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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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