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“A billion husbands are about to be replaced.” In true Palahniuk style, this book delves deep into a dark subject matter that centers on pleasure and world domination.

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Getting Colder is an examination of love, grief, loyalty and betrayal which raises as many questions as it answers. In the 1980’s beautiful housewife Sara abandoned her husband and children to become lover and muse to the wild charismatic playwright Patrick C

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Written at about the same time as Suite Francaise, this novel covers the years 1912-1941 and tells the story of middle class Parisian families most of whom don't take part in the First World War but are affected by it and its aftermath; from brutality and waste to vulgarity and corrupt

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Harraga is a necessary book, rather than a necessary novel. It tells the story of Lamia, a reclusive old-before-her-time spinster living in a crumbling mansion house in Algiers.

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When you open a book of poetry for children by the poet laureate, you’re expecting something good. I was hoping to find the wry inventiveness of Duffy’s poetry for adults and I wasn’t disappointed.

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This Should Be Written in the Present Tense, the first English translation of Danish bestseller Helle Helle’s works, is the melancholy story of a young woman drifting through life. Dorte, a university student, has recently moved to Copenhagen’s outskirts.

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To suggest that any of the short stories in Rose Tremain’s new book are novel-worthy would be a disservice to the form she is so adept at and clearly enjoys writing.

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Nora Webster is Colm Toibin's beautifully understated tenth novel, set in Wexford, Ireland. The novel tells the story of its eponymous heroine, battling to live with her grief following the untimely death of her husband.

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The growing violence evident in the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir is in sharp counterpoint to the exquisite pastoral scenes that protagonist Faiz paints so delicately on papier-mâché pencil boxes.

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The timing of Peter Carey’s latest novel is particularly pertinent, especially in Australia, coming out as it does a few weeks after the death of Gough Whitlam, the one-time socialist prime minister who was controversially dismissed from power by the governor-general in 1975.

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Academy Street is Mary Costello’s first novel following on from her award-winning short story collection The China Factory. She has a spare and lyrical style reminiscent of Colm Tóibín.

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