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◆ 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?

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