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Pure by Andrew Miller

It's a dirty job - but somebody's got to do it. It's 1785 and Jean-Baptiste is raring to go: his first big project is to clear out the oldest cemetery in Paris. Overflowing burial pits are creating a health hazard and a palpable stink around Les Halles. The young engineer's project is a nifty metaphor for the much more momentous clear-out that'll soon shake France to its core. Not for the squeamish, it's grisly, gripping - et magnifique!

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Spurious by Lars Iyer

A tale of philosophy and damp! This book is totally bizarre and quite surreal but oddly thought-provoking and strangely I even found it quite touching. You will either love it or hate it.

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Jude in London by Julian Gough

Suspend your disbelief and hold tight for a surreal dash through 21st century London in the company of Jude, the Irish orphan, and his Salmon of Knowledge. He's on a quest, but it's often his last worry as anything weird can, and does, happen. I laughed at grotesque set-piece parodies, from hedge funds to the Turner prize, and had to stop myself rushing ahead in order to find and enjoy all the jokes. Well, I think I found them all ...

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