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The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the title of both Flanagan's Booker Prize-longlisted sixth novel and a book by seventeenth-century Japanese poet Basho.

Rebecca Foster | The Book Bag

He Wants by Alison Moore

Lewis Sullivan is close to retirement, but elderly beyond his years and widowed.

Sue Magee | The Book Bag

Every Open Mouth a Grave

The narrator of Joshua Ferris’s new novel is a rich, white, garrulous, sexist, misanthropic New Yorker with a troubled childhood, now in early middle age, wondering what the point of it all is.

London Review of Books | Thomas Jones

Fifty years of Inspector Wexford – and a new detective on the block

Ruth Rendell's The Girl Next Door is another quirky, satisfying mystery. But her fans have something else to celebrate.

Matthew Dennison | The Spectator

A Railroad Built Out of Prisoners’ Pain and Sweat

Of the horrors experienced by Allied soldiers, forced by their Japanese captors to build a railway between Thailand and Burma under appalling slave labor conditions, the hero of Richard Flanagan’s new novel observes that it’s impossible to convey “the...

Michiko Kakutani | The New York Times

New Doctor Who Reviewed; Simon Pegg

Doctor Who is about to return to the small screen, this time starring Peter Capaldi. Dr Jason Dittmer, academic and sci-fi fan, reviews the Time Lord's latest regeneration. Actor Simon Pegg on his new film about a man in search of happiness. Man Booker...

BBC Front Row | Damian Barr

Eve according to Christos Tsiolkas

The author of The Slap and Barracuda is delighted that a short story he wrote for the Edinburgh book festival has been described as 'feminist'.

Claire Armitstead | The Guardian

Haruki Murakami profile: An everyman for our times

It was Harry Potter fever all over again this week. Foyles bookshop in Charing Cross Road stayed open all night to celebrate with jazz.

Peter Popham | The Independent

J review Howard Jacobson's disturbing dystopian vision

The comic novelist gets serious with a vision of a post-pogrom UKArriving amid war in Gaza and a wave of antisemitic incidents across Europe, Howard Jacobson's new novel portrays a sinister UK-like state several decades hence, after a pogrom of 200,000...

Anthony Cummins | The Guardian

John the Pupil review David Flusfeder's enjoyable medieval road trip

Far from the simple travelogue it seems, David Flusfeder's novel effortlessly evokes the muck, grime and violence of medieval life"All historical novels are failures or, at best, metaphors, dressing up the present day in anachronistic disguise,"...

Ben East | The Guardian