The critics’ top eight choices based on Christmas selections in national newspapers
Literary world saddened by the death of author who 'thrilled and inspired' generations of readers
Helen Macdonald’s book is both a personal story about loss and a history of falconry
Revised version of Fergie's memoir appears designed to preserve his reputation say critics
The Narrow Road to the Deep North wins £50,000 Booker prize for Richard Flanagan
Mukherjee's ambitious saga is a firm favourite for the Man Booker prize, but Jacobson's sinister novel is in with a chance
Irishman at his cobative best as he takes on two distinguished managers at book launch
Portuguese best-seller describes the English as 'filthy, angry animals who drink like sponges'
Self, a notorious purveyor of obtuse English, attacks the master of clarity for – yes – his clarity
Goal was to provide a 'wholesome family book' showing guns as the best means for self-defence
A street vendor in Kabul sells balloons to a group of Afghan children. Although the economy in Afghanistan has shown some signs of improvement since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, low wages and unemployment remain challenges for the government.
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