Book List in Order: 13 titles

  • An electrifying and audacious novel about beauty, envy, and carelessness by Deborah Levy, two-time Man Booker Prize finalist. It is 1988 and Saul Adler, a narcissistic young historian, has been invited to Communist East Berlin to do research; in e...


  • Beautiful Mutants, Deborah Levy's feverish allegory of a first novel, introduces a manipulative and magical Russian exile who summons forth a series of grotesques--among them the Poet, the Banker, and the Anorexic Anarchist. Levy explores the anxieti...


  • For the high-flying, heavy-drinking advertising boss Tom Banbury, the art of persuasion relies on an infiltration of the consumer’s mind. In the case of his colleague and confidante Nikos Gazidis, the overdeveloped sense of empathy that makes him s...


  • I have been sleuthing my mother's symptoms for as long as I can remember. If I see myself as an unwilling detective with a desire for justice, is her illness an unsolved crime? If so, who is the villain and who is the victim? --- Sofia, a young ant...


  • From the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of "Swimming Home," a single volume comprising her first two novels: "Beautiful Mutants," long out of print, and "Swallowing Geography," never before published in the United States. "Beautiful Mutants,"...


  • The image is instant. It whirs out of the camera and they all watch it develop in silence. "Here." He gives the photograph to the perfect flawless woman without looking at it, by way of apology. When everyone gathers around Luciana to admire it, Gu...


  • The stories in Black Vodka, by acclaimed author Deborah Levy, are perfectly formed worlds unto themselves, written in elegant yet economical prose. She is a master of the short story, exploring loneliness and belonging; violence and tenderness; the e...


  • As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive. She is Kitty Finch: a self-proclaimed botanist with green-painted fingernails, walking naked out of the water a...


  • From the author of Billy and Girl, this collection of stories explores the emptiness at the center of the characters' lives and their attempts to fill this lack. In "Cave Girl" Cass goes through a sex change, not to become a man, but rather to become...






  • Billy England and his sister Girl are clever, stylish and damaged. Billy is a teenage "catastrophe theorist" which is handy since their mother is missing, and when they last saw their father his Elvis hair was in flames. They decide to sell the pain ...


  • Interrogates the yearning of discontented children, imagined homes, strangers and histories, as the century draws to an end. The irreverent and ironic narrator asks: Who are the melancholy architects of the future and how do we measure value, as we s...



  • Knowledge, intuition, science, and love are thrown into question in a collection of stories that embodies everyday dilemmas and dramas in settings as diverse as Ibiza to Camden Town, and from rural Spain to a precarious rowboat...