RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu by Simon Callow, Jonathan Cape, £20. An actor's sympathetic biography of the greatest - and most precocious - showman of his age. Review by Godfrey Hodgson, 11 March

An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel, Viking, £15. Funny, tragic and perceptive novel about the painful process of growing up. Review by Sue Gaisford, 18 March

The Film Explainer by Gert Hofmann, Tr. Michael Hofmann, Secker, £9.99. Moving autobiographical tale of family, cinema and politics set in Nazi Germany. Joint winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Award for January/February

Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin tr. Andrew Bromfield,

Harbord, £6.99. Satire on the Soviet space programme. Joint winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Award for January/February

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