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This fast-paced and powerful novel is based on the real events of the experience of the post-independence era for small islands in the Caribbean.

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With The Emperor Waltz Philip Hensher joins the tradition of state-of-the-nation novels that are seemingly dominating bookshop shelves now, a favourite new testing-ground for our literary heavyweights.

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In Summer House with Swimming Pool, Herman Koch, Dutch author of Europe-wide sensation The Dinner, tells another dark tale of family secrets and sexual violence. Dr Marc Schlosser is a celebrity’s favourite GP: he gives generous twenty-minute appoint

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It is difficult to tell you just how good this book is. No review could do it justice, only the book itself. An old woman remembers. It sounds straightforward but the writing is so beautifully controlled it makes you wonder at the possibility.

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Someone is watching Wang Jun, leaving letters in his taxi, claiming to be his soulmate. This person insists that they and Wang have known each other for a thousand years, and has stories to tell of their various incarnations throughout Chinese history, from the Tang Dynasty to Mao’s regime.

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Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey is written from the perspective of Maud, an old woman suffering from dementia, who despite struggling to remember her own daughter some days, is convinced her best friend, Elizabeth, is missing.

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When Gabriel Askew returns to the village in which he grew up he acquires an allotment and hopes to spend his days peacefully. He lacks a gift for friendship and has spent his adult life trying to live inconspicuously.

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Although written 20 years before his first published novel, Saramago's new book is a mature work written with his usual wisdom and sympathy. The publisher is not cashing in on juvenilia after an author's death: the book is an opening to his later novels.

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton tells the story of Nella, who at 18 is married to the older, wealthy Amsterdam merchant Johannes Brandt. She arrives to find Johanne's pious and judgmental sister Marin, and two servants, protecting secrets they won't share with Nella.

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In place of a blurb on the back of the book, Happy are the Happy by Yasmina Reza (and beautifully translated by Sarah Ardizzone) has 18 names linked with arrows.

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Kashmir is at the heart of Brit Writers award winner, Shama Naqushbandi’s, first book. Although born and brought up in the England, Liyana’s soul home is 'the valley".

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