Six women and four debut novels make the list on a year with a number of notable omissions and surprise inclusions.
On the pop culture podcast this week: BBC drama The A Word, the first novel in Barbara Mertz’ Amelia Peabody series and crime drama Luther.
Margaret Forster's posthumous novel has much to admire – from its tragicomic opening chapters to the authenticity of its unusual protagonist.
Steve Jones' new book is an ingenious tour of scientific innovation in the age of the guillotine.
Ricky Jay, himself a great magician, has produced a remarkable portrait of an extraordinary man – Buchinger was just 29 inches tall, and was born without hands or feet.
Both writers were benificiaries of the post-war consensus. Now, Cockfosters and Public Library both make the case - in different ways - for access to reading.
It is 400 years since Shakespeare and Cervantes died. Together, they defy boundaries of time, and the conventions that keep street life separate from fantasy.
Today's reader of Mihail Sebastian's disturbing, existential exploration of alienation and self-loathing might benefit from footnotes - but the book still speaks to today's discontents.
Hsiao-Hung Pai's Angry White People asks what draws people to organisations such as the English Defence League - and finds a long-felt disaffection.
British-born "Jihadi John" became one of the most iconic figures in Islamic State's propaganda output. But how did he become a terrorist - and what do we know about his victims?
Kadare's story of a detective in a dictatorship is a ghost story twice over.
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