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  1. August 2, 2013

    In brief

    The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith, Sphere, RRP£16.99, 464 pages Now that the secret is out and we know the Harry...

  2. October 26, 2012

    The Bard behind the curtains

    The Secret Life of William Shakespeare, by Jude Morgan, Headline Review, RRP£7.99, 445 pages After marrying Anne Hathaway at...

  1. April 13, 2012

    Grotesque fascination

    Bed by David Whitehouse, Canongate, RRP£7.99, 297 pages In childhood Mal would compulsively disrobe in public. After one...

  2. April 13, 2012

    Red Ken’s postscript

    You Can’t Say That, by Ken Livingstone, Faber, RRP£9.99, 710 pages From suburban frog-breeding enthusiast to first mayor of...

  3. April 6, 2012

    Enter the dragon

    When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, by Martin Jacques, Penguin,...

  4. March 30, 2012

    Thespian lives

    Lucky Break, by Esther Freud, Bloomsbury, RRP£7.99, 320 pages Esther Freud’s latest novel is set in a small drama school,...

  5. March 23, 2012

    A recalibration of memory

    In retirement, Tony Webster receives a mysterious bequest from the mother of Veronica, the primly self-assured girl he went...

  6. March 23, 2012

    Unseemly pleasure

    Smut: Two Unseemly Stories, by Alan Bennett, Profile, RRP£6.99, 208 pages With an enticing keyhole cut into the cover to...

  7. March 16, 2012

    Real inheritance

    Disputed Land, by Tim Pears, Windmill, RRP£7.99, 210 pages Thirteen-year-old Theo relishes Christmas at his grandparents’...

  8. March 16, 2012

    Holy City’s evolution

    Jerusalem: The Biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore, Phoenix, RRP£9.99, 720 pages Starting with Jerusalem’s Abrahamic...

  9. March 9, 2012

    Enemy of the regime

    Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia, by Luke Harding, Guardian Books £8.99, 310 pages...

  10. March 2, 2012

    Inner turbulence

    The Troubled Man, by Henning Mankell, translated by Laurie Thompson, Vintage, £6.99, 503 pages Haken von Enke, a senior...

  11. February 24, 2012

    Eviction notice

    Last Man in Tower, by Aravind Adiga, Atlantic Books, RRP£7.99, 421 pages Aravind Adiga scooped the 2008 Man Booker Prize...

  12. February 17, 2012

    Sea yearnings

    The Passages of Herman Melville, by Jay Parini, Canongate, RRP£9.99, 454 pages Anyone who “actually read” his novels, Lizzie...

  13. February 10, 2012

    Chemical lives

    Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements, by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Penguin, RRP£9.99, 428 pages A remarkable...

  14. February 3, 2012

    Rear window

    The Quiet Twin, by Dan Vyleta, Bloomsbury RRP£7.99, 384 pages After his wry debut of espionage in austere, postwar Berlin,...

  15. February 3, 2012

    Middle Eastern literary gems

    Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, edited by Reza Aslan, Norton RRP£16.99, 688 pages This huge...

  16. January 27, 2012

    Art, death and intrigue

     Gillespie and I, by Jane Harris, Faber, RRP£7.99, 624 pages In Glasgow for the 1888 International Exhibition, wealthy...

  17. January 27, 2012

    Finding the past in Tibet

     To a Mountain in Tibet, by Colin Thubron, Vintage, RRP£8.99, 244 pages Trekking from Nepal into Tibet to join the devoted...

  18. January 20, 2012

    Corporate chicanery

    The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, by Tim Wu, Atlantic, RRP£9.99, 368 pages The Bell Telephone...

  19. January 20, 2012

    Human remains

     Pure, by Andrew Miller, Sceptre, RRP£8.99, 352 pages Andrew Miller’s superb sixth novel returns to the 18th-century setting...

  20. January 14, 2012

    Intriguing Nigerian scenes

    Voice of America, by EC Osondu, Granta, RRP£7.99, 224 pages Winner of the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing, EC Osondu’s...

  21. January 14, 2012

    A region in peril

     Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance, by David Gardner, IB Tauris, RRP£10.99, 272 pages The FT’s international...

  22. January 6, 2012

    The exploration of reading

     Stop What You’re Doing And Read This!, by Zadie Smith et al, Vintage, RRP£4.99, 181 pages Stop What You’re Doing And Read...

  23. November 12, 2011

    The Weekend

    Bernhard Schlink’s latest novel is an adaptation of the classic country house murder story in which each of the guests is...

  24. November 5, 2011

    City-Pick New York

    From Alistair Cooke’s establishment tones to the voices of Langston Hughes, Quentin Crisp and Suze Rotolo, Reyes has...

  25. October 28, 2011

    The Book of Books

    Lord Bragg brings his novelist’s nose for a good story to bear on the dramatic evolution of the King James Bible. First...

  26. October 14, 2011

    Jamrach’s Menagerie

    Carol Birch’s 10th novel, short-listed for this year’s Man Booker prize, begins with all the brio of a Dickensian romp but...

  27. October 14, 2011

    The Verdict

    After two previous audits, Polly Toynbee and David Walker deliver a broad analysis of Labour’s whole 13-year administration....

  28. October 8, 2011

    Nemesis

    Having failed the army medical because of his weak eyes, Bucky Cantor is organising sports for his New Jersey...

  29. October 8, 2011

    The Country Life

    Stella leaves her life as a legal secretary in London, discards her possessions and cuts all family ties to become an au...

  30. August 6, 2011

    The New Machiavelli

    Powell’s engaging memoir of his 13 years as Tony Blair’s chief of staff uses The Prince, Machiavelli’s classic political...

  31. July 29, 2011

    Zero History

    William Gibson’s novel Spook Country (2007) was a cool, sophisticated thriller wired on prankish humour and high-end...

  32. July 29, 2011

    Teach Us to Sit Still

    When Verona-based novelist Tim Parks experiences intense abdominal pain coupled with a need to pee eight times a night, he...

  33. July 16, 2011

    The Elephant’s Journey

    This fabular tale from Portugal’s late Nobel laureate follows Solomon, an Indian elephant ridden by a gentle mahout from...

  34. July 8, 2011

    The Obscure Logic of the Heart

    The Obscure Logic of the Heart, by Priya Basil, Black Swan, RRP£17.99, 506 pages From a slow start of amorous reminiscences,...

  35. July 8, 2011

    All the Devils are Here

    All the Devils are Here: Unmasking the Men Who Bankrupted the World, by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, Penguin, RRP£9.99,...

  36. November 15, 2008

    Diary of a Bad Year

    by JM Coetzee Vintage £7.99, 227 pages FT Bookshop price: £6.39 Juan C, an elderly émigré in Australia with a pedigree...

  37. November 15, 2008

    The Accordionist's Son

    The Accordionist's Son by Bernardo Atxaga translated by Margaret Jull Costa Vintage £8.99, 384 pages FT Bookshop price:...

  38. October 11, 2008

    The Almost Moon

    The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold Picador £7.99, 304 pages FT Bookshop price: £6.39 Following the global success of The...

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