Mandel's The Glass Hotel shatters expectations
3rd August 2020
Emily St John Mandel's The Glass Hotel (Picador) has checked straight in to reviewers' affections, as they hailed the novel "irresistible", "chilling" and "highly recommended"
The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
"Despite their sombre subject matter, the defining quality of Mandel’s novels is fun..."
— The Times
3.88 out of 5
The Pull of the Stars
"The Pull of the Stars is an immersive, unforgettable fever-dream of a novel..."
3.25 out of 5
America in the World
Robert B. Zoellick
"Robert Zoellick’s fine new history..."
— Financial Times
First They Took Rome
"An expert dissection of the trends that account for the Italian League’s revival..."
Stranger in the Shogun’s City
"A restless, shifting metropolis comes to life in this clever biography..."
"With the rigour of the laboratory, Taylor wields scalpel-like prose, putting human behaviours — along with Wallace’s Petri-dish worms — under the microscope...."
A Room Made of Leaves
"(a) beautiful and subtle novel..."
Greed is Dead
Paul Collier, John Kay
"Collier and Kay’s scathing account of economic self-interest warns of harm to communities..."
3.63 out of 5
A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom
"quirky, ambitious and ultimately disappointing ..."
— The Guardian
The Gospel of the Eels
Patrik Svensson, Agnes Broome
"a captivating blend of memoir and nature writing..."
— The Bookseller
Dr Kat Arney
"not boring at all... mostly it’s a riot..."
An American Uprising in Second World War England
"meticulously researched... fascinating..."
"Pankaj Mishra’s insights are often valuable, but these essays on the arrogance of the west omit some key arguments..."
If I Had Your Face
"her writing always crackles: it’s gripping as well as grisly..."
— The Observer
3.8 out of 5
Poulenc: A Biography
"a valuable compendium, not to say a triumph of copyright clearance...."
3.4 out of 5
"for all its heady darkness, this tale isn’t as unsettling as it tries to be..."
— The Sunday Times
"The action sequences are vivid and inventive..."
"Winder’s subject is an important one, and he offers some shrewd insights..."
"she tells the story of her toxic marriage, murderous husband and miraculous survival, proving that reality can be as dramatic and gripping as fiction..."
Out of Time
"a cat-and-mouse game played by well-matched enemies..."
4.33 out of 5
"he takes on this sensational subject with a wry turn of phrase and the cool judgment of a fine historian..."
"A compelling biography requires a compelling subject, and Bevin is certainly that..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
3.82 out of 5
The Yellow House
Sarah M Broom
"A family memoir that comes with the access-all-areas intimacy of the best reportage..."
4.43 out of 5
"an accomplished and addictive addition to the great British tradition of spinster fiction..."
4 out of 5
"A joy to read..."
"a remarkable end to an extraordinary quartet..."
4.22 out of 5
Owls of the Eastern Ice
Jonathan C. Slaght
"Slaght has ... astonishing commitment ... but neither the language nor attentiveness to put his magnificent owl in context..."
— The Spectator
The Pink Line
"He approaches this task with bravura, care and deliberation, leaving their diversity and individualism fully intact...."
— Literary Review
"a wonderful essayist on the lockdown..."
3.69 out of 5
Sick Souls, Healthy Minds
"this short book is an excellent introduction to William James and his philosophy..."
Arthur Brand, Jane Hedley-Prole
"This riveting tale-already a bestseller in his native Netherlands..."
The New Wilderness
Who They Was
Dancing with the Octopus
"a tale of trauma and PTSD, but also of recovery through the healing power of restorative justice, and of enduring love...."
"a profound exploration of grief, fragmented families and whether we are doomed to repeat the sins of our fathers..."
"I wanted to savour it, spinning it out it across weeks, one chapter per evening, like a sort of lockdown Forty and One Nights of my very own..."
"Ryan gradually reveals the inner lives of his central characters..."
"Best known as a radio presenter, Simon Mayo is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the thriller world too..."
"The publisher is pitching this as similar to the books of Robert Harris, but this is a more straightforward action thriller..."
Slow Road to San Francisco
"(an) absorbing, perpendicular odyssey..."
"...by the time I reached the end of the novel I could hardly breathe. So, so good...."
Thick as Thieves
"a tightly plotted and gripping read...."
How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division
"she tackles urgent questions of our time in a passionate plea for hope and truth...."
"Epic in scope, this is a gripping journey into the dark heart of American history...."
Shots in the Dark
"A football fan tackles topics both on and off the pitch..."
Norman Ohler (author)
"Ohler has done his research diligently and he has an enthralling story to tell..."
— The Daily Telegraph
Diamonds at the Lost and Found
"This delicious memoir, which Fourth Estate is justifiably comparing with Lynn Barber's An Education and Esther Freud's Hideous Kinky..."
The Mission House
"The Mission House truthfully reveals that the new realities of India will increasingly have their revenge on these tired old romances...."
4.3 out of 5
"Shuggie Bain comes from a deep understanding of the relationship between a child and a substance-abusing parent, showing a world rarely portrayed in literary fiction..."
My Name is River
"This is the kind of adventure everyone likes to imagine when young..."
Meanwhile in Dopamine City
"A Big Tech satire by the author of Vernon God Little fizzes with ideas and inventive prose..."
"essential reading for anybody who feels angry, guilty or threatened by the tangled issue of “race” in America today..."
4.71 out of 5
"Garrett is a bright and buoyant guide and Bunker rattles briskly along..."
The Liar's Dictionary
"a dazzlingly inventive tale of love and lexicography..."
4.25 out of 5
The Good Sharps
"how one Northern family helped to build imperial Britain..."
4.13 out of 5
Remain in Love
"Drummer Chris Frantz recalls in fascinating detail the band’s early New York days — and their still unresolved break-up..."
"Stuart Ritchie’s engaging tour of the dark side of research..."
3.75 out of 5
Too Much and Never Enough
Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.
"a scathing takedown of Uncle Donald..."
3.6 out of 5
Twilight of Democracy
"Anne Applebaum shows how any society can turn against democracy..."
— Irish Times
3.33 out of 5
The Shadow King
3.45 out of 5
This Mournable Body
4.2 out of 5
Such a Fun Age
4.26 out of 5
3.56 out of 5
3.96 out of 5
4.27 out of 5
The Man Who Saw Everything
4.15 out of 5
Night Boat To Tangier
3.76 out of 5
10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World
4.05 out of 5
Girl, Woman, Other
4.19 out of 5
"brilliant and unpredictable..."
"She lets her tale do the talking, and the results are quite splendid......"
— The New York Times
Nothing Can Hurt You
Nicola Maye Goldberg
" The writing here is sparkling and the detective work, refreshingly, internal rather than external...."
The House of Lamentations
"The last outing does a credit to our 17th-century hero..."
"... Cry Baby works as a way into the series for sure, but it’s even more entertaining for us old aficionados to see the origin story of Billingham’s hero..."
"a labyrinth as exhilarating as anything..."
Shed No Tears
"Frear writes vividly about the uneasy relationship between her female cops and brings the novel to a startling conclusion...."
If Looks Could Kill
"Kiernan’s novel has echoes of real-life scandals about undercover cops in illicit relationships..."
The Waiting Rooms
"Smith combines the excitement of a medical thriller à la Michael Crichton with sensitive characterisation and social insight..."
Joseph R Garber
"(a) high-concept thriller..."
The Other Passenger
"Overall, it’s another winner...."
— Daily Mail
"Rhodes writes beautifully crafted psychological thrillers..."
Blood Red City
"demonstrates a broadening out of his ambition..."
Ragnar Jonasson, Victoria Cribb
"The reverse storytelling here is dispatched adroitly..."
"It shouldn’t work, but it does..."
"deliciously horrid horror..."
If It Bleeds
"Is Stephen King a horror writer or a crime writer these days?..."
Love in Amsterdam
"If you’ve come up with a protagonist your readers have taken to their hearts, it makes sense to maintain that affection..."
The Goodbye Man
"Jeffery Deaver mines new territory in The Goodbye Man..."
The Creak on the Stairs
Eva Bjoerg AEgisdottir, Victoria Cribb
"Rumours of the death of Scandicrime are greatly exaggerated, as The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg Ægisdottir proves..."
"With its bravura picture of a wrecked economy and swingeing death toll, Camino Winds has come to seem all too prescient..."
3 out of 5
Romy Hausmann, Jamie Bulloch
"a peerless exercise in suspense..."
Island of Secrets
"...owes a debt to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca..."
Watch Him Die
"the kind of thriller that contains so many good plot devices you worry that the author might have emptied their imagination store..."
— The Scotsman
"a messy rehash of Briscoe’s other tales of upper-middle-class crisis..."
3.18 out of 5