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11th February 2019
Robert McNamee's Zucked gets a warm welcome for its insider insights to the social giant's sharp practices
"very readable and hugely damaging..."
— The Sunday Times
3.92 out of 5
"there’s an enviable clarity and forthrightness to Slimani’s writing..."
— London Review of Books
3.8 out of 5
Twilight of the Elites
Christophe Guilluy, Malcolm DeBevoise
3.2 out of 5
"there are many beauties to be found in Blackburn’s writing..."
3.64 out of 5
"an arresting piece of fiction..."
3.57 out of 5
Mouthful of Birds
"Brilliantly disconcerting tales of the human psyche from the Argentinian author of Fever Dream..."
— The Observer
4 out of 5
"an immediately convincing evocation of time and place..."
"As with the best pulp fiction, there’s serious existential heft to this dazzling debut about a pair of toughs marauding around 50s America..."
— The Guardian
4.25 out of 5
Robert Menasse, Jamie Bulloch
"a thoroughly entertaining fiction that serves both as a sort of campus satire and a novel of ideas..."
— The Spectator
Professor Maxwell’s Duplicitous Demon
"Clegg doesn’t make science delightful. He delights in science. ..."
"The strength of this short book lies in its illustrations — more than 100 of them, brilliantly selected and reproduced..."
Late in the Day
"a subtle, delicate evocation of modern life..."
— The Independent
4.6 out of 5
Where Reasons End
" Dear Friend demonstrates how, in fiction, there is the potential to find freedom and escape from life..."
4.13 out of 5
"extraordinarily taut and compelling..."
3.83 out of 5
The Library Book
"a fascinating account of what a city of seekers found at LA Central Library..."
"This is an ebullient, irreverent and deeply serious novel in the noble tradition of Mark Twain..."
The Spirit of Science Fiction
Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer
"...this sense of the fugitive, the restless characters and their obsessions, that both buoys the narrative and ultimately lets it down..."
2.71 out of 5
Engines of Privilege
David Kynaston, Francis Green
"a persuasive case..."
— Financial Times
2.86 out of 5
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
"smart genre-bending ideas..."
— The Times
4.22 out of 5
"cleverly blends nimble, sometimes slapstic humour with an affecting commentary on the corrosive legacy of violence..."
3.89 out of 5
Winners Take All
"makes some important points..."
3.75 out of 5
Around the World in 80 Trains
" a rare rising star of the genre..."
— Daily Mail
"Denevi’s own rampant writing suits the story he tells. The personal and the political are inextricable...."
Eric Hobsbawn: A Life in History
Sir Richard J. Evans
"A richly detailed biography reveals Hobsbawm’s inner life, and underlines how he became the world’s Top Historian and a literary star..."
3.51 out of 5
"revels in its own complexity, blending humour and tragedy..."
4.2 out of 5
The Demon in the Machine
"a cracking read and certainly leaves your brain with a lot of new information to process..."
3.71 out of 5
The New Iberia Blues
James Lee Burke (Author)
"Once again James Lee Burke has created a phantasmagoric fable..."
— Evening Standard
4.67 out of 5
Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist
"A superb new biography of Nicholas Hilliard vividly recounts the life and times of Elizabeth I’s favourite portrait painter..."
4.43 out of 5
We Must Be Brave
"a great success: richly observed, lovingly drawn and determinedly clear-eyed to the last..."
In A Time Of Monsters
"The former political adviser dines with sheikhs and stays with ambassadors to grasp how a generation let down the Middle East..."
Merchants of Truth
"There is much to admire in a former New York Times editor's account of the decline of traditional media..."
— Irish Independent
3.93 out of 5
"(a) brilliant Brooklyn-set debut..."
How to Lose a Country
"A journalist in exile offers a bleak warning..."
"brief, dark and wonderfully atmospheric..."
The Wych Elm
"French offers a masterclass in unreliability..."
Mouth Full of Blood
"Mouth Full of Blood is a bracing reminder of what words do, how carefully they should and can be used..."
Let Me Not Be Mad
A K Benjamin
"a wild, genre-defying wake-up call of a book...."
"skilfully maps a tale of growing tensions, precipitate action, and troubled aftermath..."
— The Daily Telegraph
Flights of Fancy
"Its insights are inspiring..."
The Photographer at Sixteen
"a beautifully written and utterly compelling narrative..."
The Freedom Artist
"It’s savagely political, disturbing and fiercely optimistic, the deeply felt work of a writer who refuses to stop asking the hardest questions..."
The Lost Properties of Love
"I loved the honesty of this book and the way Ratcliffe reminds us that the most intimate details of our lives can all come to light at any time..."
3.44 out of 5
Threads of Life
"In this unusual book, part memoir, part history, Clare Hunter offers a personal meditation on the textile arts..."
The Final Days of EMI
"A lively, unsparing account of Terra Firma’s takeover of EMI and the music giant’s subsequent collapse..."
All Together Now?
"a searing critique of how 40 years of neoliberalism has ruined the lives of ordinary people..."
"moving...unflinching on loss, longing and choice..."
"This tender-hearted, tough-minded book seems set to revivify a genre that can too often be self-deluding and thus pointless..."
3.73 out of 5
Women Who Dared to Break All the Rules
Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead
4.57 out of 5
When I Had A Little Sister
"a considerable achievement..."
4.5 out of 5
The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz
"a miraculous story..."
"The border between North and South has plagued Britain and Ireland from 1921 to today..."
4.29 out of 5
Time to Go
"Time to Go fairly pulses with life — and, strangely, disarming humour..."
Seven Signs of Life
"Aoife Abbey gives voice to the complexity of what it means to be a human being..."
— Irish Times
The Hunting Party
"a murder-mystery of epic proportions..."
"Parisian sewers, old gold mines and the Mole Man of Hackney in a thrilling celebration of the subterranean..."
The Wolf and the Watchman
"(a) remarkable debut novel..."
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
"she has given us an illuminating critical perspective on the regime of surveillance under which we all now live..."
— New Statesman
The Great Wide Open
"a page-turner, with a relentless pace..."
3.6 out of 5
J. O. Morgan
The Cut Out Girl
Bart van Es
To Throw Away Unopened
Meet Me at the Museum
An Unremarkable Body
Pieces of Me
The Italian Teacher
5 out of 5
The Silence of the Girls
4.77 out of 5
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
4.33 out of 5
From a Low and Quiet Sea
The Skylarks' War
4.53 out of 5
Time and Power
"whatever it lacks in grace, it amply makes up for in intellectual vigour. ..."
3.5 out of 5
A Fistful of Shells
" Toby Green, in A Fistful of Shells, has taken on that momentous task. ..."
The Game of Love in Georgian England
"...adroitly couples details with theory, and enhances her “object-driven approach” with illuminating reproductions ..."
First Raise a Flag
"Peter Martell’s moving evocation of South Sudan’s slide into civil war..."
The Drum Horse in the Fountain
Christopher Joll, Anthony Weldon, Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank
"to dip in and out of this book is immensely enjoyable..."
Last Days in Old Europe
"He is a dedicated observer of people and things, whom no detail escapes...."
— Literary Review
3.33 out of 5
The World After the War
"one of the most thoughtful books on the Cold War period that has come my way...."
The Royal Society
"it is hard not to take pride, by the end, in the eccentric and inspiring story of a great British institution..."
Lords of the Desert
"he has produced a good book, even if a great deal of the story is, though endlessly complicated, quite well known. ..."
4.15 out of 5