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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

Harper Lee school of antisocial marketing

In this wired world, it pays to play hard to get

Author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee with her father
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‘Go Set a Watchman’, by Harper Lee

The long-awaited ‘sequel’ to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Review by John Sutherland. (Contains spoilers)

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‘The Meursault Investigation’, by Kamel Daoud

A study of loss, colonialism and religion. Review by Azadeh Moaveni

‘Coup de Foudre’, by Ken Kalfus

A novella inspired by the Strauss-Kahn scandal is the highlight of a fine collection. Review by Malcolm Forbes

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