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Gwendolen
Diana Souhami
Review by Sally Hughes
It is surprising how often the less admirable characters capture the reader. A case in point is George Eliot’s novel Daniel Deronda.
Head of State
Andrew Marr
Review by Sinead Fitzgibbon
Andrew Marr, according to the publisher’s blurb, "has long wanted to write a political satire". One can understand why.

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Total War Rome
David Gibbins
Review by Rachel Sanderson

Opening just before the battle of Pydna in 168 BC, Total War Rome follows the story of Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus.

The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race
James Thorp and Angus Mackinnon
Review by Janie Philips

This quirky, snappy picture book follows the story of a bunch of very different animals competing in a race. All are very competitive, and all will do anything to win.

The Paradise Trees
Linda Huber
Review by Penny Batchelor

Menace crackles through the prose in Linda Huber's disturbing thriller The Paradise Trees.

Quesadillas
Juan Pablo Villalobos
Review by Adam Ley-Lange

Quesadillas tells the story of young Orestes as he faces the challenge of growing up in a family of seven children in a shack on a hill called Cerro de la Chingada – the armpit of the worl

Witches
Tracy Borman
Review by Rebecca Dark

In 1619, Joan Flower and her two daughters Margaret and Philippa were accused of practicing witchcraft after the eldest son of the Earl and Countess of Rutland, their employers at Belvoir Castle, w

The Man with the Compound Eyes
Wu Ming-Yi
Review by Kate Mason

In Wu Ming-Yi's The Man with the Compound Eyes, Alice, a professor mourning the loss of both husband and son, lives on the Taiwanese seafront.

The King in the North
Max Adams
Review by Andre van Loon

At one time, Great Britain was no such thing; it was instead a land of little kingdoms, seized and re-shaped by violence and tyranny, with a host of pagan and tentatively Christian kings vying for

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Paulo Coelho
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Debbie Taylor
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Linda Newbery
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