Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Emma Donoghue’s Room must surely be one of the best novels of 2010. Its narrator is a five-year-old boy. His mother was kidnapped and thrown into a backyard dungeon when she was 19. Read more

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Gary Shteyngart is nothing less than a sensation in the world of contemporary American literature. At 39, he has just published his third novel, Super Sad True Love Story, his second – the bestselling Absurdistan – having already made him into a household name. Read more

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I was first alerted to Patrick Hamilton’s dark, unsettling novel, Hangover Square (first published in 1941), by a piece Nick Hornby wrote (the piece was later part of the collection of his columns published as The Complete Polysyllabic Spree). Read more

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