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Resistance by Agnès Humbert

Paperback Review by Michael England - from The Observer

With a mixture of humour and hauteur, Humbert depicts a brutally inverted world, finds Michael England

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The Twelve by Stuart Neville

Review by Nicola Barr - from The Observer

A riveting Northern Irish thriller captivates Nicola Barr with its grasp of past and present

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This Is How by MJ Hyland

Review by Rachel Aspden - from The Observer

MJ Hyland's murderous misfit draws an emotional blank, writes Rachel Aspden

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Ground Control by Anna Minton

Review by Rafael Behr - from The Observer

This timely and powerful study argues that a flawed urban-planning strategy has turned our cities into unfriendly, suspicious places, writes Rafael Behr

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Ashes to Ashes by Marcus Berkmann

Review by Matthew Engel - from The Observer

The Ashes are as much a clash of national psychologies as a battle for domination on the cricket pitch, says Matthew Engel

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Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town by Mary Beard

Paperback Review by Alexander Larman - from The Observer

Beard's clear-sighted and accessible style makes this a compelling look into history, says Alexander Larman

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Semi-Invisible Man by Julian Evans

Review by Sarah March - from The Observer

A brilliantly researched and sympathetically told life story, says Sarah March

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Strange Music by Laura Fish

Paperback Review by Alexander Larman - from The Observer

This excellent book is worthy of comparison with Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, says Alexander Larman

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The Art of Sinking in Poetry by Alexander Pope

Review by Anna Arco - from The Observer

Aspiring poets and would-be litérateurs would do well to acquire a copy of this manual, says Anna Arco

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Stalin's Nemesis by Bertrand M Patenaude

Review by Robert Service - from The Observer

Trotsky's exile and brutal death are well researched and vividly told, says Robert Service

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Chanel by Edmonde Charles-Roux

Paperback Review by Nicole Green - from The Observer

More like fiction than biography, it's a beautifully honest yet surprisingly unforgiving portrait, says Nicole Green

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The Little Stranger

Paperback Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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The Man of Property

Paperback Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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The Declaration

Paperback Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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Pollard by Laura Beatty

Paperback Review by Imogen Carter - from The Observer

Pollard is a heartbreaking debut that renders in microscopic detail the secret life of the forest, says Imogen Carter

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The BLDGBLOG Book by Geoff Manaugh

Paperback Review by PD Smith - from The Guardian

This book fizzes with new ideas about the architecture that frames our lives, says PD Smith

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Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas

Review by Sarah Churchwell - from The Guardian

Sarah Churchwell on an intelligent and ambitious debut novel of a struggle to fulfil American dreams

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Briggflatts by Basil Bunting

Review by Paul Batchelor - from The Guardian

Paul Batchelor welcomes the republication of Basil Bunting's masterpiece of lost love

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Food, Inc edited by Karl Weber

Review by Steven Poole - from The Guardian

It's useful, even if the material is not all top-notch, writes Steven Poole

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The Thrift Book by India Knight

Paperback Review by Jo Littler - from The Guardian

You might end up spending quite a lot after reading this book, says Jo Littler

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D-Day by Antony Beevor

Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

Review: D-Day by Antony BeevorCameron Stewart's cool, clear voice and astonishing range of accents, are what finally and magnificently bring this monumental theatre of war to life, writes Sue Arnold

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Mr Toppit by Charles Elton

Paperback Review by James Smart - from The Guardian

Elton's neat debut allows the former literary agent to parody the publishing world, finds James Smart

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Liberty by Garrison Keillor

Paperback Review by Chris Ross - from The Guardian

Amid several dry chuckles are laughs that feel rather cheap, finds Chris Ross

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America, America by Ethan Canin

Paperback Review by Chris Ross - from The Guardian

Most irksome is Canin's habit of withholding crucial information about his characters, says Chris Ross

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Shakespeare and Elizabeth by Helen Hackett

Review by Andrew Dickson - from The Guardian

Andrew Dickson is intrigued by rumours surrounding the player king and real-life queen

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Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn

Review by Philip Ardagh - from The Guardian

Philip Ardagh is drawn into an extraordinary tale of medical experimentation

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Lush Life by Richard Price

Paperback Review by James Smart - from The Guardian

This is a misshapen melting pot, and Price renders it quite brilliantly, says James Smart

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Ground Truth by Patrick Bishop

Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

Review: Ground Truth by Patrick BishopA brilliant real-life Boy's Own adventure that's bound to boost army recruitment, says Sue Arnold

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Notes from Walnut Tree Farm by Roger Deakin

Paperback Review by Jo Littler - from The Guardian

Deakin displays a sensory immersion in the minutiae of the natural world around him, finds Jo Littler

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Mary Tudor by Anna Whitelock

Review by Geoffrey Moorhouse - from The Guardian

Geoffrey Moorhouse wonders if Mary Tudor deserves her reputation for cruelty

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Cardus by Robin Daniels

Review by Simon Callow - from The Guardian

Review: Cardus by Robin DanielsSimon Callow celebrates the rare judgment of a writer on music and cricket

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Possession by AS Byatt

Review by AS Byatt - from The Guardian

Week three: AS Byatt on knitting Possession into a satisfying whole

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Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant

Review by Lucy Ellmann - from The Guardian

Lucy Ellmann finds a novel narrated by a pet too sweet to stomach

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The Sixties by Jenny Diski

Review by Irma Kurtz - from The Guardian

A valuable guide to a freewheeling decade stirs Irma Kurtz's own youthful memories

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The Beloved of My Beloved by Ian Watson

Paperback Review by Eric Brown - from The Guardian

These tales of perverted love and obsession are told with lip-smacking gusto and spot-on satire, says Eric Brown

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Flood by Stephen Baxter

Paperback Review by Keith Brooke - from The Guardian

Flood is a superb study of what it might be like to survive a flip in global climate, says Keith Brooke

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My Father's Tears and Other Stories by John Updike

Review by Martin Amis - from The Guardian

John Updike's late stories are not his best, but they are a lesson in love. By Martin Amis

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Avilion by Robert Holdstock

Paperback Review by Eric Brown - from The Guardian

This is an enthralling reworking of myth and a haunting vision of love and loss, finds Eric Brown

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The Scourging Angel by Benedict Gummer

Review by Kathryn Hughes - from The Guardian

Kathryn Hughes on a broad history of the plague years

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One Day by David Nicholls

Review by Harry Ritchie - from The Guardian

A very funny novel about friendship is also surprisingly moving, says Harry Ritchie

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Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Review by Steven Poole - from The Guardian

This book is a sleek pop exegesis of the discipline of industrial ecology, says Steven Poole

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The Ethical Travel Guide by Polly Pattullo

Paperback Review by PD Smith - from The Guardian

Tourism doesn't have to be a dirty word. It might even change your life, finds PD Smith

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The Case for God by Karen Armstrong

Review by Simon Blackburn - from The Guardian

Simon Blackburn discusses the argument that religious experience can't be discussed

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Paperback Review by Eric Brown - from The Guardian

The hype is not exaggerated. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is unputdownable, says Eric Brown

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Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne

Review by Alfred Hickling - from The Guardian

Alfred Hickling acclaims a moving account of the human cost of civil war

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Bears of England by Mick Jackson

Review by Josh Lacey - from The Guardian

Josh Lacey on a bizarre bestiary that mingles fact with fiction

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The Wisdom of Whores by Elizabeth Pisani

Review by Nicholas Lezard - from The Guardian

This is enthralling, wise, witty, humane, intelligent and rather important, says Nicholas Lezard

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Life Inc. by Douglas Rushkoff

Review by Steven Poole - from The Guardian

It's a hot polemic against modern banking, advertising, shopping, self-help and property speculation, says Steven Poole

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