SPOON-FED by Tim Spector (Cape £12.99, 288 pp)

SPOON-FED Tim Spector (Cape £12.99, 288 pp)


by Tim Spector (Cape £12.99, 288 pp)

As well as keeping us alive and healthy, food should be one of life’s great pleasures. The question of how and what to eat is becoming a growing source of anxiety and confusion.

When faced with a multitude of options, contradictory information and many other factors, how do we make decisions about our diets?

Professor Tim Spector says that much of the information we hear about food can be misleading, and at worst is harmful to our health.

The latest edition of his book dispels many myths regarding nutrition. These include the claims that veganism is good for your health and the common obsession with food allergies. In his latest book, he argues that besides avoiding hype, trends, and processed foods, it is better to inquire about the ingredients on what our bodies are eating.

LUSTER by Raven Leilani (Picador £9.99, 240 pp)

LUSTER Raven Leilani (Picador £9.99, 240 pp)


by Raven Leilani (Picador £9.99, 240 pp)

Edie, the 23-year-old heroine of Raven Leilani’s debut novel, has encountered formidable difficulties in her short life: her mother killed herself and she was estranged from her father.

Now living in a squalid flat in New York, where she has a low-paid job in children’s publishing, she hooks up with Eric, a middle-aged white man with an ‘open’ marriage. When he takes Edie to his family home in suburban New Jersey, she encounters his wife, Rebecca, a medical examiner at a morgue, and Eric and Rebecca’s 12-year-old adopted black daughter, Akila. Rebecca suggests to Edie that they stay with Akila after Edie loses both her job and her home.

In voluptuous and vivid prose, with razor-sharp comic timing, Leilani’s novel is a savagely tender account of a young black woman struggling to find her way in the world.

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS by Patricia Lockwood (Penguin £8.99, 224pp)

This is NOT THE THING THAT ANYONE IS SAYING. by Patricia Lockwood (Penguin £8.99, 224pp)


by Patricia Lockwood (Penguin £8.99, 224pp)

Patricia Lockwood, a poet, author of memoirs and a Twitter prodigy is her specialty. She shares her last talent with unnamed narrator in her Booker-shortlisted debut novel.

Her heroine is both a star and an addict of social media platform ‘the portal’. She has become a viral star thanks to her posts. But she’s so obsessed with the portal, she begs her husband for help. She is soon screaming for him to give her the code.

The first part of Lockwood’s novel is composed in the glittering, fragmentary style of Tweets.

But when the narrator’s pregnant sister discovers that her unborn child has a catastrophic brain condition, the tone changes to an appalled, reflective gentleness.

It seems that love and pain still exist beneath the poisonous shoutiness of this portal.