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MY SIS­TER, THE SE­RIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braith­waite, At­lantic Books, £12.99, ebook £5.63

THIS is one funny book, but not in a ha-ha, laugh-out-loud man­ner. In­stead, it’s more in its abil­ity to trig­ger the feel­ing that, yes, you can to­tally imag­ine get­ting a call like the one Korede gets from her sib­ling, Ay­oola. And yes, you’d prob­a­bly have to help if called upon.

Ay­oola has stabbed her boyfriend, but con­sci­en­tious,

cli­matic, but de­spite this, the book is an en­joy­able in­sight into a lost world.


loyal Korede is well pre­pared for the clean-up job. What she’s not pre­pared for is the newly ‘be­reaved’ Ay­oola then tak­ing an in­ter­est in her rather at­trac­tive doc­tor col­league, Tade.

It’s deftly writ­ten, as pointy and sleek as Ay­oola’s blade, with Braith­waite in­cre­men­tally wind­ing up the un­easi­ness, all the while mak­ing you ques­tion the mo­tives of the peo­ple you love. It’s a swift read that’ll be whirring around in your brain for some time.

as­so­ciate with the art of book mak­ing, The Bind­ing by Brid­get Collins – who’s known for her young adult fic­tion – is rather enig­matic. It sees Em­met, a farm­hand, tum­bled into a world bind­ing tomes, although it’s not just pages he’s sew­ing up and keep­ing safe, but peo­ple’s mem­o­ries, past deeds and re­grets.

Then he un­cov­ers a book with his own name on it, con­tain­ing his own se­crets.

Dark and at­mo­spheric – with a se­duc­tive love story wound through it – The Bind­ing is the kind of novel that prac­ti­cally de­mands fire­side read­ing.

JOG ON: HOW RUN­NING SAVED MY LIFE by Bella Mackie, Wil­liam Collins, £12.99, ebook £7.99

BELLA Mackie, the for­mer Guardian jour­nal­ist, has been plagued by anx­i­ety since ado­les­cence and her men­tal health was fur­ther com­pro­mised by the abrupt break­down of her first mar­riage.

How­ever, in run­ning she has found so­lace and ther­apy, ad­mit­ting in her first book Jog On, that she no longer feels her­self when a day passes and she has not pulled on her train­ers. Mackie charts her strug­gles along­side in­ter­est­ing med­i­cal data about the ben­e­fits of ex­er­cise and anec­dotes from friends and col­leagues.

At points, the fo­cus on trau­mas can feel repet­i­tive, but Jog On suc­ceeds in pro­vid­ing a kick of in­spi­ra­tion to those look­ing to make a change.

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