Susanna Moore, read by the author, £19.99
The model turned writer details her escape from a loss-filled childhood in Hawaii to the upper echelons of Hollywood society, combining a poignant outsider’s tale with fascinating portraits of celebrities from Warren Beatty to Joan Didion and Audrey Hepburn. It’s a rollercoaster ride that will both move and entertain.
Susie Steiner, read by Juanita McMahon, £12.99
You don’t have to have read the previous two books in the DI Manon Bradshaw series to enjoy this exceptional crime novel — but if you haven’t, you’ll probably go back and pick them up. This time, Manon is deep into the apparent suicide of a young man, a puzzle made more intractable by rising anti-immigrant attitudes.
Brit Bennett, read by Shayna Small, £19.99
Bennett’s story of identical twin sisters, brought up in a black community in the deep South, is getting rave reviews — and no wonder; it’s a compelling tale of two radically divergent lives that sheds a blinding light on race in America over the last few decades. Shayna Small’s carefully paced narration works well to animate not only twins Desiree and Stella, but their family and neighbours too.
Curtis Sittenfield, read by Carrington MacDuffie, £31.99
The novelist who brought Laura Bush to fictional life again casts her eye towards the American political scene, this time imagining what might have been had Hillary Rodham turned down Bill Clinton. Suffice to say that you end up feeling she would have fared better than he had the pair gone their separate ways.
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
Craig Brown, read by Craig Brown, Mark McGann and Kate Robbins, £18.99
Brown’s approach to describing the vast cultural edifice that is The Beatles is to write in snapshots, which lends itself well to listening. His take on the Fab Four includes not only vivid glimpses of the band themselves, but also of those associated with them, and the tribute acts still going strong.
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