Nicholls keeps the reviewers Sweet
15th July 2019
David Nicholls' Sweet Sorrow (Hodder), a teenage romance set against a backdrop of a theatre troupe putting on Romeo & Juliet, has enchanted the critics
"A poignant tragicomedy..."
3.87 out of 5
The Great Betrayal
"a disingenuous, dishonest Brexit polemic..."
— The Guardian
"This is genuinely unputdownable..."
4.63 out of 5
"this is the kind of book you can devour in one sitting, desperate to find out who ends up with whom in the back seat of whose car..."
— The Times
4.3 out of 5
"a memoir that promises to linger with you like a literary earworm..."
— The Sunday Times
4.75 out of 5
The Fatal Passion of Alma Rattenbury
"What lingers in the mind is not the burning injustice but the harrowing comedy..."
King of the World
"(a) thorough success in comprehending not just the world and the age, but the king and the man..."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.22 out of 5
The Far Field
"Vijay’s mastery of traditional narrative skills wouldn’t be out of place in a classic 19th-century novel..."
"a thought-provoking look into the future..."
The Most Difficult Thing
"A compulsive read..."
4 out of 5
Everything You Ever Wanted
"A woman’s midlife crisis leads her to a reality show on a desert planet. Then her problems really start..."
— The Observer
3.75 out of 5
"Two powerful books by low-paid women struggling to keep a roof over their heads illustrate the severity of Britain’s housing crisis..."
3.91 out of 5
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
"Browne’s history gets lost in a haze..."
— Irish Times
3.5 out of 5
The Great Successor
"An illuminating insight into the life and thinking of North Korea’s ruthless leader..."
— Evening Standard
Escape from Earth
"a true history of rocketry, espionage and sex cults..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
4.5 out of 5
Call Him Mine
"intoxicating and chilling..."
A Home From Home
"A lovely story about belonging..."
Mud and Stars
"Wheeler is as enthusiastic and authoritative a guide as one could wish for..."
A Certain Idea of France
"This comprehensive biography offers a 3D portrait of a man who was arrogant and vain..."
4.81 out of 5
Michael Gove: A Man in a Hurry
"this is a must-read for those wanting to know about Gove..."
The Garden Jungle
"this book will teach you a great deal about the creatures who live right outside your door and are waiting for you to get to know them..."
The Curse of the School Rabbit
" this seems to turn happy memories into a fond farewell...."
Berkmann's Cricketing Miscellany
"a hugely enjoyable compendium of cricketing stories..."
4.71 out of 5
Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories
Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
"The book’s gift is to allow the child’s malleable perception to flash alongside the adult’s somber recollections..."
— The New York Times
4.33 out of 5
White Hot Silence
"(an) assured orchestration of a sizeable cast and a complicated, country-hopping plot..."
Vietnam An Epic Tragedy
Sir Max Hastings
"mainly (but not always) well sourced..."
— London Review of Books
4.32 out of 5
"I was gripped..."
Jerusalem: City of the Book
Merav Mack, Benjamin Balint, Frederic Brenner
"a scholastic thriller..."
— The Spectator
10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World
"evoke[s] vivid memories..."
3.77 out of 5
Fleishman Is In Trouble
"fans of Maria Semple will love this book..."
3.67 out of 5
The Elizabethan Image
"Strong’s enthusiasm was, and is, infectious...."
"...as gripping and brilliant as anything I have read this year..."
— The Bookseller
Hitler: A Life
Peter Longerich (Former Professor of Modern German History, Royal Holloway, University of London)
"a fine-grained and generally very persuasive account of Hitler’s rise to power..."
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
"Moving between London and New York, this novel interrogates the relationship between depression and love..."
The Remarkable Life of the Skin
"This microscopic look at skin is crawling with revelations, from tiny mites to cellulite and skin care..."
Charles Fernyhough, Kamila Shamsie, Noam Chomsky, A. L. Kennedy
"another superlative anthology from Unbound..."
The Missing Lynx
"As elegies go, The Missing Lynx is an awful lot of fun..."
Kit de Waal
"The collection’s two finest stories both achieve this expert balance of the emotional and the cerebral...."
"Inside the secret lives and beliefs of the coders who effectively control our world..."
"Bad men and bad sex work up an appetite for tastier dishes..."
"In a satirical novel set in a near future, a global tech company has taken control..."
Flash Count Diary
"a fiercely intelligent trawl through menopausal waters that is not afraid to confront the intricacies of the female body and mind..."
Infamy: The Crimes of Ancient Rome
"The casual and deliberate cruelty carried over into public entertainment, with the gladiatorial shows in The Colosseum...."
— Daily Mail
Live a Little
"[a] bold, funny novel..."
3.82 out of 5
The Regency Revolution
"A fluent writer, he is fond of a zippy anecdote. Yet he can strain for effect..."
" it is as important and accessible as anything he has written..."
— Literary Review
3.88 out of 5
The Russia Anxiety
Mark B. Smith
"capture[s] with verve and imagination the grand sweep of its history, and combines this with an astute commentary ..."
Fried and Justified
"...takes the reader on a wild rock’n’roll fairground ride of the damned, where you’re simply not allowed to get off..."
"Lucy Ellmann has produced one of the outstanding books of the century so far..."
The Great Romantic
"(an) intimate and revealing portrait, by the two-time William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner, of a revolutionary journalist who changed sports journalism forever..."
"this important biography deserves a wide readership..."
The Most Fun We Ever Had
"Well-written if myopic debut about family in perpetual crisis..."
— The Independent
3.7 out of 5
When We Were Rich
"Lott takes the four likely lads of his 1999 debut – Frankie the Fib, Nodge, Diamond Tony and Colin the nerd – from Millennium Eve to the 2008 crash..."
3.2 out of 5
"Karl Whitney has penned an extremely important addition to modern music writing..."
Royal Observatory Greenwich
"Arranged in thematic chapters that will appeal to fact-hungry space enthusiasts..."
"a fascinating and well-written book about how two nations embraced the prospect of war..."
The Anxious Triumph
"‘The Anxious Triumph’ chronicles boom and dislocation of the late 1800s and provides lessons for today..."
— Financial Times
At the Pond
Margaret Drabble, Esther Freud, Sophie Mackintosh
"A collection of essays forms a paean to a women-only space that is a London institution..."
Politics for Beginners
Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell, Kellan Stover
Oi Duck-billed Platypus!
Kes Gray, Jim Field
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Ben Brooks, Quinton Winter
You Are Awesome
The House with Chicken Legs
David Baddiel, Steven Lenton
Slay In Your Lane
Yomi Adegoke, Elizabeth Uviebenene
Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies)
Henry Firth, Ian Theasby
The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book
Ordnance Survey, Dr Gareth Moore
The Wife Between Us
Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Close to Home
Why Mummy Swears
Dear Mrs Bird
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Lose Weight for Good
Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the...
"a reminder that there is much about 18th-century culture that still seems idiosyncratic or bizarre to 21st-century eyes..."
Anne De Courcy
"(a) gripping, rousing study..."
"the book rises admirably to the challenge of telling his extraordinary story..."
"Eatherley has the unflagging curiosity of a Victorian explorer. ..."
"a rigorous, persuasive revisionist history...."
The Ungrateful Refugee
"Nayeri works hard to put names, faces, quirks and favourite recipes to the anonymous numbers we read about – or switch off from...."
— New Statesman
Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself
"The shocking story of the hundreds of thousands of Germans who took their own lives after their defeat...."
3.11 out of 5
The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective
"engaging and full of wit..."
3.79 out of 5
"Steeped in bawdiness and irony, Polari was an antidote to the repressiveness of 1950s Britain..."
In Pursuit of Civility
"In Pursuit of Civility is vintage Thomas in its prodigious range of reference...."
4.45 out of 5
"An absorbing book about the settlement of the ‘Northwest’ hints at an alternative America that never came to pass..."
The Lost Boys
"an extraordinary tale..."
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
"A fierce argument in defence of indigenous American cultures..."
— Times Literary Supplement
Shakespeare and the Resistance
"Asquith writes warmly, often learnedly,..."
3 out of 5
The Photographer at Sixteen
" George Szirtes’s exceptional The Photographer at Sixteen ..."
4.2 out of 5
Culture in Nazi Germany
Michael H. Kater
"a reliable guide to this grim subject..."
"Arnott’s book offers an unusual perspective, revealing how a vessel, criss-crossing the oceans, changed history...."