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Haruki Mu­rakami Harvill Secker, May 9

Japan’s best-known nov­el­ist serves up his fans’ favourite quirks in this col­lec­tion of seven sto­ries united by a sin­gle theme: lonely men. The bit­ter­sweet tales are also in­hab­ited by van­ish­ing cats, strange women, base­ball and The Bea­tles. Shake­speare’s fa­mous tale of sex­ual jeal­ousy is trans­posed to a Washington school yard in the 1970s, where a new stu­dent makes friends with the most pop­u­lar girl in the class on his first day. The ac­tion un­folds dur­ing a sin­gle day as racist at­ti­tudes cor­rupt a group of 11-year-old friends.

Men With­out Women: Sto­ries

New Boy Tracey Che­va­lier Hog­a­rth, May 11

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