The Seal Club - maverick, free-thinking fiction for the 2020s.
In a collection unselfconsciously steeped in echoes of the authors’ overbearingly best-loved works, there’s a strong sense that owning one’s past is always better than denying it.
The First Woman
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
"this is a novel bursting with resilience and warmth..."
— The Sunday Times
4.4 out of 5
When I Come Home Again
"(A) haunting tale in unpretentious but persuasive prose..."
4.17 out of 5
At Night All Blood Is Black
David Diop, Anna Moschovakis
"a remarkable piece of writing..."
The Butcher of Berner Street
"Reeve’s latest novel continues to hold the reader’s attention ..."
Play the Red Queen
"Jurjevics vividly conjures up the febrile atmosphere of a city in turmoil...."
Hassan Blasim, Jonathan Wright
"This overwhelming novel by ‘Iraq’s Irvine Welsh’ captures the alienation of people exiled by conflict..."
— The Observer
Murder on Mustique
"the book is suffused not just with mere charm, but with the author’s genuine, and genuinely attractive, personality..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
"This largely faithful retelling of Trojan myth is genial enough, but has unsavoury aspects for the modern reader..."
When the Lights Go Out
"(A) clear-eyed, wry, wise novel..."
— Irish Times
4 out of 5
Leave the World Behind
"Timely novel about a sudden, cataclysmic event that shocks the world..."
4.22 out of 5
A Luminous Republic
Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman
"Barba’s denouement still grips with the power of a thriller..."
— Times Literary Supplement
The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard
"Hazzard is wonderfully attuned to subtle shifts in moods and feelings, particularly when writing dialogue, at which she excels..."
— The Spectator
"one of our finest contemporary novelists, of any genre..."
4.53 out of 5
"This funny and inventive novel plays with American stereotypes about Asians,..."
— The Times
3.64 out of 5
The Ministry for the Future
Kim Stanley Robinson
" There is no shortage of sardonic humour here, a cosmopolitan range of sympathies, and a steely, visionary optimism...."
— The Guardian
The Last Good Man
"Thomas McMullan’s debut novel portrays a vivid dystopia fuelled by sham democracy..."
Sebastian Fitzek, Jamie Bulloch
"plot is lacking in both credibility and coherence..."
"an immersive and immensely powerful novel..."
3.82 out of 5
One by One
"a suspenseful and spine-tingling page-turner..."
Girls Against God
"Plot and chronology are less important than the mini-manifestos and rousing riffs..."
3.67 out of 5
Mr Wilder and Me
"Jonathan Coe’s usual cohort of fans may be bemused by the inconsistent style and tone..."
3.62 out of 5
"This exquisitely written debut novel sizzles with cruelties and betrayals..."
"O’Farrell’s remarkable novel about Shakespeare’s son is both painful and satisfying..."
— New Statesman
4.2 out of 5
To Be a Man
"questions linger long after the final pages of this supremely intelligent collection..."
The Housing Lark
"The Housing Lark affirms Selvon’s skill as a storyteller..."
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again
M. John Harrison
"Harrison excels at evoking the deadened absurdity of the everyday. ..."
4.67 out of 5
"Taylor has written an economical, patient and incisive examination of race relations in present-day America...."
— London Review of Books
4.28 out of 5
Prof Bernhard Schlink, Charlotte Collins
"This poignant tale of a mismatched couple in turn-of-the-century Germany gives away its secrets too early..."
Cecily von Ziegesar
"The author of the teen books that inspired a smash hit TV show returns with a novel about the bumbling middle-class hang-ups of Brooklyn..."
Men and Apparitions
"Prepare for mansplaining littered with tedious verbal tics, which is oddly compelling to read..."
Breasts and Eggs
Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett, David Boyd
"Mieko Kawakami’s novel reads like two different books rather than two parts of the same story..."
3.88 out of 5
"This smartly self-knowing dystopian tale looks at a version of America that gives up and dies. What’s left in the wasteland to come?..."
— The Daily Telegraph