Republic of Consciousness Book of the Month
A new small press book delivered to your door every month. In association with 3:AM Magazine.
$16 (£12.50) a month (or $20/$24 (£14.50/18.50) for EU/international subscribers), and we’ll send you a monthly small press book – all the proceeds will go towards our prize-pot, i.e. to the shortlisted & winning small presses. They will be newly published, or even sometimes slightly ahead of publication. We will list the next three month’s titles below, so you don’t pre-order them yourself.
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In association with 3:AM magazine, who publish a review and an extract of each book just before it’s sent out.
Next up: Where there are Monsters by Breanne McIvor (Peepal Tree Press)
APRIL 2019: ABOVE THE FAT BY THOMAS CHADWICK (SPLICE)
from the publisher: Step inside the twilit realm of Thomas Chadwick: a place where the flow of time stalls and swells, halts and hastens, in utterly unpredictable ways. Urgent demands collide with outbreaks of eerie calm, stretches of idleness dovetail with sudden insistence on action, and an inertia without end can bloom from the limbo between the delayed departure of a boat and the arrival of cataclysmic climate change.
Combining gentle lyricism with absurdity and biting humour, and finding poignancy in slippages between past, present, and foreboding future, Chadwick’s stories conjure up rare magic and cast a disorienting spell. Placid evenings distend into weeks of trouble before sundown, months of anxiety are distilled into a single heartbeat, and, from dawn to dusk, the duration of an entire day is neatly contained between the covers of a book.
May 2019: where there are monsters by breanne mc ivor
(Peepal Tree Press)
from the publisher: In this powerfully engaging collection of short stories, Breanne Mc Ivor lifts the tropes and characters of Caribbean folklore and places them among the concrete, glass and heat of a hectic, recognizable, crime-ridden Trinidad.
These are not simply modern or modernised folktales, but beautifully crafted, fully formed contemporary stories by a hugely talented writer who uses them as narrative vehicles to address weighty questions about human nature and Trinidadian society.
june 2019: minutes from the miracle city by Omar sabbagh (Fairlight Books)
Hakim, a Pakistani taxi driver whizzing through the streets. Patrick, a Ugandan security guard with aspirations of becoming a writer. Farida, a Moroccan beautician hoping for a fresh start. Saeed, a respected Emirati journalist just back from London.
Taking place across the last few days of Ramadan, Minutes from the Miracle City is a unique retelling of the virtuoso project that is Dubai.
‘Sabbagh is the RK Narayan of our times.’ – Christopher Jackson, poet and biographer’
JuLY 2019: Plastic Emotions by shiromi pinto (influx)
from the publisher: Plastic Emotions is inspired by the life of Minnette de Silva – a forgotten feminist icon and one of the most important figures of twentieth century architecture.
In a gripping and lyrical story, Shiromi Pinto paints a complex picture of de Silva, charting her affair with infamous Swiss modernist Le Corbusier and her efforts to build an independent Sri Lanka that slowly heads towards political and social turmoil.
Moving between London, Chandigarh, Colombo, Paris, and Kandy, Plastic Emotions explores the life of a young, trailblazing South Asian woman at a time of great turbulence across the globe.