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Gayle’s Spring Picks 2022

Selected by Gayle Lazda


You’re being totally spoiled this spring, with new books from Ottessa Moshfegh, Preti Taneja, Celia Paul and Elif Batuman; Bad Gays podcast in book form; a glorious twentieth-century-spanning love story from Holly Williams; Amalie Smith’s Thread Ripper, a double-stranded novel about weaving, programming and Ada Lovelace; a queer, neo-Victorian crime romp from the excellent Cipher Press; a delicious holiday romance from Akwaeke Emezi; and – finally! – a proper reissue of Isabel Waidner’s We Are Made of Diamond Stuff

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In a village in a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot in a power struggle that puts all manner of faith to a savage test, in a spellbinding novel that represents Ottessa…

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An unconventional history of homosexualityToo many popular histories seek to establish heroes, pioneers and martyrs but as Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller argue, the past is filled with queer people whose sexualities and dastardly deeds have been…

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1947. 1967. 1987.When Violet and Albert first meet, they are always twenty.Three decades.Over the years, Violet and Albert’s lives collide again and again: beneath Oxford’s spires, on the rolling hills around Abergavenny, in…

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Usman Khan was convicted of terrorism-related offenses at age 20, and sent to high-security prison. He was released eight years later, and allowed to travel to London for one day, to attend an event marking the fifth anniversary of a prison…

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Translated from the Danish by Jennifer RussellAn artist in her thirties weaves and unravels connections between the loom and the computer, DNA and technology, dreams and decisionsThread Ripper is a double-stranded novel about weaving,…

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Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Republic of Consciousness PrizePolar bears emerge from t-shirts. Reeboks come to life. Nothing is normal in the house of Mother Normal.In Isabel Waidner’s second novel, we follow an…

From the publisher:
A unique combination of memoir and artistic biography, interspersed with original artworks, from the acclaimed artist and author of SELF-PORTRAIT.We are both painters. We can connect to each other through images, in our own unvoiced…

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Subversive and playful, Nettleblack is a neo-Victorian queer farce that follows a runaway heir/ess and an organisation of crime-fighting misfits as they struggle with the misdeeds besieging a rural English town.The year is 1893.…

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SELIN IS THE LUCKIEST PERSON IN HER FAMILY: the only one who was born in America and got to go to Harvard. Now it's her second year, 1996, and Selin knows she has to make it count. The first order of business: to figure out the meaning…

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An unforgettable romance that will set Summer 2022 ablaze.It’s the opportunity of a lifetime:Feyi is about to be given the chance to escape the City’s blistering heat for a dream island holiday: poolside cocktails, beach…

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