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Contents GRANTA

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Prodigals 6 Under the Udala Trees 6 Virgin 7 Negroland 8 Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? 9 First Love 10 Border 11 This Living and Immortal Thing 12 The Patriots 13 To Be a Machine 14 One of the Boys 15 Strange Labyrinth 16 The Way to the Spring 17 Addlands 17 Do Not Say We Have Anything 18 Strange Heart Beating 19 The Wine Dine Dictionary 20 The Tidal Zone 22 The Answers 23 Stranger in a Strange Land 24 Pinpoint 25

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Swallowing Mercury 32 The Case Against Sugar 33 Memoirs of a Polar Bear 34 Cast Away 35 The Fox Was Ever the Hunter 35 Things We Lost in the Fire 36 The Nakano Thrift Shop 37

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Prodigals Greg Jackson From a remarkable new talent, stories written with biting wit and breathtaking assurance, about the disaffection and spiritual longing in contemporary America.

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‘These stories… sing with a life force which is witty, ugly, dazzling and true... Excellent’ Metro ‘There are flashes of genius in which the metaphysical concerns are sublimated, in the manner of Borges... Thrilling’ Literary Review

greg jackson is a winner of the Balch and Henfield Prizes and a finalist for the 2014 National Magazine Award in Fiction. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, and VQR.

January

Recently published

‘The writing... is so bold and perceptive that it delivers a contact high. You know from the first pages that, intellectually, you’ve climbed into a high-performance sports car... Radiant’ New York Times

Under the Udala Trees Chinelo Okparanta A story of conflict and triumphant love that follows a girl’s life from the chaos of her childhood amid Nigeria’s 1968 civil war through loss, marriage, and motherhood. ‘Boldly unadorned and utterly heartbreaking... a triumph’ Taiye Selasi ‘A brave novel... a story with the highest of stakes’ Guardian

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‘[Recalls] the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie… the dizzying scope of storytelling keeps you gripped’ Financial Times

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chinelo okparanta’s stories have been featured in the New Yorker and Granta. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.


July

Virgin and Other Stories

April Ayers Lawson June

A startlingly good debut collection, Virgin explores the isolation caused by damage, and the connections provoked by desire.

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entred around the American South, in a world both secular and religious, these stories evoke the inner lives of people navigating sexual, emotional, and spiritual awakenings.

April

In ‘The Negative Effects of Homeschooling’, Conner, sixteen, accompanies his grieving mother to the funeral of her best friend Charlene, a woman who was once a man. ‘Vulnerability’ charts the attraction a promising young artist begins to feel for her art dealer. And in ‘Virgin’, Jake grapples with the growing chasm between him and his wife, Leah, who was still a virgin when they wed. Self-assured and sensual, this collection introduces a young writer of unusual mastery.

March

‘A tremendous intelligence paradoxically amplified by being constrained by intense emotion; Lawson is a distinctive, and extraordinary, writer’ Rivka Galchen fiction £12.99 January B format 198 × 129mm HB 192pp

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February

‘April Ayers Lawson renders complete portraits of sexual relationships, from start to finish, in a way that is fully honest and brave and even occasionally shameless, in the highest sense. Fearless, bold, these stories are entertaining contemporary classics’ Amie Barrodale

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april ayers lawson’s first published story, ‘Virgin’, appeared in the Paris Review, was awarded the George Plimpton Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize. Her stories have also been published in the Norwegian version of Granta and in Oxford American, Vice, and Five Chapters, among other publications. This is her first book.


July

Negroland A Memoir

June

Margo Jefferson

May

Winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography: a captivating story of race, sex, and class told through the prism of the author’s upbringing and education among Chicago’s black elite. ‘Ground-breaking… a work singular in word, form and theme. Compelling and essential reading’ Aminatta Forna

April

‘Endlessly impressive and important... Jefferson elegantly traverses a rich, often troubling, but surprising historical landscape... Masterful’ Independent ‘Captivating... a bold and defiant work that enumerates the credits and deficits of black life’ Guardian

March

‘Nuanced emotion and unforgiving observation, combined with stylistic risk-taking... make Negroland utterly compelling’ Sunday Times

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‘A rare insight... Jefferson is striking a path into dangerous, unfamiliar territory’ The Times

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‘Jefferson writes with piercing clarity’ Helen Dunmore, Observer ‘Summer Reads’ ‘Moving and clear-eyed… Jefferson explores complex issues with insight, compassion and wry wit’ Irish Times

The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, margo jefferson has been a theatre and book critic for Newsweek and the New York Times. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, New York magazine, and the New Republic. She is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.

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July

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Stories

Kathleen Collins June

A sensual classic from a pioneering AfricanAmerican filmmaker and writer whose fiction went unpublished in her lifetime.

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ritten in the late 1960s and early 1970s but never before published, Kathleen Collins’s stories immerse the reader in a world of civil rights conferences, church rallies and sit-ins, where young men and women defy the strictures of race and class to create an America that is ‘colour free’.

April

Here, then, are poets, freedom riders, and women waiting out hot lonely summers in dingy New York apartments, all wondering: whatever happened to interracial love? Introduced by prize-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander, this collection marks the debut of a writer who was almost lost to history. Praise for Kathleen Collins’s film Losing Ground: fiction £12.99 February B format 198 × 129mm HB 192pp

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‘Losing Ground feels like news, like a bulletin from a vital and as-yet-unexplored dimension of reality’ New York Times

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‘In Collins’s vision, the life of a black person – in particular, of a black woman – is a perilous existential adventure... a nearly lost masterwork’ New Yorker

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kathleen collins was a civil rights activist who went on to carve out a career as a playwright and filmmaker during a time when black women were rarely seen in those roles. In 2015 her film Losing Ground premiered at the Lincoln Center and was hailed as a masterpiece. She died in 1988.


July

First Love June

Gwendoline Riley From a winner of the Betty Trask and Somerset Maugham Awards comes a tightly wound, razor-sharp novel that questions our competing desires for intimacy and for freedom.

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eve is a writer in her mid-thirties married to an older man, Edwyn. At present they are in a place of relative peace, but their past battles have left scars. As Neve recalls the decisions that led her to this marriage, she tells of other loves and other debts, from her bullying father and her oblivious mother to a musician who played her, and recalls a series of lonely flights from one refuge to the next. Drawing the reader into the battleground of her relationship, Neve spins a story of helplessness and hostility. But is this, nonetheless, also a story of love?

March

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‘One of the wiliest English stylists... [A] beautiful voice singing in the wilderness’ Alan Warner ‘Lovely in both rhythm and elegance... [She has] natural talent’ Carol Ann Duffy

February

‘A continual joy to read’ Scotland on Sunday

January

gwendoline riley is the author of the novels Cold  Water, Sick Notes, Joshua Spassky, and Opposed Positions. Her writing has won a Betty Trask Award and a Somerset Maugham Award, and has been shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

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Border

A Journey to the Edge of Europe

Kapka Kassabova June

A vivid and richly evocative journey through the haunted borderlands that once made up the easternmost stretch of the old Iron Curtain and today mark the outer reaches of Europe.

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n Kapka’s childhood, the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was criss-crossed by an electrified fence and swarmed with soldiers, spies, and Eastern European fugitives.

April

Today, this heavily forested landscape is traversed by a new wave of refugees fleeing their homelands, but it is also still marked by barbed wire boundaries and the shallow graves of communism, by the remnants of twentieth-century wars and vanished civilisations, and by the ancient legacy of myths and legends. Kapka explores this uneasy region in the company of border guards and firewalkers, treasure hunters and botanists, refugees and smugglers, seeking to uncover the stories that will unlock its secrets.

March

Praise for Kapka Kassabova: ‘Sharp, clever and engaging, a wonderful mix of self-deprecating humour and genuine insight’ Independent on Sunday

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‘Kassabova wears her obvious intellect lightly’ Herald

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‘[She writes with] an elegant assurance, an acid wit and a heart-rending precision’ Pico Iyer

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kapka kassabova is a poet, novelist, and the author of the acclaimed memoirs Street  Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria (2008) and Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story (2011). She has written for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, Vogue, and 1843 magazine.


July

This Living and Immortal Thing

June

Austin Duffy An original and darkly funny debut novel set in a cancer hospital in New York, shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2016.

May

‘A tremendous, strange and beguiling novel that has a bearing on all our lives. Droll, disturbing and surreptitiously profound’ William Boyd

April

‘Through a beauty of description that extends to cancer itself... the novel becomes an attempt to absorb, assimilate, even accept, our great natural enemy. A moving, rewarding and thoughtful book’ Guardian ‘Extraordinary… There are laugh-out-loud moments [and] the love story at the book’s core is heartbreakingly told’ Irish Examiner ‘Authentic... hypnotic... this is an impressive debut’ Big Issue

March

‘Duffy immerses the reader in the world of medicine... It is the details that bring the narrative to life, the clinician’s eye for spot-on summaries’ Irish Times

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austin duffy grew up in Ireland and studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He is a practising medical oncologist at the National Cancer Institute in Washington DC, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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The Patriots Sana Krasikov June

A rich and involving big-canvas novel about three generations of one family as they move between Russia and the US, between Stalin’s era and the modern day.

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rowing up in 1930s Brooklyn, Florence Fein will do anything to escape the confining values of her family and her city. When a new job and a love affair lead her to Moscow, she gladly abandons America – only to discover, years later, that America has abandoned her. Now, as her son Julian travels back to Moscow – entrusted to stitch together a murky transcontinental oil deal – he must dig into Florence’s past to discover who his mother really was.

April

Epic in sweep and intimate in detail, The Patriots is a compelling portrait of a family caught between the forces of history and the consequences of past choices. ‘The Patriots is a masterwork, a Dr Zhivago for our times’ Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi

March

‘A sweeping, ambitious kaleidoscope of family, faith, identity, idealism, and displacement... I found on every page an observation so acute, a sentence of such truth and shining detail, that it demanded re-reading for the sheer pleasure of it’ Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

one more year PB £7.99 978 1 84627 178 6

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sana krasikov’s acclaimed collection One More Year was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. It received a National Book Foundation ‘5 under 35’ Award and won the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. The Patriots is her first novel.

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July

To Be a Machine Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

June

Mark O’Connell An engaging, funny, and often astounding exploration of transhumanism, the philosophical and technological movement seeking to update the human machine.

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ranshumanists want to use technology to fundamentally change the human condition, to improve our bodies and minds to the point where we become something other, and better, than the animals we are. Ambitious? Terrifying? Or ridiculous? Here Mark O’Connell presents us with the first full-length exploration of transhumanism: its philosophical and scientific roots, its key players and possible futures. From charismatic techies seeking to enhance the body to immortalists who believe in the possibility of ‘solving’ death; from computer programmers quietly re-designing the world to vast competitive robotics conventions; To Be A Machine is an Adventures in Wonderland for our time.

March

‘A voyage into the dark heart of transhumanism, where dwell many hopeful mind-uploaders, robo-warfighters, subdermal implanters, doomed immortalists, and sundry ageing Singularitarians. A funny, wise, and oddly moving book’ Nicholson Baker

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mark o’connell is a books columnist for Slate, a staff writer at The Millions, and a regular contributor to the NewYorker’s ‘Page-Turner’ blog and the Dublin Review; his work has been published in the NewYork Times Magazine, the NewYork Times Book Review, and the Observer.

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One of the Boys Daniel Magariel June

A spellbinding and unflinching debut novel about the relationship between a controlling father and his two sons, set in the bright heat of suburban Albuquerque.

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father and his boys have won ‘the war’: the father’s term for his bitter divorce and custody battle. They leave Kansas and drive through the night to their new apartment in Albuquerque. Settled in new schools, the boys join basketball teams, make friends. Meanwhile their father works from home, smoking cheap cigars to hide another smell. But soon his missteps – the dead-eyed absentmindedness, the late-night noises, the comings and goings of increasingly odd characters – become sinister, and the boys find themselves watching their father transform into someone they no longer recognize.

April

Brutal and urgent, this is a story of survival: two brothers driven to protect each other from the father they once trusted. March

‘Brilliant, urgent, darkly funny, heartbreaking – a tour de force with startling new things to say about class, masculinity, addiction, and family. Daniel Magariel is an exciting new presence in American writing’ George Saunders

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daniel magariel received his BA from Columbia University and his MFA from Syracuse University. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

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© Justine Magariel

February

‘Absolutely brilliant and beautiful... the lasting impression of this novel is of the unknowing courage unique to youth’ Rivka Galchen


July

Strange Labyrinth Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London’s Great Forest

June

Will Ashon A book about mad dogs, punk rock, Enclosure, magic, and tree-climbing, based in the actual terrain and oppositional history of the East London/Essex borderlands of Epping Forest.

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idway on his path in life, Will Ashon found himself in a dark forest. At least, he was trying to find himself. And the forest wasn’t entirely metaphorical.

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Woven from biography, memoir, social history, and landscape writing, Strange Labyrinth is an account of one writer’s search for meaning and one forest’s host of ghosts, personalities, and legends. It is full of curious tales, remarkable characters, compelling deviations, and exquisite writing. It is a deeply intelligent and peculiar literary walk through the woods, through mid-life, through the fundamental questions ‘why would you walk in the forest?’ and ‘why would you write a book?’

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will ashon was born in Leicester in 1969. He worked as a music journalist and founded the record label Big Dada Recordings in 1996, which he ran for over fifteen years, winning the Mercury Music Prize twice. He has published two novels, Clear  Water and The Heritage.

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July

The Way to the Spring Life and Death in Palestine

Ben Ehrenreich

June

Brave, lucid, and beautifully written, this is a searing account of life in Palestine from an award-winning writer and journalist. ‘A freedom song, burning with humanity’ Adam Shatz ‘Powerful, deep and heartbreaking… I wish there were more writers as brave’ Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

‘Read it! It recognises and respects hope’ John Berger

ben ehrenreich’s writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New  York Times  Magazine, and the London Review of Books. He is a recipient of the National Magazine Award.

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‘Stunning’ Robert Wyatt

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Addlands Tom Bullough March

An engrossing tale of rural family life in the Welsh borders – vast and complex as a symphony, but as pure as a solo voice in an empty church. ‘Mesmerisingly beautiful… a haunting fusion of person, place and history’ Gerard Woodward, author of The Seacunny

‘A haunting study of change and continuity’ Financial Times ‘Finely written… you’ll be left yearning for the Welsh hills’ Sunday Times

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tom bullough lives in the Brecon Beacons. Addlands is his fourth novel.

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‘Bullough’s writing is a joy – disciplined, observant and musical, blissfully free of cliché’ Andrew Miller


July

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

June

Madeleine Thien An epic, resonant novel about the farreaching effects of China’s revolutionary history from the 1940s to the present day, told through the stories of two interlinked musical families. May

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016

April

‘A vivid, magisterial novel that reaches back to China’s civil war and up to the present day… This is a moving and extraordinary evocation of the 20th-century tragedy of China, and deserves to cement Thien’s reputation as an important and compelling writer’ Isabel Hilton, Guardian ‘Beautiful... It is a highly suspenseful drama... measured, intoxicating and tragic (and) as courageous and far reaching as principled resistance itself’ Financial Times

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‘A serious and gifted writer. [This book is] like a beautiful and complex piece of music’ Ma Jian, author of Beijing Coma

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‘With insight and compassion, Thien presents a compelling tale of China of the 20th century’ Yiyun Li, author of Kinder than Solitude ‘Intelligent, powerful and moving. Thien’s magnum opus’ Tan Twan Eng, author of The Garden of Evening Mists

madeleine thien is the author of the novels Dogs at the Perimeter and Certainty, and the story collection Simple Recipes. Her books have been translated into 23 languages.

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‘A magnificent epic of Chinese history, richly detailed and beautifully written’ The Times

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Strange Heart Beating Eli Goldstone

June

A dark, funny, and seductive novel that takes a widower from London to Latvia in search of the truth about his late wife.

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eb’s beautiful, beloved wife Leda has been killed by a swan. Sorting through her belongings after her death, he finds a packet of unopened letters from a man whose existence she never mentioned. Floundering professionally and sunk by grief, he decides to travel to Latvia to unravel this mystery silhouetted against his marriage. He is met, instead, with the living ghosts of Leda’s past, all of whom knew a fragment of her – but none of whom are willing to share their secrets with him.

April

A breathtaking debut from an author whose vision is both acerbic and tender.

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eli goldstone lives in London and is a graduate of the City University Creative Writing MA.


July

The Wine Dine Dictionary Good Food and Good Wine: An A–Z of Suggestions for Happy Eating and Drinking

Victoria Moore June

Here is the book that is currently missing from our kitchen shelves: a brilliantly intuitive handbook for matching food and wine, from the author of the bestselling How to Drink.

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May

ant to pick the perfect wine for dinner? Wondering what to eat with a special bottle? Let The  Wine Dine Dictionary be your guide. Arranged A–Z by food and then A–Z by wine, this unique handbook will help you make more informed, more creative, and more delicious choices about what to eat and drink.

April

As one of the country’s most popular wine journalists as well as an expert in the psychology of taste and smell, Moore explains what goes with what, and why the combination works. Written with her trademark authority, warmth, and wit, this is a book to consult and to savour. Praise for How To Drink: non-fiction / food & drink £20.00 May 240 × 140mm HB 288pp TBC Selling Territories: ALL Rights: US, TN, SL Agent: David Higham

‘Approachable [and] highly practical… Expect your cocktail-making repertoire to increase dramatically’ Time Out

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‘Clever, trenchant, knowledgeable, imaginative... [A] handsome, useful and engaging book’ Daily Mail

February

‘Moore knows her tipples’ Metro

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victoria moore is an award-winning wine writer and is currently the Telegraph’s wine correspondent. She has also written for the New Statesman and the Guardian, and has appeared on Radio 4’s Food Programme and You & Yours. She is the author of How To Drink, and lives in London.


July

The Tidal Zone June

Sarah Moss A poignant and engrossing exploration of family life, centred around a cataclysmic event and its aftermath; from the author of Night Waking and Signs for Lost Children.

May

‘Moss is a writer of exceptional gifts, who can combine the profound and the prosaic, the contemporary and the historic, in a compelling narrative’ Margaret Drabble ‘A remarkable, passionate, funny and beautifully furious book, full of love, history, justice and tenderness’ A.L. Kennedy

April

‘The Tidal Zone is a novel for our times... An intensely contemporary novel, with swingeing criticisms of this country today... An excellent read’ Penelope Lively, Guardian

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signs for lost children PB £8.99 978 1 84708 913 7

‘Moss has written a new kind of state-of-thenation novel, one that addresses big themes… all explored through the prism of one ordinary family… Without doubt, she’s one of the best British novelists writing today’ Independent

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‘Sarah Moss’s great gift is as a first-rate depicter of human emotions... This is grown-up writing for grown-up readers, the kind of story that makes you think about your own life choices and close relationships. Few novels do that with such depth and clarity as Moss’s has done so here’ Sunday Herald

sarah moss is the author of four novels and a memoir, Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland, which was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013.

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July

The Answers Catherine Lacey June

From the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing comes a novel about an attempt to break love into its component parts and the dizzying, disturbing results.

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May

ary is out of options. Estranged from her family, plagued by debt and beset by chronic pain, she takes a job in ‘The Girlfriend Experiment’ – an outlandish project, masterminded by a famous but troubled actor, to find the scientific essence of what we call ‘love’.

April

Mary is hired to be the Emotional Girlfriend, alongside a Maternal Girlfriend, a Mundane Girlfriend, an Angry Girlfriend, and an Intimacy Team. Each woman has her debts and her difficulties, her past lives and her secrets. When the nature of the experiment changes, the Girlfriends are exposed to new perils – foremost among them, love. Praise for Nobody Is Ever Missing:

March

‘Wry, surprising and blackly funny... a novel of uncomfortable power’ Guardian fiction £12.99 June Demy 216 × 135mm TPB 272pp TBC Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Wylie Agency

‘Boundlessly brave and astute’ Samantha Harvey, author of The Wilderness

nobody is ever missing PB £7.99 978 1 78378 089 1

February

‘Compelling and fascinating… A fable of our age’ Independent on Sunday

978 1 78378 217 8 (TPB) 978 1 78378 219 2 (Ebook)

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January

catherine lacey is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing, a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. She was the recipient of a Whiting Award in 2016 and was named a Granta New Voice in 2014. A collection of her short stories is forthcoming from Granta Books.


July

Stranger in a Strange Land Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem

June

George Prochnik A non-fiction Bildungsroman of one of the twentieth century’s most important humanist thinkers, and an intimate story of George Prochnik’s own youth, marriage, and spiritual quest in Jerusalem.

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May

ershom Scholem, once acclaimed as a Freud-like interpreter of the inner world of the Cosmos, is now all but forgotten. In Stranger in a Strange Land, George Prochnik uncovers a neglected genius, vividly conjuring Scholem’s upbringing in Berlin, compellingly bringing to life Scholem’s transformative friendship with Walter Benjamin, and traces Scholem’s discovery of Judaism, Kabbalah, and finally Zionism.

978 1 78378 178 2 (HB) 978 1 78378 179 9 (Ebook)

the impossible exile PB £9.99 978 1 78378 116 4

Praise for The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World: ‘Prochnik’s portrait could hardly be bettered’ Independent ‘A different approach to understanding Zweig has long been needed, and now at last we have it... Brilliantly accomplished’ New Statesman

February

non-fiction £20.00 June Royal 234 × 153mm HB 352pp TBC Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Other Press

Prochnik’s self-imposed exile in the Holy Land in the 1990s brings him to question the stereotypical intellectual and theological constructs of Jerusalem. He ultimately suggests that a new form of ecological pluralism must now inherit the historically energizing role once played by Kabbalah and Zionism in Jewish thought.

January

george prochnik is the author of The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the  World (2014), In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a  World of Noise (2010), and Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the Purpose of American Psychology (2006).

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July

Pinpoint How GPS is Changing Our World

Greg Milner June

The riveting story of GPS and how it is affecting our culture, our technology, and our brains – and how we think about ourselves in the world.  

May

‘One of the most mesmerising and exhilarating, yet alarming modern technology books I’ve read’ Financial Times ‘Startling and persuasive… suggests that GPS is as potent and pervasive a force as the internet – if much less well understood’ SundayTimes

April

‘Delves deep into the dense web of intersections between GPS and [the] utilities we vitally depend on’ Will Self, Guardian ‘Precise and fascinating... Milner expertly deconstructs the implications of this monumental shift in human life’ Observer

March

‘A welcome guide to where GPS came from, what it does and where it might be taking us’ The Times ‘Entirely brilliant… every page is a treasure-house of fascinations’ Simon Winchester, author of The Map That Changed the World

non-fiction £9.99 June B format 198 × 129mm PB 336pp Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Abner Stein

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January

greg milner is the author of Perfecting Sound Forever, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A former editor at Spin, his writing has also appeared in Slate, the Village Voice, Wired, Salon, New York, Rolling Stone and the Sunday Times.

perfecting sound forever PB £9.99 978 1 84708 140 7

February

‘Funny, scary, and tremendously readable, Pinpoint [is] an eye-opening thrill’ Andrew Blum, author of Tubes

978 1 84708 709 6 (PB) 978 1 84708 710 2 (Ebook)


Granta Magazine January - June 2017


Granta 137: Followers Edited by Sigrid Rausing

£12.99 November 2016 210 × 145 mm PB / Ebook 232pp (TBC) Colour illustrations Colour photo section Selling Territories: ALL Rights: Granta

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February

Recently published

© Noh Suntag

When does a movement become a cult? In this issue we focus on faith, on the appeal of surrendering to a higher power, of becoming a follower. What’s the difference between conviction, groupthink, and madness? Inside: Miriam Toews, Matilda Gustavsson, Ken Follett, and Lauren Hough on growing up in sects Emmanuel Carrère and Darcy Padilla New fiction from John Connell, Luke Kennard, Adam Thorpe, Lara Vapnyar, and Padma Viswanathan The diary of Ivan Chistyakov, a Gulag prison guard Aatish Taseer meets the Brahmins of  Varanasi

Granta 138: Journeys

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Edited by Sigrid Rausing

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What are the ethics of writing about a place you visit only briefly and view as an outsider? With Granta’s long tradition of travel writing in mind, we ask some of the world’s best writers: is travel writing dead? Plus: William Atkins investigates a killing across the US–Mexico border Xan Rice goes back to school in South Africa A brand new story from Edna O’Brien David Flusfeder visits record factories in Detroit and California Colin Grant trains as a doctor in 1980s London

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July

Granta 139: Best of  Young American Novelists Edited by Sigrid Rausing

June

Once every ten years Granta publishes a fiction anthology of the twenty best American writers under the age of 40.

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n 1997 and 2007 we picked out such luminaries as Daniel Alarcón, Edwidge Danticat, Anthony Doerr, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Franzen, Nell Freudenberger, Nicole Krauss, Yiyun Li, Lorrie Moore, Karen Russell, Akhil Sharma, and Gary Shteyngart.

April

This issue distils the preoccupations of another generation; a selection of fascinating writers you will be hearing more from, chosen by a panel of judges who are themselves acclaimed writers: Paul Beatty, Patrick deWitt, A.M. Homes, Kelly Link, Ben Marcus and Sigrid Rausing. ‘The most highly praised literary magazine’ New York Times

£12.99 May 210 × 145 mm PB / Ebook 232pp (TBC)

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March

‘The always interesting, often intriguing and at times tantalising Granta magazine inhabits a space it has made its own: a literary journal possessing the confidence and substance of a book’ Irish Times ‘Quite simply, the most impressive literary magazine of its time’ Daily Telegraph

February January

sigrid rausing is Editor and Publisher of Granta magazine and Publisher of Granta and Portobello Books. She is the author of History, Memory and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia: The End of a Collective Farm and Everything is Wonderful, which has been translated into four different languages.

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Portobello Books January - June 2017


July

Swallowing Mercury June

Wioletta Greg Translated from the Polish by Eliza Marciniak

Set in 1980s rural Poland, this novella follows a girl’s passage to adulthood in a village where folklore blurs with religious guidance and peculiar personal metamorphoses are the norm. May April

W

iola belongs to a close-knit agricultural community. Wiola’s black cat is called Blackie. Wiola’s father was a deserter but now he’s a taxidermist. Wiola must never enter the seamstress’s ‘secret’ room. Wiola collects matchbox labels. Wiola lives in a Poland that is both very recent and lost in time. Swallowing Mercury is a vivid, colourful novella about the ordinary passing of years in many extraordinary days.

March

‘I have been utterly “swallowed” by this odd yet oddly familiar folk novella – somewhere between memoir and fairytale – which has magic and menace in perfect measure’ Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Selling Territories: ALL Rights: US, SL Agent: Barbara J. Zitwer Agency

978 1 84627 607 1 (HB) 978 1 84627 608 8 (Ebook)

© Isabella Banaszkiewicz

January

February

fiction £12.99 January B format 198 × 129mm HB 160pp

‘I really loved this strange book, which is sometimes sinister and sometimes lovely, and many things besides’ Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing

wioletta greg is the author of six volumes of poetry and a novella, Swallowing Mercury, translated here into English for the first time. She lives in Essex.

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July

The Case Against Sugar Gary Taubes June

A groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé arguing that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick indeed.  

May

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© Shunju Bungei

March

Praise for Why We Get Fat and The Diet Delusion:

April

vidence increasingly shows that sugar is likely the single root cause of the major Western diseases: obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, perhaps even Alzheimer’s and cancer. Yet the nutritional advice we receive is muddled, out of date and contradictory. With expert science and compelling storytelling, Gary Taubes investigates the history of nutritional science which has for a hundred years denied the impact of sugar. He exposes the powerful influence of the food industry and how it has corrupted essential scientific research. And he finds that sugar’s addictive pleasures are resulting in consumption as never experienced before, to devastating effect. This book is a revelatory read which arms us to make informed decisions about sugar, as individuals and a society.

popular science £14.99 January Royal TPB 384pp

‘Stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head’ New York Times

978 1 84627 637 8 (TPB) 978 1 84627 638 5 (Ebook)

February

‘Mr Taubes has a gift for turning complex scientific principles into engaging narrative... Fascinating’ Wall Street Journal

Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Random House US

January

gary taubes is the cofounder of the Nutrition Science Initiative and the author of Why We Get Fat and The Diet Delusion. An award-winning science and health journalist, his writing has appeared in Discover, Science, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Nature, and the British Journal of Medicine. He lives in Oakland, California.

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July

Memoirs of a Polar Bear Yoko Tawada

June

Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

A story of three polar bears: a memoirist who flees the Soviet Union, a dancer in an East Berlin circus, and Knut, a baby bear born in Berlin Zoo.

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May

bear, born and raised in captivity, is devastated by the loss of his keeper; another finds herself performing in the circus; a third sits down one day and pens a memoir which becomes an international sensation, and causes her to flee her home.

April

Through the stories of these three bears, Tawada reflects on our humanity, the ways in which we belong to one another and the ways in which we are formed. Delicate and surreal, Memoirs of a Polar Bear takes the reader into foreign bodies and foreign climes, and immerses us in what the New  Yorker calls ‘Yoko Tawada’s magnificent strangeness’.

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Praise for Yoko Tawada:

March

fiction £12.99 March Demy 216 × 135mm TPB 256pp

‘One of the most creative, theoretically provocative, and unflinchingly original writers in the world’ Words Without Borders

yoko tawada has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Kleist Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal. She writes in both Japanese and German.

© Thomas Karston

January

February

‘Tawada’s stories agitate the mind like songs half remembered or treasure boxes whose keys are locked within’ New York Times

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July

Cast Away Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis

Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

June

A compelling exploration of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, told through the stories of those who have made the perilous journey and lived to recount their experience. ‘Fascinating and necessary’ Patrick Cockburn ‘This is a book which needed to be written and stories which needed to be told’ Alex Crawford

‘Closely reported, passionately argued, deeply moving’ Guardian

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978 1 84627 617 0 (PB) 978 1 84627 616 3 (Ebook)

April

charlotte mcdonald-gibson has worked as a foreign correspondent for fourteen years, reporting from three continents for the international media. She writes about Europe for the Independent and TIME.

May

‘McDonald-Gibson’s gripping storytelling has a cinematic quality... [One of] the most important books you will read this year’ Irish Times

The Fox Was Ever the Hunter

March

Herta Müller Translated from the German by Philip Boehm

A haunting and cinematic early masterpiece set in Ceaușescu’s Romania, from the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. ‘Poetic [and] haunting’ Washington Post February

‘Her prose shatters and illuminates a world that is always watching, waiting. [This] is a dark collage, which glints with fear – and with beauty’ Atlantic

the hunger angel PB £8.99 978 1 84627 278 3

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978 1 84627 477 0 (PB) 978 1 84627 478 7 (Ebook) Previously Published: May 2016 216 × 135mm TPB £12.99 978 1 84627 476 3

January

Multi award-winning writer herta mller was born as part of a German-speaking minority in Romania in 1953. In 1987, she emigrated to Germany. She writes in German.

fiction £8.99 March B format 198 × 129mm PB 256pp Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Hanser Verlag


July

Things We Lost in the Fire

June

Mariana Enríquez Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell

A thrilling, terrifying slice of ‘Argentine Gothic’: these stories mark the debut of an internationally renowned writer whose fiction hits ‘with the force of a freight train’ (Dave Eggers). May

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April

woman moves to a rundown suburb of Buenos Aires and, from her window, watches as a teenage prostitute raises her five-year-old son, ‘The Dirty Kid’, on the street. One day, both are gone, and the dismembered body of a child is found in the neighbourhood. Could it be The Dirty Kid, and if so, is his mother a victim too, or an accomplice, or his killer? Things We Lost in the Fire takes the reader into a world of sharp-toothed children; of women racked by desire; of stolen skulls and secrets half-buried during a brutal dictatorship.

March

‘A mesmerizing writer’ Dave Eggers ‘These elementally intense stories are the business’ Helen Oyeyemi Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Casanovas & Lynch

978 1 84627 634 7 (TPB) 978 1 84627 635 4 (Ebook)

‘These stories unsettle; they disturb; they disquiet. Read them!’ Kelly Link

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January

February

fiction £12.99 April Demy 216 × 135mm TPB 208pp TBC

mariana enrquez is a novelist, journalist, and short story writer from Argentina. She is an editor at Página/12, a newspaper based in Buenos Aires.

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July

The Nakano Thrift Shop Hiromi Kawakami

June

Translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell

From the bestselling author of Strange Weather in Tokyo, here is a story of treasure hoarders, bargain hunters, and would-be lovers, centred around a Japanese thrift shop. May

W

April

hen Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of a neighbourhood thrift store, she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community. There is Mr Nakano, an enigmatic ladies’ man with several ex-wives; his artistic, eccentric sister Masayo Nakano; and Hitomi’s fellow employee, the shy but charming Takeo. Every day customers from the neighbourhood pass in and out as curios are bought and sold, each one containing its own surprising story. When Hitomi and Takeo begin to fall for one another, they find themselves in the centre of their own drama – and on the edge of many others.

March

‘Subtle, graceful, wise, and threaded on a quirky humour, this exploration of the connections and disconnections between people kept me smiling long after the last page’ Julia Rochester, author of The House at the Edge of the World 978 1 84627 602 6 (PB) 978 1 84627 601 9 (Ebook)

strange weather in tokyo PB £7.99 978 1 84627 510 4

February

previously published: August 2016 216 × 135 TPB £12.99 978 1 84627 600 2

hiromi kawakami is one of Japan’s most popular contemporary novelists, famous for her offbeat literary fiction.

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© Shunju Bungei

fiction £7.99 June B format 198 × 129mm PB 256pp Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL (2nd only) Agent: Wylie Agency


granta and portobello books backlist

the luminaries 978 1 84708 432 3 £9.99

the sisters brothers 978 1 84708 319 7 £8.99

may we be forgiven 978 1 84708 323 4 £8.99

the vegetarian 9781846276033 7.99

the wild places 978 1 84708 018 9 £9.99

londoners 978 1 84708 329 6 £9.99

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men explain things to me 978 1 78378 079 2 £12.99

nothing to envy 978 1 84708 141 4 £9.99

strange weather in tokyo 978 1 84627 510 4 £7.99

behind the beautiful forevers 978 1 84627 451 0 £9.99

the end of days 978 1 84627 515 9 £8.99

stasiland 978 1 84708 335 7 £9.99

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Index A

J

Addlands 17 Answers, The 23 Ashon, Will 16

Jackson, Greg Jefferson, Margo

11 17

Kassabova, Kapka Kawakami, Hiromi Krasikov, Sana L

Case Against Sugar, The 33 Cast Away 35 Collins, Kathleen 9

Lacey, Catherine Lawson, April Ayers

18 12

E Ehrenreich, Ben Enríquez, Mariana

11 37 13

23 7

M

D

17 36

Magariel, Daniel McDonald-Gibson, Charlotte Memoirs of a Polar Bear Milner, Greg Moore, Victoria Moss, Sarah Müller, Herta

15 35 34 25 20 22 35

N F First Love Fox Was Ever the Hunter, The

10 35

G Goldstone, Eli Granta 137: Followers Granta 138: Journeys Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists Greg, Wioletta

19 28 28 29 32

Riley, Gwendoline

10

S

C

Do Not Say We Have Nothing Duffy, Austin

6 8

K

B Border Bullough, Tom

R

Nakano Thrift Shop, The 37 Negroland 8

Strange Heart Beating Strange Labyrinth Stranger in a Strange Land Swallowing Mercury

19 16 24 32

T Taubes, Gary Tawada, Yoko Thien, Madeleine Things We Lost in the Fire This Living and Immortal Thing Tidal Zone, The To Be a Machine

33 34 18 36 12 22 14

U Under the Udala Trees

6

V Virgin

7

W

O O’Connell, Mark Okparanta, Chinelo One of the Boys

14 6 15

P Patriots, The 13 Pinpoint 25 Prochnik, George 24 Prodigals 6

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Way to the Spring, The Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Wine Dine Dictionary, The

17 9 20


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