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Pick of the pa­per­backs this month: Tri­cia Sul­li­van’s OC­CUPY ME ( , 10 Novem­ber, Gol­lancz). It cen­tres on Pearl, an an­gel with wings that ex­ist in an­other di­men­sion, who wakes up in a tip with no mem­ory of how she got there, finds work with a se­cre­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion, and is pulled into a con­spir­acy in­volv­ing big oil, time travel, and a mys­te­ri­ous brief­case. We said: “Sul­li­van has a tal­ent for de­scrib­ing things in un­usual ways, and the char­ac­ters are a great strength. But the story is con­fus­ing, con­fused and of­ten­times gar­bled.” Set six years be­fore The Force Awak­ens, the events of STAR WARS: BLOODLINE ( , 1 De­cem­ber, Ar­row) are in­te­gral to the new mythol­ogy. Cen­tring on Leia, Clau­dia Gray’s tie-in re­veals plenty about how a founder­ing New Republic spawned both the First Or­der and the Re­sis­tance. We said: “A crack­ing po­lit­i­cal thriller … Should prob­a­bly be con­sid­ered es­sen­tial read­ing for any fan.” Fi­nally, John Con­nolly’s pub­lish­ers are mark­ing the tenth an­niver­sary of THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS (out now, Hod­der & Stoughton) with a lim­ited edi­tion hard­back that in­cludes two bonus short sto­ries, hand­some il­lus­tra­tions, and an af­ter­word by the au­thor. Set in 1939, it puts a per­verse spin on child­hood favourites, as 12-year-old David quests through a land of myths and fairy­tales in search of the tit­u­lar book. Fea­tur­ing half-wolf/half-hu­man “Loups”, screech­ing harpies and Com­mu­nist dwarves, it’s grim fare, de­cid­edly not for kids.

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