Our top book picks this week: Tony Blair’s contested legacy and more

Broken Vows: Tony Blair, The Tragedy of Power by Tom Bower

Bower has a reputation for writing hard-hitting biographies and this is no exception. He takes a critical line on the former UK prime minister’s record yet ignores achievements such as the Northern Irish peace process. (Faber and Faber, March 3)

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Aeneid Book VI by Seamus Heaney

The final work from the Nobel laureate. Virgil’s epic poem was written between 29BC and 19BC and this chapter follows Aeneas on his descent into the underworld. Heaney said the piece was an important influence on his work. (Faber and Faber, March 3)

A History of Violence by Óscar Martínez

Central America has some of the highest murder rates in the world. Martínez rides in trafficking boats, hangs out with informers and accompanies the drugs police to give a searing account of life in one of the most violent places on Earth. (Verso Books, March 8)

The Travelers by Chris Pavone

Will Rhodes is on a luxury writing assignment in Argentina. But things are about to get very messy as a mild flirtation turns into something that puts his life in danger. He has been targeted, but by whom and why? New thriller from the author of The Expats.

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

Ohio, 1838. James and Sadie Goodenough eke out a living from their apple trees. Fifteen years later, their son is travelling west having left the family home because of domestic violence. But the past is about to catch up with him. Gritty historical fiction set in the United States. (The Borough Press, March 8)

Where Love Begins by Judith Hermann

Stella is a happily married woman living in the suburbs. Her husband often travels, leaving her alone in the house. One day a stranger turns up at her door demanding to talk and will not leave her alone. This proves to be the beginning of a nightmare. Translated from German. (Clerkenwell Press, March 3)

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