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Archivist Jane Standen’s life has been shaped by the one tragic event that took place in her adolescence – the disappearance of a five-year-old girl under her supervision.

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Already longlisted for this year’s Baileys prize and with comparisons to David Mitchell’s highly acclaimed Cloud Atlas and Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize winning A Visit from the Goon Squad, Sara Taylor’s debut novel The Shore looks set to make waves. 

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Hausfrau, Jill Alexander Essbaum’s arresting debut novel, reads like a modern retelling of Madame Bovary with its main character a desperate housewife in Zurich.

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Reading fictional tales of drunken and drugged-up excess is sort of like listening to a friend soliloquise about how last night (a night you were absent for) was the best night he’d had in his life, describing at length everything he ingested, from alcohol to ecstasy to bodily fluids.

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Pushkin Press has created a pretty unique book. Start at one end to read a collection of 15 short stories: Karate Chop. Flip the book over to begin from the other end and you start reading a strange but gripping short story: Minna Needs Rehearsal Space.

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Kilmcarra is a tiny hamlet in the Highlands adjacent to an outcrop of standing stones. No one knows why the stones are there or what secrets they harbour.

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The Well begins with Ruth Ardingley under house arrest at her farm, an unexplained oasis in a world in the grip of drought.

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The Faithful Couple is about Neil and Adam, two unlikely friends who meet on a trip in San Diego, and go on to do something that will follow them for the rest of their lives.

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Aquarium is a story about Caitlin a 12-year-old girl who understands fish better than people, her overworked mother, and an old man she meets by the fish tank just before everything comes undone.

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Ireland, 1945. As the war nears its end in Europe, Barnabas Kane suffers a catastrophic fire on his farm in Donegal. The blaze destroys his cattle byre, all his livestock, and claims the life of his friend Matthew Peoples.

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Most of the stories in Tom Barbash’s debut collection could have used Philip Larkin’s line “they fuck you up, your mum and dad” as an epigraph.

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