Sasha is, to borrow half a title, ‘down and out in Paris’. Not a cheery read by any stretch of the imagination, Good Morning, Midnight is the story of a woman who just doesn’t fit.
“In space, no one can hear you scream … like a little girl.” Yup, the Martian is so upbeat, it makes Ghostbusters look like The Exorcist.
Long read: Feminism or fascism – which wins out in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale?
People are more likely to take risks when they feel sexy – this may be news to no-one, but research by economic behaviourist Dan Ariely shows just why ‘sex sells’.
If happiness correlates to girth, then either Derren Brown or his readers are likely to be made joyous by ‘Happy’, which is a sizeable tome.
When there’s grim news to give, delivering it like Isherwood’s portrait of 1930’s Berlin would be no bad thing.