Walden and Other Writings (The Norton Library) The Member of the Wedding In Diamond Square: A Virago Modern Classic Selected Poems
Portnoy's Complaint Babette's Feast The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Lover
Boulder: Shortlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize Permafrost Walden and Other Writings (The Norton Library) The Member of the Wedding
In Diamond Square: A Virago Modern Classic Selected Poems Portnoy's Complaint Babette's Feast

Expect the Unexpected! Eva Baltasar, author of the International Booker shortlisted Boulder, recommends...

By review

Expect the Unexpected! Eva Baltasar, author of the International Booker shortlisted Boulder, recommends...

By review

With Women in Translation Month / WiTMonth around the corner, and in collaboration with incredible indie press And Other Stories, we're celebrating one of our favourite authors, Eva Baltasar and her incredible novels Permafrost and Boulder. Eva recommends some excellent titles she holds dear below...

Walden and Other Writings (The Norton Library)

Walden and Other Writings (The Norton Library)

Henry David Thoreau

£7.99 £7.59

Walden is a fist forever pounding at the doors to the body and spirit. And who was it that answered, that stirred inside of me, in reply? Who heard the story of this simple “being-in-the-world” being so passionately? It wasn’t me, the reserved, apparently civilized woman. It was some inner reader.

The Member of the Wedding

The Member of the Wedding

Carson McCullers

£9.99 £9.49

A book that compares an afternoon to the gooey center of a “failed” cake. Carson McCullers’s prose pours into you as though through a funnel stuck down your mouth, into your eyes, up your nose; it fills up your head with sweetness until, without warning, you begin to believe that you are Frankie.

In Diamond Square: A Virago Modern Classic

In Diamond Square: A Virago Modern Classic

Merce Rodoreda

£9.99 £9.49

My annual appointment, my personal Quijote. To read and reread Rodoreda is to be unable to resist stealing her language, is to feel like a virus invading her words, filling and squirming and multiplying inside them, in each and every one of her images, in every one of her sentences.

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

R. S. Thomas

£12.99 £12.34

When I tire of poetry—because poetry, or at least the poetry that I tend to see—feels more like a bedsheet than bedrock beneath me, I return to RS Thomas, my beloved Welsh Anglican priest. He’s one of the few poets I know whose words can still raise up my faith in poetry.

Portnoy's Complaint

Portnoy's Complaint

Philip Roth

£9.99 £9.49

This book is one of those Saturday nights that starts out well and ends even better. Its characters are always on my mind. Portnoy’s mother and father fascinate me, I want them to be my parents, I want to be part of their family, I want them to be able to see right through me, as they did with Alexander Portnoy.

Babette's Feast

Babette's Feast

Dr Julian Baggini

£12.99

What gets inside you when you read Dinesen is the atmosphere. With Babette’s Feast you’re filled with dark clouds, you get cold and gray and you want to rush through the rest. But then, towards the end, for just a few moments, a shaft of sun breaks through, opens you up, defrosts you.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle

£8.99 £8.54

Just because. Because I read it when I was thirteen. Because I read it again at twenty, and at thirty, and at forty I’m still enjoying it.

The Lover

The Lover

Marguerite Duras

£9.99 £9.49

It doesn’t matter which Marguerite Duras you read, really—she compels you to fall in love. You want to do things with her sentences like stick them deep inside yourself and then die and decompose just to demonstrate that they are incorruptible, the whitest bone, designed to last.

Permafrost

Permafrost

Eva Baltasar

£11.99 £11.39

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