I'm reading the Persephone edition of Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller, a novel of anti-Semitism in Britain between-the-wars. The protagonist is a young man who leaves behind his Jewish upbringing in Brighton, marries a Gentile woman, and becomes a successful film-maker. The anti-Semitism he experiences is all the more chilling for being so casual and ingrained.
I've just started Portobello by Ruth Rendell. I prefer her stand-alone suspense novels (such as this one) to her Inspector Wexford series. The fifty-year old central character, a resident of London's Notting Hill neighborhood, finds an envelope stuffed with cash one day on his way to the shops, and embarks on an ill-considered plan to find whomever lost it.
Finally, I'm not so much reading as salivating over The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009. I do miss Gourmet magazine (which folded in November 2009), so this is a wonderful resource. Coconut macadamia shortbread, anyone? Or how about Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies?