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‘F’, by Daniel Kehlmann

A mind-bendingly circular tale of three brothers intrigues.

‘Some Luck’, by Jane Smiley

A farming family adapts to changing times in the first part of an Iowa trilogy.

Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope review Observes the subtleties of conversation with unmatched attention to detail

The arrival of an estranged father threatens the delicate equilibrium between the mother and daughters who run a successful business.

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, book review: One start and five endings

Exploring themes of time, memory, loss, and fate, The End of Days builds on Jenny Erpenbeck’s already impressive body of work.

Rose Tremain; The Imitation Game; Wildefire; Allen Jones; Remember Me

Rose Tremain's latest book is a collection of short stories called The American Lover; how does her shorter fiction compare to her full length work?

Black Sheep by Susan Hill

Mount of Zeal is a mining village, and no mistake.

In the Thrall of an Electric Preacher

You can fall down a very deep rabbit hole just pondering the list of names to whom Stephen King dedicates “Revival,” his second skin-crawler published this year.

Book review: The Suicide Club, by Andrew Williams

FIRST and even second novels tell you little about whether a writer will develop and build a career. Sometimes they are written from personal experience and have exhausted it.

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, book review: Yet another genius idea from the Hornby hit machine

Warning: it’s going to be impossible not to make this review sound like a Nick Hornby lovefest.

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.

‘Funny Girl’, by Nick Hornby

In his first novel for five years, the author turns his attention to swinging London and 1960s light entertainment.

The American Lover by Rose Tremain review loners, London and lust

This collection of short stories about isolation and loneliness is powerful and wide-ranging.

Revival by Stephen King review the best opening he has ever written

Stephen Kings latest mystery, set in smalltown, baby-boomer America, starts off strongly but loses its wayStephen King: on alcoholism and returning to The ShiningIts billed as possessing the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written...

Amnesia review Peter Carey turns to hacktivism in his diffuse 13th novel

The two-time Booker winner is less concerned with cyber attacks than with the overlooked history of ill will between Australia and AmericaPeter Careys new novel tells the story of Felix Moore, a leftwing Australian journalist at work on a biography of...

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

Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter review: teenagers on the road to nowhere

This debut novel exposes truths about class, adolescence and womanhood as it stokes a sense of impending doomRiding in cars with boys is high on the list of stereotypical teenage bad-girl behavior. But riding in cars with other girls can be far worse....

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...

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.

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.

Jane Smiley on Some Luck; Africa 39

The Pulitzer prize winning novelist Jane Smiley talks to Mariella Frostrup about her new novel, Some Luck, the first in a planned trilogy.

Funny Girl review Nick Hornby channels the 1960s

Miss Blackpool 1964 is the star of a fictional sitcom in Hornbys new novel, which pays homage to television's golden years.

The Children Act By Ian McEwan

Sometimes books are so beautifully written that it almost hurts to read them. For me, The Children Act by Ian McEwan was such a book. I lingered after each paragraph savouring every word, every sentence and I did not want it to end.

DV8: John, Interstellar, Peter Carey, Gold at Buckingham Palace, Puppy Love

Peter Carey's latest novel, Amnesia follows a disgraced Australian journalist hired to write the life story of a hacker activist who has raised the hackles of international governments because she wrote the code that unlocks prisons around the world....

Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère, review: 'brilliantly fun to read'

Rosamund Bartlett marvels at a French novelist's exhilarating Life of a scandalous Russian renegade

F by Daniel Kehlmann, review: 'clever in all the right ways'

Toby Lichtig is drawn into an acerbic, quietly surreal tale by a leading German novelist at his hypnotic best

The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet review joyful satire of the fantasy genre

In his first book for adults, the childrens author demonstrates a Pratchettian vigour and inventionLike his creator, Philip Murdstone is a prize-winning childrens writer who lives in rural Devon. Lets assume thats where the similarities end, for Philip...

F by Daniel Kehlmann review a comic novel about the death of God

This is an exuberant look at love and life in an absurd and godless universeIt cannot be an easy thing to write a comic novel about the death of God. Still, the German novelist Daniel Kehlmann may just have pulled it off. F is the protagonist of a book...

Revival by Stephen King review Stephen King returns to the horror genre

Dont be lulled by the vivid descriptions of ordinary life: this tale of a Methodist ministers descent into darkness will catch you outRead a chapter from RevivalLate in this novel, a character we have come to care about, who is dying, painfully, of...