...you might like to try these. Some of them inspired The Betrayals, directly or indirectly; some of them have similar themes or settings (or, ahem, authors - sorry, I couldn't resist); and some are 'wild cards', which might not seem relevant at first glance but sound, somewhere, a common note. Enjoy.
Bridget Collins£14.99 £13.94
OK, so you've read it already, but just look at it - that gorgeous dustjacket, the endpapers, the tooled boards! - and maybe even stroke it gently... Now, who do you know who'd like one for Christmas?
Hermann Hesse£10.99 £10.22
If you're just picking one from this list, then this should be it. An odd, academic, endlessly thought-provoking masterpiece.
Mervyn Peake£19.98 £18.58
This monumental piece of literature is gothic, weird, and utterly epic. There's something Dickensian about it, but with a grotesque, alien edge - Gormenghast sprawls, impossibly infinite, a world that you can truly get lost in. (Pro tip: look up 'pranking' before you start.)
Vladimir Nabokov£9.99 £9.29
Nabokov's brilliant story of a chess player and his obsession with the game.
Donna Tartt£8.99 £8.36
I wish I could read this again for the first time - clever, gripping and poetic, the story of a murder at a college in New England, with overtones of a Greek tragedy.
Benjamin Wood£9.99 £9.29
I'll be honest, I wanted to recommend Wood's The Ecliptic, but can't find it on this platform - but this has the same mastery and the same fascination with creativity.
Iris Murdoch£9.99 £9.29
Love affairs, awakenings, soul-searching, scandal at a Christian community in the shadow of a convent - plus it's Iris Murdoch. What's not to like?
Italo Calvino£8.99 £8.36
Like a riddle, a maze of mirrors or a labyrinth, a series of prose poems interweave around their heart: Venice. Weaver's translation is perfect.
Jorge Luis Borges£8.99 £8.36
A world of imaginary novels, invisible labyrinths, infinite objects... Borges' profoundly evocative short stories are as readable as they are witty and beautiful.
Lionel Shriver£8.99 £8.36
And another one - I would have loved to recommend Shriver's Double Fault; but here (as always) her acerbic intelligence excels at depicting a world on the edge of dissolution, and making it impossible for us to look away.