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The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection
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The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki looks at the refuge that can be found within books and human connection, writes author Doug Johnstone.

Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch
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Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch

Bewilderment by Richard Powers encourages the reader to see the world through the eyes of his nine year old neurodivergent protagonist, writes author Doug Johnstone.

Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett: ‘Unlike anything you’ve read before’
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Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett: ‘Unlike anything you’ve read before’

Checkout 19 is a novel that doesn’t allow itself to be easily categorised but possesses a finely tuned style with a number of tonal shifts.

Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’
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Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’

Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis: A delightful diary of Ellis’s musical life and friendships
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Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis: A delightful diary of Ellis’s musical life and friendships

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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead: An Ocean’s Eleven meets Ozark heist caper
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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead: An Ocean’s Eleven meets Ozark heist caper

Book reviews: Something New Under The Sun and The Black Locomotive
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Book reviews: Something New Under The Sun and The Black Locomotive

Reviews: The Liquid Land by Raphaela Edelbauer and No Touching by Ketty Rouf
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Reviews: The Liquid Land by Raphaela Edelbauer and No Touching by Ketty Rouf

1979 by Val McDermid: A novel as touching as it is gripping
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1979 by Val McDermid: A novel as touching as it is gripping

The Black Locomotive by Rian Hughes: Adventurous and original
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The Black Locomotive by Rian Hughes: Adventurous and original

Borges and Me by Jay Parini: Caper-ish and laugh-out-loud funny
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Borges and Me by Jay Parini: Caper-ish and laugh-out-loud funny

C+nto & Othered Poems, Joelle Taylor: Navigates private unarticulated moments
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C+nto & Othered Poems, Joelle Taylor: Navigates private unarticulated moments

Small Bodies of Water by Nina Mingya Powles: Vividly connected to nature
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Small Bodies of Water by Nina Mingya Powles: Vividly connected to nature

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The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey: A sinewy and enchanting style
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The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey: A sinewy and enchanting style

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman: Confusion, trauma and violence
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Dream Girl by Laura Lippman: Confusion, trauma and violence

The Turnout by Megan Abbott: An edgy and unpredictable tale
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The Turnout by Megan Abbott: An edgy and unpredictable tale

The Coward: Riotously funny testament to our ability to forgive
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The Coward: Riotously funny testament to our ability to forgive

The Mad Women’s Ball examines feminism and hysteria
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The Mad Women’s Ball examines feminism and hysteria

True Crime Story by Joseph Knox: Post-modern playfulness
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True Crime Story by Joseph Knox: Post-modern playfulness

Ascension by Oliver Harris: Breaking the crime fiction mould
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Ascension by Oliver Harris: Breaking the crime fiction mould

The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson: Asks questions on what it means to be human
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The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson: Asks questions on what it means to be human

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The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee: Lush and memorable
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The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee: Lush and memorable

Independent Bookshop Week: The best books from independent publishers
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Independent Bookshop Week: The best books from independent publishers

Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller: All that is unsaid
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Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller: All that is unsaid

The world’s narrow escape from nuclear war
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The world’s narrow escape from nuclear war

Wicked Enchantment by Wanda Coleman: Poems that race from line to line
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Wicked Enchantment by Wanda Coleman: Poems that race from line to line

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev: An exploration of feminist agency
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The Final Revival of Opal and Nev: An exploration of feminist agency

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour: fast-paced, energetic and confident
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Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour: fast-paced, energetic and confident

Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor: A submersive reading experience
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Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor: A submersive reading experience

How to Read Numbers by Tom Chivers and David Chivers: Light and fun
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How to Read Numbers by Tom Chivers and David Chivers: Light and fun

Economics In One Virus by Ryan A Bourne: A fascinating argument
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Economics In One Virus by Ryan A Bourne: A fascinating argument

Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley: A novel with something to say, but what?
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Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley: A novel with something to say, but what?

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer: Utterly convincing
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Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer: Utterly convincing