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My Real Children - Jo Walton

The day Mark called, Patricia Cowan's world split in two.The phone call.His question.Her answer.A single word.'Yes.''No.' It is 2015 and Patricia Cowan is very old. 'Confused today' read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. Her childhood, her years

See You Tomorrow - Tore Renberg

Pal has a shameful secret that has dragged him into huge debt, much more than he can ever hope to pay back on his modest salary as a civil servant. He s desperate that nobody finds out especially not his teenage daughters or his ex-wife. It s time to get

Nora Webster - Colm Tóibín

Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her hu

Lila - Marilynne Robinson

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower,

Wittgenstein Jr, Lars Iyer, review: Tale of a tormented genius

A class of Cambridge philosophy undergrads – 12 young men left of the original 45 – are fascinated with their teacher, a scholar with a vague past and a lot of heavy questions on his mind. They nickname him Wittgenstein, after his famous predecessor,

Tomorrow And Tomorrow: Tore Renberg Interviewed

Anita Sethi speaks to See You Tomorrow author Tore Renberg about the unlikely influence of Adrian Mole, reading Proust with Knausgård and the ever-present influence of music in his life and work.

Us by David Nicholls review the One Day author has raised his game

The Booker longlisted tale of a family falling apart on holiday has real philosophical depthSo, here we go. A new book by David Nicholls is now an event that measures pretty near a 10 on the publishing industry Richter scale. Yet for all the magnitude of

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Hilary Mantels alluring portraits of interior disquiet

Hilary Mantels short stories explore isolation, pain and distress in glinting, if at times melodramatic, proseSince it was announced earlier this year, the title of Hilary Mantels collection of 10 stories has dangled the possibility that the author of Wol

Political Order and Political Decay review volume two of Francis Fukuyamas magisterial political history

Should we believe in liberal democracy or is it time to shed the wests last doomed obsession, asks the End of History authorJust after the end of the cold war, a young American-Japanese political scientist published an arresting essay entitled The End of

Us By David Nicholls - book review: Author imparts much truth and wisdom about marriage and fatherhood

I opened David Nicholls’ new novel with a sense of excitement and trepidation.