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Noah Hawley. Photo: Carolyn Fong

Ultimately satisfying mystery from 'Fargo' creator

Mike Crowl enjoys a lengthy but satisfying whodunnit.  

Art world a great canvas for author

Art world a great canvas for author

Dominic Smith weaves a subtle texture of fact between the strands of fiction, reviewer Cushla McKinney finds.

Love and friendship tested

Love and friendship tested

Rose Tremain's latest work is a sensitive look at love in wartime.

Wide-ranging examination of alcohol's tragic effects

Wide-ranging examination of alcohol's tragic effects

The loss of a beloved brother leads Elspeth Muir to examine her relationship with alcohol.

Crime & thrillers roundup

Crime & thrillers roundup

Ted Fox reviews the latest crime and thriller books to have you on the edge of your seat.

Art world a great canvas for author

Dominic Smith weaves a subtle texture of fact between the strands of fiction, reviewer Cushla McKinney finds.

Juggling issues of real life

Juggling issues of real life

In her first novel, Elisabeth Egan presents "real life'', examining the contemporary issues of juggling child care, responsibilities to parents and work, the energy needed to keep ahead of debt while maintaining relationships and the challenges of keeping a passion for a rewarding activity and its connection with employment.

Rollicking good read centred on block of London tenants

Rollicking good read centred on block of  London tenants

Marina Lewycka's latest novel is similar to her previous books, incorporating a plethora of characters from diverse backgrounds and countries, now in their current home, London.

Antarctic science made accessible

Antarctic science made accessible

When it comes to Antarctica, much of what's available in bookshops is about epic adventures, either another angle on the exploits of the likes of Shackleton, Scott or the latest expedition attempting to tick off some real or perceived "first''.

Courage shines through in story of German wrestler

Courage shines through in story of German wrestler

Skilfully melding fact with fiction, veteran New Zealand author James McNeish has written a stirring story about a German sportsman who pitted his wits against Hitler and his obscene Nazi regime.