‘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

‘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

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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

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‘The Sellout’ by Paul Beatty

A comic novel about a slave-owning black farmer offers sharp social truths. Review by Simon Schama

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‘Golden Hill’, by Francis Spufford

A debut novel set in New York during its hyperactive infancy is a virtuosic triumph. Review by Sophie Elmhirst

'Addlands' by Tom Bullough

‘Addlands’, by Tom Bullough

A Welsh sheep farm is the backdrop for a powerful novel with a rich sense of place. Review by Melissa Harrison

‘The Queen of the Night’, by Alexander Chee

An impressive tale of a legendary soprano in 19th-century France, and those who try to court and tame her. Review by Lauren Elkin

'Barkskins', by Annie Proulx
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‘Barkskins’, by Annie Proulx

An epic story of dispossession, capitalism and identity. Review by Ian McGuire

‘The Essex Serpent’, by Sarah Perry

An eerie tale set in the Essex marshes on the cusp of the modern age. Review by Alex Preston

'Moskva', by Jack Grimwood

‘Moskva’, by Jack Grimwood

Review by Barry Forshaw