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BY EL­IZ­A­BETH STROUT, VIK­ING, HARD­BACK £14.99, EBOOK £9.99

A GRACE­FUL, qui­etly poignant fol­low up to Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-win­ning novel, Olive Kit­teridge. How­ever, you needn’t have read the orig­i­nal (or watched the show) to en­joy it.

A col­lec­tion of sto­ries, Strout uses the brusque, im­pe­ri­ous Olive as coat hanger on which to drape tales of Crosby, Maine. Olive is get­ting old, has suc­cumbed to a new hus­band and bus­ies her­self be­ing nosy, in­ter­fer­ing and abrupt. Her in­ter­ac­tions with oth­ers, in their pure or­di­nar­i­ness, are pierc­ingly ten­der and touch­ing, while some are just amus­ing.

BY PETE TOWN­SHEND, CORO­NET, HARD­BACK £20

(EBOOK £9.99).

THE WHO gui­tarist and song­writer de­buts his first novel, a work over 10 years in the mak­ing. This deeply ar­tic­u­late book cen­tres upon Louis, an art dealer who nar­rates the story, and his rock star god­son Wal­ter. Louis’ won­der­fully de­scrip­tive and witty nar­ra­tion guides you through mul­ti­ple lay­ers of char­ac­ters and myth­i­cal hal­lu­ci­na­tions in a fan­tas­ti­cal story that cer­tainly does not baulk from dark and adult subject mat­ter.

BY MITCH AL­BOM, SPHERE, HARD­BACK £14.99, EBOOK £9.99

A CEL­E­BRA­TION of a life that was much too short – that of Chika Je­une. Born in Haiti, Chika came to Mitch Al­bom and his wife Jea­nine’s or­phan­age af­ter her mother’s death. But then, aged five, she was di­ag­nosed with a rare and in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour. Al­bom brought her to Amer­ica to seek treat­ment, and the book fol­lows the ef­forts he and Jea­nine go to, to try and save her. This is frank, at times up­set­ting, and very mov­ing, but some­how what you re­mem­ber is how sur­pris­ingly funny and

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