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Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford, book review: After the hurricane comes heartbreak

The advance reading copy of Richard Ford's Let Me Be Frank With You has "Bascombe is Back…" emblazoned on its spine. It's a sentence construction usually reserved for the return of an action hero – Bond! Bourne! Reacher! – not for an ex-sportswriter...

Easter Widows by Sinead McCooke, book review

Grace Gifford's marriage to Joe Plunkett was unusual. The wedding took place at 11.30pm in the chapel at Kilmainham jail, and the couple made their vows by candlelight witnessed only by army officers. After the ceremony they were allowed 10 minutes...

The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football by David Goldblatt review

An enlightening survey of the game in the post-Thatcher era, as it fell prey to nefarious owners and inept administratorsWe all well, many of us have our own football mythology, and mine goes something like this. In childhood, the obsession binding...

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice review blood drinkers with iPhones

Rices vampires take on the digital age but have they bitten off more than they can chew?Bloodsucking is not a free ride. The drawbacks of being a vampire extend beyond draughty castles, unsociable hours, an overly formal dress code and the occasional...

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, book review: The rise and faltering of a sitcom star

This is Nick Hornby's first novel in five years, since he diverted into films and was Oscar-nominated for his screenplay for An Education. That experience has filtered into Funny Girl, which is about the making of a sitcom and so is, on one level, a...

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber review the story of Jesus goes intergalactic

A Christian pastor is sent to work with aliens in a neighbouring galaxy in Michel Fabers powerful examination of humanityIn an industry where novelists are increasingly encouraged to produce more of whatever proves successful, as often as possible,...

Book review: Liminov: A Novel by Emmanuel Carrere

This is an extraordinary, fantastic book about an extraordinary, fantastic life. It’s billed as a novel, can be read as a novel and would be a good novel if Eduard Limonov had never existed.

The Social Order of the Underworld by David Skarbek, book review: A troubling study of death and survival in US prisons

Some two million people are imprisoned at any time in the US, more per head of population than anywhere else in the world.

Lamentation review CJ Sansoms new Tudor mystery

As grim as Horrible Histories and darker than Hilary Mantels novels the sixth in the Shardlake seriesCJ Sansoms sixth Tudor mystery begins with a prolonged, graphic description of the burning alive of a heretic. Sansoms regular protagonist, the...

The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse, review: 'deliciously spinetingling'

Helen Brown applauds Kate Mosse's latest pacy thriller concerned, rather unusually, with avian taxidermy.

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, book review: An interplanetary mission back to the heart of darkness

Since the publication of his wonderfully crafted debut novel Under the Skin in 2000, Michel Faber has proven himself, over the course of nine books, to be a highly original and deeply thoughtful writer.

Academy Street by Mary Costello review woman on the sidelines

Costello's debut novel draws an extraordinarily compelling narrative from the quiet life of an Irish emigrant.

‘Moriarty’, by Anthony Horowitz

Coded messages, red herrings and in-jokes abound in a stylish Holmes pastiche.

Everything Is Moving, Everything Is Joined: The Selected Stories of Stella Duffy review

Sheer imagination and a true love of language shine in this collection.

Nick Hornby on his first novel in five years

Interview: the Fever Pitch author on his new book, Funny Girl.

Academy Street

Academy Street is Mary Costello’s first novel following on from her award-winning short story collection The China Factory.

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber review astonishing and deeply affecting

Fabers sixth novel, which cuts between Earth and a far-off planet, has a lot of religious, linguistic, philosophical and political freight to deliverBeatrice Leigh is a nurse, an evangelical Christian, a cat owner and an independent and capable woman,...

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz review

A sequel authorised by the Conan Doyle estate has the deduction and the action, but does it scratch the Holmesian itch?

Antony Horowitz's Sherlock Holmes novel Moriarty can only fall flat

Modern 're-interpretations' of classic works such as Sherlock Holmes and PG Wodehouse miss the point: the originals are products of their time and writers, says Harry Mount.

A Possibility of Violence by DA Mishani, review: 'a welcome sequel'

DA Mishani has created an engaging everyman in his Israeli detective Avraham Avraham, says Jake Kerridge

That They May Face The Rising Sun by John McGahern, book of a lifetime

I meant to read John McGahern's That They May Face the Rising Sun ages ago but books have a way of finding their moment. I was on holiday, not far from where the novel is set in McGahern's native Leitrim, when I came across a copy in our cottage.

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz, review: 'a fantasia'

A riff on Sherlock Holmes - albeit minus Holmes and Watson - is exciting, quirky and true to the spirit of Conan Doyle, says Jake Kerridge

I Refuse by Per Petterson, review: 'anguished precision'

The Norwegian novelist Per Petterson has written the same novel again and again, and that's a good thing, says Catherine Taylor

Brad Pitt; Moroni; Anthony Horowitz

Damian Barr talks to Brad Pitt about his World War II film, Fury.

Anthony Horowitz on his new Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty.

Robert Webb and Miles Jupp on performing completely wet on stage in Neville's Island.

And Sarah Dunant...

Young woman’s journey on the road to redemption

Marilynne Robinson’s second novel, the Pulitzer prize-winning Gilead (2004), took the form of a journal-letter written by a septuagenarian Iowa pastor, the Reverend John Ames, to his young son.

Mr Bones, by Paul Theroux - book review: Skilful, unsettling collection marred by disappointing duds

In "Siamese Nights," the longest and most successful story in Paul Theroux's new collection, a character says: "The place I want to live is somewhere I wouldn't mind dying." I heard Theroux express this sentiment while discussing his travel writing at...

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson review a lucid, thrilling and amusing history of the digital age

The creation of the networked world, conjured up by a group of nerds, wonks and hippies, is the defining story of our eraRevolutions usually leave ancient institutions tottering, societies shaken, the streets awash with blood. But what Walter Isaacson...

Miss Carter's War by Sheila Hancock, review: 'history unearthed to powerful effect'

Clunky politics aside, Carole Mansur is impressed by Sheila Hancock's absorbing first novel set in post-war Britain

The New World Andrew Motion's second Treasure Island sequel

With his followup to Silver, the former poet laureate has written a deeply felt and sincere homage to Robert Louis StevensonThe tide of crossover fiction continues unabated. Popularised for today's audience by JK Rowling and Philip Pullman, its origins...

Revolution by Russell Brand review soft-soap therapy when we need a harder edge

His tract is heavy going, light on politics and, in places, beyond parody. Has the leader of the rebellion missed his moment?This time last year I hosted a Swedish academic who had come to Cambridge to give a talk about Montesquieu. Only she didn't...