How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee review — ‘a resonant response to political turmoil’

A courageous novel about a trio of teenagers thrown together at the North Korean border


The Storyteller by Walter Benjamin review — a thinker who dared to dream

Known as a philosopher and critic, Walter Benjamin also created a body of fiction that offers a glimpse of his fevered imagination

The Seamstress and the Wind by César Aira review — ‘rich complications and airy whimsies’

An Argentine tale sees a woman embark on a fantastical hunt for her missing child

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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

Front cover of ‘Dirt Road’, by James Kelman

‘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