Booklist

Christmas 2023: Fiction

Selected by the Bookshop


From the publisher:
A new collection of short fiction from the critically acclaimed master of the form and winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Lydia Davis‘A trailblazer in the world of short-form prose’ New YorkerLydia Davis is a…

From the publisher:
Translated by Frank WynneTo research his thesis on contemporary agrarian life, anthropology student David Mazon moves from Paris to La Pierre-Saint-Christophe, a village in the marshlands of western France. Determined to capture the essence…

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Truth and fiction. Jamaica and Britain. Who gets to tell their story? Zadie Smith returns with her first historical novel.Kilburn, 1873. The 'Tichborne Trial' has captivated the widowed Scottish housekeeper Mrs Eliza Touchet and all of…

From the publisher:
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2024WINNER OF THE WRITERS’ PRIZE FOR FICTION 2024Carmel had been alone all her life. The baby knew this. They looked at each other, and all of time was there. The baby knew how…

From the publisher:
'Extraordinary.' SUNDAY TIMES'Dazzling.' DEBORAH LEVY'Masterful.' DAILY TELEGRAPHTunde, the man at the centre of this novel, reflects on the places and times of his life, from his West African upbringing to his current work as a teacher of…

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The mesmerising new novel from the twice Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming HomeBOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 ACCORDING TO FINANCIAL TIMES, GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT, TIME MAGAZINE'Levy's lyrical, pitch-perfect prose is…

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A tender masterpiece of love, memory and loss from one of the world's great writers.The life of Sy Baumgartner - noted author, and soon-to-be retired philosophy professor - has been defined by his deep, abiding love for his wife, Anna. Now…

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Translated from Danish by Sophia Hersi Smith and Jennifer RussellA MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2023 IN TIME MAGAZINE , LITHUB, AND THE MILLIONSWINNER OF THE POLITIKEN LITERATURE PRIZEFrom the acclaimed author of The…

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Juan Gay is on his deathbed. He has decided to spend his last days in The Palace: a monumental, fading institution in the desert, which was an asylum in another lifetime. There, a young man tends to this dying soul – someone who Juan…

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Six astronauts rotate in their spacecraft contemplating the world below'A slim, profound study of intimate human fears set against epic vistas'GUARDIAN'Stunning... An uplifting book'SUNDAY TIMESA team of astronauts in the International…

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**Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2023****Chosen as a book to watch out for in 2023 by ​The Times, ​Observer, ​Guardian,​ Irish TImes and ​Scotsman**'An epic the north has long…

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Translated by Jesse Kirkwood'A classic of postwar Japanese crime fiction' ​Financial Times​'It was a puzzle with no solution. But he did not lose heart.'In a rocky cove in the bay of Hakata, the bodies of a young and…

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A profound and explosive novel about a spirited girl alone in the wilderness, trying to surviveA servant girl escapes from a settlement. She carries nothing with her but her wits, a few possessions, and the spark of god that burns hot…

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Sister Perpetue is not to move. She is not to fall asleep. She is to sit, keeping guard over the patient’s room. She has heard the stories of his hunger, which defy belief: that he has eaten all manner of creatures and objects. A…

From the publisher:
BLACKWELL'S BOOK OF THE YEAR'Mesmerising' Sunday Times'Magnificent' Guardian'Monumental' The TelegraphLeigh grew up in Rotterdam, drawn to the waterfront as an escape from her unhappy home life and volatile father. Enchanted…

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A little girl throws up Gloria-Jean’s teeth after an explosion at the custard factory; Pax, Alexander, and Angelo are hypnotically enthralled by a book that promises them enlightenment if they keep their semen inside their bodies;…

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A mother faces a terrible choice in this explosive literary sensation about a dystopian IrelandWINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2023SHORTLISTED FOR THE AN POST IRISH BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023SHORTLISTED FOR THE STREGA EUROPEAN PRIZEA SUNDAY…

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From the author of When We Cease to Understand the World: a dazzling, kaleidoscopic book about the destructive chaos lurking in the history of computing and AI‘Monstrously good… Reads like a dark foundation myth about…

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