Empire lines

A moving story of love and betrayal brings alive the conflicts and contradictions of colonial times. Tabish Khair reviews ‘A God in Every Stone’, by Kamila Shamsie

In brief

James Lovegrove reviews ‘The Moon King’, by Neil Williamson; and ‘Talus and the Frozen King’, by Graham Edwards

Marlowe’s ghost

Get into the spirit of a dark Chandler-esque tale. Ludovic Hunter-Tilney reviews ‘The Black-Eyed Blonde’, by Benjamin Black

Claire Felicie's 'Marked'
©Exhibition at Amstel Gallery, Amsterdam, May

The returned

Short stories by a former US marine capture the trauma of life after Iraq. David Shaftel reviews ‘Redeployment’, by Phil Klay

Toby Whitebread illustration books Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li
©Toby Whitebread

The in-betweeners

A finely wrought novel that contrasts the struggles of the émigré with the plight of those who have stayed behind. Tash Aw reviews ‘Kinder Than Solitude’, by Yiyun Li

book cover: Eat My Heart Out, by Zoe Pilger

Isn’t it ironic?

A racy, satirical tale set in the heart of London’s hipster-land. John Sunyer reviews ‘Eat My Heart Out’, by Zoe Pilger

Points of view

A slim novel about a marriage offers profound beauty and a poetic intensity. Isabel Berwick reviews ‘Dept of Speculation’, by Jenny Offill

book covers: Boys and Girls, by Joseph Connolly and The Good Luck of Right Now, by Matthew Quick

In brief

Reviews of ‘Boys and Girls’, by Joseph Connolly; ‘The Good Luck of Right Now’, by Matthew Quick; ‘The Year of the Rat’, by Clare Furniss; and ‘Echo Boy’, by Matt Haig

Arctic Summer cover
©Roger Turesson

Rite of passage

EM Forster’s awakening in India reimagined. Sam Leith reviews ‘Artic Summer’, by Damon Galgut

A man walking
©Tom Clohosy Cole

The secret history

The slipperiness of memory is evident in an Irishman’s account of his life. Helen Dunmore reviews ‘The Temporary Gentleman’, by Sebastian Barry