Weird and unusual books to stretch the imagination

Subverting the norm takes guts – but if you’re up for a challenge and prepared to enter a literary world which might blow your mind, the rewards are high. First of all – trust the cover. Does it look like your kind of weird? Is there a hint that there will be something rather unusual going on in this story? Is there something just a bit strange about the title, the image, the font? If you are a curious reader and your imagination craves a story that plays with expectations, then this is your natural habitat. Dive in and revel in the experimental language, the off-kilter narratives, the seemingly traditional character type who is revealed to be something quite freakily different. It’s all here in its outlandish glory.

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The Wilderness

Samantha Harvey


Rabih Alameddine

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis


Juan Pablo Villalobos

Find Me

Laura Van Den Berg

The Stone Raft

Jose Saramago

The Testament of Yves Gundron

Emily Barton

Loving Sabotage

Amelie Nothomb

A Lone Walk

Gul Y Davis

The Blind Rider

Juan Goytisolo

Landor's Tower

Iain Sinclair

Sealed in Stone

Toni Maraini

Beatrice and Virgil

Yann Martel


Thomas Wharton

House of Leaves

Mark Z Danielewski

City of Saints and Madmen

Jeff VanderMeer

Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann


Suhayl Saadi


Hal Duncan

Jimmy Corrigan - The Smartest Kid on Earth

Chris Ware

The Interrogative Mood

Padgett Powell

The Fig Eater

Jody Shields

Come, Thou Tortoise

Jessica Grant

The Prison House

John King

The Quiddity of Will Self

Sam Mills

Strictly Casual: Fiction by Women on Love

Amy Prior

Gabriel's Angel

Mark A Radcliffe

Amaryllis Night and Day

Russell Hoban

The Absent Therapist

Will Eaves

Yonder Stands Your Orphan

Barry Hannah

The Clay Machine Gun

Victor Pelevin


James Welch

The Helmet of Horror

Victor Pelevin


Dan Collins

Ella Minnow Pea

Mark Dunn


Patrick Suskind

The Maid

Yasutaka Tsutsui

The Children's Hospital

Chris Adrian

The Aeronaut's Guide to Rapture

Stuart Campbell

Windows on the World

Frederic Beigbeder

Dolly City

Orly Castel-Bloom

Where We Once Belonged

Sia Figiel


Charlotte Roche


China Mieville

The Wisdom of Crocodiles

Paul Hoffman

Occupy Me

Tricia Sullivan

Red Doc

Anne Carson

The Velocity Gospel

Steve Aylett

Trouble Came to the Turnip

Caroline Bird

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders