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A Writer's Diary by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 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.

Deep River by Shusaku Endo, translated by Van C Gessel, Peter Owen, pounds 14.99. A touching description of Japanese tourists on the loose in India, marked by a characteristic religious turmoil. Shortlisted for this year's pounds 10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Award. Review by Euan Cameron, 25 June.

Made in America by Bill Bryson, Secker, pounds 15. Hilarious odyssey through America's language jungle. Review by Pete Davies, 8 July.

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

Partial Eclipse by Lesley Glaister, Hamish Hamilton pounds 14.99. The imprisoned narrator of this sparkling novel reflects on her wolfish lover and colourful ancestry in a narrative that ranges across the centuries. Review by Sue Gaisford, 27 August.