"an immediately convincing evocation of time and place..."
— The Sunday Times
"an arresting piece of fiction..."
3.57 out of 5
Mouthful of Birds
"Brilliantly disconcerting tales of the human psyche from the Argentinian author of Fever Dream..."
— The Observer
4 out of 5
"extraordinarily taut and compelling..."
— The Spectator
3.83 out of 5
"As with the best pulp fiction, there’s serious existential heft to this dazzling debut about a pair of toughs marauding around 50s America..."
— The Guardian
4.25 out of 5
Late in the Day
"a subtle, delicate evocation of modern life..."
— The Independent
4.6 out of 5
Where Reasons End
" Dear Friend demonstrates how, in fiction, there is the potential to find freedom and escape from life..."
4.13 out of 5
"This is an ebullient, irreverent and deeply serious novel in the noble tradition of Mark Twain..."
"cleverly blends nimble, sometimes slapstic humour with an affecting commentary on the corrosive legacy of violence..."
— The Times
3.89 out of 5
The Spirit of Science Fiction
Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer
"...this sense of the fugitive, the restless characters and their obsessions, that both buoys the narrative and ultimately lets it down..."
2.71 out of 5
"revels in its own complexity, blending humour and tragedy..."
— Financial Times
4.2 out of 5
We Must Be Brave
"a great success: richly observed, lovingly drawn and determinedly clear-eyed to the last..."
The Freedom Artist
"It’s savagely political, disturbing and fiercely optimistic, the deeply felt work of a writer who refuses to stop asking the hardest questions..."
Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead
4.57 out of 5
"brief, dark and wonderfully atmospheric..."
"Nunez’s prose is illuminated by a wit, warmth and wisdom all of her own..."
"a meanderingly precise, lugubriously comic and at times transcendent rendering of the workings of thought..."
4.33 out of 5
4.07 out of 5
My Coney Island Baby
"nothing feels quite anchored or finished – and it's that stylish resistance to resolution, in the end, that impresses most...."
— The Daily Telegraph
3.25 out of 5
The New Iberia Blues
James Lee Burke (Author)
"Once again James Lee Burke has created a phantasmagoric fable..."
— Evening Standard
4.67 out of 5
The Wych Elm
"French offers a masterclass in unreliability..."
The Wolf and the Watchman
"(a) remarkable debut novel..."
The Chesnut Man
"a tension-charged debut novel..."
Once Upon a River
"this is a story to savour..."
— Woman & Home
3.64 out of 5
The Hunting Party
"a proper whodunit, which deftly cranks up the tension..."
"Total Scandi vibes..."
"all the elements of a classic crime page turner are here..."
— The Scotsman
My Sister, the Serial Killer
"a joyous stab against the patriarchy, as well as a suspenseful thriller..."
— Times Literary Supplement
3.47 out of 5
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
"an exuberant mash-up of an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery and time-travelling, body-swap science fiction..."
"her refusal to allow us to look away is thrilling..."
"A scintillating thriller that breathes life into every word..."
The Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
"One of the years most gripping thrillers..."
3.75 out of 5
A Long Night in Paris
"This is a deeply enjoyable espionage thriller with plenty of juicy details about modern spycraft..."
Where the Crawdads Sing
"compelling character, plotting and landscape description..."
4.29 out of 5
The Order of the Day
Eric Vuillard, Mark Polizzotti
"(its) willingness to cast moral judgment on its characters seems to revive the intrusive narrator of 19th-century fiction..."
3.13 out of 5
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
"smart genre-bending ideas..."
4.22 out of 5
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..."
5 out of 5
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Imogen Hermes Gowar
"Hermes Gowar tells her tale of mismatched lovers with great panache and energy,..."
4.08 out of 5
"Carey’s story is cinematic in scope, fairy tale-like in its attention to coincidence, and to the fateful cycle of pride and fall. ..."
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding
"Will dazzle and delight..."
Land of the Living
"vivid, illuminating and unbearably tense..."
The Silence of the Girls
"the vigour of her execution, will ensure that this novel is read for generations to come..."
— Daily Mail
4.77 out of 5
Confessions of the Fox
"a zingy romp that is also a hard-won account of how it feels to change gender ..."
Mr Peacock's Possessions
"a mesmerising portrait of a family unravelling..."
Only Killers and Thieves
Frieda: The Original Lady Chatterley
"a wonderful portrait of an extraordinary woman...."
The Poison Bed
E C Fremantle
"a gripping psychological thriller..."
"a dark, intelligent treat..."
The Black Prince
"The Black Prince is a brutal historical tale of chivalry, religious belief, obsession, siege and bloody warfare...."
The Letters of T S Eliot: Volume 8
T. S. Eliot
"one of the more formidable literary undertakings of our time..."
3.5 out of 5
The Built Moment
"subtlety and an intellectual curiosity..."
Vertigo and Ghost
"poems of lasting power..."
The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem
"a wonderful alternative history of modern poetry..."
One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem
"Tennant’s precise Englishness requires something bolder to offset its simplicity: you miss fellow Pet Shop Boy Chris Lowe’s neon-lit synthesiser..."
— New Statesman
The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht, David Constantine, Tom Kuhn
"the frisson of watching history unfold, moment by moment..."
Francis: A Life in Songs
"A series of poems on the life of St Francis of Assisi is scarce on facts but rich in imagination..."
4.43 out of 5
Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs
Christopher Reid, Elliot Elam
"What Reid’s sequel soft-pedals is the thing that Eliot, the American who took British citizenship, was fascinated by: class..."
Running Upon the Wires
"This is a reminder of the poet Kate Tempest is – able, whenever she chooses, to soar above the conversational...."
3.4 out of 5
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
Roy DeCarava, Langston Hughes
" 'a pioneering exercise in merging image and text'..."
The River in the Sky
"Some of his best poetry was in his journalism, and some of his best journalism is in this poem...."
The Book of Upside Down Thinking
"Intriguing and thought-provoking, the poems turn conventional thinking on its head with brilliant economy..."
"It always excites the poetry-lover to discover a new voice — and this first collection by a novelist and literary journalist is distinguished by a true lyrical gift...."
The Forward Book of Poetry 2019
Various Poets, Bidisha, William Sieghart
"If I had read only The Republic of Motherhood by Liz Berry, I’d still have been grateful for the annual Forward collection...."
The Long Take
"a masterly work of art, exciting, colourful (and) fast-paced..."
4.19 out of 5
J. O. Morgan
"I seriously doubt I will read a more significant book of poetry this year...."
The Last Hedgehog
Pam Ayres, Alice Tait
Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants
Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Bard College)
"Charlotte Mandell’s clear, fluid translation recounts the relationships and tensions that develop from here between Michelangelo, Mesihi and the stranger..."
"Raymond Chandler meets William Gibson..."
Record of a Spaceborn Few
"brimful of its author’s trademark invention, charm and humanity..."
Kim Stanley Robinson
"A near-future story about a tech geek and a member of the Chinese elite takes in everything from quantum theory and revolution to shyness..."
3.2 out of 5
The Stone Sky
N. K. Jemisin
"It’s devastating. Poignant and personal and almost impossibly powerful......"
Catherynne M. Valente
"a frantic narrative...with in-jokes, pop-culture references and some pertinent observations about diversity and gender politics..."
"This debut is festooned with cunning punnery, sharp turns of phrase, and jokes about emojis and the internet...."
"enthralling adventure from a science-fiction great..."
— The New York Times
The Underground Railroad
"This is a shocking and imaginative story of slavery and suffering..."
"every sentence is a joy..."
4.17 out of 5
Fire and Blood
George R. R. Martin
"Readers keen to find out more about the mythology...might find themselves disappointed..."
2.72 out of 5
"Fforde keeps the puns and neologisms coming thick and fast..."
Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman
"recounts eloquently the history of the Royal British Legion..."
"clear-sighted view of a divided America ..."
Timothee de Fombelle, Isabelle Arsenault, Sam Gordon
"A perfect little book about war, grief and peace that packs a mighty punch...."
After the Party
"Oswald Mosley, anti-Semitism, sisterhood and a spell in Holloway prison are all elements in Connolly’s chilling, thought-provoking new novel..."
The Fall and Rise of the Amir Sisters
"an entertaining if ultimately insignificant read..."
"Rooney’s style is pure poetry, sparse and heartbreaking, and writing this three months after I finished it I find my chest still aches..."
4.53 out of 5
Meet Me at the Museum
"an intriguing and tender read about friendship and hope..."
The Summer of Impossible Things
"...revel in a writer at the height of her powers...."
Love is Blind
"Intensely enjoyable historical caper steeped in the pungent, febrile atmosphere of fin de siècle Europe..."
3.67 out of 5
Nine Perfect Strangers
"an astutely observed skewering of aspirational anxieties and the wellness industry..."
4.38 out of 5
"Gavin & Stacey co-creator’s debut is a soggy squib..."
3.38 out of 5
You Know You Want This
"Roupenian herself, with her transgressive collection, gets the last laugh on an audience that dissected her and underestimated her..."
— Irish Independent
3.1 out of 5
"the master of horror gets cuddly..."
3.29 out of 5
Dacre Stoker, J. D. Barker
"In its crafty structure and unhurried layering of dread, this addition to the canon is a brilliantly entertaining read, and offers a chilling response...."
The Silent Companions
"Purcell has thrown explicit Gothic elements at this by the coachload..."
— Crime Fiction Lover
Melmoth the Wanderer 1820: with an intro...
Charles Robert Maturin, Sarah Perry
"a novel which few can rival for complexity, cunning and horror. ..."
— Irish Times
Anna Mill, Luke Jones
"it certainly is a wild ride..."
4.36 out of 5
"there’s an enviable clarity and forthrightness to Slimani’s writing..."
— London Review of Books
3.8 out of 5
"Davidson is one of those writers, like Raymond Chandler, who wrote proper literature that just also happened to be genre fiction..."
The Restless Girls
Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett
"a wonderful, magic-realist feminist fantasy..."
— Book Trust
The Italian Teacher
"The Italian Teacher is often wickedly funny - Rachman has an eye for life's cruelty worthy of Waugh..."
"by turns gripping and laugh-out-loud funny..."
A Different Drummer
William Melvin Kelley
"His work is long overdue a revival..."
"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..."