From pageturning thrillers and comic novels to an antidote to doomscrolling

Fiction: The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson Longlisted for the Women’s prize, this is a darkly funny portrait of a dysfunctional family

Bad Actors by Mick Herron: Herron is on playful form in the eighth outing for his ragtag gang of demoted MI5 operatives

Companion Piece by Ali Smith: Smith follows her seasonal quartet with a sideways look at the harm lockdown did to us all

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara: The magisterial follow-up to A Little Life offers three books in one. A fragile, wealthy young man looks for love

The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett: The Appeal, about murder in a gossipy amateur-dramatics community, was told through emails

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo: In this Zimbabwean successor to Animal Farm, inspired by the fall of Robert Mugabe

The Journey of Humanity by Oded Galor: In an age of seemingly relentless bad news, economist Oded Galor provides an antidote to doomscrolling