"What Turbulence shares with its predecessor is Szalay’s characteristically effortless prose, his ability to distil lives into vignettes..."
— The Observer
4.5 out of 5
"age’s eighth novel is many things: a love story, a coming-of-age story, and a brilliantly evocative sketch of Britain in the 20th century...."
— The Guardian
3.6 out of 5
Among the Lost
Emiliano Monge, Frank Wynne
"a determinedly literary novel... there are Shakespearean flourishes..."
Bait, Grist and Security
"Hodges has a gift for making the reader read, and smile..."
— The Times
Hazards of Time Travel
Joyce Carol Oates
"the story’s unpredictable shocks may reduce readers to a state of learned helplessness..."
— The Independent
George Saunders, Chelsea Cardinal
"... the unifying element is the deep sense of goodness that radiates from it..."
4 out of 5
"Coe can make you smile, sigh, laugh..."
— The Scotsman
3.74 out of 5
The Little Snake
"Kennedy offers a gentle, clear-sighted and deeply moving commentary on what humanity really means...."
"a drolly enjoyable blend of fight scenes and family history......"
— The Sunday Times
3.56 out of 5
Jeeves and the King of Clubs
"Schott certainly puts on a bravura performance, twirling and twinkling with tremendous energy. ..."
3.71 out of 5
Land of the Living
"A paean of quiet, pedestrian heroism..."
— Times Literary Supplement
3.92 out of 5
"Whatever voice Emezi uses, her writing is never less than compelling...."
— The Spectator
3.38 out of 5
"energetically done, if wearying for those of us who have left our hedonistic twenties behind..."
Evening in Paradise
"there’s still plenty in Evening in Paradise to conjure the original thrill of reading Berlin..."
— Financial Times
4.25 out of 5
A Spark of Light
"Picoult’s timing is a Brechtian masterstroke..."
A Different Drummer
William Melvin Kelley
"His work is long overdue a revival..."
5 out of 5
"Bleakly funny, incisive, stinging and – in its most destabilising passages – gut-wrenching..."
Slip of a Fish
"original, ambitious and challenging..."
"These 30 tales wittily play with feminist ideas..."
3.5 out of 5
"Kingsolver manages to make her characters simultaneously believable individuals, and embodiments of a generation...."
— New Statesman
3.83 out of 5
The House on Vesper Sands
"a cracking good read..."
4.86 out of 5
The Bus on Thursday
"perfectly nuts – you’ll never find anything like it again...."
3.89 out of 5
"The pace is fast... sharp barbs and cutting one-liners..."
— The Daily Telegraph
2.71 out of 5
Bridge of Clay
" this tale of five rowdy boys, immigration, abandonment and rehabilitation, proves memorable..."
3.63 out of 5
"There is an engaging, albeit slight, story here, but it is smothered in the verbiage..."
3.25 out of 5
" a clever experiment but also a frustrating one..."
4.08 out of 5
Kill 'Em All
"It’s well structured, in a crazed, absurdist sort of way..."
— Evening Standard
2.67 out of 5
"Javier Marias’s new novel is an engaging and unsettling story about marriage and secrets..."
— Irish Times
3.3 out of 5
The Penguin Book of the Contemporary Bri...
"This book of treats will stay fresh long after we are gone..."
What We're Teaching Our Sons
"Funny, sad and true...."
"explores a broader canvas, geographically, structurally and tonally, though less would have achieved more...."
3.27 out of 5
Pieces of Me
Francis Plug: Writer in Residence
"Plug is a Wetherspoons Wodehouse, a dole-queue Defoe, a pissed-up Pepys...."
3 out of 5
The Woman in the Blue Cloak
"a delicate story of a Dutch painting..."
Nine Perfect Strangers
"an astutely observed skewering of aspirational anxieties and the wellness industry..."
4.38 out of 5
Melmoth the Wanderer 1820: with an intro...
Charles Robert Maturin, Sarah Perry
"a novel which few can rival for complexity, cunning and horror. ..."
"a vivid study of pain and of the nature of fear..."
4.09 out of 5
"at its best this is a visceral, vivid and moving novel..."
And the Wind Sees All
Gudmundur Andri Thorsson, Andrew Cauthery, Bjorg Arnadottir
"a simple idea, sympathetically executed with an eye for the poetry of the everyday...."
The Restless Girls
Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett
"a wonderful, magic-realist feminist fantasy..."
— Book Trust
The Stranger Diaries
The Sentence Is Death
"clever, marred — no, enhanced — by being peppered with (deliberate) flaws and absurdities..."
C. J. Sansom
"800 pages in Shardlake’s company will always fly by...."
3.94 out of 5
"McNamee has found a particularly ingenious, and thematically relevant, twist..."
Palm Beach Finland
Antti Tuomainen, David Hackston
"Tuomainen is the funniest writer in Europe..."
Bright Young Dead
"the Mitford social setting is a lot of fun..."
In A House of Lies
"strong stuff... as gripping as it is intoxicating..."
Under the Night
"While Under The Night does have some merit, the novel is hindered by a number of issues...."
— Irish Independent
"Bolton's excellent novels are not just skilful evocations of the era but have a genuine darkness at their heart..."
Greeks Bearing Books
" tremendously entertaining..."
The Murder of Harriet Monckton
"A thoroughly absorbing whodunnit..."
"As it turns out, the novel is slightly disappointing..."
3.62 out of 5
Roberto Saviano, Antony Shugaar
"although absorbing at times, the novel lacks convincing characterisation ..."
2.5 out of 5
— Daily Mail
"Breathe ingeniously knits together the killer London smog of the winter of 1952 and the discovery of multiple corpses in Rillington Place..."
4.11 out of 5
Only to Sleep
"An evocative homage to Raymond Chandler finds his tough hero showing skill and courage even in the autumn of his life..."
Brothers in Blood
"terrific dialogue and much humour..."
All This I Will Give to You
Dolores Redondo, Michael Meigs
"an entertaining read with plenty of plot twists..."
Mr Godley's Phantom
"...something close to a masterpiece..."
Mr Campion's War
"Good Allingham, good war-spy thriller..."
The Way of All Flesh
"an excellent historical thriller..."
A Treachery of Spies
"engrossing and ingenious..."
"a naturally engaging and elegantly written novel..."
"I can’t commend it highly enough. ..."
"Dark Pines clips along and is effectively immersive. I read it on holiday and it went down very nicely with the wine and sunshine..."
The Poison Bed
E C Fremantle
"a gripping psychological thriller..."
Tara Isabella Burton
"A well-worn tale about an unequal friendship in contemporary New York forensically unpicks our relationship with phones..."
Haohui Zhou, Zac Haluza
"a genuine, read-in-one-sitting page-turner..."
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories
"a mastery of English language and grammar, often missing from today’s crime fiction..."
The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder
Sarah J. Harris
"It could be the book of the year..."
— Crime Fiction Lover
The Silent Companions
"Purcell has thrown explicit Gothic elements at this by the coachload..."
"gut-wrenching twists and an engaging protagonist..."
— Daily Express
4.57 out of 5
"(a) nuanced meditation on race, roots and belonging..."
4.54 out of 5
A Necessary Evil
"a highly entertaining journey to unearth the dark secrets at its core..."
The Western Wind
"Samantha Harvey’s fourth novel is a richly immersive detective story set in a 15th-century Somerset village..."
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
"a fabulously dark and witty concept, executed with quite some panache..."
4.4 out of 5
And So It Begins
"a dark, extremely readable, well-plotted psychological thriller..."
"a brilliant novel for our times..."
4.8 out of 5
"the master of horror gets cuddly..."
3.29 out of 5
"wonderful team of spy incompetents..."
"Beautifully constructed, it captures the racial tensions of the Deep South and weaves a truly magical spell..."
"This is Forsyth at his spellbinding best...."
"(a) masterfully plotted, compulsive page-turner..."
"an extraordinarily atmospheric and often harrowing study of obsession and possessive love..."
"by turns gripping and laugh-out-loud funny..."
4.91 out of 5
Give Me Your Hand
"Beautifully written and unbearably tense..."
"Astute, cleverly plotted and scarily plausible..."
"The Wanted is brutal, bromantic and breathless..."
Since We Fell
"(Lehane) remains one of the great, diabolical thriller kings..."
— The New York Times
4.33 out of 5
"absorbing, beautifully written..."
"plenty of moral ambiguity and some darkly comic moments..."
This Is How It Ends
"Green campaigners and undercover cops face off in this tense, topical novel..."
4.13 out of 5
The Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
"Finn plots his own course with a sure tread..."
The Chalk Man
C. J. Tudor
"CJ Tudor’s assured debut novel..."
Frieda: The Original Lady Chatterley
"a wonderful portrait of an extraordinary woman...."
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 Black Prince
"The Black Prince is a brutal historical tale of chivalry, religious belief, obsession, siege and bloody warfare...."
Love is Blind
"Intensely enjoyable historical caper steeped in the pungent, febrile atmosphere of fin de siècle Europe..."
3.67 out of 5
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..."
"clear-sighted view of a divided America ..."
"a dark, intelligent treat..."
The Silence of the Girls
"Although it is densely imagined and beautifully written, these things mount up to strand the book in an uncomfortable no-man’s-land,..."
4.73 out of 5
Confessions of the Fox
"a zingy romp that is also a hard-won account of how it feels to change gender ..."
So Much Life Left Over
Louis de Bernieres
"wonderful...hauntingly poetic and profoundly moving..."
3.2 out of 5
The Sealwoman's Gift
"Magnusson takes us on a journey that not only crosses continents, but encompasses tragedy and rich sensuality..."
4.64 out of 5
Never Anyone But You
"Two real-life artistic pioneers challenge gender boundaries and the Nazis in Thomson’s elegant and menacing 10th novel ..."
Only Killers and Thieves
Mr Peacock's Possessions
"a mesmerising portrait of a family unravelling..."
"it is immensely pleasurable..."
"Davies is an excellent writer whom you should read, but her strengths of surprise and coincidence don’t work in this longer narrative..."
4.15 out of 5
"Like a good children’s book, it engrosses and races along at a clip, eliciting excitement and emotion along the way..."
4.26 out of 5
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Imogen Hermes Gowar
"a dizzyingly good debut..."
Francis: A Life in Songs
"This is a book to press into the hands of anyone who has decided they have up on "difficult modern poetry"...."
4.6 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..."
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 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...."
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
"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 Book of Upside Down Thinking
"Intriguing and thought-provoking, the poems turn conventional thinking on its head with brilliant economy..."
The Last Hedgehog
Pam Ayres, Alice Tait
The Long Take
"a masterly work of art, exciting, colourful (and) fast-paced..."
4.19 out of 5
Fire and Blood
George R. R. Martin
"..there is much to enjoy here. Martin’s usual sense of richly irreverent humour is present throughout..."
2.78 out of 5
Timothee de Fombelle, Isabelle Arsenault, Sam Gordon
"A perfect little book about war, grief and peace that packs a mighty punch...."
Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman
"recounts eloquently the history of the Royal British Legion..."
"Fforde keeps the puns and neologisms coming thick and fast..."
Record of a Spaceborn Few
"brimful of its author’s trademark invention, charm and humanity..."
"Most of all, Tak Veil’s first-person narration is addictive and deceptively highly wrought..."
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..."
"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 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..."
"Sally Rooney is this year’s literary star..."
4.46 out of 5
Meet Me at the Museum
"a thoughtful and gentle meditation on buried passions, regrets, love, grief and loneliness..."
The Summer of Impossible Things
"...revel in a writer at the height of her powers...."
"Gavin & Stacey co-creator’s debut is a soggy squib..."
4.36 out of 5
Anna Mill, Luke Jones
"it certainly is a wild ride..."
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
"...one of the most unusual and thought-provoking heroines of recent contemporary fiction..."
The Italian Teacher
"The Italian Teacher is often wickedly funny - Rachman has an eye for life's cruelty worthy of Waugh..."
"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..."
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
"it seethes with energy and teems with memorable characters..."
4.83 out of 5