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In honour of the relaunch, we're giving away the entire Man Booker Prize longlist - thanks to Four Colman Getty. That's a stonking thirteen books: Harvest by Jim Crace, The Kills by Richard House, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, TransAtlantic by Colum McCann, The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris, Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw, We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, Unexploded by Alison Macleod, Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson and The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan.

For your chance to win, answer the following question: What does Man Booker judge Martha Kearney keep in her garden? a) gnomes, b) bees, or c) rabbits? 
Entries to by Friday 3rd August.

The Cuckoo's Nest by Robert Galbraith
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"Its narrative moves forward with propulsive suspense" Michiko Kakutani, New York Times VS "Her marked liking for adjectives and adverbs may have been one of the things that gave her away" Mark Lawson, Guardian

The Divine Comedy by Clive James
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"The best of James’s translation has a propulsive, urgent energy that finds a clear course through Dante’s extended similes and his equally extended history lessons." Sean O'Brien, Independent VS "James fails to approximate Dante’s talent for compression" Joan Acocella, The New Yorker 

The Fun Part by Sam Lipsyte
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"Lipsyte’s understanding of modern spite, rage and self-destruction is peerless. He drags you in." Sam Leith, Financial Times VS "the manipulative sociopaths and self-pitying misanthropes start to feel interchangeable in their arrogance and cruelty." Catherine Scott, Telegraph

The Professor of Poetry by Grace McCleen
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"The narrative is richly subjective, conveying the excitement of ideas rather than of action ... rapturous prose" Suzi Feay, Independent VS "as overwritten as its heroine is overwrought" Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
Best of the rest 
The Son by Philipp Meyer, Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller, Taipei by Tao Lin, The Breath of Night by Michael Arditti, Perfect by Rachel Joyce, Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Time Present and Time Past by Deirdre Madden
Disraeli: Or the Two Lives by Douglas Hurd and Edward Young
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"What a dreadful man. Did anybody really like him? I finished this book (read easily in a single evening for it is simply and beautifully written and always entertaining) aghast." Matthew Parris, The Times VS "[An] unfair but interesting biography ... The result of all this debunking is that I began to admire Dizzy all the more as a shrewd realist in a Victorian fairy tale of sententious pomposity and hypocrisy" Peter Lewis, Daily Mail
What Do Women Want? by Daniel Bergner
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"Thank goodness this was written by a man. A woman publishing such a book would be ignored, discredited or suffer online ... it is Bergner’s portraits of women agonising about their own thwarted or failing desire that truly illuminate the book." Janice Turner, The Times VS "There is something drastically undertheorized about what all these tentative findings and speculations are doing in the same volume and what they might mean taken together." Elaine Blair, New York Times
The World is Ever Changing by Nicolas Roeg
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"a work of rare poetic insight ... tinged with the amazement and self-examination of an older man looking back on a most unusual career." Ian Thomson, Independent VS "[Its] doddery, almost naive tone is explained in part by the strange genesis of the memoir: much of it was transcribed from a series of video interviews with Roeg. You can watch these short films — spliced together with excerpts from Roeg’s films — in a magnificent, enhanced ebook edition. But in a printed book, it makes for a very odd read indeed." Robert Collins, Sunday Times
Best of the rest
Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain by Charlotte Higgins, Churchill and Empire by Laurence James, The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing, Girl Least Likely to by Liz Jones, Careless People by Sarah Churchwell, Bitter Experience has Taught Me by Nicholas Lezard


Classics loving Harry Eyres’s memoir Horace and Me has been the toast of the town with good reviews from Charles Moore, Harry Mount and Sarah Bakewell. Peter Conrad in The Observer didn't get in the spirit of things:

“When not blubbing, Eyres is mostly wine-bibbing, since one of the life lessons he has absorbed from Horace has to do with the spiritual advantages of mild intoxication. Socially, however, Harry and Horry are in this department an awkward fit. Horace modestly made do with a home brew concocted from local Sabine vines; Eyres is a certified wine snob who, when paternal connections got him a job as an appraiser at Christie’s, catalogued some bottles being auctioned at the behest of the needy Princess Margaret as “a medley of old bin-ends”.”

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What are you reading at the moment?
"The End of the Affair. It’s a lot more visceral and sexy than I was expecting. 
But the whole “I can’t be with you because I thought you were dead and I made a deal with God that he’s bring you back to life if I ended the affair” – that’s the same wildly silly plot line that they used for Chuck and Blair in Season 5 of Gossip Girl."
Jessica, 25, West London

What will you read next?
"I have a long list of books to get into, I keep notes. I like reading music biography, and I have my eye on David Lee Roth’s Crazy From The Heat. If not that, there’s a book about English walking trails by Robert MacFarlane called The Old Ways that takes my fancy." 
Frank, 30, Hampshire
What’s the sexiest thing you’ve ever read?
"Emily Dickinson’s poetry appears depressive but is actually playful and deeply erotic. It’s all about masturbating in graveyards and I can’t help find that – from a 19th century New England Puritan female – extremely exciting."
Tadzio, 28, North London
Which book would you give someone you’re trying to impress?
"This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper"
Isabel, 25, Peckham
What have you just finished reading?
My profile on (yet to be published).
Alastair, 50, Soho

Party Games by E.J. Greenway

If you had to sum up your book in a “Hollywood pitch”, how would you describe it?
House of Cards meets Mad Men meets Thick of It (with Jeffrey Archer and Edwina Currie lurking around the corner?).

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