Spring Reading List

Spring is finally here and we all need something to look forward to! Here’s what Faber staff are reading, recommending and anticipating this spring.

 

Marie-Louise Patton, Publicity Assistant

 

 

Uncanny Valley
Anna Wiener

I’ve heard lots of great things about this memoir by the woman who swapped her career in publishing for the promise of digital world domination in Silicon Valley. A classic millennial cautionary tale.

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Season
Fernanda Melchor (translated by Sophie Hughes)

A murder mystery in a Mexican village. The premise of this (English) debut sounds fantastic, and Fitzcarraldo are publishing such great literature at the moment.

 

 

 

 

I Am Not Okay With This
Charles Forsman

Netflix have created what looks like a very cool adaptation of this graphic novel. I’m excited to give this a read before diving into the series. 

 

 

 

Viki Cheung, International Sales Manager

 

 

Love After Love
Ingrid Persaud

This was such a beautiful read! I have already been recommending it left, right and centre, and I can’t wait until it’s out in the world so that everyone else can fall in love with it too.

 

 

 

 

Nothing to Envy
Barbara Demick

I’m more than a decade late to this book, but I’m glad I got there in the end. It’s an intensely moving and meticulously researched piece of reportage about six North Korean defectors, and it will absolutely blow your mind.

 

 

 

 

Minor Feelings
Cathy Park Hong

On top of the incredible praise from Claudia Rankine and Alexander Chee, I’ve certainly felt those sharp and elusive ‘minor feelings’ as a Chinese woman living in Britain. I can’t wait to start – I’m sure it will be a powerful read.

 

 

 

John Grindrod, Senior Marketing Manager

 

 

Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany
Uwe Schütte

I’ve been loving this book, which tells the story of the band and their place in German history and global culture.

 

 

 

 

Rules for Perfect Murders
Peter Swanson

I’ve been recommending this because its classic crime-influenced plot makes it such a delight for any fans of the genre.

 

 

 

 

The Birds They Sang
Stanisław Łubieński

I’m looking forward to reading this, which looks like the perfect spring book to read while surrounded by birdsong.

 

 

 

Phoebe Williams, Marketing and Website Assistant

 

 

The Discomfort of Evening
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (translated by Michele Hutchison)

I’ve just finished this haunting debut novel and I’m still reeling. Told from a child’s perspective, this harrowing and vivid portrait of a Dutch family shaken by death is full of mesmerising language and grotesque imagery.

 

 

 

 

How to Fail
Elizabeth Day

At its heart, Elizabeth Day’s candid and often deeply personal account of failure reveals valuable lessons we can all learn from life’s unexpected turns. Relatable and inspiring.

 

 

 

 

The Wild Silence
Raynor Winn

The Salt Path was one of my favourite books of last year, for its warmth and honesty, so I’m intrigued to see if Winn’s follow-up memoir will be just as captivating.

 

 

 

Anna Davidson, Head of Editorial Management

 

 

The Double X Economy
Professor Linda Scott

I’ll be genning up on The Double X Economy this spring. Professor Linda Scott is compelling, and it’s eye-opening to see the connections she makes between women’s little-told stories and her expert economic analysis.

 

 

 

 

Lady Audley’s Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon

I’ve never read Lady Audley’s Secret before – and an enticing new Faber Classics edition is the perfect prompt to get stuck in to this page-turner! I can’t wait to share it with my daughter, too; it should trigger some interesting discussions . . .

 

 

 

Actress
Anne Enright

On the theme of mothers and daughters, I have the new Anne Enright to read. What a treat.

 

 

 

Stephen Page, CEO

 

 

Shakespeare in a Divided America
James Shapiro

James Shapiro’s extraordinary 1599 and 1606 transformed Renaissance England for me. With his new book, I look forward to seeing America in a whole new light.

 

 

 

 

Weather
Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation was one of my favourite discoveries of the last few years, so I cannot wait to read Weather, which sounds enticingly apocalyptic.

 

 

 

 

Zonal
Don Paterson

Every collection of Don Paterson’s work is full of surprises and brilliance, and Zonal – based on the Twilight Zone – is no different. Hearing Don speak at a recent Faber event was a delight. 

 

 

 

Rachel Darling, Trade Marketing Coordinator

 

 

Boy Parts
Eliza Clark

I’ve just started Boy Parts and so far I’ve laughed, cried, wretched and generally been utterly delighted by this extraordinary Newcastle-set debut about a woman obsessed with taking explicit photographs of average-looking men.

 

 

 

The Snow Ball
Brigid Brophy

We’re reissuing cult classic The Snow Ball (originally published in 1964) this November and it’s madly good. Taking place at a New Year’s Eve costume ball, it’s raucous and surreal and I’m recommending it to everyone starting from now.

 

 

The Flood That Did Come
Patrick Wray

I’m really excited for this forthcoming graphic novel, set in the year 2036 in a flooded northern county as two villages battle each other for survival.

 

 

 

Angus Cargill, Editorial Director

 

 

Americana
Luke Healy

I recently read this, about a young Irish comics artist walking the Pacific Crest Trail, and was completely transported by it. It’s stunning, and works both as a love letter to and puzzled meditation on his own obsession with America, its landscape and culture – something I can definitely relate to!

 

 

 

Suzanne and Gertrude
Jeb Loy Nichols

I’m reading this just-published novel by Jeb Loy Nichols, which is a very quiet but beautiful story about a woman and the donkey who appears one day by her house in the Welsh countryside and disturbs the quiet balance of her life. As with a lot of his music, writing and artwork, it’s about our relationship with the natural world, and the idea that society and modern life has maybe sold us out.
https://www.jebloynichols.co.uk/my-story

 

 

The Discomfort of Evening
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (translated by Michele Hutchison)

I’m playing catch-up on this one, but really looking forward to reading this dark, Dutch, debut novel, which lots of my colleagues have been raving about for some time, and now other people seem to be falling hard for.

 

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