More Ideas of Novellas to Read for #NovNov

Still in need of ideas for what to read in November? Here are our novella-friendly lists of authors and publishers that 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
  • Susan Hill
  • Denis Johnson – Train Dreams was one of our most-reviewed books last year
  • Gabriel Josipovici
  • Claire Keegan
  • Shena Mackay
  • Ian McEwan
  • Sarah Moss’s three latest
  • Jean Rhys
  • Georges Simenon
  • Muriel Spark
  • John Steinbeck
  • Nathanael West
  • Jacqueline Woodson


In nonfiction – nature books:
  • Jim Crumley
  • John Lewis-Stempel


In nonfiction – animal/pet books:
  • Derek Tangye
  • Doreen Tovey


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

Lolli Editions (thanks to Annabel for this one)

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 could 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.

18 responses

  1. As if I needed more temptation ! Seriously though, thank for this superb resource.

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    1. You’re welcome! I hope it will be useful.

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  2. Can I add Lolli to the UK publishers specialising in translation. I have 3 Danish novellas in my pile from them.

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    1. Never heard of them — thanks for the idea! I’ll add them in right away.


  3. Thanks – some great ideas!

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    1. Let me know if I forgot anyone — you read more from indie publishers than I do.

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  4. Book Riot is a great source of all kinds of book lists! I consulted them when picking my possible Novella choices.

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    1. I know some people are snooty about clickbait, but I actually love Book Riot and regularly read 2-3 of their articles per week. Their lists are terrific.

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  5. I’ve the odd author and publisher from your excellent list, Beck, and even some nonfiction novellas in hand, so I’m very much looking forward to this month, thanks!

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    1. Brilliant! It will be great to have you join in.

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  6. I recently discovered And Other Stories, when I downloaded from Edelweiss a novella by an Indian (as in, from India) woman who lives in the UK. I’m reading it now and it is very good. It is called “Somebody Loves You” by Mona Arshi.

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    1. Oh, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I reviewed that one (pre-release) for Foreword Reviews.

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      1. Can you send me the link to that review, please?


  7. A great resource list! I have one Pushkin Press book but am still reeling from managing to find 15 novellas on my TBR. And I’ve finished one already!

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    1. Good for you! I’m currently reading seven and feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. But I’m sure I’ll make progress and be able to start some more soon.

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      1. But I’m sure you’re already done all seven by now…just four days later! 🙂


      2. Au contraire: I’ve finished a couple, but I’m now enmeshed in another 16. ARGH!


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