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FOUR BOOKS ABOUT TRANSFORMATIONS

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Penguin Classics, £14.99) This is a classic, rippling with gore, violence and bad weather. Scientist Victor Frankenstein, attempting to create life, forms a monster…

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NEW FICTION: THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS BY DAVID ALMOND

Dom and his family live on a newly built council estate in Sixties’ Tyneside. He’s a clever lad, with a huge love of words and has a good friend in his neighbour, Holly Stroud. There’s also…

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FOUR BOOKS WITH VILLAINOUS WOMEN

1. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Virago, £7.19) The blessed Du Maurier is the undisputed queen of writing female villains. No one who has ever got lost in this famous novel can fail to be chilled…

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FOUR CO-AUTHORED BOOKS

Writing isn’t always a solitary activity

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FOUR BOOKS ABOUT THE BRITISH SEASIDE

Because we wish we were there 1. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene (Vintage, £7.99) Good time girls, blade-carrying gangsters, peepshows and cramped streets – the seedy underbelly of pre-war Brighton…

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THE BEST HARD-BOILED CRIME FICTION

Noirish, American detective fiction makes for great summer reads – here are our favourites from the pulpiest of genres. 1. The Song Is You by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster, £6.99) Giving her…

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