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Contents GRANTA

First Love 6 The Future is History 7 The Alarming Palsy of James Orr 8 The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow 9 Virgin 10 Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? 10 The Minister and the Murderer 11 Daphne 12 Strange Labyrinth 13 The Patriots 13 Asymmetry 14 Elisabeth’s Lists 15 Eat the Buddha 16 One of the Boys 17 To Be a Machine 17 Census 18 Painter to the King 19 Natural Causes 20 Strange Heart Beating 21 Islander 21 On Michael Jackson 22 The Recovering 23

West 24 The Cow Book 25 The Answers 26 The Secret Twenties 27 White Houses 27

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King Kong 34 Memoirs of a Polar Bear 34 Fallout 35 The Case Against Sugar 36 Go, Went, Gone 37 Such Small Hands 37

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First Love Gwendoline Riley A story of toxic families and troubling love.

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eve and Edwyn’s marriage is a battleground. Though they are, at present, in a state of peace, they have not always been so. As Neve recalls their years together, she spins a story of names and threats, doubts and accusations, in which both husband and wife have played a part. But is this, nonetheless, also a story of love?

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION. Recently published

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 GORDON BURN PRIZE ‘Exquisite... searing... we are left with the stinging sense of having been loved’ Daily Telegraph ‘A singular, devastating journey into the ungovernable reaches of the heart’ Observer ‘Original and unforgettable... suffused with gems’ Mail on Sunday

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‘First Love will dazzle you’ Stylist

gwendoline riley was born in London in 1979. She 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, the Gordon Burn Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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‘An intimate, uncompromising anatomy of love from a writer of singular vision’ ‘Books of 2017’, Guardian


The Future is History How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Masha Gessen A revelatory history of post-Soviet Russia, by the great dissident exile Masha Gessen.

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he Future is History follows four Russians, born as the Soviet Union crumbled and the promise of a new democratic era dawned. They are entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, writers, sexual and social beings. All of them were to find themselves victims of a regime that rapidly revealed itself as today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state.

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Following on from the international success of The Man Without a Face, Masha Gessen returns with a sweeping account of how the hope of democracy gave way to a devastating new strain of autocracy, establishing herself as contemporary Russia’s most fearless inquisitor.

‘Necessary reading for anyone trying to understand the earthshaking events of our time: how in one country after another individual aspirations for wealth and power mutated into collective cravings for strongmen’ Pankaj Mishra history £20 / £14.99 October 2017 HB / Export TPB Royal 234 × 153mm 528pp Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Penguin US

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masha gessen is a journalist and the author of several books including The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of  Vladimir Putin, which was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2012. She has contributed to the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker. She lives in New York City.

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The Alarming Palsy of James Orr Tom Lee

An exquisite nightmare in suburbia, from an emerging British writer of extraordinary and disturbing talent.

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ames Orr – husband, father, reliable employee and all round model citizen – wakes one morning to find himself quite transformed.

Recently published

There’s no way he can go into the office, and the doctors aren’t able to help. Waiting for the affliction to pass, he wanders the idyllic estate where he lives, with its pretty woodland, uniform streets and perfectly manicured lawns. But there are cracks in the veneer. And as his orderly existence begins to unravel, it appears that James may not be the man he thought he was.

‘Politely calamitous and deeply affecting. Tom Lee can actually do what many writers think they can do’ Cynan Jones

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tom lee was born in 1974 and is the author of the short story collection Greenfly. He lives in London and teaches at Goldsmiths College. The Alarming Palsy of James Orr is his first novel.

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January

The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow Danny Denton

February

A noir thriller, a lyric romance and a dystopian saga in one fearless debut novel.

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reland is flooded, derelict. It never stops raining. The Kid in Yellow has stolen the babba from the Earlie King. Why? Something to do with the King’s daughter, and a talking statue; something godawful. From every wall the King’s Eye watches. And yet the city is full of hearts – defiant, sprayed in yellow – the mark of the Kid. It cannot end well. Can it? Follow the Kid, hear the tale. Roll up! Roll up!

April

‘A work of dancing brutality and ferocious tenderness, properly wild, and utterly welcome’ Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies ‘What a book! Absolutely marvellous’ Cillian Murphy

May

‘A great, imaginative cloudburst’ Mike McCormack, author of Solar Bones

‘A rollicking tour de force; The Earlie King is one of the best Irish novels to come along in a long time’ David Means, author of Hystopia

July

danny denton is a writer from Cork, Ireland. His short fiction has appeared in The Stinging Fly. This is his first novel.

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‘Pungent, steaming, frightening, and sometimes heartbreaking… Brilliant’ Gavin Corbett, author of Green Glowing Skull


January

Virgin

and Other Stories

April Ayers Lawson February

A remarkable story collection – ‘an astonishment’ (Paris Review). ‘[A] finely observed debut... lit by the sheer intelligence of her writing and her X-ray eye for the inner dynamics of relationships’ Sunday Times

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‘Stirring... precise and often beautiful prose’ Irish Times ‘A tremendous intelligence paradoxically amplified by being constrained by intense emotion… a distinctive, and extraordinary, writer’ Rivka Galchen april ayers lawson was the recipient of the 2011 Plimpton Prize for Fiction. Virgin is her first book.

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Kathleen Collins

May

‘An exceptional writer… I adored this book’ – Zadie Smith on this rediscovered classic of the civil rights era. ‘Lithe and passionate… distinguished by Collins’s rich, voluptuous prose... [These stories] are as urgent today as they ever could have been’ Sunday Times

June

‘Modern, confident, emotionally intelligent and humorous… Persistently delightful’ Guardian

July

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‘A fascinating collection... an exciting discovery’ Independent ‘We need books like this’ Financial Times kathleen collins was a civil rights activist, playwright and pioneering filmmaker whose astonishing body of work was overlooked in her lifetime. She died in 1988, aged 46.

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January

The Minister and the Murderer A Book of Aftermaths

Stuart Kelly February

The case that split the Scottish Church: can a self-confessed murderer become a priest?

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n 1969, James Nelson confessed to murder, served a prison sentence, then applied to be ordained as a minster in the Scottish Church. The case divided the Church, and challenged the institution to consider its most basic obligations and duties. For James Nelson had not just committed murder, but brutal matricide.

April

Stuart Kelly uses the case of Nelson to write a compelling history of the Church in Scotland. This is a book of soul-searching and speculation, deep thinking and fine writing. It is a knotty, riveting and mind-expanding investigation of forgiveness and sin, truth and faith.

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stuart kelly is a Scottish critic and author. His works include Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented A Nation, which was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is a regular reviewer for the Scotland on Sunday, the Guardian, the TLS and the Spectator.


January

Daphne Will Boast

February

A tender modern love story and a beguiling reimagining of the myth of Apollo and Daphne.

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March

aphne suffers from a rare and harrowing medical condition: whenever she feels strong emotion, she is quite literally paralysed. As protection she has built strong walls between herself and the world, avoiding anger, disappointment and surprise. But when she meets shy, charming Ollie, she’s faced with an impossible choice: cling to her pristine isolation or risk the recklessness of real intimacy. Praise for Epilogue:

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will boast is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Epilogue (2014), and a story collection, Power Ballads (2011). His fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices, the Guardian and the New Republic. He has held fellowships from Stanford University, the American Academy in Rome and UEA.

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‘Each tiny piece of this story is so sweet and heartbreaking I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s brilliant. It will make you cry. I have never met Will Boast, but I’m so proud of him’ Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina

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January

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

Will Ashon February

A book about a forest, which is like a forest – tangled pathways, surprising encounters; magic and madness, litter and loss. ‘An anarchic hymn to the scruffy edgeland of Epping Forest… Fascinating... [A] glorious book you’ll enjoy getting lost in’ Jon Day, Observer

‘Ashon [writes] with verve and a winning candour’ New Statesman

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April

will ashon is the author of the novels Clear Water and The Heritage. He founded the record label Big Dada Recordings in 1996, winning the Mercury Music Prize twice.

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March

‘A delirious fiction of doctored memory and free association’ Iain Sinclair, ‘Book of the Week’, Guardian

The Patriots Sana Krasikov May

Epic and involving: the irresistible story of three generations of one family as they move between Russia and the US, between Stalin’s era and the modern day. ‘Weighty and engaging... Krasikov writes with a poetic ear for sound and cadence’ Guardian

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July

sana krasikov is the author of One More Year, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize, and has just been named as one of Granta’s Best of  Young American Novelists.

June

‘[An] outstanding historical saga [and] a dazzling and addictive piece of work... it also feels curiously relevant... As an intelligent literary commentary on Russo-American relations of the past century, it’s unparalleled’ Spectator


January

Asymmetry February

Lisa Halliday A dazzling, provocative novel of asymmetrical parts, from a major new international writer of rare and extraordinary talent.

‘A book unlike any you’ve read. Deft, funny, and humane... a profoundly necessary political novel about the place for art in an unjust world’ Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding

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Playful and inventive, tender and humane, Asymmetry is a novel that illuminates the power plays and imbalances of contemporary life – between young and old, West and Middle East, fairness and injustice, talent and luck, and the personal and the political. Lisa Halliday is a remarkable new literary talent, writing about the world today with astonishing versatility, acuity and daring.

May

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n New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer. At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, finds himself detained for the weekend. What draws these characters together, and how do their lives connect – if at all?

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June

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‘Transgressive and shocking and intimate and expansive, torn from today’s headlines, signifier of the strange moment we now occupy. Somehow this book, this author, has all but exploded into the world, fully formed’ Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children

July

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lisa halliday has worked as a freelance editor and translator in Milan, where she lives with her husband. She received a Whiting Award for Fiction in 2017. Asymmetry is her first novel.

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January

Elisabeth’s Lists A Family Story

Lulah Ellender February

A portrait of a lost era and a lost grandmother, pieced together from an inherited book of handwritten lists.

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March

any years after the death of her grandmother Elisabeth, Lulah Ellender inherited a curious object – a book of handwritten lists. From these everyday fragments – shopping lists, packing lists – Lulah began to weave together the details of Elisabeth’s extraordinary life, from her early years as an ambassador’s daughter in 1930s China, to her marriage to a British diplomat and postings in Madrid under Franco’s regime, and post-war Beirut, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. Throughout her life, the lists were a source of structure and comfort. Now, as Lulah learns that she is losing her own mother, she finds herself turning, like Elisabeth, to the much-travelled book of lists to find meaning and solace.

April

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lulah ellender’s writing has appeared in the Guardian, YOU magazine, Easy Living and Green Parent, among others. She lives in Lewes, East Sussex, with her husband and four children. This is her first book.


January

Eat the Buddha Life and Death in a Tibetan Town

Barbara Demick February

From the Samuel Johnson prizewinning author of Nothing to Envy, a riveting portrait of 21st-century Tibetan life and resistance, told through stories from a single town.

I March

n 1950, China claimed sovereignty over Tibet, leading to decades of unrest and resistance. Since 2009 a spate of  Tibetan selfimmolations protesting against Chinese policies have taken place, bringing fraught Tibet–China relations to Western attention once again.

May

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In Eat the Buddha, Barbara Demick journeys to Aba, the Tibetan town where the protests began. Often travelling in disguise to get through Chinese government checkpoints, she stays with and interviews Aba’s residents, among them a 17-yearold novice monk contemplating self-immolation and an exiled Tibetan princess. Weaving together their stories with the history of China’s dominance over Tibet, Demick creates a vivid portrait of Tibetan life and the challenges Tibetans face today, locked in a struggle for identity against one of the most powerful countries in the world. non-fiction £14.99 March Royal 234 × 153mm TPB 272pp TBC Selling Territories: NCR, NANZ Rights: SL Agent: Abner Stein

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‘An utterly compelling account’ Mail on Sunday ‘A revelation’ Financial Times

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July

barbara demick won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea. She is also the author of Besieged: Life Under Fire on a Sarajevo Street, which won the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award and was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize. She lives in New York.

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January

One of the Boys Daniel Magariel

February

A searing novel about the relationship between a controlling father and his two sons, set in the bright heat of suburban Albuquerque. ‘Brilliant, urgent, darkly funny, heartbreaking – a tour de force’ George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo ‘Remarkably lucid and unsparing. Some passages feel so true, you keep wanting to put the book down to applaud’ Guardian

‘Gripping and heartfelt... feral and tender’ New York Times

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daniel magariel received his BA from Columbia University and his MFA from Syracuse University, where he was a Cornelia Carhart Fellow. He currently lives in New York with his wife.

March

‘Precise and coiled and urgent. Magariel is able – as few writers can – to say so much in so little. A propulsive and intense debut’ Hanya Yanigihara, author of A Little Life

To Be a Machine

Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

Mark O’Connell May

The critical smash-hit by an outstanding new voice in literary non-fiction, tackling the biggest movement of our time: transhumanism. SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE

‘Homer’s Odyssey for the digital age… the best book on its subject’ The Times

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mark o’connell is a journalist, essayist and literary critic. He is a books columnist for Slate, and a regular contributor to the New Yorker’s ‘PageTurner’ blog and the Dublin Review.

June

‘Dissects transhumanism with extraordinary exuberance and wit’ Financial Times


January

Census

February

Jesse Ball

A novel about Down syndrome, by a writer with magical gifts.

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March

father and son who are census takers journey across a nameless country from the town of A to the town of Z in the wake of the father’s fatal diagnosis. The father’s time is menacingly short. His son requires close and constant adult guidance. This is a trip of indefinite length.

April

Census marks the UK debut of the cult American novelist Jesse Ball. It is a book about discrimination and acceptance, kindness and art, education and love. It is a profoundly moving novel, glowing with wisdom and grace, roaring with a desire to change the world. Praise for Jesse Ball:

May

‘Recalls Borges and Calvino… Reading Ball feels like stumbling into an M.C. Escher print’ Chicago Times

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jesse ball is the award-winning author of over ten books of prose, poetry, drawings and essays. He was named as one of Granta magazine’s Best of  Young American Novelists in 2017. He lives in Chicago.

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January

Painter to the King Amy Sackville

February

From an award-winning young British writer approaching the peak of her powers, a masterful literary historical novel in the vein of Wolf Hall and Possession.

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March

his is a portrait of Diego Velázquez, from his arrival at the court of King Philip IV of Spain to his death 38 years and scores of paintings later. It is a portrait of a relationship, that is not quite a friendship, between an artist and his subject. It is a portrait of a ruler, always on duty, and increasingly burdened by a life of public expectation and repeated private grief. And it is a portrait of a court collapsing under the weight of its own excess.

April

This is a novel of brilliance, imagination and sheer style – about what is shown and what is seen, about art and life.

‘Lyrical and compelling... entirely original’ John Burnside, Times Literary Supplement

May

‘It is seductive, beguiling, lureful… A masterpiece’ Scarlett Thomas

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‘Impressive, intense and daring’ Telegraph

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July

amy sackville is the author of The Still Point, which won the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and Orkney, which won a 2014 Somerset Maugham Award.

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June

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January

Natural Causes An Epidemic of  Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Our Illusion of Control

February

Barbara Ehrenreich

A new understanding of our bodies, our selves and our place in the universe, from a seminal thinker.

In this revelatory book, Barbara Ehrenreich argues that our bodies are a battleground over which we have little control, and lays bare the cultural charades that shield us from this knowledge. Challenging everything we think we know about life and death, she also offers hope – that we find our place in a natural world teeming with animation and endless possibility.

May

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e tend to believe we have agency over our bodies, our minds and even our deaths. Yet emerging science challenges our assumptions of mastery: at the microscopic level, the cells in our bodies facilitate tumours and attack other cells, with life-threatening consequences.

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‘Ehrenreich is unique. I know of no other living writer in English with her ability to write with such clarity, wit, wisdom and narrative power across such a vast range of vital topics’ New Internationalist

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June

‘Such an exhilarating writer’ Sunday Times

July

barbara ehrenreich is the celebrated author of fifteen books, including the bestselling Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World. She writes regularly for Time, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine and various British newspapers including The Times and the Guardian. She lives in Virginia, USA.

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January

Strange Heart Beating Eli Goldstone

February

Leda, in a plot twist, has been killed by a swan. Her grieving widower travels from London to Latvia to untangle the rest of her story. ‘Funny and tender, but so ferocious, sweeping its reader towards wholly devastating realisations’ Lisa McInerney ‘Goldstone’s book combines all-consuming grief with playful, knockabout drama… An ardent examination of loss’ Financial Times

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

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March

‘If the Coen brothers had a sister, she would likely write like Goldstone, her pen dipped in weird black ink, piquant with fantasies and dread delusion’ Jewish Chronicle

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April

Islander

A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Patrick Barkham

Praise for Patrick Barkham: ‘A must-read for all Britain’s naturalists’ Chris Packham

badgerlands PB £9.99 978 1 84708 505 4

coastlines PB £9.99 978 1 84708 899 4

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July

patrick barkham is the author of The Butterfly Isles, which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize; Badgerlands, which was also shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and for the Wainwright Prize; and Coastlines.

the butterfly isles PB £9.99 978 1 84708 315 9

June

‘Real, proper, close-to-poetry literature… Made me want to drop everything and go there’ The Times

May

An irresistible exploration of the smallest islands of the British Isles from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Butterfly Isles.


January

On Michael Jackson

February

Margo Jefferson

Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson takes on the legend and legacy of the King of Pop.

M

March

ichael Jackson: provocateur, icon, enigma. Who was he really? And how does his spectacular rise, and his catastrophic fall, reflect upon those who made him, those who broke him and those who loved him?

April

Almost ten years on from Jackson’s untimely death, here is Margo Jefferson’s definitive and dazzling dissection of the King of Pop: a man admired for his music, his flair, his performances; and censured for his skin, his erratic behaviour and, in his final years, for his relationships with children. Praise for Baillie Gifford Prize-shortlisted Negroland: ‘A great book, destined to be read for a century’ Edmund White

May

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negroland PB £8.99 978 1 78378 339 7

‘Compelling, moving and clear-eyed, Jefferson [writes] with insight, compassion and wry wit’ Irish Times ‘Captivating’ Guardian ‘Compelling and essential reading’ Aminatta Forna The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, margo jefferson writes for the Guardian and the New York Times. Her recent memoir, Negroland, was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, and chosen as a book of the year by the Washington Post, L   A Times, Time, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire.

© Michael Lionstar

July

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January

The Recovering Intoxication and its Aftermath

Leslie Jamison February

A magisterial account of addiction, recovery and creative lives.

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March

ddiction is seemingly inexplicable. It is possible to describe, but hard to explore. Yet in The Recovering, Leslie Jamison draws on her own life and the lives of others – John Cheever, John Berryman, Jean Rhys and Amy Winehouse among them – to take us inside the experience of addiction, exposing the contours, edges and wholes of an intoxicated life.

April

Part memoir, part group biography, part literary history and part definitive analysis of the cultural and social considerations of addiction, The Recovering is a significant moment in the history of post-war narrative non-fiction. Praise for The Empathy Exams: ‘This is the essay at its creative, philosophical best’ Eleanor Catton

May

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‘Brilliant. Here comes the post-Sontag, postmodern American essay’ Ed Vulliamy

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June

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July

leslie jamison’s first novel, The Gin Closet, was published in 2010, and her collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, was published in 2014 and was a runaway bestseller in America. She attended, and later taught on, the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and now lives in New York City.


January

West

February

Carys Davies

The radiant debut novel from the winner of the 2015 Frank O’Connor Award.

W

March

hen Cy Bellman, American settler and widowed father of Bess, reads in the newspaper that huge ancient bones have been discovered in a Kentucky swamp, he leaves his small Pennsylvania farm and young daughter to find out if the rumours are true: that the giant monsters are still alive, and roam the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River.

April

West is the story of Bellman’s journey and of Bess, waiting at home for her father to return. It is a spellbinding and timeless epic-in-miniature, an eerie, electric monument to possibility.

May

© Jonathan Bean

‘There’s a pulse of wonder in Carys Davies’s West. An audacious and enigmatic debut of thrilling dimensions, and a halting reminder of fiction’s possibilities’ Akhil Sharma

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June

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‘The seams between imagination and history in this extraordinary story are invisible. I believed every word’ Salvatore Scibona

July

carys davies’s short stories have won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, the Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award, the Royal Society of Literature’s V. S. Pritchett Prize, and a Northern Writers’ Award. Her second collection, The Redemption of Galen Pike, won the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She lives in Lancaster.

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January

The Cow Book The Story of a Calving Season

John Connell February

An account of a year on an Irish farm, and a history of man’s relationship with the cow.

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© Eamonn Doyle

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April

The Cow Book is the story of a calving season. It is also the story of the cow itself, from its ancient domestication to the modern practice of mechanized herds. And it is the story of Connell’s life as a farmer, of his relationship with the community around the family farm, with the animals he tends, and with his father.

March

arming has been in John Connell’s family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father’s footsteps. Until, one winter, he finds himself back on the farm and has to learn the ways of the farmer.

Written with moving honesty and a distinctive rhythm, The Cow Book is both a portrait of daily life on a family farm, and a tender meditation on the natural cycle of life and death.

May June July

john connell was published in Granta magazine’s ‘New Irish Writing’ issue, and has also had a story published on Granta.com. He lives on his family farm, Birchview, in County Longford, and this is his first work of non-fiction.

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January

The Answers Catherine Lacey

February

A dating dystopia that tackles the dizzying realms of  love and identity in our modern age. ‘This summer’s Must-Read novel’ Vogue ‘The dystopian take on dating that everyone will be reading this year’ Stylist

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‘Intelligent, articulate and sure of her gifts, Lacey is in possession of that rare skill – she knows exactly what to leave out’ Irish Times

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catherine lacey is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing. In 2017 she was named one of Granta’s Best of  Young American Novelists.

April

March

‘A whip-smart meditation on love and intimacy’ Independent

The Secret Twenties British Intelligence, the Russians and the Jazz Age

May

Timothy Phillips Espionage and counter-espionage between the Soviets and the British during London’s Roaring Twenties.

June

‘Intoxicating… A welcome and fascinating study of a pivotal yet under-explored aspect of history. Using previously unseen files, Phillips illuminates the growing role of espionage as suspicions grew about the threat from the new Soviet state – all set against the glamour of 1920s London’ Martin Pearce, author of Spymaster

July

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timothy phillips holds a doctorate in Russian from Oxford University and has written and spoken widely on British and Russian history.


January

White Houses Amy Bloom

February

Hidden love in the White House in 1930s and 1940s America, from a master storyteller at the height of her powers.

I

n 1933, President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt took up residence in the White House. With them went the celebrated female journalist Lorena Hickok – Hick to friends – a straight-talking reporter from South Dakota, whose passionate relationship with the idealistic, patrician First Lady would shape the rest of their lives.

March

‘One of America’s most unique and gifted literary voices’ Colum McCann

© 2017 by Elena Seibert

Praise for Amy Bloom:

April

Told by the indomitable Hick, White Houses is the story of Eleanor and Hick’s hidden love, and of Hick’s unlikely journey from her dirt-poor childhood to the centre of privilege and power. Filled with fascinating back room politics, the secrets and scandals of the era, and exploring the potency of enduring love, it is an imaginative tour de force from a writer of extraordinary, exuberant talent.

978 1 78378 172 0 (TPB) 978 1 78378 154 6 (Ebook)

away PB £7.99 978 1 84708 013 4

May

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‘Unrelentingly pleasurable fiction… Bloom’s writing manages to be at once light and grave. She takes her characters with a seriousness that makes them real’ Lionel Shriver, Financial Times

lucky us PB £7.99 978 1 84708 939 7

‘Amy Bloom is one of the greats’ Charlotte Mendelson

June July

amy bloom is the author of three novels, Lucky Us, Away and Love Invents Us, and three story collections, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, also published in one volume as Rowing to Eden. She is the Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University.

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Granta Magazine January – June 2018


January

Granta 142: Animalia

February

Edited by Sigrid Rausing

A

March

nimals. We love and care for them as pets, we weave them into our myths and stories and breed them as cheap food. As research into animal cognition shows, we have more in common than we thought. This issue of Granta asks writers, poets and photographers to consider the complex ways we interact with the animal kingdom.

With new fiction from Rebecca Curtis, Ben Lasman, Guadalupe Nettel, Yoko Tawada and Nell Zink, and new poetry from ko ko thett.

July

June

May

April

© Simen Johan, Untitled #172, 2013 Courtesy of  Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Han Kang writes about her yellow canary; Arnon Grunberg embeds himself in a slaughterhouse; Anjan Sundaram celebrates the life of a Rwandan ‘hero chicken’; John Connell moves back home to his parents’ farm; DBC Pierre muses on his favourite animal: the capybara.

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January

Granta 143: After the Fact Edited by Sigrid Rausing

February

B

March

ritain is leaving the European Union; Donald Trump is the President of the United States; Hungary and Poland are celebrating the concept of ‘illiberal democracies’, Palmyra’s monuments have been destroyed by ISIS; the Antarctic ice shelves are breaking up. Things that were once unimaginable are now lived reality. What happens on the ground once the news cycle moves on? How do we understand what we’ve done, and why? This issue of Granta looks at what comes next.

May

© Lorenzo Meloni / Magnum Photos

With new fiction by Amy Bloom, Brian Allen Carr and Lisa Halliday.

April

Don McCullin and Charles Glass return to a ruined Palmyra; Gavin Francis and Esa Aldegheri cross four Syrian borders on a motorbike; and Jason Cowley on a case of xenophobic manslaughter in Harlow, the former ‘Mark One New Town’ where he grew up.

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£12.99 April Demy 210 × 145 mm PB/Ebook 224 pp TBC

June

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 the memoirs Everything is Wonderful and Mayhem.


Portobello Books January – June 2018


King Kong – Our Knot of  Time and Music A personal memoir of South Africa’s legendary musical

Pat Williams Published to coincide with the Fugard Theatre’s stage revival of King Kong, a behind-the-scenes account of the legendary South African musical and its ongoing legacy.

Recently published

‘An extraordinary memoir of the first-ever South African musical, which has since acquired mythical proportions. Essential reading for anyone who loves our country – and, of course, its music’ Athol Fugard

memoir / music / south africa £9.99 June 2017 B format 198 × 129mm PB 336pp Selling Territories: ALL Rights: US, TN, SL Agent: n.a.

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pat williams is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, and was director of the College of Storytellers for 10 years. She is now a psychotherapist and lives in London and on Arran.

Memoirs of a Polar Bear Yoko Tawada Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

The enchanting story of three extraordinary bears, brought to life by one of Japan’s most inventive and daring novelists. ‘Funny, subtle and strangely moving… Tawada brings her finenosed, soft-furred beasts to life’ Economist

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‘Enchanting... deliciously whimsical and playful... It’s through the eyes of Tawada’s polar bears that we see humanity most clearly’ National ‘Strange… exquisite’ New Yorker ‘Funny, outrageous and beguiling... Tawada dazzles’ Spectator yoko tawada is one of Japan’s most celebrated writers. She lives in Berlin and alternates between writing in Japanese and German.

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January

Fallout

A Journey Through the Nuclear Age, from the Atom Bomb to Radioactive Waste

Fred Pearce February

An eye-opening journey through the disasters and triumphs of the nuclear age, and a timely assessment of the nuclear future.

A

March

t a moment when a new generation of power stations and weapons are being developed, Fallout is a fascinating exploration of our most misunderstood energy source, and asks: what can we learn from our past mistakes, and what role should nuclear play in our future?

April

In this compelling and deeply researched book, Fred Pearce investigates the greatest nuclear incidents of the past 80 years by visiting their now iconic landscapes – Hiroshima, Sellafield, Chernobyl, Fukushima. Pearce also considers the psychological impact of these disasters. Amid rumours of state cover-ups, corporate deception, and hushed-up medical epidemics, Pearce expertly weighs the evidence to disentangle the facts from the fear. Praise for Fred Pearce:

history / nuclear issues £14.99 June Royal 234 × 153mm TPB 336pp TBC

‘A journey through a hugely important and complex subject in the company of a natural storyteller who makes you feel intelligent’ Tim Smit

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May

‘Pearce has used his brilliant investigative skills to get to the heart of this issue… Essential reading’ George Monbiot

June

© Jon Cartwright

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July

fred pearce is an award-winning journalist and author, reporting from 87 countries. He is the environment consultant for New Scientist, a regular broadcaster and a contributor to the Guardian, Washington Post and other publications. He has written 14 books on environmental and development issues, translated into 24 languages. Fallout is his first book for Portobello.


January

The Case Against Sugar

February

Gary Taubes

The shocking truth about sugar, the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick indeed.

March

‘Hard-hitting and important’ Sunday Times ‘Taubes’s prose is perfectly judged, as compelling as a slow-motion car crash... Expertly written and disturbing’ New Statesman ‘[A] clear and persuasive argument… that urgently needs wider airing’ Observer

April

‘A devastating critique of the way the sugar industry has shaped nutritional science in its favour for more than a century... a powerful contribution to the current debate about food and health’ Financial Times ‘Compelling... Perhaps at long last, sugar is getting its just desserts’ Economist

May

‘A book stuffed with scientific detail... as a rallying call for long-term change, it’s very hard to ignore’ Felicity Cloake, Literary Review

978 1 84627 639 2 (PB) 978 1 84627 638 5 (Ebook)

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© Kirsten Lara Getchell

July

June

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gary taubes is the author of Why  We Get Fat and The Diet Delusion. He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers.

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January

Go, Went, Gone Jenny Erpenbeck Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

February

The new novel from the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, set among the asylum seekers of Berlin. Praise for Jenny Erpenbeck: the end of days £8.99 978 1 84627 515 9

‘Erpenbeck has an extraordinary gift’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent

visitation PB £7.99 978 1 84627 190 8

jenny erpenbeck’s The End of Days won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She is published in fourteen languages. susan bernofsky is a multi-award-winning translator of authors including Robert Walser and Franz Kafka.

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April

the old child & the book of words PB £7.99 978 1 84627 058 1

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March

‘The most brilliant European writer of my generation’ Neel Mukherjee, Irish Times

Such Small Hands Andrés Barba May

Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman

A dark uncanny jolt of literary perfection. ‘Chilling… I am reminded of that quote from Elizabeth Bowen... “No one can know the extent of the damage caused by young children whispering together.” Such Small Hands is more than just a scary story... This is so much worse’ Susan Hill June

andrÉs barba is one of Granta’s Best of  Young Spanish Novelists. His work is published in eight languages.

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July

lisa dillman won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award for Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera.

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Granta and Portobello Books backlist

leaving the atocha station 978 1 84708 691 4 £8.99

the luminaries 978 1 84708 432 3 £9.99

nothing to envy 978 1 84708 141 4 £9.99

strange weather in tokyo 978 1 84627 510 4 £7.99

human acts 978 1 84627 597 5 £8.99

stasiland 978 1 84708 335 7 £9.99

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the man without a face 978 1 84708 423 1 £9.99

behind the beautiful forevers 978 1 8462 7 451 0 £9.99

dept. of speculation 978 1 84708 874 1 £7.99

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

the wild places 978 1 84708 018 9 £9.99

train dreams 978 1 84708 662 4 £7.99

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Index A

G

O

Alarming Palsy of James Orr, The 8 Answers, The 26 Ashon, Will 13 Asymmetry 14

Gessen, Masha Go,Went, Gone Goldstone, Eli Granta 142: Animalia Granta 143: After the Fact

7 37 21 30 31

On Michael Jackson One of the Boys Orr, James

22 17 8

P B

H

Ball, Jesse 18 Barba, Andrés 31 Barkham, Patrick 21 Bloom, Amy 27 Boast, Will 12

Halliday, Lisa

36 18 10 25 25

D Daphne Davies, Carys Demick, Barbara Denton, Danny

12 24 16 9

9 16 20 15 15 37

21

19 13 35 26

R 23 6

J Jamison, Leslie Jefferson, Margo

23 22

K Kelly, Stuart King Kong Krasikov, Sana

11 34 13

S Sackville, Amy Secret Twenties, The Strange Heart Beating Strange Labyrinth Such Small Hands

19 26 21 13 37

T L 26 10

Taubes, Gary Tawada, Yoko To Be a Machine

36 34 17

V

M Magariel, Daniel 17 Memoirs of a Polar Bear 34 Minister and the Murderer, The 11

N

F Fallout First Love Future is History, The

Islander

Lacey, Catherine Lawson, April Ayers

E Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow, The Eat the Buddha Ehrenreich, Barbara Elisabeth’s Lists Ellender, Lulah Erpenbeck, Jenny

I

Recovering, The Riley, Gwendoline

C Case Against Sugar, The Census Collins, Kathleen Connell, John Cow Book, The

14

Painter to the King Patriots, The Pearce, Fred Philips, Timothy

Natural Causes 35 6 7

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20

Virgin

10

W West Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? White Houses Williams, Pat

24 10 27 34


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