Top billing goes to Rachel Cusk's Second Place (Faber & Faber) which certianly impressed the critics this weekend. The Daily Telegraph's Claire Allfree called the novel "an unexpectedly playful book, and Cusk allows herself a bit of fun with form". Over in the Guardian, Sam Byers called it a "shocking interrogation of art, privilege and property" whilst Jon Day agreed in the Financial Times: "a brilliant novel on the theme of artistic identity."
Rahul Raina's How to Kidnap the Rich (Little, Brown) was dubbed a "tightly written, fast-paced, often sharply savage societal satire" by the Sunday Times' Patricia Nicol, who added that the debut is a "rollicking read." In the Telegraph, Francesca Carington thought that "what stands out in this book is its unapologetic depiction of a Delhi". Finally, in the Times, Mark Sanderson dubbed it a "joyous love/hate letter to contemporary Delhi."
Critics were consumed with Patrick Radden Keefe's Empire of Pain (Picador) this weekend. In the New York Times, John Carreyrou gave the history of the of the Sackler dynasty a near perfect review, calling it a "devastating portrait of a family consumed by greed and unwilling to take the slightest responsibility." In the Financial Times, John Gapper called the reporting of the family who got rich marketing Oxycontin a "tour-de-force account" whilst Lloyd Green called it a "damning account of Purdue Pharma, Oxycontin and a family that grew rich" in the Guardian.
Tamsin Hackett, Books Co-ordinator, The Bookseller