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Owlish review: ‘No ordinary tale of male angst and frustrated desire’
Novel

Owlish review: ‘No ordinary tale of male angst and frustrated desire’

In Owlish, a middle-aged man becomes fascinated by a living doll, retreating into a dreamlike hinterland of his own creation

Top 5 books about children and nature, chosen by CC Harrington
Books

Top 5 books about children and nature, chosen by CC Harrington

The children’s author and nature lover selects five books that feature children’s relationships with the animal kingdom

Ten Planets review: A short story collection that slinks between genres
fiction

Ten Planets review: A short story collection that slinks between genres

Ten planets by Yuri Hererra is a trove of 20 sci-fi-ish stories, each one a little stranger than the last

Cursed Bread review: ‘A world of surreal happenings’
fiction

Cursed Bread review: ‘A world of surreal happenings’

The World and All That It Holds review: Aleksandar Hemon’s novel spans decades and continents
historical fiction

The World and All That It Holds review: Aleksandar Hemon’s novel spans decades and continents

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Top 5 books with odd couples, chosen by Simon Mason
recommended

Top 5 books with odd couples, chosen by Simon Mason

Really Good, Actually review: ‘A much-needed breath of fresh air’
unromantic comedy

Really Good, Actually review: ‘A much-needed breath of fresh air’

Kick the Latch review: A unique insight into the secret world of equestrian sport
novel

Kick the Latch review: A unique insight into the secret world of equestrian sport

Love, Leda review: a glimpse into pre-legalisation gay life in 1960s London
LGBTQ+

Love, Leda review: a glimpse into pre-legalisation gay life in 1960s London

The Shards review: Bret Easton Ellis’s return to form
Fiction

The Shards review: Bret Easton Ellis’s return to form

Shifty’s Boys review: Everyman thriller with a slice of rural noir
black humour

Shifty’s Boys review: Everyman thriller with a slice of rural noir

The Moose Paradox: Toys, trouble and top storytelling
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The Moose Paradox: Toys, trouble and top storytelling

Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham: Utterly alive
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Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham: Utterly alive

Identitti review: A highly original take on the perils of idolising your heroes
review

Identitti review: A highly original take on the perils of idolising your heroes

Seven Empty Houses review: Dread sneaks like a cursed gift through its pages
short stories

Seven Empty Houses review: Dread sneaks like a cursed gift through its pages

The Book Of The Most Precious Substance review: Glorious supernatural weirdness abounds
review

The Book Of The Most Precious Substance review: Glorious supernatural weirdness abounds

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell review: ‘Deliciously good’
Book review

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell review: ‘Deliciously good’

Bliss Montage by Ling Ma review: ‘Dreamlike and unsettling’
Book reviews

Bliss Montage by Ling Ma review: ‘Dreamlike and unsettling’

A Prayer For the Crown-Shy review: ‘Hopepunk’ novel imagines a positive future for humanity
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A Prayer For the Crown-Shy review: ‘Hopepunk’ novel imagines a positive future for humanity

Acting Class by Nick Drnaso review: Misfit drama students and one increasingly erratic teacher
Book reviews

Acting Class by Nick Drnaso review: Misfit drama students and one increasingly erratic teacher

Top 5 books if you’re into Gothic tales, chosen by Lauren Owen
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Top 5 books if you’re into Gothic tales, chosen by Lauren Owen

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Venomous Lumpsucker review: The most original – and horrifying – novel of the year
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Venomous Lumpsucker review: The most original – and horrifying – novel of the year

Top 5 sci-fi romances, chosen by Omara Williams
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Top 5 sci-fi romances, chosen by Omara Williams

Tasting Sunlight by Ewald Arenz review: Two damaged souls healed by a beautiful bond
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Tasting Sunlight by Ewald Arenz review: Two damaged souls healed by a beautiful bond

Otessa Moshfegh’s Lapvona review: Comic, compelling and pulsing with perversity
Book reviews

Otessa Moshfegh’s Lapvona review: Comic, compelling and pulsing with perversity