PHOENIX £6.99 (288PP)
Paperbacks: Trespass, by Valerie Martin
Friday 01 August 2008
At the centre of Valerie Martin's new novel is the kind of character that many of her readers will find it easy to identify with. Chloe Dale is a successful book illustrator, liberal in outlook but privately judgemental. As the novel opens, she's being introduced to her only son's new girlfriend, Salome, a Croatian refugee.
Chloe suspects her of being a gold-digger and her worst fears are confirmed when, not long after, Salome becomes pregnant. In a novel that keeps shifting the moral ground – there's a secondary narrative describing life during the Bosnian genocide – Martin asks Chloe, and her readers, to reassess some more covert prejudices.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling