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John Le Carré - China Miévile - Alan Gibbons - Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

Our Kind of Traitor

John Le Carré

(Penguin, £7.99)

Set during the advent of the credit crunch, John Le Carré's latest novel elegantly and entertainingly exposes the gangsterism at the heart of capitalism.


China Miéville

(Macmillan, £7.99)

China Miéville's previous novel explores a version of London filled with magic and madness - and of course, the titular squid.

An Act of Love

Alan Gibbons

(Orion, £8.99)

Chris and Imran were best friends when they were both seven years old. But by 2011 one is serving as a soldier in Afghanistan, and the other is a potential jihadi recruit. Will their friendship survive?

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

(Walker, £12.99)

How do you come to terms with the loss of a loved one? In this novel for young adults, a monster appears in Conor's back garden. What it demands is the most dangerous thing of all - the truth.