This debut novel by a young writer is a remarkable piece of writing.
I sat down to have a quick look at this novel and that was the last anyone heard from me. I read until midnight and finished it the next morning. If that's not a sign of a good book, I don't know what is.
Imagine that when someone who is a recognised scholar of a particular period in history then creates a piece of fictional work, the release from formal conventions might well be akin to those of the musician who has followed the score and instructions faithfully and now with secure knowledge of that flies into improvisation and extemporisation.
This is an unusual book: at first it appears to be merely the ramblings of a witty, self-effacing, fiercely independent old woman living in her flat in Beirut amongst her hordes of books, and the boxes containing the unpublished translations she has produced over 50 years.
Those who have followed Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series will enjoy this final chapter, which pays tribute to ''iconic'' transgender landlady Anna Madrigal.
It's hard to go wrong with the intrigue of ancient Egypt, yet despite its promise The Visitors never quite crosses the threshold from a good novel into a great one.
''One day I'll grow up, I'll be a beautiful woman, but for today, I am a child, I am a boy'' (Antony and the Johnsons) sits as a warning that Kim Fu is going to entice and propel you through a torturous lens focusing on identity; cultural and gender.
This is a novel centred in the United States deep south during the troubled race relations era and after World War 2.
Joanna Trollope has produced another book dealing with modern issues in a way which will be familiar to her regular readers.
Eve Petworth, divorced, has lived without a partner for many years.
On the face of it, Frank Shaw, the narrator of New Zealand author Robert Glancy's first novel, Terms and Conditions, should be a thoroughly unlikeable character.
In this, her first novel, Suzanne McCourt has with great empathy and skill created the turmoil in the mind of a little girl, who is endeavouring to understand the actions of the adults around her.
Popular British author Jojo Moyes has done it again, providing a good read with compelling characters.
Irish writer Audrey Magee's debut novel, The Undertaking, is an assured entry into the world of fiction.
Harry Patch was the last surviving soldier from the UK to serve in World War 1.
Pea is a 5-year-old girl trying to live a normal life when practically everything in her life is going wrong.
Mediocre writer Harry Johnson is finally getting his big break, the chance to write the biography of one of his literary idols, Mamoon Azam, a post-colonial novelist, essayist and playwright who has faded into obscurity over the years.
Joyce Carol Oates' latest novel is a combination of mystery story, psychological study and commentary on the human condition that is sure to be a must for her many fans.
Take a young man, Lawrence Williams, a student at the Sorbonne in art history. He is a rather earnest, slightly self-righteous and sexually inexperienced young man.
Clara Salaman is best known as a British actress who appears in The Bill.