The Library Book
"a fascinating account of what a city of seekers found at LA Central Library..."
— The Guardian
4.6 out of 5
Professor Maxwell’s Duplicitous Demon
"Clegg doesn’t make science delightful. He delights in science. ..."
— The Spectator
Eric Hobsbawn: A Life in History
Sir Richard J. Evans
"A richly detailed biography reveals Hobsbawm’s inner life, and underlines how he became the world’s Top Historian and a literary star..."
3.51 out of 5
"Denevi’s own rampant writing suits the story he tells. The personal and the political are inextricable...."
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..."
Let Me Not Be Mad
A K Benjamin
"a wild, genre-defying wake-up call of a book...."
— The Observer
The Lost Properties of Love
"I loved the honesty of this book and the way Ratcliffe reminds us that the most intimate details of our lives can all come to light at any time..."
— The Daily Telegraph
3.44 out of 5
Women Who Dared to Break All the Rules
— The Sunday Times
Gunpowder and Geometry
Dr. Benjamin Wardhaugh
"meticulous yet lively..."
The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz
"a miraculous story..."
— The Times
4.43 out of 5
"Carew has a knack for spinning an amusing yarn, and this account of her life’s various disasters can be painfully funny..."
— The Herald
3.7 out of 5
Time to Go
"Time to Go fairly pulses with life — and, strangely, disarming humour..."
4.2 out of 5
The Photographer at Sixteen
"a beautifully written and utterly compelling narrative..."
Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow
Gunnar Decker, Peter Lewis
"German author is due a revival but this trying biography is unlikely to instigate one..."
— Irish Times
3 out of 5
"This tender-hearted, tough-minded book seems set to revivify a genre that can too often be self-deluding and thus pointless..."
3.73 out of 5
Salt On Your Tongue: Women and the Sea
"(a) lyrical and gently digressive book..."
— The Economist
4 out of 5
Seven Signs of Life
"Aoife Abbey gives voice to the complexity of what it means to be a human being..."
In Search of Isaiah Berlin
"a fascinating example of a small genre..."
When I Had A Little Sister
"a considerable achievement..."
4.5 out of 5
Mouth Full of Blood
"Mouth Full of Blood is a bracing reminder of what words do, how carefully they should and can be used..."
Mark Fisher, Darren Ambrose
"engaging, accessible style..."
— Financial Times
"moving...unflinching on loss, longing and choice..."
4.13 out of 5
The Drum Horse in the Fountain
Christopher Joll, Anthony Weldon, Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank
"to dip in and out of this book is immensely enjoyable..."
"the best book on the performing arts to have been published in years..."
— Daily Mail
4.75 out of 5
The Letters of T S Eliot: Volume 8
T. S. Eliot
"one of the more formidable literary undertakings of our time..."
3.5 out of 5
"there are many beauties to be found in Blackburn’s writing..."
3.64 out of 5
"The strength of this short book lies in its illustrations — more than 100 of them, brilliantly selected and reproduced..."
Engines of Privilege
David Kynaston, Francis Green
"a persuasive case..."
2.86 out of 5
Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist
"A superb new biography of Nicholas Hilliard vividly recounts the life and times of Elizabeth I’s favourite portrait painter..."
— Evening Standard
Time and Power
"whatever it lacks in grace, it amply makes up for in intellectual vigour. ..."
— New Statesman
"skilfully maps a tale of growing tensions, precipitate action, and troubled aftermath..."
A Fistful of Shells
" Toby Green, in A Fistful of Shells, has taken on that momentous task. ..."
The Game of Love in Georgian England
"...adroitly couples details with theory, and enhances her “object-driven approach” with illuminating reproductions ..."
"Parisian sewers, old gold mines and the Mole Man of Hackney in a thrilling celebration of the subterranean..."
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
"she has given us an illuminating critical perspective on the regime of surveillance under which we all now live..."
3.83 out of 5
First Raise a Flag
"Peter Martell’s moving evocation of South Sudan’s slide into civil war..."
"The border between North and South has plagued Britain and Ireland from 1921 to today..."
4.29 out of 5
Threads of Life
"In this unusual book, part memoir, part history, Clare Hunter offers a personal meditation on the textile arts..."
Last Days in Old Europe
"He is a dedicated observer of people and things, whom no detail escapes...."
— Literary Review
3.33 out of 5
The World After the War
"one of the most thoughtful books on the Cold War period that has come my way...."
The Royal Society
"it is hard not to take pride, by the end, in the eccentric and inspiring story of a great British institution..."
Where Reasons End
" Dear Friend demonstrates how, in fiction, there is the potential to find freedom and escape from life..."
Mentors: How to Help and be Helped
"After several false starts, Brand’s worldview has become surprisingly mature..."
"if you want to spend less time with your phone, this book isn’t a bad place to start..."
"sparkling, hilarious, ruthlessly honest East-Coast-American prose..."
3.89 out of 5
The Art of Life Admin
"Emens’s solutions to reducing the admin mountain come with a certain dash and swagger..."
Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe...
"the question of what women “really” are is worth asking..."
3.14 out of 5
Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of t...
" a passionate, provocative book..."
Chasing the Sun
Linda Geddes (Features Editor)
"This is a sparkling and illuminating study..."
Dr Giles Yeo
"it is hard to imagine a more likeable guide..."
The Truth About Fat
"Warner notes that the health arguments and the aesthetic judgments about fatness and obesity have got mixed up ..."
The Unexpected Joy of Being Single
"A culture shift which repositions a single person as someone who is relationship-free, complete, and not lacking, is long overdue...."
How to Hold a Grudge
"Bearing a grudge shouldn’t lead to melancholy, argues Sophie Hannah. It should boost your confidence and make you feel alive..."
"America’s opioid epidemic — a tale of greed, individual suffering and official incompetence — will blight the country for years to come..."
Rose George (Y)
"a work of detailed journalism, covering what are essentially disparate and sometimes very complex subjects. ..."
Leaders: Myth and Reality
Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, Jason Mangone
"wise, insightful and timely..."
Twilight of the Elites
Christophe Guilluy, Malcolm DeBevoise
3.2 out of 5
Winners Take All
"makes some important points..."
3.75 out of 5
Merchants of Truth
"There is much to admire in a former New York Times editor's account of the decline of traditional media..."
— Irish Independent
3.93 out of 5
The Final Days of EMI
"A lively, unsparing account of Terra Firma’s takeover of EMI and the music giant’s subsequent collapse..."
Jonathan Clegg, Joshua Robinson
"Robinson and Clegg...specialise in access...."
3.56 out of 5
"Britain’s shops need not be doomed by the rise of online retail..."
"An entertaining polemic against the tech industry..."
Citadel of the Saxons: The Rise of Early London
Rory Naismith (King's College London, UK)
"a fascinating account..."
The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties
"Paul Collier explores a model of political economy which structures the ethical state..."
2.83 out of 5
Heike Geissler, Katy Derbyshire
"Seasonal Associate is told in a weary monotone, aptly evocative of the stultified torpor it describes..."
3.18 out of 5
Germany’s Hidden Crisis
Oliver Nachtwey, David Fernbach, Loren Balhorn
"Germany in crisis is very like Britain – only better at making cars...."
Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang
"How incarceration-class African-Americans reimagined Staten Island as mystical Shaolin..."
We Are the Nerds
"Reddit was meant to be a bastion of free speech, but it has become an incubator of bigotry..."
Keeping At It:The Quest for Sound Money ...
Paul A. Volcker, Christine Harper
"Memoir delivers a powerful message..."
— The Independent
Capitalism in America
Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge
"a good read..."
The Demon in the Machine
"a cracking read and certainly leaves your brain with a lot of new information to process..."
3.71 out of 5
Good Reasons for Bad Feelings
Randolph M. Nesse
"a useful contribution..."
3.17 out of 5
"From intense early lust to placidly watching TV in onesies – a nosy parker’s guide to the chemistry of love..."
Origins: How the Earth Made Us
The Goodness Paradox
"offers some useful, science-based reminders about the human animal..."
The Globotics Upheaval
"an engaging and informative book..."
"Armstrong is always clear, but she does cover a great deal of genetic, biological and medical ground. ..."
Europe: A Natural History
"Along with all this natural science, Flannery is a great lover of human story...."
4.14 out of 5
The Invention of the Modern Dog
Michael Worboys (CHSTM, University of Manchester)
"a magnificent book..."
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
"Hawking's colleagues, friends and family, labouring out of deep respect for him, have produced a splendid book...."
3.95 out of 5
" at the core of her moving but meandering bereavement memoir, there's a better book on female anger seeking permission to kick, punch and spit its way out..."
3.38 out of 5
"such a special book..."
Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
"the most serious attempt ever made to get behind golf’s great enigma..."
"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 ..."
The Boy on the Shed
" Ferris’s memoir will endure beyond a convenient Christmas stocking filler..."
4.93 out of 5
We Need to Weaken the Mixture
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..."
"...mesmerising. He mimics the way we absorb news and current affairs through myriad sources..."
4.1 out of 5
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...."
"“Arthur Ashe: A Life” is among the best books about tennis I’ve ever read — it’s a deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle of one of the country’s best and most important players..."
— The New York Times
Fear and Loathing on the Oche
The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee
Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That Follows
"a brave contribution..."
William Davies (Author)
"A wide-ranging book explores the way in which emotion rules current politics and the fraught contest between experts and the people ..."
Doris Kearns Goodwin
"a more conventional appraisal of leadership, but a highly readable one..."
3.58 out of 5
The Coddling of the American Mind: How G...
Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
" I found myself admiring the confidence and fluency with which students are testing out arguments about power..."
3.08 out of 5
Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
"enthusiasm sometimes gets the better of him: the book glosses over too many of the weaknesses of human behaviour genetics..."
3.86 out of 5
Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune
Tiffany Watt Smith
"Tiffany Watt Smith’s delightful book, full of jokes and confessions, divides examples of laughing at others’ misfortunes into good and bad..."
What's Your Type | Merve Emre
"What’s Your Type is an impressive work of scholarship..."
"Yael Tamir offers an upmarket version of contemporary cliches. She is more wine bar than saloon bar..."
The New Enclosure
"The massive privatisation of public property is key to understanding Britain today..."
Roger Eatwell, Matthew Goodwin
"They do a good job of demolishing lazy stereotypes about Trump and Brexit supporters being almost exclusively white and old..."
3.67 out of 5
Palaces for the People
"Why libraries, parks and other endangered public spaces are essential to good city living..."
How the World Thinks: A Global History o...
"A bold analysis reframes western philosophy in the light of the more mystical traditions of the east..."
I Am Dynamite!
"Prideaux gives back the humanity to the all-too-human Nietzsche..."
— The Scotsman
4.48 out of 5
"Like the consciousness of the insomniac, it feels unmoored from temporal reality...."
Power, Pleasure and Profit
"Few academic books tell such a gripping story of how ideas can change the world..."
The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity
Kwame Anthony Appiah
"A thoughtful study by Kwame Anthony Appiah and a more practical work by Francis Fukuyama tackle divisions along lines of nation, race, gender and class..."
Around the World in 80 Trains
" a rare rising star of the genre..."
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..."
The Existential Englishman
"Peppiatt often writes beautifully about what we would today call psychogeography: ..."
3.27 out of 5
All Together Now?
"a searing critique of how 40 years of neoliberalism has ruined the lives of ordinary people..."
"I can't wait to read this book... by the revered author of 1986 travel classic Arctic Dreams..."
— The Bookseller
Step by Step: My Life in Journeys
Erebus: The Story of a Ship
"illuminated by flashes of gentle wit..."
4.31 out of 5
In My Mind's Eye
"Her travelling days may be over, but the grand dame of travel writing still offers novel perspectives on the world..."
Into the Peatlands
Robin A. Crawford
"Footprint that was a mum’s only memento of her son: Author gives a fascinating insight into the history of Britain’s peat-cutting families in new tome...."
The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places
"Here’s a treat for desert lovers..."
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”..."
4.23 out of 5
Carrington: An Honourable Man
"Lee recounts all this very fairly in a readable way. This is not overwritten hagiography..."
A Sacred Space is Never Empty
"There's a warning here that we, deep in our own contemporary disenchantment, should heed...."
"Whether or not you recognise Homer’s characters in the IRA gang of Hughes’s second novel, the rhythmic language will keep you enthralled..."
How Democracies Die
Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt
"This is a provocative and readable book, but in the end it is also an unsatisfying one...."
3.43 out of 5
In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law
"Langford has reinvented a genre..."
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...."
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..."
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..."
The Invisible Killer
"Robinson’s lucid, direct style works ..."
It's All a Game: A Short History of Board Games
Beastie Boys Book
Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
"few books took a timelier Polaroid..."
5 out of 5
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..."
The Kremlin Letters
David Reynolds, Vladimir Pechatnov
"a fascinating and detailed narrative of the war’s decision-making..."
4.8 out of 5
Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why it Matters
"...a remarkable and intensely readable book..."
"Unflinching and fascinating ..."
4.78 out of 5
This is Going to Hurt
" It is a truly laudable book, hilarious, moving and caustic. ..."