by Eliza Clark (Influx Press) Boy Parts – A pitch-black comedy both shocking and hilarious, fearlessly exploring the taboo regions of sexuality and gender roles in the twenty-first century.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury) – A murder on the high seas. A remarkable detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist. An extraordinary new novel from a previous Books Are My Bag Readers Awards winner.
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo (Scribner) – A South Korean sensation that has got the whole world talking. The life story of a young woman raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression that are relevant to us all.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Dialogue Books) – Weaving together multiple strands and generations, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s. An exploration on why some people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.
Weather by Jenny Offill (Granta Books) – A darkly funny and important novel about Lizzie Benson; librarian, unofficial therapist and podcaster who is anxious about climate change. If she can't save others, then what, or who, might save her?