Love, sci­ence and in­trigue

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COR­DUROY Man­sions in Pim­lico, cen­tral London, is a slightly crum­pled, early 20th cen­tury Arts and Crafts build­ing. It is home to a de­light­fully ec­cen­tric cast of char­ac­ters from the man who gave us the best-sell­ing No.1 Ladies De­tec­tive Agency se­ries set in Africa. On the top floor, Wil­liam lives with his son and an ex-veg­e­tar­ian dog named Fred­die de la Hay. One floor down, meet vi­ta­min ad­dict and avid sub­scriber to the Anti-Ox­i­dant News, Dee. Around the corner lives Oedi­pus Snark, the world’s most loath­some Lib­eral Demo­crat, who has suc­ceeded in of­fend­ing ev­ery­one he knows. His mother, Berthea Snark is plot­ting sweet re­venge but no one knows what ex­actly is go­ing to hap­pen.

Author: Pub­lisher: Pen­guin Books, 240 pages

TEN-yearold Natascha Kam­pusch was snatched off a street in Vi­enna by a stranger and bun­dled into a white van. For more than eight years, she was held in a small cel­lar by her kid­nap­per Wolf­gang Prik­lopil. The day she emerged from cap­tiv­ity, he com­mit­ted sui­cide by throw­ing him­self un­der a train. This book tells the story of her ab­duc­tion and the phys­i­cal and mental toll she suf­fered. Author: Pub­lisher: Author: Harriet Evans Pub­lisher: Down­town Press, 439 pages AF­TER 12 years in London, Tess Ten­nant thinks it’s high time for a fresh start. She moves back to her pic­ture-per­fect home in the English coun­try­side but, un­ex­pect­edly, feels com­pletely out of place. She turns to her best and old­est friend, Adam, for help but finds that he is pre­oc­cu­pied with a new girl­friend and the past they shared. So, af­ter an an­gry con­fronta­tion, it’s yet an­other re­lo­ca­tion for Tess, this time to Rome. There, she’s swept off her feet by a charm­ing Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist – but this an­cient city has its own se­crets, and noth­ing is as it seems. Will Tess re­alise this in time or will it be too late to turn back the clock? Author: Pub­lisher: LOU Ber­tignac, a girl who has an IQ of 160, de­cides to make home­less­ness the topic of her class pre­sen­ta­tion. Lit­tle does her teacher know that Lou comes from a dys­func­tional fam­ily: her fa­ther se­cretly cries in the bath­room and her mother rarely leaves the house. Lou meets a home­less girl called No, but af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion is over, No dis­ap­pears. Heart­bro­ken, Lou asks her par­ents if No can come to live with them. She thinks this will put No’s life back on track ... never ex­pect­ing that, in­stead, No will im­pact all their lives. Author: Pub­lisher: IT was the sum­mer of 1779 and the Amer­i­can war of in­de­pen­dence was in its third year. A Bri­tish force of fewer than 1,000 Scot­tish in­fantry is sent to take the State of Maine. De­ter­mined to ex­pel the Bri­tish, the State of Mas­sachusetts sends a fleet of 40 ves­sels to re­sist them. The fas­ci­nat­ing story of a turn­ing point in the war is based on di­aries, letters and court tran­scripts, and the main char­ac­ters are all real fig­ures from his­tory. Author: Pub­lisher: BIRDIE Cousins has thrown her­self into prepa­ra­tions for her daugh­ter Chess’ lav­ish wed­ding only to get a late night phone call in­form­ing her that the wed­ding has been called off. Shortly af­ter that, Chess’ ex­fi­ance dies mys­te­ri­ously in a rock-climb­ing ac­ci­dent. To re­cover from all the stress, Birdie gath­ers both her daugh­ters and her sis­ter, In­dia, for a get­away on rus­tic Tuck­er­nuck Is­land, a place that has been the fam­ily’s sum­mer home for gen­er­a­tions. There, more truths are un­cov­ered and Birdie’s idea of a peace­ful vacation is shat­tered. Author: Jane Green Pub­lisher: Pen­guin Books, 401 pages CAL­LIE Perry is a mother with two daugh­ters. She is also a suc­cess­ful fam­ily pho­tog­ra­pher liv­ing in up­state New York. On the other hand, her younger sis­ter, St­eff, has never grown up. She’s a free spirit liv­ing in down­town Man­hat­tan, switch­ing jobs and boyfriends ev­ery cou­ple of months. Their par­ents, Wal­ter and Honor, have been di­vorced for 30 years and rarely speak to each other. But when each of them re­ceive a note sum­mon­ing them to Maine, the meet­ing changes their lives for­ever. Author: Pub­lisher: STRING the­ory says we live in a uni­verse with 10 di­men­sions. Only four are ac­ces­si­ble to our ev­ery­day senses. Ac­cord­ing to the­o­rists, the missing six are curled up in bizarre struc­tures known as Cal­abiYau man­i­folds. Shing-Tung Yau, who has math­e­mat­i­cally proved that these man­i­folds ex­ist, ar­gues in this book that ge­om­e­try is fun­da­men­tal not only to string the­ory but also the very na­ture of our uni­verse.

Natascha Kam­pusch with Heike Grone­meier and Corinna Mil­born

pages Elin Hilder­brand

Lit­tle, Brown and Com­pany, 403

Del­phine De Vi­gan

Blooms­bury, 245 pages

Bernard Corn­well

Harper, 464 pages

Alexan­der McCall Smith

Aba­cus, 342 pages

Shing-Ting Yau and Steve Nadis

Ba­sic Books, 355 pages

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