Top Reads 2023 | Fiction


With 2023 coming to a close, we have collected together our top ten fiction pieces from the year.

 

Nothing Special | Nicole Flattery

‘There was very little I could do in life except get dressed, smoke the correct cigarettes.’

An extract from Nothing Special by Nicole Flattery.

 

The Nonce | Alison Rumfitt

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‘He’ll be a goner soon; the cops will find him hanging in his loo.’

Fiction by Alison Rumfitt.

 

Doubtful Sound | Eleanor Catton

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‘I knew that Dominic had cheated on me. I couldn’t tell you when, or who, or how many times, but I was certain that he had.’

Fiction by Eleanor Catton.

 

Tantrum | Lucie Elven

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‘When I looked back, I felt a jolt – some forgotten, tearful part of me becoming magnified. Why would you stay with a person wielding a broom or an axe?’

New fiction from Lucie Elven.

 

Barbarism | Allen Bratton

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‘He is an ancestor, he has had his son, he has lost possession of the world.’

Fiction by Allen Bratton.

 

A Dying Tongue | Sarah Bernstein

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‘What needs explaining was that, and it was a funny thing, a very funny thing, I did not speak the language.’

An extract from Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein.

 

The Tupperware Party | Montserrat Roig

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‘We’re going to go crazy today, Merche exclaimed and then let out an electric shriek.’

Fiction by Montserrat Roig, translated by Julia Sanches.

 

Ocoee | Kwame McPherson

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‘I was alone and isolated. But I was not scared.’

Fiction by Kwame McPherson.

 

Universality | Natasha Brown

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‘She boils her sentences down to high-sucrose sweeties and calibrates her tone for maximum engagement.’

Fiction by Natasha Brown.

 

Animals After Dark | Avigayl Sharp

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‘I was not a strong mayor. I was an email. I was a little bit high.’

A short story by Avigayl Sharp.

 

Feature Image © Cathy Labuduk



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