Sara Nović’s first novel, Girl at War, is an MFA novel that reads exactly like an MFA novel.
In Camus’ classic novel The Stranger, eerily disaffected protagonist Meursault shoots an ‘Arab’ on a beach. Now, in his brief and passionate work The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud rewrites the tale from the perspective of the nameless Algerians whose lives were transformed, showing how this archetypal example of disaffected outsider literature might appear to the true outsiders in the story.
Originally banned in Iran, and now translated into seven different languages, Parinoush Saniee’s bestselling The Book of Fate follows protagonist Massoumeh as she struggles to keep afloat through five decades of political and social turmoil in Tehran.
Eggshells expresses a Joycean sense of the ordinary as extraordinary. A memorable debut, this novel is not about knowing, but about never assuming to know.
Emma Hooper’s debut novel opens with a letter from wife to husband: ‘Otto,’ writes Etta, ‘I’ve gone. I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there.’
In accessible, anecdotal style, Davies sketches a comprehensive history of happiness promotion.
Fans will be glad that David was the one who put pen to paper, in a memoir as witty and unassuming as the best of Belle and Sebastian’s music.
Instead of preaching about the problems faced by the inhabitants of this marginalised world, Lish simply absorbs us in it. A sprawling, epic read.
In the fashion of Jean Rhys and Maeve Brennan, Bennett has a keen eye for beauty in the midst of loneliness, and there is incredible beauty here.