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William Gibson; Marco Polo; Chimera; Conflict Time Photography; Concerning Violence

William Gibson's novel The Peripheral is set in 2 dystopian futures filled with drugs, 3D printers, high-tech surveillance and various legally dubious practices. When readers are immersed in a complete universe of newness, how do they orientate...

Book review: Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano

FRANCE’S latest Nobel laureate has deep suspicion about spelling things out clearly, says Stuart Kelly.

Euphoria by Lily King, review: 'brilliant'

Lily King's fourth novel is a passionate reimagining of anthropologist Margaret Mead, says Oliver Arnoldi.

I Refuse by Per Petterson review – a masterful study of time

This story of a chance meeting between old friends is a mesmerising achievement by the Norwegian master.

Amnesia by Peter Carey, review: 'fascinating and confusing'

Peter Carey's novel about a computer hacker is rich but maddeningly elusive, finds Elena Seymenliyska.

Funny Girl review: Bright star who rocked the Capital

THE funny girl in question is Lancashire lass Barbara Parker, who in the opening pages of Nick Hornby's latest comic offering finds herself about to be crowned Miss Blackpool, 1964.

Lila By MARILYNNE ROBINSON

Those who suffer misfortune often carry two burdens: there is the weight of their pain, and then there is the shame of suffering.

Barry Manilow; Diana Souhami; War photography; Jewish comedy

Barry Manilow talks to Samira Ahmed about his new album, 'My Dream Duets'.

Mirza Waheed on The Book of Gold Leaves

Mirza Waheed is a Kashmiri novelist whose new book, The Book of Gold Leaves, is a Romeo and Juliet style love story set in war-torn 1990s Srinigar.

Pulitzer prize-winner Marilynne Robinson on new novel Lila

Pulitzer prize winning author Marilynne Robinson on her new book Lila, the third novel from her bestselling series set in the fictional town of Gilead.

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton: Elton loses the plot with clichéd time-travelling tale

From Sir Edmund Blackadder to the Queen: Your Glorious Maj, I send thee a book said to be by Master Elton.

Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden – review

An enriching wander through the history and mysticism of the Cornish landscapeThis chronicle of walks through Cornwall – from Bodmin Moor to Land’s End, and beyond to the Isles of Scilly – opens by invoking another West Country landscape, a little...

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabriella Coleman, book review: Getting right to the heart of the global hacker movement

With the recent spate of nude celebrity photo leaks, and the rise of 4Chan into everyday consciousness, a book charting the history of hacking group Anonymous couldn’t be more timely.

‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’, by Marlon James

An imaginative retelling of a violent outbreak in Jamaica challenges perceptions of Bob Marley

Narcoland: The Mexican Drugs Lords and their Godfathers by Anabel Hernández – review

A brave and important book that charts the rise of one of the most successful drugs barons of all time and the shocking cost to MexicoJoaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo (Shorty), is one of the most successful drugs barons of all time and one of the...

Touching from a Distance by Deborah Curtis review – a wife’s memoir

Shoved to the sidelines during Ian Curtis’s time with Joy Division, his widow Deborah casts valuable light on one of modern music’s darkest storiesThe legend of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, who killed himself in May 1980 aged 23, is often drawn in stark...

Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn, book review: My friend, the psychopath

When Walter Kirn, a respected journalist, volunteers to deliver a paralysed dog to a stranger, he is not acting purely out of altruistic motives.

‘Amnesia’, by Peter Carey

The Australian novelist blends conspiracy thriller, comic farce and a examination of contemporary hackers

‘Emma’, by Alexander McCall Smith

Can Alexander McCall Smith update Jane Austen for the Facebook generation?

‘The American Lover’, by Rose Tremain

A new story collection marked by a timeless melancholy

Refusing the Veil by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Cry freedom for the women of Islam

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown describes herself as a “leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist Muslim” and undoubtedly there will be many fellow Muslims and leftie liberals who take issue with her incisive repudiation of the veil.

Six Stories & an Essay by Andrea Levy: This is a slight collection, but full of important insights

In the autobiographical essay that opens this collection, Levy writes about her early life, growing up in London.

Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius, John Carlin, review: A skilful analysis of the Blade Runner’s fall from grace

A lot of people adored Oscar Pistorius, and some still do. Not necessarily as a remote sporting hero, but as a flesh-and-blood person whose effect on some of them was life-changing – not through his achievements on the track but by acts of personal...

Sylvia Garland’s Broken Heart review - Helen Harris’s study of family turmoil

The friction between a man’s wife and his mother is brought vividly to life in this divorce dramaSylvia Garland’s Broken Heart is the first novel Helen Harris has written for more than a decade (she wrote several much-praised books in her 20s and 30s...

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith review – exhausting and implausible

McCall Smith fails to redraw Austen’s matchmaking heroine for the modern world in this third in a series of updated classicsNo matter how great the writer behind “a 21st-century reimagining” of Jane Austen, it is going to feel weird. But is there...

Revival

The lengths humans will go to fill voids in their lives-be it with faith, drugs, and music or even murderous, vengeful intent-is the focus of Stephen King’s deeply unsettling but utterly compelling new horror novel Revival.

Crime novel: The Beat Goes On by Ian Rankin

Back in 1983 Rebus was a rookie detective at Summerhall police station. “What’s with all the questions?” asks a colleague.

Once an addict...

This is one of Stephen King’s most autobiographical and gloomiest novels yet.

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman – review

This long-awaited story of the hacktivist collective proves loyal to the cause, yet Coleman does succeed in revealing the complex aims of the groupIn September, photos of naked celebrities were hacked and then posted on the image-sharing website 4chan...

Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano – three novellas from the Nobel laureate

He has been hailed as a contemporary Marcel Proust, but Modiano’s investigations into the moral history of the occupation make him a pure originalThere are many alluring anecdotes from the life of Patrick Modiano – that his mother had a part in Godard’...