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What to Read Now: Vol CXXVII

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Cahokia Jazz
by Francis Spufford


Francis Spufford returns with Cahokia Jazz, an epic noir thriller set in an alternate prohibition America. A body discovered on the roof of a skyscraper is about to spark off a week that will spill the city’s secrets, and bring it, against a soundtrack of wailing clarinets and gunfire, either to destruction or rebirth. 
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Lord Jim at Home
by Dinah Brooke


Originally published in 1972 Dinah Brooke’s tale of a home counties psychopath in the making is deliciously dark. Brooke conjures shocking emotional violence with a wit and precision that recalls Edward St Aubyn or Ottessa Moshfegh at their best. This is a brilliantly compelling novel and its author is an exciting rediscovery.
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Roman Stories
by Jhumpa Lahiri


Jhumpa Lahiri sets her gaze on the eternal city in a new set of interlinked stories set around a Roman neighbourhood. This is an evocative fresco of Rome: contradictory, in constant transformation and a home to those who know they can’t fully belong but choose it anyway. Roman Stories is a masterful work from one of the finest writers.
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Going Infinite
by Michael Lewis


Sam Bankman-Fried wasn’t just rich. Before he turned thirty he’d become the world’s youngest billionaire, making a record fortune in the crypto frenzy. His rise was spectacular and his fall has been a cautionary tale. Who better to tell his story than Michael Lewis, an always entertaining writer who zooms in on the human stories at the heart of financial wizardry. 
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The Iliad
translated by Emily Wilson

Following her bestselling and definitive new translation of the Odyssey, Emily Wilson takes on Homer’s epic of a world at war. Pacey and readable, Wilson’s Iliad is emotionally resonant and psychologically perceptive delivering a Homer for our time.
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by Amy Jeffs


Adapted from Amy Jeffs’ beautiful and bestselling Storyland, this is an enthralling  children’s introduction to Britain’s lost myths and legends. Young readers will build Stonehenge with the young Merlin, chase hounds up the mountains of Wales, ride stags into the forests of Scotland and sail with Trojans along the rivers of Britain, discovering a land steeped in myth, monsters and heroes.
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