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Parasol Against the Axe by Helen Oyeyemi review – electrifying, experimental writing
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Parasol Against the Axe by Helen Oyeyemi review – electrifying, experimental writing

This is a defiantly irreverent novel, liquorice-like in its wonder
The Hearing Test by Eliza Barry Callahan review – a droll insight into a year of loss
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The Hearing Test by Eliza Barry Callahan review – a droll insight into a year of loss

Top 5 books about the British seaside, chosen by crime writer William Shaw
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Top 5 books about the British seaside, chosen by crime writer William Shaw

The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard review – the moral conundrums of coming of age
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The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard review – the moral conundrums of coming of age

Fragile Animals by Genevieve Jagger review – a captivating and original gothic novel
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Fragile Animals by Genevieve Jagger review – a captivating and original gothic novel

These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere review – love in the face of hate
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These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere review – love in the face of hate

Top 5 books about women and water, chosen by The Tidal Year author Freya Bromley
Women and water
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Top 5 books about women and water, chosen by The Tidal Year author Freya Bromley

Top 5 children's books set on islands, selected by children's author Lucy Strange 
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Top 5 children's books set on islands, selected by children's author Lucy Strange 

Top 5 books on future tech and video game fiction, chosen by star YA author Triona Campbell
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Top 5 books on future tech and video game fiction, chosen by star YA author Triona Campbell

Where have all the rural voices gone from English fiction?
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Where have all the rural voices gone from English fiction?

Headshot by Rita Bullwinkel review – a depth of feeling like a punch to the guts
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Headshot by Rita Bullwinkel review – a depth of feeling like a punch to the guts

Clear by Carys Davies review – a wonderful, poetic reminder that no man is an island
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Clear by Carys Davies review – a wonderful, poetic reminder that no man is an island

Come and Get It by Kiley Reid review – the alienation of campus life
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Come and Get It by Kiley Reid review – the alienation of campus life

My Heavenly Favourite by Lucas Rijneveld review – a nightmarish vision of abuse
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My Heavenly Favourite by Lucas Rijneveld review – a nightmarish vision of abuse

The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler review – the mammoth risks of playing God with nature
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The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler review – the mammoth risks of playing God with nature

Mrs Gulliver by Valerie Martin review – finding agency in a patriarchy
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Mrs Gulliver by Valerie Martin review – finding agency in a patriarchy

Ava Anna Ada by Ali Millar review – the apocalyptic age of anxiety
Ava Anna Ada by Ali Millar cover
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Ava Anna Ada by Ali Millar review – the apocalyptic age of anxiety

Normal Women by Ainslie Hogarth – a dark take on suburban motherhood
Normal Women by Ainslie Hogarth cover
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Normal Women by Ainslie Hogarth – a dark take on suburban motherhood

To the Dogs by Louise Welsh review – a propulsive campus thriller
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To the Dogs by Louise Welsh review – a propulsive campus thriller

Top 5 books featuring doppelgängers – chosen by acclaimed Rabbit Hole author Kate Brody
Doppelgangers
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Top 5 books featuring doppelgängers – chosen by acclaimed Rabbit Hole author Kate Brody

Yule Island by Johana Gustawsson review – gritty, scary, funny and full of heart crime writing
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Yule Island by Johana Gustawsson review – gritty, scary, funny and full of heart crime writing

Gaslight by Femi Kayode review – a powerful evocation of today’s Nigeria
Gaslight by Femi Kayode
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Gaslight by Femi Kayode review – a powerful evocation of today’s Nigeria

Top 5 gothic mysteries, selected by acclaimed queer author CA Castle
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Top 5 gothic mysteries, selected by acclaimed queer author CA Castle

The Coiled Serpent by Camilla Grudova review – unsettling short stories of grimy austerity
The Coiled Serpent by Camilla Grudova is out now (Atlantic Books, £14.99)
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The Coiled Serpent by Camilla Grudova review – unsettling short stories of grimy austerity

Top 5 young adult thrillers, selected by award-winning author Sarah Wishart
A young person in silhouette on a dark, misty road
Young Adult

Top 5 young adult thrillers, selected by award-winning author Sarah Wishart