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AN UNSAFE HAVEN by Nada Awar Jarrar ?(Borough Press, PS12.99, ebook PS8.99) ?????? HHHH H THIS fourth novel from Lebanese author Nada Awar Jarrar is based in contemporary Beirut and focuses on the ongoing refugee crisis born out of neighbouring war-torn Syria.

Tackling this subject is certainly a bold undertaking and one that requires delicate handling - something that Jarrar is evidently most capable of. The story is based around the lives of its main characters, married couple Hannah and Peter, and their artist friend Anas, who find themselves wrestling with the complexities of displacement; questioning their priorities and their loyalty in a way that brings home the heartbreaking reality of humanity caught in the crossfire of war.

It is a complete triumph for Jarrar who is able to truthfully depict the story in a way that very few other writers could. Bold, tender and personal - this is an absolute must-read.

BRIGHTON by Michael Harvey (Harper Collins, PS12.99, ebook 99p) HHHH H KEVIN PEARCE thought he had escaped the district of his Boston upbringing and a deadly secret forever.

But something has drawn the honours student, schoolboy baseball star and Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist, back to the suburb of Brighton.

Carrying a guilty secret and trying to ensure it does not come back to bite him, drag Pearce back to his old stomping ground. But as he loses the battle to protect an old friend, he is left trying to work out if he can trust anyone - from his district attorney girlfriend to old teammates and even family members. Chicago-based and Brightonborn author Michael Harvey's gritty descriptions and his an intimate knowledge of his setting make the latest offering from this celebrated writer and documentary maker a sure-fire hit with fans of his previous thrillers.

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 28, 2016
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