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Alice O'Keeffe's novel On The Up is published by Coronet. She is a literary critic and former arts editor of the New Statesman. You can find her on Twitter as @AliceOKeeffe, or on Instagram as @aliceokeeffebooks.
There’s only one thing I want to do, and that is to be outside.
"If you carry on like this, I am going to go completely insane. And I don’t think you want Mummy to be insane, now, do you?”
Dad paced excitedly around the perimeter. “There are two outer rings. First time I’ve seen that.”
The prose in The Offing is baroque and proudly old-fashioned, the antithesis of Sally Rooney-style sparseness.
Concerned with fame and longing, the novel is set in hotels and airports, sterile apartment blocks, gyms and yoga classes.
Forna has a magpie’s eye for interesting facts and observations.
In The Dreams of Bethany Bellmoth, perhaps Boyd has earned the right to take his foot off the gas.
This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay and Your Life in My Hands by Rachel Clarke offer an insight into life on the NHS front line.
Amanda Craig's novel engages with issues such as the housing crisis and the collapse of the middle class.
Homegoing is a novel borne not only of skill and knowledge, but also of a lifetime of experience.