The Illustrated Child
"A bewitching read, but be prepared for the story to darken..."
— Woman & Home
This Time Next Year
"Uplifting and relatable..."
When the Music Stops
"A bold read..."
Islands of Mercy
"Tremain has long been one of our most accomplished novelists, and here is further confirmation...."
— The Observer
3.6 out of 5
"This is Dickens in the present tense, Dickens for the 21st century...."
— The New York Times
4.22 out of 5
The Darkest Evening
"Cleeves’s Northumberland novels are strong on atmosphere, combining old-fashioned detective work with a modern take on class..."
— The Sunday Times
Inside the Beautiful Inside
"Bullock’s story is sometimes confusing, but the voice she gives to Norris ... is a haunting one...."
"the pleasures here lie not in caring, but in an appreciation of Cline’s skilful and absorbing craft..."
4.33 out of 5
"Hamza and his slow deliverance from his demons ... remain in the memory..."
Just Like You
"Just Like You is readable, and shot through with Hornby’s deft comic touch..."
3.44 out of 5
"(a) magnificent addition to the Strike novels..."
4 out of 5
After the Silence
"this is a detailed examination of a toxic marriage as well as an absorbing mystery..."
4.17 out of 5
"The novelist’s musings on his life, art and loved ones are humorous, grumpy and utterly compelling on grief..."
— The Guardian
3.05 out of 5
D (A Tale of Two Worlds)
"one wishes for greater darkness in the telling..."
— The Times
"The line between obsession and addiction is as thin as rolling paper. ..."
— The Spectator
"(a) dazzling fable about loneliness, imagination and memory..."
4.15 out of 5
"This surreal, eviscerating work of fiction lays bare the drudgery of suburban marriage and delves into institutionalised gender roles..."
— Irish Times
4.4 out of 5
The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
"Mandel grounds her interrogation of reality in tangible modernities..."
3.94 out of 5
"Beautifully observed and full of swipes at the inhabitant of the White House, it is hugely entertaining...."
— Daily Mail
4.83 out of 5
The Night of Shooting Stars
"Distinguished by their literary ambition and impeccably realised sense of place..."
"There are remarkable things in this book, often revealed by close, slow reading..."
— Financial Times
Breasts and Eggs
Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett, David Boyd
"a striking portrait of contemporary working-class womanhood..."
— New Statesman
"Kunzru is a consummate storyteller..."
3.4 out of 5
"The Nazis’ V2 rocket programme is seen through the eyes of a conflicted German and a female air force office in a familiar but absorbing thriller..."
3.83 out of 5
Cover Your Tracks
"there are terrible discoveries in this clever, subtle novel..."
The Guest List
"Dark secrets lurk on every page of Foley's best-selling thriller,..."
"No Harry Hole this time, but still a sombre delight...."
S. A. Cosby
"one of those books that explodes out of nowhere and takes the field by storm..."
4.29 out of 5
"As homage, the stories are entertaining enough, and at times capture the deadpan surreality of the early 20th-century whodunnit..."
3.57 out of 5
"an excellent example of the prophetic nature of speculative fiction..."
— The Scotsman
House of Correction
"Nicci French... has created a gem of a protagonist in Tabitha..."
If It Bleeds
"represents one of King’s most obscure and impressive accomplishments..."
— London Review of Books
The Lies You Told
"An insightful look at the realities of motherhood and work, and competitive parenting, this is gratifyingly sinister...."
Death in Her Hands
"Death in Her Hands presents yet another abhorrent character – written with wit and intrigue, and sometimes a little too much knowingness..."
3.28 out of 5
"Chilling and twisted..."
S. R. White
"A dark and compulsive read..."
"Perfectly paced, the twists and turns are executed with precision..."
"Terrifying and heartfelt..."
"I had no idea where it was headed..."
The Seven Doors
Agnes Ravatn, Rosie Hedger
"a clever, quirky mystery, full of twists, and reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her best..."
"The Englishman is a cracking, finely crafted thriller...."
The Windsor Knot
"A delightful and respectful tribute..."
People of Abandoned Character
"This impressive debut builds superbly, with plenty of twists and turns..."
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..."
The Unwanted Dead
"a novel that chillingly evokes the horror of living under a brutal occupation..."
The March Fallen
"Kutscher’s portrayal of the ambience and moral compromises of the time is convincingly if lightly evoked..."
Midnight at Malabar House
"Persis Wadia — India’s first female police detective — is clearly here to stay...."
The Thursday Murder Club
"a rather beguiling piece of work..."
"this thriller is bucketloads of creepy fun..."
Stone Cold Trouble
"Darkly funny, packed with action and, for all its violence, brimming with warmth..."
"Like the sea dweller of its title, Tess Little’s debut novel is a multi-limbed creature, befuddling at times, which camouflages its true form until ready to reveal itself...."
— Literary Review
When I Come Home Again
"A carefully nuanced complex story...."
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..."
Eyes of the Rigel
Roy Jacobsen, Don Bartlett, Don Shaw
"In the third remarkable instalment of a young islander’s story, questions are asked about memory, belonging and guilt..."
Einar Karason, Quentin Bates
"a terrifying depiction of peril at sea..."
A Room Made of Leaves
"An imaginative depiction of a relationship forged in the earliest days of the Australian colony..."
" gripping, tender and perfectly formed..."
— Evening Standard
4.26 out of 5
Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin
"The set-pieces are solidly done...."
The Silver Collar
"Fans of the series who have waited four years for Tom’s return are in for a treat..."
"Crummey does a powerfully unsettling job..."
The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle
"An original and spirited novel...."
A Saint From Texas
"A Saint from Texas makes explicit what was once only hinted at, namely how potent an influence religion has been on the imagination of the quintessential gay writer of our time..."
4.67 out of 5
The Pull of the Stars
"incredibly consuming and beautifully written..."
— Books Ireland
Clara Dupont-Monod, Ruth Diver
"her portrait of Eleanor is a compelling one..."
A Thousand Ships
"Haynes offers a fresh perspective on the story of the Trojan war..."
4.5 out of 5
"This love story has everything we want from a classic romcom..."
For When I'm Gone
"The quality of writing and the book's message of hope makes this difficult journey worthwhile..."
Dear Emmie Blue
"A beautiful evocative read..."
"[a] fabulous and funny story..."
The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually
"Compassionate portrayal of grief..."
Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh
A Lover's Discourse
"In a series of lyrical short chapters Guo reflects on isolation, misunderstandings and the search for home..."
Nothing But Blue Sky
"full of beautiful prose, powerful metaphors and astute observations..."
All Adults Here
"Straub’s book is one of those smartly observant, wryly witty, big-hearted literary-commercial American novels ..."
"for all Salam’s talent for place and description, this novel left me feeling flat..."
"Emma Gannon’s smart debut novel looks at the decision to be childfree..."
Writers & Lovers
"a rarity in American fiction..."
— Times Literary Supplement
3.8 out of 5
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 jigsaw of information forms a shocking picture..."
The Space Between Worlds
"ohnson excels at contrasting lives of privilege and poverty..."
The Vanished Birds
Out of Time
"a cat-and-mouse game played by well-matched enemies..."
"The publisher is pitching this as similar to the books of Robert Harris, but this is a more straightforward action thriller..."
The New Girl
"a disturbing psychological thriller ..."
The Day My Grandfather Was a Hero
Paulus Hochgatterer, Jamie Bulloch
"This tense novella builds to a final reckoning..."
"...witty, thoughtful medieval tales..."
The Vanishing Sky
L. Annette Binder
"a moving tale of a family destroyed by war..."
The Waiting Rooms
"Smith combines the excitement of a medical thriller à la Michael Crichton with sensitive characterisation and social insight..."
"The experiences of Highland soldiers in the Second Boer War form the backbone of Angus MacDonald’s evocative saga..."
Blood Red City
"demonstrates a broadening out of his ambition..."
Out of Darkness, Shining Light
"(a) powerful and poignant lament to those rendered invisible in the past..."
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..."
The Winter Agent
"... very readable; the plot races along, with plenty of surprises and red herrings...."
"Kane deftly draws a portrait of the charismatic and ruthless Richard..."
"(a) dark, disturbing novel..."
3.9 out of 5
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..."
A Song for a New Day
"liberty and creative endeavour are compromised by political and socioeconomic reality..."
Laura Lam, Elizabeth May
"a feminist space opera..."
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again
M. John Harrison
"low on incident but richly textured..."
4.8 out of 5
"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..."
Set My Heart to Five
"it is structurally elegant, with entire sections made up of whole sentences, then a break..."
"a high-octane, galaxy-spanning cyberpunk military space opera with an original premise and a breakneck plot that never lets up..."
The Tempus Project
"Johnston manages to make the world of “runtime executables” and “rootkits” thrilling — no mean feat..."
"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..."
Dark Angels Rising
"a spirited space opera that combines all the required ingredients of the subgenre..."
M. T. Hill
"subtle and stomach-churning, anticlimactic and eerily satisfying..."
War of the Maps
"McAuley is a damnably odd writer..."
"Read each exacting page as closely as a poem, and it will read you..."
4.75 out of 5
Here is the Beehive
"Raw, emotional and wistful..."
Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass
Lana Del Rey
"These ardent poems will delight and disappoint..."
— The Independent
Post-Colonial Love Poem
"intimate, electric and defiant..."
Flowers, all sorts in blossom
"A fascinating act of cartography..."
A Little History of Poetry
"The Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford may be 86 but he writes with the zingy verve of a teenager..."
4.54 out of 5
Antiemetic for Homesickness
"moving, witty and agile..."
The Kabul Olympics
" shows great sensitivity to language and detail and is at its witty best on domestic matters..."
For The Ride
"both challenging and rewarding..."
Sentenced to Life
"James’s slim but dazzling collection shows that poetry can be the antidote to the numbness many of us feel..."
"We learn from him that memory cannot authenticate, or sustain, an identity: it can only call it into question..."
Tongues of Fire
"His work has a lovely shapeliness..."
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979
Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, Saskia Hamilton
"The letters are worth reading not merely for what they tell us about Hardwick and Lowell but also because they are the direct source of many of the poems in Lowell’s book The Dolphin,..."
3.88 out of 5
"rich, masked musings on midlife crisis..."
Frolic and Detour
"Paul Muldoon’s ability to sing with feeling ... deserves the highest praise..."
The Martian's Regress
J. O. Morgan
"what a joy to read and re-read..."
" It is a compliment to its power that I longed to break free..."
The Air Year
"Bird’s poetry is so consistently, effortlessly fun..."
— The Daily Telegraph
"Nature does not go out of fashion and we need poetry of this quality more than ever..."
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 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..."
4.2 out of 5
The Rain Heron
Robbie Arnott (Author)
"It’s sad and satisfying..."
"deliciously horrid horror..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
3.67 out of 5
"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
"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..."
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
The Bride Test
"a sweet romance that explores autism..."
"One admires Slimani's bravery in creating a deeply unsympathetic character ..."
3.74 out of 5
The Stone Sky
"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..."