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Spire by Fiona Sny­ck­ers (Clock­work Books; R230) An Antarc­tic sta­tion, a con­tainer of viruses, sud­den con­ta­gion, po­lar storm, omi­nous pres­ence – and one woman. Those, in a test tube, are the el­e­ments of this thriller in which vi­rol­o­gist Caro­line Burchell must save ev­ery­thing, from her own san­ity to the world. SPIRE will have you promis­ing your­self to go to sleep af­ter just one more page, or two (okay, maybe nine pages). Grip­ping and thought pro­vok­ing.

Laura Lake and the Hip­ster Wed­dings by Wendy Holden (Head of Zeus; R421) A lucky en­counter leads Parisian Laura Lake to a mag­a­zine in­tern­ship in Lon­don. But her luck runs out and she is soon sleep­ing in a cup­board and liv­ing on canapes. Her one hope for suc­cess: to land the scoop on three high-so­ci­ety wed­dings. A hi­lar­i­ous tongue-in-cheek look at the celeb-os­phere.

The Fly­ing Trout­mans by Miriam Toews (Coun­ter­point; R256) Hat­tie Trout­man is a re­cently-sin­gle and im­ma­ture 28-year-old Cana­dian artist liv­ing in Paris. But her world is turned up­side down when she hears that her sis­ter, Min, has been checked into a psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal, and she finds her­self fly­ing back home to care for her emo­tion­ally-ne­glected niece and nephew. It’s a heart­felt story cen­tred around a fam­ily try­ing to sur­vive dur­ing over­whelm­ing times.

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