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Off the shelf: this month’s book reviews

The Flying TroutmansThe Flying Troutmans, Miriam Toews (Faber, RRP£7.99): When their mother is admitted to a psychiatric ward and their somewhat unconventional Aunt Hattie returns from Paris to take care of them, Logan and Thebes feel lost, confused with the world. Hattie takes the kids – who manage the rare feat of being quirky and precocious without being twee and irritating – on a road trip down from Canada and through the States to look for their father. Along the way the travellers sleep in divey motels, narrowly avoid getting arrested for hustling at basketball and produce a series of bizarre art projects. Ultimately, all three learn how to be a little happier in their own skins and how to catch the clumsy balls life throws at them. Juliet Bettany

South American Handbook South American Handbook Replica First EditionSouth American Handbook, and Replica First Edition (Footprint Travel Guides, 90th edition, RRP £25 and Replica 1st edition RRP £10): Footprint’s legendary South American Handbook, one of the most iconic travel bibles on the shelves and the longest established travel guide in the English language market, celebrates the launch of it’s 90th edition this year. Not only has this guide been updated annually since its inception, the 1924 first edition pre-dates even the BBC World Service or the first trans-atlantic telephone call. To celebrate the 90th edition, Footprint Guides are also releasing a replica edition of the original 1924 edition. It will make a beautiful addition to the shelves of anyone with a passion for travel.  Over a million people have travelled with this guide in their clutches during the last 90 years, from Graham Greene, to Paul Theroux and Michael Palin. Since the first South American Handbook we’ve witnessed phenomenal changes in travel and communications and while it will no longer advise you on how to dress for dinner, the depth and breadth of content and insight into this fascinating continent remains just as rich in the latest edition. For those embarking upon a journey across Latin America, the handbook remains a great choice.  Louise Jones



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