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Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman

Review by James Purdon - from The Observer

Lippman's backstage pass opens the door to a curiously two-dimensional movie world, writes James Purdon

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Fame: From the Bronze Age to Britney by Tom Payne

Review by Mary Beard - from The Observer

An attempt to compare celebrity culture with ancient civilisations falls short, discovers Mary Beard

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young fiction by Lisa O'Kelly

Review by Lisa O'Kelly - from The Observer

Pre-teen fiction, reviewed by Lisa O'Kelly

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Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Review by Sarah Churchwell - from The Observer

Thomas Pynchon takes his cast of misfits to the end of a loose, quixotic trilogy, writes Sarah Churchwell

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Incandescence by Craig Nova

Review by Sophia Martelli - from The Observer

The riproaring, crazy and darkly funny prose makes this novel read like a mix of DeLillo, Kerouac and Chandler, writes Sophia Martelli

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John Burningham by John Burningham

Review by Kate Kellaway - from The Observer

Review: The autobiography of John Burningham, one of Britain's favourite authors, reveals a childhood ripe with experiences to inspire a fertile imagination

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teen fiction by Stehpanie Merritt

Review by Stephanie Merritt - from The Observer

Stephanie Merritt finds a rich streak of humanity in even the darkest stories

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Between the Assassinations

Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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The Master and Margarita

Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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Music and silence

Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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Perfecting Sound Forever by Greg Milner

Review by Sean O'Hagan - from The Observer

Sean O'Hagan goes on a journey into sound, from Edison's wax cylinders to Jamaica's dub masters

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The Seven Lives of John Murray by Humphrey Carpenter

Review by Oliver Marre - from The Observer

A lovingly researched survey of the 240-year history of the Murray family publishing business, writes Oliver Marre

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Disguise by Hugo Hamilton

Review by Michael Englard - from The Observer

The crisp style gives cohesion to the book's complex structure, butr it can veer towards empty platitudes, writes Michael Englard

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The Worst Date Ever by Jane Bussmann

Review by Ariane Sherine - from The Observer

Jane Bussmann makes the most unlikely foreign correspondent

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The Other by David Guterson

Review by Natasha Tripney - from The Observer

Despite the detail-dense prose this story of friendship across the divide fails to spark, writes Natasha Tripney

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Sunnyside by Glen David Gold

Review by Helen Echlin - from The Observer

Reading Sunnyside feels a bit like watching a historical epic with a staggering budget, writes Helen Echlin

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The Lost Child by Julie Myerson

Review by James Purdon - from The Observer

Myerson draws a brave and moving account of her own anguish, writesn James Purdon

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A Face to the World by Laura Cumming

Review by Simon Callow - from The Guardian

Simon Callow acclaims a fascinating study of self-portraiture

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A Radical History of Britain by Edward Vallance

Review by Tristram Hunt - from The Guardian

Tristram Hunt looks at the struggle for liberty in Britain

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Moral Clarity by Susan Neiman

Review by Jane O'Grady - from The Guardian

The left should reclaim the Enlightenment. By Jane O'Grady

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The Idea of Love by Louise Dean

Paperback Review by Nicola Barr - from The Guardian

A book detailing the lives of unlikeable people, made energetic, vital, gripping and oddly cheering, says Nicola Barr

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Fatty Batter written and read by Michael Simkins

Paperback Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

Review: Fatty Batter written and read by Michael SimkinsIt's not a patch on the late, great Harry Thompson's Penguins Stopped Play, writes Sue Arnold

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Cricketing Tales: The Ashes Special introduced by Jonathan Agnew

Paperback Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

Cricketing Tales introduced by Jonathan AgnewWhen rain stops play in the third Test at Edgbaston this week, plug in and cheer up, says Sue Arnold

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Paperback Review by Alfred Hickling - from The Guardian

The novel serves as a parable on the hubris of genetic engineering, says Alfred Hickling

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The Years of Talking Dangerously by Geoffrey Nunberg

Review by Steven Poole - from The Guardian

Nunberg is best at noticing small, telling usages, finds Steven Poole

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The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi

Paperback Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

Sethi's sharp handling of his material makes for a captivating read, says Catherine Taylor

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Not a Chimp by Jeremy Taylor

Review by Georgina Ferry - from The Guardian

Review: Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes that Make Us Human by Jeremy TaylorAn ascerbic look at primatology impresses Georgina Ferry

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Wetlands by Charlotte Roche

Paperback Review by Nicola Barr - from The Guardian

Review: Wetlands by Charlotte RoacheNot provocative and certainly not titillating, Wetlands is just extraordinarily gross, finds Nicola Barr

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Last Train From Liguria by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Review by Joseph O'Connor - from The Guardian

Joseph O'Connor on an assured narrative that moves between fascist Italy and modern Ireland

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Swimming by Nicola Keegan

Paperback Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

The shimmering, fluid prose is outwardly playful, yet this is a seriously well-crafted novel, says Catherine Taylor

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Lewis Hamilton: The Full Story by Mark Hughes

Paperback Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

Review: Lewis Hamilton: The Full Story by Mark HughesI'd have liked more about what makes Lewis, rather than the cars, tick, says Sue Arnold

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Slang by Michael Adams

Review by Steven Poole - from The Guardian

Review: Slang: The People's Poetry by Michael AdamsAdams might be understandably shaky on non-US slang but you have to admire his infectious pleasure in speech, says Steven Poole

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Little Hut of Leaping Fishes by Chiew-Siah Tei

Paperback Review by Alfred Hickling - from The Guardian

The novel has its moments, though not enough to lift it beyond the routine, says Alfred Hickling

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In the Rooms by Tom Shone

Paperback Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

Shone's much-hyped debut is diverting, but never really lives up to its premise, finds Catherine Taylor

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Atheism in Christianity by Ernest Bloch

Review by Nicholas Lezard - from The Guardian

'Thought-provoking' hardly begins to cover it, finds Nicholas Lezard

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Doctoring the Mind by Richard Bentall

Review by Daniel Freeman - from The Guardian

Daniel Freeman finds a challenge to psychiatric orthodoxy leavened by a touching humility

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Leviathan or The Whale by Philip Hoare

Paperback Review by Aimee Shalan - from The Guardian

Written with great elegance, enthusiasm and insight, says Aimee Shalan

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Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation by Harvey Pekar

Paperback Review by Craig Taylor - from The Guardian

These first-person accounts achieve the vibrancy of good fiction, says Craig Taylor

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1948 by Benny Morris

Paperback Review by Ian Pindar - from The Guardian

There was a time when revisionist historian Benny Morris was unemployable, writes Ian Pindar

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Jerusalem by Patrick Neate

Review by Bernardine Evaristo - from The Guardian

Bernardine Evaristo welcomes Patrick Neate's most inventive book yet

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The Chapel at the Edge of the World by Kirsten Mackenzie

Paperback Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

Review: The Chapel at the Edge of the World by Kirsten Mackenzie A literal and symbolic transfiguration lies at the heart of this unshowy, absorbing read, finds Catherine Taylor

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The Twelve by Stuart Neville

Review by Chris Petit - from The Guardian

Chris Petit is impressed by a cynical view of Northern Ireland

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The Gathering Night by Margaret Elphinstone

Review by Adam Thorpe - from The Guardian

Adam Thorpe enjoys the unforced poetry of a prehistoric tale

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French Revolutions by Tim Moore

Paperback Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

Review: French Revolutions by Tim MooreMaybe the reader, Andrew Wincott, tries too hard. Deadpan always wins, says Sue Arnold

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Stranger in the House by Julie Summers

Paperback Review by Aimee Shalan - from The Guardian

This book explores the immediate aftermath of the war, says Aimee Shalan

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Defeat by Jonathan Steele

Paperback Review by Ian Pindar - from The Guardian

Tony Blair's 'blithe self-confidence' is everywhere, writes Ian Pindar

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