Contemporary Recommendations – UK and Irish publishers

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YA contemporary has always been my favourite genre. Living in the UK for most of my life, I’ve read significantly more UKYA than books from other countries. There’s a massive range of amazing UKYA contemporary out there – in addition to some fabulous Irish-set books. As well, I’ve included a couple of US books which are published by big 5 presses in the US, but by independents in the UK.

All genre/representation lists are a mixture of books I’ve read myself, and those recommended by people I trust. I’ve linked to Goodreads for readers to find out more about each book.

For more contemporary recommendations, check out this post where I recommend 24 YA contemporaries from North American publishers.

Brace Mouth, False Teeth by Sita Brahmachari (Barrington Stoke)

Toffee by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham (David Fickling Books)

Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison (Chicken House)

Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan (David Fickling Books)

Super Awkward by Beth Garrod (Scholastic)


Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (Chicken House)

The Space Between by Meg Grehan (Little Island)

Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran (Hashtag Press)

Hope by Rhian Ivory (Firefly)

An Unauthorised Fan Treatise by Lauren James (self-published)

That Asian Kid by Savita Kalhan (Troika)


Girl Out Of Water by Nat Luurtsema (Walker)

Tulip Taylor by Anna Mainwaring (Firefly)

You’re Not Proper by Tariq Mehmood (Hope Road) 

Every Little Piece Of My Heart by Non Pratt (Walker)

The Jungle by Pooja Puri (Black and White)

Gloves Off by Louisa Reid (Guppy)


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Usborne)

Sonny And Me by Ross Sayers (Cranachan)

Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan (Little Island)

Hope Is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei (Hot Key)

Kerb-Stain Boys by Alex Wheatle (Barrington Stoke)

Street Song by Sheena Wilkinson (Black and White)

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