The latest edition of The Bookseller Podcast has dropped
13th November 2019
Begone those November blues! Because the 11th edition of The Bookseller Podcast is here to chase away the gloom.
"This sequel to the Pulitzer-winning Olive Kitteridge is a hymn to second chances..."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.27 out of 5
I’ll Be Your Mirror
"Ultimately, I’ll Be Your Mirror suffers from the same disjuncture that afflicts all volumes of collected song lyrics: the distance between poetry and songwriting..."
— The Observer
Time for Lights Out
" a beloved genius of storytelling and illustration..."
— The Guardian
Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone Vol III
"...a work for the ages: It will be the font from which every serious appraisal of Thatcher and Thatcher’s Britain draws...."
— The New York Times
4.36 out of 5
Between the Stops
"Between the Stops is like browsing through a well-stocked museum of curiosities with a wise and kind guide..."
Lake Like a Mirror
Sok Fong Ho, Natascha Bruce
"Despite the distilled strangeness of much of Fong’s prose, spending so much time with lethargic, disengaged protagonists can ultimately prove enervating...."
The Penguin Book of Oulipo
"Philip Terry – himself a fine formalist poet and a distinguished translator of Oulipo – has put together as good a tasting menu as any..."
A Month in Siena
"A Pulitzer-winning memoirist explores the life and art of Siena, as he comes to terms with the death of his Lybian father..."
4 out of 5
Who Am I, Again?
"Raw, direct, and straight from the heart..."
— Irish Times
3.43 out of 5
Funny Ha Ha
"(an) eclectic, wide-ranging anthology..."
— The Sunday Times
Priests de la Resistance!
The Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie
"an hugely enjoyable if slightly eccentric account of clerical heroism in the face of evil..."
Down in the Valley
"reads like a sanitised version of Cider with Rosie..."
May at 10
"The historian’s insightful, revelatory account of Theresa May’s premiership reveals how ill-equipped she was for the role..."
3.58 out of 5
"a rich compendium of incidents, anecdotes and studies illustrating the linguistic abilities of animals..."
This is Pleasure
" a little novella that gets deep under your skin..."
The Other Side of the Coin
"Kelly ... has written this entertaining and beautifully illustrated account of her work..."
Time Lived, Without Its Flow
"one of the most eloquent thinkers about our life in language..."
The Man in the Red Coat
" marvellously rich and thought-provoking book..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
3.98 out of 5
A Marvelous Life
" a book that is as much an affectionate biography of a business as it is of the man who made it..."
The Pearl in the Ice
"Lively storytelling blends fairy tale and a romanticised history..."
Father of Lions
"Part feelgood yarn, part portrait of terror and resistance..."
On the Shoulders of Giants
Umberto Eco, Alastair McEwen
"parts of it are very hard..."
— The Spectator
"Perry ... tells her story at pace, and in a crisp, accessible style...."
Christmas in Austin
"ne of those rich, immersive novels that leaves you wanting to WhatsApp all the characters when you have finished...."
— The Times
Beverly, Right Here
"This accomplished storyteller ... makes every line work so hard each paragraph positively glows...."
"a deliberately repulsive portrait of the author's junkie years..."
2.56 out of 5
The Reinvention of Humanity
"A brilliantly written account of how pioneering anthropologists radically changed the study of humankind..."
The Other Name: Septology I-II
Jon Fosse, Damion Searls
"The beginning of a septet, this darkly ecstatic Norwegian story of art and God is relentlessly consuming..."
"It sounds in bad taste, but Scarlett Thomas has written a riotously enjoyable novel about a boarding school full of girls with eating disorders..."
"Unbelievers covers much ground in a short space with deep erudition and considerable wit...."
The Narrow Corridor
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
"In the context of our troubled times, it reads like a warning...."
William Shakespeare's The Tempest
Georghia Ellinas, Jane Ray
"in a clear and succinct distillation, the story unfolds of scholarly wizard Prospero and lovely Miranda, who looks wild and clever. ..."
A. D. Miller
"I was a big fan of Miller's debut, the Booker-shortlisted Snowdrops. This, his second novel, is set in Ukraine at the time of the Orange Revolution, and in the present day..."
— The Bookseller
My Dark Vanessa
Kate Elizabeth Russell
"Russell's debut stood out for me in an extremely strong month for debut fiction..."
"An outstanding debut—Vintage's lead for 2020—and not to be missed...."
"when her beloved father received a terminal diagnosis, she had to relive all her training in the most personal way possible...."
"Spotlight Books is a new initiative from Myriad Books, Creative Future and New Writing South to discover talented new writers who might otherwise be under-represented..."
Aalfred and Aalbert
"this is the quirky tale of a blossoming relationship from one of my favourite contemporary picture book creators..."
"This is what this utterly riveting, often darkly comic, and astonishingly honest debut memoir ..."
You're Not Listening
"(a) powerful and potentially life-changing book—a Vintage lead title for 2020—the US journalist author argues that in this age of technology and political division, actually just listening is more important than ever..."
"a powerful read..."
"In this accomplished group biography Wade beautifully evokes the emotional texture of their lives as she relates how each of these women sought a space where they could live, love and work independently..."
People Like Us
" this bracing book... combines memoir with hard-hitting analysis..."
One Of Us Is Next
"McManus is a true master of plot and intrigue, with an ensemble cast of complicated, relatable teenagers...."
Last Stop Auschwitz
Eddy de Wind
"an extraordinary account of his life as a prisoner, and a near real-time record of his daily struggle to survive..."
How To Break Up With Fast Fashion
"A fun, non-preachy guide to changing the way you shop..."
Such a Fun Age
"A sharply observed and well-crafted debut that explores race, class and privilege in contemporary Philadelphia..."
The Boy Who Fooled the World
"Thompson's writing is full of heart, warmth and humour but she's not afraid to address thought-provoking questions about the illusion of wealth and what it means to be happy..."
Philippe Lancon, Steven Rendall
"the critic documents, in excruciating details, his physical and emotional reconstruction to understand the man he has become..."
— Financial Times
The Beast of Buckingham Palace:
David Walliams, Tony Ross
That Reminds Me
The Dark is Rising
"Cooper's iconic midwinter fantasy-one of my very favourite children's books-which gets a long overdue new look this month..."
The Moves that Matter
"a remarkably self-revealing work by Dr Jonathan Rowson..."
— Daily Mail
I You We Them
"Gretton’s is manifestly not a conventional history. ..."
— Evening Standard
Rabbits for Food
"A psychotic breakdown is not often the stuff of comedy but, in her first novel in ten years, Binnie Kirshenbaum makes it so without belittling the subject...."
" O’Connell’s splendid book provides plenty of evidence of Bowie’s restless, rummaging intelligence..."
The Eighth Life
Nino Haratischvili, Charlotte Collins, Ruth Martin
" a novel that aims for exhaustive and ends up rather exhausting — but you do learn a lot about Georgia...."
Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code
Rebel Girls, Jestine Ware, Marina Muun
"The hugely popular women's biography brand expands to a new series of Rebel Girls chapter books, each focusing on the life of an incredible woman..."
I, You, We, Them
"...the writing has the power at times to mesmerise..."
"her worlds are navigated by characters who stay human to the marrow – flawed, cowardly, doubtful, determined, unprincipled and brave..."
4.5 out of 5
"Jones’s writing style is wonderfully pared back and impressionistic..."
— The Scotsman
4.4 out of 5
Catch and Kill
"like all great investigative reporters, he pulls plot and character into one pulse-quickening narrative..."
The Beautiful Ones
"The pop icon’s unfinished autobiography offers glimpses of his childlike imagination...."
— New Statesman
3.67 out of 5
A House in the Mountains: The Women Who ...
"a sensitive and perceptive book founded on an appreciation of the role women play in any society, at any time..."
"what we have here is Julie Andrews as her actual self, with barely a spoonful of sugar along the way..."
3.57 out of 5
"a tonic for the culturally ignored family member..."
3.5 out of 5
"André Aciman’s unpredictable new novel is almost the brazen antithesis of fan service..."
3.14 out of 5
Plagued by Fire
"probably the truest portrait of the man we have yet..."
2.4 out of 5
Janis: Her Life and Music
"as a rounded portrait of an explosively exciting artist, George-Warren’s book is never less than engaging..."
"...shed(s) light on our current political malaise..."
Hauke Friederichs, Rudiger Barth
"The end of Weimar is chronicled in this day-by-day account of the Nazi power grab..."
"shows how many areas of thought the seemingly simple question ‘how do we communicate with aliens?’ touches on..."
Leadership in War
"Roberts has taken lessons and warnings from the past and squeezed them into nine short biographies..."
Finding My Voice
An Economic History of the English Garden
"This is a very different kind of gardening book...."
"a captivating look at a subject that has intrigued mankind since ... well, since time began...."
Think, Write, Speak
Vladimir Nabokov, Brian Boyd, Anastasia Tolstoy
"The possibility of laughter, never very far away, is what gives Nabokov’s intelligence the confidence of the first-rate...."
Be My Guest
"this is brave stuff, because he’s scathing about bad men on both sides, and wise..."
Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Beco...
"part revealing exploration of how immigrants came to be the scapegoats for all manner of societal ills, part impassioned attack on the harsh government policies informed by that false conclusion...."
3.56 out of 5
3.96 out of 5
4.25 out of 5
The Man Who Saw Everything
4.18 out of 5
Night Boat To Tangier
3.76 out of 5
10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World
3.95 out of 5
Girl, Woman, Other
4.07 out of 5
Lost Children Archive
3.74 out of 5
Max Porter (Author)
4.22 out of 5
An Orchestra of Minorities
3.83 out of 5
My Sister, the Serial Killer
3.72 out of 5
4.09 out of 5