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Pick of the paperbacks - February 2023

February – Pick of the paperbacks


Revenge by Tom Bower

The antidote to Prince Harry’s bizarre, self-destructive memoir, Tom Bower’s typically thorough, and heavily critical, examination of Harry and Meghan’s ‘journey’ has been updated to include new material from the events surrounding the Queen’s death in September last year.

Published by Blink Price £10.99 Pages 482 ISBN 9781788705875


The Murder Book by Mark Billingham

The 18th in the long-running Tom Thorne series finds the grizzled detective at a point in his life where he seems, finally, to have achieved something approaching contentment. Needless to say it can’t last, and this gritty, absorbing thriller finds Thorne plunged into a waking nightmare as his past threatens to finally catch up with him.

Published by Sphere Price £8.99 Pages 477 ISBN 9780751577303


The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan

Anne Frank’s powerful diaries chronicled what it was like for a young Jewish girl living in real time amidst the terror of Hitler’s Final Solution. Mystery, however, has always surrounded who betrayed Anne and her family’s hiding place in Amsterdam to the Nazis, resulting in the death of all but one of them in the concentration camps. Now, through a mixture of sheer bloody-minded determination and the very latest technology a ‘cold case’ team claims to have found the answer, one that’s shocking in its implications. The conclusion has been disputed but it’s still a gripping read.

Published by William Collins Price £9.99 Pages 416 ISBN 9780008353872


Spirit On Track by Rev Keith A Gordon

Spirit were one of the most imaginative and creative bands to emerge from the late-Sixties counter-culture, fusing jazz, blues, folk, rock into a distinctive, heady brew. Blues expert Rev Keith A Gordon looks at each of the group’s albums track by track, as is the norm for the excellent ‘On Track’ series, offering numerous insights that will have you reaching for those dusty old vinyls once again. Other recent and forthcoming additions to the On Track series include volumes on Nektar, The Allman Brothers, The Eagles and Horslips.

Published by Sonicbond Price £14.99 Pages 160 ISBN 9781789522488


The Hotel On The Riviera by Carol Kirkwood

The popular broadcaster has started to carve out a niche as an author of enjoyable, escapist fiction and this, her second novel, continues the adventures of Greek heiress Ariana Theodosis, who was introduced in the 2021 Under A Greek Moon. We find Ariana seeking to make a fresh start, having been left a hotel on the French Riviera as part of a mysterious legacy, but the du Lac family, who have seen the rich and famous walk through their hotel’s doors for more than four decades, have other ideas. Then there’s the former Hollywood golden couple headed for divorce – but after many false alarms is this really their last farewell?

Published by HarperCollins Price £8.99 Pages 384 ISBN 978-0008393472


Simon Evans

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