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award winning books


Congratulations to our author Daniel Kehlmann whose novel Tyll is shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020! Translated by Ross Benjamin, the book follows the jester Tyll Ulenspiegel as he travels across Europe, trying to avoid the havoc of the Thirty Years’ War. The Booker International Prize is awarded every year to the best book translated into English and published in Britain or Ireland. With more than 600,000 copies sold in Germany alone, the gripping story Tyll is a great success and will be published in 22 countries. Also Netflix is currently adapting it into a series, Baran Bo Odar und Jantje Friese, who had a great success with the series DARK will be producing.


We are very happy to announce that David Wagner’s The Forgetful Giant was awarded the Bavarian Book Award 2019 in the fiction category! Following his bestselling novel Life, for which he received the Leipzig Book Fair Prize, David Wagner’s new work creates something rare and precious. Despite living in the present and vanishing a little more each day, the father remains unique with all his idiosyncrasies and remaining memories. Wagner recreates daytrips, visits and car journeys to places where the old man once spent his life. This poignant book addresses one of the most emotional and pressing issues of our times that affects increasing numbers of people. It is an unforgettable story.


We are happy to announce that Norbert Zähringer’s novel Where We Were is nominated for the German Book Prize 2019! Where We Were is a modern-day Dickens-esque story about an orphan who becomes a tech millionaire and a novel of immense scope whose expansive narrative unfolds across an entire century. Vivid and inventive, this story is an exposition of expertly deployed narrative pacing, at times pushing us relentlessly forward at breakneck speed before switching effortlessly to slower, more reflective passages.


We are very happy to announce that Harald Jähner’s A Time of Wolves was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2019 in the non-fiction category! Harald Jähner’s book is the first history of Germany’s national mentality in the immediate post-war period. It focusses on the German people in all their diversity: the “re-educators” Alfred Döblin and Rudolf Herrnstadt, who tried in two different zones of occupation to win the trust of their fellow Germans; Beate Uhse, owner of a mail order company for “marital hygiene”, who questioned the old moral code governing what was deemed proper; the many nameless black market traders, pockets stuffed with Lucky Strike cigarettes; stylish housewives sitting at kidney-shaped coffee tables that were to become emblematic for a freer and affordable world.


We are very happy to announce that Inger-Maria Mahlke was awarded the German Book Fair Prize 2018! Within only a few years, Inger-Maria Mahlke has become one of Germany’s most acclaimed novelists. Each of her books marks a departure into new and more startling territory. In Archipelago she provides a fresh and absorbing perspective on a convulsive century of upheavals and revolutions, of great expectations and small victories.