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This new novel from the winner of the Commonwealth Prize in Africa places the reader in unsettling literary territory: somewhere between the socially committed novels of JM Coetzee and the vivid South African thrillers of Deon Meyer. But The Curator is delivered in a voice which is the author's alone. Rural South Africa. A black maid looks on in horror as the family of her employer is bloodily slaughtered – she is the only witness to the murders.

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The Wandering Pine by Per Olov Enquist; trans. Deborah Bragan-Turner, book review

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The Winter War is a caustic portrait of the unhappiness that lurks beneath the "polished bourgeois conviviality" of liberal, middle-class society

One Thousand Things Worth Knowing by Paul Muldoon -
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'When the Facts Change' by the English historian Tony Judt

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Free of barrel-scraping, this is a welcome addition to the historian's oeuvre

Teju Cole: A true original

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