Amity And Sorrow by Peggy Riley (Tinder Press, £7.99)
Riley's tale of two sisters and their mother escaping a cult run by a fundamentalist preacher with 49 wives is told from the different viewpoints of the women involved - the mother, Amaranth, is particularly compelling. If it lacks the edge and underlying sense of evil of say, Joyce Carol Oates, it's an intense and dramatic read nevertheless.
Winter Journal by Paul Auster (Faber, £9.99)
Ageing makes us more aware of the body than ever, and it was turning 64 that prompted Auster to write a memoir of his body, its pleasure and pains. It's meditative, self-indulgent certainly, but less so in its prose style than in its focus, and has a surprisingly matrilineal feel (his mother, wife, daughter all figure here).
The Peculiar Case Of The Electric Constable by Carol Baxter (Oneworld, £12.99)
The popularity of real-life Victorian murder cases continues unabated, but this has the added interest of new technology in the shape of the "electric telegraph" system playing an actual part in the apprehending of a suspect. Baxter's nevertheless readable prose does tend to drag her story of suspected murderer, Quaker John Tawer, out a little.
Before Adam by Jack London (Hesperus Press, £7.99)
The narrator of this novella has dreams that take him to a time "before Adam", before homo sapiens dominated the Earth, and London's fantasy plays out in a high-spirited but not-too antiquated fashion, as the man remembers his ape-like parents and the tribes that competed with one another.