Booklist

Christmas 2021: Essays

Selected by the Bookshop


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533 days in the life of a great European writer."The very first pages are so powerful that you suspect the author must have binned the preceding pages that were needed to climb to such heights" De VolkskrantThough a tireless explorer of…

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With an introduction by Tom McCarthyRenowned internationally for her lyrically unsettling novels Book of Clouds, Asunder and Sea Monsters, the Mexican writer Chloe Aridjis crosses borders in her work as much as she…

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‘Outside my work the thing I care most about is gardening’ wrote George Orwell in 1940. Inspired by her encounter with the surviving roses that Orwell planted in his cottage in Hertfordshire, Rebecca Solnit explores how his…

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In 1935 Rose Macaulay (1881-1958) was a well-established novelist, reviewer, columnist and feminist wit. She was part of the 'intellectual aristocracy' of England, but was also passionately interested in everyday life and its foolishnesses.…

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A collection of provocative and searchingly analytical essays by the author of Bad Behavior, This is Pleasure, and Lost Cat'Mary Gaitskill is willing to think about the problematic with complexity and humanity, and without taking…

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"Darkness is not empty," writes Teju Cole in Black Paper, a collection of essays that meditate on what it means to keep our humanity-and witness the humanity of others-in a time of darkness. Cole is well-known as a master of the essay form,…

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'Ought to become a classic. It is an enshrinement of [Meades's] intense baroque end catholic cleverness' Roger Lewis, The Times'There are more gems in this wonderful book than I could cram into a dozen of these columns' Simon Heffer, Daily…

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The place I went to when I could not speak was also where my voice came from.Part memoir, part manifesto, Some Answers Without Questions is a rigorous and lyrical work of self-investigation. Lavinia Greenlaw sets out to explore…

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'Three bicycles. Seven ghosts. A crumbling apartment block on the hill. Fame. Tenderness. The statue of Peter Pan. Silk. Melancholy. The banana tree. A Pandemic. A love story.'From one of the great thinkers and writers of our time, comes…

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Not a Novel gathers together the best of Jenny Erpenbeck’s non-fiction. Drawing from her 25 years of thinking and writing, the book plots a journey through the works and subjects that have inspired and influenced her. Written…

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A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ní Ghríofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish…

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*A GUARDIAN 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK*'One of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation' - Olivia LaingSo often deployed as a jingoistic, even menacing…

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Why Japan? In Fifty Sounds, winner of the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, Polly Barton attempts to exhaust her obsession with the country she moved to at the age of 21, before eventually becoming a literary translator. From min-min,…

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'Simply one of our most exciting writers' - Observer'A free-wheeling and joyful exploration of the works and lives of a range of artists and thinkers who brought libidinal and creative energy together with spectacular results' - Jack…

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