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LOST PROPERTY by Laura Beatty, At­lantic Books, £14.99, ebook £5.69


A WRITER finds her­self in the grip of a midlife cri­sis that is also a response to cur­rent events, pre­oc­cu­pied by hu­man­ity’s greed and na­tion­al­ism and the de­struc­tion of the nat­u­ral world. She sets off with her part­ner on a jour­ney from London to Greece look­ing at both the best and worst of what has hap­pened there.

At times fig­ures from the past of the places she vis­its ap­pear, like ghosts, to con­verse with the writer as she tries to tackle her con­cerns. There is vi­o­lence and de­struc­tion, but also the urge to cre­ate art, build­ings and towns. A timely trip through re­minders from his­tory.


by Denise Mina, Harvill Secker, £12.99, ebook £9.99


THE premise throws mid­dle-class mum Anna into cri­sis, as her hus­band sud­denly leaves with her best friend, tak­ing their young daugh­ters. As her world falls away, Anna fol­lows the twists of a true-crime pod­cast about the mur­der­ous sink­ing of a yacht in the Med. She chases up the story in the com­pany of rock star friend/ needy hanger on Fin; aban­doned hus­band to her best friend.

Grimly hi­lar­i­ous, emo­tional and ad­dic­tive, it ends with a barmy didn’t-see-that-com­ing de­noue­ment.

THE PORPOISE by Mark Had­don, Chatto & Win­dus, £18.99, ebook £9.99


START­ING with the modern tragedy of a fa­tal air crash and the un­cov­er­ing of a dark se­cret, the novel turns into a tale of his­tory and myth, be­ing wo­ven by a teenage girl – sole crash sur­vivor An­gel­ica. A whirl­wind of sea voy­ages to pla­guerid­den ports, Greek god­desses, and the ghost of Shake­speare en­sues.

This grip­ping and evoca­tive novel ques­tions the na­ture of the sto­ries we tell our­selves and oth­ers.

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