"...clever, satisfying, and often playful..."
— The Guardian
I’m Waiting For You
Kim Bo-Young, Sophie Bowman, Sung Ryu
"(a) dazzling and accomplished collection from the South Korean writer Kim Bo-young..."
— The Times
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed
"lashings of local mysticism and a flair for transgressive imagery make her an arrestingly original talent..."
— The Observer
4 out of 5
"a striking first novel, a chilling insight into an oppressive world, where bad thoughts and bad deeds ripple just below the surface..."
"Anthony Quinn’s latest period novel extends his richly pleasurable and loosely connected series portraying London down the decades..."
3.6 out of 5
Lean Fall Stand
"explores the optimistic and pessimistic implications of life’s persistence..."
4.4 out of 5
Robert Seethaler, Charlotte Collins
"melancholy, tender, comic..."
— The Spectator
3.71 out of 5
"Bear is a bizarre but strangely uplifting book about a woman’s quest for freedom..."
Eva Baltasar, Julia Sanches
"candid and darkly funny..."
— Financial Times
"sharply funny and astute..."
— Irish Times
The Dictionary of Lost Words
"a gentle, hopeful story..."
A Lonely Man
"My advice: buy the short stories and then buy this book and read them back-to-back...."
A Theatre for Dreamers
"Samson’s novel is sharply observant of the personal price paid by the island’s female muses..."
— Daily Mail
4.14 out of 5
"In this coming-of-age story set in a near-future England, a teenager discovers life’s possibilities as climate chaos intensifies..."
4.33 out of 5
" Mir offers us a fascinating glimpse into a world rarely portrayed in fiction..."
"is a work in the great Scottish gothic tradition..."
— The Scotsman
"one of the most captivating and distinctive voices in contemporary Irish writing..."
Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, Andre Aciman
"A very welcome rediscovery..."
The Crocodile Hunter
The End of the World is a Cul de Sac
"Louise Kennedy is a very major talent..."
"Benjamin Myers’s multifaceted short stories grapple with the nature of masculinity..."
"an insider critique of masculine bravado...."
The Republic of False Truths
Alaa Al Aswany, S. R. Fellowes
"The Egyptian writer’s fictional reworking of the failed 2011 uprising is a blistering examination of corruption and dissent..."
"a celebration of multiculturalism and friendship, and a rallying cry to make the world a better, kinder place..."
Early Morning Riser
"Very funny and wonderfully profound, this book makes you glad to be alive..."
— The Sunday Times
A Gentleman in Moscow
" a tale abundant in humour, history and humanity, with a poignant message about time passing..."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.38 out of 5
"a distilled psychological tour de force from an exceptional writer..."
4.05 out of 5
Our Lady of the Nile
Scholastique Mukasonga, Melanie Mauthner
"A classroom apocalypse anticipates the greater horrors over the horizon...."
The High House
"Despite its bleak subject matter, this is a book suffused with the joy and fulfilment of raising a child..."
Under the Blue
"a beautifully written, emotionally gripping book..."
"All these stories are brilliant, but with few exceptions they are bleak..."
"This is natural history as police procedural; and life on Earth as the scene of a crime...."
Sarah Blau, Daniella Zamir
"Twisted, dark and fizzing with fury, it’s a lot of fun...."
Watch Her Fall
"deliciously sinister and obsessive, an immersive journey into a world where ballet is everything, with one hell of a twist...."
A Double Life
"her pacy thriller is a persuasive account of the terrible cost of living a double life..."
4.29 out of 5
The Girls Are All So Nice Here
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
"Flynn keeps the tension bubbling nicely..."
Kotaro Isaka, Sam Malissa
"an unusual and thoroughly enjoyable read..."
The Old Enemy
"The Old Enemy has an old-style, mid-Atlantic feel to it but it is no less gripping for that..."
A Man Named Doll
"Motel, money, murder, madness: it has all you need to keep you happy..."
How to Betray Your Country
"a distinctly more thought-provoking novel than is customary in the genre..."
The Night Gate
"both an enjoyable read and an educational one..."
" Vidich’s style is sparse but atmospheric..."
"Rhodes makes up for her limited canvas with evocative descriptions of the rugged landscape..."
The Dirty South
"a finely written thriller haunted by a powerful sense of the struggle between good and evil..."
Into the Fire
"Rachael Blok’s amusing update of Agatha Christie finds time to highlight working conditions in Bangladeshi factories in addition to uncovering a wicked plot involving blackmail and murder..."
Lynda La Plante
"Thirty years on from writing Prime Suspect, La Plante is still delivering the goods...."
"multilayered and emotionally astute..."
How to Survive Everything
"The funniest thing about this book is that it is funny...."
The End of Men
"[an] unforgettable debut..."
"A well researched and compelling read..."
"[a] character-driven debut..."
"[a] riveting, creepy mystery novel..."
3.91 out of 5
The Eighth Girl
Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
"The second I finished this extremely impressive debut, I went back to the beginning and read it again..."
"Scarrow, turning away from his previous Roman adventures, has produced a gripping thriller..."
A Fine Madness
"a (mostly) convincing portrait of the mercurial dramatist ..."
Edge of the Grave
"Edge of the Grave builds to a wildly implausible finale, but it’s a dark and powerful story..."
A Comedy of Terrors
"Lighthearted, witty and effortlessly clever, just like its wonderful heroine..."
"a tense, pacy read..."
The Drowned City
K. J. Maitland
"This gripping thriller, first in a series, shows what a wonderful storyteller Maitland is...."
The Metal Heart
"Lea writes beautifully of island life and love, and the sacrifices that both demand...."
Not Dark Yet
"Robinson cleverly incorporates the two plots, showing how police work has had to adapt in a very different climate..."
The Little Man of Archangel
" The mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Jewish bookseller’s young wife provides another treat for Georges Simenon fans after the delights of his Maigret series..."
— Evening Standard
"Blooming with wonderful, vibrant and charismatic characters..."
The Last House on Needless Street
"beautifully wrongfooting the reader every step of the way..."
4.75 out of 5
"Later is a horror story, but it’s also a proper thriller, told by a master of his craft..."
The Fine Art of Invisible Detection
"Goddard at his impeccable best..."
3.4 out of 5
The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle
"an insightful study into a period of history often overlooked in fiction..."
3.5 out of 5
Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor
"yes, it’s fun, but it’s not substantial. Still, perhaps that’s enough..."
2.71 out of 5
"In the third of a cycle of novels on witness and memory, the author examines the trauma of what her characters have seen — and not seen..."
3.67 out of 5
"Kaitlyn Greenidge is good on the contradictions of freedom, and the persistent, sour legacy of slavery, but it is the mother-daughter relationship that makes this novel dazzle..."
"Saint’s version is energetic and compelling, and the women become more than just the victims of the whims of men..."
Names of the Women
"The concept is appealing, if a little muddled..."
3 out of 5
"Hornby combines a moving portrait of sisterly devotion with a comic depiction of the provincial life so brilliantly evoked in Austen’s own novels...."
4.25 out of 5
The Manningtree Witches
A. K. Blakemore
"AK Blakemore’s exceptionally accomplished debut feels especially pertinent now, as women’s protests against their treatment by men are met with further aggression or accusations of hysteria..."
4.5 out of 5
"Scott sympathetically resurrects a life half-hidden in the shadows of history..."
" an immensely satisfying read..."
A History of What Comes Next
"There’s real cleverness at work here..."
A Times for Swords
"This first instalment in Matthew Harffy’s new series is a gory treat..."
The Cold Millions
"colourful and punchy..."
In a Veil of Mist
Donald S Murray
" a moving portrait of a place and its people..."
The Road Trip
"Beth is quite rightly earning her title as 'Queen of Uplit'..."
"Fans of David Nicholls will adore this..."
The Echo Wife
"Gailey’s main concern is showing how people are shaped by others ... but the novel doesn’t rise above the banal...."
"Buchanan offers astute social observation..."
Before My Actual Heart Breaks
"A promising but flawed Troubles tale..."
Caleb Azumah Nelson
"an exciting, ambitious debut..."
3.8 out of 5
A Net for Small Fishes
"In a narrative that brims over with colour and invention, Jago summons up Jacobean London with enormous persuasiveness..."
4.42 out of 5
"fuses race, sexuality and grief into a tale of dissolving love..."
— New Statesman
3.82 out of 5
Alchemy and Rose
"Maine reworks the conventions of historical romance in a narrative that regularly undercuts expectations of what is to come...."
Mihail Sebastian, John Banville
"the collection feels fully coherent by the end..."
Dear Emmie Blue
"the perfect antidote to a trying time..."
The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
"brimming with beautiful prose..."
"hits you right in the feels..."
4.08 out of 5
And Now You're Back
"bursting with vibrant characters and utter charm..."
I Give it a Year
"This will make you laugh and cry..."
"what a joy..."
"Warm and funny..."
"made me want to read her entire back catalogue..."
When I Come Home Again
"(A) haunting tale in unpretentious but persuasive prose..."
4.17 out of 5
The Flip Side
"It's the debut rom-com you'll want on your list..."
— Woman & Home
Love Your Life
"A feel-good Christmas treat..."
"the book delivers on the huge, mind-bending promise made in its first few pages...."
"wonderfully surreal and weirdly uplifting ..."
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within
"Ouloo’s restaurant at the back-end of the universe has acquired some charming guests, but strip away their backstories and boy, do this lot need a plot..."
A Desolation Called Peace
"This is first-class space opera, with added spycraft, diplomatic intrigue and scary aliens..."
The Ministry for the Future
Kim Stanley Robinson
"a tale as sincerely thought out in human terms as it’s technically well researched..."
"a contemporary visit to one of science fiction’s favourite futures..."
I Am Legend
"a powerful literary exploration of loneliness, redundancy and the relentless processes of change..."
Beggars in Spain
" Genetic winners and losers fight for their interests in this thoughtful take on our genetically engineered future..."
Philip K. Dick
"Given the alternative facts and fake news swilling through social media at the moment, it’s hard to say what in this scenario feels particularly far-fetched..."
"Stanislaw Lem’s lively, sardonic satire asks what we really want from exploration (beyond a mirror for our own vanity)..."
Set My Heart to Five
" It all makes for a funny, whimsical caper, laced with lightly philosophical insights into storytelling and human frailty..."
"a cool, classy cyberpunk riff on the cold war spy thriller..."
"Smartly choreographed as it moves between opposing forces on two planets, this is a rousing good read..."
Derek B. Miller
"(A) smart and thought-provoking piece of work..."
The Mask Falling
"In a field thick with medieval despots and fairytale atmosphere, it stands out for its uniquely different and complex setting..."
"Adam Roberts is one of the most intellectually daring British science fiction writers, trying something different in every book..."
"a richly imagined eco-gothic tale..."
Doors of Sleep
"It’s welcome escapist fare in these stressful times..."
Ready Player Two
"diehard fans of Ready Player One might find this retread satisfying, but readers new to Cline will wonder what all the fuss is about..."
"scalpel-sharp and oddly moving..."
"We, Robots will make a fine Christmas present..."
— The Independent
The Rose Code
"a fabulous fun read..."
The Sunken Road
"The violence in The Sunken Road is unceasing..."
Francis Spufford (author)
"Francis Spufford’s generous writing style combines a close-up view of events with a distant perspective. ..."
— Times Literary Supplement
4.24 out of 5
The City of Tears
"The second volume of Mosse’s wars of religion trilogy vividly depicts persecution and how politics can upturn ordinary lives..."
Operation Certain Death
"Light the blue touch paper and retire to a comfortable chair...."
Last Flight to Stalingrad
"His description of the cauldron of Stalingrad, and of the Shakespearean vengeance Nehmann takes there, are well worth relishing..."
" Klay’s own experience as a former US marine gives battle scenes authenticity..."
This Rare Spirit
" a triumph of precise scholarship and imaginative sympathy..."
Many Different Kinds of Love
"Many Different Kinds of Love paints a harrowing picture of being hospitalised with Covid-19..."
Empty Nest: Poems for Families
Carol Ann Duffy
"Fathers, mothers and grownup children reflect on leaving home and the ‘dance between closeness and distance’ in an outstanding anthology..."
"chronicles experiences of landlords, desire, porridge and emotional labour with impressive formal guile..."
"This translation of Beowulf into muscular urban slang is electric..."
"In many ways it feels as if Cannibal has paved the way for itself..."
How to Wash a Heart
"unsettling reflections on displacement..."
Robert Crawford, Paul Malgrati
"(a) supremely vivid evocation of the times and places of Violette’s brief life ..."
The Selected Letters of John Berryman
John Berryman, Philip Coleman, Calista McRae, Martha Mayou
"Landmark work highlights poet’s misogyny but fans and scholars will find riches among letters..."
The Late Sun
"a heartwarming collection in which older-and-wiser poet and child converge – in sun and shade...."
A Little History of Poetry
"canters from Gilgamesh and Homer to Mary Oliver and Les Murray in three hundred pages with a breezy sense of mission..."
— London Review of Books
4.47 out of 5
Here is the Beehive
"You've really never read a book quite like this one..."
4.6 out of 5
Alasdair Gray, Dante Alighieri
"Published posthumously, the last of three Dante translations reveals Gray’s powers of insight and invention..."
"Atwood’s first poetry collection in over a decade is intimate..."
The Fall of a Sparrow
Ann Pasternak Slater
"Ann Pasternak Slater has written a partial account of the life of Vivien Eliot in which her famous husband’s behaviour is always tip-top..."
3.64 out of 5
Shadow of the Owl
"[a] brave and affirming collection..."
— Books Ireland
"Rankine sketches her clearest vision of a just future..."
"Instagram star Rupi Kaur has been savaged by critics in the past – but even fans will be disappointed by her new offering..."
Life Without Air
"A fierce and clear-eyed debut that finds a fresh way to explore humankind’s role in environmental chaos..."
"This largely faithful retelling of Trojan myth is genial enough, but has unsavoury aspects for the modern reader..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
The Music of What Happens
"a fine anthology by any measure, especially a literary one..."
"In Grimoire, Robert Robertson mixes Scots, English and Gaelic to mesmerising effect..."
It Says Here
"From postwar London and empty afternoons to a perfect love affair, this masterly new collection is rich in beautiful phrases..."
In a Time of Distance
Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh
"It is such books, books like this one, that in a time of strident and dishonest polemics readers should attend to with a feeling ear..."
All the Sonnets of Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells
"Wells and Edmondson are doing insightful critical work, and they are also inevitably reflecting the politics of our current moment..."
The Perfect Nine
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
"His work on language and colonialism is newly urgent in these times, but he is also one of the great literary explorers of the human condition..."
The Fire of Joy
"a treasure trove of poetic pleasure..."
"This modest collection is welcome and those who have not read Boland..."
All the Murmuring Bones
A G Slatter
"a rich and satisfying novel..."
The Absolute Book
"read slowly and absorb every detail of the world Knox conjures..."
Birds of Paradise
Oliver K Langmead
"fantastic and colourful, but lacking depth..."
The Library of the Dead
T. L. Huchu
"Contemporary fantasy, at its best, is both escapist and urgent: this does both admirably..."
Philip Pullman, Tom Duxbury
"the ride is stretch-limousine smooth and the evocation of the Hollywood Hills of the Seventies affecting..."
The Stranger Times
"What saves the book from being just a retread of rather familiar material is McDonnell’s blisteringly comic-caustic tone..."
"Weighty questions underlie the wackiness and misadventures of a temp’s 23 jobs and 18 boyfriends in this surreal fable..."
The Decameron Project
New York Times Magazine
"a brilliantly varied assortment of tales..."
Hall of Smoke
H. M. Long
"By turns gripping and poignant, Hall of Smoke is a compelling debut..."
These Violent Delights
"Gong’s vivid Shanghai is a place to get enjoyably lost in..."
D (A Tale of Two Worlds)
"Michel Faber’s fantasy novel is seamless and sure-footed throughout..."
2.86 out of 5
"Susanna Clarke’s enchanting, extravagant fusion of magic and memory..."
4.19 out of 5
The Constant Rabbit
"Human-sized bunnies roam Britain in a dystopian satire on middle-class complacency..."
"a harsh, improbable world that blends some of the tropes of young-adult fiction with both grim realism..."
— Literary Review
4.2 out of 5
The Rain Heron
Robbie Arnott (Author)
"It’s sad and satisfying..."
The Hollow Ones
Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
"plenty of spark and impetus to make up for its not wholly original premise..."
"deliciously horrid horror..."
Jeremy Robert Johnson
"To get a feel for The Loop, imagine if the TV series Stranger Things lost its sense of humour. ..."
"This eerie tale of twins in an apocalyptic commune conjures a rich dystopian spell..."
Plain Bad Heroines
Emily M. Danforth
"this glorious doorstep of super-queer terror is presided over by the ghost of Shirley Jackson..."
Cardiff, by the Sea
Joyce Carol Oates
"Four family tales about escape and revenge crackle with dark forces..."
Death in Her Hands
"Death in Her Hands, like all Moshfegh’s novels, is a mystery, as well as a portrait of a broken mind...."
3.23 out of 5
Under a Dark Angel's Eye
Patricia Highsmith, Carmen Maria Machado
"one never tires of her cynicism and bleakness, even over 600 pages..."
The Burning Girls
C. J. Tudor
"combines crime fiction with elements of gothic horror, set in and around a creepy village churchyard in Sussex..."
Settling the World
M. John Harrison, Jennifer Hodgson
"Perhaps winning this year’s Goldsmiths Prize for innovation in fiction might bring the astonishing oeuvre of M John Harrison to a wider audience..."
"B Catling’s Munky might be called MR James with a soupcon of PG Wodehouse and a dash of Viz..."
We All Hear Stories in the Dark
" It is the most magical of books about the magic of books..."
The Apparition Phase
"There are chills galore in this enjoyable 70s-set debut about disturbed teenagers and malevolent spirits..."
If It Bleeds
"represents one of King’s most obscure and impressive accomplishments..."
3.83 out of 5
The Living Dead
George A. Romero, Daniel Kraus
"The zombie-meister’s epic about a virus destroying human civilisation is everything you could have hoped for..."
"I’m not sure whether this is a case of very good or very unfortunate timing..."
The Only Good Indians
Stephen Graham Jones
"Jones is excellent at depicting the anxiety of Native Americans in contemporary society..."
"written with skill and a zealous intensity..."
"Devolution deftly incorporates “real-world” history..."
"Lebbon excels at portraying the phantasmagorical proliferation of nature within Eden..."
A Cosmology of Monsters
"It’s a grim ride, by turns moving and harrowing, and not for the faint-hearted...."
"a book I began to think of as a classic even before I’d finished it..."
The Grande Odalisque
Bastien Vives, Florent Ruppert, Jerome Mulot
"If you like comics, and you’re also in need of some serious, escapist fun... I suggest that you dive straight into The Grande Odalisque..."
"This funny story of a student’s trip abroad with her new anarchist friend will resonate with anyone who has been a fresher..."
"Although some books on grief can be prescriptive and preachy, this one is neither..."
XX: A Novel
"the most astonishing blend of narrative, meta-narratives and visuals..."
The Flapper Queens
"every page of this luscious collection is delightful..."
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist
"He has an incredible ability to capture universal fears in a handful of minimal panels..."
Wendy, Master of Art
"witty graphic novel unleashes hipster hell..."
Paying the Land
"a powerful piece of work..."
Comic Classics: Great Expectations
"A funny, thought-provoking treat..."
Jean-Noel Fabiani, Philippe Bercovici
"The idea of a graphic history of medicine seems almost an impertinence right now. ..."
The Year of the Rabbit
"Year of the Rabbit movingly depicts the rising terror of the Khmer Rouge years...."
"South Korea’s reputation for comic art continues to blossom in this feline tale of feasts and filial duty..."
On Ajayi Crowther Street
Elnathan John, Alaba Onajin
"this soapy, spiky book is a compelling read..."
"Funny, sweet and emotionally true, it doesn’t so much tiptoe on to fraught cultural territory as dance wildly across it..."
"Come for the consumer satire; stay for the heartache...."
Little Lulu: Working Girl
"With her pithy put-downs and her easy way with half-truths, it’s impossible not to warm to Little Lulu..."
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...."
— The Bookseller
" 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..."
Heartstopper Vol 1
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
The 117-Storey Townhouse
Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton
"Melissa Broder’s prose is witty..."
3.9 out of 5
"A legendary recording is at the core of this metafictional novel set between St Petersburg and St Andrews..."
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
"Jones captures female friendships brilliantly..."
5 out of 5
"by turns gripping and laugh-out-loud funny..."
A Different Drummer
William Melvin Kelley
"His work is long overdue a revival..."
"This experimental novel narrated by a dog is clever, mature, entertaining and delightful..."
"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..."
The Great Believers
"a deeply affecting novel that is full of death, yet simultaneously spirited and hopeful..."
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..."
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
"...one of the most unusual and thought-provoking heroines of recent contemporary fiction..."
The Restless Girls
Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett
"a wonderful, magic-realist feminist fantasy..."
— Book Trust