An ecosystem of fiction

By Ecologies and Fictions

By Ecologies and Fictions

Novels | Mostly by women | Feminism, mythologies, folk tales, and trees

 

A selection of books that are deeply readable, immersive, and thought-provoking, offering new perspectives on old stories and contemporary issues

Lanny

Max Porter

£8.99 £8.36

A short but perfectly formed novel, combining folklore with contemporary concerns, investigating childhood, rurality, and the pervasive presence of plants.

Folk

Zoe Gilbert

£8.99 £8.36

Magic and landscape are blended in this beautiful folkloric collection of tales about life on the remote island of Neverness

Girl, Woman, Other: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

Bernardine Evaristo

£8.99 £8.36

This intersectional masterpiece jumps between the interwoven stories of different women, exploring race, class, generations, and gender, to create a fascinating portrait of contemporary Britain.

Ordinary People: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

Diana Evans

£8.99 £8.36

Infused with music, Ordinary People is a compelling and somehow devastating account of two marriages, and is also a meditation on what it means to be black and middle-class in London

The Overstory: The million-copy global bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Richard Powers

£9.99 £9.29

Trees are at the heart of this expansive, multi-perspectival novel. A story of environmental activism that presents a cross-section of American society. The trees are the not-so-silent witnesses of this society's failures.

Milkman: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

Anna Burns

£16.00

A story of Ireland in the 1970s. This tightly-turned narrative is told by a girl whose harsh upbringing has left her unsure of nuances beyond the complexities of life among paramilitary forces, and who finds herself embroiled in gossip about an affair with a man she's never even spoken to. Also features an extraordinary description of a sunset.

Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

£9.99 £9.29

One of the most compelling books I've read in a long time. Spanning Nigeria, parts of America, and London, Americanah explores black African identity across three continents.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

£8.99 £8.36

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's masterpiece about the Biafran-Nigerian war in the 1960s. A really fascinating insight into middle-class Nigerian life and a part of history not taught in Western schools.

The Vegetarian: A Novel

Han (Y) Kang

£8.99 £8.36

Manages to be delicately ethereal and viscerally earthy at the same time. Sexuality, social pressures, and vegetal ontologies clash in this novel translated from Korean.

Strange Weather in Tokyo

Hiromi (Y) Kawakami

£8.99 £8.36

Beautifully translated from Japanese with the most gorgeous descriptions of food. A quiet and understated story about a young woman's relationship an older man.

Paradise Rot

Jenny Hval

£9.99 £9.29

When things start to rot, they break down and leak into each other. This becomes a powerful premise for human relationships in this strange short novel.

Circe: The No. 1 Bestseller from the author of The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

£9.99 £9.29

A retelling of the story of Circe, the witch met by Odysseus on his travels. A masterful retelling of a powerful myth.

Possession: A Romance

A S Byatt

£9.99 £9.29

Now 20 years old, Possession has aged wonderfully well. Set in the cross-fire of 1980s feminist and traditionalist academia, this is part academic detective story, part love story, following the trail of two (brilliantly imagined) Victorian poets.

Weather

Jenny (Y) Offill

£12.99 £12.08

A masterfully compact and beautiful novel about living with climate anxiety.

The Yield

Tara June Winch

£14.99 £13.94

A nuanced portrayal of contemporary Australia, weaving the story of a young Aboriginal women with an unusual but compelling dictionary of words from the Wiradjuri language exploring landscape, history, and identity

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