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Akin by Emma Donoghue: A complete departure from Room

The Irish-Canadian author’s first contemporary novel for adults since ‘Room’, which was a finalist for the Booker Prize in 2010, is a profoundly human portrayal of a life disrupted by the opioid crisis

Girl by Edna O'Brien: Unsentimental but devastating read

An astonishing act of imaginative empathy on O’Brien’s part, grounded in research trips to Nigeria, and interviews with people involved on the ground