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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Beatrice and Virgil

Yann Martel


Thomas Wharton

Daisy Jones and the Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Wisdom of Crocodiles

Paul Hoffman


China Mieville


Arthur Nersesian

Where We Once Belonged

Sia Figiel

Jimmy Corrigan - The Smartest Kid on Earth

Chris Ware

River of Teeth

Sarah Gailey

The Fig Eater

Jody Shields

There But For The

Ali Smith

House of Leaves

Mark Z Danielewski

The Islands

Carlos Gamerro

The Children's Hospital

Chris Adrian

Amaryllis Night and Day

Russell Hoban

Find Me

Laura Van Den Berg

Tram 83

Fiston Mwanza Mujila


Hal Duncan

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Dave Eggers

The Clay Machine Gun

Victor Pelevin


T M Wolf

Strictly Casual: Fiction by Women on Love

Amy Prior

Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie

Stewart Home


James Welch

The Big Music

Kirsty Gunn

State of Siege

Juan Goytisolo

The Vorrh

Brian Catling

The Helmet of Horror

Victor Pelevin

Secret Passages in a Hillside Town

Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

A Man in Love

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

Dubravka Ugresic


Patrick Suskind

The Wake

Paul Kingsnorth

Gabriel's Angel

Mark A Radcliffe

With My Dog-Eyes

Hilda Hilst

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

Patricia Lockwood

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann

The Pale King

David Foster Wallace

Ella Minnow Pea

Mark Dunn

City of Saints and Madmen

Jeff VanderMeer


Will Self

Loving Sabotage

Amelie Nothomb

The Aeronaut's Guide to Rapture

Stuart Campbell

The Blind Rider

Juan Goytisolo

Windows on the World

Frederic Beigbeder

Karloff's Circus

Steve Aylett

The Interrogative Mood

Padgett Powell

The Velocity Gospel

Steve Aylett

Yonder Stands Your Orphan

Barry Hannah