Fiction

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Books by women that every man should read: chosen by Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Richard Curtis and more
Studies show men avoid female authors. Ahead of the Women’s prize for fiction, chair of judges Mary Ann Sieghart finds out why – and we ask male authors to redress the balance

Mary Ann Sieghart

28, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers review – rollicking crop-circle folk tale
A spirited and anarchic novel about 80s outsiders on a quest to bring magic to the landscape

Sukhdev Sandhu

28, May, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Esther Freud: ‘Gone With the Wind was my first experience of dysfunctional love’
The novelist on adoring Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, being inspired by Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark and crying at Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

Esther Freud

27, May, 2022 @9:00 AM

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First novel translated from Hindi wins International Booker prize
Author Geetanjali Shree and translator Daisy Rockwell share the £50,000 prize for ‘extraordinarily funny and fun’ Tomb of Sand

Sarah Shaffi

26, May, 2022 @9:15 PM

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An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life by Paul Dalla Rosa review – deftly executed and cringingly funny
Young people try – and fail – to live gorgeously in the Melbourne writer’s debut collection, which is bleak, acute and stealthily tender

Imogen Dewey

26, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi review – a life far from home
In the followup to the International Booker winner Celestial Bodies, a student reflects on her roots in Oman

Maya Jaggi

26, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Yoga by Emmanuel Carrère review – terror comes from within
From a meditation retreat via the Charlie Hebdo massacre to a catastrophic personal breakdown, this is a devastating portrait of the western capitalist everyman in crisis

Sam Byers

26, May, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Top 10 novels about inheritance
From Dickens and Du Maurier to Henry James and Shirley Jackson, where there’s a will, there are generally the makings of a great story …

Cressida Connolly

25, May, 2022 @4:56 PM

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Vladimir by Julia May Jonas review – a scandalous affair
This clever, engrossing debut about an ageing English literature professor explores female creativity, rage and desire

Lucy Atkins

25, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The end of men: the controversial new wave of female utopian fiction
There have been many novels that imagine a world without men – but are these books reductive or freeing?

Sandra Newman

25, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Fight Night by Miriam Toews review – a paean to the strength of women
The Canadian author once again mines her cultural background in a wonderfully drawn celebration of intergenerational bonding

Stephanie Merritt

24, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Con Artists by Luke Healy review – a beautifully observed masterpiece
It’s the little things that strike a chord in this funny, melancholy book about the curdling of a friendship between two single gay men

Rachel Cooke

23, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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