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ACE FICTION GROUP'S CHRISTMAS READING

Twelve books to read during the Christmas period with something for all reading tastes.

From And Other Stories

Vampire in Love by Enrique Vila-Matas
Gathered for the first time in English and spanning his entire career, Vampire in Love offers a selection of the Spanish master Enrique Vila-Matas's finest short stories.

Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe by Wolfgang Bauer
The first book of reportage covering the flight of refugees from Syria to Europe via the Mediterranean. With colour photos.

From Bluemoose

The Handsworth Times by Sharon Duggal '... quite simply the most accomplished, complete and startlingly authentic novel I have read this year.' Paul Simon in The Morning Star

If You Look For Me I Am Not Here by Sarayu Srivtasa. Long listed for the Asia Man Booker 'Set in post partition India, a family saga about history, identity & loyalty. So far so Rushdie, you may think but what sets this apart is the deftness of touch, a true intimacy, and characters who are more than just cyphers or symbols.' Waterstone's Booksellers

From Bitter Lemon

Chain of Custody by Anita Nair 'Just finished this. Fine follow-up to @anitanairauthor's first Inspector Gowda book A Cut-Like Wound. Harrowing but compassionate tale of modern India.' Ian Rankin

A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto 'A stellar psychological thriller. Readers will agree that Matsumoto deserves his reputation as Japan's Georges Simenon.' Publishers Weekly

From Comma

Iraq + 100:Stories from a Century After the Invasion Edited by Hassan Blasim This is the first anthology of science fiction ever to have been emerged from Iraq, and asks authors to consider what their country might be like in the year 2103, a hundred years after the British- and American-led invasion.

Refugee Tales Edited by Anna Pincus & David Herd
'A wonderful way of re-humanising some of the most vulnerable and demonised people on the planet' - Shami Chakrabarti

From Dedalus

Wonders Will Never Cease by Robert Irwin
'The novel is a sort of marriage between AS Byatt and Terry Pratchett: one you can enjoy greatly on the first reading, but which will be even better second time round, as it’s so densely packed with learning and allusions. This is a lightning trip around 15th-century culture, European culture and indeed world culture. Bravo.'Tibor Fischer in The Guardian

The Interpreter by Diego Marani, translated by Judith Landry
'The Interpreter isn't merely the sequel to New Finnish Grammar and The Last of the Vostyachs: it is a singular and deeply felt thesis...Marani's ideas are typically far-reaching and provocative.' Thea Lenarduzzi in The Times Literary Supplement

From Peter Owen & Istros

Silence by Shusaku Endo, translated by William Johnston ‘One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere . . . Flawless’ — David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks and Ghostwritten

Life Begins on Friday by Iona Parvelescu 'Grounded in solid knowledge of the history and culture of the time, this novel, told from the point of view of different characters, has a luxurious feel to it, the images unrolling like a film, it floats a little above the hard-edged solidity of the world we know.' Morelle Smith in The Scottish Review