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.