This year we published thirteen new titles and stepped into a new chapter with our new series design, putting words first, which The Bookseller called ‘A masterclass in iconic, impactful and sustainable book design.’ And what a year of publishing and reading it’s been! Critics and booksellers certainly agree and below you’ll find the titles that made a host of best-of-2023 lists. We’re very proud to have so many of our books highlighted by so many fantastic newspapers, magazines, and bookstores. And we look forward to another year of books, reading, and community in 2024!

Find out here which critics, booksellers and media outlets have picked our books in their Best of 2023 book lists!

Star 111 by Lutz Seiler (tr. Tess Lewis)

‘A rich, vivid tale about new beginnings and fractured utopias.’ Ángel Gurría-Quintana, Financial Times, ‘Best books of 2023 — Fiction in translation’

Gary Perry from Foyles Charing Cross Road, London’s Best Books of 2023

Pitch & Glint by Lutz Seiler (tr. Stefan Tobler)

‘Lutz Seiler’s Pitch & Glint … uses broken and glitchy language to reflect the fractures of East German history … These poems, and their English translation by Stefan Tobler, are a rare achievement.’ Rishi Dastidar, The Guardian‘s Best Poetry Books of 2023

‘Recording this music requires such fluid syntax, allowing sentences to slip over and under each other to make new meanings. The force of this music made me reconsider the values of the broad field of ecological poetry.’ Harry Josephine Giles, poet and Poetry Book Society selector, when choosing Pitch & Glint as the Autumn 2023 Translation Choice of the Poetry Book Society (i.e. one of the Poetry Book Society’s four translation Books of the Year)

Praiseworthy by Alexis Wright

‘Right now I’m also immersed in the incendiary beauty of Alexis Wright’s Praiseworthy, a monumental novel that documents ecological catastrophe and Aboriginal lives in blistering prose.’ Preti Taneja, New Statesman, Books of the Year 2023

‘Wright’s furiously conceived portrait of the death and life of a fictional Aboriginal community in the 21st century roils with the immiseration wrought by the Howard-era Northern Territory intervention, and an all-encompassing metaphysical cataclysm of uncertain origin.’ Declan Fry, The Guardian‘s best Australian Books of 2023

 

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Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

‘This is mesmerising stuff. Bleak as can be but beautifully written, blending straight-up, hard-edged social realism with Inuit myth and fantastical elements that place the whole thing in a strange liminal zone like the perpetual daylight/night time high up in the frozen north where the story takes place, where nothing is ever quite as it seems. The content is brutal in places but she never flinches or tries to soften the blow, an admirable trait that many writers could learn from. This was my first introduction to her work, courtesy of And Other Stories, who have a habit of unearthing these kind of gems; I’ll definitely be seeking out more.’ Stewart Hennigan, writer and  Senior Librarian at Leeds Libraries, Best Reads of 2023

‘A book that only an artist with a lifetime of moving between voices and expressions could bring us. Split Tooth is a novel as much as it’s an incantation of a mythology that is inescapably personal, collective, spiritual and rooted in the Arctic. Shape-shifting throughout, it takes whatever form is necessary to honestly explore the reality of its young Inuk narrator – childhood vulnerability and agency, community, addiction and the immense power of a self bound up with all surrounding life.’ Jessica Gaitán Johannesson, author and bookseller, Lighthouse, Edinburgh, Top Three of 2023

Cover of You, Bleeding Childhood novel by Michele Mari. A jigsaw puzzle of childhood toys and things that appear in the stories, such as the Jolly Roger pirate flag and dice.

You, Bleeding Childhood by Michele Mari (tr. Brian Robert Moore)

‘This collection of short stories from an Italian writer with a cult following delves into the obsessions, anxieties, and detritus of childhood.’ New Yorker‘s Best Books of 2023

‘A colourful and idiosyncratic depiction of a young boy’s life.’ Rónán Hession, Lunate journal Books of the Year 2023

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Your Love Is Not Good Johanna Hedva

‘A resplendent and fearless book. Must read.’ Kirkus Review‘s Best Fiction Books of the Year

‘A wild and blistering ride through the world of contemporary art which hinges around a Korean-American painter’s moral dilemma that could feel contrived in the hands of a lesser writer but slots effortlessly into the middle of this one. Vituperative, scathing, hilarious stuff, with some deadly serious points to make about identity and belonging, told in one of the strongest voices I’ve read in ages. Another winner from And Other Stories.’ Stu Hennigan, writer and Senior Librarian at Leeds Libraries, Best Reads of 2023

‘This novel is skillfully put together and imaginatively haunting’ Largehearted Boy’s Favourite Novels of 2023

Shalash the Iraqi by ‘Shalash’ (tr. Luke Leafgren)

‘A fascinating glimpse into life in Iraq during the U.S. invasion’ Alice Fischer, manager of Portobello Books, Edinburgh, 2023 Gift Guide

Traces of Enayat by Iman Mersal (tr. Robin Moger)

‘Part-memoir, part-detective story replete with cultural history, Iman’s book asks, who tells the stories of memories that have faded, and what are the different ways we can remember that honour and allow us to connect with this new archive that’s being created?’ Mohamed Tonsy, Lighthouse Books, Edinburgh Top Reads of 2023

Gary Perry from Foyles Charing Cross Road, London’s Best Books of 2023

Voce Books, Birmingham, Books of the Year 2023

Ten Planets by Yuri Herrera (tr. Lisa Dillman)

‘The most unexpected book of the year for me was ​Ten Planets by Yuri Herrera (translated by Lisa Dillman): his first collection of short stories, ​Ten Planets combines science-fiction with detective work, immigration and our endless need to find a space where we belong.’ Natalia de la Ossa, manager, London Review Bookshop, Books of the Year 2023

‘A vibrant collection which plays with the history of Spanish-language writing (Borges, Cortazar, Cervantes) to imagine futures that are weird, funny and unnerving.’ Trahearne Falvey, Lunate journal Books of the Year 2023

Anything That Moves by Jamie Stewart

‘A dark, sticky, and unforgettable deep-dive into the sexual archives of Jamie Stewart. It’s witty & unsexy, perverse & sorrowful.’ Toppings, Bath, bookseller Honey’s Best Books of 2023

‘A friend from abroad visited me over the summer, and I practically ignored them the first two days of their visit, while I curled up on the chair in their hotel room to read it. I’ve been a fan of his band, Xiu Xiu, for many years, so I knew what to expect, and I still came out of it as if I was emerging from a sex cinema into the early city morning.’ Joshua Jones, Lunate journal Books of the Year 2023

The Hunger of Women by Marosia Castaldi (tr. Jamie Richards)

Gary Perry from Foyles Charing Cross Road, London’s Best Books of 2023

 

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