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    Orwell on Freedom

    George Orwell, with an introduction by Kamila Shamsie
    “Such a shame, she was a good old stick” was George Orwell’s reaction, as reported by one acquaintance, shortly after he had learned of the death of his wife during what was supposed to have been a fairly minor operation. If we are charitable we will take this as a classic example of English understatement and stiff upper lip. Whatever the case, Orwell was soon on the hunt again.
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    Three Daughters of Eve

    Elif Shafak

    Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.

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    The Invention of Angela Carter

    Edmund Gordon
    This is the story of how Angela Carter invented herself – as a new kind of woman and a new kind of writer – and how she came to write such seductive works as The Bloody Chamber, Nights at the Circus and Wise Children. Edmund Gordon has followed in Carter’s footsteps to uncover a life rich in incident and adventure.
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    Diaries and Selected Letters: Mikhail Bulgakov

    Mikhail Bulgakov; Roger Cockrell (trans)
    This ample selection from the diaries and letters of Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of The Master and Margarita – now regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century literature – provides an insightful glimpse into the author’s world and into a fascinating period of Russian history and literature, telling the tragic tale of the fate of an artist under a totalitarian regime.

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    Swing Time

    Zadie Smith

    Zadie Smith's new novel moves from north west London to West Africa, a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them.

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    Elena Ferrante

    A glimpse into the drawers of Elena Ferrante’s writing desk, those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four installments of My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. Consisting of over 20 years of letters, essays, reflections, and interviews, it is a unique depiction of an author who embodies a consummate passion for writing.

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    You Took The Last Bus Home: The Poems of Brian Bilston

    Brian Bilston
    The first and long-awaited collection of hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the mysterious ‘Poet Laureate of Twitter’.
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    Peter Sirr
    Comprises poems from the troubadour tradition and a number of Peter Sirr's responses to them. With their source in southern France almost nine centuries ago, and in teh language called Old Occitan, this confluence of word and music helped pave the way for European poetry as we know it.
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    Above the Waterfall

    Ron Rash
    The story of Sheriff Les Clary. A man on the verge of retirement, he is plunged into deep and dangerous waters by one final case. A case that will draw him to the lyrical beauty of his surroundings and, in doing so, force him to come to terms with his own past.
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    The Sellout

    Paul Beatty
    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016, The Sellout is Paul Beatty's biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.
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    Loose Canon: The Extraordinary Songs of Clive James and Pete Atkin

    Ian Shircore
    For the last 50 years, Clive James has been writing songs with his musical partner, Pete Atkin. This book explores the lyrics and tunes that have won them a fanatical cult following though they still manage to remain the British music industry’s best-kept secret.
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    Keeping On Keeping On

    Alan Bennett
    Alan Bennett's third collection of prose follows in the footsteps of the very successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart. This latest collection contains Bennett's diaries 2005 to 2015.
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    The Schooldays of Jesus

    J M Coetzee

    In this allegorical tale, Coetzee grapples with the big questions of growing up, of what it means to be a parent, the constant battle between intellect and emotion, and how we choose to live our lives. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

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    Bright, Precious Days

    Jay McInerney
    Jay McInerney's novel dissects the moral complexities of relationships, while painting a portrait of New York as Obama and Clinton battle for leadership and the collapse of Lehman Brothers looms.
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    Minds of Winter

    Ed O'Loughlin

    The new novel from Booker longlisted Ed O'Loughlin, in which a meeting between two strangers sheds light on the greatest unsolved mystery of polar exploration.

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    Hot Milk

    Deborah Levy

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, Deborah Levy's new novel explores the violently primal bond between mother and daughter.

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    Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

    Ruth Gilligan
    The novel focuses on the lives of three characters, spanning three generations. Ruth’s story begins in 1901 when the wide-eyed 8 year old Jewish-Lithuanian girl embarks on a ship bound for New York with her family but ends up in Cork. Shem is a Jewish-Irish teen in the 1960s who, having been struck mute, is placed in the care of the Catholic Church. Aisling is an aspiring journalist who leaves post-Celtic Tiger Ireland for a new life in London and finds herself inextricably linked with the Jewish faith.
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    Do Not Say We Have Nothing

    Madeleine Thien

    In Canada in 1990, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. An evocation of the persuasive power of revolution and its effects on personal and national identity, and an unforgettable meditation on China today. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

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    Work Like Any Other

    Virginia Reeves
    Placing itself perfectly alongside acclaimed work by Philipp Meyer, Jane Smiley and J M Coetzee, this debut novel charts the story of Roscoe T Martin in rural Alabama in the 1920s. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2016.
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    The One King Lear

    Brian Vickers

    King Lear exists in two different texts: the Quarto (1608) and the Folio (1623). Because each supplies passages missing in the other, for over 200 years editors combined the two to form a single text, the basis for all modern productions. Then in the 1980s a group of influential scholars argued that the two texts represent different versions of King Lear, that Shakespeare revised his play in light of theatrical performance. The two-text theory has since hardened into orthodoxy. Now for the first time in a book-length argument, one of the world’s most eminent Shakespeare scholars challenges the two-text theory. At stake is the way Shakespeare’s greatest play is read and performed.

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