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'Be Careful Out There, Be Careful in Here: The Dangerous Worlds of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya' by Tim Jones

An extended review of Hillary Jordan's When She Woke explores this thoughtful, modern re-telling of a classic.

'Eyes for the Grotesque Things in Life': A Conversation with Sarah Hall

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AN ACCIDENT IN AUGUST
Laurence Cossé
Translated from the French by Alison Anderson

I am sure that most people, certainly in the United Kingdom, can remember where they were when the death of Diana, Princess of Wales was announced. It was an event of such magnitude in the consciousness of the British public, or at least …
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Reviewed by Ceri Evans
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THE FASTER I WALK, THE SMALLER I AM
Kjersti Skomsvold
Translated from the Norwegian by Kerri A. Pierce

In 2009 Kjersti Skomsvold's slim debut novel won the Tarjei Vesaas prize, Norway's highest honour for a first book. Thankfully we have only had to wait two years for an English translation.
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Reviewed by Andy Barnes
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RED WINE
Amina Zaydan
Translated from the Arabic by Sally Gomaa

Filled with Egyptian history and vivid wartime descriptions, Red Wine, the winner of the 2007 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, is a beautifully written novel by an obviously gifted author.
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Reviewed by Amanda Meale
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SO GOOD IN BLACK
Sunetra Gupta

So Good in Black is one of those rare books that sends you scrabbling for the author's backlist. Beautifully written, wonderfully observed and deftly executed, it is a moving examination of ageing friendships and haunted lives …
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Reviewed by Andy Barnes
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THE SHADOW-BOXING WOMAN
Inka Parei
Translated from the German by Katy Derbyshire

It's taken twelve years for Inka Parei's first novel to be translated into English, but there's nothing about this book that feels dated. The protagonist, a young woman called Hell (light), lives in a dilapidated apartment block …
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Reviewed by Charlotte Simpson


"A Kingdom for a Kalashnikov" by Andrea Heiberg Book Cover
A short story from her collection, Next Stop: Sejer Island
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