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Close to the Wind by Jon Walter review a tense wartime journey

The dangerous adventures of a young boy and his grandfather are brought vividly to life in Walter's debut children's novelIn Close to the Wind, Jon Walter reveals the rare ability to create totally believable characters and settings in few words and ...

Philip Ardagh | The Guardian

Book review: The Establishment, by Owen Jones

OWEN Jones was born to become a young tyro of the post-Blair British Left. He was raised in Sheffield, Stockport and Falkirk.

Roger Hutchinson | The Scotsman

‘Perfidia’, by James Ellroy

A hard-boiled tale of racism and corruption in 1940s LA

Financial Times | Ian Thomson

The Brethren by Robert Merle review swashbuckling historical fiction

The first book in the 13-volume Fortunes of France series, published for the first time in English, is a hugely entertaining rompOccupying vast territories at the heart of a turbulent continent and still clambering out of the dark ages, the France of...

Christobel Kent | The Guardian

The Life of a Banana by PP Wong review

A moving and optimistic debut about orphaned siblings coping with a new strict home and racial bullingXing Li and her older brother, Lai Ker, are left orphaned when their mother dies in a freak accident on Xing's 12th birthday.They move into the Wu...

Claire Hazelton | The Guardian

‘Painting Death’, by Tim Parks

A serial killer relocated to Verona offers to curate an exhibition about violence

Financial Times | Linda Grant

Faith and Wisdom in Science by Tom McLeish, review rich and discursive | Tim Radford

McLeish doesnt buy the argument that religion is about turning untested belief into truth. Science, he points out, also makes claims that turn out to be falseDecades ago, when I first started writing about science, I would often ask the scientist I...

The Guardian | Tim Radford

Us by David Nicholls, book review: Follow-up to hit novel One Day is heartbreaking and joyous

How do you follow up a success like One Day, a novel that not only sold five million copies but had a huge emotional impact on so many readers?

Matt Cain | The Independent

Gwendolen: A Novel by Diana Souhami, book review: Daniel Deronda gets a surprising twist

The critic FR Leavis thought that Daniel Deronda should be dismembered. He argued that the Zionist portion of George Eliot's final novel (from 1876) could be discarded and the remainder lauded as a classic named after its headstrong heroine, "Gwendolen...

Boyd Tonkin | The Independent

Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey, book review

Jonathan Cape, £16.99. » Order at the discounted price of £14.99 inc. p&p from the Independent Bookshop

Anna Aslanyan | The Independent