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The Drift

by C. J. Tudor

Penguin £8.99, 416pp

Penguin £8.99, 416pp

(Penguin £8.99, 416pp)

As a deadly virus ravages the world, a group of survivors gather at a remote mountain chalet known, aptly, as The Retreat. During a violent snowstorm, another group of strangers find themselves trapped in a stalled cable-car that none of them remembers entering.

Their destination is The Retreat, but one of their number is dead. Also headed for The Retreat are a dozen students from The Academy, an elite college headed by an eminent virologist, Professor Grant. But amid the storm their coach rolls off the road, killing many and injuring others.

Their mobile phones were confiscated before they boarded, so they cannot summon help. As the struggle for survival becomes desperate, a sinister connection links the three groups. C.J. Tudor’s apocalyptic chiller is a gripping tale of human decency tested to its limits.

My Sporting Life

by Michael Parkinson

Hodder £10.99, 320pp

Hodder £10.99, 320pp

(Hodder £10.99, 320pp)

In his ninth and final book Sir Michael Parkinson, who died this year aged 88, described himself as ‘if not ravaged, then gently mauled by the passage of time’. But the passage of time gave him one great advantage: a treasure-house of sporting memories to look back on.

Compiled with his son, Mike, and dedicated to his parents — Parkinson inherited his passion for sport from his father, a miner — My Sporting Life brings together reminiscences of glorious (and occasionally inglorious) sporting moments and personalities.

Arranged as five ‘lessons’, Parkinson’s literary swansong is, he acknowledged, an exercise in nostalgia, given contemporary relevance by the wealth of knowledge accumulated during his lifelong personal and professional engagement with sport. Packed with wonderful anecdotes, funny, warm and outspoken, it is a fine memorial.

A Marriage of Fortune

by Anne O’Brien

Orion £8.99, 480pp

Orion £8.99, 480pp

(Orion £8.99, 480pp)

The Paston family of Norfolk loved to write letters. Their collected correspondence offers fascinating details about life in England during the Wars of the Roses, and it has inspired the latest novel by bestselling author, Anne O’Brien.

In 1469, after her husband’s death, the formidable matriarch, Margaret, must try to retain the family estates at which the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk are casting envious eyes. The ideal solution would be for her brood of unruly children to marry wealthy spouses — something that none of them seems inclined to do.

Her eldest son seems in no hurry to marry and her daughters lose their hearts to good but penniless men. As civil war swirls around them, the young Pastons must decide which is more important: true love or family duty.



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