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WALK IT OFF Hey, re­mem­ber Darcy’s mom on De­grassi: The Next Gen­er­a­tion? Well, the Cana­dian ac­tress be­hind that char­ac­ter is out with a new mem­oir—not about her time on-set with Drake (they never over­lapped, alas) but about a pe­riod in her own life with as many twists, turns, highs and lows as a sweeps-sea­son episode of a teen soap. With frank hu­mour, Ruth Mar­shall chron­i­cles a mys­tery ill­ness that be­gan with a lit­tle tin­gling and rapidly pro­gressed to a to­tal loss of her abil­ity to walk.

DAN­GER­OUS CROSS­ING The next time you com­plain about a long-haul flight, con­sider the ocean-liner pas­sen­gers in this novel by Bri­tish sus­pense au­thor Rachel Rhys. Not only does it take them months to get from Lon­don to Syd­ney but they have to con­tend with a grisly mur­der, sev­eral love tri­an­gles, tons of up­stairs/down­stairs class drama and the im­pend­ing out­break of the Sec­ond World War. But at least they don’t have jet lag.

ANATOMY OF A SCAN­DAL

This is an in­cred­i­bly timely novel about power, con­sent and toxic priv­i­lege. Told from al­ter­nat­ing per­spec­tives, it’s about the trial of a golden-boy Bri­tish politi­cian ac­cused of a bru­tal sex­ual as­sault on a staffer in his of­fice...with whom he’d just bro­ken off an af­fair. In her de­but novel, for­mer jour­nal­ist Sarah Vaughan ex­pertly teases apart the strands of a nu­anced, com­pli­cated nar­ra­tive that takes us from Ox­ford Univer­sity se­cret so­ci­eties to the halls of gov­ern­ment via the dark­est cor­ners of a misog­y­nis­tic cul­ture we’re nowhere near past in 2018.

THE WOLVES OF WIN­TER What hap­pens af­ter the world ends? Well, ac­cord­ing to this in­trigu­ing imag­in­ing of postapoc­a­lyp­tic mod­ern so­ci­ety by Tyrell John­son, it in­volves nu­clear win­ter and an epi­demic of dis­ease that has wiped out pretty much every­one ex­cept Lynn McBride and her fam­ily. They’re barely hang­ing on some­where in the frozen reaches of the Yukon—or at least that’s what she thinks un­til cir­cum­stances force her to ven­ture be­yond the hori­zon....

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