Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley (Hodder & Stoughton General Division), £16.99.

As its title promises, Hot Stew is a steamy tale set in a simmering contemporary-Soho. The book plays on the Elizabethan word for brothel – Stew and follows Tabitha and Precious, two prostitutes who work and live on the top floor of a townhouse. A battle of rags and riches ensues as a wealthy developer, Agatha, sets her sights on turning the building into expensive restaurants and luxury flats.