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Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso Sea is an origin story for Jane Eyre’s insane Mrs Rochester. Her history is one of blame, black magic and betrayal.

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Success, by Martin Amis

Success looks an awful lot like failure in Martin Amis’s novel. Half-brothers Gregory and Terry trade places in this sharp-edged tale of class warfare.

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Don’t look now, by Daphne du Maurier

Readers who come to du Maurier’s short story collection ‘Don’t Look Now’ may be disappointed – not because the writing is bad, but because it’s too good.

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Good Morning, Midnight, by Jean Rhys

Sasha is, to borrow half a title, ‘down and out in Paris’. Not a cheery read by any stretch of the imagination, Good Morning, Midnight is the story of a woman who just doesn’t fit.