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12 Books for Christmas from Six of the UK's leading Independent Publishers

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

1.
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
ISBN 978 1 908276 76 6 £8.99
A wonderful collection of vignettes about love and sex.

2.
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

3.
Bluemoose
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

4.
Comma
Conradology: A Celebration of the Work of Joseph Conrad
ISBN 978 1 910974 33 9 pb £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,
SBN 9781910974315 pb £ 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.

5.
Dedalus
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

6.
Peter Owen Publishers
The Ice Palace by Tarjei 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 by Anna Kavan
ISBN 978-0-7206-2005-4 HB £12.99
‘Astonishes with poetic brilliance’ – Sunday Telegraph