Dark Places by Kate Grenville, Picador, pounds 14.99. Stirring portrait of a sadistic Victorian patriarch. Review by Natasha Walter, 26 August.
None to Accompany Me by Nadine Gordimer, Bloomsbury, pounds 15.99. This novel deals eloquently with the euphoria and the reality of the new South Africa. Review by Briege Duffaud, 17 September.
A Writer's Diary by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, translated by Kenneth Lantz, Quartet, pounds 25. The first complete translation of the master's journal; what new work can match it for depth and power? Review by Gabriel Josipovici, 20 August.