Critics say Rankin-Gee's apocalyptic novel Dreamland 'deserves applause'
19th April 2021
This week, Rosa Rankin-Gee's Dreamland (Scribner UK) transported critcs to praise the coming-of-age story’s "nuanced, astute world building".
"In this coming-of-age story set in a near-future England, a teenager discovers life’s possibilities as climate chaos intensifies..."
— The Guardian
4.33 out of 5
"...clever, satisfying, and often playful..."
A Little Devil in America
"a freewheeling collection of essays explores black culture in the US..."
Philip: The Final Portrait
"an intimate and affectionate read...."
— The Times
I’m Waiting For You
Kim Bo-Young, Sophie Bowman, Sung Ryu
"(a) dazzling and accomplished collection from the South Korean writer Kim Bo-young..."
"This is natural history as police procedural; and life on Earth as the scene of a crime...."
4 out of 5
"the book delivers on the huge, mind-bending promise made in its first few pages...."
Jeremy Robert Johnson
"To get a feel for The Loop, imagine if the TV series Stranger Things lost its sense of humour. ..."
The Bomber Mafia
"While I admire brevity, the subject demands more depth than this volume provides...."
"At times reading this memoir feels like travelling on a high-speed train – no sooner have we stopped at one place than we’re hurtling on to the next. ..."
Sarah Blau, Daniella Zamir
"Twisted, dark and fizzing with fury, it’s a lot of fun...."
— The Observer
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed
"lashings of local mysticism and a flair for transgressive imagery make her an arrestingly original talent..."
Places of Mind
"(a) critical, generous and heartfelt biography..."
Watch Her Fall
"deliciously sinister and obsessive, an immersive journey into a world where ballet is everything, with one hell of a twist...."
A Comedy of Terrors
"Lighthearted, witty and effortlessly clever, just like its wonderful heroine..."
"a striking first novel, a chilling insight into an oppressive world, where bad thoughts and bad deeds ripple just below the surface..."
"In these seductively curious essays, Dyer scrutinises images and photographers, unearthing hidden truths and a sense of the uncanny..."
"Anthony Quinn’s latest period novel extends his richly pleasurable and loosely connected series portraying London down the decades..."
3.6 out of 5
I Belong Here
"the intensely personal story of one woman being soothed by nature and finding closure in the process..."
— The Sunday Times
The Light of Days
"The unspeakable is succeeded by the unthinkable in this passionately written history..."
— Irish Times
Empire of Pain
Patrick Radden Keefe
"Patrick Radden Keefe delivers a damning account of Purdue Pharma, Oxycontin and a family that grew rich..."
"a torturous history of the massacre..."
The Duchess Countess
"Ostler is very good at conjuring up the 18th century..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
"A city dweller’s views of the countryside are upended in this subtle, moving study..."
In the Thick of It
"there are some good jokes along the way..."
2.78 out of 5
Monica Jones, Philip Larkin and Me: Her ...
"John Sutherland makes a brave attempt to rescue the reputation of Larkin’s longstanding lover and muse..."
3.67 out of 5
Albert and the Whale
"reckless, marvellous and unforgettable..."
— The Spectator
4.36 out of 5
The Middle East Crisis Factory
Iyad El-Baghdadi, Ahmed Gatnash
"a proud, angry and ultimately hopeful rallying cry for the causes of democratisation and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa..."
The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle
"an insightful study into a period of history often overlooked in fiction..."
3.5 out of 5
Robert Seethaler, Charlotte Collins
"melancholy, tender, comic..."
3.71 out of 5
How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World
"This fascinating book makes a persuasive, sanctimony-free case for treating animals more humanely..."
"Alec MacGillis offers a timely account of how the online giant has reshaped the US economy and wider society..."
— Financial Times
"Kaiser chases down the facts (fingers-crossed) of Abraham Kajzer’s story, and they devastated me..."
— The New York Times
"Bear is a bizarre but strangely uplifting book about a woman’s quest for freedom..."
"a powerful blend of health, self-help and memoir..."
— The Bookseller
"Laing's writing is never less than bracing, combining formidable intelligence with truly radical ways of looking at the world..."
"An Anglican vicar deals with his drinking, divorce and family history..."
"Kaitlyn Greenidge is good on the contradictions of freedom, and the persistent, sour legacy of slavery, but it is the mother-daughter relationship that makes this novel dazzle..."
A Man Named Doll
"Motel, money, murder, madness: it has all you need to keep you happy..."
The Metal Heart
"Lea writes beautifully of island life and love, and the sacrifices that both demand...."
The End of Men
"[an] unforgettable debut..."
"Saint’s version is energetic and compelling, and the women become more than just the victims of the whims of men..."
The Road Trip
"Beth is quite rightly earning her title as 'Queen of Uplit'..."
"Benjamin Myers’s multifaceted short stories grapple with the nature of masculinity..."
Lean Fall Stand
"explores the optimistic and pessimistic implications of life’s persistence..."
4.4 out of 5
The Seven Necessary Sins For Women And Girls
"a manifesto encouraging women to defy, disobey and disrupt the patriarchy..."
A Most Remarkable Creature
"I was captivated by this debut, which blends ornithology, travelogue and biography..."
Letters to Camondo
Edmund de Waal
"a superb, sensitive account..."
3.63 out of 5
In Love with Hell
"Authors and the bottle make for an entertaining read despite a whiff of disapproval..."
"All these stories are brilliant, but with few exceptions they are bleak..."
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town
"Hitchcock is insightful on the limitations of sibling loyalty, poor parenting and the inherent contradiction of life in a small town..."
The New Breed
"Darling has interesting insights and marshals her arguments well. ..."
My Rock 'n' Roll Friend
"Tracey Thorn’s laser-sharp account of a 37-year friendship..."
4.5 out of 5
" Mir offers us a fascinating glimpse into a world rarely portrayed in fiction..."
The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym
"This, like its subject’s best books, rewards reading and re-reading..."
The Sleeping Beauties
"Sleeping sickness, strange behaviour and mass hysteria ... a neurologist makes sense of ‘psychosomatic’ illness..."
4.09 out of 5
"a distilled psychological tour de force from an exceptional writer..."
4.05 out of 5
Do Not Disturb
"(an) engrossing and revelatory investigation..."
The Madness of Grief
Reverend Richard Coles
"A vicar’s moving account of the death of his husband and life with a difficult illness..."
"an original and refreshingly unorthodox approach to history..."
The Impossible Office?
Anthony Seldon (University of Buckingham), Jonathan Meakin, Illias Thoms
"an intelligent and insightful account of the evolution of the role..."
The Dictionary of Lost Words
"a gentle, hopeful story..."
The Hard Crowd
" a narrative voice that’s hip, raspy, rich in caustic or deadpan one-liners, and an ethic of almost wide-eyed “permeability,” of feeling painfully responsible for history’s wrongs...."
The High House
"Despite its bleak subject matter, this is a book suffused with the joy and fulfilment of raising a child..."
The Secret World of Weather
"The Secret World of Weather will help you decode the clouds..."
— The Daily Telegraph
First Person Singular
Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel
"To be charitable, we might put all this down to the late-career trailing off of a much-loved storyteller...."
3.23 out of 5
"The US president’s guilt-ridden son relates his life of excess in detail, but sadly lacks any self-awareness..."
3.07 out of 5
Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor
"yes, it’s fun, but it’s not substantial. Still, perhaps that’s enough..."
2.71 out of 5
All the Lonely People
Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang
Anisha, Accidental Detective
Serena Patel, Emma McCann
Code Name Bananas
David Walliams, Tony Ross
The Danger Gang
Tom Fletcher, Shane Devries
The Patient Man
A Promised Land
3.84 out of 5
3.89 out of 5
3.9 out of 5
Lee Child, Andrew Child
3.31 out of 5
A Song for the Dark Times
4.44 out of 5
The Evening and the Morning
A Life on Our Planet
Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day
Captain Tom Moore
4.08 out of 5
The Thursday Murder Club
The Midnight Library
4.1 out of 5
4.27 out of 5
A Lonely Man
"My advice: buy the short stories and then buy this book and read them back-to-back...."
A Double Life
"her pacy thriller is a persuasive account of the terrible cost of living a double life..."
— Daily Mail
4.29 out of 5
The Girls Are All So Nice Here
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
"Flynn keeps the tension bubbling nicely..."
Kotaro Isaka, Sam Malissa
"an unusual and thoroughly enjoyable read..."
How to Betray Your Country
"a distinctly more thought-provoking novel than is customary in the genre..."
The Crocodile Hunter
The Old Enemy
"The Old Enemy has an old-style, mid-Atlantic feel to it but it is no less gripping for that..."
A Gentleman in Moscow
" a tale abundant in humour, history and humanity, with a poignant message about time passing..."
4.38 out of 5
The Night Gate
"both an enjoyable read and an educational one..."
— The Scotsman
" Vidich’s style is sparse but atmospheric..."
"Rhodes makes up for her limited canvas with evocative descriptions of the rugged landscape..."
The Dirty South
"a finely written thriller haunted by a powerful sense of the struggle between good and evil..."
Lynda La Plante
"Thirty years on from writing Prime Suspect, La Plante is still delivering the goods...."
Into the Fire
"Rachael Blok’s amusing update of Agatha Christie finds time to highlight working conditions in Bangladeshi factories in addition to uncovering a wicked plot involving blackmail and murder..."
"multilayered and emotionally astute..."
How to Survive Everything
"The funniest thing about this book is that it is funny...."
"A well researched and compelling read..."
"[a] character-driven debut..."
"[a] riveting, creepy mystery novel..."
3.91 out of 5
The Eighth Girl
Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
"The second I finished this extremely impressive debut, I went back to the beginning and read it again..."
A Fine Madness
"a (mostly) convincing portrait of the mercurial dramatist ..."
Edge of the Grave
"Edge of the Grave builds to a wildly implausible finale, but it’s a dark and powerful story..."
"Scarrow, turning away from his previous Roman adventures, has produced a gripping thriller..."