New and Recommended Fiction

Favourites from our fiction section. Here you'll find the books that everyone's talking about, as well as the ones they should be.

Days Without End

Sebastian Barry

From the publisher:

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both ...

Swing Time

Zadie Smith

From the publisher:

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017’Smith’s finest. Extraordinary, truly marvellous’ Observer ‘Superb’ Financial Times ‘Breathtaking’ TLS ...

Nicotine

Nell Zink

From the publisher:

From the much acclaimed author of MISLAID and THE WALLCREEPER, a fierce and audaciously funny novel of families-both the ones we’re born into and the ones we create-a story ...

H(A)PPY

Nicola Barker

From the publisher:

Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both ...

Blood and Guts in High School

Kathy Acker

From the publisher:

‘Acker gives her work the power to mirror the reader’s soul’ William S. Burroughs’Kathy Acker’s writing is virtuoso, maddening, crazy, so sexy, so painful, and ...

What We Lose

Zinzi Clemmons

From the publisher:

A short, intense and profoundly moving debut novel about race, identity, sex and death

Sour Heart

Jenny Zhang

From the publisher:

`I will never forget the first time I read Jenny Zhang ... I was stunned, moved and – quite frankly – a little jealous’ Lena Dunham These seven startling stories of ...

A Horse Walks into a Bar

David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen

From the publisher:

Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovaleh G provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry – and all ...

The City Always Wins

Omar Robert Hamilton

Robert F. Worth writes:

One of many remarkable aspects of Egypt’s 2011 revolt was its intense self-consciousness. It wasn’t just that the sit-ins were being broadcast 24 hours a day on ...