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A heady 19th century world of opportunity, oppression and opium greets readers of Flood of Fire, the third and final volume of Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy.

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A bestseller in Bert Wagendorp’s native Netherlands, Ventoux has recently been made into a film, and is now available in Paul Vincent’s English translation.

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Alex Hourston has been tipped by the Observer as one of their "New Faces of Fiction 2015" for her debut novel In My House, an intriguing character study of a woman whose secrets won’t stay buried. 

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The novel opens with 22-year-old Judith visiting her mother in prison and continues switching between Judith now and Judith the child of ten years ago as she tries to cope with her mother’s new relationship.

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Pushkin Press’s Mexico20 does for Mexican literature what Granta does for English literature: provides a selection of texts from young (under the age of 40) writers which pretty much constitutes a “ones to watch” style list.

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Set in 1890s San Francisco, Sister Noon follows Lizzie Hayes from banal spinsterhood to autonomous woman. When little Jenny Ijub arrives at the Ladies’ Relief Home accompanied by the mysterious Mrs Pleasant, Lizzie’s life trajectory veers seemingly out of control.

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This year has already been witness to some astonishing debuts and Colin Macintyre’s incredible The Letters of Ivor Punch is one to add to the impressive rostrum. Weaving together the narratives of various characters across time, the novel plots the history of an island and its

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Tom is left with two small children when his wife walks out. He is a tree planter in places west of the Rockies and feels compelled to fix everything mechanical. It’s like he goes round looking for things that are broken.

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A tense adventure story about survival on the streets. Twelve-year-old Bully left the home he shared with his stepdad and half-sister after his mum died. He now lives on the streets of London with his funny-looking bull terrier Jacky.

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