Way back in March when we were biking books around E8, some of our favourite writers and publishers stepped up as guest booksellers on Twitter, making recommendations for #YourNextBook based on something you'd recently read and loved. And now we're doing it again, with one final guest star to see out 2020 with a bookselling bang…
Who better than Andy Miller, author of The Year of Reading Dangerously: How 50 Great Books Saved My Life, contributor to 2020's ultimate gift book The Gifts of Reading, and host of Backlisted, to recommend #YourNextBook?
Over on Twitter 🐦@burleyfisher Friday 4 December, 2-3 pm, Andy showed us how a professional bookseller does it with these incredible recommendations. Check the annotations to see which books people had been reading & why Andy recommended the title he chose as #YourNextBook.
Caleb Femi£9.99 £9.29
Eve Babitz and Molly Lambert£14.99 £13.94
If you liked Woman in Black Andy says "a collection of her 70s and 80s pieces, she is just the most laid-back but somehow sharp prose stylist around. So funny and stylish."
Vasily Grossman£9.99 £9.29
If you liked Quiet Flows the Don Andy says: "not just the Don, quietly"
Barbara Comyns£9.99 £9.29
If you liked They Came Like Sparrows
Muriel Spark£7.99 £7.43
If you liked This Brutal House
Sam Selvon£8.99 £8.36
If you liked Nine Stories (Salinger) Andy says "a short-yet-rich book, brimful of humour and character. I think you'd enjoy it"
If you liked J G Ballard's Collected Short Stories Andy says "When did you last read Saki? More elegant than Ballard but no less bleak, funny or intellectual."
Juan Pablo Villalobos£10.00 £9.30
If you liked Flames Andy says "Mexico City has never been so hilariously unappealing. Really good novel and not really like any book by anyone other than Juan Pablo Villalobos."
Shena Mackay£8.99 £8.36
If you liked Beyond Black Andy says "I recommend the queen of suburbia Shena Mackay, probably starting with The Orchard on Fire - similarly funny/bleak/shoppingprecinct"
Eley Williams£14.99 £13.94
If you liked Piranesi Andy says "kept surprising me and making me laugh."
Elizabeth Taylor£9.99 £9.29
If you liked Silver on the Tree Andy says "by the third goddess, Elizabeth Taylor"
Sylvia Townsend Warner£8.99 £8.36
If you liked The Blue Flower Andy says: "Another masterpiece of the historical novel by an incredibly intelligent and waspish writer. Warning: contains olde pandemic."
Elizabeth Jane Howard£9.99 £9.29
If you liked The Friend Andy says "Whatever I thought it was going to be it wasn't, in the most surprising way."
Penelope Fitzgerald£8.99 £8.36
If you liked A la recherche de temps perdu Andy says "An amazing reading experience"
If you liked There There Andy says: "A very short novel with an entire country (Iceland) packed into it'
B. S. Johnson£20.00 £18.60
If you liked Steppenwolf Andy says "how to follow up one unclassifiable book? With another one of course!"
Pico Iyer, Chigozie Obioma, et al.£16.98 £15.79
If you liked The Year of Reading Dangerously. Andy says: "proceeds from which go to charity @RoomtoRead . The essay is called Andy Miller and the Brain of Terrance Dicks. Andy Miller likes typing his own name, eh? #andymiller"
Robert Aickman£8.99 £8.36
If you liked War in Heaven Andy says "For something intellectual, fantastic but also really quite disturbing"
John Cooper Clarke£20.00 £18.60
If you liked The Dry Heart Andy says: As I suspect JCC is well aware, there is something epigrammatic and quotable ON EVERY SINGLE PAGE.
Elizabeth Harrower£8.99 £8.36
The Great Believers Andy says "horribly convincing and deeply moving"
Barry Unsworth£10.99 £10.22
If you liked Now We Shall Be Entirely Free Andy says: Have you ever read Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth? It seems to have drifted out of public consciousness but NWSBEF reminded me of it - attention to historical detail but ruthlessly selective at the same time."
Malcolm Lowry£9.99 £9.29
If you liked Xstabeth Andy says: "David Keenan would want me to say - and I always agree with him - Under the Volcano, even if you have read it before. Every reading of that novel is prep for the next time."
Niven Govinden£8.99 £8.36
If you liked This Brutal House
Frank O'Hara£10.99 £10.22
If you liked Angle of Repose Andy says "a little book one can never really finish"
Denis Johnson£8.99 £8.36
If you liked A Year in the Country Andy says "a) short, b) accessible and c) beautiful."
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