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August Round up

More great books to look out for, reviewed by Simon Evans

Metropolitain_an_ode_to_the_Paris_Metro_book_coverAcclaimed railway writer and novelist Andrew Martin explores one of his great passions, the Paris Metro, in Metropolitain (Corsair, £16.99), delving into its fascinating history, exploring its many references in popular culture, celebrating its aesthetic beauty and looking at how, like Paris itself, the network is constantly changing and evolving…

Pigcasso_book_coverPigcasso, by Joanne Lefson (Cassell, £20), is the remarkable true story of the rescue piglet who became an internationally renowned artist, with exhibitions around the world, and whose work now funds the sanctuary that originally took her in…


Nowhere_to_Run_book_coverIn Nowhere to Run (Transworld, £16.99) playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Sayer tells how he became part owner of a non-league football club, Ashton United, and the highs, lows and occasional absurdities involved…


The_Ronnie_Lane_story_book_cover.Drawing on extensive research and interviews with friends and family, in Anymore for Anymore: The Ronnie Lane Story (Omnibus Press £20) David and Caroline Stafford shine new light on a musician who was a key creative force in both the Small Faces and Faces but who also battled against an increasingly debilitating inherited illness. It’s a story told with great understanding and wit…


The_Chimney_Sweeps_Sister_book_coverThe Chimney Sweep’s Sister, by Emma Hornby (Penguin, £7.99), tells the story of two orphans, Noah, aged nine and his older sister Jenny, who rely on Noah’s dangerous work as a chimney sweep’s boy to survive. Jenny strives to improve their lot by putting her singing talents to good use, but when she’s offered a part in the music hall it turns out there’s a price to pay. And Land_Girls_at_the_Wartime_bookshop_book_coverThe Land Girls at The Wartime Bookshop, by Lesley Eames (Penguin, £7.99), is the second in Lesley’s excellent new series and finds Kate, Naomi and Alice fighting to save the shop that means so much to them and their community……


Country_secrets_book_coverBeneath its sleepy rural exterior the Cotswold village of Compton Magna – the setting for Fiona Walker’s new novel Country Secrets (Bloomsbury, £20) – is a hotbed of lust, betrayal and jealousy, with the very future of the village at stake, and a former child star, whose sister was murdered in the mid-Nineties finds herself on the trail of a killer in Halley Sutton’s thriller The Hurricane Blonde (Allison and Busby, £14.99)…The_Hurricane_Blonde_book_cover


The_book_of_fire_book_coverBeekeeper of Aleppo author Christy Lefteri’s powerful new novel The Book of Fire (Manila, £16.99) concerns a family whose life on a tiny Greek island goes up in flames in a single day when a fire is started because of one man’s folly. Lives and homes are lost, the island’s natural beauty destroyed and, inevitably, the family itself bears deep scars, mental and physical, in the wake of the tragedy. Somehow, however, they find a reason to carry on…

The_view_from_Poachers_Hill_book_coverThe View From Poacher’s Hill (London Books, £11) is the second in the Seal Club series of novellas, featuring the work of Alan Warner, Irvine Welsh and John King, all of which explore, in their different ways the forgotten, dispossessed and mentally unhinged, Warner’s story of an indulged teenager who discovers life on the Costa Blanca is not always the answer to your problems is the most effective, Welsh’s tale of Edinburgh lowlifes is as usual, rich in character and squalid detail, while King’s Grand Union, a tale of football fans, narrow boats and goats, is enjoyably bonkers.

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