Panels are formed by five or six industry experts, among them publishers, translators, academics, critics and booksellers. Panellists change every edition to allow as many people as possible to be part of the project. The panel meets twice, and decisions are based on their knowledge, experience and intuition, as well as on readers ́ reports commissioned by this office. Members of the panel reach their decisions with complete independence.
After two years of virtual meetings, it was great to meet the panel face-to-face. The panel for the 2022 edition was formed by Aude Bolechala (bookseller specialising in children's books and manager of Nomad Books in London), Catherine Mansfield (translator and communications professional) Gary McKeone (Programme Director at St George’s House, Windsor Castle), Helen Weir (Senior Editor at Two Hoots, an illustrated imprint of Pan Macmillan) and Juliet Mabey (co-founder of Oneworld Publications). The following people have translated book summaries or/and written reports for this issue: Beth Fowler , Chris Moss , Christina Macsweeney , Faye Williams , Hebe Powell , Izzie Kaufeler, Jacob Rogers , Joe Williams , Judith Willis , Laura McGloughlin , Lindsey Ford , Mara Faye Lethem , Miranda France , Nick Caistor , Peter Bush , Rahul Bery , Richard Mansell , and Suky Taylor.
We greatly appreciate the work they have done in making this edition of New Spanish Books a great success. Thank you!
A heartwarming, humorous novel about the lives of three generations of a rural Galician family.
Miqui Otero has reached new heights with one of the most moving and authentic novels of recent years. A novel full of places and people to keep coming back to. This book is an entire life. The life of Simón.
Jon, an elephant-keeper at the zoo, and Edith, a widow who lives with her eleven cats, are the only remaining inhabitants in an otherwise abandoned village.
Adirane returns to the family home in her town next to the river in the north of the Basque Country with the fragile excuse of recording her Granny Ruth's first childhood memories of the Civil War.
"The Forgotten Letters of Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina" is a window into the souls of the heroines created by Charlotte Brontë and Leon Tolstoy.
A tough and emotional journey in the last straights of the 19th century; a story written in several voices: that of Sisca, 15 years old, imprisoned because women did not own their own bodies; those of women like Concepción Arenal, a prison visitor
'Piso Compartido' ('Flatshare') is an interior novel. A comedy of manners combining magic, memory and daily life.
Diego jumps from a fifth floor, and from that moment on, the image is drilled into his sister’s mind: six seconds and a body crashing against the ground. She is the one who looks back and tells the story of the two siblings.
'A paso de tortuga' ('Slow as a Tortoise') is a traditional African story; a fable starring the wisest, most patient and long-lived animal and how he managed to save all the animals.
Did you know that if you say "Ciao" to someone you're telling them you are a slave? Or did you know that lots of greetings are about wishing the other person good health, while saying "hello" or "hola" is just a way of getting their attention.