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THIS WEEK: Best-sell­ing au­thor Jodi Pi­coult re­turns with a pow­er­ful novel about a shoot­ing in an abor­tion clinic

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A SPARK OF LIGHT Jodi Pi­coult

(£ 16.99, HOD­DER & STOUGHTON) Pi­coult has long been writ­ing nov­els laced with eth­i­cal dilem­mas, sub­merg­ing the reader in the ex­pe­ri­ences through the eyes of her char­ac­ters. What’s changed is the reader: the febrile world of US pol­i­tics has made us more en­gaged with gnarly is­sues. And just in time for Pi­coult’s lat­est, which is set in a women’s re­pro­duc­tive health cen­tre where hostages are be­ing held. With an in­tri­cate back­ward-weav­ing struc­ture, a host of com­pelling voices and her cap­ti­vat­ing tone, this is a very spe­cial novel about a very dif­fi­cult sub­ject.

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