As the ‘Best Books of the Year’ lists and round-ups start appearing, we’re thrilled that the writer Ali Smith and critic and professor Sarah Churchwell have both chosen Down the Rabbit Hole as THE book of their year!
Ali Smith writes in the Telegraph that it’s a ‘pint-size novel about innocence, beastliness and a child learning the lingo in a drug wonderland. Funny, convincing, appalling, it’s a punch-packer for one so small’.
Sarah Churchwell says, ‘this first novel, translated from the Mexican Spanish by Rosalind Harvey, about the child of a drug lord locked away in a compound who likes hats and longs for a Liberian pygmy hippopotamus, is that rarest of animals, a book that is, to all intents and purposes, perfect’.
Boyd Tonkin’s round-up of the year’s best fiction included two of And Other Stories’ first four titles: ‘Juan Pablo Villalobos channeled Mexico’s drug wars via the voice of a narco-baron’s son in his touching and invigorating Down the Rabbit Hole’ … while Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home was a ‘compact treasure’.