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Serpent's Tail Catalogue

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Here’s acting publisher Rebecca Gray’s introduction to our latest catalogue

2016 was a year of hideous beasts, but only Sarah Perry’s Essex Serpent was welcome and rightly applauded. We hope award-winning writers Esi Edugyan’s third, Rebecca F. John’s debut and Alex Christofi’s second superb historical novels meet the same treatment in 2017. Each offers the combination of escape from the world and engagement with it that is Exactly What We Need Right Now. Attica Locke tackles Trump’s America head on in the first of her new series and Jarett Kobek’s second novel offers an angle on the recent past that illuminates the horrible present. If an existential howl is what you need, you’ll find it in the new and complete Book of Disquiet.

We need to read a breadth of perspectives more than ever, and so we will – from Antonio Muñoz Molina, Mary Gaitskill, Joy Williams and Chris Kraus. And beautifully executed light relief comes via The Hidden Keys, an old-fashioned mystery set in the present day, while Washington, D.C.-set The Cutaway is a slick, page-turning take on the news that mercifully leaves out you-know-who.

Finally, we commemorate hard-won freedoms that must be protected – on the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, we make Classics of Neil Bartlett’s Ready To Catch Him Should He Fall and Reinaldo Arenas’ Before Night Falls.