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Gripping account of the coup mounted against President Salvador Allende's regime in Chile

Story of a Death Foretold Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera's account brilliantly conveys the sinister atmosphere prior to the ousting of Salvador Allende's progressive social government in Chile on September 11 1973, during which the communist leader took his own life.

  • The Stairwell: its spirit is somehow vulnerable

    The Stairwell by Michael Longley

    The Stairwell celebrates the lives of family and friends - and life itself - but the book is also aware of last things. Its second section, dedicated to the poet's late brother Peter, has particular poignancy.

  • Nora Webster: an austere majesty which bears echoes of James Joyce's short story, The Dead.

    Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín

    Nora Webster is a masterful, often moving novel, which explores with striking emotional authority the life of a recently bereaved woman in 1960s small-town Ireland.

  • Intimate domestic settings - a young boy, a grandmother, a sister, mother, an absent or deceased father - in stories that veer between the childhood and adulthood of their young male protagonists.

    The Scatter Here is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer

    This daring debut novel from Tanweer must be commended for its sensitive yet knowing depiction of recent, troubled times in urban Pakistan.

  • Outline is the mesmeric seventh novel from Rachel Cusk. Like Stendhal, the author can move seamlessly through many scenarios yet hold the reader's attention without fail.

    Outline by Rachel Cusk

    Rachel Cusk's magically tremulous narrative moves seamlessly along a carousel of different people's stories, told during a summer writing course in Athens. It may be the best novel you could read this year.

  • A compelling account of the struggle for independence by the noted historian Charles Townshend

    The Republic by Charles Townshend

    Townsend's careful, appealing study - recently published in paperback - may well be the definitive account of the struggle for Irish Independence.

  • Goodbye to All That: the First World War recalled by the great stylist  and truth-teller Robert Graves.

    Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves

    "There was no patriotism in the trenches " wrote the late Robert Graves in Good-Bye to All That, his 1929 autobiography, which included a vivid account of his First World War experiences. This new edition restores the work to its original version.

  • Scholarly yet loving: John Eliot Gardiner's monumental portrait of JS Bach

    Music in the Castle of Heaven John Eliot Gardiner

    Conductor John Eliot Gardiner has earned a global reputation as perhaps the greatest interpreter of the music of Johnann Sebastian Bach in modern times.This 630-page work is a loving hommage to the music and the man.

  • George Herbert: stalwart of Irish school texts

    Music at Midnight by John Drury

    For anyone over 40 at least, the 16th century poet George Herbert was a stalwart of English school texts in this country. Music at Midnight - The Life and Poetry of George Herbert by John Drury illuminates the life and the work.

  • Thanks for the memories

    Experiencing Nirvana - Grunge in Europe, 1989

    Anyone who bought Nirvana or Sub Pop releases is sure to find nuggets throughout.

  • A taxi-van driver carries passengers up and down Sri Lanka and reflects on what he sees in Gunesekera's brilliant stories.

    Noontide Toll by Romesh Gunesekera

    Romesh Gunesekera has eight works of fiction to his name and his debut novel, Reef, published in 1994, made the Booker Prize shortlist. His new stories are narrated by a companionable taxi-van driver as he ferries passengers up and down through Sri Lanka.

  • He Wants: lacks pep in its step

    He Wants by Alison Moore

    Alison Moore's first novel, The Lighthouse, was deservedly shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012. In this, her second novel Moore is at pains to depict a prim, boring England, while trying to keep us interested in her central human drama. Risky.

  • England And Other Stories by Graham Swift

    The 25 stories in Swift's new collection examine England and the people who live there from quirky angles, tales that mostly engage completely in short sprints.

  • A young man's creation written under the close shadow of James Joyce

    Echo's Bones by Samuel Beckett

    The previously unpublished story Echo's Bones is too in love with its future necessity for footnotes. It is little more than a young man's creation, written under the close shadow of James Joyce.

  • Holloways were used as routes to pilgrim places, to the sea and to market.

    Holloway by Macfarlane, Donwood & Richards

    This 36-page work details time spent trekking through an ancient holloway in Dorset. It's part-authored by Robert Macfarlane, one of the most revered writer-naturalists working in English at present.