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Harriet Lane, author of Alys, Always, specialises in scheming women. Her new novel of psychological suspense asks how you can tell when your friend is really your enemy. Emma Nash, pregnant, struggling with a toddler, believes Nina Bremner to be a kind stranger when she turns up on Emma’s doorstep in genteel north London to return a lost wallet. She has no idea that Nina spotted her in the street earlier, recognised her from an undisclosed incident many years before, and stole the wallet from her bag as an excuse to make contact.

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So far, 2014 has been an annus horribilis for the writer and painter Alasdair Gray. His wife, Morag McAlpine, died last month, then a fire broke out at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art, where Gray studied in the 1950s and where he set parts of his great novel Lanark.

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