The story goes that there’s an extra dinner guest at every meal. He’s invisible, but always there. He has a plate, glass, knife and fork. Every so often he appears, casts his shadow over the table, and erases one of those present. The Dinner Guest is a great novel, with the feel of documentary non-fiction.
Today’s BOTW is a passionate contribution to the debate on race, privilege and nationality. Go, Went, Gone showcases one of the great contemporary European writers at the height of her powers.
Short-listed for The Man Booker International Prize, a Hungarian interpreter obsessed with waterfalls, at the edge of the abyss in his own mind, wanders the chaotic streets of Shanghai. The World Goes On is today’s Book of the World.
The White Book is a meditation on colour, beginning with a list of white things. It is a book about mourning, rebirth and the tenacity of the human spirit. It is a stunning investigation of the fragility, beauty and strangeness of life and it is today’s Book of the World.
Flights was awarded Poland’s biggest literary prize in 2008 and is a novel about travel in the twenty-first century and human anatomy by Olga Tokarczuk. It’s today’s Book of the World.
Today’s BOTW is the sensational Dutch bestseller Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s extraordinary portrait of a farming family distorted by grief, The Discomfort of Evening. Have you read it?
This is a timely and timeless story that juxtaposes the beauty of an ancient, vibrant culture with the brutality of an oppressive political regime. It’s The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree.
Today’s BOTW is a hilarious novel that is nevertheless incisive in its criticism of the way societies come into being, and the way they venerate mythical heroes. It’s The Adventure of China Iron.
Girl, Women, Other by Bernadine Evaristo hit the bookstores with a bang! It’s a glorious portrait of contemporary Britain. Have you read this gem yet?
Today’s Book of the World is an extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity. It’s Stan Grant’s Talking to My Country. Have you read it?