I'm a firm believer that 'everything in the world exists to end up as a book,' and a writer who can craft good prose about interesting situations will always catch my attention. That said, there are particular books that I love to read.
In fiction, I like books about obsessions, such as Remainder by Tom McCarthy; literary fiction with an experimental edge, like A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan or Swimming Home by Deborah Levy; I like wry, charming first person voices, as in Pigeon English
by Stephen Kelman
or Submarine by Joe Dunthorne; I would also love to find a big, ambitious novel tackling an interesting part of the twentieth century (that isn't a World War) - something like Any Human Heart by William Boyd.
I’m interested in literary graphic novels and memoirs by authors who might sit on the same shelf as Jason Lutes, Craig Thompson or Guy Delisle.
With non-fiction, I’m looking out for academics who have a popular story to tell, journalists writing about current affairs, and particularly secret or untold histories. I love the idea of a book about a historical phenomenon that sheds new light on current affairs (e.g. a book about the Great Depression would have interested me more than one about the financial crisis). I would be very interested to hear from anyone writing about literature, the future of society, technology and complex systems.
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, merchandise for the artist David Shrigley
, and our website.
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