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Reviews for Catherine Lacey's Pew praise the book as "an alarmingly discomfiting"

The Week in Review

Reviewers had high praise for Catherine Lacey's Pew, calling the religious novel "sumptuously dark", "intriguing" and "enlightening" after its publication last week. In the Sunday Telegraph Cal Revely-Calder said Lacey’s "masterly" novel has "that Flannery O’Connor air of inescapable moral weight." Over in the Spectator, John Self said the book "is open to different interpretations, occasionally frustrating but ultimately intriguing". He added: "it keeps you thinking, and you can’t ask for much more than that." In the Scotsman, Stuart Kelly praised Lacey's novel as "an alarmingly discomfiting, sublimely written novel". 

Liam Vaughan's Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History banked a weekend of good reviews. In the Sunday Times John Arlidge heralded Vaughan's writing as "remarkable" adding that "he makes you sympathise with a trader who on a good day clears £700,000 — almost 30 times more than the average Briton makes in a year." In the Financial Times, Katie Martin commented that "Flash Crash is a compelling reminder that such cases could happen again without scrutiny around who gets their hands on markets weaponry." 

Richard Ford's Sorry For Your Trouble gathered a collection of reviews this weekend. Katie Law gave the short stories a rave review in the Evening Standard: "The writing is full of the most marvellous gems, absolute truths that linger long after finishing the stories." Over in the Sunday Times, Adam Begley also had high praise for Ford's writing, calling it "exact and poetic". He added: "The reader feels cradled in the capable hands of an expert." In the Literary Review, Ethan Croft called the stories a "skilful, if offbeat, collection". Whilst in the New York Times, Rand Richards Cooper said the writing was full of "acutely described settings" and "pitch-perfect dialogue".

Tamsin Hackett, Books Co-Ordinator, The Bookseller


Catherine Lacey

4.18 out of 5

6 reviews

Liam Vaughan

4.33 out of 5

4 reviews

Richard Ford

4.25 out of 5

4 reviews