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City of Bohane by Kevin Barry

If James Joyce had written a futuristic thriller it would probably have been a lot like this. Bohane, Ireland, in mid 21st century is a vision of Hell, with rival factions preparing to fight turf wars to wrest control of the city from long-time godfather, Logan Hartnett. Packed with highly original characters and rich in language, this is a violent yet often funny rollercoaster of a read. It's is a book that stretches the boundaries of fiction.

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The Cry of the Go-Away Bird by Andrea Eames

As Mugabe’s reign turns sour, life in Zimbabwe changes for everyone, not least for Elise who has enjoyed an idyllic childhood on a white owned farm. I loved this memoir-like novel, its humour, tension and horror. I couldn't put it down.

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The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis

Keith was in the vanguard of the sexual revolution of 1970. Or, looking back years later, was he? Men Behaving Badly meets QI on Eng Lit in this witty and moving novel.

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Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Nazi Germany isn't the safest place for a jazz band, especially when the line up includes half-African Heiro, Paul - blond, blue-eyed but Jewish - plus Sid and Chip, two black Americans. Tune in to Sid's rambling tale and be rewarded with an unusual read as he tells the story of the Hot-Time Swingers. What becomes of them as the 'housepainter's Boots' march into Berlin and Paris makes an edgy, funny read.

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