Murder on Mustique
"the book is suffused not just with mere charm, but with the author’s genuine, and genuinely attractive, personality..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
The First Woman
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
"this is a novel bursting with resilience and warmth..."
— The Sunday Times
4.4 out of 5
At Night All Blood Is Black
David Diop, Anna Moschovakis
"a remarkable piece of writing..."
When the Lights Go Out
"(A) clear-eyed, wry, wise novel..."
— Irish Times
4 out of 5
Hassan Blasim, Jonathan Wright
"This overwhelming novel by ‘Iraq’s Irvine Welsh’ captures the alienation of people exiled by conflict..."
— The Observer
The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard
"Hazzard is wonderfully attuned to subtle shifts in moods and feelings, particularly when writing dialogue, at which she excels..."
— The Spectator
Leave the World Behind
"Timely novel about a sudden, cataclysmic event that shocks the world..."
4.22 out of 5
A Luminous Republic
Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman
"Barba’s denouement still grips with the power of a thriller..."
— Times Literary Supplement
"one of our finest contemporary novelists, of any genre..."
4.53 out of 5
"This funny and inventive novel plays with American stereotypes about Asians,..."
— The Times
3.64 out of 5
One by One
"a suspenseful and spine-tingling page-turner..."
— The Guardian
The Last Good Man
"Thomas McMullan’s debut novel portrays a vivid dystopia fuelled by sham democracy..."
Girls Against God
"Plot and chronology are less important than the mini-manifestos and rousing riffs..."
3.67 out of 5
"This exquisitely written debut novel sizzles with cruelties and betrayals..."
Mr Wilder and Me
"Jonathan Coe’s usual cohort of fans may be bemused by the inconsistent style and tone..."
3.62 out of 5
To Be a Man
"questions linger long after the final pages of this supremely intelligent collection..."
4.17 out of 5
"O’Farrell’s remarkable novel about Shakespeare’s son is both painful and satisfying..."
— New Statesman
4.2 out of 5
The Housing Lark
"The Housing Lark affirms Selvon’s skill as a storyteller..."
"Taylor has written an economical, patient and incisive examination of race relations in present-day America...."
— London Review of Books
4.28 out of 5
Prof Bernhard Schlink, Charlotte Collins
"This poignant tale of a mismatched couple in turn-of-the-century Germany gives away its secrets too early..."
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again
M. John Harrison
"Harrison excels at evoking the deadened absurdity of the everyday. ..."
4.67 out of 5
Cecily von Ziegesar
"The author of the teen books that inspired a smash hit TV show returns with a novel about the bumbling middle-class hang-ups of Brooklyn..."
When We Cease to Understand the World
Adrian Nathan West, Benjamin Labatut
"Things mankind was not supposed to know — the dark side of science..."
3.33 out of 5
Breasts and Eggs
Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett, David Boyd
"Mieko Kawakami’s novel reads like two different books rather than two parts of the same story..."
3.88 out of 5
"This smartly self-knowing dystopian tale looks at a version of America that gives up and dies. What’s left in the wasteland to come?..."
— The Daily Telegraph
Men and Apparitions
"Prepare for mansplaining littered with tedious verbal tics, which is oddly compelling to read..."
This Mournable Body
"one of the most remarkable authors the Booker Prize has ever celebrated..."
4.11 out of 5
"there’s Harry Potter-ish pleasures to be had getting lost in Montverre’s labyrinthine corridors and the byzantine intricacies of the game..."
— Daily Mail
4.33 out of 5
The Butcher of Berner Street
"Reeve’s latest novel continues to hold the reader’s attention ..."
Sebastian Fitzek, Jamie Bulloch
"plot is lacking in both credibility and coherence..."
Tom Watson, Imogen Robertson
"this is certainly not House Of Cards..."
2.67 out of 5
Kill a Stranger
"There’s perhaps a shade too much dependence on withholding information from the reader, but that thud you hear is Kernick whipping the rug from under your feet again...."
"a thriller that improves as it advances, becoming a riveting brain teaser as well as serving up vivid action scenes..."
Lee Child, Andrew Child
"Cybercrime, though, is notoriously difficult to translate into fiction..."
3.17 out of 5
"A chilling debut, wonderfully paced..."
— Woman & Home
A Song for the Dark Times
"It is always good to be back in Rebus’s company, even more so with Rankin slipping in various hints as to his eventual demise..."
"Thomas has come up with an original plot and his detective is gay, allowing him to explore homophobia in the police..."
3.29 out of 5
A Time for Mercy
"One for fans only...."
— Evening Standard
3.13 out of 5
"(a) breathtaking thriller ..."
"this is proof that Dahl is a writer to watch..."
— Financial Times
The Law of Innocence
"grabs you on the very first page and doesn’t let go until the final, last-minute, twist..."
"Final verdict? A hugely entertaining paranoid pantomime..."
"you can’t help turning the pages hungrily to see what happens next..."
The Forger's Daughter
Bradford Morrow (Author)
"there’s an aptly gothic tinge to the tense drama that ensues..."
Make Russia Great Again
"This humorous novel wisely goes for jokes over biting satire..."
"Compelling, formally innovative and beautifully conceived, this is an unusual and deeply rewarding novel..."
When No One Is Watching
"A coming-of-age story as much as an espionage novel..."
3.73 out of 5
Play the Red Queen
"Jurjevics vividly conjures up the febrile atmosphere of a city in turmoil...."
"an immersive and immensely powerful novel..."
3.82 out of 5
The Night of the Fire
"a clear-eyed examination of how the pettiness of village life mirrors the wider problems in a changing society..."
"It would make an ideal present for a wicked aunt..."
The Thief of the Winged Horse
"a magical tale that blends very human people with a hidden world of enchantment..."
The Dead of Winter
"an absorbing plot that has its roots in the brutal poverty of the 1930s..."
The Windsor Knot
" based on a delightful conceit..."
3.8 out of 5
The Devil and the Dark Water
"a genre-sampling epic that sets outrageous traps for the reader..."
4.49 out of 5
The Postscript Murders
"Griffiths carves out her own very distinctive niche in this sub-genre, balancing humour and suspense with some aplomb..."
"a beautiful and profound crime novel..."
When I Come Home Again
"(A) haunting tale in unpretentious but persuasive prose..."
"A gripping read..."
"Everyone has a story in this subtlety written, yet grand, sweep through German-run colonial times..."
A More Perfect Union
"her story offers a glimpse of the redemptive power of love amid the inhumanity..."
Islands of Mercy
"There are glimpses of Tremain at her best in a passionate tale of coloniser and colonised in the British empire..."
3.57 out of 5
The Undiscovered Country
— Books Ireland
Eyes of the Rigel
Roy Jacobsen, Don Bartlett, Don Shaw
"subtle and moving..."
The Shadow King
"at the very least an act of rebellion..."
— Literary Review
The Evening and the Morning
"Horrible Histories for adults, with a plot attached..."
The Diver and the Lover
"..it feels like one of Vine’s election night swingometer performances – a little overheated...."
To Cook a Bear
Mikael Niemi, Deborah Bragan-Turner
"The Swedish novelist transports readers to a setting as remote as Australia’s wide open spaces..."
Inside the Beautiful Inside
"Bullock’s story is sometimes confusing, but the voice she gives to Norris ... is a haunting one...."
The Dickens Boy
"Now in his mid-eighties, Keneally continues to create immensely readable fiction that reimagines the history of his native Australia..."
3.56 out of 5
The Queen's Rival
"Dramatic and highly evocative..."
"intriguing fictionalisation of real-life events..."
The Flip Side
"It's the debut rom-com you'll want on your list..."
Love Your Life
"A feel-good Christmas treat..."
For When I'm Gone
"Ley’s crisp, witty writing keeps it firmly on the right side of mawkishness..."
A Lover's Discourse
"one of Guo’s achievements in this novel is to make it straightforward to read..."
Just Like You
"Hornby has built a career on capturing emotional nuance..."
3.53 out of 5
This Time Next Year
"Uplifting and relatable..."
When the Music Stops
"A bold read..."
The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
"Mandel grounds her interrogation of reality in tangible modernities..."
3.94 out of 5
"This love story has everything we want from a classic romcom..."
"[a] fabulous and funny story..."
The Seven Doors
Agnes Ravatn, Rosie Hedger
"a clever, quirky mystery, full of twists, and reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her best..."
Dear Emmie Blue
"A beautiful evocative read..."
The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually
"Compassionate portrayal of grief..."
" gripping, tender and perfectly formed..."
4.26 out of 5
The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle
"An original and spirited novel...."
Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh
— The Scotsman
"a searing addition to the literature of America’s postwar imperialism..."
"Germany’s past and present combine to provide a disquieting counter-narrative to his liberal values..."
3.69 out of 5
All Our Shimmering Skies
"Dalton again tackles good and evil from the perspective of a heartbreaking, hopeful child..."
V for Victory
"V for Victory is suffused with Evans’s trademark blend of wit and pathos...."
"Underdogs: Tooth and Nail is an admirably unusual book, and one that serves real purpose..."
The All True Adventures (and Rare Educat...
"strangely, desperately moving..."
"The Englishman is a cracking, finely crafted thriller...."
"the jigsaw of information forms a shocking picture..."
The Space Between Worlds
"ohnson excels at contrasting lives of privilege and poverty..."
The Vanished Birds
The Ministry for the Future
Kim Stanley Robinson
" There is no shortage of sardonic humour here, a cosmopolitan range of sympathies, and a steely, visionary optimism...."
The Animals in That Country
Laura Jean McKay
"a fierce and funny exploration of other consciousnesses and the limits of language..."
"Female privacy, emotion and choice are the ultimate rebellion in the follow-up to the Booker-longlisted The Water Cure..."
3.75 out of 5
"an excellent example of the prophetic nature of speculative fiction..."
XX: A Novel
"the most astonishing blend of narrative, meta-narratives and visuals..."
Chris Beckett (Author)
"Two Tribes holds up a mirror to our fractured times..."
The Doors of Eden
"Emotionally complex and intellectually satisfying..."
Laura Lam, Elizabeth May
"a feminist space opera..."
A Song for a New Day
"liberty and creative endeavour are compromised by political and socioeconomic reality..."
"Touching on issues of prejudice and xenophobia along the way, Axiom’s End is the engaging first volume of a projected series...."
"the only novel I have ever read that made my ears tingle..."
Of Ants and Dinosaurs
"What killed the dinosaurs? Cixin Liu blames their intelligence..."
The Hollow Ones
Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
"plenty of spark and impetus to make up for its not wholly original premise..."
The Mother Code
"Silicon Valley biochemist Stivers writes with a calm, technical authority..."
"Devolution deftly incorporates “real-world” history..."
"Susanna Clarke’s enchanting, extravagant fusion of magic and memory..."
4.19 out of 5
Philip Pullman, Tom Duxbury
"It’s a joy of a book..."
D (A Tale of Two Worlds)
"Faber’s novels are often distinguished by his mastery of eerie dread; that’s precisely what’s missing here...."
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..."
The Rain Heron
Robbie Arnott (Author)
"It’s sad and satisfying..."
"deliciously horrid horror..."
We Ride the Storm
"her storytelling ability and sympathetic characterisation win the reader over..."
The Sight of You
Daughters of Nri
Reni K Amayo
"A great option if you’re a lover of fantasy and mythology..."
The Kingdom of Liars
"(an) impressive and highly ambitious epic fantasy debut..."
Lady of Shadows
"Teintze excels at building a fantasy world governed by an original system of magic, and thrills the reader with an enjoyable, breakneck plot...."
The City We Became
N. K. Jemisin
"Running through all of The City We Became is Jemisin’s fizzing, vivid energy..."
"Nyquist has to stick to the rules to win the game. ..."
" you might find this offbeat ghost story haunting or even poetic ..."
By Force Alone
"It’s safe to say the intent is as much ironic as iconoclastic..."
Martin MacInnes (Author)
"MacInnes’s intriguing second novel deserves to cement his reputation as a bold and curious writer...."
4.14 out of 5
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..."
The Apparition Phase
"There are chills galore in this enjoyable 70s-set debut about disturbed teenagers and malevolent spirits..."
Death in Her Hands
"Is it a thriller, a psychological drama or dark comedy? The answer remains unclear..."
3.15 out of 5
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..."
A Cosmology of Monsters
"It’s a grim ride, by turns moving and harrowing, and not for the faint-hearted...."
"Lebbon excels at portraying the phantasmagorical proliferation of nature within Eden..."
"a balm to the soul in these restricted times and her complicated mystery a welcome diversion from reality..."
"a stodgy read, by no means as compelling as its predecessor..."
"Pine wraps folk-horror trappings around a tale of grief and loneliness set in the Scottish Highlands..."
3 out of 5
"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..."
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..."
Anna Mill, Luke Jones
"it certainly is a wild ride..."
4.36 out of 5
Heartstopper Vol 1
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
The 117-Storey Townhouse
Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton
"Keenan’s rhythmic repetitions and short sentences lend a mesmeric quality to this story of a daughter’s protective love for her father..."
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
"by turns gripping and laugh-out-loud funny..."
5 out of 5
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
The Stone Sky
"It’s devastating. Poignant and personal and almost impossibly powerful......"