Dan Dalton's six books of the year

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Dan is an author and journalist and writes about pop culture and books. His debut novel, Johnny Ruin will be released in Spring '18. Find out more about it here.

Dan is also part of the Lounge Books advisory board. He has chosen his favourite reads of 2017.

The End We Start From
By Megan Hunter

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.  

First Love
By Gwendoline Riley

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.

Bluets
By Maggie Nelson

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.

Jesus' Son
By Denis Johnson

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.

The White Book
By Han Kang

A haunting meditation on grief from the winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, with an elegant translation by Deborah Smith. 

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