All My Cats
"This is a most strange and tormented story, part psychoanalytic confession and part meditation on man’s cruel relationship with nature..."
— The Daily Telegraph
Tim Etchells, Jarvis Cocker
"There are no happy endings in this nastily funny phantasmagoria set in a warped version of England..."
— The Guardian
3.67 out of 5
On Swift Horses
"On Swift Horses is worth reading for the poetry alone..."
— The Sunday Times
A Sorrow Beyond Dreams
Ralph Manheim (Translator), Peter Handke (Author)
"Handke’s politics trivialise Bosnian suffering, yet his writing also gives words to the voiceless ordeals long considered too mundane for literature..."
— Financial Times
The Captain and the Glory
"In our hyper-satirical age, Eggers’ proposal is just too modest..."
3.47 out of 5
"Grandmothers makes for absorbing, undemanding reading..."
3.3 out of 5
"This lightly sketched tale moves towards an inevitable conclusion ..."
"for the most part he writes with wonderful delicacy and multiplicity..."
— Times Literary Supplement
4.29 out of 5
"An extraordinary collection of surreal tales takes in time travel, molluscs and monks..."
Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming
"a profound tale of certain entropy..."
— Irish Times
The Eighth Life
Nino Haratischvili, Charlotte Collins, Ruth Martin
"Astonishing... a landmark epic..."
This is Happiness
"“This Is Happiness” is as full of detours and backward glances as it is of forward motion..."
— The New York Times
4.18 out of 5
"(a) darkly transcendent novel filled with phantasmagoric visions, body horror and tortured beings traversing a blasted desert hellscape..."
"The strength of O’Brien’s work, apart from lyricism, has always been its reliable specificity...."
— London Review of Books
4.48 out of 5
"feels at once more real – because less cartoony – and more sentimental than her earlier books..."
4.27 out of 5
The Topeka School
Ben Lerner (Y)
"There are many things in The Topeka School that are more eloquent than words..."
4.28 out of 5
Sarah Hall (Author)
"the main reason to read Sudden Traveller is simply to bask in Hall’s formidable, righteous language..."
— Literary Review
4.05 out of 5
Anne Cathrine Bomann, Caroline Waight
" a shrewd, skilful tale of loneliness, the search for meaning and a place in the world, and the problems of truly relating to another human being..."
— The Independent
Christmas in Austin
"There’s something pleasurable and astute to be found on every page...."
3.85 out of 5
The DIvers' Game
"Here really is a world, thrillingly imagined and under the surface entirely like our own..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
The God Child
Nana Oforiatta Ayim
"Intriguing debut about life as a Ghanaian immigrant..."
"there is a warmth and a humanity in Aciman’s prose that enraptures with its slow, easy embrace..."
"Wartime Paris is lovingly depicted: the smell of wet leaves, the taste of chicory coffee, the flics in their rain capes, a loaded glance across a café. Most of all, the sense of menace...."
"Buenos Aires in the 1960s, home to remnants of the Third Reich in exile, is brought chillingly to life..."
Andrew Michael Hurley
"Andrew Michael Hurley returns to a strange but familiar terrain..."
4.06 out of 5
The Bad Fire
" the attempts to modernise the series with subtle nods to modern popular culture are intriguing..."
— The Scotsman
"these are books that journey deep into the darkest reaches of human experience and return, fatally wounded, but still eloquent..."
— The Observer
"a clear-eyed and frequently very funny satire on psychogeography’s false solaces..."
"A story can do and be whatever it wants, this collection seems to be saying..."
The Taiga Syndrome
Cristina Rivera Garza, Suzanne Jill Levine, Aviva Kana
"Through her powerful command of language, she eases the reader into her nightmarish fairytale..."
These Our Monsters
Paul Kingsnorth, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Fiona Mozley, Sarah Hall
"a variety of authors have created marvellous and menacing new monsters..."
— Daily Mail
"Despite the novel’s wit and sharpness, there is a fundamentally serious point to it, and not just about body dysmorphia and unrealistic expectations..."
3 out of 5
Paulina Flores, Megan McDowell
"stories of financial misfortune and emotional misunderstandings..."
The Last Hunt
"Intensely human characters, a cracking storyline and vivid scene-setting make The Last Hunt one of Meyer’s best...."
Unto Us A Son Is Given
"... atmospheric, clever, witty and amusing. If I were only allowed to read one crime series again it would be that of Donna Leon...."
— The Times
4.33 out of 5
A Better Man
"Penny keeps the reader guessing who did what to the very end...."
The Second Sleep
"there is a surprising lack of narrative tension, the internal inconsistencies are confounding and we have guessed the denouement long before it arrives..."
3.77 out of 5
Come a Little Closer
"keeps the reader guessing..."
"This lean, fast-paced action thriller has the feel of Taken set in the world of Sons of Anarchy...."
"a highly original, electrifying read..."
"As always, Child gets a charge out of flaunting Reacher’s impressive build, but he’s also unafraid to show his hero’s softer side..."
3.45 out of 5
Agent Running in the Field
John le Carre
"A tale of Russian intrigue in Britain’s mess..."
3.91 out of 5
The Hunting Party
"Lucy Foley's gripping thriller stays chilling to the final page..."
4 out of 5
Sophie Hannah, Clare Mackintosh, B A Paris, Holly Brown
"Bringing together four crime writers to write one thriller could be a disaster. But in the case of The Understudy, this quartet pull it off with aplomb..."
The Lying Room
"Nicci French is back to what she does best..."
The Memory Police
Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder
"At the heart of The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa’s masterful 1994 novel, now published in English in Stephen Snyder’s lucid and elegant translation, is the way that, once lost, things get forgotten..."
"expertise is clear throughout... his marriage of fact and fiction is masterly..."
4.6 out of 5
"While the plots of many Nordic noir writers are turning ever more grim, Finland’s Antti Tuomainen opts these days for a wittier, lighter touch..."
The Long Call
"this is a traditional mystery of the best sort..."
"this is Grisham at his passionate best, conveying every ounce of his anger at the corruption behind the law..."
The Wayward Girls
"– a near-perfect ghost story..."
The Stranger Game
"a finely written book, evocative and moving in its exploration of how we live now, without being maudlin or sentimental..."
Death in the East
"the best so far of an unmissable series..."
The Siberian Dilemma
Martin Cruz Smith
"Cruz Smith at his best: ace storytelling with dry, laconic dialogue and a crumpled but courageous hero...."
3.9 out of 5
Sorry for the Dead
"wonderful twists and turns which single out Upson as a talented author of historical crime..."
I Will Miss You Tomorrow
Heine Bakkeid, Anne Bruce
"This is a spectacular debut...."
The Scorched Earth
"Gripping, twisty and immensely satisfying, this confirms Blok’s talent...."
The Man That Got Away
"Lynne Truss is clearly having a great time — and so does the reader. There is a smile, giggle or guffaw on every page...."
Death in East
"a brilliant change of pace..."
Mads Peder Nordbo
" the real pleasure in this slice of Scandi noir is the insight it gives into the strange cocktail of claustrophobia and remoteness that is life in Greenland..."
This Little Dark Place
A. S. Hatch
"This is an intense, oppressive debut, with its dark climax sudden and shocking in its plausibility..."
3.75 out of 5
The Secret Commonwealth
"Pullman nods to the refugee crisis and the state of democracy in his masterly second tale in the Book of Dust series..."
3.63 out of 5
Joyce Carol Oates
"Oates manages the tension and the profoundly eerie atmosphere with precision and economy. But it is the prose that lifts the spirit with its poetry...."
A. D. Miller
"I was a big fan of Miller's debut, the Booker-shortlisted Snowdrops. This, his second novel, is set in Ukraine at the time of the Orange Revolution, and in the present day..."
— The Bookseller
The Tenth Muse
"much of the joy of The Tenth Muse derives from Chung’s writing, which is unadorned but expressive, shot through with moments of sparse lyricism..."
In Love with George Eliot
"compelling fictional reworking of George Eliot’s later life..."
"Gun Island is a novel about migration – as all climate fiction must be..."
Patrick O’Brian: A Very Private Life
"a masterful naval gazer..."
The Secrets We Kept
"The Secrets We Kept is set to be a publishing phenomenon; but more importantly, it is a thoroughly enjoyable read..."
"an unsettling mass of contradictions..."
— The Spectator
Karl Marlantes (Author)
"a shorter book might have given this story so much more power...."
A Single Thread
"Tracy Chevalier excels at writing about the ordinary human characters who find themselves accidentally at the centre of history...."
"action-packed, densely plotted read..."
To Calais, In Ordinary Time
"There are many brilliant passages in the novel ..."
The Lost Ones
"If you liked A Woman in Black, you'll love this utterly gripping and atmospheric book..."
— Woman & Home
The Dressmaker's Gift
"An intriguing and nostalgic read..."
The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing
"[W]hile one may judge that the novel as a whole doesn’t work, never becoming a complete and credible thing, it is rich in individual delight..."
"an enjoyably overwrought exercise in dark melodrama...."
The Warlow Experiment
"A curious historical experiment from 1797 to get a man to live alone underground for seven years is spun out into a novel..."
The Giver of Stars
"Misfit women rule in a beguiling tale of unlikely love..."
"A sharp intelligence beneath the romantic sensibility makes the less convincing story elements almost forgivable..."
3.41 out of 5
"This novel is talky, smart, anarchic and quite sexy. You begin to linger on those three s’s when you speak the title aloud..."
3.56 out of 5
Living My Best Life
"A warm-hearted witty debut about finding friendship where you least expect it..."
"I adored this uplifting story about hope and love..."
The Museum of Broken Promises
"Can she reconcile her past in this riveting read?..."
The Irish Princess
"a fascinating account..."
What Happens Now?
"funny and beautifully written..."
Owen Nicholls (Author and screenwriter)
"An unmissable, multi-layered read..."
Live a Little
"Love and humour are found at the end of the road for a pair of elderly protagonists..."
The Doll Factory
"a harrowing and a bewitching adventure..."
4.32 out of 5
Reasons to Be Cheerful
"the pleasure of this novel is in the quirky characters, the effervescent writing and the comedy in just about every line..."
Irina Odoevtseva, Bryan Karetnyk (Translator), Irina Steinberg
The Rosewater Redemption
"a stunning conclusion to a trilogy that expands our understanding of what science fiction can do...."
"Unputdownable and often thought-provoking...."
"the novel is one long caper..."
3.93 out of 5
"Beside its predictably fine dialogue, the book’s strengths include the Stephen King-like way humour is interwoven with horror and Koepp’s enthralling conjuring of the fungus, which becomes as vivid as its human co-leads..."
"Ted Chiang's ingenious experiments lead readers back to the future..."
Fall or, Dodge in Hell
"Neal Stephenson’s sequel to Reamde sees reality augmented and humanity absorbed..."
Machines Like Me
"a fictional mathematical discovery is placed in the past and its ripple effects are carried forward..."
3.78 out of 5
The Ottoman Secret
"A dystopian thriller that wears its smartness on its sleeve..."
"Two environmentally dystopian visions of a flooded earth..."
3.71 out of 5
"detailed depiction of scientists diligently going about their work..."
Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood
"Artist Stanley Donwood joins nature writer Robert Macfarlane to evoke a haunting coastline..."
The Starless Sea
"Erin Morgenstern’s fiction radiates with the excitement of someone discovering a magical world within the pages of a book. ..."
3.26 out of 5
Travels With Sushi in the Land of the Mind
"beautifully illustrated by the Croatian artist Tomislav Tomic..."
A Little Hatred
"Although crammed with characters and detail, the intricately woven story never slackens its merciless grip ..."
"the best one so far..."
An Orc on the Wild Side
"[a] devilish satire..."
Jaime Lee Moyer
"a genuinely new take on the Robin Hood tales..."
Robbie Arnott (Author)
"A novel where special coffins are required to keep the dead from rising, and river gods vandalise jetskis could be irritating. But here the tricks pay off..."
Gods of Jade and Shadow
"a richly picaresque adventure..."
The Clothesline Swing
Ahmad Danny Ramadan
"[a] striking account of growing up gay in Syria..."
"Fabulous elements are mixed with everyday life and references to Brexit in an intriguing mother-daughter story about origins..."
3.57 out of 5
Daughters of Nri
Reni K Amayo
"reassert[ing] that black readers are as capable of having broad, varied, multifaceted interests as anyone else...."
The Priory of the Orange Tree
"the narrative builds like a tidal wave ..."
3.8 out of 5
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
"reading it can often be a bit of a slog, to be frank..."
— The Herald
3.73 out of 5
In the House in the Dark of the Woods
"a blunt, forceful poetry, entirely suited to a tale – and, in fairytale, a genre – that blends a catalogue of dangers with a celebration of female agency..."
"Horrendously read-able, deliciously sickening and elegantly twisted, Joe Hill’s new collection of stories range from elegiac pulp to full-on horror...."
Things We Say in the Dark
"Some readers might find [the authorial interjections] jarring; to others, it might feel like authorial over-sharing. In the end though, I think Logan pulls it off...."
Follow Me to Ground
"Innovative and unsettling debut novel..."
"original and engrossing... brilliant..."
4.55 out of 5
Last Ones Left Alive
"Zombies hunt for living flesh in an Ireland destroyed by ‘the Emergency’ … but does this debut bring anything new to the dystopian genre?..."
"this book is an artefact in itself – a tactile, mysterious and seductive one..."
Time for Lights Out
" a beloved genius of storytelling and illustration..."
"Rusty Brown is a human document of rare richness..."
The Red Zone
Silvia Vecchini, Sualzo
"a restrained, poignant graphic novel..."
King of King Court
"This affecting account of family life features dreams of monsters, classroom japes – and a father hooked on heroin..."
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball
"a huge year for the Wimpy Kid comes to a close with Greg's 14th adventure...."
" There is...real daring here, as well as empathy and imagination..."
Two Girls Down
"this flawless performance is captivating..."
4.36 out of 5
Anna Mill, Luke Jones
"it certainly is a wild ride..."
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
The Bride Test
"a sweet romance that explores autism..."
"One admires Slimani's bravery in creating a deeply unsympathetic character ..."
3.74 out of 5
A Different Drummer
William Melvin Kelley
"His work is long overdue a revival..."
5 out of 5
"This experimental novel narrated by a dog is clever, mature, entertaining and delightful..."
"Even in its tragic details, it is lyrical and playful, shaking and shimmering with energy..."
The Great Believers
"a deeply affecting novel that is full of death, yet simultaneously spirited and hopeful..."
"Davidson is one of those writers, like Raymond Chandler, who wrote proper literature that just also happened to be genre fiction..."
The Underground Railroad
"This is a shocking and imaginative story of slavery and suffering..."
— Evening Standard
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
"...one of the most unusual and thought-provoking heroines of recent contemporary fiction..."
Magda Szabo, Len Rix
"Katalin Street’s effect on me was so extraordinary that at first I couldn’t decide what was most extraordinary about it..."
The Restless Girls
Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett
"a wonderful, magic-realist feminist fantasy..."
— Book Trust
The Stone Sky
N. K. Jemisin
"It’s devastating. Poignant and personal and almost impossibly powerful......"