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Chucklesome and touching retelling of the Odyssey, as the middle-aged author circles the globe to avoid his ex’s wedding.

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Lullaby

A ‘why dunnit’ touching on race, power and gender through the tale of a nanny working for a Parisian family with young children.

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Adele

Harrowing story about a French women addicted to extramarital sex. Short and very well written but bleak stuff. Preferred Lullaby.

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An American Marriage

A husband is wrongfully imprisoned - the narrative deals with the fallout of this event from 3 perspectives. Really well written, engrossing and believable.

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Skin

A virus has left the world in a post-apocalyptic state, the narrator is a mother who lives in the same house but divided from her family. One day she goes on her neighbourhood watch patrol and sees someone roaming without protection from the airborne virus.

A good premise, let down by a complete lack of resolution as well as some heavy-handed sermonising about social media and living online.

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My Absolute Darling

Beautifully written but harrowing tale of a girl simultaneously brought up to be both self-sufficient and horribly dependent on her abusive father.

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The Road

Chilling tale of post apocalyptic survival, lean and raw yet hopeful tale of a man and his son trying to stay alive.

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White Teeth

Hilarious, profound and irritatingly proficient debut novel from someone who consistently delivers in Zadie Smith.

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The Beach

The original pre-internet viral hit, updated Lord of the Flies for the 90s, set in backpacker Thailand.

A debut novel by Alex Garland, a man who has gone on to achieve multidisciplinary virtuosity writing computer games and film scripts before directing his own features in Ex Machina and Annihilation.

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