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Trollope by Victoria Glendinning, Hutchinson pounds 20. The shrewd and affectionate portrait of a prolific writer. Review by Anthony Quinn, 5 September.

Poor Things by Alasdair Gray, Bloomsbury pounds 14.99. A rich, involved tale of Victorian passion and fraud. Review by Hugo Barnacle, 12 September.

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago tr. Giovanni Pontiero, Harvill pounds 7.99. A witty and meditative novel of Lisbon life. Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Award for July / August.

The Rituals of Dinner by Margaret Visser, Viking pounds 17.99. Minute social history served up with relish and style. Review by Robert Winder, 4 September.

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby, Gollancz pounds 13.99. A football fan muses brilliantly on his life and obsession. Review by Pete Davies, 12 September.