Fiction

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A Ballet of Lepers by Leonard Cohen review – intimations of immortality
A fascinating collection of early fiction foreshadows motifs and concerns that Cohen the performer later mined across decades

Tim Adams

03, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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In brief: Three Times a Countess; Queen High; Nina Simone’s Gum – review
An eye-opening biography of Raine Spencer; an exciting counterfactual novel set in postwar Britain; and Warren Ellis’s witty account of devotion

Alexander Larman

02, Oct, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Lucy By the Sea by Elizabeth Strout review – Lucy Barton: the Covid years
Set against the backdrop of the pandemic, the Booker-shortlisted author’s monumental new novel is her most nuanced and intensely moving to date

Julie Myerson

02, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Mariana Enríquez: ‘I don’t want to be complicit in any kind of silence’
The award-winning Argentinian author on how the language of horror fiction merges with her country’s history, what Stephen King taught her about writing and using ‘testers’ for her male sex scenes

Anthony Cummins

01, Oct, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Little Fires Everywhere author Celeste Ng: ‘Elena and Mia constantly butt heads with each other inside me’
The writer of the novel that inspired the hit TV series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington talks about how her new book turned dystopian after Trump came to power

Alex Clark

01, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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A Ballet of Lepers by Leonard Cohen review – violent literary beginnings
A novella and short stories from the 1950s showcase Cohen’s fascinating self-fashioning, but also a taint of bitterness

Toby Litt

01, Oct, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Here Be Leviathans by Chris Flynn review – luminescent experiments in narrative voice
By anthropomorphising a creek, a hotel room, a virus and other things, Flynn’s short stories ask us to truly inhabit this world we will ultimately leave behind

Declan Fry

29, Sep, 2022 @5:30 PM

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The Birdcatcher by Gayl Jones review – portrait of an artist
A fascinating meditation on Black female creativity from the author of Corregidora and Palmares

Suzi Feay

29, Sep, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout review – lockdown confessions
This follow-up to the Booker-shortlisted Oh William! is a wondrously living record of pandemic pressures and the power of the past

Alexandra Harris

29, Sep, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Tom Hanks announces ‘wildly ambitious’ first novel
The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece spans 80 years and is said to be ‘thoughtful, poignant and hugely entertaining’

Sarah Shaffi

27, Sep, 2022 @2:01 PM

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In brief: Bibliomaniac; She and Her Cat; The Babel Message – reviews
Madcap tales of Britain’s bookshops, the power of feline friends, and the glories of words, ancient and modern

Hephzibah Anderson

25, Sep, 2022 @4:00 PM

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The Foghorn Echoes by Danny Ramadan review – recovery among the ruins
In weaving together the stories of two gay men, the award-winning Syrian-Canadian author constructs a vivid portrait of life under Assad

Lucy Popescu

25, Sep, 2022 @3:00 PM

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