Wagner: Race and Revolution by Paul Lawrence Rose, Faber pounds 20. A scathing and disquieting picture of the anti-Semitic strain in the composer's life and work. Review by Tim Jackson, 25 July.
Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene, Secker & Warburg pounds 9.99. A strong and tender account of the hard life on the tide-washed coast of Georgia in the American South. Review by Godfrey Hodgson, 1 August.
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago, tr. Giovanni Pontiero, Harvill pounds 7.99. An enthralling Portuguese drama blending high seriousness with an absurd sense of humour. Review by Robert Winder, 7 August.