Guest Bookseller: #YourNextBook, Recommended by Irenosen Okojie
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.
Irenosen Okojie (Butterfly Fish, Speak Gigantular, Nudibranch) had a global span of genre & literary fiction at her fingertips, which she shared 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 Irenosen. All quotations are 100% genuine Okojie gold.
And you can browse the whole Guest Bookseller collection here.
If you liked: Actress, Anne Enright
Irenosen recommends: Black Rain Falling, Jacob Ross
"It's a cracking read!"
If you liked: And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
Irenosen recommends: Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell
"It's a different sort of book from her. Reimagining the life of Shakespeare's son. Brilliant read."
If you liked: Bitter Orange, Claire Fuller
Irenosen recommends: The Confessions of Frannie Langton, Sara Collins
"It's a stunning gothic delight reminiscent of Sarah Waters."
If you liked: Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead
Irenosen recommends: A Lucky Man, Jamel Brinkley
"It's tremendous. Subtle, tender stories exploring codes of masculinity."
If you liked: The Last Samurai, Helen de Witt
Irenosen recommends: Untold Night and Day, Bae Suah
"A woman working at an audio theatre for the blind experiences parallel lives over a Seoul summer. It's gorgeous and hypnotic."
If you liked: Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist, translated by Ebba Segerberg
Irenosen recommends: The Changeling, Victor LaValle
"Following his wife's disappearance after an unforgiveable act of violence, a man descends into a nightmarish, enchanted world. It's great!!"
If you liked: The Offing, Benjamin Myers
Irenosen recommends: Beatlebone, Kevin Barry
"Hilarious and freewheeling"
If you liked: A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit
Irenosen recommends: The Outrun, Amy Liptrot
"A young woman battling alcoholism returns to Orkney where she finds an unstable island. A stunning, redemptive meditation on addiction and nature."
If you liked: Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, Andrea Lawlor
Irenosen recommends: Escape Routes, Naomi Ishiguro
"Strange, other worldly stories."
If you liked: Weather, Jenny Offill
Irenosen recommends: Out of Touch, Haleh Agar
"A beautiful debut"
Irenosen also recommends: Bridge 108, Anne Charnock
"It's ace and so relevant."