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HE­ROES by Stephen Fry, Michael Joseph, hard­back £20, ebook £9.99.


THE sec­ond in­stal­ment of Stephen Fry’s foray into the ex­u­ber­ant world of Greek mythol­ogy tack­les the he­roes, from Perseus to Bellerophon, and is just as de­light­ful and dif­fi­cult to put down as the first. Any clas­sics stu­dents who read their Homer and their He­siod will know the Greek stories, whilst bril­liant in their de­tail, depth and sense of epic ad­ven­ture, are not al­to­gether light or easy read­ing.

Just as in Mythos, He­roes man­ages to make the stories re­lat­able with­out skimp­ing on the won­der­ful gory de­tails, or sac­ri­fic­ing the tra­di­tional truths of the myth. Heroic sons of Zeus be­come per­son­able boys-next-door and malev­o­lent kings have their mo­tives laid bare through satir­i­cal and witty con­ver­sa­tion.

It’s rich, it’s funny and once again you’ll feel like you’ve learned a lot along the way. With the au­dio­book read by Fry, lis­ten­ing is as de­light­ful as read­ing too.

AND SO IT BE­GINS by Rachel Ab­bott, Wild­fire, hard­back £12.99, ebook £4.99.


TWO mur­ders in the same house, an abused woman and a life­long am­bi­tion for re­venge

– if you’re a fan of Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train, Rachel Ab­bott’s And So It Be­gins won’t dis­ap­point.

Evie Clarke ends an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship in an act of vi­o­lence, but as she stands trial for mur­der, the court­room un­earths deeper truths about her life – or is ev­ery­thing a lie? Sergeant Stephanie King and DI Gus Brodie must un­tan­gle the re­al­i­ties from the com­plex fam­ily dy­nam­ics be­tween Evie’s part­ner Mark and his sis­ter Cleo, in which ev­ery­one seem­ingly walks the line be­tween be­ing in­no­cent and guilty.

Switch­ing be­tween per­spec­tives of venge­ful Evie, over­bear­ing older sis­ter Cleo, and de­ter­mined po­lice sergeant Stephanie, Ab­bot cranks up the in­ten­sity, leav­ing you guess­ing un­til the fi­nal few pages.

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