From joyful illustrated classics to vital essay collections, these are the books our team of editors can't wait to put under the tree this year.
Fatima Bhutto, Donal Ryan, Avni Doshi and more on the reads that brightened their year.
Avni Doshi, Frances Cha, Jane Fallon and more recommend their go-to novels that never fail to shine a light during dark times.
The Booker-shortlisted author on her early writing struggles and the years that inspired Burnt Sugar, one of the most talked-about debuts of 2020.
Trying to crack that opening line? Got a first novel lingering in a drawer? This year, on penguin.co.uk and the Penguin Podcast, we've chatted to lots of authors about their craft. Here's some highlights to give you a helping hand.
The graphic designer and illustrator on going from concept to finished jacket.
Redhead by the Side of the Road and Burnt Sugar are among the 13 novels vying for the world's most prestigious literary award.
Avni Doshi was born in New Jersey in 1982 and is currently based in Dubai. She won the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize in 2013 and a Charles Pick Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in 2014. Her debut novel, Burnt Sugar, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020. The novel is published in India as Girl in White Cotton, where it won the Sushila Devi Award 2021.
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