Guest Bookseller: #YourNextBook Recommended by Kit Caless

Way back in March when we were biking books around E8, some of our favourite writers and publishers stepped up as guest booksellers on Twitter, making recommendations for #YourNextBook based on something you'd recently read and loved.

Kit Caless (co-honcho, Influx Press and author of Spoon's Carpets) took us for a whirlwind tour of the best in contemporary independent publishing in a thrilling Twitter thread that I'll unroll here. Click on the titles to check out & buy!

All the great reads you shared are listed alphabetically by title, with the follow-up recommendations from Kit. All quotations are 100% genuine Caless gold.

And you can browse the whole Guest Bookseller collection here.


If you liked: The Agony of Eros, Byung-Chul Han, translated by Erik XXX 

Kit recommends: Shitstorm, Fernando Sdrigotti

"Fernando Sdrigotti is one of the fiction few writers in the UK who seems overtly influenced by Han's work."

If you liked: America Day by Day, Simone de Beauvoir (out of print, boo!)

Kit recommends: We that are young, Preti Taneja

"love a deep dive"


If you liked: AnimaliaJean Baptiste Del Amo

Kit recommends: The Distance Between Us, Renato Cisneros, translated by Fionn Petch

"the honesty in this novel is astonishing"

If you liked: any contemporary short story collection

Kit recommends: The Iraqi Christ, Hassan Blasim, translated by Jonathan Wright

"you will never regret reading it"


If you liked: Beast, Paul Kingsnorth

Kit recommends: The Mating Habits of Stags, Ray Robinson

"Robinson's modern north Yorkshire moors are so vivid and the characters are timeless."

If you liked: Different Seasons, Stephen King

Kit recommends: Sealed, Naomi Booth

"The Queen"

If you liked: Exquisite Mariposa, Fiona Alison Duncan

Kit recommends: Black Wave, Michelle Tea

"devastating and magnificent"


If you liked: Mutiny on the Bounty, Peter FitzSimons

Kit recommends: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Togarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones


If you liked: Night Boat to Tangier, Kevin Barry

Kit recommends: Panty, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, translated by Arunava Sinha

"A real work of art."



If you liked: Phalanx, Scott Sigler

Kit recommends: This Dreaming Isle, ed. Dan Coxon


If you liked: Pharricide, Vincent de Swarte

Kit recommends: I Am Not Sidney Poitier, Percival Everett

"the 'perfect' ticket"

If you liked: Tender is the Flesh, Agustina Bazterrica

Kit recommends: Born on a Tuesday, Elnathan John

"It's brilliant and I reckon it's right up your strasse"



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