In Cameron Laux’s article for BBC Culture eight acclaimed authors reveal their favourite hidden gems outside the literary canon.
Sometimes we need to nudge our reading off the beaten track – and this list aims to do that. All of the books here mess with, or transcend, the idea of genre in impressive ways – arguably to their cost, because if marketing departments can’t get a firm grip on them, they fall through the cracks of a book-selling system that often hinges on pigeon-holing. These titles are idiosyncratic – and, it could be said, underrated – and their authors have each picked a book or two that they regard as overlooked masterpieces. It’s time to find some hidden gems beyond the literary canon. – Cameron Laux
Laux’s writers include Jeff VanderMeer, Esi Edugyan, Max Porter, Helen DeWitt, Brian Catling, Marlon James , Steven Erikson, and Tade Thompson. I am thrilled that “All the Fabulous Beasts” has been recommended by Tade, author of “The Murders of Molly Southbourne” and the Arthur C. Clarke Award winning “Rosewater”.