It’s that time of year again when various media outlets release their ‘Best of’ lists, and we’re extremely proud that our authors have been included in a few of them. Below is a summary of the great places they were included and the great quotes that accompanied their pick.
HEAP HOUSE by Edward Carey
‘a dark and wildly original urban fantasy tale.’
‘Magnificently creepy… Deliciously macabre’
‘Carey in a style reminiscent of Peake’s own, should appeal to ambitious readers seeking richly imagined and more-than-a-little-sinister fantasy.’
‘A desperately clever exploration of class and an indictment of late capitalist modernity, I can’t recommend this book enough.’
ANY OTHER MOUTH by Anneliese Mackintosh
‘cracking… a hot debut… tak[ing] on everything from grief, alcoholism and mental health to gang rape’
‘The pain, the redemption, and above all the humour. This blend of fact and fiction will move you to tears.’
‘skilful, deft writing and a brutally honest insight into grief, mental illness and much more.’
‘Among the most important debuts of the year… by turns funny, affecting, heartening and strange, this is a hugely impressive first book.’
THE THRILL OF IT ALL by Joseph O’Connor
‘THE THRILL OF IT ALL uses layered narrative textures with both serious skill and engaging lightness so that the core drama emerges with clarity and wit.
UNSPEAKABLE THINGS: SEX, LIES AND REVOLUTION by Laurie Penny
'shifts attention away from professional women to those desperately scratching out a living elsewhere in society... This is a call to action.' - Victoria Bateman
'a marvellous ally, especially on those not infrequent days when the internet is a hostile, misogynist place.' - Emma Rees
THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET by Ivan Vladislavic
‘It can be read as Vladislavic’s homage to Nabokov’s Pale Fire and is as imaginatively wild, as brilliantly conceived and written.’
SERIOUS MEN by Manu Joseph
‘a witty arrogance and a weirdness… the funniest, most stylish book I’ve read this year.’
DIVIDED LIVES by Lyndall Gordon
'layered and insightful.'
FALSE RIVER by Dominique Botha
'Beautiful, elegiac prose... touch[es] the heart of our constantly shifting identities, of sadness, memory and hope, of our place in nature, family and history.' - Hamilton Wende
'funny, sad and lyrical' - Lin Sampson
THE FOLLY by Ivan Vladislavic
'bafflingly under appreciated... immaculately-written.. a clever and elegant book that lodges in the mind like a dart.'