‘I loved this novel’s brain and heart, its hidden traps, sheer propulsion, ingenious world-building and the purity of its commitment to luminous ideas’
DAVID MITCHELL, AUTHOR OF CLOUD ATLAS
‘A first-rate speculative thriller, by turns fascinating, brutal, powerful, and redemptive’
JEFF VANDERMEER, AUTHOR OF ANNIHILATION
There’s something in the water of Con Dao.
To the locals, a monster.
To the corporate owners of the island, an opportunity.
To the team of three sent to study and protect, a revelation.
Their minds are unlike ours.
Their bodies are malleable, transformable, shifting.
They can communicate.
And they want us to leave.
When pioneering marine biologist Dr. Ha Nguyen is offered the chance to travel to the remote Con Dao Archipelago to investigate a highly intelligent, dangerous octopus species, she doesn’t pause long enough to look at the fine print. DIANIMA- a transnational tech corporation best known for its groundbreaking work in artificial intelligence – has purchased the islands, evacuated their population and sealed the archipelago off from the world so that Nguyen can focus on her research.
But the stakes are high: the octopuses hold the key to unprecedented breakthroughs in extrahuman intelligence and there are vast fortunes to be made by whoever can take advantage of their advancements. And as Dr. Nguyen struggles to communicate with the newly discovered species, forces larger than DIANIMA close in to seize the octopuses for themselves.
But no one has yet asked the octopuses what they think. And what they might do about it.
‘Although he writes about queer lives and loves in Nigeria, Arinze Ifeakandu’s voice is sensually alert to the human and universal in every situation. These quietly transgressive stories are the work of a brilliant new talent’
DAMON GALGUT, Booker Prize-winning author of The Promise
‘Contemporary love stories with moments of real surprise and revelation‘
BRANDON TAYLOR, author of Real Life
‘Gorgeous… A hugely impressive collection, full of subtlety, wisdom and heart’
SARAH WATERS, author of Fingersmith
‘Captures the tenderness and tumult of queer love, familial love, self-love, and the many ways love elates and eludes us…. Masterful. What a glorious collection!’
DEESHA PHILYAW, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
‘Magic in motion… A staggering, heartshattering show’
ELOGHOSA OSUNDE, author of Vagabonds!
‘Raw tender grace… A serious literary talent has emerged’
COLM TÓIBÍN, author of The Magician
‘Quite simply a tour de force’
SARAH HALL, author of Burntcoat
In this stunning debut from one of Nigeria’s most promising young writers, the stakes of love meet a society in flux
A man revisits the university campus where he lost his first love, aware now of what he couldn’t understand then. A daughter returns home to Lagos after the death of her father, where she must face her past – and future -relationship with his longtime partner. A young musician rises to fame at the risk of losing himself and the man who loves him.
Generations collide, families break and are remade, languages and cultures intertwine, and lovers find their ways to futures; from childhood through adulthood; on university campuses, city centres, and neighbourhoods where church bells mingle with the morning call to prayer.
These nine stories of queer male intimacy brim with simmering secrecy, ecstasy, loneliness and love in their depictions of what it means to be gay in contemporary Nigeria.
WHAT IF THE FAMILY YOU WANT…
…ISN’T THE FAMILY YOU NEED?
‘It was up to her now; everything was up to her;
she needed only to make a choice and step towards it,
out from the shadows and into the light.’
At forty-three, Christina Lennox thought her future was settled: marriage to Ed, children, a house of their own.
But this is not that future: her marriage has ended, fractured by the stress of five rounds of IVF and two miscarriages. Overwhelmed by grief and disappointment, Ed has relocated to San Francisco and Christina’s dream of becoming a mother rests on persuading him to let her go ahead with one final round of IVF, using the last frozen embryo they have stored at the clinic.
But when Ed drops a bombshell that threatens to undo everything Christina has strived for, she is forced, once again, to realign her plans.
Is this the end of her dream, or an opportunity to consider a different – perhaps happier – version of her future?
‘No other thriller writer can make you break into a sweat and break your heart at the same time’
Leyli Maal is a beautiful Malian woman, mother of three, living in a tiny apartment on the outskirts of Marseille.
Her quiet life as a well-integrated immigrant is suddenly shaken when her beautiful eldest daughter, Bamby, becomes the main suspect in two murders linked to a lethal illegal immigration racket.
Is Bamby really involved? And why is everyone desperate to get their hands on Leyli’s mysterious red notebook?
‘An extraordinary novel, spiny and delicate, scathingly funny and wildly moving’
Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
‘Sarah Thankam Mathews’ prose is undeniable . . . she captures the sneaky, unsaying parts of longing’
Raven Leilani, author of Luster
‘Some books are merely luminous . . . this one is iridescent’
Susan Choi, author of Trust Exercise
‘This is not a story about work or precarity. I am trying, late in the evening, to say something about love, which for many of us is not separable from the other shit.’
This is a novel about being young in the 21st century.
About being called a ‘rockstar’ by your boss because of your Excel skills.
About staying up too late buying furniture online, despite the threat of eviction hanging over you.
About feeling like all your choices are mortgaged to the parents that made your life possible.
About the excitement of moving to a new city: about gay bars, house parties and new romances.
About a group of friends – about Sneha, Tig and Thom – and how that can become a family.
About love and sex and hope.
About knowing that all this could be different.
ONE OF THE BBC ‘100 NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD’
‘A lush celebration of all that it means to be a black female’
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
‘A story about Black women living in the intersections of racialized and gendered violence, who find liberation through community with each other. A brutal and beautiful novel’
‘Every single time I read this book, I walk away as a slightly better person than I was when I picked it up’
‘I think that The Color Purple was the first book that made me think that I could try to be a writer – or that made me aware that a young black woman from the South could write about the South’
‘I got the book and read it, in one day, when it came out. And then I went back, the next day, and bought every copy they had’
Sisters Celie and Nettie share the pain and struggle of growing up as African American women in early twentieh-century rural Georgia. Forced into an abusive marriage, at least Celie can offer Nettie refuge from their violent father in her new home – until Nettie catches the attention of Celie’s husband and is forced to leave and forge her own journey.
Through a series of letters spanning twenty years – first from Celie to God, then between the two sisters – they manage to sustain their hope in each other across time, distance and silence, in a triumph of resilience, bravery and ultimately, love.
‘Indelibly affecting… Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer’
New York Times
‘One of the great books of our time’
‘A work to stand beside literature of any time and place’
San Francisco Chronicle
Translated by Julia Sanches.
‘A rich and prophetic world of women and low, grey clouds that merge with the sea. Pure poetry’ Pilar Quintana
‘Andrea Abreu is a lively meteorite in the landscape of Hispanic Literature’ Fernanda Melchor
‘I am overwhelmed. What a marvellous book, what a miracle’ Sara Mesa
It is June and our ten-year-old heroine is sad. She knows she will not get to leave her neighbourhood that summer, and the beach is far, far away. And that clouds like the bottom of a donkey’s belly will hover all summer over her town, high among the volcanoes of northern Tenerife. But she has a best friend, Isora.
And she likes everything about Isora. The colour of her arms and her hair and her eyes. Her handwriting and the way she writes the letter g with a huge tail. The way she calls her Shit because poop is a beautiful thing like the mist round the pines.
But she envies her too. Envies her grits and gut. The way she talks to grown-ups. The fact that she has got her period and pubes on her minky.
As the summer goes on, she finds it increasingly hard to keep up with Isora – growing up at full tilt without her. When the narrator’s submissiveness veers into obsession, desire becomes indistinguishable from intimate violence.
Braiding prose poetry with bachata lyrics and the gritty humour of Canary dialect, Dogs of Summer is a brutal picture of girlhood in the nineties and a story of a friendship that simmers into erotic desire over the course of one hot summer.
‘The most exquisite kind of literature… I’ve put it on a special shelf in my library that I reserve for books that demand to be revisited every now and then. ‘
OLGA TOKARCZUK, author of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
‘Could not be more timely… It’s funny and absurd, but it’s also frightening, because even as Gospodinov plays with the idea as fiction, the reader begins to recognise something rather closer to home… A writer of great warmth as well as skill‘
‘In equal measure playful and profound, Time Shelter renders the philosophical mesmerizing, and the everyday extraordinary. I loved it’
CLAIRE MESSUD, author of The Woman Upstairs
‘A genrebusting novel of ideas… Gospodinov’s vision of tomorrow is the nightmare from which Europe knows it must awake. And accident, in combination with the book’s own merits, may just have created a classic’
‘Gospodinov is one of Europe’s most fascinating and irreplaceable novelists, and this his most expansive, soulful and mind-bending book’
DAVE EGGERS, author of The Circle
‘Touching and intelligent’
NEW YORK TIMES
‘A powerful and brilliant novel: clear-sighted, foreboding, enigmatic’
SANDRO VERONESI, author of The Hummingbird
‘An immensely enjoyable book which achieves depth with an affable narrative voice’
In Time Shelter, an enigmatic flâneur named Gaustine opens a ‘clinic for the past’ that offers a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers: each floor reproduces a decade in minute detail, transporting patients back in time.
As Gaustine’s assistant, the unnamed narrator is tasked with collecting the flotsam and jetsam of the past, from 1960s furniture and 1940s shirt buttons to scents and even afternoon light. But as the rooms become more convincing, an increasing number of healthy people seek out the clinic as a ‘time shelter’, hoping to escape from the horrors of our present – a development that results in an unexpected conundrum when the past begins to invade the present.
Intricately crafted, and eloquently translated by Angela Rodel, Time Shelter cements Georgi Gospodinov’s reputation as one of the indispensable writers of our times, a major voice in international literature.
Georgi Gospodinov is one of Europe’s most acclaimed writers. Originally from Bulgaria, his novels have won his country’s most prestigious literary prize twice and have been shortlisted for more than a dozen international prizes – including the 2015 PEN Literary Award for Translation, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the Premio Strega Europeo, the Bruecke Berlin Preis, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Literaturpreis. He has won the 2016 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the 2019 Angelus Literature Central Europe Prize and the 2021 Premio Strega Europeo, among others.
Translated by Anton Hur
‘Mesmerising, dreamlike and prescient in its sharpness and attentiveness to the dynamics between women and the male and female gaze’ Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
‘Darkly beautiful, VIOLETS explores the toll of abandonment and relentless marginalisation’ Frances Cha, author of If I Had Your Face
‘Violets lavishes attention on the kind of person who often slips through the cracks, unseen or ignored. There is a beauty and a bravery in speaking for small lives’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You
‘Has a way of seeing past the smooth surface of societal appearance and into the fragile, obscure psychological space that lies just beneath’ Alexandra Kleenman, author of Something New Under the Sun
‘An intimate portrait of isolation and unspoken desire. Darkly poetic, dreamlike and meditative’ Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile
South Korea, 1970.
San is a lonely child, ostracised from her community. She soon finds a friend in a girl called Namae, until one afternoon changes everything. Following a moment of intimacy in a minari field, Namae violently rejects San, setting her on a troubling path.
We next meet San, aged twenty-two, when she happens upon a job at a flower shop in Seoul’s bustling city centre. Over the course of one hazy, volatile summer, San is introduced to a curious cast of characters – the mute shop owner, a brash co-worker, kind farmers and aggressive customers – and fuelled by a quiet desperation to jump-start her life, she plunges headfirst into obsession with a passing magazine photographer. Throughout it all, San’s moment with Namae continues to linger in the back of her mind.
A story of thwarted desire, misogyny and erasure, Violets reveals the high stakes involved in one woman’s desperate search for both autonomy and attachment in an unforgiving society.
‘Talent is rare, which is why I let out a big yippee reading Andrew Lipstein’s Last Resort… Excellent’
‘You won’t read a more brilliantly executed literary romp this year’
‘A funny, fast-paced literary satire’
‘Incredibly entertaining… Lipstein milks the comedy of [his character’s] traits almost as well as Kingsley Amis did in Lucky Jim‘
New York Times, Editor’s Choice
‘If you’ve ever wondered where writers get their ideas from, Last Resort is wicked fun… A deliciously absurd comedy about literary fame’
‘One of the best endings in recent memory… You’ll think about Last Resort for weeks after you read the last pages’
Los Angeles Times
‘So horribly delicious that the reader won’t even dream of looking away’
LitHub, Most Anticipated Books of 2022
‘If Less by Andrew Sean Greer left a hole in your life, good news: Last Resort will fill it. Fast and funny, it feels like a backstage pass to the book world’
Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss
‘Fun and witty… Caleb Horowitz is exactly the kind of character I love to hate’
Claire Fuller, Costa Novel Award winner of Unsettled Ground
‘Wickedly funny: I loved it’
Patrick Gale, author of Mother’s Boy
‘A rare accomplishment: a novel of ideas – about art, authorship, money, ethics – with the momentum of a great thriller’
Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind
When a bestseller-to-be cuts too close to reality, its author must make a Faustian bargain – both on the page and in real life
Caleb Horowitz is twenty-seven, and his wildest dreams are about to come true. His manuscript has caught the attention of the literary agent, who offers him fame, fortune and a taste of the literary life. He can’t wait for his book to be shopped around to every editor in New York, except one: Avi Dietsch, a college rival and the novel’s ‘inspiration.’
When Avi gets his hands on the manuscript, he sees nothing but theft – and opportunity. And so Caleb is forced to make a Faustian bargain, one that tests his theories of success, ambition and the limits of art.
A blazing debut novel blurring the lines of fact and fiction: a thrilling story of fame, fortune, and impossible choices.
‘Warm and uplifting storytelling: a delightful treat’
Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures
‘If you’re not in the Yuletide mood yet, you will be after this’
‘An ode to the strange and wonderful time that is Christmas’
‘A novel that’s sure to warm the heart of any Scrooge’
‘Tender and moving, Gifts is infused with Christmas magic – that bittersweet mix of joy, yearning, sadness and hope that accompanies the festive season’
‘A gorgeous festive tale… Beautifully written and highly emotionally intelligent’
‘I loved The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett and her new novel is just as wonderful… The ideal warm, bittersweet read to get you in the festive spirit’
‘Full of warmth, poignancy and a huge dose of Christmas spirit’
One Christmas to remember
Maddy runs the bookshop on Market Square. She’s struggling to choose a gift (a watch? a wine subscription? a weekend bag? all too much?) for her old school friend Peter, who’s just moved back from London following a messy divorce.
Peter doesn’t have a clue what to get for his teenage daughter Chloe – furious with her mother, she’s decided to up sticks and move to Kent with him, but he worries that he really doesn’t know her at all.
Chloe wants to buy something special for her grandmother Irene, who lives alone on the other side of town.
Irene doesn’t get out much these days, but she’d really like to find the right gift for Alina, who’s so much more than a carer, really – always stops to chat for a bit, have a cup of tea, even if it makes her late.
And Alina, meanwhile, has her eye on something for…
From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Versions of Us comes a novel about how wonderful and sad and difficult and happy and strange Christmas can be. Stories to inspire, move and comfort.
‘He felt it: the lightness, the expansiveness, the anticipation, the sense that something good was coming. And it was, wasn’t it – though the world was still licking its collective wounds and there was still suffering everywhere, suffering and loneliness and sadness. Despite all this, it was good: it was kindness, it was giving without thought of recompense, it was light in the darkness’
THE WORD-OF-MOUTH INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
‘Born of No Woman proves that fiction can still amaze’
‘A vivid, mesmerizing tale’
‘A choral novel radiating with black light’
Nineteenth-century rural France.
Before he is called to bless the body of a woman at the nearby asylum, Father Gabriel receives a strange, troubling confession: hidden under the woman’s dress he will find the notebooks in which she confided the abuses she suffered and the twisted motivations behind them.
And so Rose’s terrible story comes to light: sold as a teenage girl to a rich man, hidden away in a old manor house deep in the woods and caught in a perverse web, manipulated by those society considers her betters.
A girl whose only escape is to capture her life – in all its devastation and hope – in the pages of her diary…
Translated from the French by Lara Vergnaud
THE HIT NOVEL RECOMMENDED BY FRENCH BOOKSELLERS:
‘The most beautiful French novel of the year’
‘Love at first sight for a book is rare. But this novel left me speechless’
‘Dive in: you’ll come out feeling utterly alive’
‘One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read’
‘The best book I have read for a long time’
‘This story has something powerful, animal, carnal and terrible too. A punch in the gut’