The best books, comics and literary events
John McGahern The sad passing of this fine Irish writer earlier this year is made more bearable for his readers with the re-issued Creatures of the Earth, a moving and insightful short story collection. Faber. Read review
Thomas Pynchon The publicity-wary writer puts out Against the Day, a heavyweight tome in every sense, from the safety of his bunker. Jonathan Cape. Read review
The Editors of LIFE Gathered up in The Great LIFE Photographers collection are some stark memories from the most familiar and lesser known avenues of history. Thames & Hudson. Read review
Markus Zusak A book with Death as its narrator: that’ll be grim? Not at all. Doubleday. Read feature
Charlie Higson The former Fast Show actor and writer has since plunged headlong into a writing career and his third Young Bond romp is a welcome accompaniment to Daniel Craig’s cinematic derring-do. Puffin. Read review
Garon Tsuchiya & Nobuaki Minegishi Since its first publication in 1997, the Old Boy volumes have kept readers on the edge of their seats with its manga-crime twisting plot. Dark Horse. Read review
Marjane Satrapi Chicken With Plums is an illustrated biography of the Iranian cartoonist’s great uncle who also happened to be a top notch string musician. Jonathan Cape.
Will Eisner A bound collection of fresh Big Apple stories in New York: Life in the Big City with an intro from Neil Gaiman. WW Norton.
Storytelling Café: Burns and A’That A fine alternative to the imminent puddin’ race shenanigans as storyteller Stuart McHardy invites you to listen to some tales or get involved with your own words. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Wed 17 Jan.