Frieda: The Original Lady Chatterley
"a wonderful portrait of an extraordinary woman...."
— The Times
Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow
Gunnar Decker, Peter Lewis
"This is a German biography, and the reader should be prepared for some national conventions of treatment..."
— The Spectator
3.22 out of 5
Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon
"Scary Spice’s gruelling memoir of marriage to her abusive ex-husband aims to enlighten victims of domestic abuse..."
— The Observer
Born to Be Posthumous
"There’s no question Dery knows the work extremely well, and has dug assiduously into the life..."
3.2 out of 5
The End of the End of the Earth
"When something really captures his interest, Jonathan Franzen is an engaged and engaging reporter... (who) truly expand one’s knowledge of the world..."
— The New York Times
4 out of 5
"Becoming is refined and forthright, gracefully written and at times laugh-out-loud funny..."
4.31 out of 5
Pushing the Boundaries
"the beauty of his memoir comes in his willingness to admit how shockingly unprofessional he was..."
Francis: A Life in Songs
"This is a book to press into the hands of anyone who has decided they have up on "difficult modern poetry"...."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.6 out of 5
Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton
"The guitarist’s disastrous personal life, rather than his music, is to the fore......"
— The Guardian
2.83 out of 5
The Life of Saul Bellow
"Leader gives us the life in lucid, pithy prose..."
4.71 out of 5
Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him
"Leaving aside its grandiose boasts, Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him does offer some interesting insights into the king’s character...."
Heavy: An American Memoir
"Violence permeates this original account of growing up in a country that distrusts and demonises black people..."
3.71 out of 5
Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That Follows
"a brave contribution..."
— Evening Standard
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
David W. Blight
"David Blight has written a must-read life of the escaped slave who held America ‘to the lightning scorn of moral indignation’..."
4.41 out of 5
The Tour According to G
"a vivid account ..."
"Daniel Rosenthal’s absorbing collection of letters..."
4.8 out of 5
"(a) richly researched and well-crafted account..."
4.54 out of 5
Patrick Radden Keefe
"Only an outsider could have written a book this good..."
Who's In, Who's Out
Kenneth Rose, Richard Thorpe
"As a history of the Establishment in the second half of the 20th century, these journals will become indispensable and definitive..."
— Literary Review
3 out of 5
Katy Derbyshire, Angela Steidele
"offers condensed insight into an extraordinary woman who defied convention at every turn......"
— Daily Mail
3.75 out of 5
Eternal Boy: The Life of Kenneth Grahame
"a sensitively probing and nuanced portrait that makes sense of the darker character furled in the dreamer..."
— New Statesman
3.88 out of 5
Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang
"ambitious, flawed and a lot more fun than any straight album biography would be..."
The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal
"Though Clare’s winter journey is often harsh it is filled with redemptive moments of love, says Jane Shilling..."
4.33 out of 5
How to Hold a Grudge
"often amusing and insightful but her own fans will probably be eager to see her return to crime fiction...."
— The Sunday Times
"This is an elegantly packaged book designed to be read as a present on Christmas afternoon..."
Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer
"what is lost in voice is not recuperated in biographical insight..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
2.85 out of 5
"Like the consciousness of the insomniac, it feels unmoored from temporal reality...."
3.38 out of 5
Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know
"poignant and engrossing..."
— Financial Times
3.94 out of 5
Murder by the Book
"never less than rip-roaring..."
Dear Mr Murray
"attractively arranged, given ample context, and make a diverting read..."
Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite
"vivid, atmospheric and funny..."
3.83 out of 5
The Life and Times of a Very British Man
"He comes alive here..."
3.25 out of 5
We Need to Weaken the Mixture
This Will Only Hurt A Little
"She’s a star ascending and everyone loves her for it...."
— The Independent
Becoming the Supervet
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth
"authoritative and robust..."
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
"one remarkable human being sharing his thoughts, hopes and fears with another. ..."
3.73 out of 5
Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppe...
"An entertaining biography of Led Zeppelin’s man-mountain of a manager reveals an intriguing, ultimately tragic figure ..."
4.14 out of 5
A Massacre in Mexico
"comprehensively demolishes what the government has dubbed the “historic truth”...."
My Love Story: Tina Turner, The Autobiography
"I’m sure her fans will love it, but it is a pity her style is not as exciting as her life..."
I Saw Eternity the Other Night
"stands out among the festive throng..."
A Short History of Europe from Pericles to Putin
"A marvel of compression, but was 1066 and All That the model for this book?..."
A Different Drummer
William Melvin Kelley
"His work is long overdue a revival..."
5 out of 5
Rose George (Y)
"a work of detailed journalism, covering what are essentially disparate and sometimes very complex subjects. ..."
4.13 out of 5
Leaders: Myth and Reality
Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, Jason Mangone
"wise, insightful and timely..."
Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre
" A disappointment of this otherwise engaging book is that the legacy of Peterloo and its significance (or otherwise) is left hanging..."
Churchill: Walking with Destiny
"Roberts clearly admires his subject, but his book is no hagiography..."
3.79 out of 5
What We Have Lost: The Dismantling of Gr...
"vivid, knowledgeable and shocking..."
— London Review of Books
The Skripal Files
"a fascinating book based on conversations with Sergei Skripal..."
3.36 out of 5
Oscar: A Life
"Meticulous, convincing biography places Wilde in the context of 1890s Decadence..."
— Irish Times
3.69 out of 5
The Golden Thread
Kassia St Clair
"I recommend this book to anyone who wants to look at the textiles in our world with a new understanding..."
'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': On Where...
"a delightful celebration of a martial pop culture..."
3.93 out of 5
The Scottish Clearances: A History of th...
T. M. Devine
"At the end of this superb book...a much more nuanced and contradictory picture emerges..."
4.1 out of 5
"a well made and well ordered book, in keeping with its subject..."
3.5 out of 5
Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death o...
"Beer deftly summarises the very varied historiographies that lie behind Ralegh’s activities in Ireland and the New World..."
"An essential read, then, for anyone interested in the politics and culture of the late 60s..."
"In almost every respect, I think Lambert is wrong. But books do not have to be right to be good, ..."
The Kremlin Letters
David Reynolds, Vladimir Pechatnov
"Reynolds and Pechatnov... offer fresh and valuable insights into the way that Stalin drafted and edited his message..."
The Red and the Blue
"'Steve Kornacki’s primer on politics in the 1990s offers compelling argument about the rise of Trump'..."
Peace at Last
"often memorable and moving..."
The Women in the Room: Labour's Forgotten History
Nan Sloane, Harriet Harman
"a truly worthy, long-overdue and brilliantly written tribute to the women who helped drive the rise of British socialism...."
Thomas Cromwell: A Life
" it is hard to see how it could be surpassed..."
Behind the Throne: The Domestic History ...
"Tinniswood maintains an intermittent focus..."
Gandhi 1914-1948: The Years That Changed the World
" Guha’s is a thoroughly researched and well-written account and a faithful chronicle, though it lacks an overwhelming motivating force..."
Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Re...
"Newman is a brilliant writer..."
3.57 out of 5
Doris Kearns Goodwin
"a more conventional appraisal of leadership, but a highly readable one..."
3.58 out of 5
Reporting the Troubles
Deric Henderson, Ivan Little, George Mitchell
"a deceptively simple idea with supremely effective results..."
4.5 out of 5
In My Life: A Music Memoir
"a work of remarkable scope..."
Vietnam An Epic Tragedy
Sir Max Hastings
"monumental... he deserves enormous credit..."
4.37 out of 5
The Spy and the Traitor
"Macintyre brings depth, perspective and storytelling panache..."
4.65 out of 5
These Truths: A History of the United States
Jill Lepore (The New Yorker)
"Do read her magnificent book, but just remember that it’s not the whole story..."
"a scintillating, provocative analysis of Mary and Elizabeth's reigns, and of their relationship..."
Power, Pleasure and Profit
"Few academic books tell such a gripping story of how ideas can change the world..."
Capitalism in America
Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge
"The overall story is one of bewildering advance..."
The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is...
"an unabashed polemic that does not wear its politics lightly..."
3.44 out of 5
The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties
" Collier’s solutions are timid..."
2.8 out of 5
"Magnus probes the question of whether the foundations of the Chinese economy are sufficiently robust to carry it through..."
3.67 out of 5
Give People Money
Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why it Matters
"...a remarkable and intensely readable book..."
"...(an) excellent account of the rise and fall of the bumptious entrepreneur..."
4.15 out of 5
Reporter: A Memoir
Seymour M. Hersh
"US journalist Seymour Hersh recounts in fine detail the stories that made him, from the My Lai massacre to Abu Ghraib..."
"A riveting chronicle of the Theranos saga..."
4.55 out of 5
The Value of Everything
Jeremy Heimans, Henry Timms
What is the History of the Book?
"Raven has written an admirably cogent account of the field that is accessible to the general reader and makes a strong case for a more culturally inclusive understanding of the book in history. ..."
— Times Literary Supplement
"customary grace ..."
"Aficionados will get a kick from learning how a fading pastime bounced back to life in the 1880s...."
A Boy in the Water
"a compelling account..."
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,..."
"such a special book..."
The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee
Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
"the most serious attempt ever made to get behind golf’s great enigma..."
The Boy on the Shed
" Ferris’s memoir will endure beyond a convenient Christmas stocking filler..."
4.93 out of 5
"...mesmerising. He mimics the way we absorb news and current affairs through myriad sources..."
Fear and Loathing on the Oche
"...reads like a white-collar The Wire..."
The Little Book of Goat Yoga
"This karma-inducing book features cuter than cute pictures of Morse's goats..."
— The Bookseller
Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe...
"Untrue contains plenty to titillate rich Upper East Siders but has surprisingly little to say about toxic post-MeToo sexual politics. ..."
3.33 out of 5
Yes We Can
Yes She Can: Why Women Own the Future
"Davidson is touchingly open about her history of mental-health issues and self-harming, yet she is also upbeat and surprisingly casual about her successes..."
" 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..."
"Help Me! is not a book to change your life. . . But regardless of how ‘real’ it is, it’s a compelling story of crack-up and recovery...."
3.9 out of 5
"Its 10 stories bring a literary career that lasted more than half a century to a consummate conclusion..."
How to Change Your Mind
"an often relentlessly sunny, affirmative writer..."
4.56 out of 5
This is Going to Hurt
" It is a truly laudable book, hilarious, moving and caustic. ..."
— The Scotsman
4.75 out of 5
The Reading Cure
"Laura Freeman reads her way out of anorexia..."
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
Life on Earth
Jamie Susskind (Barrister, Littleton Chambers)
"on the whole, he steers a course to the future that is as convincing as it is shocking. ..."
On the Future: Prospects for Humanity
"Remarkably, what seems like an extended state-of-the-planet essay does not feel as depressing as it ought: Rees dispenses his apocalyptic overview of the coming decades like cocktail party wisdom..."
3.8 out of 5
The Secret Network of Nature
"one can overlook the dodgy jokes and cliches..."
The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us
"An entertaining and blessedly succinct read...."
Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Sub...
Mark A. Miodownik
"Liquid would have been a better read if it had provided at least a moderate flow of stimulating prose..."
"A mathematician and advocate for technology challenges the influence of algorithms and calls for a better understanding of what we’re giving away ..."
The Space Barons
"The members of the quartet are so similar in type that their biographies... start to blur into one..."
— The New Yorker
3.76 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..."
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 ..."
3.17 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
What's Your Type | Merve Emre
"What’s Your Type is an impressive work of scholarship..."
The New Enclosure
"If you’re someone who’s interested in Britain... the whole 80,823 square miles of its physical existence – then this is a book you must read..."
Roger Eatwell, Matthew Goodwin
"Their book suffers from too many repetitions..."
I Am Dynamite!
"this biography is nothing short of a revelation, a sort of word made flesh..."
How the World Thinks: A Global History o...
"An engaging, urbane and humane global history...."
4.2 out of 5
Palaces for the People
"A plea for social infrastructure dismisses Big Tech claims to be building ‘community’..."
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..."
Erebus: The Story of a Ship
"illuminated by flashes of gentle wit..."
Step by Step: My Life in Journeys
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...."
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..."
The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places
"Here’s a treat for desert lovers..."
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..."
In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law
"The prose is engrossing, and the book is only too easy to devour in great gulps..."
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...."
A Long and Messy Business
"'Leigh is a great chef who’s at home both on the page and in the kitchen'..."
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 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
"both humbling and inspirational and deserves to sit alongside other classic coming-of-age memoirs..."
4.76 out of 5
The Quest for Queen Mary
James Pope-Hennessy, Hugo Vickers
"the funniest book of the year..."
4.67 out of 5
I Am, I Am, I Am
"exceptionally moving...beautifully done..."
4.64 out of 5