I AM RADAR by Reif Larsen

I AM RADAR Reif Larsen (reiflarsen.com) Harvill Secker (www.vintage-books.co.uk) £16.99 In April 1975, in New Jersey, Radar Radmanovic is born, a black child with white parents. While his father, Kermin, accepts the child’s “condition”, his mother, Charlene, is driven to discover some kind of cure. Her search leads the family to northern Norway and the […]

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joël Dicker

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR Joël Dicker (joeldicker.com) Translated by Sam Taylor Maclehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £20.00 Late in the summer of 1975, Nola Kellergan disappeared from the small seaside town of Somerset, New Hampshire. Almost thirty-three years later, her body is found buried on Harry Quebert’s land, along with the original manuscript of […]

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LOOK WHO’S BACK by Timur Vermes

LOOK WHO’S BACK Timur Vermes Translated by Jamie Bulloch MacLehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £15.00 Adolf Hitler opens his eyes to find himself lying in the middle of a piece of waste ground in Berlin. The last few days – his final days in the Bunker – are a blur and it doesn’t take long for Hitler […]

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THE INVESTIGATION by Jung-Myung Lee

THE INVESTIGATION Jung-Myung Lee Translated by Chi-Young Kim (www.chiyoungkim.com) Mantle (www.panmacmillan.com) £16.99 Fukuoka Prison, shortly after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour, is used for the incarceration of, amongst others, dissidents and those of anti-Japanese tendencies. For the most part , these people are Koreans, a race whose language has been outlawed and whose culture […]

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THE WIND IS NOT A RIVER by Brian Payton

THE WIND IS NOT A RIVER Brian Payton (brianpayton.com) Mantle (www.panmacmillan.com) £16.99 John Easley, a reporter for the National Geographic is ejected – along with every other journalist in the region – from the Aleutian Islands when the Japanese make their first incursion onto American soil. When his brother, a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, […]

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THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins

THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL Stephen Collins (www.stephencollinsillustration.com) Jonathan Cape (www.randomhouse.co.uk/…/jonathan-cape) £16.99 The island of Here is a place where order reigns supreme. ‘Tidy’ is the watchword, and everything follows pre-defined patterns, and no-one stands out. Across the sea is There, the complete opposite to Here, a place where chaos rules and nothing is […]

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SAVE YOURSELF by Kelly Braffet

SAVE YOURSELF Kelly Braffet (www.kellybraffet.com) Corvus (atlantic-books.co.uk) £12.99 When Patrick Cusimano’s father kills a child while driving drunk, Patrick calls the police. The "right thing", morally, isn’t necessarily the right thing for the Cusimano family, and Patrick’s older brother Mike resents him for it. Layla and Verna Elshere are the daughters of a preacher; Layla […]

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