This week's best new fiction
From a haunting novel by Phil Rickman to This Time Tomorrow from Emma Straub and Geraldine Brooks’s latest, this week’s best new fiction
The Fever Of The World
Phil Rickman Corvus £20
Merrily Watkins, priest and exorcist for the diocese of Hereford, is an unusual sleuth. Covid has unleashed new terrors on her remote, rural turf – terrors apparently foretold by a Wordsworth poem.
Did he encounter an ancient evil that persists to this day, or is there a more mundane explanation for a series of possible murders around the River Wye? Haunting and unique as ever.
Geraldine Brooks Little, Brown £18.99
What links an art history student in 2019 with an enslaved groom in 19th Century Kentucky? Or Martha Jackson, the mid-20th Century gallery owner who collected Lee Krasner and Henry Moore, to a scientist obsessed with skeletons?
The answer is famous stallion Lexington. Over three centuries, Horse covers racism, equine science and racing. Brilliantly varied and with a galloping pace.
This Time Tomorrow
Emma Straub Michael Joseph £16.99
On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice Stern discovers that she can time-travel back to 1996, the year she turned 16.
Not only does she have a future that’s glittering with potential and an intact friendship with one Tommy Joffey, but her father, who in the present is in a coma, remains perfectly healthy. Can she reverse fate?
Full of deftly managed plot twists, it’s both fun and poignant.
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