Colum McCann tells us that good literature should be both tiny and epic. Apeirogon, which has recently been long-listed for this year's Booker Prize, certainly is. It is about two men, an Israeli and a Palestinian and their grief for their daughters, it is about candy bracelets, water clocks and the taste of Coca-Cola in prison. But it is also a compendium of human experience, of the loss, love and hope that we all share.

Apeirogon; Colum McCann