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Arm­chair travel through time and space for your en­joy­ment dur­ing the fire­side sea­son.

A KING IN HID­ING

FAHIM WITH SO­PHIE LE CAL­LEN­NEC AND

XAVIER PAR­MEN­TIER, ICON BOOKS, $19.99 Eight-year-old Fahim Mo­ham­mad left Bangladesh with his fa­ther. They ended up in France. His story is full of pain and ec­cen­tric­ity. But he was a chess prodigy. When he qual­i­fied for the World Open Un­der-13 Cham­pi­onship, he was with­out a visa and couldn’t travel from Paris to Prague. Prime Min­is­ter François Fil­lon stepped in. I won’t spoil it for you. Let’s just say what fol­lowed was a knight’s move.

VERY GOOD LIVES

J. K. ROWL­ING, SPHERE, $22.99 nice sub­ur­ban ladies who tried to tone her down when she first ar­rived here. Vera, in red chif­fon, hold­ing a fat cigar, glar­ing forth from the cover. No soft fo­cus, no air­brush­ing. Vera, in her own words, “the en­emy of wis­dom”.

RAN­SACK­ING PARIS

PATTI MILLER, UNIVER­SITY OF QUEENS­LAND PRESS, $29.95

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