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A Le­gacy of Spies by John Le Carre

Some peo­ple have been wait­ing 25 years for this. The master of the spy thriller re­turns to his most fa­mous char­ac­ters, Pe­ter Guilam and — gasp! — Ge­orge Smi­ley. They don’t make them like this any­more.

Man­hat­tan Beach by Jen­nifer Egan

The pre­scient end­ing of Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad

imag­ined a fu­ture where New York ba­bies be­came tastemak­ers. Her lat­est is set in the same city, but in the gritty 1930s.

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perotta

Perotta’s wry works of­ten be­come Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions (Elec­tion, The

Left­overs). But don’t wait for the adap­ta­tion of his lat­est, about a di­vorced empty nester drawn to MILF fetish web­sites.

Fresh Com­plaint by Jef­frey Eu­genides

Those em­barassed they didn’t quite fin­ish Mid­dle­sex will be de­lighted that Eu­genides’ lat­est is a col­lec­tion of short sto­ries. Our favourite tale checks in on a poet who be­gins em­bez­zling.

At the Stranger’s Gate by Adam Gop­nik

New Yorker writer Adam Gop­nik rep­re­sents a lit­er­ary old guard. In his new book, he re­vis­its a time long be­fore he qual­i­fied as such — his early days as an as­pir­ing writer full of am­bi­tion.

David Bowie: A Life by Dy­lan Jones

This bi­og­ra­phy comes just un­der two years af­ter the singer’s death, and for fans, it is a god­send. GQ UK ed­i­tor Dy­lan Jones weaves a story from 180 in­ter­views with the peo­ple who knew Bowie best.

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