A Meal in Winter
Spare and striking, this novel's resounding emotional power echoes beyond its few pages. Three Nazi soldiers are charged with capturing a Jewish prisoner for execution. While sheltering from the harsh winter, each must confront his own conscience as the reality of the mission becomes clear.Read more
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
A stunning work of immersive journalism that won a National Book Award and has since been adapted for the stage. It follows the lives of a group of Mumbai slum-dwellers after a crime in their community turns tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy truly brutal.Read more
City of Thorns
A fearless work of reportage that takes the reader inside Dadaab, the world's biggest and most notorious refugee camp, through the stories of the people who live there.Read more
An award-winning work of investigative journalism that uncovered Britain's secretive and shameful record of torture. Cobain exposes decades of complicity, obfuscation and cover-ups. An essential document for anyone interested in the real face of our country's government.Read more
Do It Like A Woman
Gathering together stories from all corners of the world, this is an inspiring celebration of private heroisms and public triumphs, and a brilliant, necessary manifesto for women everywhere.Read more
Britain's first Green MP reveals the inner workings of parliamentary life and offers bold and practical suggestions for a fairer British political system.Read more
Controversial when first published in South Korea, it tells the story of the Gwangju massacre - when the army turned its weapons on protesting students in 1980 - and its aftermath. In beautifully chilling prose, Han Kang gives voices to the dead, the traumatised and the hopeful.Read more
Strange Weather in Tokyo
Touching, curious and written with extraordinary delicacy and precision, from one of Japan's most important contemporary writers. It is an offbeat love story between a woman in her late thirties and her former high school teacher.Read more
Nobel Prize-winning Herta Müller returns with a fierce and finely-wrought novel about a young woman's discovery of betrayal in the most intimate reaches of her life.Read more
The End of Days
Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015, The End of Days follows the life of one woman in twentieth century Europe. Or rather, the various possible lives she could have led. An intoxicating masterpiece.Read more
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2016, The Vegetarian is a shocking, visceral and incredibly sensual novel that follows a woman's unusual desire, and the violent consequences this has for herself and her family.Read more
Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner
Politically engaged, but shy of economics? Sharp, funny and thought-provoking, Marçal exposes how our economics is failing us all (but particularly women) and how much better things could be.Read more
Essential Portobello Books
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In Essential Portobello Books you’ll find some of our best known titles along with hand picked lesser known works by some of the world’s finest thinkers and writers.
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