Skagboys by Irvine Welsh, Jonathan Cape, £12.99.
IT sounds like the title of an Irvine Welsh parody but it is the real thing, in which he revisits his Leith muses: Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud.
This prequel to Trainspotting traces how each of the quartet fell from grace as jobs, education and optimism gave way to unemployment, Thatcher and heroin.
Although it lacks the pace of Trainspotting, this is still an essential read.
Stonemouth by Iain Banks, Little, Brown, £18.99.
THIS book is centred around a coming-of-age story, this time set in the fictional town of Stonemouth.
Stewart is revisiting the area after being run out by a local crime family five years earlier, and his return sees him reunited with some old friends, his former fiancee and some troubling memories.
But as his dubious past comes to light along with the reason for his banishment, his current standing in the town becomes more and more dangerous.
Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim: A 900-Year-Old Story Retold by John Guy, Viking, £25.
WHEN Saint Thomas Becket saw the knights draw their swords, his eyes might have flashed in fear and anger and his hand may have gripped at a sword that was no longer there. For he had led men into battle and had fought hard.
Tudor historian John Guy has taken the legend of this holy man and opponent of King Henry II and put it under the microscope. The result is a different story to the one known for hundreds of years. Even so, his skills, talents and fatal flaws make for a spellbinding read.