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:

Shorlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Costa Novel Award Booker-winning novelist Pat Barker imagines the untold story of the women at the heart of ...

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 ...