Some inspiration for Novellas in November!

Do you need some inspiration for our upcoming Novellas in November challenge? Rebecca has put together this fantastically comprehensive list of some authors and publishers that may fit the bill!

Authors who tend(ed) to write short books:

  • James Baldwin
  • J.L. Carr
  • Barbara Comyns
  • Alice Thomas Ellis
  • Penelope Fitzgerald
  • Paul Gallico
  • Kaye Gibbons
  • Denis Johnson – Train Dreams was one of our most-reviewed books last year
  • Gabriel Josipovici
  • Shena Mackay
  • Jean Rhys
  • Georges Simenon
  • Muriel Spark
  • John Steinbeck
  • Nathanael West
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • Sarah Moss
  • Claire Keegan

In nonfiction – nature books:

  • Jim Crumley
  • John Lewis-Stempel

In nonfiction – animal/pet books:

  • Doreen Tovey
  • Derek Tangye

UK publishers that specialize in novellas:

Fairlight Books

Fitzcarraldo Editions (especially their early releases)

Holland Park Press

Penguin’s Little Black Classics series

Pushkin Press

Worldwide publishers that specialize in novellas:

Fish Gotta Swim Editions (Canada)

Melville House – “The Art of the Novella” series (USA)

Nouvella (USA) – Take a look at the last couple of rows on their merchandise page!

Quattro Books (Canada)

UK publishers that specialize in novellas in translation:

And Other Stories

Charco Press – contemporary Latin American literature

Fitzcarraldo Editions

Holland Park Press

Les Fugitives – translations from the French

Peirene Press – Cathy will be hosting an interview with them during translation week!

Pushkin Press

UK sources of short nonfiction:

Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series

Fitzcarraldo Editions – some of their longform essays are under 200 pages

Penguin’s Great Ideas series

Little Toller Books – mostly nature and travel monographs

The School of Life – most of the ones in this particular series are under 200 pages

Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introductions series

Wellcome Collection Books – a number of their recent releases are under 200 pages

You might also check out some of last year’s Novellas in November content: 89 posts from 30 bloggers, including single reviews, multi-reviews and favourites lists.

Still stumped? Try these articles:

(Note: not all of the suggestions stick to our definition of a novella.)

And, if you’re looking for a bit of context…

The other year Laura F. put together a history of the Novellas in November challenge.

And don’t forget our weekly buddy reads!

Novellas in November

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24 Comments Leave a comment

  1. A wonderful list of lists. I am especially enjoying going through the list of Penguin Little Black Classics.

    I will be reading Train Dreams this year.


  2. I’m pleased to say some of the items you and Becky mention are on my list of possibles — Muriel Spark, Jean Rhys, something from Pushkin Press, a nonfiction novella from Horatio Clare and a couple more, from the Great Journey series — plus the odd extra maybe. Great inspiration, thanks!

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      • Clare talked movingly and passionately about his mental health problems at the recent Crickhowell Literary Festival, as detailed in his latest book, Heavy Light: a journey through madness, mania & healing, but I aim to read his description of following in Bach’s footsteps on a different journey to Lübeck.

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  3. I recently bought a James Baldwin (Giovanni’s Room) and THE Jean Rhys book (Wide Saragossa Sea). Plus, right now I’m reading a novella from And Other Stories – Somebody Loves You by Mona Arshi. If you’re on Edelweiss, that one is available for immediate download, and it is very good!


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