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Married love

Lottie is nineteen, a musician, and has fallen in love with a great man. What could be simpler?
Tessa Hadley  

The mind creates ghosts

Patrick McGrath's new novel isn't his best. But it's another example of his extraordinary talent for dissecting our inner lives, and for blurring the fine line between sanity and sickness
Alexander Linklater  


When Adam's life fell apart, he turned to his brother for help. But charity can be hard to swallow
Damon Galgut  

England’s history boy

Melvyn Bragg's celebrity means that his novels are not usually taken seriously by critics. But his widely read sagas of family and place, depicting a vanishing England, make him one of the most important national novelists we have
Robert Colls  

Writing the nation

The "state of the nation" novel is back in fashion, with recent examples from Hanif Kureishi, Sebastian Faulks and Louis de Bernières. But many of these books focus too closely on "authentic" period detail at the expense of convincing characters…
Philip Hensher  

Between the lines

Blurbs and trailers used to tease, not spoil. But these days they ruin things by telling you exactly what you are going to read or watch. We need a campaign for real blurbs
Adam Mars-Jones  

The wink

In the old people's home, Jean saw him again. This time, she knew what to do
Ruth Rendell  


Butterflies offered Arno the passion missing from his marriage. But where, exactly, would his hobby take him?
Indra Sinha  


Alice was half my age but twice as intelligent as me. She was an enigma threatening to dissolve my marriage.
Adam Marek  


She knew it would take something special to win Best Pest. When she saw the dog, she knew she'd found it
Ross Raisin