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The Week In Review 11 Feb 2019

Hopefully Mark Zuckerberg doesn't subscribe to the Books in the Media newsletter—Robert McNamee's Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe (HarperCollins) has been hailed as "a hugely damaging book" for the social media giant. In the Sunday Times, Bryan Appleyard declared, "Apart from Jaron Lanier's work, it is the best anti-Big Tech book I've come across," and Hannah Kuchler in the Financial Times praised it as "an excellent account of the story so far". 

Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give (Walker) is one of Books in the Media's best-ever rated titles, and her second book On the Come Up seems to be following in its predecessor's footsteps. In the Guardian, Patrice Lawrence described it as "a celebration of African American cultural achievement in music, TV and film" and "a gift to readers who don't usually see their lives represented in this way". The Times' Alex O'Connell said the title's 448 pages "fly along with the agility of one of Bri's freestyles". 

Niklas Natt och Dag's The Wolf and the Watchman (Hodder & Stoughton) clawed into the reviewers' good books, with the Sunday Times' Nick Rennison describing it as "a remakable debut novel" and Declan Burke in the Irish Times praising it as "vividly written" and "a superbly detailed historical mystery". 

By Kiera O'Brien, Charts & Data Editor, The Bookseller

Roger McNamee

4.00 out of 5

4 reviews

This is the dramatic story of how a noted tech venture capitalist, an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor in his company, woke up to the serious damage Facebook was doing to our society and set out to try to stop it.

Angie Thomas

5.00 out of 5

4 reviews

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer.

Angie Thomas, Tim Marrs

4.70 out of 5

5 reviews

The award-winning author of The Hate U Give returns with a powerful story about hip hop, freedom of speech – and fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you.

Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it – she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be

3.50 out of 5

5 reviews

'The best historical thriller I've read in twenty years' A.J. Finn