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The Green Knight by Iris Murdoch, Jonathan Cape, pounds 15.99. A fat, entertaining novel that mixes classical myths and everyday London life in a grand philosophical style. Review by Michele Roberts, 9 October.

Feather Crowns by Bobbie Ann Mason, Chatto & Windus, pounds 15.99. Exhilarating, tragic novel about clannish life on the farm in rural America. Review by Anthony Quinn, 2 October.

Grand Days by Frank Moorhouse, Picador, pounds 14.99. Compelling story about a woman's romantic career, set against the turbulent birth of the League of Nations. Review by Natasha Walter, 11 September.

A Wreath Upon the Dead by Briege Duffaud, Poolbeg, pounds 14.99. Remarkable novel full of splendid voices exploring the fateful history of Northern Ireland. Review by Robert Winder, 1 October.