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The formation of female identity in the Neapolitan quartet and The Lying Life of Adults.
What is Box Hill about? In its 128 pages, it is both strikingly expansive and wilfully resistant to interpretation.
Mark Haddon’s Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted novel draws on stories from the ancient world, medieval literature and Shakespeare and makes a wild scramble of them.
Her first short story collection is filled with appetite, anger and compelling characters.
Melmoth, pleasurable though it is, asks the reader to look more and more closely at what is hidden between its lines.
The author clearly amuses herself with the sheer implausibility and theatricality of the world she describes.
Philip Hensher’s 12th work of fiction is a synthesis of material, traditions and styles.
Barnes leads the unsuspecting reader into a dark tangle of addiction, violence, abuse, mental disarray and non sequitur.
At times, the novel seems to owe as much to Dostoevsky as to the epics of the long-distant past.
A story of two obsessive record collectors becomes an interrogation of authenticity and the transformative power of music.