Our top book picks this week: A Russian Great Gatsby and more

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty. You'll need a strong constitution for this detailed account of a year working in a San Francisco crematorium – from picking up corpses at the morgue to taking delivery of human heads after scientific research. This is an honest reflection on attitudes to death. (Canongate, April 16)

Matchdays by Ronald Reng. Heinz Hoher was a German football player, coach, scout and then a manager for two decades before being sacked. His story is the foundation for this remarkable history of the Bundesliga, from the freewheeling 1960s to today's arch professionalism. (Simon & Schuster, April 9)

KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann. By 1945, the Nazis had built 22 large camps and about 1,000 satellites. These were at the centre of their genocidal regime. Billed as the first definitive history of the camps, this also explores the true horror of life inside for prisoners. (Little Brown, April 16)

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. Sweetness was unable to love her child as a mother should, while Bride, now grown up, feels betrayed by a moment in her past. This is said to be a fierce exploration from the Nobel laureate of the damage done by adults to children and how this persists through generations. (Chatto, April 23)

Last Night On Earth by Kevin Maher. Jay Concanon has fled Ireland for the bright lights of London. He has just become a ­father and his marriage has collapsed. But the past is never far behind and a visit from home threatens to derail Jay's intentions to be a good parent. This is a second novel from Maher, whose debut, The Fields, received much praise. (Little, Brown, April 2)

Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy. When Gorsky, a Russian billionaire, pulls up to a shabby bookseller's, the man behind the till gets the commission of a lifetime: to build a library. But while he gains access to a gilded world, it is one also fraught with danger and, ultimately, tragedy. This is the tale of an enigmatic oligarch, a type of Russian Jay Gatsby. (Chatto, April 9)