Critics never say never to Sammader's memoir
19th August 2019
Rhik Sammader's I Never Said I Loved You (Headline) prompted reviewers to say the exact opposite, with Helen Davies in the Sunday Times declaring it "a blazing account of depression"
I Never Said I Loved You
"this is a stunning memoir about grief and love, about vulnerability and the strength required to embrace it..."
— The Times
3.89 out of 5
Ask Again, Yes
Mary Beth Keane
"I savoured every word of this eloquent, lyrical novel..."
3.67 out of 5
"combines the verve of a thriller with the detailed evidence of the sober, hideous truth..."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.6 out of 5
Plunder of the Commons
"Standing has produced a significant contribution to a debate that is going to become increasingly critical as resources dwindle and consumption grows..."
— The Guardian
If You Were Here
"Full of heartwarming characters..."
Clear My Name
"I loved the fearlessness of Tess..."
Do Not Feed the Bear
— Woman & Home
"a powerful portrayal of wartime love and divided loyalties..."
"frequently grips like a thriller..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
3.57 out of 5
The Lost Art of Scripture
"Karen Armstrong argues that scriptures are not meant to be read as history..."
— Irish Times
3.63 out of 5
"quirky, awkward and fresh..."
— The Observer
Is There Still Sex in the City?
"Say hello to your next book-club hit..."
2.58 out of 5
Behind the Screen
Sarah T. Roberts
"The author of Apple Tree Yard gives us a marvellously recognisable British setting..."
— The Sunday Times
4.06 out of 5
My Friend Anna
Rachel DeLoache Williams
"A deep dive around New York's coolest bars and hippest hang-outs..."
"a poetic book with a winning generosity of spirit..."
4.13 out of 5
"an explosive Noughts and Crosses instalment..."
"an unusual mix of political and mystical, lifted by the possibility..."
"an outstanding history of Islam..."
4 out of 5
"The Satanic Verses author is back on fine form..."
3.78 out of 5
The Unsettling of Europe
"nuanced and sympathetic..."
3.8 out of 5
The Turn of the Key
"Eerie and tense..."
Never Have I Ever
"A riveting read..."
Victoria Eugenia Henao, Andrea Rosenberg
"Pablo Escobar’s widow unfolds a grim tale of infidelity, abuse and humiliation..."
Night for Day
Patrick Flanery (Author)
"Flanery’s ambitious novel rakes over the McCarthy era...."
The Family Upstairs
"a pacy and intoxicating read..."
"An inspired study of mid-20th-century literary life through love and sex..."
"an expansive and ambitious subversion of Western tropes, set in fin de siècle America. ..."
— The Spectator
3.96 out of 5
Confessions of a Bookseller
"a world of dust and eccentrics..."
Owen Nicholls (Author and screenwriter)
"An unmissable, multi-layered read..."
The Man Who Saw Everything
4.24 out of 5
"offers uncomfortable echoes of our political situation..."
The Dutch House
"a masterful tale of family, love, sacrifice, betrayal and the nature of "home"..."
— The Bookseller
The Misadventures of Frederick
Ben Manley, Emma Chichester Clark (2)
"This glorious new picture book by Ben Manley..."
"for my money, the single most exciting publishing event of the year..."
To War with the Walkers
"The stories of what six siblings endured makes for a moving read..."
The Secrets We Kept
"the buzz about this début started months ago, when it sparked a bidding war between 12 UK publishers, and 14 in the US..."
A Short History of Falling
"this beautiful, devastating and stunningly written memoir..."
The Art of Dying
— The Scotsman
"written with love, imagination and occasional (but glaring) historical inaccuracy..."
— Times Literary Supplement
Trials of the State
"the elegance and clarity of his writing deserves attention..."
"[a] colourful study..."
Where Power Stops
"my go-to source of thoughtful reflection on current affairs..."
India in the Persianate Age
Richard M Eaton
"This sweeping history shows how much Indian culture owes to Muslim invaders..."
How the Dead Speak
"engrossing at the time,..."
3.29 out of 5
Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Tru...
"A myth-busting account of how languages emerge, change, and influence the way we think..."
"Rachel Cusk’s unique perspective shines through in these new essays..."
— Evening Standard
Kate Kirkpatrick (King's College London, UK)
"Becoming Beauvoir is a book to be read slowly and savoured. There’s too much detail to gulp it down...."
September 1, 1939
"this fey belletrist whimsy sets one’s teeth on edge...."
King and Emperor
Janet L. Nelson
"A magnificent biography of Charlemagne, known as ‘the father of Europe’..."
— Financial Times
4.5 out of 5
The Nickel Boys
" a worthy and singular novel..."
4.42 out of 5
"I loved this book; I really did..."
4.17 out of 5
"a bloody and brilliant first novel..."
This is Not Propaganda
"Fake news and half truths create confusion, aiding the strongman and threatening democracy, this timely study argues..."
Fierce Bad Rabbits
"an enlightening, perceptive analysis..."
"clear and fluent..."
Whiskey When We're Dry
"the punch and intensity of the writing and the voice of Jessie are rather remarkable..."
— Daily Mail
"These reflections on feminism, drugs and reality TV reveal a new star..."
I Am Sovereign
"a tricksy experiment in prose..."
3.83 out of 5
"the revered Victorian who got almost everything wrong..."
"An impressive debut...."
Life for Sale
Yukio Mishima, Stephen Dodd
"An engaging all-action satire on 1960s Tokyo consumerism ..."
The Perfect Wife
"Readers who liked Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson will enjoy The Perfect Wife..."
3.54 out of 5
City of Windows
"Page owes a lot to Jeffery Deaver’s quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme and the TV drama Numb3rs. ..."
3.43 out of 5
Rebel Writers: The Accidental Feminists
"these rebel writers have a perfect audience in the angry young women of the 21st century..."
3.4 out of 5
Say Say Say
"the whole thing feels effortful, dutiful and, I’m afraid, dull..."
In Praise of Walking
"convincing and compelling stuff..."
Legacy: Gangsters, Corruption and the Lo...
"...this is a book that’s both eye-opening and hair-raising..."
After the Fall
"A diligent account of the country’s recent travails — and its slow, painful route out of them..."
4.33 out of 5
Night Boat To Tangier
3.71 out of 5
10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World
3.86 out of 5
Girl, Woman, Other
3.91 out of 5
3.51 out of 5
Lost Children Archive
3.74 out of 5
Max Porter (Author)
4.19 out of 5
An Orchestra of Minorities
My Sister, the Serial Killer
3.72 out of 5
4.09 out of 5
From a Low and Quiet Sea
4.25 out of 5
In Our Mad And Furious City
4.52 out of 5
The Long Take
The Ungrateful Refugee
"Dina Nayeri’s book is an excellent addition to the literature of human rights..."
Gentlemen of Uncertain Fortune
"The women rushed to get married, but the options for sons who did not inherit a fortune were limited..."
Palaces of Power
"a tour of gentlemen’s clubs from their rowdy beginnings to their stately present..."
Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself
"A sobering study of the suicides that swept a defeated Reich..."
3.23 out of 5
"This is an impressive and engaging work of scholarship,..."
3.56 out of 5
"Guy deals sensitively with a treasure-house of new information about Gresham’s private life..."
Culture in Nazi Germany
Michael H. Kater
"To cover all of these topics in just 340 pages is a remarkable feat..."
Caleb Wood Richardson
"[an] assured account of the former Irish Times editor’s life..."
"Personal and political, human and geographical histories are beautifully intertwined and preserved..."
"Rightwing identity politics that reject multiculturalism lie behind this attempt to relativise colonial excesses and rebut criticism of empire..."
A State at Any Cost
"A State at Any Cost deserves to be the definitive biography of Ben-Gurion..."
"a balanced account of three wartime careers that deserve to be better known..."
The Bad Trip
"The decade of love and peace turned sour well before the Manson murders...."
The War for the Seas
"An impeccable, myth-busting study shows how much allied victory in the Second World War was thanks to their navies. ..."
Infamy: The Crimes of Ancient Rome
"The Romans were addicted to violence — and not just the mad emperors..."
Michael Gove: A Man in a Hurry
"This biography chronicles Michael Gove’s journey from tweedy young fogey to revolutionary politician..."
3 out of 5
Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life
Christopher E. Forth
"disturbing, closely argued book..."
Prashant Kidambi (Associate Professor in Colonial Urban History School of History, Politics and International Relations University of Leicester)
"engagingly written and deeply researched..."
The Lost Boys
"an important book..."