Max Porter's debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Faber), Man Booker winner A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld) by Marlon James and Elena Ferrante's Neopolitan quartet (Europa) are among the titles highlighted by publishers as books that made their year, or that they wish they had published.
Faber's Hannah Griffiths, Virago's Lennie Goodings, Bloomsbury's Alexandra Pringle and many others also picked out the books they thought deserved more attention than they received, in the Guardian's annual round-up of "winners and losers" in the publishing year.
The debut novel by Granta editor Max Porter was hailed by Griffiths as her book of the year, while Fourth Estate's Nicholas Pearson cited it as a book he wished he had published. Unsurprisingly, Marlon James's Man Booker winner made Juliet Mabey of Oneworld's 2015, and was coveted by Canongate's Jamie Byng too, while Elena Ferrante was on several wishlists.
Among the books picked out as deserving more attention than they had received thus far were A Notable Woman: The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt (Canongate) and Owen Hatherley's Landscapes of Communism (Penguin).
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