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‘The Faint-hearted Bolshevik’, by Lorenzo Silva

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

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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

‘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

‘The First Bad Man’, by Miranda July

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

Front cover of 'The Laughing Monsters', by Denis Johnson

‘The Laughing Monsters’, by Denis Johnson

A complex and disquieting novel about a secret agent’s haphazard odyssey across Africa. Review by John Sunyer

‘Malice’, by Keigo Higashino

A teasing detective story is more of a whydunnit than a whodunnit. Review by David Pilling

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‘A Spool of Blue Thread’, by Anne Tyler

The author returns once more to family life in Baltimore for her 20th novel. Review by Erica Wagner

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‘The Winter War’, by Philip Teir

A middle-class marriage falls apart in this slow-burn debut novel by a Finnish writer. Review by Josh de la Mare

Front cover of 'Over Our Heads', by Andrew Fox

‘Over Our Heads’, by Andrew Fox

A young Irish writer’s deft snapshots of a rootless generation. Review by Alice Fishburn