The Blindfold by Siri Hustvedt, Hodder & Stoughton, pounds 8.99. Sinister, elegantly written first novel about a young woman's life in New York. Review by Justine Picardie, 13 February.
Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories by Jenny Uglow, Faber, pounds 20. Readable and rigorous biography of the 19th-century novelist with a talent for life. Review by Sue Gaisford, 6 February.
Sentimental Journeys by Joan Didion, HarperCollins, pounds 15. Clever, singular musings on the heart and mind of America. Review by Natasha Walter, 30 January.
Swing hammer swing] by Jeff Torrington, Secker & Warburg, pounds 8.99. Deep and affecting novel about Glasgow life, and winner of this year's Whitbread Prize. Interview by Marianne Brace, 30 January.
I am the Clay by Chaim Potok, Heinemann pounds 13.99. Dramatic, solemn fiction that describes a rescued boy's struggle to live during the war in Korea. Review by Tim Jackson, 23 January
The Dictionary of National Biography edited by C S Nicholls, Oxford, pounds 65. Expensive but marvellous compendium, more than a thousand lives rescued from oblivion. Review by Robert Winder, 22 January.Reuse content