The pick of this month’s fic­tion

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Ex­ile James Swal­low Zaf­fre, June 1

So­mali war­lords; Ser­bian gangs; and Rus­sian gen­er­als. Bri­tish agent Marc Dane re­turns in this globe-trot­ting es­pi­onage thriller to do bat­tle against this cast of char­ac­ters in a book that moves from re­mote African oil rigs to the sky­scrapers of Dubai. Dane is be­ing com­pared to Ja­son Bourne.

Threads: From the Refugee Cri­sis Kate Evans Verso, June 6

‘The Jun­gle’ was a squalid mi­grant camp in Calais, France, which was home to thou­sands of refugees mainly from the Mid­dle East and North Africa who were in search of a bet­ter life. This graphic novel ex­plores their world: a grim ex­is­tence of de­pri­va­tion, hos­tile politi­cians and in­dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

Mar­lena Julie Buntin Pi­cador, June 15

Cat, 15, moves to a new town in a ru­ral part of the United States. Ev­ery­thing seems very bor­ing un­til she meets Mar­lena, a wild neigh­bour. Now decades later, the ghosts from Cat’s past and that tragic friend­ship refuse to go away. Can Cat for­give her­self and move on? A pow­er­ful story about youth and an in­tox­i­cat­ing friend­ship.

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