You find me at a slightly odd time," says Anthony Horowitz, somewhat apologetically. It is the end of the interview and the author of the latest Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, the Alex Rider novels, two recent Sherlock Holmes novels, ITV's Foyle's War and New Blood, a forthcoming BBC 1 spy series, has had a rough week. "A week ago, you would have got a much better interview," says Horowitz.
Late in his short life Joseph Roth deliberately spoiled a pair of trousers which his better-off Viennese fellow-writer Stefan Zweig had bought for him. Loth to accept charity, he died an alcoholic early in 1939.
Since the 1970s, a powerful genre has emerged: novels and dramas about child evacuees during the Second World War. Some of the best-known titles are Nina Bawden's Carrie's War, Jack Rosenthal's The Evacuees and Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mr Tom.
Mishka Ben-David abandoned a PhD in Hebrew literature to join the Mossad. His most famous assignment was a botched attempt to assassinate Hamas's leader, Khaled Meshaal. After 12 years, he left and became a thriller-writer. This is his second novel to appear in English (it was originally published in Hebrew in 2008).
Broken on the Inside, by Simon Hammelburg, was originally published in Holland in 1996. At the beginning of this new version (Aerial Media, £16.99) we are told that it "may be read as a novel" and that "it is based on 1,200 interviews with Holocaust survivors and their children".