It’s best-of-the-year time: our roundup of 2017 titles covers all the genres — memoir, sci-fi, essay, and literary fiction — with each selection offering a blend of superb writing and compelling narrative. Have a look and choose a book — or two. You still have time to read them while they’re hot.
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The Power, by Naomi Alderman
Margaret Atwood protégé, winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and video-game writer —these are just a few descriptors of the ultra-talented Alderman. Her new novel imagines a world where teenage girls have lightning in their hands, and are using it to fell their assailants, their adversaries and even their lovers. Exhilarating and terrifying. –D.I.