The Big Necessity by Rose George

Review by Imogen Carter - from The Observer

A thought-provoking, character-filled guide to the world's sanitary habits, says Imogen Carter

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Call for the Dead

Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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Afghanistan in a Nutshell

Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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Collected Poems by Seamus Heaney

Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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Casanova by Ian Kelly

Review by James Purdon - from The Observer

Neither prudish nor prurient, Kelly evokes just the right blend of scholar and libertine, says James Purdon

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An Indian Odyssey by Martin Buckley

Review by Sarah March - from The Observer

A travelogue-cum-spiritual quest that features a cracking translation of The Ramayana, says Sarah March

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Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson

Review by Emma Duncan - from The Observer

Chris Anderson zeroes in on our giveaway culture but offers few answers as to what happens next, writes Emma Duncan

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Franklin by Andrew Lambert

Review by Robin McKie - from The Observer

It is an absorbing story, and Lambert tells it well, though there are drawbacks, says Robin McKie

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The Sixties by Jenny Diski

Review by Kate Kellaway - from The Observer

A brisk and witty take on the 1960s addresses the decade's radical changes and age-old dilemmas, writes Kate Kellaway

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Testimony by Anita Shreve

Review by Natasha Tripney - from The Observer

Compelling in places, but predictable and populated by underdeveloped characters, says Natasha Tripney

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We Are All Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka

Review by Olivia Laing - from The Observer

The Holocaust meets bawdy comedy in this odd but engaging tale, says Olivia Laing

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City of Thieves by David Benioff

Review by Robert Collins - from The Observer

Lev's vivid narration and the historical detail that make this an enthralling novel, says Robert Collins

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In Search of Civilization by John Armstrong

Review by Alain de Botton - from The Observer

Alain de Botton revels in a fascinating blueprint for a more civilised world

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Deaf Sentence by David Lodge

Review by Sarah March - from The Observer

A hilarious and moving account of one man's life under the sentence of deaf, says Sarah March

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The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Review by Stephanie Merritt - from The Observer

The fastest-selling book in Spanish publishing history says Stephanie Merritt

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One morning in Sarajevo by David James Smith

Review by Robert Collins - from The Observer

A lively biography of Gavrilo Princip, 19-years old on 28 June 1914, says Robert Collins

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Balfour and Weizmann: The Zionist, the Zealot and the Emergence of Israel by Geoffrey Lewis

Review by Avi Shlaim - from The Observer

Avi Shlaim enjoys an elegant and insightful account of the unlikely partnership behind the foundation of the state of Israel

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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Review by Rafael Behr - from The Observer

There is no historical misunderstanding here - Machiavelli is reassuringly Machiavellian, says Rafael Behr

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Pistols at Dawn by John Campbell

Review by Ian Aitken - from The Guardian

Review: Pistols at Dawn by John CampbellThe politics of empathy provide Ian Aitken with hours of knockabout fun

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New and Selected Poems by Samuel Menashe

Review by Clive Wilmer - from The Guardian

Clive Wilmer is moved by the 'homely expressions' of Samuel Menashe

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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

Catherine Taylor enjoys a high drama evolving out of avarice and lust

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Boy Racer by Mark Cavendish

Review by Richard Williams - from The Guardian

Richard Williams discovers the drive behind two contrasting cycling champions

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The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

When this came out it was the fastest-selling blockbuster in Spanish history, says a sceptical Sue Arnold

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The Complex by Nick Turse

Paperback Review by Victoria Segal - from The Guardian

Much of Turse's research holds the Pentagon up to ridicule, finds Victoria Segal

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The Aubrey-Maturin Chronicles by Patrick O'Brian

Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

Audiobook review: The Aubrey-Maturin Chronicles by Patrick O'BrianI've heard some splendid actors read these epics but Robert Hardy is in a different league, says Sue Arnold

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

Review by Tobias Jones - from The Guardian

A melancholy tale of teenage solitude and awkwardness moves Tobias Jones

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Ghosts and Lightning by Trevor Byrne

Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

Byrne's writing is simultaneously engaging, exuberant, hilarious and irritating, says Catherine Taylor

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When China Rules the World by Martin Jacques

Review by Michael Rank - from The Guardian

A sympathetic analysis of China's onward march towards global domination impresses Michael Rank

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A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre

Paperback Review by Alfred Hickling - from The Guardian

His latest novel foresees the collapse of the world financial system, finds Alfred Hickling

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The Lightness of Being by Frank Wilczek

Paperback Review by Steven Poole - from The Guardian

The discussion of colour gluons and antiquarks gets crunchy, but there are also many jokes, finds Steven Poole

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Oddly by Joyce Dunbar

Paperback Review by Julia Eccleshare - from The Guardian

Benson's understated text and spare illustrations deliver a satisfyingly uncloying resolution, says Julia Eccleshare

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The Long-Player Goodby e by Travis Elborough

Paperback Review by Victoria Segal - from The Guardian

It's not quite filler-free, but Elborough hits a compelling groove, finds Victoria Segal

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In Search of Civilization by John Armstrong

Paperback Review by Steven Poole - from The Guardian

There is nary a mention of science, but along the way the author does manage to feel superior, says Steven Poole

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Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Review by Frank Cottrell Boyce - from The Guardian

Philip Reeve's prequel to his Mortal Engines series impresses Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Heartland by Anthony Cartwright

Review by DJ Taylor - from The Guardian

DJ Taylor enjoys a fine mix of football and sociology in Anthony Cartwright's second novel

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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

It says much for Sarah Waters's storytelling talent that not for a single minute did I think of fast-forwarding, says Sue Arnold

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Sunnyside by Glen David Gold

Review by Patrick Ness - from The Guardian

A long and intricate tale just misses its target, says Patrick Ness

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Life According to Lubka by Laurie Graham

Review by Marina Lewycka - from The Guardian

Marina Lewycka searches for comedy in an eastern European tour

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How to Sell by Clancy Martin

Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

It's a tawdry cautionary tale, heavily autobiographical, smart, devious and sad, says Catherine Taylor

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City of Heavenly Tranquility by Jasper Becker

Paperback Review by Vera Rule - from The Guardian

This is a work of travel, of national as well as local history and of personal loss, finds Vera Rule

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Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan

Paperback Review by Nicola Barr - from The Guardian

The overall effect is oddly distancing, easier to admire than to love, says Nicola Barr

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This Is How by MJ Hyland

Review by Justine Jordan - from The Guardian

Justine Jordan is impressed by a novel of extraordinary power

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After the Car by Kingsley Dennis

Review by Lynsey Hanley - from The Guardian

A rant against the car has Lynsey Hanley reaching for her walking boots

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The Harrowing by Robert Dinsdale

Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

This account of two brothers' odyssey of reconciliation and redemption is the debut of a writer of raw talent, says Catherine Taylor

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Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux

Paperback Review by Ian Pindar - from The Guardian

Written in his characteristic aphoristic prose, Ghost Train is an enjoyable read, finds Ian Pindar

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The Empire Stops Here by Philip Parker

Review by Tom Holland - from The Guardian

Tom Holland follows an extraordinary journey around the frontiers of the Roman empire

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My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness by Adina Hoffman

Review by Ian Black - from The Guardian

Ian Black is impressed by a quietly intense biography of an Israeli Arab poet

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Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks

Paperback Review by Nicola Barr - from The Guardian

Faulks delivers a thriller that manages to feel reassuringly familiar rather than predictable, says Nicola Barr

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I Like My Job by Sarah Herman

Paperback Review by Craig Taylor - from The Guardian

There are enough sharp observations here to make this an excellent leaving gift, says Craig Taylor

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Finding Moonshine by Marcus du Sautoy

Paperback Review by Ian Pindar - from The Guardian

Maths is a 'tribal' subject, Du Sautoy writes, and we are introduced to some eccentric members, finds Ian Pindar

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Enlightening by Isaiah Berlin

Review by Terry Eagleton - from The Guardian

Isaiah Berlin's letters show that he was in a chattering class all of his own, says Terry Eagleton

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Guardianwork by Ian Carpenter

Paperback Review by Steven Poole - from The Guardian

It was perhaps a diverting blog; printing it out doesn't make it a book, says Steven Poole

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Big Bad Bun by Jeanne Willis

Paperback Review by Julia Eccleshare - from The Guardian

Pushy parents should take heed that there are worse things than a bad school report, says Julia Eccleshare

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