I am keen to see a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. In literary and contemporary fiction, I love distinctive voices, dark themes, and complex characters (e.g. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, Adele by Leila Slimani, Kevin Barry’s Dark Lies the Island), coming-of-age novels, and novels that explore the loss of innocence, desire, deceit, class, or the world of work. I am passionate about LGBTQIA+ stories, in all their glorious diversity, and enjoy a pitch-black or offbeat sense of humour. In historical fiction, I love novels so immersive they can show readers a different way of thinking and being. My favourite historical novels include The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower, and all the novels of Mary Renault! In crime and thrillers, I love an unusual, evocative setting (e.g. The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin) but would like to read anything from psychological suspense to the truly macabre. I enjoy thriller writing that explores contemporary society and its tensions – such as the novels of Liane Moriarty and Sabine Durrant – but please send me your unsettling, gothic and uncanny stories too. I’m a huge fan of Shirley Jackson’s novels and Andrew Michael Hurley’s. I also welcome speculative fiction, including fantasy, science-fiction, and the supernatural, where I would like to see novels centred on the characters’ psychological journeys e.g. the Earthsea novels by Ursula K Le Guin, and The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer.