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The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas, tr. Elizabeth Rokkan, Peter Owen, pounds 10.95. Striking fable set in a Norwegian village, about a young girl lost in a frozen waterfall. Review by Doris Lessing, 17 April.

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, Picador, pounds 14.99. Three boys on the run in a superb poetic evocation of the American west. Review by Scott Bradfield, 17 April.

Tennyson by Peter Levi, Macmillan, pounds 20. A sympathetic consideration of the life and works of the Victorian poet. Review by A S Byatt, 10 April.

Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills, Simon & Schuster, pounds 17.99. A perceptive and impressive examination of the implications of one of the most famous speeches in American history. Review by Godfrey Hodgson, 20 March.

Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories by Jenny Uglow, Faber, pounds 20. Charlotte Bronte's biographer gets a fine treatment of her own in this readable life. Review by Sue Gaisford, 6 February.