Books in the Media: Taylor's short story collection comes out on top

Books in the Media: Taylor's short story collection comes out on top

Brandon Taylor's short story collection Filthy Animals (Daunt Books) came out on top this week, picking up mentions in five major publications. 

The collection is Taylor's first work since his Booker-shortlisted debut Real Life (Daunt) and the Financial Times' Lucy Scholes thought the stories "provide further evidence that intimacy is Taylor’s great subject". In the Daily Mail, Eithne Farry said: "Brimful of beautifully drawn characters, at the mercy of their bewildering emotions, Brandon is a brilliantly engaging story-teller." 

Across the pond, the New York Times ran an excerpt of the collection and reviewer John Paul Brammer praised it as a "perfect companion piece for our nervous era of reopening". The critic added: "Taylor has a talent for taking the dull hum of quotidian life and converting it into lyrics."

Claire Allfree felt the author's prose "quivers with an emotional hyper-vigilance that at times almost feels alive" in the Evening Standard, heralding it as a "glistening portrait of generational estrangement." 

Over in the Guardian, the author landed an interview with Anthony Cummins and was mentioned as one of actor Omari Douglas’s cultural highlights: "His writing is so crisp and I love all his references." 

In non-fiction, Mary Ann Sieghart's The Authority Gap (Doubleday) filled up the review pages. It was a One to Watch for The Bookseller's Caroline Sanderson, who wrote: "It marshals a wealth of personally collected data with 'precision and insight' to show why women are still taken less seriously; and what we might do about it."

The Times' James McConnachie commented "I was paid to read this book, so I hardly deserve Sieghart’s thanks. But I would warmly recommend it to men who, as Sieghart puts it, 'see the [river] banks racing past them and congratulate themselves for swimming so powerfully.'"

In the Telegraph, the title got a mention in Christine Armstrong's article "The gender pandemic gap: How Covid-19 sent women back to the 1950s", citing the author's "excellent advice for young women". Sieghart also published her own article in the Telegraph this week: "The real reason why women are still paid less than men." 

Blackout (Electric Monkey), a collection of interwoven YA short stories by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon, was a hit on TikTok's "BookTok" community, with infuencer @abbysbooks letting her 369 thousand followers know it was her "new favourite YA book". 

Elsewhere, it was included in the Financial Times' YA Book round-up, where Suzi Feay said it "gave rise to its message that wonderful things can happen when normal life is put on hold." It was also a top 10 YA book to read this summer in the New York Times and ITV News arts editor Nina Nannar reported on the title for the channel