Adam Mars-Jones's Box Hill is praised as clever, subtle and endearing
23rd March 2020
Adam Mars-Jones’s Box Hill revved up reviewers this weekend with the novel described as “measured”, “thoughtful” and “oddly pure”.
"Adam Mars-Jones has never needed to write at great length to convince readers of his talent...."
— The Sunday Times
3.75 out of 5
"Immersive, at times shockingly intimate, and triumphantly brought to fruition, this is a work that ought to win prizes..."
— The Guardian
4.4 out of 5
The Second World Wars
Victor Davis Hanson
"Emotions never impede rational analysis. Presented in this starkly reductive fashion, war becomes too easy to contemplate. ..."
— The Times
"In the end, what makes Conclusions so delightful is Boorman’s awareness of how absurd cinema is..."
No Modernism Without Lesbians
"Like a tabloid headline, her book’s title is intended to provoke, and it depends on a somewhat tenuous analogy:....."
— The Observer
Lady in Waiting
"The pleasures of Glenconner’s tales must be winkled out of her sturdy if occasionally clichéd prose..."
— The New York Times
3.89 out of 5
A Thousand Moons
"a journey that is horrifying, thrilling and enchanting in equal measure..."
4.09 out of 5
"..(an) atmospheric, timely debut..."
4 out of 5
"There is ... a huge amount to relish in these pages...."
— The Sunday Telegraph
The Bass Rock
"a book that’s filled with menace..."
4.15 out of 5
The Human Factor
Archie Brown (Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford)
"everybody will learn something from this first-class book..."
Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism
"a timely manifesto for the leftish Conservatism that propelled the Tories to election victory..."
The Discomfort of Evening
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
"Much here is told, not shown..."
3.67 out of 5
"Covid-19 has suddenly made this book on Britain’s food security an important read..."
Alfie Fleet's Guide to the Universe
Martin Howard, Chris Mould
"has an exceptionally high joke count..."
Red at the Bone
"the Women’s Prize longlistee is a sharply focused gem..."
3.9 out of 5
Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World
"packs in a lot of erudition..."
This Too Shall Pass
"From the start, Samuel draws us in..."
4.18 out of 5
My Dark Vanessa
Kate Elizabeth Russell
"A controversial update of Nabokov’s novel lacks the subtle ambiguities of the original..."
3.82 out of 5
The Address Book
"This fascinating book explores both the rich history of addresses and their surprising and vital role in society..."
A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump
"Plouffe is no longer dismissive of Trump and his political skill set..."
"The prime minister’s sister on the drama behind their opposing Brexit campaigns..."
3 out of 5
Machiavelli: His Life and Times
"This definitive study says Machiavelli was made by his brutal times..."
Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias
"a comprehensive and forensic look at unconscious bias and its myriad manifestations in modern life..."
"Leon is a superb novelist..."
"epic, compendious, written with confidence and verve ..."
4.17 out of 5
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
Cho Nam-Joo, Jamie Chang
"In this fine — and beautifully translated — biography of a fictional Korean woman we encounter the real experiences of many women around the world...."
— The Spectator
3.77 out of 5
The Eighth: Mahler and the World
"Johnson has written an engaging and enthusiastic account of the eighth..."
"a deep dive into the charming and erudite mind of Morris, now 93, and also a moving meditation on just what it means to be old..."
Gunpowder and Glory: The Explosive Life ...
Harry Smee, Henry Macrory
"a book that reads like fascinating dinner conversation..."
The Golden Rule
"'What follows had me turning the pages until the small hours'..."
— The Bookseller
"'a stunning achievement'..."
Miss World 1970
Jennifer Hosten, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
"it is fascinating if you don’t know any successful beauty queens..."
The Super Miraculous Journey of Fredde Yates
"caper of a debut..."
The Cutting Place
"Jane Casey expertly splices the professional and private lives of her protagonist with wit and sensitivity. ..."
"A super-lead for Canongate, it will be supported by a "major" nationwide campaign, advertising and interviews..."
The Bramble and the Rose
"Bouman’s lyrical descriptions...are so good they give you goosebumps..."
The Better Half
Sharon Dr. Moalem
"Moalem presents enough evidence to convince any reasonable reader that the XX vs. XY theory is worth pursuing..."
— Evening Standard
"this instalment deservedly introduces Paver to a new generation of readers..."
Notre-Dame: The Soul of France
"The frantic efforts to save a building so dear to the French are vividly brought to life..."
"the result is creepy and compelling..."
The F*ck-it List
"his anger-powered prose is not short of bite and verve..."
Paolo, Emperor of Rome
Mac Barnett, Claire Keane
"An intrepid dachshund tours Rome and meets a VIP in a charming adventure..."
Jen Manion (Amherst College, Massachusetts)
"Manion not only tells their stories, but works hard to flesh them out..."
Crucible of Hell
"In the process, Japanese soldiers are rendered distressingly human..."
"why these books haven’t been turned into mainstream movies or a TV boxed set is anyone’s guess..."
Phyllis Rose, Sheila Heti
"Reading Rose is like being called up by an old friend with the latest gossip on the couple next door..."
"(a) joyous romp of a book..."
Colombia Es Pasion!
"he explores a new generation who have beaten poverty, violence and corruption..."
Our Bodies, Their Battlefield
"it should be essential reading..."
— New Statesman
4.67 out of 5
"an unambiguously essential read..."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.33 out of 5
"Silver Sparra story of bigamy and secrets becomes a shrewd coming-of-age tale of two sisters..."
4.29 out of 5
Our House is on Fire
Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Beata Ernman, Svante Thunberg
"The family book links our burned-out mental health and our burned-out planet..."
— Irish Times
"as the title of this book proclaims, we are standing on a precipice where no humans have stood before...."
Recollections of My Non-Existence
Rebecca Solnit (Y)
"it is a rare writer who has both the intellectual heft and the authority of frontline experience to tackle the most urgent issues of our time..."
MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman
"Hubbard pinpoints the simultaneous realities of the kingdom that so few of its critics and admirers seem to be able to grasp..."
" I finished English Monsters with the sense that Scudamore is here for the long haul...."
3.91 out of 5
"Paphides’s prose is the kind that excels in marshalling long trains of thought ..."
"It offers one of the best analyses so far of what was good about Cameron’s government, and what didn’t work..."
3.88 out of 5
Shakespeare in a Divided America
"A timely, clever analysis of why Shakespeare continues to cast a spell over American politics..."
3.87 out of 5
The Girl with the Louding Voice
"The novel is strongest when dealing with interpersonal relationships..."
"Fountain writes about this fictitious situation with verisimilitude and verve..."
3.71 out of 5
Christos Tsiolkas (Author)
"The ancient setting doesn’t always marry with Tsiolkas’s modern sensibilities..."
3.42 out of 5
The Dragons and the Snakes
"The Dragons and the Snakes is based on a formidable array of military and political sources..."
— Financial Times
3.38 out of 5
4.64 out of 5
4.59 out of 5
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
3.33 out of 5
On Chapel Sands
4.52 out of 5
3.94 out of 5
The Making of Poetry
4.19 out of 5
Diary of a Somebody
3.36 out of 5
Asha and the Spirit Bird
4.11 out of 5
The Confessions of Frannie Langton
4.3 out of 5
J. O. Morgan
The Cut Out Girl
Bart van Es
To Throw Away Unopened
4.6 out of 5
Meet Me at the Museum
An Unremarkable Body
Pieces of Me
Radical Acts of Love
"The subject of dying has been in the spotlight this year..."
"an infectious quest for English history through its architecture..."
"Geoffrey Cain’s gripping tale of a South Korean dynasty..."
"The journeys he recounts begin in his childhood and extend into his sixties, covering six main regions and more than seventy countries..."
— Times Literary Supplement
4.25 out of 5
Inferno: A Memoir
"a brilliantly frightening memoir..."
Life with Picasso
Francoise Gilot, Carlton Lake
"these memories – whether true or not – belonged to her..."
— London Review of Books
"Hallie Rubenhold does not idealise but exposes the hypocrisy at heart of story..."
4.21 out of 5
The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder
Karen Harvey (Professor of Cultural History, University of Birmingham)
"Toft’s story was certainly a remarkable one..."
3.86 out of 5
Russians Among Us
"a compelling book that combines good storytelling with a subtle understanding of spy methods old and new..."
Tales of Boomtown Glory
The Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof
"A book to be celebrated as long overdue..."
A Schoolmaster's War
"a tribute both to Ree and to the son who put it together..."
House of Glass
"This history of a glamorous family in exile in the 20th century is a masterpiece..."
4.65 out of 5
A Bite of the Apple
Lennie Goodings (Publisher, Publisher, Virago Press)
"her arguments are worth listening to..."
"a deeply serious and often affecting book..."
A Race with Love and Death
"a splendid account..."
" a story of opportunity seized, of physical escape and the discovery of a world beyond the village..."
The Things I learned From Falling
"Her book reveals the raw agony of her long, lost four days and three nights...."
— Daily Mail
Hitler: Downfall 1939-45
"the reader who plunges in is rewarded with insight, understanding, fine judgements and read-me narrative drive..."
The Impossible Climb
"This description of Alex Honnold’s ascent without a safety rope is as gripping as a thriller..."