‘Perfidia’, by James Ellroy

A hard-boiled tale of racism and corruption in 1940s LA. Review by Ian Thomson

‘Painting Death’, by Tim Parks

A serial killer relocated to Verona offers to curate an exhibition about violence. Review by Linda Grant

‘J’, by Howard Jacobson

Two misfits meet under a shadowy future regime. Review by Julius Purcell

‘Young God’, by Katherine Faw Morris

A novel that finds poetry in the harsh life of the Deep South. Review by Peter Carty

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‘The Children Act’, by Ian McEwan

Religion comes under the hammer in Ian McEwan’s latest. Review by Jon Day

Illustration for Ursula K Le Guin's review of Margaret Atwood's book, created by Toby Whitebread
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‘Stone Mattress: Nine Tales’, by Margaret Atwood

Tales of murderous fantasies in old age. Review by Ursula K Le Guin

British dominate Man Booker shortlist

Six in running for prize include Howard Jacobson and Ali Smith

Illustration for 'The Bone Clocks' by David Mitchell, done by Juliana Wang
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‘The Bone Clocks’, by David Mitchell

The author’s new Man Booker-nominated novel is dazzlingly inventive, writes Randy Boyagoda

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‘How to be Both’, by Ali Smith

Jan Dalley, the FT arts editor, applauds the parallel telling of a time-bending foray into medieval art

‘He Wants’, by Alison Moore

A novel of need, desire and haunting regret