Some novels offer distraction from the everyday. Others offer glimpses of improbable or impossible worlds. Others still give us vicarious experiences of romance, conflict or danger, which we’d almost certainly shy away from in real life. Then every now and then there is a novel that holds a mirror to our world and enlightens our reasons for being. Here are some of those novels.
Contemporary Beijing comes alive in the hands of a young literary star
A beautiful clothbound edition of Miguel de Cervante's mock-epic masterwork, Don Quixote.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
Unlikely stories of survival, courage and upheaval in the aftermath of airline disasters.