• The Best 21st-Century German Novels - Where You Come From Saša Stanišić, Damion Searls (translator)
  • The Best 21st-Century German Novels - Glorious People Sasha Marianna Salzmann, Imogen Taylor (translator)
  • The Best 21st-Century German Novels - Ada's Realm Sharon Dodua Otoo and Jon Cho-Polizzi (translator)
  • The Best 21st-Century German Novels - In the Belly of the Queen Karosh Taha, Grashina Gabelmann (translator)
  • The Best 21st-Century German Novels - Monsters Like Us Ulrike Almut Sandig, Karen Leeder (translator)

The Best 21st-Century German Novels, recommended by Katy Derbyshire

There’s always been a fondness in the English-speaking world for novels about German history, but recently the books being translated into English have become much more diverse and interesting, says award-winning translator and publisher Katy Derbyshire. She introduces us to some her favourite German novels from recent years, taking us beyond Germany to Bosnia, Donbas and even Ghana.

  • The Best 19th-Century American Novels - Hope Leslie: or, Early Times in the Massachusetts by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
  • The Best 19th-Century American Novels - Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Best 19th-Century American Novels - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs & Koritha Mitchell (editor)
  • The Best 19th-Century American Novels - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Best 19th-Century American Novels - The Marrow of Tradition by Charles Chesnutt

The Best 19th-Century American Novels, recommended by Nathan Wolff

In the novels of the 19th century, the United States comes alive with all its contradictions and complications. Nathan Wolff, a professor of English at Tufts and author of Not Quite Hope and Other Political Emotions in the Gilded Ageintroduces us to his picks of the best 19th-century American novels, including two works of historical fiction and a memoir that influenced the novel form.

  • The Best African Novels - The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  • The Best African Novels - The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
  • The Best African Novels - Burma Boy by Biyi Bandele
  • The Best African Novels - Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Best African Novels - Opening Spaces: An Anthology of Contemporary African Women's Writing by Yvonne Vera (editor)

The Best African Novels, recommended by Blessing Musariri

“We are connected to the spirit and it’s an active connection. It’s not somewhere that’s only in the afterlife, it’s here in the present as well. That, I think, is endemic across all African cultures and traditions,” says Zimbabwean novelist and poet Blessing Musariri. Here she recommends some of the best African novels, books that had a big personal impact and have stayed with her.