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The outsider

The outsider

Novelist Jess Kidd grew up in London, but made frequent family trips to Mayo - and her childhood experience of Irish storytelling deeply informs her writing, not least in her new book Things In Jars, writes Sara Keating

Real lives, real women and much more than murder victims

Real lives, real women and much more than murder victims

A debut novel that indulges its inner child

A debut novel that indulges its inner child

Strange and compelling WWII saga lacks a gripping finale

Strange and compelling WWII saga lacks a gripping finale

Bower labours to find dirt on Corbyn in dull hatchet job

Bower labours to find dirt on Corbyn in dull hatchet job

Tom Bower consistently puts the worst possible interpretation on Corbyn’s actions, adding a dollop of moral outrage for good measure

Chaotic, directionless with moments of genius... and that’s just the lyrics

Chaotic, directionless with moments of genius... and that’s just the lyrics

Shaun Ryder could hardly be described as a protest singer, but it’s impossible to miss the sociological subtext in a lot of these songs

A sabbatical in France reveals a twisted, slippery family history

A sabbatical in France reveals a twisted, slippery family history

A grippingly well-told story, situated in a middle ground between highbrow literature and the thriller genre, The Snakes seethes with intrigue for the duration of its 438 pages

On the trail of British rock’s lost boy

On the trail of British rock’s lost boy

Taut thriller unspools itself in the Scottish Highlands

Taut thriller unspools itself in the Scottish Highlands

Role of stigma is overplayed in otherwise useful feminist tract

Role of stigma is overplayed in otherwise useful feminist tract

Neuroplasticity and you

Neuroplasticity and you

Neuroscientist and former psychiatrist Tara Swart’s book The Source is a practical guide to building resilience, based on her personal experiences of challenge and disappointment. In this exclusive extract, she argues the case for the plastic brain, and explains why the creation of new neural pathways is worth the effort

The secret history of needlework, one strand at a time

The secret history of needlework, one strand at a time

In Threads of Life, Clare Hunter – a distinguished textile artist – explores the many ways in which women (and some men) have expressed themselves through sewing in general, and embroidery and appliqué in particular

A dark, dystopian fantasy that gets under the skin

A dark, dystopian fantasy that gets under the skin

Although set in a speculative future, The Wall is not science fiction; its tone is light years away from the mind-blowing, alternative universes of Liu Cixin’s novels and more akin to Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

Ambitious era-straddling novel suffers from an uneven hand

Ambitious era-straddling novel suffers from an uneven hand

A River in the Trees alternates between the story of Hannah O’Donovan, a 19-year-old living in west Cork during the War of Independence, and Ellen, a 38-year-old living in modern-day London who has returned to Ireland with her life quietly falling apart

A doctor’s observations on the lessons of life and death

A doctor’s observations on the lessons of life and death