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Marilynne Robinson - Lila
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Marilynne Robinson - Lila
Released: 02/10/2014 Virago
This US author produces few novels (this makes four) but they make their mark: her high profile awards include a Pulitzer and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her fourth book rounds off a trilogy set in a secluded Iowa town, meditating on small-town life and the bigger things: ‘This is an interesting planet,' says one character in the trilogy's first book, Gilead.
Rated 77 %
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Hilary Mantel - The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
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Hilary Mantel - The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Released: 25/09/2014 Harper Collins
After her impossibly successful Tudor epics, Hilary Mantel presents a collection of shorts. The double Man Booker winner is on subversive form (some say too subversive), the horrifying and the mundane swimming expertly around on the same plane – part of her extensive appeal. Her muscles are flexed across subjects from vampires to warring nurses.
Rated 76 %
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David Mitchell - The Bone Clocks
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David Mitchell - The Bone Clocks
Released: 02/09/2014 Sceptre
The bestselling author of Cloud Atlas (whose film adaptation offered a departure for Hugh Grant, if nothing else) offers up another metaphysical thriller, tackling environmental ruination, mortality and ‘cults of predatory soul-decanters'. The story of a psychic runaway is told in several intersecting parts, beginning in 1984 and winding up in Ireland in 2044 with the world on the brink of collapse.
Rated 74 %
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Ali Smith - How to be both
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Ali Smith - How to be both
Released: 28/08/2014 Penguin
Ali Smith’s inclusion on this year’s Booker longlist (and subsequently installation as an early favourite for the outright prize) was no surprise given the superlative reviews for her last novel, 2011’s There but for the. How to be both's dual narrative follows a 1460s Renaissance artist and a 1960s schoolgirl, described as ‘surprising and enchanting’, by the impressed judges.
Rated 83
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Margaret Atwood - Stone Mattress
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Margaret Atwood - Stone Mattress
Released: 28/08/2014 Bloomsbury
Known for speculative fiction with bite (and wit) Canada’s literary grand dame publishes her first shorts collection in eight years. There is less of her recent emphasis on the future and the environment in these outlandish tales, but plenty of devious humour and musings on infidelity, aging and gender-guided ideologies.
Rated 86
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Alan Warner - Their Lips Talk of Mischief
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Alan Warner - Their Lips Talk of Mischief
Released: 21/08/2014 Faber
Two aspiring literary types live in a drab London council block, drink together and engage in love affairs with extremely attractive Irish girls. If you look past the blokey setup, there are shades of Withnail and I and flashes of brilliance in the new novel from Scotland's talented Warner, author of Morvern Callar (filmed by Lynne Ramsay).    
Rated 72 %
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Bilal Tanweer – The Scatter Here is Too Great
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Bilal Tanweer – The Scatter Here is Too Great
Released: 14/08/2014 Jonathan Cape
At the epicenter of this debut by Pakistani author and translator Bilal Tanweer is an explosion in his native Karachi – an experience that ordinary Pakistanis simply ‘factor into their lives’, he says. Composed using variety of different perspectives, the novel is an expansion of a short story, ‘After That, We Are Ignorant’, for which Tanweer was named a Granta New Voice in 2011. 
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Joseph O'Neill - The Dog
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Joseph O'Neill - The Dog
Released: 14/08/2014 Fourth Estate
One of many novels to be longlisted for the Man Booker pre-publication, Joseph O'Neill's book has won Brett Easton Ellis comparisons and surely deserves some special praise for making good reading out of legal speak (linguistic dexterity is his forte). A corporate anti-hero faces alienation, a dead diver and more from Emirati life when he goes to work as a lawyer in Dubai.
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Haruki Murakami – Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
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Haruki Murakami – Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Released: 12/08/2014 Harvill Secker
The cat-loving writer is the most widely read Japanese author of his generation (and literature's most determined long-distance runner). His latest has already topped the charts abroad and sold 1m copies in Japan last year. Narrower in scope than his Orwellian (and slightly disappointing) epic 1Q84, this one concerns a man ostracised from his high school friends.
Rated 75 %
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DBC Pierre - Breakfast with the Borgias
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DBC Pierre - Breakfast with the Borgias
Released: 31/07/2014 Hammer.
2003's Vernon God Little, his debut based on the Columbine High School Massacre, earned him a Booker Prize and two stage adaptations, plus there are mumbled rumours in the air of a film adaptation by Werner Herzog. The bad boy of literature follows 2010's unsuccessful Lights Out in Wonderland with a novella about a computer scientist stranded with a dysfunctional family for a weekend.
Rated 66 %
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