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Fiction

A Lifetime Watching the World Devolve

David Mitchell once said he preferred “to discuss the human heart through characterization, and to address the human condition through plot.”

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

We are the creature that reflects on its own suffering. This is perhaps the only difference worth noting between us and the rest of the animal world.

Acceptance - Jeff VanderMeer

The highly anticipated third volume of the haunting, disturbing and evocative Southern Reach trilogy. It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border, on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As

We Are Not Ourselves - Matthew Thomas

A stunning, heartbreaking debut - 'We Are Not Ourselves' is both the intimate story of a family and an epic of the American Century.

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer review potent conclusion to SF trilogy

Weird fiction comes of age as VanderMeer completes his haunting trilogy about a series of expeditions into a mysterious zoneOne peculiar satisfaction of being a reader is seeing an author you have followed for a long time finally break into the big time.

Perfidia - James Ellroy

It is December 6 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans - but now, war fever and race hate grip the city an

When the Night Comes - Favel Parrett

Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother’s sadness and the cold, damp greyness of Hobart’s stone streets seeps into everything. Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. Th

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas review an extraordinary portrait of Alzheimer's disease

Helen Dunmore acclaims a first novel that was 10 years in the writing and is now on the Guardian First Book award longlistA quotation from King Lear prefaces Matthew Thomas's long and ambitious first novel, and also gives the book its title: "We are not o

Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan and How We Are by Vincent Deary review

Stuck in a rut? Imprisoned by habit? Two major books offer insights into how to be happy and when to make a major life changeA few years ago, in a survey conducted by an accident prevention charity, 80% of respondents admitted to going through life on aut