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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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