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After a hiatus of over three decades, last year, James Salter – one of the greats, and until recently most unsung, of American writers – returned to the novel. It was, for many, the publishing event of the year: a time to dust off the 'Best American Writer You've Never Read' headlines, a time to reassess the masterly prose of an admired stylist.

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The Republic of Imagination: A Case For Fiction by Azar Nafisi, book review: Turning the west back on to reading

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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, book review: A manifesto to help the aged

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Novel that explores how politics was linked to an attempt on Bob Marley's life

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth, book review

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I Refuse by Per Petterson; trans. Don Bartlett, book review: Coming together at the crossroads

'I refuse' is a poignant, melancholic novel about the bonds forged and broken between friends and family members by the acclaimed Norwegian novelist Per Petterson.

The Search Warrant by Patrick Modiano; paperback book review

This slim yet powerful inquiry into the life of a French 15-year-old, who “runs away” from her convent school in 1941, was first published in France in 1997.

My Story by Julia Gillard - book review: A woman of substance who still gets the vote

Love her or loathe her, it is difficult not to admire Julia Gillard. The Welsh-born lawyer became Australia's first woman prime minister in June 2010, deposing Kevin Rudd in a ruthless leadership challenge.

Russell Brand has written a book of political analysis called Revolution

Revolution by Russell Brand - book review: Witty banalities aside, the comic has an authentic voice

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Vivid Faces by RF Foster - book review: First-class account of when Ireland went to war

The Easter Rising of 1916 began in Dublin’s General Post Office. No wonder, perhaps, given that so many of the insurgents had pursued civil-service careers in what Roy Foster calls “the imperial structure of the Royal Mail”. Even Richard Mulcahy – later IRA Chief of Staff and Defence Minister of the Irish Free State – had worked as a postal clerk. Where better than the GPO to sign, seal and deliver Ireland’s liberation?

Mr Bones, by Paul Theroux - book review: Skilful, unsettling collection marred by disappointing duds

In "Siamese Nights," the longest and most successful story in Paul Theroux's new collection, a character says: "The place I want to live is somewhere I wouldn't mind dying." I heard Theroux express this sentiment while discussing his travel writing at the Hay Festival in 2011, which makes me wonder about the distinction between him and some of his characters.

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Evil Eye is a collection of 'four novellas of love gone wrong', and is a creepy, macabre thrill from start to finish

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