• The Best Novels of 2023: The Booker Prize Shortlist - Prophet Song by Paul Lynch
  • The Best Novels of 2023: The Booker Prize Shortlist - The Bee Sting by Paul Murray
  • The Best Novels of 2023: The Booker Prize Shortlist - If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery
  • The Best Novels of 2023: The Booker Prize Shortlist - Western Lane by Chetna Maroo
  • The Best Novels of 2023: The Booker Prize Shortlist - This Other Eden by Paul Harding
  • The Best Novels of 2023: The Booker Prize Shortlist - Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein

The Best Novels of 2023: The Booker Prize Shortlist, recommended by Cal Flyn

Every year, the judges for the Booker Prize read more than a hundred books that have been submitted by their publishers in the hope of being recognised by one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards. The 2023 shortlist features a novel-in-stories, an Irish dystopia, and plenty of family drama. Read more fiction recommendations on Five Books

  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - These Days by Lucy Caldwell
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - I Am Not Your Eve by Devika Ponnambalam
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - The Sun Walks Down by Fiona McFarlane
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - Ancestry: A Novel by Simon Mawer
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - The Chosen by Elizabeth Lowry
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - The Geometer Lobachevsky by Adrian Duncan

The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist, recommended by Cal Flyn

Every year, the judges for the Walter Scott Prize highlight the best new historical fiction. In 2023, the shortlisted books include a slow-burn mystery set in colonial Australia and a thrilling new novel from the author of Fatherland. Cal Flyn, our deputy editor, takes us through the seven books that are set 60+ years in the past and yet speak to the present.

  • UPDATED: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2023: The Hugo Awards - Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
  • UPDATED: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2023: The Hugo Awards - The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • UPDATED: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2023: The Hugo Awards - The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • UPDATED: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2023: The Hugo Awards - Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  • UPDATED: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2023: The Hugo Awards - The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
  • UPDATED: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2023: The Hugo Awards - Babel: An Arcane History by R. F. Kuang

UPDATED: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2023: The Hugo Awards, recommended by Sylvia Bishop

The Hugo Awards, first presented in 1953, were originally known as the ‘Science Fiction Achievement Awards.’ But, in practice, their shortlists encompass speculative fiction as a whole, including fantasy—and is considered one of that genre’s most prestigious prizes. Here, Sylvia Bishop offers an overview of this year’s nominees in the ‘Best Novel’ category, which represent the most popular sci-fi and fantasy books of 2023. Note: We have updated this list to include a book that was excluded for political reasons.

  • Award-Winning Novels of 2023 - Prophet Song by Paul Lynch
  • Award-Winning Novels of 2023 - Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Award-Winning Novels of 2023 - Blackouts by Justin Torres
  • Award-Winning Novels of 2023 - Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein
  • Award-Winning Novels of 2023 - Babel: An Arcane History by R. F. Kuang

Award-Winning Novels of 2023, recommended by Cal Flyn

The enormous variety of new, beautifully-blurbed books being published every month presents an agony of choice for the casual reader. Luckily, literary prize shortlists offer a shortcut to discovering some of the best novels of the year. Here, Five Books deputy editor Cal Flyn offers a helpful round-up of the award-winning novels of the 2023 season and a few notable runners-up. Read more fiction recommendations on Five Books

  • Notable Novels of Fall 2023 - The Fraud by Zadie Smith
  • Notable Novels of Fall 2023 - The Maniac by Benjamin Labatut
  • Notable Novels of Fall 2023 - A Shining by Jon Fosse, translated by Damion Searls
  • Notable Novels of Fall 2023 - My Work by Olga Ravn, translated by Sophia Hersi Smith & Jennifer Russell
  • Notable Novels of Fall 2023 - The Glutton: A Novel by A. K. Blakemore

Notable Novels of Fall 2023, recommended by Cal Flyn

Outside it’s autumnal and the nights are drawing in. All the better for admiring the bright lights of publishing’s starriest season, when the shiniest baubles are released in time for the Christmas rush. Five Books deputy editor Cal Flyn rounds up the most notable new novels of Fall 2023, including eagerly-awaited books from Zadie Smith and Jesmyn Ward, plus the buzziest new releases in literary fiction and novels-in-translation  

  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Venomous Lumpsucker: A Novel by Ned Beauman
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Plutoshine by Lucy Kissick
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Anomaly by Hervé le Tellier, translated by Adriana Hunter
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Coral Bones by E.J. Swift
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Metronome by Tom Watson

The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist, recommended by Tom Hunter

Every year, the judges of the Arthur C Clarke Award select the best sci-fi novels of the previous twelve months. We asked prize director Tom Hunter to talk us through the six science fiction books that made the 2023 shortlist—including a space opera romance and a high-concept action thriller that has already won the most prestigious award in Francophone literature.