With the exception of SF this issue (we’d love to find some more regular SF reviewers, contact us if interested), we otherwise have a rather splendid mix of recent novels to tempt you with. They are categorised below, or alphabetically listed in the menu. We have a particularly strong batch of translated fiction of all types for you this issue.

Contemporary and 20th C life:

Crime & Thrillers:

Historical Novels:

  • Golden Hill by Francis Spufford – the reknowned non-fiction author’s first novel is a comic adventure set in 18th C New York.
  • Himmler’s Cook by Franz-Olivier Giesbert – a French novel memoir of … Himmler’s cook.
  • The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor – begins in 1666.
  • Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue – an historical novel about tennis by a Mexican author.
  • The Sun King Conspiracy by Yves Jégo and Denis Lépée, this French novel will surely be essential reading for fans of Versailles on TV.
  • The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson – an English governess in 1914 Moscow.

Speculative Fiction & Fantasy:

  • Hystopia by David Means – what if JFK had survived, and the Vietnam War was prolonged?
  • The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery – a dark French fantasy from the author of the Elegance of the Hedgehog.
  • The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood – dystopian novel that won the Australian Stella Prize.

and finally, Short Stories:

Happy Reading!DSCF1910

Annabel, Fiction editor

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