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Some Other Rainbow by John McCarthy and Jill Morrell, Bantam pounds 14.99. If any book ever ran the gamut of human emotion from A to Z, it must be this funny, sad, moving, terrifying, inspiring . . . tale by Britain's favourite lovers. Review by Sue Gaisford, 24 April.

Tennyson by Peter Levi, Macmillan, pounds 20. A sympathetic consideration of the life and works of the Victorian poet. Review by A S Byatt, 10 April.

The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas, tr Elizabeth Rokkan, Peter Owen, pounds 10.95. Striking fable set in a Norwegian village, about a young girl lost in a frozen waterfall. Review by Doris Lessing, 17 April.

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, Picador, pounds 14.99. Three boys go on the run in a superbly poetic evocation of the American west. Review by Scott Bradfield, 17 April