Deborah Eisenberg's short story collection Your Duck is My Duck (Europa) had all the reviewers lined up in a row, with praise such as "outstanding", "highly quotable", "incendiary" and "scintillating" swimming in. Anthony Cummins in the Observer hoped it would make Eisenberg better known in the UK, writing, "She’s prized across the Atlantic, but isn’t as well known in Britain, where she hasn’t had a regular publisher; here’s hoping that changes with this scintillating showcase of her one-off talent." In the Spectator, Andrew Motion described her writing as "highly controlled—watchful, well-made—and everything it describes teeters on the verge of chaos or collapse", adding, "It makes for a brilliant mixture of a book—at once compact and capacious, eerily familiar and extremely strange." The Sunday Times' Phil Baker agreed, describing Eisenberg's prose as enfused with "a knockabout wisdom and an underlying melancholy; the effect can be haunting as well as funny".
Norman Lebrecht's Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947 (Oneworld) also won acclaim, with Tanjil Rashid in the Times praising Lebrecht's prose as that of "a sprightly raconteur, with anecdotes and jokes, digressions and embellishments", and Rebecca Adams in the Financial Times describing the title as "impressively wide-ranging in scope and unflaggingly fascinating in detail". David Crane in the Spectator praised Lebrecht's argument as "inescapable", adding, "The western world has every reason to be grateful to this astonishing explosion of talent."
Critics waxed lyrical about Lee Child's Blue Moon (Bantam), with Mark Sanderson in the Evening Standard describing the 24th Jack Reacher title as an "uber-thriller", adding, "It’s nothing less than morality pornography: it provides a satisfying climax and leaves you breathless, glad to be alive in a wicked world." Dominic Maxwell wrote in the Times, "If you’re at all partial to his revenge fantasies, this is one of the best for a while," describing the author's style as "direct, informative, urgent". The Guardian's Alison Flood was also impressed, writing, "It is tremendously comforting to be in the hands of Child and his hero."
Kiera O'Brien, charts and data editor, The Bookseller