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Half a Life book review

Half a Life catalogues the conflicts and complexity of living with tragedy

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Sourland book review

Joyce Carol Oates is the exact opposite of a Hallmark greetings card

Poisoning the Press book review

Furiously paced real-life thriller set in 1970s Hollywood

Will Grayson, Will Grayson book review

This novel tackles serious teenage struggles

The Castle in the Pyrenees book review

Despite the title, there’s not a castle in sight here

C book review

Heart-stomping work that tempers a Henry James creepiness with a Lawrence of Arabia moodiness.

My Life as a Russian Novel book review

Emmanuel Carrère has been known and loved for psychologically probing third-person narratives that stretch tautly and tensely through his novels

The Thousand book review

A writer for both McSweeney’s and Salon, Kevin Guilfoile positions his second novel, The Thousand, as a thinking person’s Da Vinci Code

Man on the Move book review

It’s always good to see a Dutch writer translated into English – even better when the author is an award-winning novelist

Vanishing and Other Stories book review

Seldom has a story collection been as aptly named as Deborah Willis’s debut, Vanishing

Richard Yates book review

‘Nobody wants to discuss how lonely life is,’ a character in Richard Yates quips

Bitter in the Mouth book review

Linda, a young woman coming of age in small-town North Carolina, has a fascinating condition

Encounter book review

Encounter might as well be entitled ‘Ending’, so interested is Milan Kundera in exploring what he foresees as the end of art

Stretch book review

Spending more than 300 pages with Pollack yammering on about hatha is about as funny as watching a beginner try ashtanga.

Room book review

Shortly after the Elisabeth Fritzl story broke, Emma Donoghue decided to write a story on how confinement could affect a child.

The Search book review

Set during World War II, The Search follows the story of Jan – a nine-year-old boy from a village in Czechoslovakia

Star Island book review

In Star Island, our main characters are types you’ve seen elsewhere, and better. Good stuff, but not as good as Hiaasen can be

Super Sad True Love Story Gary book review

Had Shteyngart set out to write a postmillennial, pop-culture-saturated homage to War and Peace, he's succeeded.

The Four Fingers of Death book review

The Ice Storm author Rick Moody takes us on a journey of dead astronauts, a deadly virus and a talking chimpanzee.

Wicked Games book review

A modern day bodice-ripping yarn, this is a novel one could cheerfully curl up with on a long-haul flight

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The Knowledge

5 things to do today in Dubai
Nov 26

Tuck into promo dishes at Benihana or watch the parachuting

5 things to do tomorrow in Dubai
Nov 26

Shop the new Guess collection or watch Penguins of Madagascar

5 things to do today in Dubai
Nov 25

Unwind at BA or try a street workout

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