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
The Government of No One
"(a) sympathetic, impressively well-informed history of the movement..."
— The Guardian
"an unexpectedly touching story of a friendship that conquers the barriers of age, class and gender..."
4.3 out of 5
The Man Who Saw Everything
"her real talent is to remind us of fiction’s other great function: the loosening of boundaries..."
4.34 out of 5
The Warlow Experiment
"(a) unique and chilling novel..."
— The New York Times
3.71 out of 5
Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder
"Ogawa exploits the psychological complexity of this bizarre situation to impressive effect,..."
"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..."
"An inspired study of mid-20th-century literary life through love and sex..."
— The Sunday Times
The Last Whalers
Doug Bock Clark
"a wonderful book..."
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
Clear My Name
"I loved the fearlessness of Tess..."
The Family Upstairs
"a pacy and intoxicating read..."
Is There Still Sex in the City?
"Say hello to your next book-club hit..."
2.58 out of 5
If You Were Here
"Full of heartwarming characters..."
"frequently grips like a thriller..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
3.57 out of 5
"quirky, awkward and fresh..."
— The Observer
"The author of Apple Tree Yard gives us a marvellously recognisable British setting..."
4.06 out of 5
Do Not Feed the Bear
— Woman & Home
Behind the Screen
Sarah T. Roberts
"a powerful portrayal of wartime love and divided loyalties..."
Ask Again, Yes
Mary Beth Keane
"I savoured every word of this eloquent, lyrical novel..."
3.67 out of 5
"an explosive Noughts and Crosses instalment..."
My Friend Anna
Rachel DeLoache Williams
"A deep dive around New York's coolest bars and hippest hang-outs..."
"an unusual mix of political and mystical, lifted by the possibility..."
"The Satanic Verses author is back on fine form..."
3.78 out of 5
"an outstanding history of Islam..."
4 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..."
Edoardo Albert, Paul Gething
"A riveting, brilliantly written account...."
— The Bookseller
Letters from Tove
Tove Jansson, Boel Westin, Helen Svensson, Sarah Death
"such wonderful, heartfelt, interesting letters..."
Breaking and Mending
"she powerfully articulates the need for better care for those we rely on to care for us..."
The Dutch House
"a masterful tale of family, love, sacrifice, betrayal and the nature of "home"..."
I Love the Bones of You
"distinctive and affecting..."
Antoni in the Kitchen
"It all looks genuinely appealing and doable..."
The Outlaw Ocean
"a gripping, shocking account of the rampantly criminal world that operates on the high seas..."
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..."
Ami Bouhassane, Katy Norris, Rebeka Cohen, Nicky Barneby
"this handsome series of pocket-sized hardbacks showcases the work of "overlooked" modern women artists..."
"a collection of enchanting writing..."
To War with the Walkers
"The stories of what six siblings endured makes for a moving read..."
"I read far too little poetry, but I make it a priority to get my hands on any new work by Alice Oswald..."
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..."
Where Power Stops
"my go-to source of thoughtful reflection on current affairs..."
The Art of Dying
— The Scotsman
India in the Persianate Age
Richard M Eaton
"This sweeping history shows how much Indian culture owes to Muslim invaders..."
Trials of the State
"the elegance and clarity of his writing deserves attention..."
"[a] colourful study..."
"written with love, imagination and occasional (but glaring) historical inaccuracy..."
— Times Literary Supplement
Confessions of a Bookseller
"a world of dust and eccentrics..."
Owen Nicholls (Author and screenwriter)
"An unmissable, multi-layered read..."
"I loved this book; I really did..."
— The Spectator
4.17 out of 5
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..."
"an expansive and ambitious subversion of Western tropes, set in fin de siècle America. ..."
3.96 out of 5
"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
Say Say Say
"the whole thing feels effortful, dutiful and, I’m afraid, dull..."
3.29 out of 5
How the Dead Speak
"engrossing at the time,..."
The Electric Hotel
"an absorbing, multilayered novel..."
The Red Daughter
John Burnham Schwartz
"a memorable portrait of a woman struggling bravely ..."
The Bone Fire
S D Sykes
"[an] enjoyable “locked castle” mystery..."
"From Beatlemanics to Beliebers … what drives female superfans? A welcome sympathetic portrait of fan culture..."
Follow Me to Ground
"Horror, feminism and folklore collide in an unnerving story of a non-human father and daughter who work as healers..."
"Sodha's first book, Made in India, is a staple in my kitchen, and as my household is one-quarter vegetarian, one-quarter dairy-free, I can see this becoming a favourite too..."
Why You Should Read Children's Books
"Rundell is the real deal, a writer of boundless gifts and extraordinary imaginative power..."
4.33 out of 5
Night Boat To Tangier
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
3.83 out of 5
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..."
— Financial Times
3.23 out of 5
"Guy deals sensitively with a treasure-house of new information about Gresham’s private life..."
"This is an impressive and engaging work of scholarship,..."
3.56 out of 5
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 War for the Seas
"An impeccable, myth-busting study shows how much allied victory in the Second World War was thanks to their navies. ..."
The Bad Trip
"The decade of love and peace turned sour well before the Manson murders...."
Prashant Kidambi (Associate Professor in Colonial Urban History School of History, Politics and International Relations University of Leicester)
"engagingly written and deeply researched..."
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..."
The Lost Boys
"an important book..."