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‘The Schooldays of Jesus’, by JM Coetzee

A child possessing mysterious gifts receives an unusual education in this allusive, and at times playful, new novel. Review by Christopher Tayler

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‘Dirt Road’, by James Kelman

A teenager embarks on a memorable road trip with his father in this engrossing coming-of-age tale. Review by Carl Wilkinson

‘The Tidal Zone’, by Sarah Moss

A finely drawn portrait of a man’s fears for his sick child and for an England in decline. Review by Toby Lichtig

‘Vinegar Girl’, by Anne Tyler

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist gives Shakespeare’s sourest comic play an amiable modern update. Review by Adrian Turpin

‘The Knives’, by Richard T Kelly

How do you write a political thriller when the truth is stranger than fiction? This admirable novel offers an answer. Review by Erica Wagner

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‘The Mare’, by Mary Gaitskill

Damaged relationships between mothers and daughters are at the heart of this complex, dreamlike novel. Review by Rebecca Abrams

‘The Muse’, by Jessie Burton

Two women’s lives are linked by a mysterious painting in an intricate whodunnit. Review by Zoë Apostolides

‘Hot Little Hands’, by Abigail Ulman

‘Hot Little Hands’, by Abigail Ulman

Innocence is pitted against experience in a collection of frankly told coming-of-age stories. Review by Beatrice Hodgkin

‘Reputations’, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Credibility is strained in a tale about a Colombian cartoonist facing up to events from his past. Review by Julius Purcell

‘Beauty is a Wound’ and ‘Man Tiger’, by Eka Kurniawan

Two novels by one author look at the treatment of women in 20th-century Indonesia. Review by Lucy Popescu

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