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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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Following wide praise and applause in the Catalan-speaking world, the English translation (by Mara Faye Letham) of seasoned writer Jaume Cabré's latest novel; Confessions, has been hotly anticipated.

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What does F of the title stand for? For each reader it will be something different. The main characters belong to an extended and dysfunctional family; they all have their own belief (art, money, god) and each will meet their own fate.

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I Refuse is less a single story than a collection of broken narratives held lightly together by their relation to the two main characters, Jim and Tommy. The story begins with a chance encounter between these two men on a bridge.

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For her debut novel, Alice Furse takes a look at the stalled life of a twenty-something graduate. The unnamed narrator of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere lives with her boyfriend, whom she refers to only as "the traffic warden".

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In her 2004 novel, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Gilead, Marilynne Robinson introduced us to Reverend John Ames.

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In his fourth novel, Niven Goviden explores art, the passage of time, and the distance at the heart of even the closest relationships. It is 1980: American artist Anna Brown aims to complete her last work before she dies.

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