Gappah's debut The Book of Memory has been named on a 20-strong longlist of works vying for a £30,000 prize
The Brilliant & Forever is a weird, original and moving book about a literary festival on an unnamed Scottish island where everyone is an aspiring writer, including the talking alpacas
One of the few things we know about Martin is that his heart was broken by his “Slavic goddess” ex-girlfriend
Hermann’s debut novel deals with the sombre subject of stalking, dwelling upon the inner world of the stalker as well as entering the lives of his victims
Vlogger's first book broke sales records for a debut despite being described as 'sugary as a frosted cupcake'
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Rosoff’s previous fiction accommodates a remarkable variety of types, including a love story under the shadow of nuclear calamity and a missing person drama
Quinn is the literary equivalent of Houdini, a novelist who has a particular talent for absenting himself and letting his characters come to life
Nostalgia is counter-balanced by a sharp eye for snobbery and the general lack of concern from those with money about the poverty of their workforce
Gold Fame Citrus comes on the back of Watkins’s well-received book of short stories
Ala has been living in limbo for five years, awaiting news of his asylum application. His only friend is Yuri, a fellow “fugitive”, from Russia
FitzGerald’s depiction of teens on a drink and drugs-fuelled holiday in a notorious party town feels unnervingly close to the mark
Morgan tells the story in flashbacks through the first person narration of Helen and, in alternate chapters, through a third person narration in the present day
Helen Dunmore delivers a deceptively simple masterpiece, a new take on the lives of the men and – particularly – women caught up in the Cold War.
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Barnes uses these dramatic events to frame a fictionalised biography, narrated from Shostakovich’s perspective