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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

This book takes you into quite another world. A world of close family, of a strange and knowing breed of dog, of jealousy, love and murder. I have never read anything quite like it and I really didn't want to finish it - even though I was desperate to find out what happens. Beautifully written and totally unforgettable.

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Guantanamo: A Novel by Dorothea Dieckmann

Harder hitting than a documentary, this story of a detainee will disturb and challenge you. But the writing is so intense that you won't be able to put it down.

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The Extra Large Medium by Helen Slavin

Annie can see dead people, all wearing chocolate brown. What's worse, they are very assertively communicative and can ruin Annie's life in ways no one would ever imagine. Very dark, very funny and told from several perspectives this is a book to read at one concentrated go - and then to think about for a long time afterwards.

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Buenas Noches Buenos Aires by Gilbert Adair

A whimsical take on the gay scene of Paris in the early 1980s. Laugh out loud funny in parts, intensely poignant in others – and very sexually graphic. The story takes a dramatic turn in narrative to touch on Aids and its fatal consequences. Gideon's final decision left me speechless - I wonder how it will leave you?

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