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Euro Noir by Barry Forshaw review

Euro Noir offers an exhilarating, whistle-stop tour of Europe viewed through its crime fiction.

PD Smith | The Guardian

The Narrow Road to the Deep North review Richard Flanagan's powerful second world war novel

Flanagan's ambitious novel inspired by the Australian PoWs forced by the Japanese to work on the Burma Railway is both complex and masterful.

Alex Preston | The Guardian

The Emperor Waltz review Philip Hensher leads us a merry dance

Hensher's foray into the portmanteau novel is full of character and colour – but it's a riddle of a book.

Anthony Cummins | The Guardian

Herman Koch's doctor novel should carry a health warning

Herman Koch's novel should carry a health warning as its main character seeks revenge for a humiliation while its author searches for shameful questions.

Herald Scotland | Jackie McGlone

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? review Dave Eggers's accomplished hostage drama

A doubting Thomas kidnaps and interrogates significant people in his life in Dave Eggers's ambitious, dialogue-only novel.

Edward Docx | The Guardian

Barracuda review Christos Tsiolkas's unsettling portrait of failure

A swimming prodigy fails to realise his potential in this deeply involving follow-up to the The SlapTsiolkas, author of The Slap the bestseller that took the lid off middle-class Australia addresses success and failure in his follow-up book....

Sophia Martelli | The Guardian

A book for the beach: The City And The City by China Miéville

Reader James Cole on a tale of two cities which rewards the sort of leisurely rereading that only a holiday can offerThe scenario of China Miéville's The City and The City reveals itself like an armchair traveller's road trip through eastern Europe....

James Cole | The Guardian

Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios, review: 'ruthlessly discerning'

A critical survey of the best and worst film musicals is smart and provocative, says Tim Robey

The Telegraph | Tim Robey

Book reviews: Thirst by Kerry Hudson

AFTER Kerry Hudson’s highly acclaimed debut, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before he Stole my Ma won her several plaudits, including the Scottish Mortgage and Investment First Book Award, she has consolidated her position with this second...

Lesley McDowell | The Scotsman

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez review

This ambitious story about Hispanic tenants in a run-down apartment building is lit by sharp observations, but it's a pity none of the characters sounds remotely SpanishThe unknown Americans of Cristina Henríquez's novel are Hispanic tenants of a run-...

Sandra Newman | The Guardian