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...

Peter Robb – ‘M’ (Bloomsbury, 2000)

Peter Robb dials M for maverick in his flawed but brilliant account of the life of Caravaggio “M? M was a painter. This is a book about him."  So begins Peter Robb's epic biography of Caravaggio, the...

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (Random House, 2004)

The very definition of a mixed bag - but this book contains a glittering jewel of contemporary short fiction With Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell tests his readers' patience to the limit and gets away with it...

‘Q’ by Luther Blissett (Arrow Books, 2004)

Needless to say, Luther Blissett, the former Watford and AC Milan striker, did not write this book.  Rather it’s the work of four founders of the Luther Blissett Project, a mysterious Italian neo-Marxist...