APRIL'S READING LIST
What you should be reading
FRESHWATER by Akwaeke Emezi
This startling and ferocious debut novel, based on Emezi's own experiences, tells the story of Ada, a Tamil Igbo women and the "godly parasite with many heads, roaring inside the marble room of her mind."
SPEAK NO EVIL by Uzodinma Iweala
In this long-anticipated novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, a revelation shared between two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds sets off a chain of events with devastating consequences.
PURE HOLLYWOOD by Christine Schutt
Don't be fooled by its slim 130 pages – this collection of stories is a wry, incisive and powerful masterwork, exploring the extraordinary in ordinary lives.
FEVER DREAM by Samanta Schweblin
For fans of Virginia Woolf and Helen Oyeyemi, this concise and impressionistic novel is hard to put down. Schweblin ratchets up the tension using a cleverly-structured dialogue between a young woman as she lies dying and a boy named David who sits beside her.
THE CHANDELIER by Clarice Lispector
Translated into English for the first time, this early novel by the rediscovered Brazilian writer is on one level the simple story of one woman’s life. The real drama, though, lies in Lispector’s attempt “to find the nucleus made of a single instant."
THE RESTLESS by Gerty Dambury
This lyrical historical novel, structured like a Creole quadrille, recounts a young girl's curiosity about her teacher's sudden disappearance during police violence in 1960s French Guadeloupe.
THE CLOWN EGG REGISTER by Luke Stephenson & Helen Champion
Our own Kalpna Patel heralded this as the the weirdest, most brilliant and special book she has ever seen! 'Nuff said.
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW by Tamar Adler
When a book of recipes is praised by both Shelia Heti and Samin Nosrat you know it's going to be great. The brilliant Adler revisits and revives classic but forgotten recipes for modern palates.