by Lily King (Picador £8.99, 336 pp)

Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Picador £8.99, 336 pp

Casey Peabody is still waiting for her life to begin aged 31. 

An aspiring writer whose decisions have repeatedly led her down roads that looked glamorous (Paris! Spain! Oregon!), she now finds herself back where she started, in Boston, Massachusetts.

She can’t afford to rent a flat and, instead, lives in a potting shed. There she tries to complete her first novel, between waitressing shifts.

But she is still shattered by grief for her mother’s sudden death, and the end of a relationship with a man she thought was the one. 

Into this fragile existence come two men, each fascinating in his own way; each offering the promise of a brighter future.

King’s tender, romantic novel is an uplifting account of loss, literature and the redeeming power of love.


by Emma Jane Unsworth (The Borough Press £8.99, 400 pp)

Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth (The Borough Press £8.99, 400 pp)

At 35, Jenny McLaine’s life seems like a perfectly-curated Instagram dream. 

A columnist at online magazine Foof, she is in a relationship with Art, a fashionable photographer, and even owns her own house (admittedly, it is overrun with annoying flatmates).

So why is she overwhelmed with anxiety? Her closest friends are exasperated by the fact that her most intense relationship is with her phone.

‘I don’t feel I have your full attention,’ complains Art — to which Jenny’s unspoken response is: ‘Does sex require one’s full attention?’ 

Unsworth’s third novel is a raw, funny and sometimes heartbreaking depiction of learning to bridge the gap between the fantasy of social media and the messier but ultimately more rewarding reality.


by Richard Henriques (Hodder £10.99, 336 pp)

From Crime to Crime by Richard Henriques (Hodder £10.99, 336 pp)

‘This is not about me,’ writes Richard Henriques in his account of some of the high profile cases he has been involved in during his legal career — first as a QC, later as a High Court Judge and, most recently, in heading the review of the Met’s handling of Operation Midland.

Aged ten, Richard became fascinated with the case of a local woman, Mrs Merrifield, who was convicted of murder. 

That early interest in the law led eventually to his involvement in some of the most notorious legal cases of recent years.

They include the trial of the serial killer Dr Harold Shipman and, most harrowing of all, his role as the prosecution lawyer in the trial of the killers of two-year-old James Bulger.

Lawyers must be dispassionate, but Henriques comments: ‘No one who played any part in this trial will ever forget such a tragedy.’ 

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