To celebrate International Women's Day this year, we're presenting the wonderful female authors whose new books we're publishing this year. We love every one of these gems -- let us know what's going on your TBR list on Twitter at @serpentstail.

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry's After Me Comes the Flood was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014.

The Essex Serpent was a number one bestseller in hardback, Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and both Fiction Book of the Year and Overall Book of the Year 2017 at the British Book Awards. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. Sarah's next book, Melmoth, is a masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world.

Praise for The Essex Serpent: 'One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade.' Sunday Times

'Perry is a startlingly good writer. If she doesn't win the Booker prize one day, I'll be amazed.' Sophie Hannah

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Melmoth is out in October. You can learn more here:

Abi Andrews

Abi Andrews

Abi Andrews was born in 1991 in the Midlands and now lives and works in South East London. She studied English and creative writing at Goldsmiths, and her work has been published in The Dark Mountain Project, Tender, Five Dials and The Bohemyth, amongst others.

Funny, frank and tender, The Word for Woman is Wilderness is an adventure novel with a difference. Filled with a sense of wonder for the natural world and a fierce love for preserving it, this is a funny, frank and tender account of a young woman in uncharted territory.

'Unlike any published work I have read, in ways that are beguiling and audacious.' Guardian

The Word for Woman is Wilderness is out now



Ruby Tandoh

Ruby Tandoh

Ruby Tandoh is an author and journalist who writes for, among others, the Guardian, Elle and Vice. A finalist on the 2013 Great British Bake Off, she has published two cookery books, Crumb and Flavour. She lives in Sheffield.

In Eat Up, Ruby Tandoh celebrates the fun and pleasure of food. She will arm you against the fad diets, food crazes and bad science that can make eating guilt-laden and expensive. Filled with straight-talking, sympathetic advice on everything from mental health to recipe ideas and shopping tips, this is a book that clears away the fog to help you fall back in love with food.

'I read it greedily. Thank you.' Nigella Lawson

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Eat Up is out now

cathi Unsworth
Cathi Unsworth

Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at nineteen on the music weekly Sounds, and has since worked for many music, arts, film and alternative lifestyle journals. She is the author of Without the Moon, Weirdo, The Not Knowing, The Singer, and Bad Penny Blues, all published by Serpent's Tail. She lives in London.

To Ross Spooner, a police officer working undercover for spiritualist magazine Two Worlds, the woman's body found inside a wych elm holds a sinister meaning. He's been on the track of a German spy ring who have left a trail of black magic and mayhem across England, and this latest murder bears all the hallmarks of an ancient ritual.

'The First Lady of noir writing.' David Peace

That Old Black Magic is out in March



Josephine Wilson

Josephine Wilson

Josephine Wilson lives in Perth, Western Australia with her partner and two children. Her first novel, Cusp, was published in 2005.

We're delighted to be publishing Extinctions, her second novel, whihc won the Miles Franklin Award in 2017. 

Extinctions tells the story of Professor Frederick Lothian, a retired engineer who has quarantined himself from life by moving to a retirement village. He is determined to be miserable, but when a series of unfortunate incidents forces him and his neighbour, Jan, together, he begins to realise the damage done by the accumulation of a lifetime's secrets and lies, and to comprehend his own shortcomings.

'Very funny, dark and full of tragic power' - Australian Book Review

Extinctions is out in July


Dunya Mikhail

Dunya Mikhail

 Dunya Mikhail worked as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer before she was forced to flee Iraq. Her poetry collection The War Works Hard was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea won the 2010 Arab American Book Award for poetry. Dunya Mikhail has also been awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. She currently lives in Michigan.

In The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing stories of women from across Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS. It's a gripping, moving book that offers hope, as ordinary people risk torture and death to save the lives of others.

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The Beekeeper of Sinjar is out in August

Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor-General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize, and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Washington Black tells the incredible story of a slave who escapes his Barbados plantation and travels across the world in search of a place to belong. Filled with unforgettable characters and landscapes, teeming with all the strangeness and mystery of life, this book will be huge this year.

Washington Black is out in August

Joy Williams

Joy Williams

Joy Williams is the author of four novels - the most recent, The Quick and the Dead, was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. The Visiting Privilege: New and collected stories are a prime example of her uniquely devastating, emotionally acute, morbidly funny portrayals of modern life have been captivating readers and writers for three decades. 

'Not merely one of the great writers of her generation, but our pre-eminent bard of humanity's insignificance' - New York Times

The Visiting Privilege: New and collected stories is out in November


Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh's work has appeared in Granta, Narrative, The Stinging Fly and Guernica, amongst others. Her first  collection, Fractals, was published by 3:AM Press 2013, and her non-fiction work Hotel was published internationally by Bloomsbury in 2015. This was followed by Vertigo, published by And Other Stories in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her digitally groundbreaking novella Seed, widely praised for its innovation was released in 2017, and her latest collection of stories Words from the World's End is out now. She was awarded the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship in Literature for the manuscript of Break.Up.

From Rome to Budapest, Freud to Foucault, algorithms to nostalgia, Break.Up is a stimulating, original work which dismantles what we know of love, and how we make art from it, and finds a new form and language for the way we love now.

Break.Up is out in April

Chris KrausChris Kraus

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, including Aliens & AnorexiaI Love Dick, and Torpor, and two books of art and cultural criticism, all published by Semiotext(e). She was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches writing at European Graduate School.

First published in 2000, Aliens & Anorexia defined a female form of chance that is both emotional and radical. Unfolding like a set of Chinese boxes, with storytelling and philosophy informing each other, the novel weaves together the lives of earnest visionaries and failed artists. Its characters include Simone Weil, the first radical philosopher of sadness; the artist Paul Thek; Kraus herself; and 'Africa,' Kraus's virtual S&M partner, who is shooting a big-budget Hollywood film in Namibia while Kraus holes up in the Northwest woods to chronicle the failure of Gravity & Grace, her own low-budget independent film.

Aliens & Anorexia is out in June