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Best Book of 1987: The Door
‘Szabó offers a veneration of the rituals of the everyday, for how pride in what we do, in how we give to others, can elevate us.’ Hannah Williams on The Door by Magda Szabó, the best book of 1987.
Best Book of Any Year: A Thousand and One Nights
Mazen Maarouf on why A Thousand and One Nights is the best book of any year.
Best Book of 2013:
Noor Naga on why The Crocodiles by Youssef Rakha is the best book of 2013.
Best Book of 1928: Quicksand
Lucy Ives argues that Nella Larsen – author of ‘terse, obsessively observed fiction’ – penned the best book of 1928.
Best Book of 2014: H is for Hawk
Chigozie Obioma on Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, the best book of 2014.
Best book of 2015: The Argonauts
Lucia Osborne-Crowley on why The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson is the best book of 2015.
Best Book of 1993: The Smell of Apples
Magogodi oaMphela Makhene on Mark Behr’s The Smell of Apples.
Best Book of 1963: The Group
‘Cigarettes, lorgnons, eggs benedict, cocktails mixed with maple syrup, long spills down Lanvin suits.’ Julia Armfield on why Mary McCarthy’s The Group is the best book of 1963.
Best book of 1962: The Pumpkin Eater
Nicole Flattery on why Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eater is the best book of 1962.
Best Book of 1952: The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Sandra Newman on why Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard is the best book of 1952.
Best Book of 2001: Natural Goodness
Julian Baggini on why Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness is the best book of 2001.
Best Book of 1937: Busman’s Honeymoon
Caroline Crampton on why Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers is the best book of 1937.
Best Book of 2005: Everything Good Will Come
’Pemi Aguda on Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come, the best book of 2005.
Best Book of 1944: Transit
Lauren Aimee Curtis on why Transit by Anna Seghers is the best book of 1944.
Best Book of 2009: I Am Not Sidney Poitier
Will Ashon on why I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett is the best book of 2009.
Best Book of 1989: A House with Four Rooms
Esther Rutter on why A House with Four Rooms by Rumer Godden is the best book of 1989.
Best Book of 1993: To Live
Jianan Qian on why Yu Hua’s To Live is the best book of 1993.
Best Book of 1982: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Beth Gardiner on why volume one of Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson series is the best book of 1982.
Interview with Constantia Soteriou
Constantia Soteriou discusses the possibilities of fiction, the oral narratives of women and belonging to a new generation of Cypriot writers with Granta magazine.
Jonathan Levi | Interview
‘It’s a miracle that Granta survived our mutual adolescence. And yet, it was that smell of teenage spirit that brought Graham Greene and Martha Gellhorn and Hanif Kureishi to our pages.’