Anna Wood

The Indigo Press is an independent publisher of international literature and creative non-fiction, based in London. Guided by a spirit of internationalism, feminism and socialism, we publish books to make readers see the world afresh, question their behaviour and beliefs, and imagine a better future.

Author photograph © Grace Gelder

Anna Wood

Anna Wood lives in London.

Yes Yes More More

Two schoolgirls in Bolton take acid just before their English class. A film journalist shares tea and a Kitkat with Marcel Proust, more or less, during a long train journey. An afterparty turns into a crime scene. Colleagues, maybe in love, have lunch and don’t quite talk about their relationship. A woman flees to New Orleans and finds unexpected treasures there.

In her electric debut, Anna Wood skips through the decades of a woman’s life, meeting friends, lovers, shapeshifters and doppelgangers along the way. Delights and regrets pile up, time becomes non-linear, characters stumble and shimmy through moments of rupture, horror and joy.

Written with warmth, wit and swagger, these stories glide from acutely observed comic dialogue to giddy surrealism and quiet heartbreak, and always there is music – pop songs as tiny portals into another world. Yes Yes More More is packed with friendship, memory, pleasure and love.

What will become of you?

You find £7000 on the pavement, in fives, tens and twenties. It’s quite a bundle. There’s no one around. What do you do?

Anna Wood, whose debut short story collection Yes Yes More More is published by The Indigo Press in May, asks what will become of you?

Take the quick quiz and find out exactly where your life is headed.

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Anna’s recommended reading list

Check out Anna’s list of books that inspired her short story collection Yes Yes More More, from Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, to Fast Lanes by Jayne Anne Phillips.

If your blood pressure spikes every time you hear someone say ‘hardworking families’ or ‘my family means everything to me’, this book is for you. (If you ever say ‘hardworking families’ or ‘my family means everything to me’, this book is for you.) Initially a study of surrogacy, it expands into a plot on how we might escape capitalist heteronormie blah-blah bullshit. Funny, clever, sharp, cheering and just very helpful.
This novel reminded me that you can absorb quite a detailed idea of what a book is like, and then you actually read it and suddenly you’re having an unmediated and dizzyingly delicately rich experience thanks to a small quiet French man a century ago.
“We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings.” A chunky pink paperback with poems and essays and A Conversation With Adrienne Rich. (I highly recommend finding the audio online of Lorde delivering Uses Of The Erotic at Mount Holyoke College in 1978, and then reading along.)
Seven just about perfect short stories that welcome you in to explore solitude, lost connections and fleshly intimacy in 20th-century America. One of my favourite of all stories, Rayme, is in here.
Emergent Strategy provided a paradigm wobble for me when I read it a few years ago, gave me new ways of looking at collaboration, sustainability and the future.
A history of north London music venue Total Refreshment Centre that becomes an elegantly written work about how music and people and history combine to create endless riches.
Occasionally I declare: every plot is a mcguffin! And I suspect I am right. In this short-ish essay, reissued in a satisfying little Ignota edition with an introduction by Donna Haraway, Le Guin playfully dismantles some of our ideas about narratives and heroes, and suggests a much juicier alternative that’s been there all along.
Extraordinary book of poetry that replaces inadequate words like ‘microaggression’ and ‘gaslighting’ (and ‘well-meaning white people’) with epic lyrical writing.
Sweet sharp matter-of-fact short stories of family and friendship and getting fucked, from a literary territory just down the road from Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son.
A love story that begins in 1973, when 12-year-old Jackie Kay is given a Bessie Smith double album: “The first time I heard her voice it made me wonder what I was remembering,” she writes. “Bessie Smith comforted me, told me I was not alone, kept me company. I could imagine her life as I invented my own; I would not have grown up in the same way without her.”
The Swiss author of The Walk, looking at pictures and writing short essays about what he sees. In this exquisite edition the images are richly reproduced and the translations are by Lydia Davis, Christopher Middleton and Susan Bernofsky.
Getting old is a kind of transformation, a transition, and deserves more than a few episodes of Grumpy Old Women or an ongoing ambivalence about no one wanting to fuck you anymore. And so we have Lynne Segal, brilliant thinker, turning her attention to the pleasures and perils of ageing, affirming life, pleasure and endless learning.