A thoughtfully kaleidoscopic and deeply researched exploration of the many radical characters connected with Epping Forest, from poet John Clare to sculptor Jacob Epstein to the punk band Crass. Will Ashon weaves a thread between them that reveals serendipitous similarities, irrelevant of century; they are outlaws, poets, mystics, sometimes undefinable and often misunderstood. Personal, down to earth, fascinating.
It's a rare thing when a writer seems to succeed in carving out a totally new form, not least when they're ostensibly working in the realm of historical fiction! That is what Saunders has achieved however, and this, his first full-length work following four highly acclaimed collections of short stories, is one of the most exciting releases of 2017 so far. 'The Bardo' of the title is the metaphysical plane of Tibetan Buddhism where spirits are said to reside before they realise they have died, 'Lincoln' is Willie Lincoln, infant son of President Abraham, and Saunders' oral-history-novel-play floats largely outside comfortable description. One to be experienced as much as read.
Published by Bloomsbury on March 3rd, 2017
This beautifully written and subtly poetic novel spans 1960s New York and present day Berlin. Buchanan writes about the outsider experience, the meaning of family and the inheritance of pain. Treading the fine line between attachment and abandonment, the main character Yuki grapples with the notion of home and the impossibility of belonging as she makes a life for herself with not much tethering her to anywhere.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on August 11th, 2016