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The Great British Bobby by Clive Emsley

Review by Brian Paddick - from The Guardian

This fascinating history of policing neglects more recent developments, writes Brian Paddick

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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

Tristram Shandy is decidedly odd and extremely long, but it has stayed the course, says Sue Arnold

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The Storm of War by Andrew Roberts

Review by Ian Pindar - from The Guardian

Ian Pindar welcomes an impressive new analysis of WW2

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Right Ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse

Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

This Jeeves/Wooster story topped a recent internet book poll - sure enough, says Sue Arnold, it's topping stuff

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The File by Timothy Garton Ash

Review by Jo Littler - from The Guardian

This is a compelling 1997 excavation of the Stasi and the people who came into contact with it, writes Jo Littler

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So I Have Thought of You edited by Terence Dooley

Review by Jo Littler - from The Guardian

The letters are literary missives from the age before email: detailed, direct, and organised, says Jo Littler

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Miss Herbert by Adam Thirlwell

Review by James Smart - from The Guardian

Thirlwell treats the work of relative unknowns with almost as much regard as the masterpieces of experimental literature, says James Smart

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The Assassin's Song by MG Vassanji

Review by James Smart - from The Guardian

It's a compelling story, serious but very human, in which communities are transformed, writes James Smart

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The Pages by Murray Bail

Review by Chris Ross - from The Guardian

A gratifyingly dry wit pervades this novel of ideas, which leaves it much less arid than its setting, says Chris Ross

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Bawdy But British by Patrick Newley

Review by Simon Callow - from The Guardian

Simon Callow applauds a penetrating account of a flamboyant and scurrilous revue star

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The World and Its Double by Chris Fujiwara

Review by Chris Petit - from The Guardian

An argument that history should be kinder to the tyrannical Otto Preminger convinces Chris Petit

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The Bradshaw Variations by Rachel Cusk

Review by Hilary Mantel - from The Guardian

Hilary Mantel is delighted by a subtle evocation of family life

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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

Review by Ruth Padel - from The Guardian

Historical figures have rarely been so cleverly used, says Ruth Padel

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Dr. Ragab's Universal Language by Robert Twigger

Review by Ian Sansom - from The Guardian

Funny English bloke does Paulo Coelho. Ian Sansom finds it absurdly entertaining

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Book of Clouds by Chloe Aridjis

Review by Justine Jordan - from The Guardian

Justine Jordan on an unusual debut novel that holds the present and past in delicate balance

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After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

This terrifically self-assured debut is a cauterising, cleansing tale, told with muscular writing, says Catherine Taylor

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The Life of Monsieur de Molière by Mikhail Bulgakov

Review by John Dugdale - from The Guardian

In its playfulness and hybridity, this book looks forward to contemporary 'faction' that fuses fiction and biography, says John Dugdale

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Eating the Sun by Oliver Morton

Review by PD Smith - from The Guardian

From molecules to the planetary scale, Morton's beautifully written book reveals how life is made from light, writes PD Smith

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An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Review by Nicholas Lezard - from The Guardian

Nicholas Lezard is cheered up by a collection of uplifting essays from a true optimist

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Frontiers edited by David

Review by Charles Bainbridge - from The Guardian

Impressive prose pieces from Sasha Dugdale and Stephen Watts wrestle with questions of migration, loss and family memory, writes Charles Bainbridge

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What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Review by Philip Ardagh - from The Guardian

A coming-of-age story in 1950s Palm Beach impresses Philip Ardagh

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Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen

Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

A well-structured, smoothly pleasurable read despite one or two unnecessary plot devices, writes Catherine Taylor

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Sleeper's Wake by Alistair Morgan

Review by Catherine Taylor - from The Guardian

This novel's spare, unstinting prose and its single-minded masculinity recall Coetzee, writes Catherine Taylor

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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Review by Ursula K Le Guin - from The Guardian

Margaret Atwood doesn't think she writes science fiction. Ursula K Le Guin would like to disagree

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