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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.

Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown, John Murray, pounds 14.99. A quietly magical novel set in the Orkneys. Review by Christina Hardyment, 17 September.

None to Accompany Me by Nadine Gordimer, Bloomsbury, pounds 15.99. Gordimer's new novel deals eloquently with both the euphoria and the dull realities of the new South Africa. Review by Briege Duffaud, 17 September.

Dark Places by Kate Grenville, Picador, pounds 14.99. Stirring portrait of a sadistic Victorian patriarch by one of Australia's leading novelists. Review by Natasha Walter, 26 August.

It All Adds Up by Saul Bellow, Secker & Warburg, pounds 20. Rebellious, vigorous reflections on modern life. Review by Robert Winder, 16 September.