Outside Looking In
T. C. Boyle
"an astute study of the dynamics of attraction and power, leaders and followers..."
— The Daily Telegraph
"a smart and breezy debut..."
— The Observer
4.5 out of 5
"It’s wonderful to hear the sound of Rooney’s voice on the page again..."
— The New York Times
"the way that Houellebecq obsesses over and dissects the banalities of life that makes him so entertaining...."
Machines Like Me
"In this bravura performance, literary flair and cerebral sizzle winningly combine..."
— The Sunday Times
3.72 out of 5
You Will Be Safe Here
"Barr has written a novel pleasurably rich with lines that would lose half their power if they lost just one of their words..."
— The Herald
3.67 out of 5
No Way Out
"Hunter’s novel is a tour de force, providing one plot twist after another without losing sight of her characters’ vulnerable humanity...."
The Other Americans
"a domestic drama and a disillusioned view of the American dream, all rooted in a wary post-9/11 world..."
4.42 out of 5
The Rosie Result
"A brave, funny conclusion to an atypical trilogy..."
— The Independent
3.57 out of 5
"An unflinching and haunting story that addresses the legacy of the slave trade..."
— Irish Times
"A subtle debut foregrounds emotional intimacy in unconventional relationships..."
— The Guardian
4 out of 5
The Language of Birds
"Jill Dawson’s novel explores the often overlooked plight of a murdered nanny..."
"this exquisitely controlled love story is all in the detail..."
Max Porter (Author)
"Porter retains what was strong about its predecessor, and ditches most of the weaker parts..."
— New Statesman
4.17 out of 5
"[a] lyrical examination of identity..."
The Large Door
"ery, very funny – Gibbs doesn’t miss the chance for a bit of campus-novel preposterousness..."
— The Big Issue
"In this novel-cum-memoir-cum-grand finale, the centenarian US author and friend of the beats takes a wild journey through his lifetime in literature..."
"This powerful debut maroons the reader in a polluted future, on a rusting turbine in the middle of the North Se..."
"Gun Love never stops being a pleasure to read..."
The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories
"No partisanship is needed to enjoy these eclectic, rich dishes..."
"Fabulous elements are mixed with everyday life and references to Brexit in an intriguing mother-daughter story about origins..."
"A numb, sardonic thriller set in Seoul..."
— Times Literary Supplement
3.75 out of 5
Joan Silber (Sarah Lawrence College)
"Beyond the butterfly effect..."
The Strawberry Thief
"Chocolat’s author revisits her heroine’s French village where a mysterious tattooist is getting under everyone’s skin..."
Show Them A Good Time
"extremely funny – peculiar as well as ha-ha – and highly addictive..."
3.7 out of 5
Daisy Jones and the Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid
"t's as if a woman wrestled the narrative from Almost Famous, drenched it in sunshine, sex and tequila, then left it for us to read on a rainy Sunday..."
3.94 out of 5
How to Be Famous
"It's so much fun..."
The Ghost Factory
"as a private, intimate reflection on what it was like to live through the worst years of the violence, this novel is unrivalled...."
— Irish Independent
3.78 out of 5
"a chilling novel about people with dark secrets..."
"marks a welcome return for Jane Casey..."
"Final entry in Nazi-era detective series makes for a bittersweet experience..."
— Financial Times
4.18 out of 5
"A gripping and thrilling read..."
The Girl in the Letter
"as moving as it is disturbing..."
— Woman & Home
Throw Me to the Wolves
"a proper page-turner..."
— The Times
Things in Jars
"Her descriptions of [London] ring rich and poetic, with seamless pockets of elegance..."
4.2 out of 5
The Wolf and the Watchman
"A debut vividly depicts acts of cruelty in lawless 18th-century Stockholm..."
3.56 out of 5
The Confessions of Frannie Langton
"written in vivid, at times hectic, prose..."
— Daily Mail
3.6 out of 5
The Feral Detective
"confirms him as one of America’s finest living writers — wry, truthful and utterly original..."
A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself
"This is riveting and unusual crime fiction that has depth, heart and soul..."
"An elegant, atmospheric tale that twists and surprises at every turn..."
The Killer in Me
"a procedural that positively hums with authenticity..."
The King’s Evil
"one of the best historical crime writers today..."
"Few of Harlan Coben’s 30 or so thrillers are anything less than gripping..."
The Wych Elm
"The crime writer shows she is the heir to Patricia Highsmith in her anatomy of human motives..."
The Mobster’s Lament
"Believable plots, and Celestin is hugely knowledgeable in portraying the atmosphere of New York... a delight...."
Dead Man’s Daughter
"gripping...exceeds his own high standards..."
Before She Knew Him
"deliciously good – dry, intelligent, perfectly paced... Swanson’s best thriller yet..."
4.25 out of 5
The Friends of Harry Perkins
"Mullin, a veteran diarist, has a knack of pithy description, adding touches of colour and wit..."
2.56 out of 5
"A spine-chilling masterpiece..."
The Guilty Party
"McGrath has come up with some psychologically acute characterisations..."
"The main problem is that this story relies far too much on the first novel in the series..."
— Evening Standard
"gripping... the final page will make your jaw drop and your heart stop..."
"A beautifully observed, vivid picture of modern spying. ..."
" as multi-stranded as a novel by Victor Hugo..."
4.88 out of 5
Unto Us A Son Is Given
"Unto Us A Son Is Given raises the question that dogs every long-running series: when to pull the plug..."
"Tyce’s pacing is first-rate..."
"a powerful and compelling novel..."
— The Scotsman
Slow Motion Ghosts
"the book still has a distinctive and appealing flavour...."
4.4 out of 5
The Conviction of Cora Burns
"a spirited gothic adventure..."
"Davies has produced something quite wonderful in West...."
4.13 out of 5
"a remarkable achievement..."
4.03 out of 5
The Lost Ten
"Sidebottom conjures up this landscape and its people brilliantly..."
The New Achilles
The Amber Seeker
" a novel which shows us that no matter how far removed we are from people living here more than 2,000 years ago, we can recognise ourselves in their stories..."
"beautifully evokes the mysterious atmosphere of blacked-out wartime London..."
4.26 out of 5
Make Me a City
"This is an ambitious book, and its prose is often entertaining and very readable..."
"awesome, awe-inspiring space opera..."
3.8 out of 5
The Rosewater Insurrection
"a coruscating, propulsive tale of colonisation...."
"The novel gathers momentum as it goes, and few readers will stop until they reach its final page..."
3.79 out of 5
"enjoyably nightmarish...compulsive reading..."
3.71 out of 5
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
"an exuberant mash-up of an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery and time-travelling, body-swap science fiction..."
4.37 out of 5
Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants
Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Bard College)
"Charlotte Mandell’s clear, fluid translation recounts the relationships and tensions that develop from here between Michelangelo, Mesihi and the stranger..."
3.5 out of 5
"Raymond Chandler meets William Gibson..."
"Emma Newman’s ingenious mystery ..."
Record of a Spaceborn Few
"brimful of its author’s trademark invention, charm and humanity..."
"a darkly inventive, intricate interplanetary venture..."
The Body Library
"an atmospheric noir thriller..."
"The relationship between art and our beleaguered ecosystem fires the Australian poet’s new collection..."
" may seem a slight book at first, but – like a rock pool – look closely and you’ll find a whole world...."
Rachael Allen (Granta Online Editor)
"The surreal and fiery debut from a striking new voice..."
The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht, David Constantine, Tom Kuhn
" Kuhn and Constantine speak eloquently of the ways in which Brecht’s poems ‘are never just the servants of his politics"..."
— London Review of Books
3.88 out of 5
Docklands: A Ghost Story
Damian Walford Davies
"captivating bundle of spectral vignettes and wry half-anecdotes..."
The Letters of T S Eliot: Volume 8
T. S. Eliot
"one of the more formidable literary undertakings of our time..."
The Built Moment
"subtlety and an intellectual curiosity..."
Vertigo and Ghost
"poems of lasting power..."
The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem
"a wonderful alternative history of modern poetry..."
One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem
"Tennant’s precise Englishness requires something bolder to offset its simplicity: you miss fellow Pet Shop Boy Chris Lowe’s neon-lit synthesiser..."
3.83 out of 5
Francis: A Life in Songs
"A series of poems on the life of St Francis of Assisi is scarce on facts but rich in imagination..."
4.43 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..."
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
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 Book of Upside Down Thinking
"Intriguing and thought-provoking, the poems turn conventional thinking on its head with brilliant economy..."
"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 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...."
The Long Take
"a masterly work of art, exciting, colourful (and) fast-paced..."
4.19 out of 5
E. L. James
"a romance for Brexit Britain..."
1.6 out of 5
Our Life in a Day
"[an] outstanding debut..."
Reasons to Be Cheerful
"Nina Stibbe is one of the great comic writers of our time..."
4.29 out of 5
Love Without End
"Bragg writes his version of this life-long love with ease and confidence. It is a pleasure to read..."
— The Spectator
"a devastating debut..."
My Coney Island Baby
"nothing feels quite anchored or finished – and it's that stylish resistance to resolution, in the end, that impresses most...."
3.25 out of 5
The Fall and Rise of the Amir Sisters
"an entertaining if ultimately insignificant read..."
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 ..."
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
"reading it can often be a bit of a slog, to be frank..."
3.73 out of 5
Fire and Blood
George R. R. Martin
"if you enjoyed JRR Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, you’ll like this...."
2.81 out of 5
Future Home of the Living God
"This diary to an unborn child shows a world where the treachery of our genes has distorted society..."
"an intensely satisfying fairytale retelling..."
The Poppy War
"but builds into a scorching, ultra-violent portrait of war’s horrors..."
In the Vanisher's Palace
Aliette de Bodard
"captures wonderfully how hard love can be in an unlovely world..."
"Fforde keeps the puns and neologisms coming thick and fast..."
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?..."
"this book is an artefact in itself – a tactile, mysterious and seductive one..."
You Know You Want This
"Kristen Roupenian’s sharp, powerful and uncomfortable debut collection of stories..."
3.06 out of 5
Mouthful of Birds
"her command of her material is scintillating..."
— Literary Review
The Taking of Annie Thorne
C. J. Tudor
"There is no sign of second-album syndrome: the mix of grotty provincial realism and amateur cold-case sleuthing works just as well here...."
"the master of horror gets cuddly..."
3.29 out of 5
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 Silent Companions
"Purcell has thrown explicit Gothic elements at this by the coachload..."
— Crime Fiction Lover
Melmoth the Wanderer 1820: with an intro...
Charles Robert Maturin, Sarah Perry
"a novel which few can rival for complexity, cunning and horror. ..."
Frankenstein in Baghdad
Ahmed Saadawi, Jonathan Wright
"Absurdist morality fable meets horror fantasy as a victim of sectarian violence is brought back to life in Iraq..."
4.36 out of 5
Anna Mill, Luke Jones
"it certainly is a wild ride..."
"One admires Slimani's bravery in creating a deeply unsympathetic character ..."
3.74 out of 5
"Davidson is one of those writers, like Raymond Chandler, who wrote proper literature that just also happened to be genre fiction..."
5 out of 5
The Great Believers
"a deeply affecting novel that is full of death, yet simultaneously spirited and hopeful..."
The Underground Railroad
"This is a shocking and imaginative story of slavery and suffering..."
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
"...one of the most unusual and thought-provoking heroines of recent contemporary fiction..."
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..."
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......"
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..."