Ten Stories About Smoking by Stuart Evers

 As the title of the collection suggests, cigarettes play their part in every story: the smell of them, the act of smoking, its consequences and so on. From London to Las Vegas via New York and Reno, Stuart Evers’ brief narratives are clipped and efficient: an obvious reference point is Raymond Carver, and Carver himself even pops in to…

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

 I have no desire to train a hawk. But then I have no desire to let myself take the place at the guillotine of the husband of the unrequited love of my life during the French Revolution; nor do I wish to fake my death in Missouri and frame my adulterous husband for murder. The wonderful thing…