"a bracing, refreshing first novel, with hints of greater things to come...."
— The Observer
The Bass Rock
"Three women, three centuries apart, are linked by their suffering at male hands..."
— The Sunday Times
4.15 out of 5
A Theatre for Dreamers
"A Theatre for Dreamers is at once a blissful piece of escapism and a powerful meditation on art and sexuality..."
"(an) undeniably intriguing, well-researched novel..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
"plausible and fully realised..."
— The Spectator
3.8 out of 5
Redhead by the Side of the Road
"a fully realised world full of dry humour, especially at the expense of tech hermits everywhere..."
— The Times
4.39 out of 5
My Dark Vanessa
Kate Elizabeth Russell
"The story of an abusive relationship between a teacher and his pupil is intelligent, brave and painful to read ..."
— The Guardian
3.88 out of 5
"Aravind Adiga powerfully evokes Sri Lankan unease and scrutiny as ‘other’ in Australia..."
— Irish Times
3.64 out of 5
"Dana, her father’s ‘secret’ daughter, suffers deeply from shame, while his legitimate daughter Chaurisse enjoys a carefree existence..."
4.25 out of 5
"If the relentless uncertainty occasionally has the effect of a “Do Not Disturb” sign, the novel is worth it for the times we’re beckoned to go inside...."
— Times Literary Supplement
3.28 out of 5
"The provocative sadomasochism of Adam Mars-Jones's Box Hill..."
3.82 out of 5
Deb Olin Unferth
"full of grit, humour and tenderness..."
— Financial Times
All This Could Be Yours
"(a) penetrating examination of misogyny and family ties..."
3.5 out of 5
"...this is a moving, authentic, humane novel which raises fundamental questions about what it means to be kind in an unkind world, and it will stay with me for a long time..."
Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell
"The texture of experience conveyed in Little Eyes feels not so much speculative as nostalgic..."
— Literary Review
"a glorious, affirmative vision..."
You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here
"(A) Lively debut novel..."
"Ruth Gilligan’s uncanny novel has a terrible dark heart and is set around the BSE virus..."
"Written in cool, clear-eyed prose, English Monsters is a taut psychological thriller..."
— The Daily Telegraph
3.92 out of 5
The Bell in the Lake
Lars Mytting, Deborah Dawkin
"Mytting’s cleverly crafted story heads inexorably towards a moving conclusion..."
4 out of 5
The Night Watchman
"Louise Erdrich has been a persuasive interpreter of Native American life..."
4.17 out of 5
"It certainly captures Winslow’s stature as a writer from whom others can learn the ropes..."
— The New York Times
M. T. Hill
"subtle and stomach-churning, anticlimactic and eerily satisfying..."
"he captures something of what must be the claustrophobia of immortality..."
You Let Me In
"Bruce’s spooky novel is lascivious and bloody..."
The Second Wife
"most impressive for its chilling insights into obsession..."
"..(an) atmospheric, timely debut..."
The Bramble and the Rose
"Bouman’s lyrical descriptions...are so good they give you goosebumps..."
"the result is creepy and compelling..."
"begins promisingly in Barbara Vine territory..."
The Cutting Place
"Jane Casey expertly splices the professional and private lives of her protagonist with wit and sensitivity. ..."
The Blood is Still
"It’s is a corking read..."
— The Scotsman
To Kill a Man
"a topical #MeToo novel..."
The Recovery of Rose Gold
"a rivetingly nasty psychological duel..."
The Boy from the Woods
"t only properly gets going in the novel’s second half..."
"A fast-paced whodunnit..."
— Woman & Home
"a gripping, swift-paced novel that asks disturbing questions about how far parents will go to protect their children...."
— Daily Mail
4.5 out of 5
"why these books haven’t been turned into mainstream movies or a TV boxed set is anyone’s guess..."
— Evening Standard
Black Rain Falling
"Ross’s characters are exceptionally vivid..."
Grace is Gone
"takes dark twists and turns..."
A. D. Miller
"The detail of Miller’s scenario feels authoritative, and the quality of his prose is never in doubt..."
3.81 out of 5
The Guest List
"Lucy Foley is great at pacy plots..."
The Temple House Vanishing
"Donohue is a master of clean, sharp prose, and has a hugely impressive ability to create layers of atmosphere or ratchet up tension..."
"Hauty is a Hollywood screenwriter and it shows..."
The Useful Idiot
"a cracking read..."
House on Fire
"a well-crafted, fast-paced read ..."
"this is a lot of (silly, gripping) fun..."
The Memory Wood
"The dreamy nature of the story slowly dissipates as the danger deepens..."
The Last Day
Andrew Hunter Murray
" an intriguing and unusual set-up..."
The Better Liar
"Tanen Jones’s twisty psychological thriller ..."
The Last Protector
" Taylor confirms his status as one of our finest writers of historical thrillers..."
"a stodgy read, by no means as compelling as its predecessor..."
"Leon is a superb novelist..."
Bury Them Deep
"we’re soon in typically scarifying Oswald territory..."
The Coldest Warrior
"the story is undoubtedly compelling..."
Michael Farris Smith
"A haunting and utterly compelling read..."
— Mail on Sunday
The Man on the Street
"a haunting first novel by a former naval officer, Trevor Wood..."
Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace
"there’s something here to tickle the fancy of most readers..."
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
"Anappara creates an endearing and highly engaging narrator to navigate us through the dark underbelly of modern India..."
4.13 out of 5
Long Bright River
"This is a compassionate tale, full of empathy for the low-lying members of society. ..."
The Ninth Child
"The hard facts of Glasgow’s history mix with fantasy..."
I'm Staying Here
Marco Balzano, Jill Foulston
" Balzano employs an unpretentious style to explore Trina’s life..."
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow
"Natasha Pulley’s novel is full of paranormal mystery, but it’s the characters — including a clockwork octopus — that keep you reading..."
Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin
"Kehlmann shuffles prose styles as he explores various episodes and protagonists in the conflict...."
The Mirror and the Light
"has all the dark witty glitter of the earlier volumes in the trilogy..."
— London Review of Books
4.45 out of 5
"a dense yet exhilarating eco-parable..."
Coming Up for Air
"I savoured every word of its beautiful prose..."
The Animals at Lockwood Manor
"This hypnotic tale will keep you emotionally invested to the end..."
She Came to Stay
"An intriguing tale of friendship, family, betrayal and hope..."
This Lovely City
"Fans of Andrea Levy's Small Island will love it...."
The Lost Sights of St Kilda
"Gifford writes with tenderness about the beauty and harshness of island life..."
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
"Atmospheric and unforgettable..."
4.4 out of 5
Saturdays at Noon
"at once heartbreaking and full of hope..."
Swimming in the Dark
"this is a remarkable, beautiful tale..."
The Lost Lights of St Kilda
"Gifford has created an undeniably haunting love story..."
"astute and funny..."
3.73 out of 5
A Good Neighbourhood
Therese Anne Fowler
"a tale of woe to rival Juliet and her Romeo..."
The Eighth Life
Nino Haratischvili, Charlotte Collins, Ruth Martin
"The Eighth Life is capacious, voluble, urgent, readable, translated heroically and sparklingly by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin..."
3.78 out of 5
The Other Bennet Sister
"The Other Bennet Sister reads as an enjoyable kind of fanfic..."
3.22 out of 5
The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
"The pace is slow, almost dream-like, but this is ambitious, imaginative and highly recommended..."
— The Bookseller
Frolic and Detour
"Paul Muldoon’s ability to sing with feeling ... deserves the highest praise..."
"It still keeps the philosophical rigour of previous works..."
The Martian's Regress
J. O. Morgan
"what a joy to read and re-read..."
A Little History of Poetry
"Pick up this book, take a deep breath and hold on tight..."
" It is a compliment to its power that I longed to break free..."
The Air Year
"Bird’s poetry is so consistently, effortlessly fun..."
"Nature does not go out of fashion and we need poetry of this quality more than ever..."
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979
Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, Saskia Hamilton
"So gripping are the clutches of The Dolphin Letters that readers smash at the bottom beside him...."
3.83 out of 5
Mary Jean Chan
"It’s a thrilling hint at things to come...."
States of the Body Produced by Love
" It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end to read a poet engaging so directly with how her language came to be hers..."
"forensic reflections as fiction laureate..."
The Poems of Dorothy Molloy
"this new book brings her back to us..."
Caleb Klaces, Marianne R. Arnesen, Traven T. Croves
"There is writing of a glancing brilliance here, and an emotional and sensory acuity well matched to the terrain..."
The River in the Sky
"Some of his best poetry was in his journalism, and some of his best journalism is in this poem...."
That Reminds Me
"This book is brave and moving..."
Dancing by the Light of the Moon
"to instil a love of literature, a copy of Dancing By The Light Of The Moon ought to find its way into every home in the land...."
"Farley does not let his poetic mastery mask the possibility that technology is mastering him – and us..."
"The new Oxford poetry professor draws on The Odyssey in her skilful collection..."
The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht, David Constantine, Tom Kuhn
"Where this volume breaks new ground in English is in conveying Brecht’s extraordinary poetic inventiveness...."
3.89 out of 5
"Spotlight Books is a new initiative from Myriad Books, Creative Future and New Writing South to discover talented new writers who might otherwise be under-represented..."
Morning Glory on the Vine
"a rare collection of her lyrics, poems and paintings, handmade as a gift for friends by Joni herself more than 40 years ago..."
In Nearby Bushes
"[Miller] combines biting social satire with moments of tender beauty..."
"The US poet’s voice is searing, powerful and, even in hopelessness, beautiful..."
City of Departures
"[r]eading this book can feel like sliding into that sunken world..."
I Wouldn't Start From Here: The Second-G...
Ray French, Moy McCrory, Kath McKay
"Hilarious, heartbreaking diaspora tales..."
"like all great poetry – its story speaks urgently to the present..."
By Force Alone
"It’s safe to say the intent is as much ironic as iconoclastic..."
Wolf of Wessex
"A treat of a book..."
Out of Darkness, Shining Light
"a worthy effort whose bit players just fail to carry conviction..."
3.56 out of 5
Christos Tsiolkas (Author)
"The ancient setting doesn’t always marry with Tsiolkas’s modern sensibilities..."
3.42 out of 5
Intan Paramaditha, Stephen J. Epstein
"Paramaditha’s references cleverly blend mythology, fairytales, Indonesian legends and popular culture..."
The Slaughterman's Daughter
Yaniv Iczkovits, Orr Scharf
"Stories nest inside stories, like Russian dolls..."
The Falcon Thief
"Like a well-schooled crime reporter Hammer investigates and describes Lendrum’s 35-year career as an egg thief..."
A Long Petal of the Sea
"in its gritty realism, this story is focused on attempting not just to survive but to live..."
3.69 out of 5
"Furst’s best-selling spy novels excel at pulling his readers back in time, often to World War II and the years leading up to it...."
The Secret Guests
"Brilliantly entertaining novel from John Banville..."
"an enjoyable, nail-biting ride..."
The Other Half of Augusta Hope
"At times it’s foolishly, saccharinely picturesque, yet the darker scenes are horribly upsetting..."
The Last Hunt
"Intensely human characters, a cracking storyline and vivid scene-setting make The Last Hunt one of Meyer’s best...."
War of the Maps
"McAuley is a damnably odd writer..."
"a light-hearted thriller with a superbly dark, existential sting in its tail..."
" the novel is gory, visceral and apocalyptic..."
Martin MacInnes (Author)
"MacInnes’s intriguing second novel deserves to cement his reputation as a bold and curious writer...."
— New Statesman
4.14 out of 5
Katie M Flynn
"This well-told tale is as clean and simple and chilling as a shroud..."
"There’s more adrenaline in a single page of Echo Cycle than you’ll find in whole chapters of other sci-fi novels..."
The God Game
"a brisk, well-wrought piece of entertainment..."
"It’s a commanding, if demanding, read..."
Mr William Gibson
"Despite the best expository efforts of all concerned, the motives of both goodies and baddies remain somewhere between vague and mystifying..."
3.35 out of 5
"Underpinning it all is an attempt to return our focus to the precarious wonder of the natural world..."
"this novel struggles to find novelty..."
"Earwig is a very curious novel, often at its most satisfying in its smallest physical descriptions..."
The DIvers' Game
"Here really is a world, thrillingly imagined and under the surface entirely like our own..."
The Rosewater Redemption
"a stunning conclusion to a trilogy that expands our understanding of what science fiction can do...."
"the novel is one long caper..."
3.93 out of 5
The Stranger Game
"a finely written book, evocative and moving in its exploration of how we live now, without being maudlin or sentimental..."
K. M. Szpara
"To spin a speculative novel out of erotica is a hell of an undertaking, and Szpara carries it off..."
"Highfire is deliciously funny at times. In a sea of forgettable modern fantasy titles, it offers moments of genuine originality..."
4.29 out of 5
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heap
H. G. Parry
"What shines through is the author’s unbridled passion for classic literature, particularly its brooding anti-heroes..."
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
"it would make for a great TV series..."
3.68 out of 5
A User's Guide to Make Believe
" while this novel succeeds as entertainment, it is also one to make you think..."
Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood
"the conclusion of the book is, in its bleak way, impressive..."
3.33 out of 5
The Starless Sea
"Erin Morgenstern’s starry debut, The Night Circus, proves a hard act to follow..."
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 ..."
An Orc on the Wild Side
"[a] devilish satire..."
"the best one so far..."
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..."
"everything is here in the right proportion to make another cracking TV movie ..."
"Pine wraps folk-horror trappings around a tale of grief and loneliness set in the Scottish Highlands..."
3 out of 5
"As desire turns to aversion, details that at first seemed inconsequential take on a menacing significance..."
The Pure Heart
"This twisted gothic novel is a winner..."
Andrew Michael Hurley
"Andrew Michael Hurley returns to a strange but familiar terrain..."
4.06 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..."
The Wayward Girls
"– a near-perfect ghost story..."
"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...."
"This novel is talky, smart, anarchic and quite sexy. You begin to linger on those three s’s when you speak the title aloud..."
The Lost Ones
"If you liked A Woman in Black, you'll love this utterly gripping and atmospheric book..."
"an enjoyably overwrought exercise in dark melodrama...."
Follow Me to Ground
"Innovative and unsettling debut novel..."
"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...."
The Year of the Rabbit
"I feel more and more that comics are capable of dealing even with the most difficult of subjects..."
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...."
" There is...real daring here, as well as empathy and imagination..."
Two Girls Down
"this flawless performance is captivating..."
Anna Mill, Luke Jones
"it certainly is a wild ride..."
3.67 out of 5
4.36 out of 5
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
The Bride Test
"a sweet romance that explores autism..."
— The Independent
"One admires Slimani's bravery in creating a deeply unsympathetic character ..."
3.74 out of 5
The Stone Sky
N. K. Jemisin
"It’s devastating. Poignant and personal and almost impossibly powerful......"
5 out of 5
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..."
"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..."