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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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Ned Beauman - Glow
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Ned Beauman - Glow
Released: 08/05/2014 Hodder & Stoughton
For the first time Beauman deals with the present, locating his third novel – following Boxer, Beetle and Booker-longlisted The Teleportation Accident – in contemporary London. Raf dabbles with a new drug ‘glow' at a party in a laundrette and the novel tumbles into a paranoiac conspiracy thriller of surveillance and hostages. Listen to the music that inspired it (The xx, Burial) over on his blog and read our interview with the author.
Rated 63 %
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Akhil Sharma - Family Life
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Akhil Sharma - Family Life
Released: 01/05/2014 Faber
Finally something Jonathan Franzen doesn't hate: he called Sharma's 2001 debut, An Obedient Father, ‘just really, really good'. The Delhi-born writer's second took 13 years to complete, the pay-off is a heartbreaking, tightly woven, semi-autobiographical account of his family's emigration to America and his brother's brain damage.
Rated 82
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Peter Buwalda - Bonita Avenue
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Peter Buwalda - Bonita Avenue
Released: 10/04/2014 Pushkin
Buwelda's wild, multilayered and meticulously constructed debut caused a sensation in his Dutch homeland back in 2010, with critics hailing it fiction fit for the digital age. Protagonist Siem is messed up. A university professor with a criminal son and a porn addiction, he stumbles on his stepdaughter's porn alter ego on one of his late night cyber trawls. Oh dear...
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Rachel Seiffert - The Walk Home
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Rachel Seiffert - The Walk Home
Released: 03/04/2014 Virago
The past is a heavy load in the work of this Booker shortlisted author. Her 2002 novel The Dark Room - adapted to screen last year as Lore - followed three Germans burdened with the legacy of Nazism. Her latest concerns a family torn apart by sectarian divide. 17 year-old runaway Stevie returns to Glasgow, but not home, after time in London.
Rated 76 %
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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... Read our interview with the author.
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.
Rated 75 %
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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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