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Publishers are already eying airport bookshops, but there’s nothing escapist about May’s selections

By Hephzibah Anderson   May 2013

Big Brother (Harper Collins, £16.99) sees novelist Lionel Shriver grappling with obesity. The book begins when Pandora fails to recognise her own sibling at the airport. Edison has always loomed larger-than-life in his little sister’s world. Now, this formerly slender jazz pianist is so huge he has to be rolled off the plane in a wheelchair. Shriver makes it impossible to feel anything but revulsion for him. Never mind the aesthetics of his suicide-by-pie mission, he’s a tedious egotist who wreaks havoc as a house guest and is positively gleeful when Pandora’s relationship with her step-kids and husband starts to…

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