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Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin is published in trade paperback by Faber & Faber, priced pounds 12.99.

WHEN hope is all but lost, the refreshing optimism of youth can work wonders.

Lean On Pete, by author and musician Willy Vlautin, plumbs the depths of despair but finally rewards you with redemption.

The story of a young boy and his friend, who also happens to be a horse, making an ultimately tragic journey from Oregon to Wyoming lifts the heart - but not before a roller-coaster ride of emotions.

Teenage angst, friendship and betrayal all play their part as 15-year-old Charley Thompson comes of age, but making that journey from childhood to manhood lays him bare at his most vulnerable, before he finally finds salvation in the arms of his aunt.

First he must be tested to the full by those he holds closest - his father, his employer and even the friends he makes during his journey - as he winds Seeing Further by Bill Bryson: The Story Of Science and The Royal Society edited by Bill Bryson is published by Harper Press, priced pounds 25. Available now.

BILL Bryson takes time off from writing and applies his editing skills to this book, which takes a look back over the centuries at the important and groundbreaking discoveries made in the name of science, from splitting the atom, to creating the world wide web. An interest in science is paramount to fully appreciate this book, which on occasions reads more like a textbook. If you're dipping in and out, don't miss the chapter on humankind's changing place in the universe by Paul Davies or the section about Darwin, which are both utterly fascinating.

This book also demonstrates the huge extent to which The Royal Society has enabled the progression of modern science since its inception in the 1600s. …