As we draw close to the end of 2018 (our Year of Publishing Women) the ‘Best books’ list are beginning to prop up and we’ve been lucky enough to see some of the books we brought out this year (and some of the books coming out next year) featured on a number of them.
- Alicia Kopf’s Brother In Ice (translated by Mara Faye Letham) was picked by award-winning author Sara Baume as a highlight of 2018 in the Irish Times and as a as a global fiction pick of 2018 by Boyd Tonkin on theartdesk.com.
- Christine Schutt’s Pure Hollywood made the New York Times’ prestigious 100 Notable Books of 2018 list.
- Johanna Hedva, author of On Hell named Fleur Jaeggy’s I am the Brother of XX as one of her best books read this year in the White Review.
- Ann Quin’s The Unmapped Country, the first book we published this year, kicking off our #YPW2018, has propped up on a few lists.
- Calum Barnes, bookseller at Blackwell’s, Edinburgh, named The Unmapped Country one of his best books of 2018 in the Morning Star.
- Dennis Cooper named The Unmapped Country one of his top picks for 2018 on his personal blog and McNally Jackson bookstore in Brooklyn, New York have chosen Unmapped Country as one of their best books of 2018 on twitter.
- In the Times Literary Supplement, Paul Griffiths picked Gerald Murnane’s Border Districts (publishing in the UK in January followed by his Murnane’s novel Tamarisk Row) as one of his books of the year.
- Book Review editor Miguel Conde named The Iliac Crest as one of his favourite books this year on Words Without Borders and Cristina Rivera Garza as the favourite author he’s read this year while Savannah Whiting, Former Coordinator of Strategic Communications & Development, chose César Aira’s The Lime Tree as one of her favourites, and Josh Ascherman, Development Assistant, is looking forward to Aira’s new novella Birthday.
Border Districts is also the 2018 recipient of the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Award.
- Fatin Abbas has chosen The Polyglot Lovers as one of her best books in Freeman’s Best of 2018 reads: ‘Fabulously quirky characters, strange and surprising turns of events, and an ill-fated book manuscript at the heart of it all. What’s wonderful about Lina Wolff’s The Polyglot Lovers is the way that it stretches the bounds of the novel form itself.’ Meanwhile Corinna Barsan chooses the novel as the book she’s looking forward to reading in 2019 on Words without Borders round-up. She says: ‘I loved Wolff’s debut novel, Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs, and I’m eager to read more of her work.’
The Polyglot Lovers will be published in the UK in May and will be going out to our subscribers worldwide in March. It is the winner of The August Prize, one of Sweden’s biggest literary prizes, and is the second novel by Lina Wolff (Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs).