"It’s rare to find such a programmatic opposition between the procedures of a book and the values behind it..."
— London Review of Books
4.25 out of 5
"One can appreciate the novel for its quiet humour and compassionate consideration of the everyday, unfashionable and unloved..."
— The Guardian
4 out of 5
The Golden Rule
"comfort and wit, compassion and philosophical stimulation..."
— The Observer
The Blind Light
"A lightly sketched social history of postwar Britain..."
— The Sunday Times
3.38 out of 5
Sex and Vanity
" Sex and Vanity is a straight-up retelling of A Room With a View. ..."
"a Schrödinger’s drama in which the action spirals out from an enormous maybe, resulting in a paranoia-filled page-turner..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
"a penetrating and ultimately sympathetic character study..."
— The Times
"(a) timely and clever investigation of otherness and sameness..."
Blood Red City
"demonstrates a broadening out of his ambition..."
— Financial Times
"It shouldn’t work, but it does..."
The Vanishing Half
"an indictment on race and class in America..."
4.43 out of 5
A Theatre for Dreamers
"A Theatre for Dreamers is a thoroughly enjoyable drama of hedonism, enchantment and emotional beastliness..."
— Times Literary Supplement
4.17 out of 5
The Wild Laughter
"an exhilarating and moving story of an Ireland in disarray..."
— Irish Times
Vernon Subutex 3
"Despentes has produced a rock ’n’roll Odyssey, but arguably with better women...."
And Their Children After Them
"a masterly, far-reaching exploration of a de-industrialized country..."
Heaven and Earth
"a highly enjoyable novel, convincingly and smoothly translated by Anne Milano Appel..."
Swimming in the Dark
"Politics and intimacy collide constantly in Tomasz Jedrowski’s enthralling debut..."
4.33 out of 5
"When this novel is funny, it’s seriously funny..."
— The New York Times
The Garden of Monsters
"The competing social forces emerging in 1980s Italy are somewhat clumsily embodied through Pieri’s many characters,..."
— Daily Mail
The Other Passenger
"compelling tale of London property noir..."
— Evening Standard
"smart and funny..."
— The Spectator
3.78 out of 5
"Elizabeth Wetmore takes a multi-faceted look at a serious assault set against the hardscrabble world of 1970s West Texas..."
— The Scotsman
3.71 out of 5
"This Happy is at its strongest when Alannah is alone..."
3.86 out of 5
"The 70something protagonists of this glorious, forthright novel are less afraid of death than of irrelevance..."
"a warts-and-all look at what goes on behind the camera..."
— Books Ireland
The Phone Box at the Edge of the World
Laura Imai Messina
"this is a story about the dogged survival of hope when all else is lost..."
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again
M. John Harrison
"No one alive can write sentences as he can. He’s the missing evolutionary link between William Burroughs and Virginia Woolf..."
Out of Darkness, Shining Light
"(a) powerful and poignant lament to those rendered invisible in the past..."
3.6 out of 5
The Vanishing Sky
L. Annette Binder
"a heartbreaking portrait of an ordinary family shattered by a war they didn’t want..."
Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars.
Joyce Carol Oates
"(an) untidy, ultimately redemptive novel..."
All Our Broken Idols
Paul M.M. Cooper
"Cooper offers no trite conclusions, just a welcome thoughtfulness at a time of so much noise and fury over statues..."
Ragnar Jonasson, Victoria Cribb
"The reverse storytelling here is dispatched adroitly..."
"Rhodes writes beautifully crafted psychological thrillers..."
Romy Hausmann, Jamie Bulloch
"a peerless exercise in suspense..."
The Burning Land
"Combining fast-paced plotting with Alagiah’s deep knowledge of the region..."
"With its bravura picture of a wrecked economy and swingeing death toll, Camino Winds has come to seem all too prescient..."
3 out of 5
The Goodbye Man
"Jeffery Deaver mines new territory in The Goodbye Man..."
If It Bleeds
"Is Stephen King a horror writer or a crime writer these days?..."
3.8 out of 5
The Creak on the Stairs
Eva Bjoerg AEgisdottir, Victoria Cribb
"Rumours of the death of Scandicrime are greatly exaggerated, as The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg Ægisdottir proves..."
The Winter Agent
"... very readable; the plot races along, with plenty of surprises and red herrings...."
Watch Him Die
"the kind of thriller that contains so many good plot devices you worry that the author might have emptied their imagination store..."
"a messy rehash of Briscoe’s other tales of upper-middle-class crisis..."
3.18 out of 5
Just My Luck
"A thought-provoking thriller..."
— Woman & Home
The Last Wife
"A dramatic and intense psychological read..."
Helen Monks Takhar
"a truly creepy tale of jealousy and obsession..."
"A must for any crime lovers..."
"...one of the more preposterous Secret History facsimiles..."
Now That You've Gone
"The pacing of the development is perfectly right..."
Tell Me Your Secret
"This emotional thriller is a serious page-turner...."
"a gripping and affecting read..."
E. C. Scullion
"a twisty, small-scale thriller that is immensely entertaining..."
"It’s like a cross between James Bond and Jack Reacher..."
"an insightful peek into the state of the intelligence world, but also aspects of the modern-day American psyche..."
The Tempus Project
"Johnston manages to make the world of “runtime executables” and “rootkits” thrilling — no mean feat..."
The Sea Gate
"this transports you back in time..."
Cut to the Bone
"hard-hitting and perfectly paced..."
M. W. Craven
Black Rain Falling
"This is fine writing and a compelling story...."
"a pleasure to read and highly recommended..."
"deliciously horrid horror..."
Love in Amsterdam
"If you’ve come up with a protagonist your readers have taken to their hearts, it makes sense to maintain that affection..."
Island of Secrets
"...owes a debt to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca..."
" An offbeat, comic crime..."
Maigret and Monsieur Charles
Georges Simenon, Ros Schwartz
"The esoteric, essential Maigret..."
"a dark tale..."
"Steiner combines a compelling plot with chilling social commentary..."
4.22 out of 5
Sarah J. Naughton
"Naughton’s dazzlingly inventive novel set in Chelsea ..."
"he uses his knowledge of his parents’ Yoruba culture to brilliant effect..."
"Sigurdardottir is as confident a writer as ever..."
A Shooting at Chateau Rock
"the novel is rich on local colour..."
The Boy from the Woods
"It’s all highly entertaining, if occasionally preposterous...."
Our Little Cruelties
"it all falls into place..."
"Kane deftly draws a portrait of the charismatic and ruthless Richard..."
"A motley crew of penitents heads for Rome in Matthew Kneale’s historically provocative yarn..."
3.77 out of 5
Summer in Mayfair
A Quiet Tide
"the novel is laden with fruits..."
— Literary Review
3.83 out of 5
The Last Protector
"Taylor brings the period to life with lavish brio, along with a satisfyingly baroque storyline..."
3.82 out of 5
Beneath the Streets
"this very English scandal has wit and invention to spare..."
Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, The T...
"an expert at weaving together historical detail, political powerplay and the feelings of a naive woman..."
"The Anointed is not without its flaws. But they are far outweighed by Arditti’s integrity..."
"Blasted Things is a crime novel, but not a mystery..."
"this is a welcome gift, and a testament to the storytelling panache of one of Britain’s great thriller writers...."
"a rich and intricately plotted thriller that is enjoyable on its own terms..."
The Bass Rock
"Ferocious and brutal reckonings..."
4.1 out of 5
"This novel also fills in a vacancy, turning the bare fact of Hamnet’s death into a tribute to family bonds and to theatrical power..."
4.21 out of 5
The Shadow King
"A compelling look at the Italo–Ethiopian war of 1935..."
3.11 out of 5
Christos Tsiolkas (Author)
"A brutal imagining of the early Christian lives..."
The Book of Longings
Sue Monk Kidd
"It’s the story we all know, but from a new angle, with all the familiar characters brought to vivid life...."
The Puritan Princess
"there is much to enjoy in this evocation of a family whose lives are so upended by the convulsions of history..."
Writers & Lovers
"Writers & Lovers is a puzzling and beautiful novel about writing and love..."
3.79 out of 5
Nothing But Blue Sky
"a beautifully written and powerful tale..."
The Summer We Ran Away
"sunlounger reads ..."
The Sight of You
Sunny Days and Sea Breezes
A Perfect Cornish Escape
"escapist and uplifting read ..."
The Greek Holiday
"Simultaneously hilarious and heart-warming..."
"Heartache and melancholy are knotted with uneasy eroticism in Garth Greenwell’s new novel..."
3.76 out of 5
"a frequently-hilarious meditation on class, and loss, as well as a portrait of contemporary London..."
— The Daily Telegraph
3.62 out of 5
Where We Belong
"a beautiful story of love, loss and resilience..."
Would Like To Meet
"With laughs and a lot of heart, this is pure summer entertainment..."
The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
"here’s a hallucinatory, fairy-dust sheen to The Glass Hotel..."
Redhead by the Side of the Road
"what a rich and enjoyable mixture it is..."
4.32 out of 5
"provided some blissful escapism from our current isolated reality...."
Adania Shibli, Elisabeth Jaquette
"a sophisticated, oblique novel about empathy and the urge to right wrongs..."
The Falcon Thief
"A tale of criminal derring-do casts a thief of raptor eggs in an overly heroic light..."
"the chapters that resulted are tantalisingly powerful, but there are simply not enough of them — a fuller overhaul was arguably required..."
"Starritt’s descriptions of conflict are shocking. But he becomes less sure-footed when the two characters start moralising about war..."
The Kingdom of Liars
"(an) impressive and highly ambitious epic fantasy debut..."
Dark Angels Rising
"a spirited space opera that combines all the required ingredients of the subgenre..."
"a vivid and atmospheric read..."
The Black Art of Killing
"an action thriller with more texture than most..."
"a stodgy read, by no means as compelling as its predecessor..."
By Force Alone
"It’s safe to say the intent is as much ironic as iconoclastic..."
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..."
Wolf of Wessex
"A treat of a book..."
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..."
"Devolution deftly incorporates “real-world” history..."
"a high-octane, galaxy-spanning cyberpunk military space opera with an original premise and a breakneck plot that never lets up..."
Set My Heart to Five
"it is structurally elegant, with entire sections made up of whole sentences, then a break..."
"Providence is such a blast you almost overlook just how clever it is. ..."
The Book of Koli
M. R. Carey
"Told in an enchanting, confessional first-person..."
Hao Jingfang, Ken Liu
"In a leisurely, discursive narrative Hao spins a fascinating and even-handed examination of two very different possible futures..."
M. T. Hill
"subtle and stomach-churning, anticlimactic and eerily satisfying..."
War of the Maps
"McAuley is a damnably odd writer..."
" 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
"There’s more adrenaline in a single page of Echo Cycle than you’ll find in whole chapters of other sci-fi novels..."
Katie M Flynn
"This well-told tale is as clean and simple and chilling as a shroud..."
"It’s a commanding, if demanding, read..."
The God Game
"a brisk, well-wrought piece of entertainment..."
Mr William Gibson
"Gibson’s world is detailed and convincing..."
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..."
We Ride the Storm
"her storytelling ability and sympathetic characterisation win the reader over..."
Daughters of Nri
Reni K Amayo
"A great option if you’re a lover of fantasy and mythology..."
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 ..."
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
"the timing of Paul Tremblay’s Survivor Song is either excellent or appalling..."
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..."
3.67 out of 5
"a balm to the soul in these restricted times and her complicated mystery a welcome diversion from reality..."
"Pine wraps folk-horror trappings around a tale of grief and loneliness set in the Scottish Highlands..."
"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..."
3.56 out of 5
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...."
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
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 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..."
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......"