Verso: Best Books of 2017

Hot Milk - Deborah Levy

Verso: Best Books of 2017 (some of which were published previously but were still “favourites of the year”)


  • Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone – James Baldwin
  • The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq – Hassan Blasim
  • The Gift – Barbara Browning
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  • The Debutante and Other Stories – Leonora Carrington
  • The Vet’s Daughter – Barbara Comyns
  • Segu – Maryse Conde
  • The Doll’s Alphabet – Camilla Grudova
  • The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist – Emile Habiby
  • Darker With the Lights On – David Hayden
  • Hot Milk – Deborah Levy
  • Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  • Evening Primrose: a heart-wrenching novel for our times – Kopano Matlwa
  • First Love – Gwendoline Riley
  • Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
  • Love Story – Erich Segal
  • We That Are Young – Preti Taneja
  • Attrib. and other stories – Eley Williams
  • The Hoke Moseley Detective Series – Charles Willeford
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead


  • Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising – Gilbert Achcar
  • After Kathy Acker – Chris Kraus
  • Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them – Edited by Rhian Jones and Eli Davies
  • Cosmic Society: Towards a Sociology of the Universe – Peter Dickens and James Ormrod
  • The Greeks and the Irrational – E.R. Dodds
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? – Mark Fisher
  • No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity – Sarah Haley
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself – Harriet Ann Jacobs
  • Spheres of Existence: Selected Writings – C.L.R. James
  • Hell’s Destruction: An Exploration of Christ’s Descent to the Dead – Catherine Ella Laufer
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You – Audre Lorde
  • Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel – Carl Safina
  • Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States – James C. Scott
  • The Black Pacific: Anti-Colonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections – Robbie Shilliam
  • Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital – William Clare Roberts
  • Storming Heaven: Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism – Steve Wright


  • Living for Change: An Autobiography – Grace Lee Boggs
  • Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration – David Wojnarowicz