God on the Rocks

For those of us who have come to recognize the British fiction writer Jane Gardam as one of the very best living novelists, this reissue of her 1978 tale of a young woman's coming of age between the world wars is cause for rejoicing. Those who've yet to encounter the magic of this marvelous storyteller are in for an even bigger treat.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.