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Nicole Gadras, Sales Assistant

I’m recommending:
Pond
Claire-Louise Bennett (Fitzcarraldo)

This dreamlike montage of stories, all seemingly narrated by the same unnamed woman who leads a life of quiet solitude in an Irish countryside cottage, is a lovely read for spring – it immediately made me want to go outside and lounge under an apple tree, or plunge my hands into some soil. The gorgeous writing, punctuated by the narrator’s very funny insights into prosaic activities, like growing vegetables, folding laundry and making breakfast, reads like being taken into confidence by your cleverest and most unexpectedly witty friend.

I’m looking forward to reading:
Family Meal
Bryan Washington (Atlantic)

As a Bryan Washington mega-fan, I’m excited to read his upcoming novel Family Meal; it’s centred around two queer men and childhood friends, Cam and TJ, who re-unite years later at TJ’s family’s Korean bakery in Houston. I loved the warmth, sensitivity and depth of character in Washington’s previous writing, and Family Meal promises to serve up more of the same.

Mo Hafeez, Commissioning Editor, Guardian Faber

I’m recommending:
Voyager: Constellations of Memory
Nona Fernández (Daunt Books Publishing)

Voyager reveals how something as ephemeral and mutable as memory can serve as a potent act of rebellion, of commemoration, and of love. Taking in astronomy, Chilean socio-political history, astrology, and neuroscience, it’s a beautifully wrought memoir-cum-essay that blurs the lines between the personal and the political to great effect.

I’m looking forward to reading:
Second-hand Time
Svetlana Alexievich (Fitzcarraldo)

Having recently re-read Will Ashon’s stellar The Passengers I think it’s about time I get round to reading this landmark oral history from Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich. How do you make sense of an event as seismic and unwieldy as the collapse of the USSR? Speaking to the people who lived through it is probably the best place to start.

Rachel Darling, Trade Marketing and Project Manager

I’m recommending:
Termush
Sven Holm (translated by Sylvia Clayton) (Faber)

The latest addition to our stellar Faber Editions series, Termush was originally published by Faber in 1967 and has aged almost scarily well! It’s a novella set in a luxury hotel where wealthy guests have paid to weather a nuclear apocalypse, safe from the outside world. Until ‘survivors’ start arriving at the hotel and the guests have to decide whether to help or turn them away . . .  It is just incredible and hugely impactful for such a wonderfully short book.

I’m looking forward to reading:
No Love Lost: Selected Novellas
Rachel Ingalls (Faber)

If you loved Mrs Caliban as much as me (and a LOT of people did), you’ll be equally excited for this collection of Rachel Ingalls’s novellas. The foreword by Patricia Lockwood is one of the best intros of all time – she really gets Ingalls and it’s an absolute joy to see. I can’t wait to sample these strange and wonderful delights.

Hannah Marshall, Head of Marketing

I’m recommending:
Happy Place
Emily Henry (Penguin)

I’m a longtime Emily Henry stan – her romances are reliably enjoyable and page-turning will-they-won’t-they affairs – so I was thrilled to get an early reading copy of her new novel, Happy Place. The plot revolves around recently broken-up Harry and Wyn, who agree to pretend that they are still a couple for one last holiday with their oldest, closest friends. Suffice to say this is the perfect set-up for tension to build, and build, between the exes, keeping the reader hooked right to the very end. Out in April, I’m recommending this feel-good love story to anyone needing a romantic pick-me-up.

I’m looking forward to reading:
Romantic Comedy
Curtis Sittenfeld (Penguin)

Clearly I’m in the mood for love (stories) at the moment, because the book I’m most looking forward to reading next is Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld. I’ve adored, and admired, Sittenfeld’s writing ever since her debut Prep was published in 2005. The premise of her new novel – about a TV comedy writer who thinks she’s sworn off love, until a dreamy pop star flips the script on all her assumptions – sounds positively delicious.

Aisling Brennan, Editorial Assistant

I’m recommending:
Tell Me What I Am
Una Mannion (Faber)

I read this last weekend and will be shouting about it to all my friends as soon as it is published. The characters are warm and full of life, the writing is beautiful and I can’t remember the last time I tore through a novel as feverishly as I did this one; it’s got everything!

I’m looking forward to reading:
Ghost in the Throat
Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp Press)

One of my favourite things about moving office is getting to ferret around in the boxes of books that people are giving away in their clear-out. And what a joy it was to find this gem! It sounds completely unique, has been praised by everyone, and has such a gorgeous cover that I’ll feel very smug reading it on the Tube.

Alice Swan, Editorial Director, Children’s

I’m recommending:
Soldier Sailor
Claire Kilroy (Faber)

Oof, I’ve just got my hands of a proof of Claire Kilroy’s Soldier Sailor and the opening chapters have already given me such a visceral reaction. The book stares into the darkest depths of motherhood with frightening honesty. I don’t want to relate, but I really do! Not exactly full of the joys of spring, but extremely compelling and important . . .

I’m looking forward to reading:
The Rescue of Ravenwood
Natasha Farrant (Faber)

Luckily, I have the antidote to look forward to in Natasha Farrant’s The Rescue of Ravenwood: pure escapism for middle grade readers, this book is a celebration of nature and all it does for us, as well as being a rollicking adventure that will make our children feel empowered to create change for the better. Definitely one to read aloud at bedtime as a family.

Dinah Wood, Editorial Director, Drama

I’m recommending:
A Strange and Sublime Address, Afternoon Raag, Odysseus Abroad
Amit Chaudhuri (Faber)

I’ve been immersed in the enchanting world of Amit Chaudhuri, thanks to three new editions. In A Strange and Sublime Address, we witness the gentle rhythms of a large family and their entourage as experienced through ten-year-old Sandeep, who spends his summers at his uncle’s home in Calcutta. In Afternoon Raag, an unnamed young man, studying at Oxford and torn between his love of two women, is haunted by memories of his home in India. And in Odysseus Abroad we follow Radhesh and Ananda, uncle and nephew, on their forays around London over the course of one day. Gently humorous, exquisitely observed and line-by-line beautiful, Chaudhuri renders ordinary life spellbinding; so much so that I couldn’t recommend one of these novels without recommending all three.

I’m looking forward to reading:
Couplets: A Love Story
Maggie Millner (Faber)

Maggie Millner’s Couplets: A Love Story is the debut I can’t wait to read. The narrator leaves her conventional relationship and plunges herself into ‘queerness, polyamory, kink and unalloyed, consuming desire’, and she tells us about it, frankly, and in rhyming couplets. It’s sitting on my desk, seductive in its bright green and orange. A short, elegant, firecracker of a book.

Kim Lund, Key Account Manager

I’m recommending:
Patricia Wants to Cuddle
Samantha Allen (Faber)

This is quite possibly my favourite book of the season. It’s completely bonkers, laugh-out-loud funny, a brilliant satire on the me-me-me reality TV shows. Oh, and without giving away too many spoilers, the main character is a lesbian sasquatch/bigfoot.

I’m looking forward to reading:
Birnam Wood
Eleanor Catton (Granta)

It has been ten years since the groundbreaking, Booker-winning The Luminaries, and if all the rave reviews are anything to go by, this is very much worth the wait. A guerilla gardening group in a David-vs-Goliath battle against a big corporation with a thriller pace to match, this sounds right up my street.

Judith Gates, Production Director

I’m recommending:
The Setting Sun
Osamu Dazai (New Directions)

Her family fallen into poverty, a young woman struggles with family relationships and the changing morality of Japanese society. Intense and beautiful, first published in 1947 and yet timeless.

I’m looking forward to reading:
Geneva
Richard Armitage (Faber)

Intrigued by it all! New tech, thriller, mistrust, psychological tension.

Angus Cargill, Publishing Director

I’m recommending:
The Wonder Spot
Melissa Bank (Penguin)

The late Melissa Bank only wrote two novels, sadly, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, and The Wonder Spot. I’d put off reading the latter for a while thinking it couldn’t be as perfect as her debut – think Lorrie Moore meets Nora Ephron – but I was wrong, despite its truly horrific cover, it’s possibly even better. I would recommend both these books and then some!

I’m looking forward to reading:
Small Worlds
Caleb Azumah Nelson (Penguin)

Talking of second novels, I just got a copy of Caleb Azumah Nelson’s forthcoming Small Worlds, which I’m really looking forward to.

Melanie Tyrrell, Account Manager, Southern England and South Wales

I’m recommending:
The Silence Project
Carole Hailey (Corvus)

This brilliantly original novel is the fictional memoir of Emilia Morris, daughter of the legendary Rachel of Chalkham, who founded a cult that led to the self-immolation of thousands of women worldwide. It is so full of ideas and discussion points that I haven’t been able to stop thinking and talking about it.

I’m looking forward to reading:
Kick the Latch
Kathryn Scanlan (Daunt Books)

This has been recommended to me by so many booksellers and colleagues and I haven’t yet met anybody who hasn’t loved it. As a Willy Vlautin fan, I’m especially intrigued by the comparisons to Lean on Pete. It’s a novel based on the true life story of a legendary female horse trainer in the American Midwest.

Ruth O’Loughlin, Publishing Manager

I’m recommending:
Kick the Latch
Kathryn Scanlan (Daunt Books)

A novel based on a series of interviews the author embarked on with a female horse trainer in the US, this story of one woman’s life at the racetrack and the people and stories from across the years is lean but insightful, and full of moving moments.

I’m looking forward to reading:
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (Atlantic)

From a slim book to an absolute beast. This is the definitive book on the man who directed the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. I’m going to attempt to finish it before the Christopher Nolan film, which is based on the book, is released this July.

Stephen Page, Executive Chair

I’m recommending:
Old God’s Time
Sebastian Barry (Faber)

I’m recommending Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry. A beautiful, tragic tale of an old police officer whose retirement is interrupted by a knock on the door, bringing two young detectives into his house and with them memories and losses he had tried to bury.

I’m looking forward to reading:
The New Life
Tom Crewe (Vintage)

I’m looking forward to reading The New Life by Tom Crewe. Set in the 1890s, it is the story of two men, two marriages, and a generation colliding with their society over limits to personal freedom.

Bonnie Jones, Commercial Director

I’m recommending:
Big Swiss
Jen Beagin (Faber)

I am recommending Big Swiss for anyone who is fed up of the news/being rained on/never-ending winter.

I’m looking forward to reading:
The Cut Out Girl
Bart van Es (Penguin)

I am looking forward to reading Bart van Es’s The Cut Out Girl for a really moving story of resistance and childhood and loss. I may need to read Big Swiss again afterwards . . . !