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The Enchantment of Lily Dahl by Sirir Hutsvedt (Sceptre, pounds 6.99) begins like the Diet Coke Break ad and ends up as a version of Psycho. It's a taut, sexy story spun out of the empty spaces and small-town life of Middle America, recounting the adventures of Lily, a young waitress in the Ideal Cafe, whose evenings are spent spying on handsome Ed, an artist painting in the flat opposite hers. But while Lily watches Ed, someone else is watching her. The story swiftly becomes very creepy indeed, riven with mistrust and a sense of sleazy danger and overlaid with a hint of black magic which is resolved in a memorably disturbing scene.


INXS and Michael Hutchence's only outdoor performance of the summer. Support comes from The Brand New Heavies, Echobelly and Alisha's Attic at Music in the Bay 97. Sat 14 June, Cardiff Bay. Booking: 01222 230130/224488/395828.


the first event of the summer-long Coin Street Festival: chill out in the Organic Tea Garden, a solar-powered multi-media environment with live music, performance, Internet access and an organic cafe, or, alternatively, attain new levels of consciousness in Fishy Business, a 50ft inflatable whale. Eclectic transglobal music comes courtesy of the Space Goats, CaveWaves and Makyo. Sun 15 June, 2pm-8pm, Gabriel's Wharf and Bernie Spain Gardens, 56 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1. Info: 0171-401 3610.


now for Periodo Villa Villa Argentina's De La Guarda, which promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the London International Festival of Theatre (Lift97). It's standing room only in the cavernous Three Mills Islands Studios and audiences should brace themselves for showers of water, toys and balloons. 18-29 June, box-office: 0171-312 1995


to the Aegean for summer sun, where Accommodation Overseas (0181-977 2984) is offering cheap and cheerful deals to the Aegean. A week in Marmaris, south-western Turkey, for example, costs pounds 189 per person if you leave on 22 June. The price includes return Gatwick-Dalaman flights, transfers and B&B at the Hotel Orkide, just off the beach and two kilometres from the town centre. The distance from the former fishing village could be an advantage, since Marmaris is a buzzing but boisterous resort.