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”.
PATTI MILLER, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND PRESS, $29.95