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Cult books of 2012

2012 is in full swing - and with the early spate of no-drinking resolutions and gym sessions now firmly out the way, it's time to freshen up your bookshelf. This year is already shaping up to be big in the literary world, with a string of talented debut authors battling for elbow space alongside more established writers to form a dazzling collection of hot new reads. From the very best of crime fiction to critically acclaimed memoirs and offbeat comedies, we've selected our favourite big literary bets of 2012. Read on for the lowdown on this year's coolest must-reads...

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JK Rowling did it - and so can you by Amy Lewis

25 Nov 2015

Bookshops launch Civilised Saturday as antidote to Black Friday mayhem

A moment of calm among the shopping storm by Sejal Kapadia

25 Nov 2015

Judith Kerr’s new Mog book tops the adult best-seller charts

39 copies are being sold every minute

19 Nov 2015

Mobile library designed to look like a book is every readers' paradise

by Hayley Kadrou

18 Nov 2015

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11 Nov 2015

Inside the twisted mind of Gillian Flynn

From identifying with Amy Dunne to writing her new novel

10 Nov 2015

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Did your favourite line make it in? by Amy Swales

09 Nov 2015

The best book written by a female author in the last 10 years revealed

The votes are in. by Sarah Biddlecombe

03 Nov 2015

Gloria Steinem's book dedication on abortion brings people to tears

“Dear Dr. Sharpe…This book is for you.” by Harriet Hall

02 Nov 2015