"unpredictable first novel from Beijing-born An Yu..."
— The Sunday Times
3.78 out of 5
"The author of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing gets lost in literary solipsism..."
Nothing to See Here
"a delightful, stealthily affecting story about what it means to be a family..."
Your House Will Pay
"Cha...is a talented storyteller..."
4 out of 5
"Eleven freewheeling pharmaceutically messy vignettes..."
— The Observer
3.58 out of 5
"The natural and supernatural collide in this portrait of a tiny community brimming with secrets. ..."
A Good Man
"The villain of this much-hyped debut is a total bore..."
— The Times
2.67 out of 5
"Think Ulysses on a cocaine binge..."
"makes for a lively and pacey read..."
This Mournable Body
"Zimbabwe’s chaotic history has at least produced some outstanding fiction..."
— The Spectator
Red at the Bone
"a rich portrait of a 20th-century American family..."
— Financial Times
Ismail Kadare, John Hodgson
"a mesmerising autobiographical novel..."
"Dietrich’s life provides no shortage of rollercoaster drama..."
— Daily Mail
Haven't They Grown
"Sophie Hannah is one of this country’s most accomplished writers..."
"Lupton’s ability to handle the topic is subtle and clever..."
— The Scotsman
Such a Fun Age
"Too much too fast in this satire on privilege ..."
— Evening Standard
4.24 out of 5
"...bewildering, perplexing, original – and I would recommend that readers allow it the concentration it demands......"
— The Guardian
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
"(a) stand-out debut, which recalls Katherine Boo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction ..."
A Long Petal of the Sea
"a sweeping historical saga..."
3.91 out of 5
"Goldie compassionately explores the ways her characters’ lives are changed,..."
4.33 out of 5
"This astonishing book is about Mexican migrants trying to reach America. ..."
3.77 out of 5
The Topeka School
Ben Lerner (Y)
"a fascinating, sometimes messy book..."
— New Statesman
4.27 out of 5
Why Women Read Fiction
Helen Taylor (Emeritus Professor of English, University of Exeter)
"In asking why women read fiction, Taylor’s book makes a start..."
The Weight of a Piano
"Cander’s novel, although it falls occasionally between starkness and sentimentality, is an interesting exploration of an abiding dilemma..."
Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming
"sounds like a sneeze and reads like a fever..."
3.2 out of 5
The Driftwood Girls
"The knots Douglas-Home ties are so intricate and tight that you wonder if they can be unravelled...."
Mr William Gibson
"uses its headline-grabbing counterfactuals as an opportunistic peg for a tricked-out potboiler...."
3.09 out of 5
"Helen Phillips’s disconcerting new novel starts on a note of thrillerish urgency...."
— London Review of Books
4.6 out of 5
This Way to Departures
"Mannheim exposes the cracks in the facade of the American dream..."
Where the Crawdads Sing
"beneath everything, there is a wild and dangerous energy..."
— Irish Times
4.13 out of 5
"Wartime Paris is lovingly depicted: the smell of wet leaves, the taste of chicory coffee, the flics in their rain capes, a loaded glance across a café. Most of all, the sense of menace...."
The Last Hunt
"Intensely human characters, a cracking storyline and vivid scene-setting make The Last Hunt one of Meyer’s best...."
"Buenos Aires in the 1960s, home to remnants of the Third Reich in exile, is brought chillingly to life..."
The Bad Fire
" the attempts to modernise the series with subtle nods to modern popular culture are intriguing..."
A Better Man
"Penny keeps the reader guessing who did what to the very end...."
The Second Sleep
"there is a surprising lack of narrative tension, the internal inconsistencies are confounding and we have guessed the denouement long before it arrives..."
— The New York Times
Unto Us A Son Is Given
"... atmospheric, clever, witty and amusing. If I were only allowed to read one crime series again it would be that of Donna Leon...."
Come a Little Closer
"keeps the reader guessing..."
"a highly original, electrifying read..."
"This lean, fast-paced action thriller has the feel of Taken set in the world of Sons of Anarchy...."
"As always, Child gets a charge out of flaunting Reacher’s impressive build, but he’s also unafraid to show his hero’s softer side..."
3.45 out of 5
Agent Running in the Field
John le Carre
"A tale of Russian intrigue in Britain’s mess..."
— Times Literary Supplement
The Hunting Party
"Lucy Foley's gripping thriller stays chilling to the final page..."
Sophie Hannah, Clare Mackintosh, B A Paris, Holly Brown
"Bringing together four crime writers to write one thriller could be a disaster. But in the case of The Understudy, this quartet pull it off with aplomb..."
The Memory Police
Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder
"At the heart of The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa’s masterful 1994 novel, now published in English in Stephen Snyder’s lucid and elegant translation, is the way that, once lost, things get forgotten..."
— Literary Review
The Lying Room
"Nicci French is back to what she does best..."
4.18 out of 5
"expertise is clear throughout... his marriage of fact and fiction is masterly..."
C. J. Sansom
"Sansom’s deep reading about the past, creatively processed, gives Shardlake’s adventures special historical value. ..."
Things in Jars
"offers a fantastical journey through the murkier crevices of Victorian London..."
4.11 out of 5
Maigret and Monsieur Charles
Georges Simenon, Ros Schwartz
"Together the Maigrets add up to a huge, utterly coherent inventory of lust, fear, greed, ambition, jealousy and long-hidden pain..."
Diary of a Murderer
Kim Young-ha (Author)
"dark and funny tales reflect a changing political climate..."
The Honjin Murders
Seishi Yokomizo, Louise Heal Kawai
"The narrative is clever and self-knowing..."
The Secret Commonwealth
"Pullman is a consummate and gifted storyteller and his narrative skill and linguistic dexterity are on full display here..."
3.69 out of 5
The Siberian Dilemma
Martin Cruz Smith
"One of the joys of reading Renko is seeing Russia through Smith’s eyes and Renko’s cases...."
3.92 out of 5
Death in the East
"the best so far of an unmissable series..."
The Taiga Syndrome
Cristina Rivera Garza, Suzanne Jill Levine, Aviva Kana
"Through her powerful command of language, she eases the reader into her nightmarish fairytale..."
Sorry for the Dead
"wonderful twists and turns which single out Upson as a talented author of historical crime..."
I Will Miss You Tomorrow
Heine Bakkeid, Anne Bruce
"This is a spectacular debut...."
The Scorched Earth
"Gripping, twisty and immensely satisfying, this confirms Blok’s talent...."
The Man That Got Away
"Lynne Truss is clearly having a great time — and so does the reader. There is a smile, giggle or guffaw on every page...."
Death in East
"a brilliant change of pace..."
This Little Dark Place
A. S. Hatch
"This is an intense, oppressive debut, with its dark climax sudden and shocking in its plausibility..."
3.75 out of 5
Mads Peder Nordbo
" the real pleasure in this slice of Scandi noir is the insight it gives into the strange cocktail of claustrophobia and remoteness that is life in Greenland..."
"While the plots of many Nordic noir writers are turning ever more grim, Finland’s Antti Tuomainen opts these days for a wittier, lighter touch..."
The Other Bennet Sister
"It is a truth wearisomely acknowledged that a renowned novel in possession of earning potential must be in want of a sequel...."
3.29 out of 5
"The sister best known for burning Jane’s letters is brought to life..."
The Shadow King
"I suspect I won’t read anything more moving this year...."
The Lady of the Ravens
"a fascinating portrait of the women who helped to make a dynasty..."
The Eighth Life
Nino Haratischvili, Charlotte Collins, Ruth Martin
"a linear and engrossing family tale of Georgia..."
Patrick O'Brian: A Very Private Life
"Tolstoy is able conclusively, with letters and contemporary sources not previously available, to lay to rest some of the canards..."
In Love with George Eliot
" an ardent homage..."
"Suncatcher is memorable and sometimes brilliant..."
3.38 out of 5
The Tenth Muse
"much of the joy of The Tenth Muse derives from Chung’s writing, which is unadorned but expressive, shot through with moments of sparse lyricism..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
"Gun Island is a novel about migration – as all climate fiction must be..."
3.47 out of 5
Patrick O’Brian: A Very Private Life
"a masterful naval gazer..."
The Secrets We Kept
"The Secrets We Kept is set to be a publishing phenomenon; but more importantly, it is a thoroughly enjoyable read..."
"an unsettling mass of contradictions..."
Karl Marlantes (Author)
"a shorter book might have given this story so much more power...."
A Single Thread
"Tracy Chevalier excels at writing about the ordinary human characters who find themselves accidentally at the centre of history...."
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979
Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, Saskia Hamilton
"fascinating for the sheer detail..."
"forensic reflections as fiction laureate..."
The Poems of Dorothy Molloy
"this new book brings her back to us..."
States of the Body Produced by Love
"Nisha Ramayya’s first book is a welcome affirmation of the feminist power to be found in Hinduism...."
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...."
— The Daily Telegraph
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..."
3.83 out of 5
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..."
— The Bookseller
Frolic and Detour
"Baroque rhyme glues the bric-a-brac together, making each poem more than the sum of its eclectic parts..."
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..."
Hugo Williams (poetry ed Spectator)
"Inspired by a spell in hospital, Hugo Williams confronts the body in crisis with irresistible style..."
"exactly Geoffrey Hill’s idea of poetry: a sad and angry consolation, alert to the past. ..."
John Betjeman, Kevin J. Gardner
"some brilliant, one shocking..."
Francis: A Life in Songs
"lyrical successes – and plenty of imaginative touches..."
4.25 out of 5
Words From the Wall
"a collection rich in language and dark in tone..."
The Caiplie Caves
"Wry, clear-eyed and uncompromising..."
The Book of Baruch
Geoffrey Hill, Kenneth Haynes (Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics, Brown University)
"It is among his greatest work...."
4.5 out of 5
"The British poet’s technical dexterity and way of seeing the past afresh reap rich dividends..."
Whip-hot & Grippy
"laugh-out-loud funny [with] a feminist bite..."
The Letters of T S Eliot: Volume 8
T. S. Eliot
"this edition is utterly remarkable..."
3.63 out of 5
The Giver of Stars
"Misfit women rule in a beguiling tale of unlikely love..."
"A sharp intelligence beneath the romantic sensibility makes the less convincing story elements almost forgivable..."
3.41 out of 5
"This novel is talky, smart, anarchic and quite sexy. You begin to linger on those three s’s when you speak the title aloud..."
3.56 out of 5
"I adored this uplifting story about hope and love..."
Living My Best Life
"A warm-hearted witty debut about finding friendship where you least expect it..."
"an enjoyably overwrought exercise in dark melodrama...."
The Museum of Broken Promises
"Can she reconcile her past in this riveting read?..."
The Irish Princess
"a fascinating account..."
What Happens Now?
"funny and beautifully written..."
Owen Nicholls (Author and screenwriter)
"An unmissable, multi-layered read..."
— Woman & Home
Live a Little
"Love and humour are found at the end of the road for a pair of elderly protagonists..."
3.85 out of 5
The Doll Factory
"a harrowing and a bewitching adventure..."
4.32 out of 5
Reasons to Be Cheerful
"the pleasure of this novel is in the quirky characters, the effervescent writing and the comedy in just about every line..."
"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..."
"Beside its predictably fine dialogue, the book’s strengths include the Stephen King-like way humour is interwoven with horror and Koepp’s enthralling conjuring of the fungus, which becomes as vivid as its human co-leads..."
Fall or, Dodge in Hell
"Neal Stephenson’s sequel to Reamde sees reality augmented and humanity absorbed..."
"Artemis Fowl for grown-ups..."
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 ..."
"the best one so far..."
An Orc on the Wild Side
"[a] devilish satire..."
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..."
"Fabulous elements are mixed with everyday life and references to Brexit in an intriguing mother-daughter story about origins..."
3.57 out of 5
Daughters of Nri
Reni K Amayo
"reassert[ing] that black readers are as capable of having broad, varied, multifaceted interests as anyone else...."
The Priory of the Orange Tree
"the narrative builds like a tidal wave ..."
3.8 out of 5
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
"reading it can often be a bit of a slog, to be frank..."
— The Herald
3.73 out of 5
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...."
The Lost Ones
"If you liked A Woman in Black, you'll love this utterly gripping and atmospheric book..."
Follow Me to Ground
"Innovative and unsettling debut novel..."
"original and engrossing... brilliant..."
4.55 out of 5
Last Ones Left Alive
"Zombies hunt for living flesh in an Ireland destroyed by ‘the Emergency’ … but does this debut bring anything new to the dystopian genre?..."
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
"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
N. K. Jemisin
"It’s devastating. Poignant and personal and almost impossibly powerful......"