Posted on 16th January 2012

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Fiction Uncovered’s list of 2011’s most unjustly neglected books

Fiction Uncovered asked Twitter, our 2011-2 steering committee, our 2011 selected authors, and our regular contributors to suggest a 2011 UK fiction publication (novel, short story, graphic novel) they feel didn’t get the attention it deserved. Here is our round-up of their picks for the most unjustly neglected books of 2011:

The Great Night by Chris Adrian, The Coward’s Tale by Vanessa Gebbie, The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, suggested by @Damian_Barr, writer and Fiction Uncovered 2011 judge

King Crow by Michael Stewart, suggested by @JuliaKingsford, Chief Executive of World Book Night (@worldbooknight)

Bloodstone by @Gillian_Philip, second in Rebel Angels series, suggested by @rebeccaebrown

Mice by Gordon Reece, suggested by @PanMacPublicity, who called it “the most thrilling, goosebumpy, edge of the seat novel of 2011.”

Benson at Sixty by Michael Carson, suggested by Cutting Edge Press (@CuttingEdgeBks)

The Hunger Trace by Edward Hogan (@edhoganderby), suggested by Simon Savidge (@SavidgeReads), writer and co-founder and chair of the Green Carnation Prize and seconded by @alice_murphy, digital marketing @simonschusterUK.

Laikonik Express by Nick Sweeney and Vault by David Rose, suggested by @AshleyJStokes (Fiction Uncovered’s review of Vault is here)

@Dd_Armstrong ’s Lynch’s Road, “an honest London tale” and “one of the bestest realest Londonest books of 2011,” according to Farzana Rahman (@farzanabanana).

Brenton Brown by Alex Wheatle (@brixtonbard), also suggested by Farzana Rahman – “brilliant writer, fab book.”

The Wolf Stepped Out by Dave Migman, suggested by Adam Lowe

A Fabrication of Gold by John Moat, suggested by Lindsay Clarke, Fiction Uncovered 2011 author. “A Fabrication of Gold was published by The Write Factor. Moat is co-founder of the Arvon Foundation as well as a fine poet published by Enitharmon, so this brief novel is beautifully written. It’s also very funny and very moving in the imaginative way it follows a middle-aged man through breakdown into breakthrough.  It deserves to be much more widely known.”

Smokeheads by Doug Johnstone, “the great whisky thriller” according to Angus Cargill, senior editor at Faber and Faber

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington, suggested by Rebecca Ikin, Pan Macmillan

Lazarus is Dead by Richard Beard, suggested by agent Lucy Luck: “a brilliant, erudite, challenging and most of all funny, a novel that takes you behind the familiar bible story to really make you wonder how it might feel to die and come back to life, all in someone else’s cause.”

The Cure, by Rachel Genn, suggested by agent Hannah Westland: “A debut novel that was published by Corsair in May, The Cure is a brilliantly told coming-of-age story about a young Irish builder arriving in London in the early boom years of the 21st century and becoming initiated into the multicultural brotherhood of the building site. It’s a portrait of London that reveals characters and places rarely written of, and brings the city to life in a rare and completely captivating way. The writing is beautiful and sensitive, and the story skilfully and sensitively told.”

The Godless Boys by Naomi Wood, suggested by agent Cathryn M. Summerhayes

What I Did by Christopher Wakling, suggested by James Spackman, Hodder, “What I Did sounds a bit like The Slap when you describe it (boy hit by father in public, someone reports it, everything goes wrong) … but it’s a very different book, and in my opinion far better. (An opinion shared by John Harding in the Mail: “The novel that should have won the Booker Prize”). It’s psychologically acute and technically accomplished in that brilliant, invisible way which also allows it to be absurdly readable. Amazing book.”

Kevin Brockmeier’s The Illumination: “Clever, gorgeous, thoughtful, moving,” says @FlossieTeacake

Jump Derry, winner of the Rubery Book Award for 2011, suggested by author Christine Donovan (@jumpderry)

Combatant Wiz Kids and The Fixers, suggested by author Paulette Lewis (@Horsemad1) and written with her teenage twins

Funny Business, suggested by author @Steven_Falk

The Girl in the Bunker, suggested by author Tracey S. Rosenberg (@tsrosenberg)

A Countryman’s Creel, a book of “fun retro short stories,” suggested by author @ConorFarrington

Malice in Blunderland, suggested by author @JonnyGibbings

One Day on Gitmo Nation by @mckenz1e, suggested by @StarDotFiction




[…] it is back for 2012. I even voted for a book I wanted to see on the list if I were a judge, I must go to that list again to get even more recommendations. […]

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