Yann Martel, author of Booker prize-winning novel The Life of Pi (Canongate), is back with Beatrice and Virgil (Text), again about a man on a journey. The protagonist is a writer struggling to finish a book about the Holocaust. After receiving a mysterious letter, he finds himself in a taxidermist’s workshop. Among the stuffed animals in the workshop are Beatrice and Virgil: a monkey and a donkey. Ian McEwan’s Solar (Jonathan Cape) featured again on the most mentioned chart, as did Brenda Walker’s Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life (Hamish Hamilton). So Much for That (Fourth Estate), Lionel Shriver’s new book, continues to receive favourable reviews and local celebrity Juanita Phillips has received considerable interest in A Pressure Cooker Saved My Life (ABC Books), about keeping a healthy balance between work and family life.