Check out Elizabeth Chakrabarty's list of books that inspired her novel Lessons In Love and Other Crimes, from Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, to Sigmund Freud’s Writings On Art and Literature.
This is the YA novel so many of us wish we’d had when we were young: a fast-paced intercultural Romeo and Juliet which inverts our contemporary racial power balance, exposing how and why white privilege and power works against racial justice.
John Fowles£10.99 £10.22
A glorious long novel that plays with the form, while being as absorbing as its mesmerising and mysterious characters on the Greek island where we are taken in a feat of storytelling.
Paul Burston£8.99 £8.36
An intense and entertaining crime thriller, based on true experience, of an author being stalked in this technological era where those working in the public eye are easily contactable.
Zadie Smith£5.99 £5.57
Rapidly written and published, in this slim volume of essays Zadie Smith’s as always acute eye explores the video-calls, work and privilege of this Covid-era.
Bernardine Evaristo£8.99 £8.36
This warm, humane, funny and sometimes tragic Booker-winning novel immerses the reader in the interconnected worlds of its female characters, from girls to women in the 80s, up to this new era of non-binary gender, sexuality and giving voice to the other; a ground-breaking novel centring the black female gaze.
Tessa McWatt£14.99 £13.94
An absorbing literary novel set in the university of the twenty-first century in the precarious era of academic redundancies and student activism, and of five people searching for something more, in their overlapping and intercutting journeys across London’s metropolis.
Delphine de Vigan£8.99 £8.36
A gripping seeming meta-fiction, a blur of author memoir and intriguing literary thriller: an author called Delphine makes a new friend, and this friendship takes over her life and even her writing, and then rapidly becomes a disturbance to her whole existence.
Sarah Waters£8.99 £8.36
This beautiful heart-breaking but life-affirming novel starting after World War Two, takes the reader backwards in time to the blitz, exploring how memories triggered in the present by the psychological and real bombs detonated in the past, leave shards in the four characters’ present poignant lives where they excavate what’s left of love and power after loss.
Claudia Rankine£9.99 £9.29
This is ground-breaking powerful twenty-first century poetry that asks questions of art, culture and individuals, exposing the dangerous minutiae and machinations of white privilege, in interpersonal relations and in the public sphere.