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Girl, Woman, Other, All Our Relations and more – Happy’s Weekend Reading

Bernadine Evaristo

The best of fresh book releases include the Booker Prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other and an incisive exploration of Indigenous trauma in a post-colonial world is presented in All Our Relations.

The Discomfort of Evening is an unforgettable debut from Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Blueberries by Ellena Savage defies classification and Sophie Hardcastle presents a haunting debut novel in Below Deck. Let’s dive into the selection.

Bernadine Evaristo

Booker Prize-winning author Bernadine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other, All Our Relations, The Discomfort of Evening, Blueberries and Below Deck are among the finest new books for the weekend.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

An intimate but multifaceted retelling of black British history is expanded to the scale of a true epic in Girl, Woman, Other. Twelve different protagonists, from the Victorian era to the present, offer a brilliantly refreshing take on UK’s recent history. Via Penguin

All Our Relations: Indigenous Trauma in the Shadow of Colonialism by Tanya Talaga

Talaga explores Indigenous populations from North America to Norway, South America to Australia and discovers the legacy of trauma that disturbingly links these disparate Peoples. Talaga’s books is a call for justice for Indigenous people who have suffered from the legacy of colonialism. More at Scribe.

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Rijneveld’s dazzling debut has already caused a sensation in the Netherlands and has been longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. The story follows Jas, a ten-year-old, who experiences the richness of the world through her senses. When tragedy strikes the family, increasingly dark and disturbing fantasies emerge. For more, visit Faber & Faber

Blueberries: What Kind of Body Makes a Memoir? by Ellena Savage

Savage’s volume – which tours through the personal essay form, polemic, prose-poetry and more – philosophically examining questions of desire, confronting the past and the future, all delivered with wit and clarity. Visit Text for more details. 

Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle

Hardcastle’s debut traces the life of Oli and her transformations caused by the ocean. Her synaesthetic life is muted until she discovers herself on the waves. But the environment which has brought her to life also carries trauma with it. Via Allen & Unwin.

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March 12, 2020