Reviewers blow a fuse for McEwan's Machines Like Me
15th April 2019
Ian McEwan's Machines Like Me (Jonathan Cape) has generated rave reviews, with the speculative sci-fi tale, set in an alternative 1980s Britain, described as "a bravura performance"
Machines Like Me
"In this bravura performance, literary flair and cerebral sizzle winningly combine..."
— The Sunday Times
3.72 out of 5
The Corner Shop
"one of the best books I’ve read of the immigrant experience in this country..."
— Daily Mail
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps
"excellent... she gives us a strong sense of both the man and his milieu..."
— The Spectator
The Long Spring
"Rose’s deep love of his subject and obvious expertise more than compensate for an occasional lack of restraint..."
— The Daily Telegraph
This Searing Light
"Savage’s thoughtful orchestration of the band’s oral history is illuminating..."
— New Statesman
The Language of Birds
"The complex intersections of the mother-baby-nanny triangle and the loneliness of childcare are beautifully depicted..."
— The Guardian
3.77 out of 5
"This novel is so compelling it takes your breath away..."
You Will Be Safe Here
"brave, compassionate and beautifully written..."
3.73 out of 5
Ships Of Heaven
"one of our finest gazetteers of the British countryside..."
4.25 out of 5
Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing
Robert A Caro
"Working, blessedly short by Caro’s usual standards, tells you how the best of it gets done. ..."
— Evening Standard
A Stranger City
"a witty, sunlounger-accessible and deeply humanising story about people — about us..."
Maoism: A Global History
"Lovell has a gift for compressing long and convoluted histories via just the right stories, characters, moments, and statistics..."
Madeleine Bunting (Y)
"an unflinching narrative, highlighting the moral complexities and compromises involved in living with the enemy..."
"The shade of Beckett hangs over this bleak, but haunting, tale..."
3.67 out of 5
"Her writing is excellent: precise, economical and accessible..."
"a magnificent tribute to both character and author..."
4.31 out of 5
E. L. James
"a romance for Brexit Britain..."
1.6 out of 5
We Need to Talk About Putin
"a slim and engaging volume that reads like a primer for anyone poised to enter a negotiation with the Russian president..."
The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin
"fascinating, authoritative and intelligent..."
4.2 out of 5
Outside Looking In
T. C. Boyle
"an astute study of the dynamics of attraction and power, leaders and followers..."
The Last Leonardo
"The story of the world’s most expensive painting is narrated with great gusto and formidably researched detail..."
Things in Jars
"This pacy piece of Victorian crime fiction delivers chills galore..."
4.17 out of 5
"a smart and breezy debut..."
— The Observer
4.5 out of 5
The Science of Storytelling
"a smart, fascinating exploration of the science and psychology behind our most sophisticated art form..."
3.7 out of 5
"Without polemic, without grandstanding, she makes the point that the female body is still a political battleground..."
"Boakye teaches all of us valuable lessons in history, sociology, politics, literature and pop culture..."
"It’s wonderful to hear the sound of Rooney’s voice on the page again..."
— The New York Times
"the way that Houellebecq obsesses over and dissects the banalities of life that makes him so entertaining...."
"The relationship between art and our beleaguered ecosystem fires the Australian poet’s new collection..."
No Way Out
"Hunter’s novel is a tour de force, providing one plot twist after another without losing sight of her characters’ vulnerable humanity...."
Eric Hobsbawn: A Life in History
Sir Richard J. Evans
"No stone goes unturned..."
— London Review of Books
3.59 out of 5
"gripping... the final page will make your jaw drop and your heart stop..."
Daughters of Nri
Reni K Amayo
"reassert[ing] that black readers are as capable of having broad, varied, multifaceted interests as anyone else...."
Go Ahead in the Rain
"An obsessive fan offers sharp insights into the hip-hop quartet that even his jazz-loving parents liked..."
Protest and Power
"Kogan tells this story with admirable even-handedness and plenty of revealing quotation..."
3.25 out of 5
The Lost Ten
"Sidebottom conjures up this landscape and its people brilliantly..."
— The Times
"A thought-provoking and tense tale...."
— Woman & Home
The New Achilles
"bursting with character and warmth..."
4.6 out of 5
Our Life in a Day
"[an] outstanding debut..."
Days in the Caucasus
Banine, Anne Thompson-Ahmadova
"A memorable childhood in the chaos of the Caucasus..."
Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to t...
"There are some awkward facts hidden in this first biography of Apple’s Tim Cook..."
Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World
"The remarkable story of a model turned sheep farmer at ‘the end of the world’..."
Michael Tippett: The Biography
"History’s verdict won’t be kind to the British composer..."
3.71 out of 5
The Garden of Lost and Found
"An immersive mystery..."
One Hundred Miracles
"a moving record of a life well lived in the face of appalling obstacles..."
How to Treat People: A Nurse at Work
"a young nurse’s beautifully written memoir..."
"marks a welcome return for Jane Casey..."
4 out of 5
"this exquisitely controlled love story is all in the detail..."
— The Independent
Orphans of Empire
Helen Berry (Professor of British History, Newcastle University)
"A new history salutes the Foundling Hospital’s noble work to stop the abandonment of babies..."
"A gripping account of the nation’s greatest mistake is timely and relevant..."
4.41 out of 5
A History of the Bible
"Its teachings have shaped the west but is scripture the ‘gospel truth’?..."
— Financial Times
4.3 out of 5
Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me
"one of the most inspiring books about teaching you’ll ever read..."
The Patient Assassin
"Anita Anand combines interesting details with forensic research and an eye for colour..."
— Irish Times
4.1 out of 5
A Woman of No Importance
"a cracking story of an extraordinarily brave woman...."
"A spine-chilling masterpiece..."
Biased: The New Science of Race and Inequality
"Beyond striving for self-awareness and open-mindedness it is not clear what this book has to offer..."
3.75 out of 5
The Rosie Result
"A brave, funny conclusion to an atypical trilogy..."
3.57 out of 5
"comic potential with a moral edge..."
3.14 out of 5
Philosopher of the Heart
"Carlisle quite clearly loves and knows a lot about her subject...."
3.13 out of 5
Pie Fidelity: In Defence of British Food
"Brown writes beautifully and fondly of every dish in a way that will have you desperate to taste it again at the end of each chapter..."
3 out of 5
"a quirky, original adventure about friendship and loyalty,..."
"[Barrie] is an admirably reliable and assiduous guide..."
"In this novel-cum-memoir-cum-grand finale, the centenarian US author and friend of the beats takes a wild journey through his lifetime in literature..."
Building Anglo-Saxon England
Mary Fulbrook (Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, University College London)
Trading in War
Birds in the Ancient World
Empress: Queen Victoria and India
Oscar: A Life
3.76 out of 5
Palaces of Pleasure
"A giddy delight sometimes breaks through Mr Jackson’s sober researches..."
Culture in Nazi Germany
Michael H. Kater
"A chilling study of the arts under the Nazis...."
Mother: An Unconventional History
"Utterly compelling book looks at perspectives ranging from Victorian women to slaves..."
3.91 out of 5
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
"Katrina Gulliver considers how we have acquiesced to losing our privacy..."
— Times Literary Supplement
Rose Dame Macaulay
"A spiky, dystopian satire is reissued for the first time in a century..."
Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age ...
"Decades of failed harvests during the Little Ice Age encouraged global trade, imperialism and the establishment of new European entrepôts..."
2.67 out of 5
Daughters of Chivalry
"Wilson-Lee is a diligent historian, a dogged researcher and an engaging writer...."
2.75 out of 5
"an intelligent and unsentimentally argued account of one of the most horrifying moments in the history of the Raj..."
3.88 out of 5
The Grit in the Pearl
"a salacious and tragic tale..."
Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior
"an impressive account of a medieval warrior’s quest to be England’s first regnant queen..."
The Fate of Rome
"climate, disease and the end of an empire..."
"(a) humane and convincing book..."
3.93 out of 5
Engines of Privilege
David Kynaston, Francis Green
"On inequality of opportunity in UK education..."
2.87 out of 5
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
"there is hope amid the despair..."
The Man Who Was Saturday
"Patrick Bishop revels in contradictions of Conservative who was notoriously private..."
4.11 out of 5
"stimulating, though at times overly academic..."
"A thought-provoking book revisits modern capitalism as much as Victorian aesthetics..."
Our Man Down in Havana
"It is the kind of obsessive book I like best — a full-body immersion into Greeneland..."
How Was It For You?
"It is her enthusiasm as much as her scholarship that makes this such a beguiling read..."
3.8 out of 5
The Map of Knowledge
"The Map of Knowledge is popular intellectual history at its best..."
Midnight in Chernobyl
"a gripping, miss-your-subway-stop read..."
4.18 out of 5
An Impeccable Spy
"With this book as our evidence, we can say that Sorge was an impeccable spy, and also that Matthews is an impeccable biographer. ..."
— The Scotsman
4.06 out of 5