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“Remember me, I will remember you.” So goes the Quranic verse that reverberates in Roopa Farooki’s latest novel, The Good Children, and encapsulates the novel’s exploration of family ties, the weight of the past and memory. Beginning in 1930s Lahore, with the

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For sixteen-year old Skid, moving from the Louisiana swamp where he grew up to the big city is proving difficult. When unpacking boxes after the move, Skid finds a diary that belonged to his older brother Frico containing various family secrets and the revelation that his name is a hoodoo word.

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"Mercia Murray is a woman of 52 years who has been left." Thus opens the most recent novel from innovative stylist Zoë Wicomb, a writer who has been largely overlooked since her debut in 1987, You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town.

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An accomplished debut novel set in Montana during the Reagan Era, this literary thriller apparently took ten years to write. Smith Henderson has produced an intricate story with a strong sense of place and lifelike characters.

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Cornelius Medvei does a fine line in imaginative eccentricity. The Londoner’s first two novels concerned a talking baboon (Mr Thundermug) and man in love with a donkey (Caroline: A Mystery). Such premises could have resulted in either high farce or fantasy.

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All Our Names tells its story from two perspectives. Isaac's chapters detail his entanglement in a revolt against the post-colonial regime in Uganda. Helen's chapters are about her life as Isaac's social worker – and lover – after he finds asylum in the American Midwest.

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A quartet of contemporary folk tales, The Four Marys is rich in Scottish culture and the theme of the book derives from the story of the four Marys that were ladies in waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, one of which was sentenced to death for murdering her child.  

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Tom Keely has resigned from humanity, holing himself up on the top floor of a block of flats - his very own eyrie - in the port town of Fremantle, Australia. One day as he gets into the elevator he bumps into Gemma (a childhood friend) and her grandson, Kai.

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A great title for a powerful and disturbing read. Laurence Walker is living the American dream. He has married his college sweetheart and returned to live in her hometown and raise their children.

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