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Russell Hoban: Turtle Diary; Mr Rinyo-Clacton’s Offer; The Medusa Frequency – worth rejoicing in

The American writer’s first eight novels for adults have been reissued as Penguin Modern Classics, offering a banquet of whimsical delights

There are two types of people: those who rejoice that Russell Hoban’s first eight novels for adults have just been reissued as Penguin Modern Classics; and those who will rejoice once they’ve read them for the first time.

The Pennsylvania-born Hoban lived and worked in England, publishing his first novel in 1973, aged 48. He died in 2011. Best known at first as writer of children’s fiction, then for his post-apocalyptic novel Riddley Walker (1980), he once referred to his fans as a “bunch of charming weirdos”, which is a fitting description of his books too. Artworks by Eduardo Paolozzi used for the covers of these editions capture Hoban’s colourful eccentricity.

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Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux review – death, drugs and board games

A car accident knocks a sixtysomething surfer’s life off balance in the veteran travel writer and n...

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The Faces by Tove Ditlevsen review – a tortured life turned into art

A welcome, posthumous translation of a magnificent 1968 novel about the mental sufferings of a child...

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Nikesh Shukla: 'If I’m writing for my daughters, I want them to know who I am'

The novelist and editor of The Good Immigrant on telling his children about racism, his relationship...

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Slash and Burn by Claudia Hernández review – memories of war and motherhood

A former insurgent and her daughters navigate life after wartime in an intense narrative of hope and...

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An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky review – it can't last

This playful meditation on lost objects, from paintings to actors and islands, is a satisfying mix o...

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The Ruined Map, Secret Rendezvous and The Box Man by Kōbō Abe – review

Satire meets mystery and sexual exploitation in three exceptionally strange novels by the late, grea...

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