Hudson's Lowborn rises high
23rd May 2019
Kerry Hudson's Lowborn (Chatto and Windus) has been christened with praise from reviewers across the board.
"The novelist who fled from dire poverty — and what she found when she went back..."
— The Sunday Times
4.33 out of 5
The Corner Shop
"Sharma’s nuanced exploration of British Asian life behind the counter is human and engaging..."
— The Observer
Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Crimin...
"Had the book been better written, there would be more cause for Wolf to celebrate herself...."
3.63 out of 5
This is Shakespeare
"a reliably woke take on the Bard..."
3.8 out of 5
Thomas Taylor, George Ermos
"told with such neat storytelling and surprising phrases it would be a joy to read aloud...."
4.4 out of 5
"A bold novel that might leave you feeling cheated..."
— Irish Times
3.64 out of 5
"Casey Cep’s book on author’s true crime project is bogged down by fact-checked stasis..."
3.25 out of 5
"A mysterious column of smoke fills the London sky, in this stylish and funny tale about a journalist on the rocks..."
— The Guardian
3.67 out of 5
The Book of Baruch
Geoffrey Hill, Kenneth Haynes (Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics, Brown University)
"It is among his greatest work...."
— The Spectator
4.5 out of 5
Faber & Faber
"A fasctinating history of the independent publisher, told by an insider..."
3.83 out of 5
"Simply reading the chapter on the monarch gives one the measure of this pitiful book...."
— The Daily Telegraph
1.17 out of 5
"Ben Mezrich hitches his story of technological revolution to a racy human narrative..."
"interesting, but flawed..."
— Financial Times
— The Times
4 out of 5
The Large Door
"a haunting work, charged with wistful possibilities of what might have been..."
Maoism: A Global History
"a long overdue account of a world-shaking movement..."
The Feral Detective
"A road trip through the California desert becomes a thumping political allegory for a divided nation ..."
3.75 out of 5
"(readers) will come away from Miller’s excellent biography understanding why she matters..."
4.38 out of 5
All That’s Dead
"Here’s an author to avoid if you have a problem with scabrous, pungent fare...."
10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World
"a vibrant evocation of a hidden Istanbul in the middle of the 20th century..."
"Alan Turing’s life inspires an ambitious prizewinning novel...."
"The novel thrills us with a series of breathless encounters..."
"(a) beguiling history of philosophy in English..."
A Woman of No Importance
"This book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down..."
— The New York Times
4.25 out of 5
The Red Word
"a beautifully written, gripping take on the battle between the sexes..."
Why Can't We Sleep
"Are you so worried about not sleeping it’s keeping you awake? Why ‘sleep science’ has made insomnia worse..."
Lost and Wanted
"Spookiness meets science in a tale of human fallibility..."
The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us
"Rutherford’s fascinating examples of unexpected traits we share with fellow creatures..."
— Daily Mail
A Thousand Ships
"This subversive reseeing of the classics is a many-layered delight..."
One Hundred Miracles
"(a) touching memoir..."
3.5 out of 5
Make, Think, Imagine
"(a) significant and satisfactory volume, which offers up an impressively repurposed John Browne..."
Nobody's Looking at You
"Fearless, curious, endlessly entertaining..."
A Woman of Firsts
Edna Adan Ismail, Wendy Holden
"My first special delivery of the month is this remarkable memoir by the indomitable 82-year-old Ismail..."
— The Bookseller
"A story of four girls fighting against Edwardian stuffiness is vividly told..."
"The Panacea Society was bent on creating a world run by women. It’s an intriguing setting for a thriller..."
The Gift of Friends
"A gorgeous story of female friendship..."
Dustin Lance Black
"a wonderfully optimistic story of tolerance and positive change for today's divided times..."
The Behaviour of Love
"a superb writer, moving with crisp, swift strokes..."
The Book of Science and Antiquities
"vigorous, big-hearted and terrifically direct..."
The Song of Simon de Montfort
Sophie Therese Ambler
"The medieval nobleman dared to take on a king, but the price was high..."
The Ministry of Truth
"Thoroughly researched and wearing its scholarship lightly, The Ministry of Truth is at its best in some of its pop cultural gleanings..."
Lee Krasner: A Biography
"impressively researched biography..."
Revenge of the She-Punks
"This book should restore Goldman’s place in the rock-crit firmament..."
" It’s fun to be in her company. And I wasn’t expecting fun...."
3.42 out of 5
"terrific crime fiction rooted in geopolitics..."
"Jessica Andrew’s debut novel marks her as a writer to watch..."
"it puts the entire raw reality in front of the reader..."
— The Scotsman
"Rival gangs vie to dig up $25m of gold in a surprise departure for the Lecter creator..."
2.89 out of 5
"There’s no good reason to return, but the race is on again..."
No Win Race
Derek A. Bardowell
"another wake-up call to ensure that no child grows up feeling it wants to bleach its skin..."
"masterful...both gripping and surprisingly pacey..."
— New Statesman
"a strange but marvellous riff on Shakespeare’s Pericles..."
4.08 out of 5
" a compelling and beautifully wrought book ..."
Then It Fell Apart
"squawk-out-loud funny and unexpectedly lyrical in places..."
What Red Was
"A brilliantly told tale of class, abuse and familial dysfunction marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in fiction..."
Once More We Saw Stars
"After death of his infant daughter, Jason Greene’s memoir on grief is brutally honest..."
"Capitalism is the villain in this near-future tale set on a surrogacy facility for the super-rich..."
3.93 out of 5
The Professor and the Parson
3.91 out of 5
Kit de Waal, Malorie Blackman, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Lisa McInerney
"Edited by Kit de Waal, these essays, memoirs, stories and poems from established and new writers come straight from the heart..."
3.88 out of 5
Girl, Woman, Other
"A prose-poetry hybrid that explores the nature of Britishness and race through the stories of 12 women..."
She-merchants, Buccaneers & Gentlewomen
"(a) colourful, witty and elegantly written new perspective on British India..."
The Science of Fate
"each chapter could be expanded into a book..."
— Evening Standard
"examines the roots of terrorism, but fails to address the complexities of social inequality..."
Politics for Beginners
Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell, Kellan Stover
Oi Duck-billed Platypus!
Kes Gray, Jim Field
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Ben Brooks, Quinton Winter
You Are Awesome
The House with Chicken Legs
David Baddiel, Steven Lenton
Slay In Your Lane
Yomi Adegoke, Elizabeth Uviebenene
Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies)
Henry Firth, Ian Theasby
The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book
Ordnance Survey, Dr Gareth Moore
The Wife Between Us
Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Close to Home
Why Mummy Swears
Dear Mrs Bird
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Lose Weight for Good
Now You're Talking
"A fascinating examination of how language and speech are key to our humanity..."
"[a] sideways look at what happens when mathematics goes wrong..."
3.86 out of 5
"His arguments are compelling..."
Unraveling the Double-Helix
"a truly superb narrative..."
The Creativity Code
Marcus du Sautoy
"By the end of this elegantly conceived book, du Sautoy has subtly but fatally pricked the giant PR bubble of tech ‘AI’..."
3.43 out of 5
The Hidden Half
" It makes you look at all that you know in a different way..."
Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to t...
"There are some awkward facts hidden in this first biography of Apple’s Tim Cook..."
Mama's Last Hug
Frans de Waal
"Frans De Waal blends meticulously researched arguments with common sense and humour..."
3.4 out of 5
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
"Katrina Gulliver considers how we have acquiesced to losing our privacy..."
— Times Literary Supplement
3.71 out of 5
The Order of Time
"a dizzying account of how physics has demolished most of what we understand about time..."
Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work
"a very engaging writer..."
Einstein's Unfinished Revolution
"You couldn’t ask for a better guide for non-specialists and concerned citizens...."
Can Medicine be Cured?: The Corruption o...
"he has certainly performed a most useful service in calling this particular spade by its proper name...."
— Literary Review
The Gendered Brain
"A clever study into flawed research and gender-based misconceptions of the mind..."
3.55 out of 5
Europe: A Natural History
"An energetic sprint through 65 million years of complex biological history..."
The Ascent of John Tyndall
Roland Jackson (Visiting Fellow, The Royal Institution)
"Those contemporaries who attacked him for materialism short-changed [Tyndall], and so, ultimately, does this biography..."
— London Review of Books
Good Reasons for Bad Feelings
Randolph M. Nesse
"a new approach to mental disorder..."
3.38 out of 5
Caroline Criado Perez
" as Criado Perez systematically shows, women are still considered the second sex, if they are considered at all...."
"themes and motifs return as in music with renewed beauty and meaning..."