Reviews for The Golden Rule say the book offers "compassion and philosophical stimulation"
29th June 2020
Amanda Craig's The Golden Rule (Little, Brown) had reviewers falling into line this week with one saying it offered "comfort and wit, compassion and philosophical stimulation..."
The Golden Rule
"comfort and wit, compassion and philosophical stimulation..."
— The Observer
4.25 out of 5
The Art of Her Deal
"Perhaps the art of Melania’s deal is that she has a rip-roaring eastern European sense of humour and is one step ahead of all of us...."
— The Times
Paying the Land
"a powerful piece of work..."
— The Guardian
"marks a new phase in Paul Cartledge’s career..."
— London Review of Books
3.6 out of 5
"It’s rare to find such a programmatic opposition between the procedures of a book and the values behind it..."
What's Your Pronoun?
"a delightful account of the search for what Baron, a professor of English and linguistics at the University of Illinois, calls ‘the missing word’: a third person singular, gender-neutral pronoun...."
"One can appreciate the novel for its quiet humour and compassionate consideration of the everyday, unfashionable and unloved..."
4 out of 5
Sex Robots & Vegan Meat
"Kleeman approaches her subject with a winning scepticism..."
"...Martyn, the difficult musical visionary, thoroughly deserves this painstaking and eloquent biography..."
"Rigged offers a judicious overview of our unhappy times..."
The Great Godden
"This smart and humorous novel is, from the first sentence, rapture to read. ..."
— The Sunday Times
The Bird Way
"Chapter by meatily evidence-based chapter, she lays out the assumptions that underpin our understanding of birds – and then pecks them apart..."
— The Daily Telegraph
"a Schrödinger’s drama in which the action spirals out from an enormous maybe, resulting in a paranoia-filled page-turner..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
The Blind Light
"A lightly sketched social history of postwar Britain..."
3.38 out of 5
How Innovation Works
"Innovation will be key in helping to revive Britain. This excellent analysis shows how it’s done..."
4.29 out of 5
Enemy of All Mankind
"how history’s greatest buccaneer got off scot-free..."
— The Spectator
The Room Where it Happened
"a punchy but self-aggrandising memoir..."
2.57 out of 5
"a biography brimming with colour and insight that brings both the character of the man and his many achievements vividly to life..."
4.14 out of 5
"Campbell’s book is not a biography, but rather an act of homage to a man for whom he asserts lifelong admiration: he has been visiting Cloan since boyhood...."
"Louise Baring’s delightful account captures Frenchman’s relentless joie de vivre..."
— Irish Times
"A delightful look at centuries of aquatic eccentrics..."
"a damning look at the captive lion hunting trade..."
Sex and Vanity
" Sex and Vanity is a straight-up retelling of A Room With a View. ..."
"It shouldn’t work, but it does..."
— Financial Times
"Rhodes writes beautifully crafted psychological thrillers..."
The Last President of Europe
"an essential guide to the first half of Macron’s term..."
The Sirens of Mars
Sarah Stewart Johnson
"(a) beguiling first book..."
James and Nora
"Edna O’Brien is steeped in the work of Joyce and brings her understanding of a writer’s life to her portrait of James and Nora..."
— The Scotsman
"a penetrating and ultimately sympathetic character study..."
Ragnar Jonasson, Victoria Cribb
"The reverse storytelling here is dispatched adroitly..."
Au Revoir, Tristesse
"Viv Groskop sheds light on how personal readings of books can shift with time..."
"(an) entertaining and inspiring bespoke (ha!) account of the wild women on wheels..."
— The Bookseller
" An offbeat, comic crime..."
— Woman & Home
That One Patient
Ellen de Visser
"...the vivid and compelling true stories she subsequently gathered for a series of newspaper columns are recounted in this moving and humane collection..."
No Boys Play Here
"She is so wonderfully skilled at capturing the way life is lived half in and half outside a young person's head..."
The Cambridge Code
Curly Moloney, Emma Loveridge
"Sceptical of these things, I did it and found the questions mystifying at times. But the results rather blew my mind with their accuracy..."
"When this novel is funny, it’s seriously funny..."
— The New York Times
"brims with wit and ingenuity..."
No Fixed Abode
"McClenaghan is an award-winning journalist who deserves to win more awards for this expose..."
Dishing the Dirt
"My admiration for my own total star of a cleaner (namecheck: Jenny) was further magnified after reading this jaw-dropping investigation..."
"Craig Jordan-Baker explores a migrant Irish bricklayer and his clan with metafictional flair..."
The Creak on the Stairs
Eva Bjoerg AEgisdottir, Victoria Cribb
"Rumours of the death of Scandicrime are greatly exaggerated, as The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg Ægisdottir proves..."
Tamarind & the Star of Ishta
"A hugely talented rising star of children's books..."
Burning the Books: A History of Knowledg...
"a galvanising manifesto..."
The Sea Gate
"this transports you back in time..."
"her second novel is equally impressive..."
Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World
"Out of the scattered fragments of myth, legend and archaeology, Matyszak builds a compelling narrative of displacement and power..."
"The ending? Wow...."
The Lockhart Plot
Jonathan Schneer (Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology)
"The rollicking story of how a maverick British envoy to the Bolshevik regime assisted in a couner-revolutionary plot to bring down Lenin..."
Nothing But Blue Sky
"a beautifully written and powerful tale..."
Blood Red City
"demonstrates a broadening out of his ambition..."
Helen Monks Takhar
"a truly creepy tale of jealousy and obsession..."
Miss Benson's Beetle
"A heart-warming read..."
All Adults Here
"A warm, involving story about growing up in a family..."
x+y: A Mathematician's Manifesto for Ret...
"a fascinating proposition..."
The History of Magic
"As this new book shows, what a lot survives from bygone ages..."
— Daily Mail
The Hungover Games
"Honest, moving and funny..."
— Evening Standard
The Vanishing Half
"an indictment on race and class in America..."
4.43 out of 5
The Biggest Bluff
"(a) beguiling book about going from poker novice to poker pro in a year or so..."
4.4 out of 5
"This is an ambitious, serious novel..."
4.13 out of 5
November 1918: The German Revolution
Robert Gerwarth (Professor of Modern History at UCD and Director of the Centre for War Studies)
"a superlative piece of research into a sequence of events that are of immense importance..."
"its ravishing execution is testament to how fine a writer she became..."
Rag and Bone
"This book has the more poetic apparatus of a quest..."
"This Happy is at its strongest when Alannah is alone..."
3.86 out of 5
The COVID-19 Catastrophe
"You can almost smell his contempt on the page... This is a polemic of the first order...."
3.83 out of 5
The Mystery of Charles Dickens
A. N. Wilson (Author)
"clumsy attempts to match creator and creation contrast with Wilson’s more perceptive moments..."
3.81 out of 5
"A bleak philosophical comedy..."
3.75 out of 5
The Next Great Migration
"Shah takes on the dominant view of displacement as an overwhelming tide of human misery that threatens global stability..."
3.7 out of 5
4.21 out of 5
The Mirror and the Light
4.47 out of 5
A Thousand Ships
Girl, Woman, Other
4.19 out of 5
3.92 out of 5
An American Marriage
4.76 out of 5
My Sister, the Serial Killer
4.05 out of 5
The Silence of the Girls
4.79 out of 5
4.45 out of 5
Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire
Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman
" A Silent Fury is his chance to right a historical wrong, to honour a memory ..."
The Fragments of my Father
"a courageous memoir about the challenges of caring for a father suffering from schizophrenia..."
Think, Write, Speak
Vladimir Nabokov, Brian Boyd, Anastasia Tolstoy
"a frequently fascinating assortment of Nabokov’s hitherto uncollected, untranslated and even unpublished materials..."
— Times Literary Supplement
3.71 out of 5
The Boy with Two Hearts
"a terrifying insight into what it’s like to be a refugee ..."
Ladies in Waiting
"a wild, raucous history of courtiers' miserable lives..."
The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren
"The life and imagination of a transformative cultural figure..."
3.88 out of 5
Unspeakable: The Autobiography
"shows every sign of having been composed in a tearing hurry..."
2.13 out of 5
The See-Through House
"a fine grief memoir by the daughter of Sixties textile designer Bernat Klein..."
4.5 out of 5
The Book of Queer Prophets
"This is a book that should be in every school, and probably handed out in every place of worship, too...."
"a flowing, thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the life as a lived and passionate thing..."
" Hamilton’s narrative masterfully sets the scene, establishes the cast and describes the action..."
Lady in Waiting
"This is a captivating account of a life lived with resilience and grace...."
The War for Gaul
Julius Caesar, James O'Donnell (University Librarian)
"His text might best serve as a crib, much superior to the hundred-year-old Loeb, for those who want to give the original a try..."
The Chiffon Trenches
Andre Leon Talley
"Talley likens fashion to war; his story is one of survival..."
3.44 out of 5
Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World
"It’s worth asking just how radical the early Wordsworth was...."
4.06 out of 5
Cheryl Misak (University of Toronto)
"She has given Ramsey the biography that he richly deserves..."
— Literary Review
"The sheer range provides evidence of wide culture and linguistic versatility, both of which are lightly worn here..."
Finding Dora Maar
Brigitte Benkemoun, Jody Gladding
"there is a lot to intrigue in these pages..."
10,000 Not Out
"Butterfield seems happy to endorse the self-congratulatory, triumphalist tone that increasingly marked the Thatcher-to-Brexit decades..."
Victoria Eugenia Henao, Andrea Rosenberg
"Mrs Escobar is a memoir written in somebody else’s shadow – mostly, it seems, to settle scores, and clear her old name...."