Permanent winter in a desert climate, a dentist with no face, a woman finding material wealth in the midst of poverty, a governmental minister whose full time job is to attend funerals – all this and much, much, much more. Photo: Abhijit Patil

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The man who keeps surviving terrorist attacks and the person who is determined to finish him off once and for all square off in this chapter by chapter account of what goes wrong when you add the human element to a simple ideological cataclysm. Photo: Serkan Mercan

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A heavyweight tale in featherweight prose. A beautiful story about a boy who slips away into adulthood. A ghost story about a person who’s still alive. Burning Books is back with a brand new season! Photo: Fr Gaurav Shroff

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Somebody please hand me a glossary of terrible non-puns from the 1910s, although no post-rationalisation is going to save this dip into the addled mind of a bureaucratic toff. By the author of some very good novels as well as this one. Dot and carry one, WHATEVER THAT MEANS. Photo: touchedmuch

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Part one of Pat Barker’s justly renowned trilogy about WWI (re)introduces us to Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Dr William Rivers and Billy Prior – all men who have been changed beyond recognition by a new, modern mode of civilisation destruction – wash, rinse, repeat. With additional cameos by Erich Maria Remarque and Modris…

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Elena is friends with Lila, whom hurts Elena in all kinds of ways that Elena finds fascinating, and painful. Slums, slums, slums, creepy older men, and not a single moment of levity. Prepare yourself.

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Jan and Dirk were inseparable as teenagers, right up till the moment they separated. That didn’t end the friendship, though, which lives on even as the two grow estranged from one another. Read Eric’s interview in The Guardian about the writing of The School of Velocity. And buy it here: Or from Amazon.com:

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Part Two of Ghosh’s ‘Ibis’ Trilogy looks at the run-up to the Opium Wars. From Bombay to Canton, Mauritius to Malacca – set sail for adventure, knowledge, and a number of excellent descriptions of the twists and turns of the early 18th century, globalised drug trade.

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