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    • Great Divide, Stiglitz,  Joseph
    Great Divide
    Joseph Stiglitz

    Since Joseph Stiglitz made the argument in The Price of Inequality that reducing income disparities and increasing social mobility is not just fairer, but is the only way to make markets work as they really should, inequality has come to be recogni ... read more

    • In the Light of What We Know, Rahman,  Zia Haider
    In the Light of What We Know
    Zia Haider Rahman

    One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, his career in collapse and his marriage unravelling, receives a surprise visit from a friend of his student days, a brilliant man who disappeared years earlier under mysterious ci ... read more

    • June, Bakker,  Gerbrand
    Gerbrand Bakker

    On a hot summer's day in June 1969, everyone is gathered to welcome Queen Juliana. Just as the monarch is getting into her car to leave, little Hanne Kaan and her mother arrive late - the Queen strokes the little girl's cheek and regally offers Anna ... read more

    • Mrs Engels, Mccrea,  Gavin
    Mrs Engels
    Gavin Mccrea

    In September 1870, a train leaves Manchester bound for London. On board is Lizzie Burns, a poor worker from the Irish slums, who is embarking on the journey that will change her forever. Sitting in the first-class carriage beside her lover, the we ... read more

    • Peripheral Vision, O'reilly,  Paddy
    Peripheral Vision
    Paddy O'reilly

    A teenager on the tram meets an old man claiming to be Jesus Christ. Six young women band together on a night prowl. A Filipino immigrant clashes with his eldest sister, who has brought him to Australia fora better life. And in a future where dogs ha ... read more

    • Seven Good Years, Keret,  Etgar
    Seven Good Years
    Etgar Keret

    The seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret's son, Lev, and the death of his father were good years, but still full of reasons to worry. Lev was born in the middle of a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. Etgar's father became sick. And Etgar has been ... read more

    • The Emperor Waltz, Hensher,  Philip
    The Emperor Waltz
    Philip Hensher

    The Emperor Waltz is a single novel with three narrative strands: fourth-century Rome, 1920s Germany, and 1980s London. In each place, a small coterie is closely connected and separated from the larger world. In each story, the larger world regards t ... read more

    • The Festival of Insignificance, Kundera,  Milan
    The Festival of Insignificance
    Milan Kundera

    The Festival of Insignificance follows four middle-aged men in modern-day Paris over the course of a couple of weeks during which all of them have time to reflect on their lives and the various ways in which they are, or have been made to feel, insig ... read more

    • A Brief History of Seven Killings, James,  Marlon
    A Brief History of Seven Killings
    Marlon James

    From the acclaimed author of "The Book Of Night Women" comes a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s. Jamaica, 1976: Seven men storm Bob Marley's house with machine guns blazing. The regga ... read more

    • A Fortunate Age, Rakoff,  Joanna
    A Fortunate Age
    Joanna Rakoff

    Living in crumbling Brooklyn apartments, holding down jobs as actors and writers and eschewing the middle-class sensibilities of their parents, Lil, Beth, Sadie, Emily, Dave and Tal believe they can have it all. When the group come together to celebr ... read more

    • Bulletproof Vest, Venegas,  Maria
    Bulletproof Vest
    Maria Venegas

    Moving between New York and Mexico, between past and present, this is an unblinking reckoning with a difficult legacy - and an unforgettable introduction to a powerful new literary talent. Maria Venegas had been estranged from her father for fourteen ... read more

    • Certain Admissions: A Beach, a Body and a Lifetime of Secrets, Haigh,  Gideon
    Certain Admissions: A Beach, a Body and a Lifetime of Secrets
    Gideon Haigh

    On a warm evening in December 1949, two young people met by chance under the clocks at Flinders Street railway station. They decided to have a night on the town. The next morning, one of them, twenty-year-old typist Beth Williams, was found dead on M ... read more

    • Cure For Suicide, Ball,  Jesse
    Cure For Suicide
    Jesse Ball

    Ball's new novel is a beguiling story of a man starting over at the most basic level, and the strange woman who insinuates herself into his life and memory. The man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small village. The woman is an 'examin ... read more

    • Diary of the Fall, Laub,  Michel
    Diary of the Fall
    Michel Laub

    Diary of the Fall is the story of three generations: a man examining the mistakes of his past, and his struggle for forgiveness; a father with Alzheimer's, for whom recording every memory has become an obsession; and a grandfather who survived Auschw ... read more

    • Dust, Owuor,  Yvonne Adhiambo
    Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

    Kenya, 2007. Odidi Oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi. His sister, Ajany, and their father bring his body back home, to a crumbling colonial house in northern Kenya. But the peace they seek is hard to find: the mur ... read more

    • Granta 132 Possession, Rausing,  Sigrid
    Granta 132 Possession
    Sigrid Rausing

    In this issue, Oliver Bullough travels to Ukraine and Crimea in the wake of revolution; Kerry Howley writes about cage fighting and giving birth in Texas; Molly Brodak remembers her father, a compulsive gambler and failed bank robber; and Bella Polle ... read more