Klara and the Sun confirms Ishiguro as 'a master prose stylist' say critics
1st March 2021
Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun (Faber & Faber) brought a brightness to this weekend's reviews with one critic hailing it as "tender, touching and true."
Klara and the Sun
"Ishiguro has written another masterpiece, a work that makes us feel afresh the beauty and fragility of our humanity...."
— The Observer
4.33 out of 5
"a book I began to think of as a classic even before I’d finished it..."
Jordan B. Peterson
"Peterson offers an invaluable reminder that we’re finite and inherently imperfect..."
— The Guardian
3.25 out of 5
Consent: A Memoir
"Consent is not a comfortable read, but it is immensely powerful, both in showing how a victim can regain control of her own story, and in considering how such men might be held to account..."
Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again
"... (a) succinct and thought-provoking book..."
4 out of 5
"an elegant novel that is as interested in the notion of hope and acceptance as it is in murder and revenge...."
3.71 out of 5
A Coup in Turkey
"(an) excellent, occasionally disturbing and very original book..."
— The Sunday Times
Albert and the Whale
"The gifted writer summons the eclectic travels of Albrecht Dürer with captivating passion, poignancy, pure wonder and a personal twist..."
"a crisply told story of surviving abuse..."
— Irish Times
"In many ways it feels as if Cannibal has paved the way for itself..."
— Times Literary Supplement
Elfriede Jelinek, Gitta Honegger
"Imagine a Wagner opera without the music – seven hours of dense verbal repetition, lacking the benefit of an oceanic orchestra and exultant singing voices..."
What Does Jeremy Think?
"a superbly detailed account of how the internal organs of British power function..."
3.7 out of 5
The Age of Wood
"a stunning book on the incalculable debt humanity owes to wood..."
The Churchill Girls
"no account of such people as these can fail to grip..."
"(An) absorbing narrative..."
— Financial Times
The World for Sale
Javier Blas, Jack Farchy
"This jaw-dropping study shows how much money and global influence is concentrated in the hands of a tiny group..."
"a patronising book that sees voters as ignorant pawns manipulated by a shadowy elite..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
2.6 out of 5
The Good Girls
"A haunting true crime story that asks serious questions about a woman’s place in the country..."
4.25 out of 5
The Good Hand
Michael Patrick F. Smith
" a gritty tale of life in a North Dakota oilfield..."
Bright Star, Green Light
"Keats is unmissably present in Fitzgerald’s work. This book tries to track the parallels between these two great writers..."
3.56 out of 5
"There’s bravery as well as beauty here..."
4.43 out of 5
"Buchanan offers astute social observation..."
Acts of Desperation
"Nolan’s headlong, fearless prose feels like salt wind on cracked lips...."
"(a) highly inventine trilogy..."
2.88 out of 5
"exhilarating, bleakly funny ..."
"There’s more to the 19th-century reformer than Tommy Lee Jones’s portrayal for Spielberg. Bruce Levine’s book is a start..."
The Last Bear
Hannah Gold, Levi Pinfold
"This book evokes a powerful and tender relationship..."
The Shadowy Third
"She marshals her facts and impressions with energy and assiduity...."
3.57 out of 5
"the book is most fascinating for those new to AI..."
— The Times
The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer
"Holmesian sleuthing meets a case of racist injustice..."
The First Kingdom
"an accessible and illuminating book..."
All Our Hidden Gifts
"O’Donoghue’s intriguing story takes in myth, history, tensions between Catholic and Protestant, and race in Ireland..."
"lively, intimate and packed with clever connections..."
The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval
"Garnett makes a challenging and thought-provoking case, which it is difficult entirely to dismiss...."
Robert Seethaler, Charlotte Collins
"a quietly profound novel..."
The Gun, the Ship and the Pen
"a bold and bloody history of constitutions..."
Law in a Time of Crisis
"time spent on Law in a Time of Crisis is time spent in the company of a brilliant mind considering interesting things...."
Dr. Bruce Greyson, MD
"told in the sort of layman's language that made Oliver Sacks a bestseller..."
— Daily Mail
The Code Breaker
"Recounting complex scientific tales as if he were a storyteller around a fire..."
What Am I Bid?
"Philip Serrell reveals in a sparkling memoir, his is a cut-throat business..."
The Muslim Problem
Tawseef Khan (Author)
"This book about being a Muslim in Britain skates over real concerns by crying Islamophobia..."
Henry 'Chips' Channon: The Diaries
"The between-the-wars diaries of the romping, social-climbing MP Henry Channon make for a irresistible, saucy read..."
— The Daily Telegraph
The Western Front
"Lloyd is excellent on detai..."
Quiet in Her Bones
"insights into Indian family values and the looming presence of the New Zealand landscape hold the attention throughout..."
The Manningtree Witches
A. K. Blakemore
"her prose has a richness that adds extra depth to a familiar story..."
"A fascinating study of one of the most fraught ethical issues..."
The Ministry of Bodies
"wry insights from medicine’s grumpy old man..."
"an epic achievement..."
Bright Burning Things
"This is a moving story of a mother battling addiction..."
Show Us Who You Are
"an enjoyably sinister tale..."
"The psychologist’s fascinating study of friendship finds that the quality of our relationships determines our health, happiness and chance of a long life..."
Let Me Tell You What I Mean
"Essays spanning 1968 to 2000, written in perfectly weighted prose, cohere into a fine reflection on the business and art of writing..."
— The Spectator
4.86 out of 5
Daughters of Night
The Cold Millions
"Jess Walter's gritty portrait of an American city in 1909 is teeming with life..."
The Long, Long Afternoon
"(a) tale of inequality, broken dreams and quiet desperation behind a picture-perfect facade..."
"... consistently fun and often impressive..."
Find You First
"Although the premise is slim, Barclay nimbly keeps the engine racing..."
Caleb Azumah Nelson
"an exciting, ambitious debut..."
3.8 out of 5
No One Is Talking About This
"It’s a thrill to see the qualia of idle scrolling and various online oubliettes rendered so expertly..."
3.78 out of 5
"... beautifully descriptive, if occasionally clumsy..."
Jews Don't Count
"In his perceptive polemic Jews Don't Count, comedian David Baddiel points out society's double standards over anti-Semitism..."
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
"Gates provides a set of measures that could... be transposed point by point into the formal agenda for this year’s 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference..."
3.64 out of 5
The Crichel Boys
"commemorates a privileged world long since vanished..."
3.6 out of 5
The Panic Years
"a raw, affecting and important book on what it means to be a woman in today’s society..."
3.5 out of 5
"Stella Duffy is the latest addition to a growing list of writers who have tackled the Me Too movement..."
How Britain Ends
"timely and provocative..."
3.17 out of 5
Snakes and Ladders
Professor Selina Todd
"The Oxford professor’s rich account of British social history is marred by her surprisingly crude political assumptions..."
3.13 out of 5
Michael Farris Smith
"Nick is eminently readable. It is merely misbranded..."
3 out of 5
The Changing of the Guard
"This author holds nothing back about who’s to blame for failure in Iraq and Afghanistan..."
2.9 out of 5
The Louder I Will Sing
Voyage of the Sparrowhawk
Natasha Farrant (Literary scout)
The Mermaid of Black Conch
Love After Love
4.11 out of 5
4.64 out of 5
4.59 out of 5
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
3.33 out of 5
On Chapel Sands
4.5 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
The Confessions of Frannie Langton
3.77 out of 5
4.46 out of 5
J. O. Morgan
How to Survive Everything
"There is a shortage of novels that can make you both feel and think as this one does..."
— The Scotsman
The Foreign Girls
"delivers a layered, gripping story..."
"Spooky, chilling and claustrophobic..."
"a compelling read with a very dark heart indeed..."
The Killing Choice
"a thoroughly immersive read which leaves the reader wondering how they would react if faced with such an unimaginable choice..."
"Herron’s formula of misdirection and multiple viewpoints still works like a charm..."
3.55 out of 5
"Easy action, if not perhaps solid gold..."
"(A) witty, fast-paced novel...."
Can You See Me Now
"an unflinching account of the distorting effect of privilege on adolescent behaviour..."
What Will Burn
"Crime novels are entertainment, but they can, and should, go deeper than offering thrills..."
"a cool, classy cyberpunk riff on the cold war spy thriller..."
"the book full of tantalising set-ups never fleshed out..."
3.2 out of 5
Derek B. Miller
"(A) smart and thought-provoking piece of work..."
"A tight plot stuffed with well done twists and turns..."
— Evening Standard
3.83 out of 5
"a taut and compelling tale..."
4.44 out of 5
"an elegant and richly satisfying read..."
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
"The claustrophobic story of murder, abuse and a violent marriage on the island of Barbados is pitiless, but intensely compelling..."
3.75 out of 5
The Last Snow
Stina Jackson, Susan Beard
The Last Thing to Burn
"ts unrelenting narrative of spousal cruelty is not for the fainthearted..."
3.73 out of 5
The Coffinmaker's Garden
"the always masterful MacBride keeps us on our toes..."
"both an excoriating picture of psychological trauma and an utterly transfixing crime narrative..."
4.61 out of 5
Cardiff, by the Sea
Joyce Carol Oates
"Four family tales about escape and revenge crackle with dark forces..."