Guest Bookseller: #YourNextBook, Recommended by Max Porter

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.

Max Porter (LannyGrief Is the Thing With Feathers) brought his insatiable knowledge of literally everything about books to a wild, unstoppable 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 Max. All quotations are 100% genuine Porter gold.

And you can browse the whole Guest Bookseller collection here.


If you liked: A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys [out of print, boo!]

Max recommends: The Magic Door by Chris Torrance

"Beautifully republished by Prototype"


If you liked: All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburg [out of print, boo!]

Max recommends: Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis, A Legacy by Sybille Bedford, A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor, and Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles


If you liked: Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

Max recommends: The Ancient Woods of Helford River by Oliver Rackham

"oh so good and wise and fascinating"


If you liked: Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia by Tracey Thorn

Max recommends: This Book Will Change Your Mind about Mental Health by Nathan Filer



If you liked: Artful by Ali Smith

Max recommends: Surge by Jay Bernard

"best book of last year (2019)"


If you liked: At the Source by Gillian Clarke

Max recommends: Erato by Deryn Rees-Jones


If you liked: Bento's Sketchbook by John Berger

Max recommends: The Quarry: Essays by Susan Howe


If you liked: Charlotte by David Foenkinos

Max recommends: Now, Now, Louison by Jean Frémon


If you liked: Circe by Madeline Miller

Max recommends: The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason


If you liked: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Max recommends: Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromo Kawakami

"Gorgeous book"


If you liked: Darkling by Laura Beatty

Max recommends: Lost Property by Laura Beatty

"strange and brilliant"


If you liked: Death in Spring by Mercè Rodoreda

Max recommends: Time Song: Searching for Doggerland by Julia Blackburn


If you liked: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Max recommends: Sisters by Daisy Johnson



If you liked: Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham

Max recommends: Cleanness by Garth Greenwell

"A masterpiece. One of the greatest prose stylists alive."


If you liked: Folk by Zoe Gilbert

Max recommends: Strandloper by Alan Garner

"My favourite of his. A visionary whack about the head."


If you liked: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Max recommends: The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

"complex clever big book big ideas"


If you liked: Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

Max recommends: Independent People by Halldór Laxness

"A mighty mighty work of art, will keep your busy for a few days"


If you liked: Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

Max recommends: Murmur by Will Eaves

"next level literary artistry"


If you liked: Homie by Danez Smith

Max recommends: The Tradition by Jericho Brown


If you liked: House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe

Max recommends: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett


If you liked: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

Max recommends: Recollections of My Non Existence by Rebecca Solnit


If you liked: Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Max recommends: The Bandini Quartet by John Fante


If you liked: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor

Max recommends: The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijnveld

"staggeringly well translated by Michele Hutchinson"


If you liked: In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe  

Max recommends: The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping by Samantha Harvey


If you liked: In the Fold by Rachel Cusk

Max recommends: Permission by Saskia Vogel


If you liked: Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi

Max recommends: In Praise of Older Women by Stephen Vizinczey [out of print, boo!]


If you liked: Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin

Max recommends: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh


If you liked: Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector

Max recommends: There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill her Neighbour's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya


If you liked: Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

Max recommends: The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes

"Some positively Barryish energy"

Max also recommends: City of Bohane by Kevin Barry

"Gangster reggae Irish dystopia knife fight bliss"

If you liked: On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Max recommends: Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

"For 'how does anyone write that well?' feelings."


If you liked: Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Díaz

Max recommends: Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah


If you liked: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Max recommends: How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang


If you liked: Rendang by Will Harris

Max recommends: Mixed-Race Superman by Will Harris



If you liked: Salt Slow by Julia Armfield

Max recommends: Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall



If you liked: The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson

"Ooooof, what a book"

Max recommends: Vertigo & Ghost by Fiona Benson


If you liked: The Cross of Redemption by James Baldwin [only available in the US]

Max recommends: Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

"Magnificent. Very good on Baldwin"


If you liked: The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Max recommends: The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

"Possibly my favourite novel." 


If you liked: The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

Max recommends: Pedro Páramo by Juan Rolfo


If you liked: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Max recommends: Fracture by Andres Newman 


If you liked: The Other Name: Septology I-II by Jon Fosse

Max recommends: The Years by Annie Ernaux



If you liked: The Overstory by Richard Powers 

Max recommends: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

"great engaging addicting distraction reading"


If you liked: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Max recommends: A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas


If you liked: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Max recommends: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


If you liked: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Max recommends: The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

"A classic"


If you liked: Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Max recommends: The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

"Blends headfuckery with tenderness in a really good way."



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