Max Porter Recommends #YourNextBook

By Burley Fisher Books

By Burley Fisher Books

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.

Max Porter (LannyGrief Is the Thing With Feathers) brought his insatiable knowledge of literally everything about books to a wild, unstoppable Twitter thread that we'll unroll here. 

These are Max's recommendations – check the annotations to see which recent read he was responding to & why he thinks you'll love these books.

Sea Monsters

Chloe Aridjis

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends Chloe Aridjis' novel if you liked… All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburg (sadly out of print)

The Ancient Woods of Helford River

Oliver Rackham

£14.00 £13.02

Max recommends Oliver Rackham's "oh so good and wise and fascinating" study of the last ancient British coastal woods if you liked… Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health: A journey into the heartland of psychiatry

Nathan Filer

£9.99 £9.29

Max recommends award-winning writer Nathan Filer's study if you liked… Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia by Tracey Thorn

Surge

Jay Bernard

£10.00 £9.30

Max recommends "best book of last year (2019)" if you liked… Artful by Ali Smith

Erato

Deryn Rees-Jones

£9.99 £9.29

Max recommends Deryn Rees-Jones' evocative poetry if you liked… At the Source by Gillian Clarke

The Quarry: Essays

Buffalo) Howe Susan (State University of New York

£12.99 £12.08

Max recommends *anything* by Susan Howe (these essays are a good place to start) if you liked… Bento's Sketchbook by John Berger

Now, Now, Louison

Jean Fremon

£12.00 £11.16

Max recommends Jean Frémon's meditation if you liked… Charlotte by David Foenkinos

The Lost Books of the Odyssey

Zachary Mason

£9.99 £9.29

Max recommends Zachary Mason's haunting of the classics if you liked… Circe by Madeline Miller

Strange Weather in Tokyo

Hiromi (Y) Kawakami

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends Hiromo Kawakami's "gorgeous book" if you liked… Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Lost Property

Laura Beatty

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends this "strange and brilliant" novel if you liked… Laura Beatty's Darkling

Time Song: Searching for Doggerland

Julia Blackburn

£25.00 £23.25

Max recommends Julia Blackburn's travel in time if you liked… Death in Spring by Mercè Rodoreda

Sisters: the exhilarating new novel from the Booker prize shortlisted author of Everything Under

DAISY JOHNSON

£14.99 £13.94

Max recommends Sisters if you liked… Daisy Johnson's previous novel, Everything Under

Cleanness

Garth Greenwell

£14.99 £13.94

Max recommends Cleanness as "a masterpiece [by] one of the greatest prose stylists alive" if you liked… Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham

Strandloper

Alan Garner

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends this as "My favourite of his. A visionary whack about the head." if you liked… Folk by Zoe Gilbert

Independent People

Halldor Laxness

£9.99 £9.29

Max recommends Halldor Laxness' "mighty mighty work of art, will keep your busy for a few days" if you liked… Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

Murmur

Will Eaves

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends "next level literary artistry" of Murmur if you liked… Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

The Tradition

Jericho Brown

£10.99 £10.22

Max recommends Jericho Brown's scorching poetry if you liked… Homie by Danez Smith

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends a trip with Ann Patchett if you liked… House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe

Recollections of My Non-Existence

Rebecca (Y) Solnit

£16.98 £15.79

Max recommends Solnit's latest memoir if you liked… How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

The Bandini Quartet: Wait Until Spring, Bandini: The Road to Los Angeles: Ask the Dust: Dreams from Bunker Hill

John Fante

£16.98 £15.79

Max recommends catching up with Bandini if you liked… Hunger by Knut Hamsun

The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping

Samantha Harvey

£12.99 £12.08

Max recommends Harvey's incisive memoir if you liked… In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe

Permission

Saskia Vogel

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends Vogel's debut if you liked… In the Fold by Rachel Cusk

Eileen: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016

Ottessa Moshfegh

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends Booker shortlistee Eileen if you liked… Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin

There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbour's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

£9.99 £9.29

Max recommends dipping into Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's weird world if you liked… Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector

The Wild Laughter

Caoilinn Hughes

£14.99 £13.94

Max recommends the "positively Barryish energy" of The Wild Laughter if you liked… Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

Train Dreams

Denis Johnson

£8.99 £8.36

"For 'how does anyone write that well?' feelings" Max recommends Train Dreams if you liked… On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Untold Night and Day

Bae Suah

£12.99 £12.08

Max recommends Bae Suah's strange journey if you liked… Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Díaz

How Much of These Hills is Gold: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

C Pam Zhang

£14.99 £13.94

Max recommends Zhang's anti-Western if you liked… Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Mixed-race Superman

Will Harris

£6.00 £5.58

Max recommends the "masterful" Mixed-Race Superman if you liked… Will Harris' poetry collection, Rendang

Sudden Traveller: Winner of the BBC National Short Story Award

Sarah (Author) Hall

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends this "exquisite" collection from the Sunday Times Short Story award winner if you liked… Salt Slow by Julia Armfield

Vertigo & Ghost

Fiona Benson

£10.00 £9.30

Max recommends this as a follow-up if you liked… The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson: "Ooooof, what a book"

Known and Strange Things

Teju Cole

£12.99 £12.08

Max recommends Teju Cole's essays as "magnificent. Very good on Baldwin" if you liked… The Cross of Redemption by James Baldwin

The Ice Palace

Tarjei Vesaas

£7.99 £7.43

"Possibly my favourite novel." Max recommends Veisaas' chilly classic if you liked… The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Pedro Paramo

Juan Rulfo

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends Rolfo to follow if you liked… The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas (his favourite novel)

Fracture

Andres Neuman

£14.99 £13.94

Max recommends Neuman's multifaceted memory work if you liked… The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

The Years

Annie Ernaux

£12.99 £12.08

Max recommends this "flawless" follow up if you liked… The Other Name: Septology I-II by Jon Fosse

Once Upon a River: The Sunday Times bestseller

Diane Setterfield

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends "great engaging addicting distraction reading" if you liked… The Overstory by Richard Powers

A Good Enough Mother

Bev Thomas

£8.99 £8.36

Max recommends this feminist chiller if you liked… The Power by Naomi Alderman

Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel

£9.99 £9.29

Max recommends getting started on Mantel's trilogy if you liked… The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Radetzky March

Joseph Roth

£9.99 £9.29

Max recommends "a classic" if you liked… Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Flame Alphabet

Ben Marcus

£8.99 £8.36

"Blends headfuckery with tenderness in a really good way." Max recommends all of Ben Marcus if you liked… Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Big thanks again to the amazing Max Porter. Check our Twitter @burleyfisher for upcoming Guest Booksellers to get #YourNextBook