Fiction

A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James

On 3 December 1976, just weeks before the general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions, seven gunmen from West Kingston stormed his house with machine guns blazing. Marley survived and we

Emma - Alexander McCall Smith

The summer after she graduates from university, Emma Woodhouse returns home to the village of Highbury, where she will live with her health-conscious father until she is ready to launch her interior-design business and strike out on her own. In the meanti

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz - Goran Rosenberg, Sara Death

This shattering memoir by a journalist about his father’s attempt to survive the aftermath of Auschwitz in a small industrial town in Sweden won the prestigious August Prize On August 2, 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begi

A Different Class of Murder: The Story of Lord Lucan by Laura Thompson, book review: Enduring mystery of Lord Lucan

On 7 November 1974 Sandra Rivett, 29, was bludgeoned to death in the basement of a house at 46 Lower Belgrave Street, London.

The American Lover by Rose Tremain, book review: A playful blurring of boundaries

For an author who has spent so much time in and around the creative-writing scene, Rose Tremain takes a bracingly sceptical view of the literary vocation.

Emma: a Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith, review: 'hastily written'

Alexander McCall Smith's attempt to transplant 'Emma' into the modern world isn't radical enough

Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn review This book is a network of roads not taken, meandered through, or raced along

Rich, melodic stories about love, marriage and beyond make for a masterclass in the art of fictionIn the prelude to Kirsty Gunns new collection of stories a man and a woman, former lovers now in middle age, meet at a bar. They drink tequila, flirt, and ta

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, review: 'vivid and powerful'

Jamaica's violent past inspires a vast, teeming novel in the spirit of James Ellroy's LA Quartet, says Nicholas Blincoe