The pick of this month’s fiction
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.