Duncan Campbell, Headline, £7.99
I usually find a book blurb with the word "backpackers" in it rather off-putting. This is because it tends to suggest that the author has rewritten and improved a travel journal from their own gap year, with a few amusing anecdotes blended in for good measure.
Happily, that cannot be said of The Paradise Trail. The novel spans three decades and three continents, which in less skilled hands could become that rather awful combination of both clumsy and tedious.