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Alice O'Keeffe is an award-winning journalist and former arts editor of the New Statesman. She now works as a freelance writer. You can find her on Twitter as @AliceOKeeffe.
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.
Zadie Smith's new novel is enjoyable but tries to do too much. Next time, she should slow down, lean back and try out a waltz.
The final novel of Jay McInerney's trilogy defies none of the criticisms levelled at his writing – but its infectious sense of fun is undeniable.