Booklist

Claire’s Books of the Year 2023

Selected by Claire Williams


It’s like asking someone to pick their favourite child! How am I supposed to choose my favourite from these, my books of the year? They’re all coming from different directions and have different shapes and flavours, but I think, for the pure dreamy intensity, I responded most strongly to Mrs S by K Patrick, an incredible debut novel where you can definitely feel the poet’s hand in the prose.

From the publisher:
The thrilling debut novel of the summer from the Granta Best Young British NovelistAn Observer Best Debut of the YearA Granta Best Young British Novelist‘I loved this book’ JULIA…

From the publisher:
The stunningly original exploration of pregnancy and childbirth by the acclaimed author of CitizenIn this, the landmark achievement that crowned the first phase of her writing career, Claudia Rankine invites us into the lives of Liv…

From the publisher:
The radical, joyful follow-up to the Goldsmiths Prize-winning Sterling Karat Gold.This is the story of Corey Fah, a writer on the cusp of a windfall, courtesy of the Social Evils prize committee, for whom the actual gong - and with it…

From the publisher:
'Fabulous . . . Present-day science fiction that feels like the best sort of spy novel' NEIL GAIMANYOUR HAPPIEST MEMORY IS THEIR DEADLIEST WEAPON.This is Prophet. It knows when you were happiest. It gives life to your fondest memories and…

From the publisher:
Translated by Holly JamesA provocative and fierce novel about motherhood, self-discovery and defiance'Destined to become a classic of its kind' Maggie Nelson'One of the most compulsive voices I've read in years' Olivia…

From the publisher:
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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