Maggie Shipstead

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Maggie Shipstead is an American journalist and fiction writer. She is the New York Times-bestselling author of three novels and a short story collection. Her novel Great Circle (2021) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Women’s Prize.

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    Wonder Boys

    By Michael Chabon

    Recommended by: Maggie Shipstead
    Publish Date: 1995
    Grady Tripp is an over-sexed, pot-bellied, pot-smoking, ageing wunderkind of a novelist now teaching creative writing at a Pittsburgh college while working on his 2,000-page masterpiece, Wonder Boys. When his rumbustious editor and friend, Terry Crabtree, arrives in town, a…
  • On Beauty

    By Zadie Smith

    Recommended by: Maggie Shipstead
    Publish Date: 2005 Awards: 2006 Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction
    Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? Set between New England and London, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families -…
  • A Tale for the Time Being

    By Ruth Ozeki

    Recommended by: Maggie Shipstead
    Publish Date: 2013
    In the wake of the 2011 tsunami, Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home in British Columbia. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes, heartbreak and dreams of a young…