British reinforcements moving up towards Martinpuich September 1916
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Stories of the Somme

A century on, historians are beginning to unpick the mythology of the battle

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‘Imagine Me Gone’, by Adam Haslett

Grief and mental illness are deftly explored in an affecting, yet funny, family tale. Review by Randy Boyagoda

‘The Pivot’, by Kurt Campbell

America needs to engage more closely with Asia, argues a US diplomat — but how will this look to China? Review by James Crabtree

‘White Sands’, by Geoff Dyer

The author employs artifice to capture reality in his comic, sorrowful travel essays. Review by Luke Brown

‘In the Darkroom’, by Susan Faludi

A daughter’s journey into the life of her transgender father. Review by Horatia Harrod

‘The Lost Time Accidents’, by John Wray

A complex novel about a family’s century-long obsession with the physics of time. Review by Neville Hawcock

‘Paradise Lodge’, by Nina Stibbe

A wry take on work in a care home in 1970s Leicester has shades of Barbara Pym. Review by Isabel Berwick

‘Pinpoint’, by Greg Milner

We rely on it to plot our every move. So how did GPS conquer the world? Review by Clive Cookson

'Bream Gives Me Hiccups', by Jesse Eisenberg

‘Bream Gives Me Hiccups’, by Jesse Eisenberg

Review by Melissa Lawford

‘Memory Bias’ (for Bzhar Alladin), by Choman Hardi

From ‘Considering the Women’