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 Read reviewThe Mirror and the Light

The Mirror and the Light

Hilary Mantel

Preorder the long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy.

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This Mournable Body

This Mournable Body

Tsitsi Dangarembga

In this tense and psychologically charged novel, Tsitsi Dangarembga channels the hope and potential of one young girl and a fledgling nation to lead us on a journey to discover where lives go after hope has departed.   

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The Shadow King

The Shadow King

Maaza Mengiste

A beautifully written and utterly captivating novel about female strength and the power of belief, set during Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers who were written out...

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 Read reviewHow Much of These Hills is Gold

How Much of These Hills is Gold

C Pam Zhang

Set to be a major 2020 debut fiction launch from the American publishers of My Absolute Darling, this remarkable novel comes with praise from Sebastian Barry to Emma Donoghue. During the Gold Rush, two siblings carry the...

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 Read reviewSuch a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the awkwardness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone 'family', the complicated reality of being a grown-up and the consequences of doing...

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 Read reviewApeirogon

Apeirogon

Colum McCann

The novel of a lifetime about two men and their daughters: divided by conflict, yet united in grief.

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 Read reviewRedhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Anne Tyler

From the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread: an offbeat love story about mis-steps, second chances and the elusive art of human connection

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Love and Other Thought Experiments

Love and Other Thought Experiments

Sophie Ward

This impressive literary debut takes as its premise and inspiration ten of the best-known thought experiments in philosophy - the 'what ifs' of philosophical investigation - and uses them to talk about love in a wholly unique...

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Who They Was

Who They Was

Gabriel Krauze

Who They Was is an electrifying autobiographical British novel: 'A literary rendering of the Top Boy generation tackling the expected themes of drugs, violence, poverty and social justice - and the unexpected - family, futility...

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Burnt Sugar

Burnt Sugar

Avni Doshi

In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents), and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless 'artist' - all...

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The New Wilderness

The New Wilderness

Diane Cook

From an acclaimed Guardian First Book Award finalist comes a debut novel ‘brutal and beautiful in equal measure' (Emily St. John Mandel) 

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Real Life

Real Life

Brandon Taylor

Wallace is a biochemistry grad student at a lakeside Midwestern university used to keeping a wary distance even from those closest to him. But, over the course of one weekend, a series of confrontations with colleagues and an...

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Shuggie Bain

Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart

A heart-wrenching debut novel set in Thatcher-era Glasgow: Shuggie Bain tells the story of a boy's doomed attempt to save his proud, alcoholic mother from her addiction.

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