Here this week’s pick of the best new books around.
The Green Road by Anne Enright
Family life and all its complexities, selfishness and compassion is explored in this dark and witty new novel from the Booker Prize winning author. Rosaleen’s children have long since left the west of Ireland to start new lives all over the world, but when she announces she’s going to sell the family home and split the proceeds, they return for one last Christmas. Feeling that their past is being sold out from under them, they must confront the fractures within their relationships and their feelings towards their mother.
Published by Vintage, priced at £16.99
When to Rob a Bank: A Rogue Economist’s Guide to the World by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
Over the last decade, Levitt and Dubner have published more than 8,000 posts on their popular blog Freakonomics.com, exploring everything from why KFC runs out of fried chicken to why tall people tend to make more money. Now the best of this eloquent and witty writing has been published in one collection, so you can find out why it’s so hard to predict the winner of the Kentucky derby and why it might be time to introduce a fat tax.
Published by Penguin Books, priced at £14.99
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
From the author of acclaimed novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum comes the captivating new tale, A God in Ruins. Following on from her last book, Life After Life, in which Ursula lived the events of the last century over and over again, A God in Ruins follows Ursula’s younger brother Teddy as he tries to negotiate the perils of the 1900s. The RAF bomber pilot faces plenty of hazards in battle, but that’s nothing compared to dealing with the future he never expected to have.
Published by Transworld Publishers, priced at £20
Game of Mirrors by Andrea Camilleri
Inspector Montalbano returns in a new Sicilian mystery, in which a beautiful young neighbour appears to be targeted by someone with a grudge against her. Montalbano is unsure whether the alluring Liliana is attracted by his charms or some ulterior motive, but when a bomb mysteriously goes off in an unlikely place, he begins to uncover some of the local residents’ mafia connections. Distracted by false clues and the threat of a leak around his investigation, Montalbano suspects he is being led into a hall of mirrors, where nothing is as it seems.
Published by Pan Macmillan, priced at £16.99
Born Survivors by Wendy Holden
At the site of Mauthausen death camp in Austria, 65 years after the liberation, three very special people met for the first time. These were ‘miracle babies’ of the Second World War – when their Jewish mothers were sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, all three had been pregnant and alone. There followed a desperate struggle to keep themselves and their babies alive through the hell that followed. Thanks to the kindness of strangers and their own determination to survive, these extraordinary women brought their children safely through the war – this is their remarkable story.
Published by Little, Brown Group, priced at £18.99