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Somewhere between prose poem and novel, the author’s second book channels the polluted landscapes and xenophobic discourse of contemporary Britain

By Tom Overton
César Aira, Birthday, 2019. Courtesy: New Directions Publishing, New York

Newly published in the US, ‘Birthday’ sees the Argentinian writer at his most personal – and vulnerable

By Steven Zultanski

‘History is full of people who just didn’t,’ reads the first line of her riveting opening essay, which also serves as a sort of statement of intent

By Negar Azimi

The poet’s new collection chronicles a father’s succumbing to dementia and a daughter’s attempt to endure

By Harry Thorne
John Singer Sargent, Vernon Lee, 1881, oil paint on canvas. Courtesy: Tate, London

The Psychology of an Art Writer provides a beautiful account of Lee’s looking and feeling and thinking and writing about art’

By Vivian Sky Rehberg

A new collection of previously uncompiled essays finds a writer poised at the threshold of art and literature

By Jerome Boyd-Maunsell

A newly-translated book by Heike Geissler chronicles the life of a warehouse worker

By Tom Overton

The way in which we talk about these accolades tends to hyperbole; artworks are not created in a financial vacuum

By Helen Charman

‘After Kurzweil’s book landed with a thud in the centre of our culture, it was impossible not to address its claims’

By Chris Wiley

This year saw the publication of a rich vein of books about motherhood and women’s work

By Carmen Winant

‘Boom obsesses over every element of design – including the textures and scents of her books, as well as their appearance’

By Alice Rawsthorn

From environmentalist epics to Norse mythology and the re-emergence of Russian cosmism: John Holten surveys the best books of 2018

By John Holten