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Critically Acclaimed Books of 2021

Books reviewed as ‘Books of the Year’ in 2021
Small Things Like These
Small Things Like These
Claire Keegan
£10.00

An exquisite winter tale of courage, and its cost — set in Catholic Ireland.

Burntcoat (Hardback)
Burntcoat (Hardback)
Sarah Hall
£12.99

An electrifying story of passion, connection and transformation from ‘a writer of show-stopping genius’ (Guardian).

Beautiful World, Where Are You (Hardback)

The *new* novel from the internationally bestselling author of Normal People.

Mayflies
Mayflies
Andrew O’Hagan
£8.99

A heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship.

Tokyo Redux (Hardback)
Tokyo Redux (Hardback)
David Peace
£16.99

A novel about one of history’s great unsolved mysteries, by Britain’s most original writer

Peaces
Peaces
Helen Oyeyemi
£14.99

‘A writer of sentences so elegant that they gleam.’ – Ali SmithThe hugely anticipated new novel from the beloved author

Harsh Times
Harsh Times
Mario Vargas Llosa
£20.00

The new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning master of fiction — the true story of Guatemala’s political turmoil of the 1950s.

A Lonely Man (Hardback)
A Lonely Man (Hardback)
Chris Power
£14.99

The first novel by the acclaimed author of Mothers — a deft, delicate inquisition of identity and ambition, and a daring act of fiction.

Second Place (Hardback)
Second Place (Hardback)
Rachel Cusk
£14.99

From the author of the Outline trilogy, a fable of human destiny and decline, enacted in a closed system of intimate, fractured relationships.

Light Perpetual (Hardback)
Light Perpetual (Hardback)
Francis Spufford
£16.99

From the best-selling, prize-winning author of Golden Hill, a novel of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting.

April in Spain (Hardback)
April in Spain (Hardback)
John Banville
£14.99

The sumptuous, propulsive, sun-kissed follow up to the bestselling Snow, from the Booker Prize winning author.

The Plot
The Plot
Jean Hanff Korelitz
£8.99

The autumn’s most thrilling page-turner from the author of The Undoing, the major series on HBO and Sky

Hurdy Gurdy (Hardback)
Hurdy Gurdy (Hardback)
Christopher Wilson
£14.99

A bitingly funny historical novel, following Brother Diggory on an eerily prescient journey through fourteenth-century England.

The Country of Others (Hardback)
The Country of Others (Hardback)
Leïla Slimani
£14.99

The first volume of a new trilogy telling the saga of one French family between 1946 and 2016.

little scratch (2021 Edition)
little scratch (2021 Edition)
Rebecca Watson
£12.99

The explosive and virtuosic debut novel by one of the most talented young authors to have emerged in recent British fiction.

Intimacies
Intimacies
Lucy Caldwell
£12.99

‘Precise and beautifully controlled fictions but with strange, wild energies pulsing along just beneath the surface. A tremendous collection.’ Kevin Barry

Come Closer
Come Closer
Sara Gran
£8.99

Discover this cult classic, available in the UK for the first time in many years, and step into a world of the dark, bizarre, and unexplained . . .

Mrs Caliban (Faber Editions)
Mrs Caliban (Faber Editions)
Irenosen Okojie
£8.99

The amphibious cult classic: this magical tale of a suburban housewife’s affair with a frogman is ‘seductive’ (Margaret Atwood), ‘genius’ (Patricia Lockwood), ‘perfect’ (Max Porter), ‘a feminist masterpiece’ (Carmen Maria Machado), and ‘out-weirds and out-romances anything today’ (Marlon James).

The Devil You Know (Hardback)
The Devil You Know (Hardback)
Eileen Horne
£16.99

A fascinating window into criminal minds, suffused with compassion.A SUNDAY TIMES, NEW STATESMAN & IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Letters of John McGahern

The collected letters of John McGahern, ‘arguably the most important Irish novelist since Samuel Beckett.’ (Guardian)

Looking for Trouble
Looking for Trouble
Virginia Cowles
£16.99

This sensational 1941 memoir of life on the frontline of wartime Europe by a ‘magnificent‘ (Antony Beevor) trailblazing female reporter is a rediscovered classic, introduced by Christina Lamb.

The Windrush Betrayal
The Windrush Betrayal
Amelia Gentleman
£18.99

Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2019: a searing portrait of Britain’s hostile environment by the journalist behind the Windrush exposé.

From Manchester with Love: The Life and Opinions of Tony Wilson

Bestselling author Paul Morley’s critically acclaimed biography of Factory Records co-founder and Manchester icon Tony Wilson.

Nina Simone's Gum (Hardback)
Nina Simone's Gum (Hardback)
Warren Ellis
£20.00

From award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis comes the unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum. Featuring an introduction from Nick Cave.

Being You
Being You
Anil Seth
£20.00

Anil Seth’s radical new theory of consciousness challenges our understanding of perception and reality, doing for brain science what Dawkins did for evolutionary biology.

This Rare Spirit (Hardback)
This Rare Spirit (Hardback)
Julia Copus
£25.00

The first comprehensive biography of this undervalued writer, who was considered ‘far and away the best living woman poet’ in her day.

My Mess Is a Bit of a Life (Hardback)
My Mess Is a Bit of a Life (Hardback)
Georgia Pritchett
£12.99

This memoir, told in gloriously comic vignettes, is an utterly joyful reflection on living – and sometimes thriving (sometimes not) – with anxiety.

Miss Dior
Miss Dior
Justine Picardie
£25.00

Miss Dior is a wartime story of freedom and fascism, beauty and betrayal.

Britain Alone
Britain Alone
Philip Stephens
£10.99

A magisterial and profoundly perceptive survey of Britain’s post-war role on the global stage, from Suez to Brexit.

Beeswing (Hardback)
Beeswing (Hardback)
Richard Thompson
£15.99

Beeswing is the autobiography from world-renowned artist Richard Thompson, co-founder of the legendary folk rock group Fairport Convention.

Why Solange Matters
Why Solange Matters
Stephanie Phillips
£9.99

The dramatic story of a musician and artist whose unconventional journey to international success was far more important than her family name.

Howdie-Skelp
Howdie-Skelp
Paul Muldoon
£14.99

A ‘howdie-skelp’ is the slap in the face a midwife gives a newborn. Paul Muldoon is a poet who continues not only to capture, but to hold our attention.

The Letters of Thom Gunn
The Letters of Thom Gunn
Thom Gunn
£40.00

This selection of correspondence presents, for the first time, the private life and reflections of a maverick figure in the history of British and American poetry.

Living Weapon
Living Weapon
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
£10.99

The award-winning essayist and poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips presents a bracing renewal of civic poetry – his first publication in the UK.

Two Terrible Vikings
Two Terrible Vikings
Francesca Simon
£6.99

This viking duo will give Horrid Henry a run for his money!

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
£8.99

The second, highly anticipated novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock.

The Week at World's End
The Week at World's End
Emma Carroll
£12.99

The hotly anticipated new standalone from the Queen of Historical Fiction, Emma Carroll, in hardback for the first time!

Musical Truth (Hardback)
Musical Truth (Hardback)
Jeffrey Boakye
£12.99

This extraordinary retelling of black British history will dazzle readers of all ages.