The current slew of fresh paperbacks on offer covers an impressive spectrum all the way from a comedy of middle class manners featuring strange botany, courtesy of Scarlett Thomas, right through to a series of intricately wrought tales set in Belgium, with a strong focus on rural life, from talented Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

Read on for five selections from IBTimes UK for your paperback reading, ready and waiting to spring from your bag to envelope you in silken webs of prose.