Recommended Books

May the Lord in His Mercy be Kind to Belfast by Tony Parker, Cape, pounds 16.99. Illuminating interviews with the people of Belfast. Review by Robert Winder, 21 May.

A River Sutra by Gita Mehta, Heinemann, pounds 9.99. Lyrical Indian stories with a mystical edge. Review by Natasha Walter, 5 June.

Mr Mani by A B Yehoshua, Peter Halban, pounds 15.99. Haunting dialogues tracing the 100-year history of a Jewish family. Winner of the March /April Independent Award for Foreign Fiction.