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.