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Reviewers starry-eyed for Atkinson's Big Sky

The Week in Review

Critics welcomed the return of Kate Atkinson's private detective Jackson Brodie in the series' latest novel, Big Sky (Doubleday), after a nine-year wait. The Bookseller's fiction previewer Alice O'Keeffe noted that it was the second title of Atkinson's to win the Book of the Month slot inside a year, adding, "But this is Kate Atkinson, and to be honest I'd probably pick her writing every day of the week." In Red, Sarra Manning wrote, "Jackson Brodie is back, and how we've missed him!" and Francesca Angelini in the Sunday Timessaid, "If you like your beach reads to include a good measure of infidelity, murder suspects and missing cats — who doesn’t? — Atkinson’s new mystery hits all the right notes."

Michael Wolff's Siege: Trump Under Fire (Little,Brown), the sequel to Fire and Fury, also attracted attention, though many reviewers questioned the book's veracity. Jennifer Szalai in the New York Times commented, "With so many unnamed sources, Trump’s compulsion for hyperbole and Wolff’s own journalistic record, it’s hard to know which tidbits to trust." But they were near-united in praising Siege's entertainment value, with the Times' Justin Webb describing it as "both laugh-out-loud funny and alarming" and the Telegraph's Harriet Alexander praising it as "a deliciously catty look inside the White House, full of wicked anecdotes and gossipy gold". 

Elizabeth Gilbert's 1940s Manhattan-set novel City of Girls (Bloomsbury) also scaled the heights, with Frankie McCoy in the Evening Standard describing it as "a rollicking, beautifully rendered ride of glitter and fun" and Sam Baker wrote in the Guardian, "It would be easy to dismiss City of Girls as joyous escapism, and God knows there’s little enough of that around right now. But look more closely and what you’ll see is an eloquently persuasive treatise on the judgment and punishment of women, and a heartfelt call to reclaim female sexual agency."

Kate Atkinson

4.41 out of 5

7 reviews

The highly anticipated return of Jackson Brodie, ex-military, ex-Cambridge Constabulary, now private investigator, `a hero for men and women alike'*. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking new novel, both sharply funny and achingly sad, by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

Michael Wolff

3.35 out of 5

12 reviews

Michael Wolff, author of the bombshell bestseller Fire and Fury, once again takes us inside the Trump presidency to reveal a White House under siege.

Elizabeth Gilbert

3.62 out of 5

6 reviews

It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg's charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses.