Pauline McLynn: Something For The Weekend 'Headlrne, Feb; Voted in the TV Times Top 50 (ooées’r folk on telly, McLynn aka Father Ted’s Mrs Doyle releases her debut no/e' and Ea.rn(‘hes a neu'.’ t'emale pea/ate drrk by the name of leo Street

Ian Rankin: Set In Darkness ~Orror‘, Febr W tt‘ Rebus (our ng to a T‘/ s< 'ee". near you soon, thrs rs undOubtedly gOrng to be the year when Rankrn goes stratospherrc ln thrs latest mystery, the flax-red Dl o'rgs up some bodres and se<rets Wrtbrn the (onfrnes of the new S<ottzsh Parlrarrteni

Canongate Crime (Canongate, Mar; Canongate frnaily get rn on the an wrth the launch of therr (reatrye crrrne strarn, wrth novels from the lzkes of New York (het' Tony Bourdarn, youth lawyer Andrew Va( hss, arr drsaster attorney Douglas E Wrnter and Jan- addrct Jon A la<ks0n

Susan Sontag: In America (Cape, Marr Essayrst, novelrst and one of the western world's grandest thrnkers offers up a hrstorrcal perspectrve on the current state of the Amerrcan natron through the experren<e of a grOup of Polrsh rmrnrgrants settrng up a utopran (ommune rn Calrfornra

Paul Morley: Nothing (Faber, Iylayr A medrtatron on famrlres and surmde, and an obsessrve look at obsessron from the former NME and ZTT rrrrtant and (urrent member of the new Art Of Norse Wrth a lypKally rdrosyncratrc bent, Morley takes a look at the truth, myth and consequences of hrs father's death sometrme rn the mrd-70s William Burroughs: Last Words (Flamrngo, Mayr The frnal Journals of the wrfe-slayrng old (ult who dred over

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t.'.’() years ago Ar‘ r><toge"a' "e may have been, out hs age ‘arred to drstrll hrs notorrous nan/e (3"(2, 'r‘e'e, he rarls agarnst rorr..ot.or‘, rats and

Hugh Collins: Walking Away Rebel Inc, Jun: Second part of ex-(on.'a(l ar‘d current sculptors autobrograohy The ‘rrst segment took us up to the gay 0‘ hrs release so, naturally enotrgl‘, Dart two moves us on towards “us stragge :n adaptrng to the bresent '.'.2"r.(- f"e past t'rnds rt hard to let nrrr go

Tommy Tiernan: The Gospel According

_ To William (Revrew, Junr Perrrer Award

wrnner and telly star (small potatoes, The Stand Up Show) roms the heayrly populated ranks of (ornrrs-turned- novelrsts Hrs debut, set re the small lrrsh town of Sneer, Comerns erlrarn Lynch, a grfted but totally slothfur (hrld whose parents send hrrn off to boardrng s<hool There, thmgs be<orne very strange

Tricky: All I Hear Is Words -Payba< k Press, Sepr The long-awarted debut publrcatron from Brrstol's baddest boy Part-brography, some lyrrts, but marnly The Trrckster's muSrngs on just about anythrng that takes hrs fan<y

Irvine Welsh: Untitled (Cape, autumn/Wrnter) The follow up to the (ontroversral (obvrously) Fr/th rs hrs frrst set of short storres srnce The AC/C/ House Lrttle detarl rs known as yet but expect shockrngly funny, brutally tender and satrsfyrngly frll'ty

Gordon Burn: Untitled IFaber, autumn/Wrnterl Mr Burn, arguably Brrtarn's frnest wrrter of real (rrme, turns hrs lyrr(a| attentron to Damren Hrrst rn the frrst ITldJOT brography of Brrtrsh art's enfant terrrble The parr go back some way wrth Hrrst havrng desrgned the cover rmage to Happy ere Murderers, Burn's remarkable story of Fred and Rosemary West

Kazuo Ishiguro certainly doesn't believe in rushing things. Five novels in seventeen years is not the kind of output to bring about repetitive strain injury, but where he fails in quantity he more than makes up for in quality: his previous four books

have all grabbed one prize or another. The third The Remains Of The Day won him the Booker Prize and shot him to literary star- dom. Ten years on and one book, The Unconso/ed, later and Ishiguro is back.

Born in 1954, he left his native Japan for Britain five years later and this cultural duality has informed much of his writing. With new novel When We Were Orphans, two eras and two lands are explored. Christopher Banks is

England's finest 19305 detective, but one case has him stumped: that of his parents' disappearance in Old Shanghai when he was a child. With war approaching, Banks yearns to return and solve the mystery, believing that it has some strange link to the looming devastation.

It's a book about memory, childhood, the desire to go back and how infantile vision informs adulthood. You may never be assured a bundle of laughs with Ishiguro, but prize-win- ning and mind-satisfying reading are always on the agenda.

(Brian Donaldson)

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