BIG ISSUE NATIONAL VENDOR WEEK
LEARN MORE
Books

The Big Issue best books of 2018

You can never have too many books. If you’re looking to spend your Christmas vouchers wisely, we guarantee the superior quality of our Books of the Year shortlist

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead, Olga Tokarczuk, Books review Issue 1324
DriveYourPlow_embed_1324

by Olga Tokarczuk (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones),  (Fitzcarraldo)

Polish Man Booker winner Tokarczuk presents a magical murder mystery tour led by a cosmic detective clued up on the chatter of angels, devils and ghosts.

Factfulness, Hans Rosling (Sceptre)

This clever, entertaining book, which operates on the crazy idea that facts have superiority over/offer more optimism than fake news, counts Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Steven Pinker among its grateful fans.

Little

Little-jacket-1328

by Edward Carey (Gallic Books)

The unique Edward Carey’s version of Madame Tussaud’s life story reads like a hallucinatory David Copperfield; an eccentric, addictive novel in turns nightmarish, dreamy, sensual, and laugh out loud funny.

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Hanif Abdurraqib (Melville House)

Intelligence, sincerity, compassion and wit mark out this brilliant collection of essays, written by the Ohio-born poet Greil Marcus says changed his view of US pop culture.

Normal People

1322_Books_jacket_NormalPeople

by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber) 

Rooney’s star went supernova with this funny, insightful coming of age novel with touches of Elena Ferrante and David Nicholls but guided by a wild Galway spirit all of its own.

Country, Michael Hughes (John Murray)

The Iliad reimagined as a Good Friday Agreement-period brutal dispute along the Irish border. Fierce, funny, fast-paced and fizzing with lively authentic dialogue

Red Birds

RedBirds-jacket-1328

by Mohammed Hanif (Bloomsbury)

Maverick Pakistani novelist Hanif’s Catch 22-style tale of a pilot who crash lands into the refugee camp he was supposed to bomb is a wry, savage satire with an unexpectedly forceful tug on the heart. 

The Fifth Risk, Michael Lewis (Allen Lane)

The terrifying truth not just about about what Trump is like, but what he actually does, this story of a nation collapsing in is a lucid telling of a nightmare scenario.

West

1304_Books_WEST

by Carys Davies (Granta)

A beautifully told modern fable about an old man on an impossible quest and the unrelenting faith of his devoted daughter, as moving as it is perceptive.

Literary Landscapes, John Sutherland (Modern Books)

This gorgeously illustrated guide to the real life settings of much loved fictions is a joy to behold, characterised by the usual authority, dedication and joie de vivre of national treasure Sutherland.

National Vendor Week 2024

A celebration of people who are working their way out of poverty.
Vendor martin Hawes

Recommended for you

View all
Top 5 most accessible economics books, chosen by politician and author Andrew Leigh
Economics
books

Top 5 most accessible economics books, chosen by politician and author Andrew Leigh

Your Utopia by Bora Chung review – finding poignancy in speculative fiction
Books

Your Utopia by Bora Chung review – finding poignancy in speculative fiction

The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler review – the mammoth risks of playing God with nature
Books

The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler review – the mammoth risks of playing God with nature

Family Politics by John O'Farrell review – a plea to engage with those whose views we abhor
Books

Family Politics by John O'Farrell review – a plea to engage with those whose views we abhor

Most Popular

Read All
Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits
Renters: A mortgage lender's window advertising buy-to-let products
1.

Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal
Pound coins on a piece of paper with disability living allowancve
2.

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal

Here's when UK households to start receiving last cost of living payments
next dwp cost of living payment 2023
3.

Here's when UK households to start receiving last cost of living payments

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know
4.

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know