Kensington Gardens
Roderigo Fresan, Faber, £12.99
A couple of decades ago, every second or third-rate English literary novelist was writing "magic realism" set in the jungles of Latin America. Well, Latin America has decided to get its own back. This is an Argentinian novel set in exotic west London, where memories of Peter Pan and the swinging Sixties form a psychotic cocktail in the mind of a Harry Potter-meets-Michael Jackson children's author. It's far from note-perfect -- Fresan thinks British trains are proverbially punctual -- but the view of ourselves from outside is fascinating.