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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Molly recommends Three-Fifths by John Vercher 

When Bobby, a biracial black man, witnesses his childhood best friend, who is white, commit an act of racialised violence, he must grapple with his identity, beliefs and past. This book has a totally unexpected conclusion – brilliant.

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Sarah recommends The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams

This is the sort of novel you can’t resist reading aloud to politely interested loved ones: it’s inventive, absurd, witty and profound, often all on the same page. Jokes about grammar and a man punching a pelican – what more could you want?

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Molly recommends Writers and Lovers by Lily King

A rich and nuanced portrait of an artist as young woman. Casey arrives in Massachusetts in 1997, dealing with her grief over her mother’s death and waiting tables as she works on her novel. Poignant and witty.

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Alice recommends The Red Pill by Hari Kunzru

What a wild ride of a book – gripping, disturbing and hallucinatory. Red Pill traces the descent into paranoia and the breakdown of its unnammed narrator, a NY-based writer, new father on the cusp of middle age, who has accepted a fellowship in a secluded research centre near Berlin. Weaving many ideas, cultural and historical references, it is a superbly accomplished novel about the self, history, humanity and online culture – one of my favourite books this year.

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Sarah recommends SISTERS by Daisy Johnson 

A spooky banger! Set in a classic haunted house, meet unsettling not-quite-twins July and September and their uncanny bond, be carried along in a rush of brilliant sentences. SISTERS blurs the line between literary fiction and horror irresistibly well.

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Alexa recommends Tennis Lessons by Susannah Dickey 

A great choice if you enjoyed Sally Rooney’s Normal People. I first came to Dickey’s work through her darkly witty and virtuosic poetry and this novel brilliantly extends that voice into a tender coming-of-age novel as immediate, clever, and assured as this one, which tells readers that Dickey is certainly one to watch.

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Helena recommends TENTACLE by Rita Indiana

With this novel, I found myself immersed in a faced-paced ride across Dominican Republic through all sorts of visionary, historical and near-future scenarios. TENTACLE raises alarming questions about the not-too-distant-future, touching on issues such as queer politics, environmental disaster, contemporary art, internet surveillance, and local religious practices.

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Molly recommends Gathering Evidence by Martin Macinnes

An unsettling science-fiction-but-not novel that resists categorisation and examines our reliance on technology, our disregard for the natural world, and the dangers of surveillance by unnamed authorities. Discomforting yet beautiful in the sparseness of its writing.

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Alexa recommends Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

A ‘whodunit’ like you’ve never read before! This tale of a woman’s attempt to solve a string of mysterious murders in her quiet Polish town was my favourite work of fiction I read last year. Wintry landscapes, astrology, Blakeian allusions, animals in revolt – what’s not to love?

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Molly recommends The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A legendary actress is ready to reflect on the ups and downs of her Hollywood career, from the loves she lost and the secrets she kept from the public. This book surprised me in so many ways – complex plot, LGBTQIA+ rep, engrossing writing. Highly recommend!

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Gavin recommends The Overstory by Richard Powers

I loved the way the sub-themes all wove together in this tale – I felt I was being sucked into a literary tapestry.

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Niamh recommends The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante 

The best depiction of female friendship I have ever read. Realistic, heart-wrenching and desperately sad. Read them, read them all!

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Some of our favourite fiction of 2020

Molly recommends Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

If you’re up for a pandemic novel but still need hope and art and love and community, Mandel’s tale of the Travelling Symphony that persists in the aftermath of a deadly virus is perfect for you.

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