BOOK REVIEW / Recommended

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Mating by Norman Rush, Cape pounds 14.99. Dazzling novel about a woman's vibrant life in the Kalahari. Interview by Natasha Walter, 5 December

Living Dangerously by Roger Graef, HarperCollins pounds 14.99. Sobering journey into the world of teenage crime. Review by Andrew Brown, 16 January.

A Time to Speak by Helen Lewis, Blackstaff Press pounds 6.95. Remarkable autobiography of a Czech ballet teacher in the eye of the Holocaust. Review by Sue Gaisford, 14 November.

In The Highest Degree Odious by A W Brian Simpson, Clarendon Press pounds 35. A revelatory study of the Government's use of detention without trial in the Second World War. Review by Ian McIntyre, 2 January.

A Square of Sky by Janina David, Eland pounds 8.99. Unputdownable 400-pager about the author's amazing survival in Nazi-occupied Poland. Review by Caroline Moorehead, 7 January.