Arts Council Fiction Group

And Other Stories is proud to be a member of the Arts Council Fiction Group. All the publishers in the group have received significant Arts Council England funding, either from the National Portfolio or the National Lottery funding administered via Grants for the Arts, and all demonstrate how effective Arts Council funding has been in widening the range of fiction available to readers. The publishers in the group have very different lists but all share a commitment to artistic excellence, finding and nurturing the writers of the future and providing an alternative to commercial fiction.

Collectively we have won a lot of literary prizes and accolades and have made an important contribution to the creative economy. We are an Arts Council success story and our books make the case every day for Arts Council England’s investment in literary fiction. We will collaborate as a group to help promote what we do and argue the case for public investment in literary fiction. There are links below to the websites of all the publishers in the group and each month the group will recommend the work of a publisher in the group and take part in Arts Council Fiction Group promotions.

April’s featured Arts Council Fiction Group title

Cafe Assassin by Michael Stewart

‘A needle-sharp portrait of a man bent on revenge after spending 22 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, written by Salford-born Stewart, whose 2011 debut novel King Crow was something of a literary sensation.’ The Daily Mail

March’s featured Arts Council Fiction Group title

Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera

‘Yuri Herrera is Mexico’s greatest novelist. His spare, poetic narratives and incomparable prose read like epics compacted into a single perfect punch – they ring your bell, your being, your soul.  Signs Preceding the End of the World   delivers a darkly mythological vision of the U.S. as experienced by the “not us” that is harrowing and fierce. The profoundly dignified, mind-boggling Makina, our guide and translator, is the heroine who redeems us all: she is the Truth.’  Francisco Goldman, author of   Say Her Name

Choice Books selected for Christmas 2014

December 2014 we recommended one of our titles each:
And Other Stories
An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell by Deborah Levy
Man Booker Prize shortlisted Deborah Levy whips up a storm of romance and slapstick, of heavenly and earthly delights, in this dystopian philosophical poem about individual freedom and the search for the good life.
Bitter Lemon
The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura
“Padura is one of Cuba’s leading writers, and this massive novel must be his masterpiece; it’s a brilliant, multi-layered examination of 20th-century history” The Times
Bluemoose
Black Neon by Tony O’Neill.
“Black Neon is a pitch black classic slice of neo noir, where black magic, art house cinema, drug-fuelled madness and apocalyptic violence collide with dizzying effect. I fell in love with every page.” Irvine Welsh
Comma
Beta Life: Stories from an A-Life Future, edited by Martyn Amos and Ra Page
Comma’s latest ground-breaking anthology marrying science with fiction in a unique literary experiment imagining artificial life, unconventional computing, AI and robotics in the year 2070.
Dedalus
The Mussolini Canal by Antonio Pennacchi, translated by Judith Landry
‘An exquisitely composed work of political and social insight, it is as humorous as it is haunting.’ Rosemary Goring in The Herald‘s Fiction: best books for Christmas

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