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Emma Donoghue - Frog Music
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Emma Donoghue - Frog Music
Released: 31/03/2014 Picador
True crime was ne'er so much stranger than fiction as it is in the new book from the author of Room, with its cross-dressing, frog-catching, outlaw victim, Jenny Bonnet. In a stifling 1870s San Francisco, a French prostitute and her band of ex-circus folk are knocked for six by Bonnet, who ends up dead in a San Miguel boarding house...
Rated 76 %
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Karl Ove Knausgaard - Boyhood Island: My Struggle 3
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Karl Ove Knausgaard - Boyhood Island: My Struggle 3
Released: 20/03/2014 Harvill Secker
Knausgaard's candid and provocatively titled six-volume autobiography My Struggle has cost the Norwegian writer family and friends but gained him praise from the likes of Zadie Smith and Jonathan Lethem. In the third volume Knausgaard remembers his early years and relationship with his father.
Rated 77 %
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Teju Cole - Every Day is for the Thief
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Teju Cole - Every Day is for the Thief
Released: 20/03/2014 Faber
This Nigerian-American writer's debut, Open City, was a look inside the mind of a psychiatrist as his aimless walks around New York City triggered cascades of personal and historical memories (à la WG Sebald). Cole's new book sees a young man interpreting the changing face of his native Nigeria after years away.
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Lorrie Moore - Bark
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Lorrie Moore - Bark
Released: 06/03/2014 Faber
Fifteen years on from her New York Times-bestselling short story collection Birds of America, the much anthologised, widely acclaimed US novelist returns. Public and private worlds collide in eight new shorts, variously involving the Iraq War, 9/11, ghosts and failed musicians.
Rated 75 %
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Ben Marcus - Leaving the Sea
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Ben Marcus - Leaving the Sea
Released: 06/03/2014 Granta
Famous for his spat with Jonathan Franzen (and his highly innovative 2012 novel The Flame Alphabet), Marcus' latest offering is a collection of shorts dealing variously with washed-up literary figures, parental death and marital breakdown, and shows he hasn't lost his nerve for experimentation (the last is one long sentence).
Rated 82
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Karen Joy Fowler - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
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Karen Joy Fowler - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Released: 06/03/2014 Serpent's Tail
Over the course of her prolific career, the American author has flitted between sci-fi, fantasy and literary fiction, but is best known for 2004 best-seller The Jane Austen Book Club. Full of plot twists and turns her latest explores the highly unusual Cooke family from the point of view of young student Rosemary, and has already left a few reviewers ... beside themselves.
Rated 88
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Jenny Offill - Dept. of Speculation
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Jenny Offill - Dept. of Speculation
Released: 06/03/2014 Granta
Married life comes under scrutiny in US author Jenny Offill's second novel, which moves along at a fair pace; a young writer falls in love, gets married, has a kid, experiences the joy and loneliness of motherhood and finally the collapse of her marriage. Reviews so far have emphasised Offill's stylistic prowess.
Rated 83
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Benjamin Black - The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
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Benjamin Black - The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
Released: 04/03/2014 Henry Holt & Company
A decorated writer with a penchant for pseudonymously writing crime thrillers is approached by the estate of a deceased author. His task? To imitate one of the defining stylists of 20th-century literature. And that’s not even the plot of the book. Writing as ‘Black’, Booker-winner John Banville revives Raymond Chandler’s lone wolf PI Philip Marlowe for his first ‘official’ appearance since Chandler took the big sleep 55 years ago.
Rated 85
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Helen Oyeyemi - Boy, Snow, Bird
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Helen Oyeyemi - Boy, Snow, Bird
Released: 27/02/2014 Picador
For any who thought the Granta Best Young British Novelist might peak too soon (completing her first novel while still at school), reviews for this suggest otherwise. Like her previous novels, Oyeyemi's fifth is rooted in myths and fairy tales, in this case Snow White, and explores the connection between three women, including a girl named Boy. Read our early interview with Oyeyemi here.
Rated 75 %
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Hanif Kureishi - The Last Word
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Hanif Kureishi - The Last Word
Released: 06/02/2014 Faber
From desperate beginnings as a porn writer in the 70s (under the pseudonym Antonia French), Kureishi has become famous for novels - notably My Beautiful Laundrette and The Buddha of Suburbia - that tackle race and sexuality in modern Britain. Here he focuses on has-been writer Mamoon who attempts to reinstate his reputation by hiring a biographer.
Rated 55 %
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