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Book reviews: The Fell and The Selfless Act of Breathing
Book review

Book reviews: The Fell and The Selfless Act of Breathing

Lockdown novel The Fell avoids self-indulgence and sanctimony, while The Selfless Act of Breathing should be pushed into the hands of friends, writes Patrick Maxwell.

Book reviews: Oh William! and Things I Didn’t Throw Out
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Book reviews: Oh William! and Things I Didn’t Throw Out

Elizabeth Strout’s Oh William! has more emotional gut-punches for Lucy Barton and Marcin Wicha’s Things I Didn’t Throw Out is both profound and extremely funny

Dead Relatives review: Brilliantly atmospheric and relentlessly creepy
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Dead Relatives review: Brilliantly atmospheric and relentlessly creepy

The follow up to Lucie McKnight Hardy’s debut novel is an exemplary collection of modern horror, writes Doug Johnstone.

Far From the Light of Heaven review: Wrongfoots the reader at every turn
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Far From the Light of Heaven review: Wrongfoots the reader at every turn

Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography by Billy Connolly: One of the greatest storytellers
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Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography by Billy Connolly: One of the greatest storytellers

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Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie review: Primal Scream star strikes a tangible note of melancholy
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Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie review: Primal Scream star strikes a tangible note of melancholy

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection
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The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection

Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch
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Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch

Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett: ‘Unlike anything you’ve read before’
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Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett: ‘Unlike anything you’ve read before’

Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’
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Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’

Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis: A delightful diary of Ellis’s musical life and friendships
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Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis: A delightful diary of Ellis’s musical life and friendships

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead: An Ocean’s Eleven meets Ozark heist caper
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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead: An Ocean’s Eleven meets Ozark heist caper

Book reviews: Something New Under The Sun and The Black Locomotive
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Book reviews: Something New Under The Sun and The Black Locomotive

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1979 by Val McDermid: A novel as touching as it is gripping
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1979 by Val McDermid: A novel as touching as it is gripping

The Black Locomotive by Rian Hughes: Adventurous and original
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The Black Locomotive by Rian Hughes: Adventurous and original

Borges and Me by Jay Parini: Caper-ish and laugh-out-loud funny
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Borges and Me by Jay Parini: Caper-ish and laugh-out-loud funny

C+nto & Othered Poems, Joelle Taylor: Navigates private unarticulated moments
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C+nto & Othered Poems, Joelle Taylor: Navigates private unarticulated moments

Small Bodies of Water by Nina Mingya Powles: Vividly connected to nature
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Small Bodies of Water by Nina Mingya Powles: Vividly connected to nature

The Painter’s Friend by Howard Cunnell: ‘Too often drifts into the obscure’
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The Painter’s Friend by Howard Cunnell: ‘Too often drifts into the obscure’

The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey: A sinewy and enchanting style
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The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey: A sinewy and enchanting style

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman: Confusion, trauma and violence
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Dream Girl by Laura Lippman: Confusion, trauma and violence

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The Coward: Riotously funny testament to our ability to forgive
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The Coward: Riotously funny testament to our ability to forgive

The Mad Women’s Ball examines feminism and hysteria
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The Mad Women’s Ball examines feminism and hysteria

True Crime Story by Joseph Knox: Post-modern playfulness
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True Crime Story by Joseph Knox: Post-modern playfulness

Ascension by Oliver Harris: Breaking the crime fiction mould
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Ascension by Oliver Harris: Breaking the crime fiction mould

The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson: Asks questions on what it means to be human
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The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson: Asks questions on what it means to be human

The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin: An arrow through the reader’s heart
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The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin: An arrow through the reader’s heart

The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee: Lush and memorable
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The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee: Lush and memorable

Independent Bookshop Week: The best books from independent publishers
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Independent Bookshop Week: The best books from independent publishers

Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller: All that is unsaid
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Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller: All that is unsaid

The world’s narrow escape from nuclear war
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The world’s narrow escape from nuclear war

Wicked Enchantment by Wanda Coleman: Poems that race from line to line
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Wicked Enchantment by Wanda Coleman: Poems that race from line to line

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev: An exploration of feminist agency
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The Final Revival of Opal and Nev: An exploration of feminist agency

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