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Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet

This tetralogy shines because of its vibrant, unflinching study of friendship, writes Claire Messud

‘The Invention of Science’, by David Wootton

A landmark history captures the excitement of the scientific revolution and makes a point of celebrating the advances it ushered in. Review by Andrea Wulf

‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’, by David Lagercrantz

Hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander returns in this Millennium trilogy sequel. Review by Barry Forshaw


‘Trigger Mortis’, by Anthony Horowitz

Crisp one-liners, deadly peril, an uber-villain — Anthony Horowitz’s 007 novel has all the time-honoured ingredients, writes Simon Schama

‘Worktown’, by David Hall

Peter Clarke on the birth of a social research project that won the gratitude of generations of historians

‘The Book of Memory’, by Petina Gappah

The first novel offers a vivid portrait of Zimbabwe as seen by a prisoner on death row. Review by Catherine Taylor

‘Deep South’, by Paul Theroux

Rural poverty and racial injustice loom large for Paul Theroux on his road trip through the US southern states. Review by William Taylor

‘Among the Ten Thousand Things’, by Julia Pierpont

A debut that skilfully explores the impact of infidelity on different generations of a family. Review by Suzi Feay

‘The Silo Effect’, by Gillian Tett

A look into the problem of tunnel vision in business and politics — and how it might be overcome. Review by Felix Martin

‘The Last Summer of the Water Strider’, by Tim Lott

Review by Clara Baldock