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Telex from Cuba - Rachel Kushner

Fidel and Raúl Castro are in the hills, descending only to burn sugarcane plantations and recruit rebels. Rachel K is in Havana's Cabaret Tokio, entangled with a French agitator trying to escape his shameful past. Everly and K.C. are growing up in

The Year of the Rat - Clare Furniss

I always thought you'd know, somehow, if something terrible was going to happen. I thought you'd sense it, like when the air goes damp and heavy before a storm and you know you'd better hide yourself away somewhere safe until it all blows over. But it tur

Little Egypt - Lesley Glaister

A ruined house, once very beautiful, but now overgrown and set between a railway line and roads is the parental home of twins, Isis and Osiris. Deserted by their Egyptologist parents since the 1920s, the two harbour a terrible secret. Until Spike arrives.

Every Day Is for the Thief review stolen moments in Lagos

Chaos and corruption prove a rich source of material for Teju Cole's fictionalised travelogue of Nigeria.

Kolyma Diaries by Jacek Hugo-Bader, review

A journey to the wildest fringes of Russia inspires Jacek Hugo-Bader's gripping travelogue, says Oliver Bullough

All the Rage by AL Kennedy review stories about psychic and physical pain

Chris Power on short stories whose characters are unwilling to address directly the source of their unease The average AL Kennedy story and given that All the Rage is the Scottish writer's fifth collection since 1990's Night Geometry and the Garscadd

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue review Melodrama, motherhood and murder

The real-life shooting of cross-dressing gamine Jenny Bonnet is explored in this helter-skelter murder-mystery set in the rooming houses and bars of 1876 San Francisco Exotic dancers, pimps, whores and a cross-dressing, bicycle-riding gamine who makes a l

The Year of the Rat, by Clare Furniss: review

The Year of the Rat, a debut young adult novel by Clare Furniss, follows a year in the life of 16-year-old Pearl as she struggles to cope with the death of her mother

James Ellroy: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Jim Mancall review

A wonderfully detailed A-Z guide to the crime writer's work Although some have accused him of revelling in violence and even of being a "fraud" and a "fascist" (Mike Davis), James Ellroy himself is clearly in no doubt about his significance: "I am to th

Vincent by Barbara Stok review

Stok's graphic novel is a vibrant, sad account of Van Gogh's move to Arles and his struggle with mental illness "We will pull the plough until it moves no longer," says Theo van Gogh as he and his brother stare out across the fields of Provence , "and we