The Wind through the Ke [...]; Book Reviews

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The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King is published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton, priced pounds 19.99. Available now.

Coming fresh to Stephen King's The Dark Tower series was not the problem I feared, as he delivers on his promise in the foreword to make the story suitable for newcomers and veteran fans alike.

The series is King's version of a fantasy epic in the same vein as the Lord Of The Rings but he includes tropes used in other fantasies, such as characters and incidents from parallel worlds overlapping with each other.

There is even a nod to Aslan from CS Lewis's Narnia tales at one point, although I doubt Lewis would have approved of the occasional explicit language used in this story.

King once more provides a good read with a well-plotted story involving a hunt for a "skin-man" who can change from human to deadly animal.

The book is always entertaining as it follows the saga of Roland Deschain, a gunslinger in Mid-World, and provides an entertainingly tense fairytale sub-plot.

Scenes From Early Life by Philip Hensher is published in hardback by Fourth Estate, priced pounds 18.99. Available now.] The latest novel from Booker-nominated author Philip Hensher is set during the fight for Bangladesh's independence and is partly inspired by Hensher's husband, Zaved Mahmood, who was born in Dacca in 1970.

The novel follows the interspersed lives of an upper-class Bengali family living under the regime of West Pakistan militants.

The culture of Bengal, what was then called East Pakistan, is under threat. All Bengali literature is burned, it becomes illegal to carry a musical instrument and women are required to have a male escort at all times.

The novel is told in the form of a memoir, narrated by Zaved, a young boy in the four-generation family.

Scenes From Early Life is a sensitive and insightful account of the Bengali split from Pakistan, and Hensher sheds light on a brutal struggle for independence through his personalised accounts of family life.

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman is published in hardback by Doubleday, priced pounds 12. …