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‘The Buried Giant’, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Despite ogres and dragons, the Booker prize winner’s first novel for a decade is absolutely characteristic, moving and unsettling, writes Jason Cowley

‘Pinkoes and Traitors: The BBC and the Nation, 1974-1987’, by Jean Seaton

Often brave, regularly beleaguered, widely admired — the BBC during the 1970s and 1980s is a recognisable institution. Review by Chris Patten

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‘Satin Island’, by Tom McCarthy

Randy Boyagoda wrestles with the author’s attempt to disrupt conventional understandings of what matters in a work of fiction

‘Winners: And How They Succeed’, by Alastair Campbell

The former spin doctor proves a star-struck guide to the mindset of high achievers. Review by Lucy Kellaway

‘The Way Things Were’, by Aatish Taseer

A Sanskrit scholar delves into his parents’ past in an engrossing state of the nation novel. Review by Michael Prodger

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Coca-Cola: ‘Within arm’s reach of desire’

A company executive and an academic put the case for and against Coke. Review by Michael Skapinker

‘The First Bad Man’, by Miranda July

A poignant character study emerges from quirky comedy in this debut novel. Review by Sophie Elmhirst

‘Landmarks’, by Robert Macfarlane

The author reflects on the disappearing vocabulary of the natural world. Review by Melissa Harrison

‘The Faint-hearted Bolshevik’, by Lorenzo Silva

A disturbing modern classic from Spain is finally available in English. Review by Julius Purcell

‘Girl in a Band: A Memoir’, by Kim Gordon

Review by David Cheal