HHhH by Laurent Binet

 This is a non-fiction novel in part about how you find the words to bring to life the 1942 assassination in Prague of SS chief Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the Final Solution in which the Jews of Europe were to be exterminated. The author agonises as dialogue is invented and gaps are filled in…

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

 Intrigue among the fur-trappers of 1860s Canada does not seem to hold much appeal. But then I am not drawn to historical sea stories either yet Barry Unsworth’s Sacred Hunger and Harry Thompson’s This Thing of Darkness – two historical sea stories – are among the most memorable books I’ve read. Stef Penney never set…