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.  

12 Books for Christmas

Six of the UK's leading independent publishers offer a varied selection of books for Christmas


And Other Stories

Black Vodka by Deborah Levy

ISBN 978 1 911508 09 0 £8.99

Many of the stories in the collection are reflections on love and friendship, something that's so important at this time of year.

Trysting by Emmanuelle Pagano

ISBN978 1 908276 76 6 £8.99

A wonderful collection of vignettes about love and sex.


Bitter Lemon

Three Drops of Blood and a Cloud of Cocaine by Quentin Mouron.

ISBN 978 1 908524 83 6 pb £8.99

'What a debut this is. Disturbingly violent, yet never gratuitous, it is perfectly balanced with wondrous prose and original one-liners.' New York Journal of Books 

Recent Past by James Ravilious.

ISBN 9781 908524 93 5 HB £30.00

'These photographs portray a rural life with an intimacy that probably only someone who lived among his subjects could achieve. ' i-Paper



The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers

ISBN 978 1910422 32 8 pb £9.99

'Terrific: illuminating, gripping and deeply rooted in its setting. The description of a popular uprising against the rich establishment has many links with our current political climate that makes it thought provoking and vital.' Amy Liptrot

Man With A Seagull On His Head by Harriet Paige. ISBN 978 1 910422 29 8 -pb £8.99 ' A strange and beautiful thing. A bona fide gem.'The Guardian



Conradology: A Celebration of the Work of Joseph Conrad

ISBN978 1 910974 33 9pb £9.99

It brings together leading writers from Britain, Poland and elsewhere to create new fictions and essays responding to, critiquing and inspired by the literary legacy of Joseph Conrad.

The Book of Tbilisi,

SBN9781910974315pb £ 9.99

A new collection of ten short stories by ten of Georgia's most exciting and decorated contemporary writers, translated into English for the first time.



Portrait of a Family with a Fat Daughter by Margherita Giacobino, translated by Judith Landry. ISBN 978 1 910213 48 3 pb £12.99

'It's like a rural version of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan saga. It’s a powerful and atmospheric record of largely unexplored terrain.'

Margaret Drabble's Book of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement

The Mussolini Canal by Antonio Pennacchi, translated by Judith Landry ISBN 978 1 910213 24 2 pb £12.99' 'My favourite novel of the year. 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


Peter Owen Publishers

The Ice Palace byTarjei Vesaas , translated by Elizabeth Rokkan

ISBN 978-0-7206-2006-1 HB £12.99

‘How simple this novel is. How subtle. How strong. How unlike any other. It is unique. It is unforgettable. It is extraordinary.’ – Doris Lessing

Ice byAnna Kavan

ISBN 978-0-7206-2005-4 HB £12.99

‘Astonishes with poetic brilliance’ – Sunday Telegraph

Arts Council Fiction Group members' web sites:

 And Other Stories |Dedalus Books |Bitter Lemon | Blue Moose | Comma|