Simon & Schuster, £7.99
The Bellwether Revivals, By Benjamin Wood
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 18 January 2013
This thrilling campus drama begins with the death of Eden Bellwether, a magnetic music scholar and the leader of a Cambridge University clique of undergraduates.
The story unravels backwards as Oscar, a working-class nurse and wide-eyed, Nick Carraway figure, is brought in as the outsider-witness after being befriended by another Bellweather –Eden's alluring sister, Iris, and becoming embroiled in the group's sinister "experimentations".
A heady, Costa-award shorlisted debut that hypnosises from the very start.
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