Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI
"an involving account of a still undersung saga..."
— The Daily Telegraph
4 out of 5
The Slow Downfall of Margaret Thatcher
"Sadly, insight is delivered sparingly, and the shade of Mr Pooter, only without such good jokes, hovers over these pages..."
Let Me Not Be Mad
A K Benjamin
— The New York Times
3.67 out of 5
On Chapel Sands
"a modern masterpiece of a memoir..."
— The Sunday Times
The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective
"The untold story of an Edwardian detective and her eccentric sleuthing skills...."
Court Number One
"an affecting study of how the law gets it right – and wrong..."
— The Guardian
4.22 out of 5
In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny
"Dunn’s lively imagination and scatter-gun digressions are more in tune with his uncle’s..."
— The Spectator
Then It Fell Apart
"a thoroughly arresting account of a success more toxic than failure..."
Notes From a Public Typewriter
Michael Gustafson, Oliver Uberti
"a heart-warming experiment..."
The Making of Poetry
"A new kind of literary biography relives the ‘year of poetic marvels’ that Wordsworth and Coleridge spent in Somerset..."
— Financial Times
4.09 out of 5
Greek to Me
"brims with nerdish, bookish joy..."
3.4 out of 5
"Day’s book melds nature writing with urban grit to examine our urge to take root..."
"approaches the ambitions and qualified successes of these four extraordinary women with even-handed empathy..."
"transporting, beguiling and terrifically entertaining..."
— Daily Mail
On the Red Hill
"A moving, multilayered memoir..."
Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century
"Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century depicts the writer’s battle with censors..."
— Irish Times
3.71 out of 5
"an act of imaginative empathy that seeks to understand the monster father and turn him into the human one..."
The Easternmost House
"a charming fight for rural existence..."
The Song of Simon de Montfort
Sophie Therese Ambler
"an astonishingly assured debut by an extremely talented young historian..."
4.44 out of 5
Francis: A Life in Songs
"lyrical successes – and plenty of imaginative touches..."
— Times Literary Supplement
4.25 out of 5
"Adam Mars-Jones is a logic‑chopping polymath whose writing sings with cleverness and wit, and yet there is something relentless about this book..."
4.33 out of 5
Faber & Faber
"more than self-serving corporate history, and that is largely down to Toby Faber’s light touch..."
3.89 out of 5
"raw yet exquisite..."
— The Observer
4.57 out of 5
"provides a powerful restorative in a time of environmental crisis..."
4.45 out of 5
My Name Is Why
"an extraordinary story..."
Notes to Self
The Ungrateful Refugee
"what it's like to be forced to flee your home ..."
More Than Enough
"breaking down barriers..."
The Animal's Companion
Jacky Colliss Harvey
"the real pleasure of The Animal’s Companion lies in its stories..."
My Seditious Heart
"spans women's rights, democracy and peace..."
The Quest for Queen Mary
James Pope-Hennessy, Hugo Vickers
"gems on every page..."
— The Times
4.47 out of 5
Solitude and Company
Silvana Paternostro, Edith Grossman
"gossipy and charming throughout..."
She-merchants, Buccaneers & Gentlewomen
"laced with the stories of individual women and their times... heart-wrenching..."
The Way to the Sea
"Crampton writes beautifully of the area’s charms..."
4.17 out of 5
"Wolf certainly writes a sprightly sentence and knows how to leaven the statistical stodge with interesting vignettes. ..."
3.08 out of 5
Anne De Courcy
"My expectations of Chanel’s Riviera were high..."
The World of the Crusades
"why the crusades remain fascinating..."
Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories
Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
"The stories of Soviet children caught up in the horror of the Nazi invasion make powerful reading..."
Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself
"a remarkable book — grim and fascinating..."
Pirates: A New History, from Vikings to ...
"As long as poverty and maritime trade exist, so will piracy..."
"reads like the culmination of a lifetime’s wanderings in the very farthest outposts of scientific and medical history..."
Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana
Ian F. W. Beckett (Honorary Professor of Military History, University of Kent)
"The ugliness of conquest..."
Anne Frank: The Collected Works
Anne Frank Fonds
"continue[s] to speak against denialism..."
— New Statesman
"The lack of any sense of direction is bewildering, and might be deliberate..."
3.17 out of 5
How Was It For You?
3.81 out of 5
Titans: Fox vs. Pitt
Dick Leonard, Mark Garnett
"offer[s] a timely backdrop to Britain’s present woes..."
The Patient Assassin
"The remarkable story of the flamboyant Sikh who killed an imperial die-hard to avenge the victims of the Amritsar massacre..."
3.93 out of 5
Exploring the Britannic
"a beautiful and often moving reflection on history, warfare, undersea exploration, friendship, courage and tragedy..."
London Made Us: A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City
"Robert Elms mourns the squats and slums of 1970s Notting Hill before luxury apartments, gyms and coffee chains spread throughout the city..."
3.5 out of 5
Who Owns England?
"sometimes leads to caricature..."
— Literary Review
3.16 out of 5
Otto Saumarez Smith (Assistant Professor in Architectural History, University of Warwick)
"well-stocked with interesting and revealing facts..."
The Voices of Nimes
Suzannah Lipscomb (Reader in Early Modern History, University of Roehampton)
"Female life in early modern France..."
Good Morning, Mr Crusoe
"A little book of anti-Crusovian polemic..."
No Visible Bruises
Rachel Louise Snyder
"An explosive new book..."
"will resonate with approximately 99% of women..."
Let's Hope for the Best
"A novel about the making and ending of life ..."
— Evening Standard
In Search of Silence
"A compelling attempt to shed light on the mystery of schizophrenia..."
4.23 out of 5
Lost and Wanted
"A dazzling novel in which a theoretical physics professor reconnects with an old university pal, after death..."
Vickery's Folk Flora
"the weird and wonderful legends behind some of Britain's most-loved plants..."
Why Can't We Sleep
"Are you so worried about not sleeping it’s keeping you awake? Why ‘sleep science’ has made insomnia worse..."
The Men on Magic Carpets
"He starts from an interesting premise..."
The Secret Life of Husbands
"Here’s a kindly look at a troubled breed..."
The Second Mountain
"a self-help guide to escaping the self..."
"His arguments are compelling..."
3.25 out of 5
The Way Home
"The Way Home, Boyle’s memoir of his first year off-grid, is fascinating...."
What Dementia Teaches Us About Love
"compelling, deeply felt book..."
4.4 out of 5
The Brink of Being
"A thoughtful study of pregnancy loss offers a candid discussion that few are prepared to have..."
How to Treat People: A Nurse at Work
"a young nurse’s beautifully written memoir..."
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read
"wise and tender advice for the modern parent..."
Biased: The New Science of Race and Inequality
"Beyond striving for self-awareness and open-mindedness it is not clear what this book has to offer..."
3.75 out of 5
How to Fail
"true stories told with humility..."
Married to Alzheimer's
The Nocturnal Brain
Dr Guy Leschziner
"From eating and motorbike riding while asleep to corks in the bed as a cure for restless legs – a neurologist’s casebook..."
The Weather Machine
"the forecast for weathermen is bleak..."
Make, Think, Imagine
"Former boss of BP calls for greater imagination in planning and design to advance society at large..."
Do Dice Play God?
Professor Ian Stewart
"There is, though, a lot here to enjoy and chew on – especially in the sidelong glances at climate change denial and lawyers’ misuses of statistics..."
Lise A. Johnson (Rocky Vista University), Eric Chudler (University of Washington)
"Lise Johnson and Eric Chudler have had a brilliant idea and turned it into an equally good book..."
The AI Does Not Hate You
"Silicon Valley thinkers are worried about the coming age of AI..."
Mama's Last Hug
Frans de Waal
"the gentle truth about alpha males, chimps and human alike..."
"a thought-provoking combination of science, social history and modern politics..."
3.57 out of 5
The Smart Enough City
Ben Green (PhD candidate, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), Jascha Franklin-Hodge (Chief Information Officer at City of Boston)
"Author of The Smart Enough City says Londoners are being tracked on an "unprecedented scale"..."
The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us
"Rutherford’s fascinating examples of unexpected traits we share with fellow creatures..."
The Fate of Food
"As global demand for food soars, what we eat is going to radically change..."
The Science of Fate
"each chapter could be expanded into a book..."
Now You're Talking
"A fascinating examination of how language and speech are key to our humanity..."
"[a] sideways look at what happens when mathematics goes wrong..."
3.86 out of 5
Unraveling the Double-Helix
"a truly superb narrative..."
The Creativity Code
Marcus du Sautoy
"By the end of this elegantly conceived book, du Sautoy has subtly but fatally pricked the giant PR bubble of tech ‘AI’..."
3.43 out of 5
The Hidden Half
" It makes you look at all that you know in a different way..."
Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to t...
"There are some awkward facts hidden in this first biography of Apple’s Tim Cook..."
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
"Katrina Gulliver considers how we have acquiesced to losing our privacy..."
The Order of Time
"a dizzying account of how physics has demolished most of what we understand about time..."
Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work
"a very engaging writer..."
Einstein's Unfinished Revolution
"You couldn’t ask for a better guide for non-specialists and concerned citizens...."
Can Medicine be Cured?: The Corruption o...
"he has certainly performed a most useful service in calling this particular spade by its proper name...."
The Gendered Brain
"A clever study into flawed research and gender-based misconceptions of the mind..."
3.55 out of 5
Europe: A Natural History
"An energetic sprint through 65 million years of complex biological history..."
The Ascent of John Tyndall
Roland Jackson (Visiting Fellow, The Royal Institution)
"Those contemporaries who attacked him for materialism short-changed [Tyndall], and so, ultimately, does this biography..."
— London Review of Books
Good Reasons for Bad Feelings
Randolph M. Nesse
"a new approach to mental disorder..."
3.38 out of 5
Everybody Died, So I Got A Dog
"Wrenching sobs and daft giggles in equal measure..."
"Kirsch is conscious of all the ironies in her life, poking fun at her early naiveté and daring us not to laugh at her mishaps..."
— The Herald
"an often poignant study of those who, for whatever reason, do not become parents..."
4.1 out of 5
No Win Race
Derek A. Bardowell
"another wake-up call to ensure that no child grows up feeling it wants to bleach its skin..."
Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket
Stephen Fay, David Kynaston
"this engaging joint biography confirms that they were united by ‘a deep and thoughtful love of cricket and cricketers..."
Hiking with Nietzche
"Kaag has a pleasingly wry, compact style, and is particularly interesting on thinkers that Nietzsche influenced heavily..."
Commander in Cheat
"An eye-watering account of the president’s sporting sleights of hand..."
"an extraordinary story of an exceptionally courageous woman who needs to be remembered and deserves to be celebrated..."
One Man's Climb
"Gripping new book shares one man's extraordinary attempt to conquer the world's second tallest mountain..."
The Salt Path
"this is a wonderfully uplifting and touching book..."
Jonathan Clegg, Joshua Robinson
"Robinson and Clegg...specialise in access...."
3.56 out of 5
Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
"the most serious attempt ever made to get behind golf’s great enigma..."
4.13 out of 5
The Boy on the Shed
" Ferris’s memoir will endure beyond a convenient Christmas stocking filler..."
4.93 out of 5
"customary grace ..."
Pushing the Boundaries
"the beauty of his memoir comes in his willingness to admit how shockingly unprofessional he was..."
The Tour According to G
"a vivid account ..."
"such a special book..."
We Need to Weaken the Mixture
"...mesmerising. He mimics the way we absorb news and current affairs through myriad sources..."
"brazenly honest and profound..."
A Boy in the Water
"a compelling account..."
4.18 out of 5
State of Play: Under the Skin of the Modern Game
"thought-provoking and well wrought..."
Amateur: A True Story of What Makes a Man
Thomas Page McBee
"This rumble in the gender jungle is punchy, thought-provoking stuff,..."
3.88 out of 5
"Aficionados will get a kick from learning how a fading pastime bounced back to life in the 1880s...."
Out of Our Minds
"You may not always agree with him, but he’s very good company...."
Lost in a Good Game
"Challenging the hysteria and questionable science around video-game use..."
"Capitalism is the villain in this near-future tale set on a surrogacy facility for the super-rich..."
The Right Life
Remo H. Largo
"Does the modern world prevent most people from living and working in the way suited to them? ..."
What's Your Type | Merve Emre
"The partnership behind a ubiquitous test..."
4.42 out of 5
The Heat of the Moment
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
"A fire officer with an extraordinary life story provides a vivid account of the horrors of facing the flames..."
The Science of Storytelling
"Can we prove how storytelling appeals to our neural processes?..."
3.73 out of 5
When the Dogs Don't Bark
Professor Angela Gallop
"a fascinating memoir of a scientist’s career, but also the history of a field’s technological transformation..."
Four Words for Friend
"The case for multilingualism..."
"From intense early lust to placidly watching TV in onesies – a nosy parker’s guide to the chemistry of love..."
One Hundred Miracles
"(a) touching memoir..."
Pick Up the Pieces
"Contemporary history, sociology, musicology, it’s all here...."
— The Big Issue
A Fabulous Creation
"Hepworth has more insider knowledge and knows more rock anecdotes than any man alive..."
Try This at Home: Adventures in Songwriting
"The cult musician offers tips on the art of the song ..."
The Vinyl Frontier
"a very enjoyable account of the genesis of the Voyager Golden Record..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
Wrote For Luck: Selected Lyrics
"might well be one of the strangest publishing decisions in Faber’s 90-year history..."
The Final Days of EMI
"A lively, unsparing account of Terra Firma’s takeover of EMI and the music giant’s subsequent collapse..."
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
How to be Invisible
"Her book... works magically, possibly because many of her lyrics are structured so strangely...."
4.2 out of 5
The Classical Music Lover's Companion to...
"The sheer size of Robert Philip’s Companion is testament to the weight of his scholarship..."
4.67 out of 5
I Saw Eternity the Other Night: King’s...
Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton
"Human frailties are to the fore in a biography of the rock star guitarist..."
3 out of 5
Beastie Boys Book
Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
"few books took a timelier Polaroid..."
5 out of 5
Coal Black Mornings
"humble but idiosyncratic..."
4.71 out of 5
Professor Alan Walker
"a stunning achievement..."
Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite
"vivid, atmospheric and funny..."
3.87 out of 5
"The power of Hoffman’s book lies in the reporting..."
Infused: Adventures In Tea
— Woman & Home
"combines the sombre and the sparkling..."
"The escapades of an Americana-obsessed Englishwoman in North Carolina entertain ..."
"some of the descriptive writing is wonderfully vivid – cinematic even..."
— The Scotsman
All Together Now?
"Politics and a decades-long father–son struggle..."
The Existential Englishman
"Peppiatt leans much more toward his misses than his hits, and he can be très drôle with it..."
3.23 out of 5
Around the World in 80 Trains
" a rare rising star of the genre..."
In A Time Of Monsters
"The former political adviser dines with sheikhs and stays with ambassadors to grasp how a generation let down the Middle East..."
Thomas, Lucy and Alatau
John Massey Stewart
"elegantly written, beautifully illustrated book opens with this thrilling summary of Thomas Atkinson’s hazardous journeys in the Urals, Kazakhstan and Siberia..."
Noel Malcolm (Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford)
"Anyone who wants to understand how we got to where we are today should read this book...."
Faces of Muhammad
"a learned, panoramic and fascinating book..."
The Lost Art of Scripture
"why we shouldn’t take religious texts so literally..."
"The Senior Rabbi aims to explain precisely what anti-semitism is — and isn’t..."
A History of the Bible
"Its teachings have shaped the west but is scripture the ‘gospel truth’?..."
4.3 out of 5
It's Not About the Burqa
"Mariam Khan has collected many young voices that passionately describe the multiple forces that form a sense of identity or its opposite..."
3.2 out of 5
Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, ...
"a rich, exotic history..."
Angels: A Visible and Invisible History
"Stanford deserves praise for some wonderful art historical writing..."
In the Closet of the Vatican
Frederic Martel, Shaun Whiteside
"Frédéric Martel’s hugely entertaining read is disappointingly loose with the facts..."
2.58 out of 5
Laura Elizabeth Woollett
"a supple, punchy debut novel..."
Carrington: An Honourable Man
"for a biography it seems hardly satisfactory..."
2.63 out of 5
Kabbalah: Secrecy, Scandal and the Soul
"Harry Freedman tries his best to explain one of the world’s most esoteric traditions, but mystery, it transpires, is mysterious..."
"The strength of this short book lies in its illustrations — more than 100 of them, brilliantly selected and reproduced..."
A Field Guide to the English Clergy
Rev. The Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie
"a light-hearted rebuke to “the idol of earnestness” which blights large parts of the Church..."
Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples
"more than coffee table aesthetics or even “mere anthropology”..."
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
"sobering but tentatively hopeful..."
Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age ...
"Decades of failed harvests during the Little Ice Age encouraged global trade, imperialism and the establishment of new European entrepôts..."
2.67 out of 5
The Fate of Rome
"climate, disease and the end of an empire..."
Midnight in Chernobyl
"a gripping, miss-your-subway-stop read..."
Manual for Survival
"Brown is credulous of sources that share her opinions, skeptical of those that don’t. This gives the book the flavor of a polemic..."
Never Home Alone
"Dunn hopes to instil in us at least a tentative sense of wonder..."
Green and Prosperous Land
"Dieter Helm has a plan to stop damage from farming and government’s complicity in it..."
"an unabashed love letter to the pond..."
The Snow Leopard Project
"It tells the story of wonderful successes on behalf of the country, but somehow its author fails to give us a true sense of the place..."
The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
"The crumpled carcass of a bee on the cover tells you only some of what you need to know..."
3.61 out of 5
Under The Wig
"jovial memoir reflects on the challenges and satisfactions of life as a barrister..."
Protest and Power
"Kogan tells this story with admirable even-handedness and plenty of revealing quotation..."
Raficq S. Abdulla, Mohamed M. Keshavjee
"This rich and important book is a lucidly argued and accessibly written corrective..."
Men On Trial
"rethinking the history of gender and masculinity in Ireland..."
"a masterwork of investigative journalism..."
Mary Fulbrook (Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, University College London)
"Her story gains particular power and poignancy through the incorporation of voices from unpublished journals, letters, testimonies, personal interviews and other primary sources..."
In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law
"Langford has reinvented a genre..."
"An entertaining polemic against the tech industry..."
— The Economist
3.33 out of 5
Rather His Own Man: In Court With Tyrant...
Geoffrey Robertson, QC
"gravitas, grandstanding and gossipy insight..."
Eve Was Shamed
"This new book feels like a rehash of the ideas of second-wave feminism, with an uncritical adoption of some 21st-century orthodoxies that are actively hostile towards it..."
3.8 out of 5
Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most ...
"'Red Card, an account of the downfall of Fifa, reads like an FBI thriller — because that is exactly what it is.' ..."
4.38 out of 5
The Secret Barrister
"this immensely impressive volume manages to make a subject that is bleak and dry utterly compelling...."
4.55 out of 5
Pie Fidelity: In Defence of British Food
"he builds a picture not just of the grub itself but of the people who put themselves outside it..."
The Way We Eat Now
"Wilson writes with such clarity and grace that the chapters slip by like the courses of a delicious tasting menu..."
Pinch of Nom
Kay Featherstone, Catherine Allinson
"Remember how Joe Wicks burst on the publishing scene... Prepare for a similar trajectory for this...."
— The Bookseller
Red and White
"It functions as both a memoir and a guide to Oz’s world of wine and, my God, he really can write..."
4.6 out of 5
A Long and Messy Business
"'Leigh is a great chef who’s at home both on the page and in the kitchen'..."
The 4 Pillar Plan
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
"he reels off success stories with the enthusiasm and excitement of one who has seen the light. Upon reading the book, I felt I had too..."
Lose Weight for Good
Henry Firth, Ian Theasby
Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start
The Castle on Sunset
"the secrets of LA’s most glamorous hotel..."
Blowing the Bloody Doors Off
"(a) wise, funny memoir..."
Wild and Crazy Guys
Nick de Semlyen
"underlines just how extreme the endless quest for success could be..."
"a fascinating new book..."
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps
"Buchan reveals truth duller than fiction..."
3.58 out of 5
Funny Man: Mel Brooks
"...one of the best nonfiction reads of the year...."
How Does It Feel?
"witty, self-deprecating... entertaining..."
"(a) heartfelt and frequently devastating autobiography..."
'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': On Where...
"a delightful celebration of a martial pop culture..."
"reveals her to be a defiant survivor, with an eye for scabrous detail..."
3.78 out of 5
We Have Been Harmonised: Life in China's...
Kai Strittmatter, Ruth Martin
"This chilling book reveals just how far China has already gone in monitoring and controlling its citizens digitally..."
"very readable and hugely damaging..."
"... despite the heavy acronym use that inevitably accompanies a book about government research projects, it’s highly readable...."
Jamie Susskind (Barrister, Littleton Chambers)
"The tone of this book is as refreshing as the originality of insight...."
"A mathematician and advocate for technology challenges the influence of algorithms and calls for a better understanding of what we’re giving away ..."
4.41 out of 5
"Sally’s breathtaking story, first published in Russia in 1998 and which has been reprinted multiple times, is a memoir of her time with Tal, with whom she remained friends long after they divorced right up until his death in 1992...."
It's All a Game: A Short History of Board Games
Fear and Loathing on the Oche
The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book
Ordnance Survey, Dr Gareth Moore
"interesting, but flawed..."
Skybound: A Journey in Flight
"a euphoric, courageous book ..."
Don’t Touch My Hair
"Combs, braids and Bob Marley’s bad-hair days are explored in this richly researched cultural history..."
4.5 out of 5
"According to Shepherd, “pathology tells its own story”, and he shows this brilliantly..."
A Certain Idea of France
"by some distance the best English-language treatment of the 20th-century statesman..."
"...places Laura’s choices as a writer within the larger context of Americans’ self-deception when it comes to the pioneer life and its legacy..."
4.88 out of 5
No Place to Lay One's Head
"an illuminating depiction of wartime France and a gripping and affecting personal account of endurance and defiance..."
4.83 out of 5
What a Hazard a Letter Is
"sparkling... lively and well researched..."
At the Loch of the Green Corrie
"Consistently well-written, sometimes dazzlingly so, this book is difficult to slot into a genre..."
— The Independent
4.8 out of 5
The Kremlin Letters
David Reynolds, Vladimir Pechatnov
"a fascinating and detailed narrative of the war’s decision-making..."
Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why it Matters
"...a remarkable and intensely readable book..."