If a Man Booker shortlisted author is not enough to get you to read this book, maybe the subject matter will. You don’t often hear Gregor Mendel’s name come up in fiction books, but this one manages to weave historical fiction with the present day to create a story that you won’t be able to stop reading. The book is told from the perspective of geneticist Dr. Benedict Lambert, distant relative of Mendel himself and also a dwarf. His personal and professional lives are changing dramatically as he looks for the secrets of his own DNA while also looking for a personal connection. A dark and heart-wrenching read, this was first published in 1997, and is now out in paperback. Available now from Abacus  (ISBN 9780349000053) CDN$14.99