Christmas 2018: Fiction

Our selection of the year's best fiction for you to add to your Christmas list.

Melmoth

Sarah Perry

Edmund Gordon writes:

Sarah Perry was raised a Strict Baptist, with a number of exotic beliefs – in the literal existence of the devil, the creation of the earth in six days, the sinfulness of ...

The Silence of the Girls

Pat Barker

From the publisher:

This festive season, discover the greatest Greek myth of all, as you’ve never known it before Booker-winning novelist Pat Barker imagines the untold story of the women at ...

Jeeves and the King of Clubs

Ben Schott

From the publisher:

. . it vibrates with the spirit and rhythms of [Wodehouse’s] heart.’ Matthew Adams, Sunday Times’Brilliant . . . for the Brexit era . . . Hilarious . Jeeves, it ...

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

edited by Jay Rubin, introduction by Haruki Murakami

From the publisher:

A major new anthology of great Japanese short stories introduced by Haruki Murakami This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the great Japanese short ...

Berta Isla

Javier Marías

From the publisher:

‘The most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature’ Boston Globe ‘Marias has discovered a unique form’ Adam Thirlwell, TLS ‘No one else, ...

Milkman

Anna Burns

Christopher Tayler writes:

This novel begins with a blast of voice:

The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the ...

The Long Take

Robin Robertson

Colin Burrow writes:

Robin Robertson is something of a specialist in pain. He usually describes what painful events look like from the outside rather than how they feel from within. It’s often ...

Unsheltered

Barbara Kingsolver

From the publisher:

THE NEW NOVEL FROM ORANGE PRIZE WINNER AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER BARBARA KINGSOLVER 2016 Vineland Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against an upended world that ...