Dan Dalton's six books of the year
In the wake of an apocalyptic flood, a young family is forced to flee London for higher ground. An exquisite, poetic reflection on humanity, love, and motherhood.
A brutal, unflinching meditation on love, marriage, and family, shortlisted for the 2017 Bailey's Prize.
Hamid's Booker-nominated novel follows a young couple fleeing a war in the Middle East, as they find fear and persecution in Europe and a possible future in North America. Beautifully written and sprinkled with genius.
Republished this year in a gorgeous edition by Vintage, Maggie Nelson's 2009 volume is a stunning mix of biography, autobiography, and poetry. So good you'll start again the second you finish.
After finally reading Denis Johnson I can only kick my younger self for not picking it up sooner. His death this year prompted me to seek out his work and this collection of stories will be one I return to again and again. Not just one the best I've read in 2017, but among the best ever. Staggeringly good.
A haunting meditation on grief from the winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, with an elegant translation by Deborah Smith.