Guest Bookseller: #YourNextBook, Recommended by Jen Calleja

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.

Jen Calleja (translator of The Pine Islands, among other titles; author of I'm Afraid That's All We've Got Time For and Goblins) joined us on Twitter to delve deep into indie publishing and translation on Friday 20 Nov, 2-3 pm – enjoy her selection of cutting-edge indie writing and translation!

All the great reads you shared are listed alphabetically by title, with the follow-up recommendations from Jen – plus her top picks for everyone to read!

You can browse the whole Guest Bookseller collection here.

Jen's Top Picks 

Conundrum by Jan Morris

Strangers: Essays on the Human and Non-Human by Rebecca Tamás 

My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water by Michelle Steinbeck, translated by Jen Calleja

Fatherhood by Caleb Klaces

The Boiled in-Between by Helen Marten

Marble by Amalie Smith, translated by Jennifer Russell

Translation as Transhumance by Mireille Gansel, translated by Ros Schwartz

The Governesses by Anne Serre, translated by Mark Hutchinson

Soft Fruit in the Sun by Oliver Zarandi


If you liked: Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Jen recommends: The White Book by Han Kang

Jen also recommends: Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

If you liked: For Now by Eileen Myles

Jen recommends: Who We're Reading When We're Reading Murakami by David Karashima

If you liked: I'm Afraid That's All We've Got Time For by Jen Calleja

Jen recommends: The Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Grudova

Jen also recommends: You Will Never Be Forgotten by Maria South

If you liked: Large Animals by Jess Arndt

Jen recommends: This Paradise by Ruby Cowling

If you liked: Roberto Bolaño's novels

Jen recommends: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes

Jen also recommends: The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana

If you liked: Self-Portrait by Celia Paul

Jen recommends: handiwork by Sara Baume

If you liked: There's No Such Thing As an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura, translated by Polly Barton

Jen recommends: The Employees by Olga Ravn, translated by Martin Aitken

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