Sometimes we in the U.S. have to wait a little longer for a British book than the UK does. But in the case of these twelve books published in the UK in 2017 and crossing the pond in 2018, that wait will be worth it. Ali Smith has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize four times, including with the first book from her Seasonal tetralogy, Autumn, widely described as the first post-Brexit novel.
The UK’s YA scene is thriving, but not all of that fiction makes it over to the U.S. in an official capacity. I explained how to get hold of British books last year, so head over there for the longer version of the life hack, but the short version is: jump on bookdepository.com and smuggle them across the Pond. You’ll be glad you did. I know I was. Two of last year’s best reads for me—Unconventional and Freshers—were UK YA, so I’m exciting to see what this year has in store.
There’s a lot of literary goodness coming across the Pond from the UK this month, and it was hard to narrow it down to five books, but for you, dear reader, anything. Rachel Joyce’s 2013 novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, was beloved in the UK, so there was a lot of buzz surrounding this new book of hers. It was a Book at Bedtime on Radio Four and you can listen as you read with related playlists on Spotify.
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Selecting a term
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