The Circle by Dave Eggers (Hamish Hamilton, 2013)

"If you want a picture of the future," went Orwell's famous line in 1984, "imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever." The Circle, Dave Egger's zeitgeist-surfing satire on the digital revolution,...

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown, 2013)

Donna Tartt's third, Pullitzer Prize-winning novel begins with a remarkable extended set piece: 13-year-old Theo Decker accompanies his mother to an exhibition of Dutch Masters at the New York Metropolitan...