Marguerite Yourcenar by Josyane Savigneau, University of Chicago Press, pounds 19.95. A striking biography of the first female member of the Academie Francaise. Review by Natasha Walter, 30 October.
United States by Gore Vidal, Andre Deutsch, pounds 25. 114 thought-provoking essays by a tremendous hater. Review by Godfrey Hodgson, 16 October.
Pronto by Elmore Leonard, Viking, pounds 14.99. The American crime master moves to Italy and stays on top of his form in a cracking tale of small-time criminals. Review by Giles Smith, 16 October.Reuse content