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New and Upcoming: The Best of the Indies

Indie publishers are a huge part of the literary landscape, but are so often overlooked. This issue, we’re sharing our top picks from the industry’s risk-takers and boundary breakers.


What: Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel by Drew Gummerson

Who: Bearded Badger Publishing Company

When: November

Perfect For: Those on the hunt for a ‘Rags to Rags’ story of debauchery and doom. Check into The Flamingo Hotel this November. With shades of William Burroughs and Kevin Barry, Gummerson’s bold debut novel is the first publication from a daring new indie press.

– Bayley


What: Famished by Anna Vaught

Who: Influx Press

When: September 10

Perfect For: Anyone who needs their ‘weird fiction’ fix. In seventeen stories – some to enchant you, others to turn your stomach – Anna Vaught uses food to explore subjectivity, desire, consumption and control. Gorgeous and grotesque in equal measure, Famished is the surprising new collection from the author of Saving Lucia.

– Bayley


What: The Secret Political Adviser: The Unredacted Files of the Man in the Room Next Door by Michael Spicer

Who: Canongate

When: October 1

Perfect For: Fans of humorous historical and/or political fiction. The Secret Political Adviser shows major world leaders being comically guided through their duties by ‘The Man in the Room Next Door,’ suggesting that anyone can become an important politician – as long as they’re wearing the right earpiece.

– Laura


What: Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession by Gavin Francis

Who: Canongate

When: October 1

Perfect For: Fans of travel, philosophy and psychology. Filled with intrigue and featuring beautiful settings, Island Dreams is a captivating novel that traverses different islands and their cultures, and the human longing for isolation and solitude.

– Laura


What: All Your Little Lies by Marianne Holmes

Who: Agora Books

When: October 22

Perfect For: If you’re hoping to set your heart racing with a psychological thriller that blurs the lines between truth and deception. After a mysterious disappearance, Annie becomes entangled in the web of lies she has spent years cultivating.

– Meg


What: The Pretenders by Agatha Zaza

Who: Agora Books

When: November 5

Perfect For: If you’re in the mood for a domestic tragedy in which a day of celebration unravels into a day of reckoning. In this dark and devastating debut, three couples are forced to reveal the lies they’ve been telling themselves and face the consequences of betraying their loved ones.

– Meg


What: So Hormonal edited by Emily Horgan and Zachary Dickson

Who: Monstrous Regiment

When: August 20

Perfect For: Anyone who seeks an open and raw conversation about hormonal truths. In this non-fiction anthology, expect essays and anecdotes covering periods, fertility, transition, menopause, steroid use and much more! With over thirty authors from almost a dozen countries, the anthology boasts inclusivity for all.

– Zoë


What: Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of Covid-19 edited by Jennifer Haupt

Who: Central Avenue Publishing

When: September 1

Perfect For: Anybody in need of comfort during the COVID-19 crisis. With contributions from ninety authors (sixty-eight in print and another twenty-two in the e-book edition), this book reminds us that even when we feel physically isolated, we remain emotionally connected. All of the book’s proceeds will support indie bookstores through The Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

– Zoë


What: City of Margins by William Boyle

Who: No Exit Press

When: September 24

Perfect For: Fans of vivid and richly-drawn characters. City of Margins is a fascinating and unforgettable insight into atmospheric Southern Brooklyn in the 1990s, with an intoxicating writing style. Moving, gritty and incredibly real, it’s sure to stay with you long after you turn the final page.

– Hollie


What: Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal

Who: Bluemoose Books

When: October 2020

Perfect For: Anyone who enjoys emotive novels that tackle important themes; Should We Fall Behind examines suffering, love, loss, humanity and the concept of time, with an exquisite tone and style. This is the perfect book to snuggle down with on a cosy autumnal evening.

– Hollie


What: The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Who: Oneworld

When: October 1

Perfect For: If you want a powerful story of one girl’s journey of self-discovery and belonging. This stunning novel set in Uganda opens us up to explore the courage it takes to become a woman in a country determined to silence your voice.

– Genevieve


What: Gold Shining Light by Bebe Ashley

Who: Banshee Press

When: October 22

Perfect For: Those looking for modern, perceptive and witty poetry. This joyous debut collection explores a technicolour of pop culture topics, and is ideal for anyone who secretly (or not-so-secretly!) harbours a love of Harry Styles.

– Genevieve