Last this time is The Other Hand by Chris Cleave, an author I’d never heard of before. This was another case of the cover winning me over initially – plus the bookshop had signed first editions, but also in that the blurb deliberately teases you, telling you nothing of the story within except that there’s a horrific beach scene in Africa – it got me hook, line and sinker!
Firstly, The Man Without, the second novel from Ray Robinson. His debut Electricity about a girl with severe epilepsy on a quest to find her brother was, dare I say it, electric. His second is no less quirky and features a main character who is a transvestite – this one will jump the queue for certain.
Other new additions include The Book of Dave by Will Self. I’ve yet to finish one of his novels, and this one is also really long, hmmm. Another doorstep, but one which I’m looking forward to reading, is from the creator of The Wire – David Simon’s Homicide – a year on the killing streets. Simon was the first reporter to gain access to a homicide unit in Baltimore, and this is his thrilling account of their casework and investigations in this turbulent city.