BOOKS / Recommended

Innocents in Africa by Drury Pifer, Granta, pounds 15.99. A tragic but warm memoir of a South African childhood. Review by Doris Lessing, 7 May.

The New Italians by Charles Richards, Michael Joseph, pounds 17.99. Portrait of la dolce vita by this newspaper's former Rome correspondent. Not reviewed here, but hailed elsewhere as 'stimulating . . . extraordinary.'