Our 2023 series is now available to purchase as a set. The five books include:
Venom, Saneh Sangsuk
Translated by Mui Poopoksakul
The village of Praeknamdang, nestled in the Thai jungle, has fallen under the spell of a corrupt religious leader. Only one family dares to resist his growing power: a couple and their talented ten-year-old son. A gripping existential parable, Venom introduces English language readers to the world of Saneh Sangsuk. Lush, raw and lyrical, this is storytelling at its finest.
96pp, paperback with flaps
Publication date: 8 May 2023
The Understory, Saneh Sangsuk
Translated by Mui Poopoksakul
Luang Paw Tien, the abbot of Praeknamdang Temple, is ninety-three years old. Most nights he entertains the children of his village with tales from his long and extraordinary life. But what the children want to hear most of all are tales of the tiger, a creature which has marked the abbots life more deeply and terribly than any other.
240pp, paperback with flaps
Publication date: 26 October 2023
History. A Mess. by Sigrún Pálsdóttir
Translated from Icelandic by Lytton Smith
A young PhD student believes she has uncovered the first professional female artist in Britain. It’s a discovery that could transform her career. However, in her haste to break new ground, she has made a simple mistake which threatens everything – and she won’t acknowledge her error until it’s far too late.
168pp, paperback with flaps, £12.99
Publication date: 6 February 2023
The Love of Singular Men by Victor Heringer
Translated from Portuguese by James Young
An incisive exploration of Brazilian society and a tender account of first love, first grief and revenge. One hot Rio summer, Camilo meets Cosme and the two teenage boys discover a new kind of tenderness. But an act of violence will shatter their intimate world, and change the trajectory of their young lives.
184pp, paperback with flaps
Publication date: 11 July 2023
As the Eagle Flies by Nolwenn Le Blevennec
Translated from French by Madeleine Rogers
The narrator of As The Eagle Flies has been with Igor for seven years, and has two children with him – when she meets Joseph. Before long, they are deeply entangled with each other and she must decide between the life she knows with Igor and this unpredictable, and potentially destructive, affair.
176pp, paperback with flaps
Publication date: 10 October 2023
Press & Reviews
‘A vivid fable of power and resistance, Venom will continue to resonate long after the last page has been read.’ - Jessie Greengrass, author of The High House and Sight
'A gripping, sensual parable, seamlessly translated by Mui Poopoksakul.' - Catherine Taylor, The Irish
'Pálsdóttir writes with the hand of a mystery author and the mind of a postmodernist, teasing out her protagonist’s problem while playing with literary forms, fragmenting timelines, and injecting fierce irony.' - Publishers Weekly
'When you read something genuinely new it's hard to describe it - you end up settling for comparisons - and The Love of Singular Men is truly a singular novel. It's ingenious like Cortazar or Nabokov, elliptical like Grace Paley, funny like Donald Barthelme. Upon finishing it you want to immediately meet the young man who wrote it, shake him vigorously by the hand and congratulate him on the beginning of a brilliant career. But Victor Heringer is gone. He left this beautiful book behind.' - Zadie Smith
‘Victor Heringer scrambles genres – tragic romance, pulpy noir, family drama – to plumb the false solace that narrative promises... its style, in James Young’s deft translation, is itself bracing, depraved, and, in the way only something truly melancholic can be, very funny.’ – Charlie Lee, The New York Review of Books
‘A subtle, singular novel of profound insight, delivered in a voice so hilarious, intimate and frank, it was as if I suddenly had a zany French genius for my best friend. I enjoyed this book so much it felt illicit.’ Isobel Wohl, author of Cold New Climate