Here’s this week’s pick of the best new books around.
Second Best by Calum Best
Now a media personality in his own right, Calum Best was born into a life of privilege as the son of football icon, George Best. However, despite wealth and fame, George’s playboy lifestyle soon took its toll on his marriage, health and son. Calum looks back on a childhood with a father he adored but rarely saw after his parents split, and recalls how George’s spiralling alcoholism impacted on his only son.
Published by Transworld, priced at £16.99
The Road Beneath My Feet by Frank Turner
In September 2005, Frank Turner played his last gig with hardcore band Million Dead, in a pub in Southampton. Next on his ‘to do’ list was to get a job – but, seven years later, Turner was headlining a sold-out gig at Wembley with his new band, The Sleeping Souls. Frank, honest and entertaining, this is Turner’s colourful memoir about a life spent on the road, with all its highs and lows.
Published by Headline, priced at £20
The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The veteran author returns with a tale about a stately home whose fate lies in the hands of four very different young women. It’s 1926 and the Ingham family have gathered at their ancestral home, Cavendon Hall, to try and solve the estate’s financial problems. Also present are the Swanns, who have served the house for generations. As secrets and agendas emerge, four young ladies from both sides of the house will change the estate’s fortunes forever, one way or another.
Published by HarperCollins, priced at £16.99
The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway makes a reappearance in this crime thriller, in which a buried Second World War plane is discovered with the pilot still inside. But when tests reveal that the skeleton couldn’t be the pilot, attention turns to a missing local aristocrat, Fred Blackstock – whose family farm the land on which the plane was found. The Blackstocks’ fearful reaction provokes suspicion, but a TV crew and a looming flood turn the investigation into a race against time.
Published by Quercus, priced at £16.99
A Time for Friends by Patricia Scanlan
Childhood friends Hilary and Colette find their relationship tested when a new man comes into Hilary’s life. Colette and Patrick detest each other and Hilary is caught in the middle, but as the years go by and they all face life’s battles, Hilary is forced to decide whether Colette has pushed the boundaries of their friendship too far. What do you do when your best friend becomes your greatest enemy?
Published by Simon & Schuster, priced at £14.99