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‘The Whispering Swarm’, by Michael Moorcock

A novel that celebrates the pleasures of postwar London. Review by James Lovegrove

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‘An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk’ by Jessie Greengrass

A debut short-story collection ranges from 16th-century alchemy to call-centre ennui. Review by Catherine Taylor

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‘Confession of the Lioness’, by Mia Couto

An intense experimental novel by the Man Booker International longlisted novelist

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Man Booker longlist released for 2015

US novelists outnumber Britons among finalists for UK fiction award

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‘You Don’t Have to Live Like This’, by Benjamin Markovits

A dotcom tycoon’s attempts to regenerate a blighted city point up the limitations of Silicon Valley’s can-do culture. Review by Francesca Wade

‘The Blue Between Sky and Water’, by Susan Abulhawa

A Palestinian family saga that blends the supernatural with a bitter tale of dispossession and exile. Review by Azadeh Moaveni

‘Lucky Alan and Other Stories’, by Jonathan Lethem

Nine brisk stories offer a wild ride across the boundaries of language, artifice and genre. Review by Erica Wagner

‘A General Theory of Oblivion’, by José Eduardo Agualusa

An eccentric recluse surveys the transformation of Angola in this inventive novel. Review by Angel Gurría-Quintana

‘The Wallcreeper/Mislaid’, by Nell Zink

Lionel Shriver on the zingy one-liners and offbeat plots of Nell Zink’s novels

‘Quicksand’, by Steve Toltz

A failed entrepreneur and a disappointed writer confront life’s big questions in a darkly comic novel. Review by Rebecca Swirsky

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