Guest Bookseller: Octavia Bright Recommends #YourNextBook
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. And now we're doing it again for Lockdown 2.
Octavia Bright (Literary Friction podcast) joined us on Twitter (follow the thread) to share her brilliant tips Friday 3 Nov, 3-4 pm. At peak doomscroll, she brought back our passion and hope for the book you haven't yet come across that may change your life!
Here are her recommendations, listed A-Z by your choice of great reads. Click on any title to browse and buy, and find all our Guest Booksellers recommendations here.
Octavia recommends: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver serves exquisitely complicated family dynamics, I'd really recommend The Poisonwood Bible - I read it about twelve years ago and think about it all the time.
If you liked: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Octavia recommends: All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
One of my favourite thrillers I've read in the last few years - it's set in Australia and is super compelling, about a young woman with a dark past... I won't say more though!
If you liked: Milkman by Anna Burns
Octavia recommends: The Unmapped Country by Ann Quin
If you like experimental prose then I think you'll really enjoy Ann Quin's work - The Unmapped Country from And Other Stories is a great place to start, it's a collection of her stories and fragments and has an ace intro by Jennifer Hodgson.
If you liked: Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo
Octavia recommends: This Brutal House by Niven Govinden
Bernardine 4eva! I think you should get your hands on a copy of Niven Govinden's This Brutal House immediately to avoid any post-fiction crash when you finish. And keep your eyes out for his next novel, Diary of a Film, in Feb. [preorder it here]
If you liked: Rapture by Susan Minot
Octavia recommends: My Year Of Rest And Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
You know I haven't read that but it sounds ace - have you read any Ottessa Moshfegh? By the sounds of that Minot I think you might really dig My Year Of Rest And Relaxation.
Octavia also recommends: The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
Hot is important, especially in these chilly months. Very hot sex in that one.
If you liked: Real Life by Brandon Taylor
Octavia recommends: Cleanness by Garth Greenwell
We interviewed him for Literary Friction, and he was an absolute diamond, and the book is so enriching and beautifully written.
If you liked: Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt
Octavia recommends: Blueberries by Ellena Savage
If you're after something that breaks things down in a creative but analytical way.
Octavia also recommends: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
If you're after something equally thoughtful on race then you can't go wrong with Claudia Rankine's Citizen
If you liked: The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink
Octavia recommends: Cool for You by Eileen Myles
Octavia also recommends: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
One of my OG recs for all time and beyond