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LOOKING for a good read this weekend? Here's our pick of this week's new releases.

The Child Who - by Simon Lelic ????' Hardback, pounds 12.99 SIMON Lelic doesn't shy away from controversial issues. He runs towards them, arms outstretched, like a child towards sweeties.

And the results of his examination of the bigger sociological questions always make for great literature.

He's billed as a crime writer, but really, his books are bigger than that. And in his third work, he finds his stride as somebody who can truly make us examine ourselves, and place ourselves in the scenarios he creates so masterfully.

The Child Who, in essence, is a simple tale. A pre-teen is arrested for a brutal murder that shocks a small town. A bored, vaguely ambitious solicitor agrees to represent him. And the decision has major repercussions for his family.

Pear Shaped by Stella Newman ???? Paperback, pounds 6.99 THE perfect antidote to those depressing dark nights when going to the gym is last thing on your mind, journalist, blogger and amateur cook Stella Newman's debut novel, Pear Shaped, provides a worthy guilt-free alternative.

Painfully honest at times, this is Sex In The City for realists. Sophie is 33, a successful career woman who loves her job developing desserts for a supermarket chain.

The only piece missing from the pie is the right man. Then she meets wealthy businessman James, 45, who shares her passion for food and loves everything about her... or so it seems.

A tale of deal-breakers and heartbreakers, the highlight of this book has to be the indulgent descriptions of cookies, custard doughnuts and old-fashioned cocktails. Little Bones - by Janette Jenkins ???' Hardback, pounds 12.99 AUTHOR of short stories and the novels Columbus Day, Another Elvis Love Child and Angel Of Brooklyn, Janette Jenkins returns with Little Bones, a novel set in London at the turn of the 20th century.

Jane, a young girl with physical disabilities, is abandoned by her family and falls into the service of an unusual doctor who specialises in aborting the unwanted babies of pregnant actresses. …

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