My 8 best books of 2015 by Joanna Walsh
4th November 2015
When two of my books (Vertigo and Hotel) were published within a week of each other in the US, I dealt with the terror by trying to build some new book shelves. My books were overflowing from my current shelves onto the floor, pooling under my bed, around the legs of furniture, growing into stacks of must-reads, stacks of should-reads, stacks of probably-won’t-reads, stacks to-give-away and many other subdivisions. Not able to carpenter, or to afford readymades, I bought some scaffolding planks that I was surprised to find as thick and heavy as young trees. They lay across the floor of my workroom for a long time, which made it difficult to get to and from my desk until I got hold of some bricks to stack between them. Now they hold almost all my books.
These are the books published in 2015 that I was happiest to add to my shelves.
Joanna Walsh's books include Hotel, Vertigo, and Fractals. Her writing has also been published by The Dalkey Archive (Best European Fiction 2015), Granta Magazine, Salt (Best British Short Stories, 2014 and 2015), The Stinging Fly, Gorse, and others. She reviews for the Guardian, The New Statesman, and The National. She is fiction editor at 3:AM Magazine, and runs @read_women, described by The New York Times as “a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers”.