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The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist, recommended by Eleanor Wachtel

Every year, the judges for the International Booker Prize read dozens of novels newly translated into English before compiling their shortlist of the very best. We spoke to the Canadian broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel—who chaired this year's jury—about the six books they've selected in 2024: from a slim, elliptical Swedish novel about contemporary relationships...

Mon May 20, 2024 15:11
The Best Grimdark Fantasy, recommended by Anna Smith Spark

Grimdark fantasy is cynical about the righteous and the good – but it brings fantasy into line with historical reality, says author Anna Smith Spark. She explores why we want to read about flawed people doing terrible things, and introduces her top five choices: stories that charge gleefully beyond the bounds of sanity, offer a shock treatment for anxiety,...

Sun May 19, 2024 18:57
The Best Mysteries of 2024 (so far), recommended by Sophie Roell

Throughout the year, as new books are published and the shortlists for prizes are announced, we highlight mysteries we think are gripping or fun to read. Here's our list of the best mysteries of 2024 so far, but we'll be adding more as we read them. This interview appeared first on Five Books.

Fri May 17, 2024 22:34
The Best Hong Kong Novels, recommended by Wong Yi

Hong Kong’s fiction scene punches above its weight, and it's not all political allusion. From magical realism to detective fiction, award-winning writer Wong Yi recommends her five favourite novels from a city depicted in fictional form as simultaneously claustrophobic and cosmopolitan. This interview appeared first on Five Books.

Wed May 15, 2024 18:10
The Best Eastern European Cookbooks, recommended by Caroline Eden

Eastern European food is utterly under-appreciated, argues Caroline Eden—whose acclaimed, genre-bending books combine intrepid travel-writing with reportage and recipes. Here, she selects five of the best cookbooks showcasing Eastern European cuisine: from the perfect pierogi to beetroot borsch. This interview appeared first on Five Books.

Mon May 13, 2024 15:39
The best books on The History of Physics, recommended by Mark Wolverton

In the 20th century, the United States emerged as a leading centre of experimental physics, with a lot more going on than just the Manhattan project and the use of atomic energy in warfare. Science writer Mark Wolverton, author of Splinters of Infinity, recommends some of his favourite books about the history of physics, with a focus on the 20th century...

Sun May 12, 2024 16:42

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