An extra-terrestrial Robinson Crusoe, Andy Weir’s The Martian is a compelling read. Mark Watley is left for dead on Mars and his supplies will not keep him alive until his support team, on Earth, return for him. He’s a resourceful fellow and it’s a joy to read his death defying battle for survival. Potato growing has never before been this thrilling.
The Martian, by Andy Weir, is published by Del Ray, £9.99. To order a copy, call 01608 641033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our review, written by Gabriel Smith, featured in the Banbury Guardian http://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/what-s-on/book-reviews-the-martian-and-to-bed-on-thursdays-1-5916476