ON THE SHELF

Updated: Aug 31 2014, 05:41am hrs
The Children Act, Ian McEwan

Random House

16.99

Pp 214

Fiona Maye is a high court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is an expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts. But the pressure to resolve one case and her crumbling marriage tests her in ways that will keep readers enthralled.

Vermeers Hat, Indras Net, and the Dawn of Globalisation

Timothy Brook

Hachette

R499

Pp 272

In one painting, a Dutch military officer leans towards a laughing girl. In another, a woman at a window weighs pieces of silver. Vermeers haunting images hint at the stories behind these moments. As Brook shows us in Vermeers Hat, these pictures open doors on to a rapidly expanding world.

The Mockingbird Next Door

Marja Mills

Penguin

R699

Pp 288

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best-loved novels. But for the last 50 years, Lee has said almost nothing. But in 2001, Lee and her sister Alice opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversationand a great friendship.

Picture Abhi Baaki Hai

Rachel Dwyer

Hachette

R499

Pp 295

In this book, eminent Hindi film scholar Rachel Dwyer looks at Bollywood films since 1991, the year of Indias economic liberalisation. Dwyer shows how escapism and entertainment function in Bollywood, revealing the ways in which Hindi films have imagined and portrayed modern India.