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The Beekeeper of Aleppo Christy Lefteri Zaffre. Out Thursday

When their family life is shattered by war, beekeeper Nuri and artist wife Afra flee their home city of Aleppo or face death. Broken by a bomb that cost them everything, including Afra's sight, they embark on a journey across Europe to try to join Nuri's cousin, and ex-business partner, in the UK.

The author - who worked at a refugee centre in Athens - has drawn upon the only-too-real tales of suffering she encountered there.

In doing so she has created a convincing and harrowing novel about the will to survive - and the enduring power of love.


The Furies Katie Lowe HarperCollins. Out Thursday

Witchcraft, murder and adolescent passion - this torrid tale of lonely teenager Violet, who gets embroiled in risky activities after she joins a private girls' school, perfectly captures the febrile intensity of adolescent friendships. Unsettling and suspenseful.

The Swap Fiona Mitchell Hodder & Stoughton. Out now

Tess and Annie face a very modern nightmare when a mix-up at an IVF clinic means they give birth to the wrong child. Their efforts to adjust to their new reality, while coping with their existing problems, produce an impactful family drama.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2019
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