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PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983

Arts Council Fiction Group

Dedalus is proud to be a member of the Arts Council Fiction Group. All the publishers in the group have received significant Arts Council funding, either from the National Portfolio or from Grants for the Arts, and demonstrate how effective Arts Council funding has been in widening the range of fiction available to readers in England. The publishers in the group have very different lists but all share a commitment to artistic excellence, finding and nurturing the writers of the future and providing an alternative to commercial fiction.

Collectively we have won a lot of literary prizes and accolades and have made an important contribution to the creative economy. We are an Arts Council success story and our books make the case every day for Arts Council England’s investment in literary fiction. We have formed ourselves into a group to help promote what we do and argue the case for public investment in literary fiction. There is a link to the websites of all the publishers in the group.  This December we recommend one title per our  publishers for Christmas reading.

Books for Christmas

1. And Other Stories

An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell  by Deborah Levy

Man Booker Prize shortlisted Deborah Levy whips up a storm of romance and slapstick, of heavenly and earthly delights, in this dystopian philosophical poem about individual freedom and the search for the good life.

2.Bitter Lemon

The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura.

“Padura is one of Cuba’s leading writers, and this massive novel must be his masterpiece; it’s a brilliant, multi-layered examination of 20th-century history”. The Times

3. Bluemoose

Black Neon by Tony O'Neill.

"Black Neon is a pitch black classic slice of neo noir, where black magic, art house cinema, drug-fuelled madness and apocalyptic violence collide with dizzying effect. I fell in love with every page." Irvine Welsh

3. Comma

Beta Life; Stories from an A-Life future edited by Martyn Amos and Ra Page

Comma’s latest ground-breaking anthology marrying science with fiction in a unique literary experiment imagining artificial life, unconventional computing, AI and robotics in the year 2070.

5. Dedalus

The Mussolini Canal by Antonio Pennacchi, translated by Judith Landry

'An exquisitely composed work of political and social insight, it is as humorous as it is haunting.' Rosemary Goring in The Herald's Fiction: best books for Christmas

6. Peter Owen

A Cat Compendium: The Worlds of Louis Wain, edited by Peter Haining  'An ideal book for Wain fans and cat-lovers alike.' Angela Wintle - Daily Mail, Weekend


Arts Council Fiction Group members' web sites:

 And Other Stories |Dedalus Books |Bitter Lemon | Blue Moose | Comma|peterowen.com