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Ones to watch


by Max Porter (Author)

Porter, author of the extraordinary Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, tells of a village not far from London, where Dead Papa Toothwort has woken from his slumber in the woods. "Amazing and unforgettable," said the Times. Faber has high hopes for this-Grief... has sold 140,000 copies across all editions, it says, and Lanny is "broader in its focus and will be even more wide-reaching in its appeal". Rights have sold in 29 territories.

Faber & Faber, £8.99, 31st March 2020, 9780571340293
Ones to watch

Girl, Woman, Other: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

by Bernardine Evaristo

The joint Booker winner, a polyphonic collection of 12 voices, mostly black British women, from a young Windrush bride to an activist influencer. "Exuberant, bursting at the seams in delightful ways... If you want to understand modern day Britain, this is the writer to read," said the New Statesman. I've loved Evaristo's novels since I read her reimagining of history Blonde Roots and was shaken to the core; how wonderful that the Booker win is bringing her to a wider audience.

Penguin Books Ltd, £8.99, 3rd March 2020, 9780241984994


by Will Wiles

Journalist and alcoholic Jack Bick uncovers a huge story when he interviews a reclusive cult novelist, but the novelist knows something about Bick, and the two men are drawn into a bizarre and violent partnership. "A superbly observed 'how we live now' satire on life and media in contemporary London," said the Sunday Times. Wiles is the author of the darkly excellent Care of Wooden Floors.

Fourth Estate Ltd, £8.99, 24th February 2020, 9780008194444

Permission: An alternative feminist love story for the modern age

by Saskia Vogel

When Echo's father dies, she tries to lose herself in the lives of strangers, turning to a dominatrix named Orly. An "alternative feminist love story for the modern age" said Big Issue. By a former Granta publicist.

Dialogue Books, £8.99, 26th March 2020, 9780349700427


by Pajtim Statovci

Shortlisted for the National Book Award in Translated Literature, this follows two young men as they flee Albania. "The brutal beauty of Crossing comes from its almost cellular understanding of belonging and exclusion, love and cruelty," said the Guardian. The paperback campaign will include bookseller and reader outreach, targeted social media and influencer campaigns, building on the author's growing international reputation, says Pushkin.

Pushkin Press, £8.99, 5th March 2020, 9781782275121


by Ali Smith

The third instalment in Smith's novel cycle interweaves the fate of three people. Penguin says 2016's Autumn has sold 177,000 copies and 2017's Winter over 113,000 copies across all editions.

Penguin Books Ltd, £8.99, 12th March 2020, 9780241973356

In the Shadow of Wolves: A Times Book of the Year, 2019

by Alvydas Slepikas

As the Russians advance into East Prussia, the "wolf children" secretly cross the border into Lithuania to beg for food. "This novel's unflinching portrait of a forgotten tragedy is haunting," said the Times. The Lithuanian author, who based this on real-life events, speaks English and is keen to be involved in promotion, says Oneworld.

Oneworld Publications, £8.99, 5th March 2020, 9781786077042

The Old Drift

by Namwali Serpell

Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Salman Rushdie called this dbut from the Nigerian writer "dazzling", and "an impressive book, ranging skillfully between historical and science fiction, shifting gears between political argument, psychological realism and rich fabulism".

Vintage, £9.99, 19th March 2020, 9781784703998

Say Say Say

by Lila Savage

The author, a home carer herself, writes of a young woman who finds herself in an unintended career as a care worker, hired by a man to look after his beloved wife after a car accident causes a brain injury. "It is a book written for the better angels of our nature," said the Wall Street Journal.

Profile Books Ltd, £8.99, 5th March 2020, 9781788162234

The Altruists

by Andrew Ridker

Midwestern professor Arthur Alter unleashes a Pandora's Box when he invites the children who won't speak to him back home under the guise of a reconcilation. "A whip-smart, wickedly funny and psychologically acute novel about the cost of doing good," said the Mail.

Vintage, £9.99, 5th March 2020, 9781784707545
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