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Revival is fine if not vintage King, but that still makes it tastier than most bestsellers out there

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Farzana began life as an impoverished, powerless girl in Mughal-era India, where social hierarchies were prescribed and inescapable. Penniless and orphaned by teen age, she earned her keep by servicing the priapic needs of the East India Company in the dance halls of Delhi. So how, by the end of her life, had she become not only the leader of a formidable army but a revered adventurer who sat on an immense personal fortune in one the most illustrious estates of 18th-century India?

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell, book review: Meaty addition to a gore-soaked series

Patricia Cornwell's books featuring her forensic sleuth Kay Scarpetta have been bestsellers for years, since her debut Post Mortem in 1990 inaugurated what is now a 22-book sequence.

I’m Not Here to Give a Speech by Gabriel García Márquez; book review

I enjoyed reading this short collection of Gabriel García Márquez’s speeches but I’m not sure it told me many things I didn’t already know. That might sound complacent – Márquez is, after all, the Nobel Prize-winning author of masterpieces, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) – but, although they can be beguilingly lucid, the insights in these speeches seem unlikely to prove as enduring as scenes from his haunting, final novella Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2005).

A Distant Father by Antonio Skármeta, translated by John Cullen - book review: A lightweight novella of simple, rustic charm

In August this year, Antonio Skármeta won Chile's National Prize for Literature, a lifetime achievement award. This is his sixth book to be published in English, but outside his own country he remains best known for his contribution to cinema: his was the novel that became Il Postino, while more recently he had a play adapted as No.

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The experience of being from another culture, especially a deeply traumatised one, has become increasingly popular as a subject for contemporary, post-colonial fiction. Robert, the narrator of Irene Sabatini's second novel is a 10-year old Zimbabwean boy – but he is not what you might expect.

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This is not a book about neat endings or easy answers; it’s a story of absences and disappointment

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This is a very complete collection of a much-loved character, and one can’t help but wish that the beat would go on for just that little bit longer

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Author Rachel Cusk

Outline by Rachel Cusk, book review: When writers get to talking...

Cusk is so gifted at distilling the human condition into words that some of her observations have the profundity of those of the great philosophers

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Amnesia by Peter Carey, book review: Echoes of Assange as author turns his sights on hacktivism

Amnesia is a bold account of Australia’s uncomfortable and slippery relationship with the United States

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Anne Rice’s florid writing style  is far from reliable, and it can veer into the howlingly old-fashioned

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