THREE HOT READS
◆ Short and sharp, LIONEL SHRIVER’S new novella THE STANDING CHANDELIER traces the fallout between two old friends with the author’s trademark shrewd observation and wry humour, with each character drawn in merciless detail. A miniature treat. ◆ Longing for a new year getaway? Take a virtual trip to Lake Como courtesy of THE PLACE WE MET by ISABELLE BROOM. Taggie fled there to forget, Lucy is terrified of losing her new love, and their lives unravel under the midnight fireworks. ◆ Crime queen MINETTE WALTERS turns her hand to historical fiction to riveting effect in THE LAST HOURS, set in 1348. The Black Death is devastating England, and a tiny Dorset community cuts itself off to survive – but will jealousy and murder destroy it instead?