New nov­els to look out for

Look­ing for some­thing to read? Here are three new re­leases the crit­ics are rav­ing about


A THOU­SAND PA­PER BIRDS By TOR UDALL Blooms­bury The death of a woman brings four strangers to­gether in London’s Kew Gar­dens.

A griev­ing Jonah roams the gar­dens try­ing to put to­gether the shat­tered pieces of his life af­ter his wife, Au­drey, dies un­der strange cir­cum­stances. Chloe sits by the lake find­ing so­lace in the origami she metic­u­lously folds. A care­free child named Milly ex­plores the gar­dens, left to her own de­vices, but where’s her mother? Mean­while Harry is on a mis­sion to save Kew’s plants from ex­tinc­tion.

Their lives are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked as the de­tails of Au­drey’s death come into fo­cus in this en­chant­ing de­but which plays out in the gar­den over the course of one cal­en­dar year. What the crit­ics say “A mas­ter­ful ex­plo­ration of love, loss and the heal­ing power of the nat­u­ral world.” – BEN EAST, THE GUARDIAN MISS JANE By BRAD WAT­SON Pi­cador It’s 1915, ru­ral Mis­sis­sippi. A baby is born who no­body re­ally wants. “A lit­tle girl, I be­lieve,” says the Dr Thomp­son who de­liv­ers the in­fant. Some­thing is clearly dif­fer­ent about Jane. The child “doesn’t have ev­ery­thing she ought to have”, the doc­tor says. “But I be­lieve she’ll be all right.” Born with a gen­i­tal birth de­fect it ap­pears love, mar­riage, child-bear­ing and all the things ex­pected of women of her era are out of the ques­tion.

Her mother, Ida, is an­gry and bit­ter about life in gen­eral and be­lieves God has sent the child to pun­ish her. But Jane finds a com­pas­sion­ate ally in Thomp­son who helps her nav­i­gate her way through life. What the crit­ics say “This proud, gen­tle novel shim­mers with a sub­tle de­fi­ance, a near-phys­i­cal need to cel­e­brate a woman who lived against the odds.” – EILEEN BAT­TERSBY, THE IR­ISH TIMES THE REA­SON YOU’RE ALIVE By MATTHEW QUICK Pi­cador In this new of­fer­ing from the au­thor of The Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book a Viet­nam War veteran em­barks on a cru­sade to track down his neme­sis from the war.

Af­ter a car crash 68-year-old David Granger is di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour and wakes up from surgery re­peat­ing the name of a Na­tive Amer­i­can sol­dier whom he was once or­dered to dis­ci­pline.

David de­cides to re­turn some­thing pre­cious he long ago stole from the man he calls Clay­ton Fire Bear. But there’s more to the quest than meets the eye – it of­fers him a chance to con­quer his per­sonal demons, come to terms with a tragic loss and get to grips with a world that’s in­creas­ingly at odds with the one he risked his life to serve. What the crit­ics say ”A vi­brant and com­pas­sion­ate tale of a com­plex man find­ing his way in a di­vided Amer­ica.” – MAL­COLM FORBES, STAR TRI­BUNE

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