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Ali Smith - How to be both
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New this week 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.
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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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Jessie Burton - The Miniaturist
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Jessie Burton - The Miniaturist
Released: 03/07/2014 Picador
Even an intricate and beguiling premise, bags of historical research and a publisher's bidding war can't guarantee excellence: this much-hyped debut has only found mild success with critics. In 17th-century Amsterdam, a young bride is given a scale model of her own house. The replica soon starts to mirror real life...
Rated 60 %
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Carys Bray - A Song for Issy Bradley
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Carys Bray - A Song for Issy Bradley
Released: 19/06/2014 Hutchinson
There's a heavy number at the heart of this book, the death of a child, but that hasn't ruled out a lightness of touch. The novel is also remarkable for its author's insider knowledge of the Mormon community that the central family belongs to – she converted out of it in her early 30s.
Rated 83
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Keith Ridgway - Never Love a Gambler
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Keith Ridgway - Never Love a Gambler
Released: 27/05/2014 New Directions
"Like the idea of having an idea, instead of having an idea" is how one character assesses the art of Jackson Pollock in Ridgway's unconventional 2013 detective novel Hawthorn & Child. The Irish author certainly writes fiction that draws attention to its status as fiction, an approach that is stretched to its limits in these new stories about love, madness and religion.
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Joshua Ferris - To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
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Joshua Ferris - To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Released: 13/05/2014 Viking
Ferris borrowed the title of his 2007 debut, Then We Came to the End, from the opening of Don Delillo's Americana. Like that iconic po-mo novel, Ferris' fiction searches the strip-lit, caffeine-quivering world of the American workplace. Following 2009's The Unnamed, his third book is set in a dentist's practice and follows Paul O'Rourke, who fears the web is stealing his identity.
Rated 78 %
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