5 Books on Your Bucket List
28th April, 2020
Why not use this time to indulge in some beautiful writing? Dip into the very best of Oneworld’s prize-winning and shortlisted bestsellers…
1. An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.
‘A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.’ Barack Obama
WINNER OF THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019
Find out more about An American Marriage here.
2. Fever Dream
by Samanta Schweblin (translated by Megan McDowell)
One of the freshest new voices writing in Spanish today, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange and deeply unsettling psychological menace in this cautionary tale of maternal love, broken souls and the power and desperation of family.
‘Read this in a single sitting and by the end I could hardly breathe. It’s a total mind-wrecker. Amazing. Thrilling.’ Max Porter, author of Lanny
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2017
Find out more about Fever Dream here.
3. A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James
Jamaica, 1976. Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley’s house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught.
From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a dazzling display of masterful storytelling exploring this near-mythic event.
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2015
Find out more about A Brief History of Seven Killings here.
4. The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.
‘Outrageous, hilarious and profound.’ Simon Schama, Financial Times
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016
Find out more about The Sellout here.
5. Frankenstein in Baghdad
by Ahmed Saadawi (translated by Jonathan Wright)
From the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Baghdad, Hadi collects body parts from the dead, which he stitches together to form a corpse. Frankenstein in Baghdad brilliantly captures the horror and black humour of a city at war.
‘Saadawi leavens his satirical horror with dark humour, stitching his novel together with the same lurching vitality as his title character’s monstrous body to vividly evoke his own dismembered country.’ Guardian Books of the Year
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC FICTION 2014
Find out more about Frankenstein in Baghdad here.