In this stunning Booker-longlisted novel, Tash Aw charts the overlapping lives of migrant Malaysian workers, forging lives for themselves in sprawling Shanghai.
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So we’ve made it through Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, but it did make us feel rather nostalgic for a momentous 2013. And who can blame us? Last year gave 4th Estate plenty of reasons to be cheerful – from Tash Aw’s Five Star Billionaire being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize to Lucy Hughes-Hallet’s spectacular win of the Samuel Johnson Prize for The Pike – her biography of proto-fascist and poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.
January may be well underway, but before you sweep 2013 under the carpet forever, spend a little time looking back on the year’s hits and misses. Here, some of the brightest lights in British publishing, including our own Nicholas Pearson, take the lead, as well as providing plenty of material for 2014’s To Read pile.