‘Aquarium’, by David Vann

The author deftly juxtaposes the beauty of aquatic life and the tensions of a family in crisis, says Carl Wilkinson

‘Leonora’, by Elena Poniatowska

Ángel Gurría-Quintana on a sprawling fictionalised account of the life of the painter Leonora Carrington

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‘Preparation for the Next Life’, by Atticus Lish

A former soldier and an illegal immigrant come to New York to seek a better life in this triumphant debut novel. Review by Erica Wagner

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‘I Am Radar’, by Reif Larsen

Disparate plot lines and offbeat ideas run through in this sprawling epic. Review by Henry Hitchings

‘Vanessa and her Sister’; ‘Adeline’

Two attempts to fictionalise the lives of women at the heart of the Bloomsbury group. Review by Jan Dalley

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‘The Four Books’, by Yan Lianke

A Chinese novelist explores the chasm between high-flown ideology and brutal reality in this satire on the Great Leap Forward. Review by David Evans

‘Prudence’, by David Treuer

A novel that benefits from an insider’s view of Native American life. Review by David Shaftel

Neil Gaiman's 'Trigger Happy' book cover

‘Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances’, by Neil Gaiman

An eclectic fantasy collection by a master of the genre. Review by James Lovegrove

All Days Are Night, by Peter Stamm

‘All Days Are Night’, by Peter Stamm

A Swiss writer muses on questions of personal identity in a coolly forensic novel. Review by Peter Carty

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‘Wolf, Wolf: A Novel’, by Eben Venter

South Africa’s shifting social topography underlies this slow-burn tale of a dying patriarch and his self-absorbed son. Review by Hedley Twidle

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