REVIEW Bestselling author Freya North tells us what books she’ll be giving this Christmas.
by Matt Haig Canongate
by Dave Roberts bantam press
Matt Haig is a clever, witty and hugely original storyteller.
You don’t have to be a bloke and you don’t have to like football
Winner of this year’s TV Book Club “Best Read”, this is the
to love this book. Dave Roberts relocates to the USA and his
story of a very ordinary family from the outside. Teenagers.
wife tells him his 1,134 football programmes aren’t coming with.
Dodgy uncles. The usual. However, behind the suburban
He can take just 32. As he begins the task of choosing which,
front door, the dinner parties and Radio 4, it’s a different
memories abound – his youthful football obsession, crushes on
matter. They’re vampires. This book has perhaps the best
disinterested girls, rubbish jobs and trying to impress skinheads.
shoutline I’ve ever seen on a cover – and it sums up the story
One final programme is added to his collection – one that he
brilliantly: “Families: They’re a bloody nightmare…”
thought he’d never say, one which means more to him than all the rest. A funny, touching tale of a man’s life and loves.
THE CAT WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS
THE MISTRESS’S REVENGE
by Cleveland Amory Corgi £6.99
by Tamara Cohen Doubleday £12.99
One snowy Christmas Eve, down a New York alley, the author
“Never have an affair with someone who has less to lose than
and the cat first met. Polar Bear, as he called him, was at
you.” When I read that on the cover, I knew I was in for a page-
death’s door. Cleveland Amory preferred dogs. The story
turner of a read. This is Tamar’s first novel – and it’s brilliant
follows their first year together – an unlikely pair: a stroppy
in that compelling, car-crash way. Clive has been Sally’s lover
stray cat and a curmudgeonly old bloke. Never twee, the
for 5 years. He promised he’d leave his wife for her. He lied.
relationship is recounted in funny and touching prose. Amory
Written in the present tense, in the first person, sometimes funny,
was a distinguished journalist, satirist and novelist – and
sometimes dark, it charts Sally’s desperation, delusion – and
when he died, he was buried next to Polar Bear.
revenge. Gripping. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…!
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