Max Porter Recommends #YourNextBook

By Burley Fisher Books

Max Porter Recommends #YourNextBook

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

£9.99 £9.49

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

£15.00 £14.25

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

£10.99 £10.44

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


Jay Bernard

£12.99 £12.34

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


Deryn Rees-Jones

£9.99 £9.49

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


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 £11.40

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

The Lost Books of the Odyssey

Zachary Mason

£10.99 £10.44

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

Strange Weather in Tokyo

Hiromi (Y) Kawakami

£9.99 £9.49

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

Lost Property

Laura Beatty

£8.99 £8.54

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

Time Song: Searching for Doggerland

Julia Blackburn


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




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


Garth Greenwell

£14.99 £14.24

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

Independent People

Halldor Laxness

£10.99 £10.44

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


Will Eaves

£8.99 £8.54

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

The Tradition

Jericho Brown

£10.99 £10.44

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


Ann Patchett

£9.99 £9.49

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

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

John Fante

£16.99 £16.14

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

The Shapeless Unease: ‘A small miracle of a book’ – Nathan Flier

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


Saskia Vogel

£9.99 £9.49

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

Eileen: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016

Ottessa Moshfegh

£9.99 £9.49

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 £9.49

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

Train Dreams

Denis Johnson


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

Mixed-race Superman

Will Harris

£6.00 £5.70

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 £8.54

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 £9.50

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

£14.99 £14.24

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

£8.99 £8.54

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


Andres Neuman


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


Annie Ernaux

£13.99 £13.29

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

£9.99 £9.49

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

A Good Enough Mother

Bev Thomas

£8.99 £8.54

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

Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel

£9.99 £9.49

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

The Radetzky March

Joseph Roth

£9.99 £9.49

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

The Flame Alphabet

Ben Marcus

£9.99 £9.49

"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

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