Leila Slimani's Lullaby or Ling Ma's Severance: a tight, propulsive, chilling novel by a rising international star.

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 Read reviewPure Colour

Pure Colour

Sheila Heti

It's about the surrounding world - sky, trees, lakes, stars - and, as Heti writes, 'the world beyond this world', which can be glimpsed in rare moments when something shattering occurs. Pure Colour is a galaxy of a novel:...

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 Read reviewParadais

Paradais

Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes

Author of the acclaimed novel Hurricane Season, Fernanda Melchor leads us into a different kind of hell: paradise

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Recitatif

Recitatif

Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith

A stunning, relevant short story (the only one Toni Morrison wrote), with a new substantial introduction from Zadie Smith

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Burntcoat

Burntcoat

Sarah Hall

An electrifying erotic lockdown novel - from 'a writer of show-stopping genius' (Guardian).

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 Read reviewCold Enough for Snow

Cold Enough for Snow

Jessica Au

Winner of the inaugural Novel Prize, an elegant and subtle exploration of the mysteries of our relationships to others.

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My Phantoms

My Phantoms

Gwendoline Riley

From the prize-winning author of First Love comes an eviscerating account of a toxic mother-daughter bond, grief, and the damage done in the course of a life.

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 Read reviewHeaven

Heaven

Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett, David Boyd

From the bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs and international literary sensation Mieko Kawakami, comes a sharp and illuminating novel about a teenage boy subjected to relentless bullying.

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Winter In Sokcho

Winter In Sokcho

Elisa Shua Dusapin

As if Marguerite Duras wrote Convenience Store Woman--a beautiful, unexpected novel from a debut French-Korean author

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Nostalgia Has Ruined My Life

Nostalgia Has Ruined My Life

Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle

An unnamed young woman in her late twenties navigates unemployment, boredom, chronic illness and online dating

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Assembly

Assembly

Natasha Brown

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A Girl Returned

A Girl Returned

Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Ann Goldstein

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Heatwave

Heatwave

Victor Jestin

Told over the space of a long weekend, this intense and brilliant novel is the story of an adolescent struggling to fit in. Heatwave is a gripping psychological thriller that poses the existential question: Is doing nothing...

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The Disaster Tourist

The Disaster Tourist

Yun Ko-Eun, Lizzie Buehler

A satirical Korean eco-thriller with a fierce feminist sensibility.

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People From My Neighbourhood

People From My Neighbourhood

Hiromi Kawakami (Y), Ted Goossen

From the best-selling author of Strange Weather in Tokyo, here is a collection of playful, delightful, delectable Japanese micro-fiction.

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A Dream Life

A Dream Life

Claire Messud

A jewel of a novel by New York Times bestseller Claire Messud

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 Read reviewWeather

Weather

Jenny Offill (Y)

From the author of Dept. of Speculation, a dazzling and deadpan new novel about hope and despair, fear and comfort as it plays out in these times of environmental and political turbulence

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All Systems Red

All Systems Red

Martha Wells

In a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern.

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Night Blue

Night Blue

Angela O'Keeffe

Potent, haunting and lyrical, Night Blue is a debut novel like no other, a narrative largely told in the voice of the painting Blue Poles. It is a truly original and absorbing approach to revisiting Jackson Pollock and his wife...

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The Union of Synchronised Swimmers

The Union of Synchronised Swimmers

Cristina Sandu

It's summer behind the Iron Curtain, and six girls begin a journey to the Olympics. But will they come back?

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Pizza Girl

Pizza Girl

Jean Kyoung Frazier

Named a most anticipated book of 2020 by Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Time, People, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and more. Perfect for fans of Normal People and Fleabag Great...

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The Death of Francis Bacon

The Death of Francis Bacon

Max Porter

A great painter lies on his deathbed. Max Porter translates into seven extraordinary written pictures the explosive final workings of the artist's mind.     

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The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine

Nicholson Baker

An electrifying and hilarious novel about the mundanity of office life, reissued for Granta Editions.

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 Read reviewJillian

Jillian

Halle Butler

From the author of the The New Me, comes a subversive, hilarious portrait of two colleagues, each more like the other than they would care to admit.

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Ms Ice Sandwich

Ms Ice Sandwich

Mieko Kawakami, Louise Heal Kawai, Jo Walker

New edition of this witty, moving story of adolescent love and loss from the acclaimed, prize- winning author of Breasts and Eggs.

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Summerwater

Summerwater

Sarah Moss

From the acclaimed author of Ghost Wall, Summerwater is a devastating story told over twenty-four hours in the Scottish highlands, and a searing exploration of our capacity for both kinship and cruelty in these divided...

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 Read reviewStrange Hotel

Strange Hotel

Eimear McBride

The new novel from the author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing.

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 Read reviewDolores

Dolores

Lauren Aimee Curtis

On a hot day in late June, a young girl kneels outside a convent, then falls on her face. When the nuns take her in, they name her Dolores.    

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 Read reviewIndelicacy

Indelicacy

Amina Cain

A ghostly feminist fable, Amina Cain's Indelicacy is the story of a woman navigating between gender and class roles to empower herself and fulfill her dreams.

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Lie With Me

Lie With Me

Philippe Besson, Molly Ringwald

A gorgeous coming-of-age love story about two teenage boys in 1980s France.

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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

Max Porter

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of...

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The Incendiaries

The Incendiaries

R. O. Kwon

A powerful, darkly glittering novel about violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young Korean American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea.  

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McGlue

McGlue

Ottessa Moshfegh

Salem, Massachusetts, 1851: McGlue is in the hold, still too drunk to be sure of his name or situation or orientation - he may have killed a man.    

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Heartburn

Heartburn

Nora Ephron

This autobiographical novel by Nora Ephron, Oscar-nominated screenwriter (When Harry Met Sally) and successful director (Sleepless in Seattle), is a bittersweet and very funny book about love and loss. Published as part of a...

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Napoleon's Beekeeper

Napoleon’s Beekeeper

José Luis de Juan, Elizabeth Bryer

In his novella, José Luis de Juan meticulously interweaves historical sources with an imagining of the lives of two very different men, one a humble apiarist on an island, the other - also born on an island - who aspires to...

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Ghost Wall

Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss

Teenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life. Haunting Silvie's...

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 Read reviewLeaving the Atocha Station

Leaving the Atocha Station

Ben Lerner (Y)

Veering between the comic and tragic, the self-contemptuous and the inspired, Leaving the Atocha Station is a dazzling introduction to one of the smartest, funniest and most audacious writers of a generation.

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A Slipping Down Life

A Slipping Down Life

Anne Tyler

In a small Southern town teenager Evie Decker becomes obsessed with local rock singer Bertram 'Drumstrings' Casey, and decides to take her life into her own hands. When she carves his name on her forehead their two lives become...

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The Vegetarian: A Novel

The Vegetarian: A Novel

Han Kang, Deborah Smith

A trangressive, unsettling novel in three acts, about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul

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Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation

Jenny Offill

The second novel from an LA Times First Fiction Prize finalist, Dept. of Speculation is an annihilating, electrifying account of marriage and motherhood, love and madness

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 Read reviewCrimson

Crimson

Niviaq Korneliussen, Anna Halager

'One of the Top Ten Nordic fiction books' - Sjon, Guardian; 'A work of a striking modern sensibility' - New Yorker

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A Pale View of Hills

A Pale View of Hills

Kazuo Ishiguro

Etsuko lives alone in rural England, trying to come to terms with the recent suicide of her daughter. A visit from her other daughter Niki sends Etsuko retreating into the depths of her memory. She finds herself reliving one...

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 Read reviewConvenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori

The surprise smash hit - Japan's answer to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

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Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night

Kent Haruf

From the Folio Prize-shortlisted author of Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction, a stunning novel about finding happiness.

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 Read reviewCrudo

Crudo

Olivia Laing

A blisteringly funny and remarkably tender debut novel from Olivia Laing, one of the finest non-fiction writers of her generation. Winner of the James Tait Black Award 2019, shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize 2018

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Train Dreams

Train Dreams

Denis Johnson

An epic in miniature: a gripping tale of a man's disintegration and his country's transformation, from the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke.

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Annihilation

Annihilation

Jeff VanderMeer

The first volume of the extraordinary Southern Reach trilogy.   

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The Passion

The Passion

Jeanette Winterson

inventive and brilliant' Guardian'As moving and funny as it is skilful, and reflects the author's formidable appetite for life' Sunday Times'A book of great imaginative audacity and assurance...brilliantly physical (and funny)...

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 Special priceThe Sense of an Ending: The classic Booker Prize-winning novel

The Sense of an Ending: The classic Booker Prize-winning novel

Julian Barnes

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. May be Adrian was a little more...

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 Read reviewMy Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout

From Lucy's hospital bed, we are drawn ever more deeply into the emotional complexity of family life, the inescapable power of the past, and the memories - however painful - that bind a family together.

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The Guest Cat

The Guest Cat

Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland

An international bestseller. A charming and wonderful novel about a cat that brings joy into a couple's life

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Sula

Sula

Toni Morrison

As young girls, Nel and Sula shared each other's secrets and dreams in the poor black mid-West of their childhood. Sula is a story of fear - the fear that traps us, justifying itself through perpetual myth and legend.   ...

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We Have Always Lived In The Castle

We Have Always Lived In The Castle

Shirley Jackson

Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the...

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, freethinking ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia...

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Truman Capote

It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany's. And nice girls don't, except, of course, for Holly Golightly: glittering socialite traveller, generally upwards, sometimes...

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