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The Snow Kimono - Mark Henshaw

On the same day that a retired French police inspector receives a letter from a woman claiming to be his daughter, he returns to his apartment to find a stranger waiting for him on his doorstep. That stranger is a Japanese man called Tadashi Omura, and th

The Fair Fight - Anna Freeman

Born into a brothel, Ruth's future looks bleak until she catches the eye of Mr Dryer. A rich Bristol merchant and enthusiast of the ring, he trains gutsy Ruth as a pugilist. Soon she rules the blood-spattered sawdust at the infamous Hatchet Inn. Dryer'

Author Ian McEwan: 'Very few novels earn their length'

Award-winning writer Ian McEwan says many novels are too long and describes how much he adores shorter books or novels that can be read at one sitting

A feathered river across the sky by Joel Greenberg - review | @GrrlScientist

This comprehensive book meticulously documents much that is known about the iconic extinct passenger pigeon.One hundred years ago today, the last passenger pigeon, a captive-bred adult named Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. Since we knew that she was t

The Emperor Far Away, review: a trip along the edges of China's empire

David Eimer's book recalls travels among China's minority groups, from the restive Uighurs to the meth-smoking headhunters of Yunnan

Exclusive extract from Howard Jacobson’s acclaimed new novel about love and the letter 'J'

Falling in love was something Kevern Cohen did from time to time, but he was never able to stay in love or keep a woman in love with him. Nothing dramatic happened. There were no clifftop fallings-out. Compared to the violence with which other couples pub

J by Howard Jacobson, review: 'jet-black and bleak'

Society lies broken in the most unsettling novel of Howard Jacobson's career, says Tim Martin

Book review: The Children Act

THE Gothic-macabre shock of Ian McEwan’s earliest fiction seems a long time ago now.

How to be Both by Ali Smith, review: 'brimming with pain and joy'

In How to be Both, Ali Smith continues to reinvent the novel, subtly but surely, says Patrick Flanery