Spring 2022 Preview

FEBRUARY

Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis by Grace Lavery | Non-Fiction| Paperback Original| £12.99 | 10 February 2022

‘This is the queer memoir you’ve been waiting for . . . Lavery is an avalanche you’ll be glad to be buried under.’ Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House

Please Miss is a genre-defying memoir that resists neat narratives to ask how we might tell the story of a life more truthfully.

A speculative memoir of gender transition and recovery from addiction, refracted through pop culture, queer theory, film, TV, literature and stand-up comedy, Please Miss is bold, genre-bending, unapologetically smart, slyly tender and laugh-out-loud funny.

MARCH

Immediate Family by Ashley Nelson Levy | Debut Fiction | Paperback Original | £9.99 | 10 March 2022

‘As intimate as a whisper between two old friends, late in the night, with no one to eavesdrop but the owls.’ Catherine Lacey, author of Pew

A novel exploring the complexities of motherhood, infertility and race, and the many definitions of family. Deeply moving, at times very funny, this is a novel luminous and fierce with love and honesty.

APRIL

The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga | Translated by Jordan Stump | Non-Fiction | Paperback Original | £9.99 | 7 April 2022

‘A profoundly affecting memoir of a mother lost to ethnic violence . . . A loving, urgent memorial.’ Kirkus Reviews, starred

From the French-Rwandan author of the critically acclaimed novel Our Lady of the Nile, a haunting, delicately wrought work of non-fiction, memorialising a lost childhood, community and way of life.

The Opposite of a Person by Lieke Marsman | Translated by Sophie Collins | Fiction | Paperback Original | £9.99 | 28 April 2022

The Opposite of a Person is a gorgeous book. It’s a stunning blend of poetry, essay writing and prose. It’s an existentialist, essential story about the world we live in, which explores the complex role and place of us humans in it.’ Marieke Lucas Rijnveld, author of the International Booker Prize-winning The Discomfort of Evening.

Startlingly unique, timely and ultimately deeply moving, The Opposite of a Person is a dazzling, cerebral tour-de-force, a poignant love story and an urgent, unforgettable call to arms.

MAY

Look Here: On the Pleasures of Observing the City by Ana Kinsella | Non-Fiction | Paperback Original | £9.99 | 27 May 2022

A gorgeous, layered portrait of a city and its people, a book that urges us to slow down, look closer and find beauty. Exploring the delight to be found in everyday interactions and chance observations, Look Here will chart an affecting map of London, navigating ideas of anonymity and identity, freedom and space.

JUNE

All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburg | Translated by Angus Davidson| Fiction | Paperback Original | £9.99| 30 June 2022

‘I learned how to write by reading her.’ Vivian Gornick

At the heart of the novel is a concern with experiences that both deepen and deaden existence: adultery and air raids, neighbourhood quarrels and bombings. With her signature clear-eyed wit, Ginzburg asks how we can act with integrity when faced with catastrophe, and how we can love well.

JULY

Space Invaders & The Twlight Zone by Nona Fernández | Translated by Natasha Wimmer | Fiction | Paperback Original | £9.99| 7 July 2022

Space Invaders is a coming-of-age tale, a terrifying journey into darkness and an act of remembering, this slim, powerful, surprisingly playful novella is a future cult classic.

‘A small jewel of a book . . . Fernández’s picturesque language and dream-like atmosphere is well worth being invaded by. A book to slip in the pocket to read and reread.’ Patti Smith

Set in 1984 Chile, The Twilight Zone follows a member of the secret police who walks into the office of a dissident magazine and finds a reporter, who records his testimony.

‘Nona Fernández helps us glimpse the horrible reality of torture – and the even more terrifying way it becomes routine – in luminous prose of great intelligence and obsessive sincerity.’ Fernanda Melchor, author of Hurricane Season

These are the first books of Nona Fernández’s to be published in English in the UK and Commonwealth; they announce the arrival of a major international talent, a writer of dazzling, persuasive power.