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:
- Armadillos – a drama set in Texas by debut Scottish novelist P.K. Lynch
- Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John – set in Nigeria
- Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris – five disparate folk meet in Salisbury.
- Girl in Profile by Zillah Bethell – strands three women’s voices, one of whom is Gwen John.
- Hope Farm by Peggy Frew – Life in a 1980s commune in Melbourne.
- Journeyman by Marc Bojanowski – State of the Nation in 2007 USA.
- Ladivine by Marie Ndiaye – a French drama
- Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Nigerian author Sarah Ladipo Manyika.
- My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal discusses race, mental illness, and family through the abandonment of a child.
- Sergio Y by Alexandre Vidal Porto – Brazilian shrink-lit
- Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler – Life in a NYC restaurant.
- The Course of Love by Alain de Botton – only his second novel.
- The Sellout by Paul Beatty – ‘an outrageous racial satire’
- Tremarnock by Emma Burstall – Lives, loves and secrets in a Cornish village
Crime & Thrillers:
- Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson – a Golden-Age style police procedural.
- Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama – Japanese Crime
- The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent
- 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:
- Multitudes by Lucy Caldwell
Annabel, Fiction editor