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Fantasy Book Picks for This Town

You know when you love a TV show so much that you want to recommend books for all the characters to read? You do, right, it’s not just me? That’s what happened with BBC’s brand new drama series This Town, set in the West Midlands in 1981 as riots rage and a band forms, inspired

Two New Magazine Kids on the Block

The German-language literary magazine landscape is beset by similar challenges as the Anglophone one: funding is hard to find, energy is finite, so projects tend to peter out after a while. I took a trawl through the German-language litmags listed at Literaturport and noticed that a good few of them have folded since Covid, sadly.

Translator Alex Roesch looking happy

Alexandra Roesch’s German Books of the Year

Next up in our series of translators’ tips from the wealth of German books in 2023 is the translator and literary scout Alex Roesch. German literature in 2023 has proven to be a year dominated by the distinct voices of talented women. My top picks offer up a trio of perspectives on life, identity and

Ruth Martin’s German Books of the Year

Continuing our series of translators’ recommendations from 2023 is Ruth Martin with two top reads. Drifter by Ulrike Sterblich, Rowohlt 2023 Drifter was a surprise inclusion on the shortlist for this year’s Deutscher Buchpreis. It’s a joyous, genre-defying novel in which two ordinary friends have their lives turned upside down by the mysterious and possibly

Translator Tess Lewis in smiling front of well-stocked bookshelves

Tess Lewis’s German Books of the Year

Moving on with our translators’ books of the year featurette, here comes Tess Lewis. 2023 was an especially strong year for women writing in German, so narrowing down my favorites to a few titles was an almost impossible task (and an unfair ask—Katy!). I’ve neglected many of my darlings and chosen one book from each

Translator Jamie Bulloch, smiling

Jamie Bulloch’s German Books of the Year

…and a couple to look out for in 2024 By Jamie Bulloch We’re rounding out the year with a few different translators’ recommendations. Here comes the first, by the historian and translator Jamie Bulloch – enjoy! Those who know my tepid enthusiasm for autofiction might raise an eyebrow at my choice of German books for

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A Good Person’s Guide to Book Shopping

The best ways to order books online with a clear conscience Do you like buying books – but don’t always have time for a leisurely stroll around your local independent bookshop? Do you need to send book gifts around the country? Do you sometimes need a specific book really, really urgently? You might think your