A scandalous blot on Britain's animal-loving history is the starting point for The Emergency Zoo by Miriam Halahmy (Alma Books, £6.99). In the run-up to the Second World War, citizens were urged to have their pets put down. Twelve-year-old Tilly and Rosy create a refuge for their pets and those of their friends.
All families have secrets, but the Tempest family has more than most. Ilana Fox's The Glittering Art of Falling Apart (Orion Books, £7.99) charts the story of the romance-obsessed Cassie Cooke, an antique-books enthusiast who delves into her family's past and uncovers a lot more than the standard broiges.
'You won't have to worry about me when there is another war," Udi reassures his mother, Batia, in Jemma Wayne's rich new novel. Udi, wounded while serving in Gaza, wants her blessing for his move away from Israel to London.
British prime ministers have never been neutral towards the intelligence services. Intelligence historians Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac have written an accessible book, indicating how different premiers reacted to intelligence reports - and often bypassed their own officials, establishing their own private operations.
Few authors simultaneously capture the zeitgeist of the moment and confront the universal wish for immortality. But, taking a fictional character - Shakespeare's "mercurial, mischievous" heroine, Rosalind - as her beguiling subject, Angela Thirlwell, in her latest biography, achieves this.
A collection of essays by the American Jewish poet Melissa Broder, delving into her lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression - So Sad Today (Scribe, £12.99) - is at times hard to stomach. She writes graphically about her sex life and fantasies - in one essay, revealing a string of breathtakingly explicit "sexts" - and seems to delight in unsettling her readers.