Consumed by Arifa Akbar (Sceptre, £16.99)
In 2016, Arifa Akbar’s sister Fauzia fell ill with a mysterious illness. She died, aged 45, from TB, diagnosed the day before her death. Consumed is Akbar’s poised and scholarly memoir; her sister and their relationship is at its heart, skilfully woven together with a cultural history of the disease that killed her. Akbar touches on its fetishization in the Victorian era, the consumptive women of opera and the historical landmarks connected to TB in Hampstead, where she grew up. A moving story of loss, grief and sisterhood.