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Book reviews: The Killing Hills and The Shadows of Men
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Book reviews: The Killing Hills and The Shadows of Men

Doug Johnstone on a genuinely thrilling country noir novel and a gripping read about two police officers in Calcutta after World War 1.

Top 5 books about trans lives, chosen by Matt Bates
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Top 5 books about trans lives, chosen by Matt Bates

Matt Bates, editor of anthology Queer Life, Queer Love, selects five books about trans lives.

Book reviews: The Fell and The Selfless Act of Breathing
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Book reviews: The Fell and The Selfless Act of Breathing

Lockdown novel The Fell avoids self-indulgence and sanctimony, while The Selfless Act of Breathing should be pushed into the hands of friends, writes Patrick Maxwell.

Book reviews: Oh William! and Things I Didn’t Throw Out
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Book reviews: Oh William! and Things I Didn’t Throw Out

Dead Relatives review: Brilliantly atmospheric and relentlessly creepy
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Dead Relatives review: Brilliantly atmospheric and relentlessly creepy

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Far From the Light of Heaven review: Wrongfoots the reader at every turn
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Far From the Light of Heaven review: Wrongfoots the reader at every turn

Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography by Billy Connolly: One of the greatest storytellers
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Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography by Billy Connolly: One of the greatest storytellers

Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie review: Primal Scream star strikes a tangible note of melancholy
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Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie review: Primal Scream star strikes a tangible note of melancholy

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

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

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’

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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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

The Painter’s Friend by Howard Cunnell: ‘Too often drifts into the obscure’
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The Painter’s Friend by Howard Cunnell: ‘Too often drifts into the obscure’

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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

The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin: An arrow through the reader’s heart
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The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin: An arrow through the reader’s heart

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