‘The Last Lover’, by Can Xue, translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen

‘The Last Lover’, by Can Xue

East meets west in a phantasmagorical tale from an avant-garde Chinese author. Review by David Evans

‘Unmanned’, by Dan Fesperman

‘Unmanned’, by Dan Fesperman

A first-class thriller that explores how drones may spell the end of privacy. Review by Raymond Bonner

Illustration of Clive James by Luke Waller
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‘Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014’, by Clive James

The author looks back at the poets who have resonated with him over the years, from Walt Whitman to Sylvia Plath. Review by Elaine Feinstein

Richard Flanagan in London the day after he won the Man Booker prize
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Richard Flanagan, Man Booker 2014 winner

The Australian author tells Lorien Kite he’s ‘astonished’ by the success of his novel ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’

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‘Lucky Us’, by Amy Bloom

A tale of two American half-sisters trying to make it in the cut-throat movie world of the 1940s. Review by Susie Boyt

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©Illustration Renaud Vigourt

‘Nora Webster’, by Colm Tóibín

A widow readjusts to her new circumstances in a precise and sympathetic meditation on the figure of the Irish mother. Review by Christopher Tayler

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‘The Dog’, by Joseph O’Neill

A searing novel exploring moral complexities in post-financial crisis Dubai. Review by Alex Preston

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©Illustration by Chris Wormell

‘Lila’, by Marilynne Robinson

A woman struggles to adapt to a pious married life. Review by Claire Messud

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‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’, by Karen Joy Fowler

An emotionally nuanced tale of a young woman’s attempts to come to terms with her unusual start in life. Review by Henry Hitchings

‘Mr Mac and Me’, by Esther Freud

Eyebrows are raised in an East Anglian coastal village upon the mysterious arrival of a Scottish architect and his wife. Review by Melissa Harrison