Lit­er­ary ed­i­tor Shar­maine Love­grove picks the books to de­vour this month

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Books to buy now, and Alex Ea­gle shares her favourite cof­feetable tomes

THE BURN­ING GIRL by Claire Mes­sud (Fleet) Child­hood friends Ju­lia

and Cassie shared ev­ery­thing, but as they grow up, their lives take very dif­fer­ent paths, with dev­as­tat­ing

con­se­quences. SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hor­nak


When the Birch fam­ily is forced to spend Christ­mas to­gether

for the first time in years due to dra­matic cir­cum­stances, a week starts to feel like years. SUGAR MONEY by Jane Har­ris (Faber & Faber) Mar­tinique, 1765: two broth­ers are told to re­turn to Gre­nada and smug­gle back slaves. Ad­ven­ture and

in­trigue en­sues.

HIS­TO­RIES by Sam Guglani (River­run) Set over one week in a hospi­tal, this orig­i­nal, thought­ful and in­sight­ful novel by on­col­o­gist Guglani gives us a first-hand ac­count of life at the heart of the NHS. FOR­EST DARK by Ni­cole Krauss


An in­tri­cate mys­tery

that fol­lows the par­al­lel sto­ries of 68-year-old New Yorker Jules Ep­stein and a young Brook­lyn­based writer, who both travel to Tel Aviv and be­come em­broiled in life-chang­ing events. BLUE­BIRD, BLUE­BIRD by At­tica Locke (Ser­pent’s Tail)

By the writer and pro­ducer of Em­my­win­ning TV show Em­pire, this page­turn­ing, Chicago-set thriller is a timely story on the col­li­sion of race and jus­tice in the US. LET US BE TRUE by Alex Christofi (Ser­pent’s Tail)

An evoca­tive love story cen­ter­ing around

Ralf and Elsa, who meet at a bar in Paris in the Fifties. But can their love re­sist the pasts they’re hid­ing from

each other? THE BREAK by Mar­ian Keyes


Amy and Hugh are on a six-month break. Hugh is off to lose him­self in south-east Asia, while Amy is left to find her­self among the ev­ery­day. A novel about over­com­ing ob­sta­cles in or­der to

live your best life.

HOME FIRE by Kamila Sham­sie

(Blooms­bury) When the fam­i­lies of Lon­doner Isma and the hand­some son of a pow­er­ful Bri­tish Mus­lim politi­cian, Ea­monn, be­come in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked, the con­se­quences

are ex­plo­sive. DEMI-GODS by El­iza Robert­son


A bold de­but novel from a buzzed-about au­thor, this is a story about nine-year-old Willa, whose life is turned up­side down by the arrival of her new


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