"Her writing is excellent: precise, economical and accessible..."
— The Guardian
The Last Leonardo
"The story of the world’s most expensive painting is narrated with great gusto and formidably researched detail..."
"Without polemic, without grandstanding, she makes the point that the female body is still a political battleground..."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.17 out of 5
Mr Five Per Cent
"sets out this history in sometimes dizzying detail..."
— London Review of Books
3.88 out of 5
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 Sunday Times
Eric Hobsbawn: A Life in History
Sir Richard J. Evans
"No stone goes unturned..."
3.59 out of 5
The Destiny Thief
"entertaining slices of writerly wisdom..."
Daughters of Chivalry
"Wilson-Lee is a diligent historian, a dogged researcher and an engaging writer...."
— The Times
2.75 out of 5
How to Treat People: A Nurse at Work
"a young nurse’s beautifully written memoir..."
Michael Tippett: The Biography
"History’s verdict won’t be kind to the British composer..."
3.71 out of 5
"Bower’s book is fast-paced and readable...."
— Financial Times
2.44 out of 5
The Grit in the Pearl
"a salacious and tragic tale..."
Philosopher of the Heart
"Carlisle quite clearly loves and knows a lot about her subject...."
3.13 out of 5
Days in the Caucasus
Banine, Anne Thompson-Ahmadova
"A memorable childhood in the chaos of the Caucasus..."
— Evening Standard
Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior
"an impressive account of a medieval warrior’s quest to be England’s first regnant queen..."
4 out of 5
"(a) humane and convincing book..."
3.93 out of 5
A Woman of No Importance
"a cracking story of an extraordinarily brave woman...."
I Am Dynamite!
"The juicy soap-opera life of a great thinker..."
— Times Literary Supplement
4.46 out of 5
"fascinating, inspiring and appropriately melancholy..."
3.78 out of 5
Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me
"one of the most inspiring books about teaching you’ll ever read..."
4.25 out of 5
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps
"it reads like a big, rambling Victorian novel, and takes you, as novels do, into other people’s lives..."
Commander in Cheat
"An eye-watering account of the president’s sporting sleights of hand..."
Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World
"The remarkable story of a model turned sheep farmer at ‘the end of the world’..."
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
"there is hope amid the despair..."
One Hundred Miracles
"a moving record of a life well lived in the face of appalling obstacles..."
How to Fail
"true stories told with humility..."
— Irish Times
The Man Who Was Saturday
"Patrick Bishop revels in contradictions of Conservative who was notoriously private..."
4.11 out of 5
The Awfully Big Adventure
"Paul Morley mixes sharp critiques of Jackson’s music with frustrating detours..."
2.25 out of 5
The Knife's Edge
"what makes this memoir so readable is Westaby’s unexpected admissions of vulnerability..."
Two Weeks in November
"(a) powerful account of events is told with dark humour, political understanding and narrative flair..."
"A thought-provoking book revisits modern capitalism as much as Victorian aesthetics..."
I Will Never See the World Again
Yasemin Congar, Ahmet Altan
"[M]uch of this book is about emotional and psychological self-preservation. But it is not without telling detail...."
Ships Of Heaven
"one of our finest gazetteers of the British countryside..."
— The Spectator
Mother: An Unconventional History
"Utterly compelling book looks at perspectives ranging from Victorian women to slaves..."
3.91 out of 5
"A gripping account of the nation’s greatest mistake is timely and relevant..."
— The Observer
4.41 out of 5
Palaces of Pleasure
"A giddy delight sometimes breaks through Mr Jackson’s sober researches..."
Culture in Nazi Germany
Michael H. Kater
"A chilling study of the arts under the Nazis...."
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
"Katrina Gulliver considers how we have acquiesced to losing our privacy..."
The Patient Assassin
"Anita Anand combines interesting details with forensic research and an eye for colour..."
4.1 out of 5
Rose Dame Macaulay
"A spiky, dystopian satire is reissued for the first time in a century..."
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
"an intelligent and unsentimentally argued account of one of the most horrifying moments in the history of the Raj..."
— New Statesman
The Fate of Rome
"climate, disease and the end of an empire..."
Engines of Privilege
David Kynaston, Francis Green
"On inequality of opportunity in UK education..."
2.87 out of 5
"stimulating, though at times overly academic..."
How Was It For You?
"It is her enthusiasm as much as her scholarship that makes this such a beguiling read..."
3.8 out of 5
The Map of Knowledge
"The Map of Knowledge is popular intellectual history at its best..."
Our Man Down in Havana
"It is the kind of obsessive book I like best — a full-body immersion into Greeneland..."
Midnight in Chernobyl
"a gripping, miss-your-subway-stop read..."
— The New York Times
4.18 out of 5
An Impeccable Spy
"With this book as our evidence, we can say that Sorge was an impeccable spy, and also that Matthews is an impeccable biographer. ..."
— The Scotsman
4.06 out of 5
The Way Home
"Mark Boyle warm-heartedly analyses his dissatisfaction with money and modernity..."
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
Married to Alzheimer's
— Daily Mail
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..."
What Dementia Teaches Us About Love
"moving mixture of philosophy and anecdote..."
— Literary Review
4.44 out of 5
Vickery's Folk Flora
"a vast compendium of lost country lore..."
"thoughtful blend of self-help and social critique ..."
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
Angels: A Visible and Invisible History
"Stanford deserves praise for some wonderful art historical writing..."
"this book is an artefact in itself – a tactile, mysterious and seductive one..."
"an often poignant study of those who, for whatever reason, do not become parents..."
Let Me Not Be Mad
A K Benjamin
"AK Benjamin conjures strange and powerful stories in a book poised between fiction and memoir..."
3.56 out of 5
The Intelligence Trap
"impressive and readable..."
Why Can't We Sleep
"richly researched and entertaining ..."
Where Reasons End
"Words may indeed fall short, but Li’s talent opens our eyes to what glistens in the depths of their shadows...."
4.22 out of 5
Who Killed My Father
"remarkable delicacy and understanding..."
4.29 out of 5
Dr Julia Shaw
"warmly, chattily written..."
3.6 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..."
3.5 out of 5
The Unwinding of the Miracle
"heartbreaking and necessary..."
Protest and Power
"Kogan tells this story with admirable even-handedness and plenty of revealing quotation..."
3.25 out of 5
Power, Pleasure and Profit
"an erudite book, full of learned asides and lengthy quotations..."
Democracy on the Road
"As elections loom, Ruchir Sharma’s rural expeditions are rich with anecdote and insight..."
Ravi Agrawal (Journalist, CNN)
"Agrawal... has the journalist’s knack of finding fascinating stories, ..."
The Sex Factor
"Economics has a serious sex problem, argues this spirited book ..."
Win Or Die: Lessons for Life from Game of Thrones
"a Westeros guide to life success..."
Winners Take All
"So much of what Giridharadas writes is almost self-evidently true and urgently in need of addressing,..."
Till the Cows Come Home
" genuinely touching..."
A Hidden Landscape
"celebrates the noise of disagreement and critical tension..."
"treating [the property market] not as an episode in economic history, but describing the historical and cultural context..."
Twilight of the Elites
Christophe Guilluy, Malcolm DeBevoise
"Christophe Guilluy clearly takes sides but there is an ugly undertow to his message..."
3.18 out of 5
Green and Prosperous Land
"Dieter Helm has a plan to stop damage from farming and government’s complicity in it..."
The Third Pillar: The Revival of Communi...
"The global malaise will linger on unless we revive community spirit, says a leading Indian thinker. ..."
Merchants of Truth
"Notwithstanding her apparent lapses on attribution, former New York Times executive editor Abramson is savvy in her analysis..."
"(an) impassioned but at times specious book..."
"Denevi’s own rampant writing suits the story he tells. The personal and the political are inextricable...."
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...."
Mama's Last Hug
Frans de Waal
"Frans De Waal blends meticulously researched arguments with common sense and humour..."
3.4 out of 5
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..."
"a mathematician with a sense of mischief..."
3.83 out of 5
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..."
Good Reasons for Bad Feelings
Randolph M. Nesse
"a new approach to mental disorder..."
3.38 out of 5
Caroline Criado Perez
" as Criado Perez systematically shows, women are still considered the second sex, if they are considered at all...."
The Creativity Code
Marcus du Sautoy
"a wide-ranging and fact-packed tour d’horizon of current applications of artificial intelligence..."
"themes and motifs return as in music with renewed beauty and meaning..."
The Royal Society
"captures superbly the intellectual and political ferment leading up to the society’s foundation..."
3.29 out of 5
The Goodness Paradox
"Wrangham’s skills at “thinking big” make him a compelling writer...."
Time to Go
"Time to Go fairly pulses with life — and, strangely, disarming humour..."
4.2 out of 5
Seven Signs of Life
"Aoife Abbey gives voice to the complexity of what it means to be a human being..."
The Salt Path
"this is a wonderfully uplifting and touching book..."
Hiking with Nietzche
"Kaag has a pleasingly wry, compact style, and is particularly interesting on thinkers that Nietzsche influenced heavily..."
3.67 out of 5
"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..."
"customary grace ..."
The Boy on the Shed
" Ferris’s memoir will endure beyond a convenient Christmas stocking filler..."
4.93 out of 5
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..."
Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
"the most serious attempt ever made to get behind golf’s great enigma..."
4.13 out of 5
We Need to Weaken the Mixture
A Boy in the Water
"a compelling account..."
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..."
"brazenly honest and profound..."
Amateur: A True Story of What Makes a Man
Thomas Page McBee
"This rumble in the gender jungle is punchy, thought-provoking stuff,..."
"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..."
"Trained relentlessly by her father in Syria, Mardini helped steer a people-laden dinghy to safety, then competed in the Olympics ..."
Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket
Stephen Fay, David Kynaston
"They had differing backgrounds and styles but were never afraid to support innovation that they felt would be to the benefit of the game they loved ..."
A Fabulous Creation
"Hepworth has more insider knowledge and knows more rock anecdotes than any man alive..."
Pick Up the Pieces
"Contemporary history, sociology, musicology, it’s all here...."
— The Big Issue
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..."
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..."
How to be Invisible
"Her book... works magically, possibly because many of her lyrics are structured so strangely...."
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
Coal Black Mornings
"humble but idiosyncratic..."
4.71 out of 5
Beastie Boys Book
Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
"few books took a timelier Polaroid..."
5 out of 5
Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite
"vivid, atmospheric and funny..."
3.87 out of 5
Professor Alan Walker
"a stunning achievement..."
4.09 out of 5
Maoism: A Global History
"Lovell has a gift for compressing long and convoluted histories via just the right stories, characters, moments, and statistics..."
Vices of the Mind
Quassim Cassam (Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick)
"At the end of this superb (and icily furious) book, one is persuaded by the author’s diagnosis..."
Tragedy, the Greeks and Us
"(a) valiant attempt to unravel the mechanics of tragedy..."
Socrates in Love
"...the details of D’Angour’s account are pure speculation...."
Catherine & Diderot
"succeeds in resurrecting him as an author who speaks to our times..."
"Yael Tamir offers an upmarket version of contemporary cliches. She is more wine bar than saloon bar..."
The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity
Kwame Anthony Appiah
"an elegant, philosophical and intimate discourse on identity..."
3.2 out of 5
The New Enclosure
"The massive privatisation of public property is key to understanding Britain today..."
Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of t...
" a passionate, provocative book..."
Roger Eatwell, Matthew Goodwin
"They do a good job of demolishing lazy stereotypes about Trump and Brexit supporters being almost exclusively white and old..."
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..."
4.14 out of 5
"Like the consciousness of the insomniac, it feels unmoored from temporal reality...."
The Science of Storytelling
"a smart, fascinating exploration of the science and psychology behind our most sophisticated art form..."
3.7 out of 5
Lost in a Good Game
"a heartfelt defence of a demonised pastime..."
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..."
What's Your Type | Merve Emre
"an accessible, always interesting book, ..."
4.45 out of 5
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..."
Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe...
"the question of what women “really” are is worth asking..."
3.14 out of 5
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 ..."
3.17 out of 5
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..."
All Together Now?
"Politics and a decades-long father–son struggle..."
"There’s a special magic in Richards’s luminous descriptions of nature and place, but also in the stories he tells..."
"he is too nuanced an observer not to present that world as the complex, mysterious and self-renewing system that it undoubtedly is. ..."
4.47 out of 5
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..."
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...."
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..."
"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
Origins: How the Earth Made Us
The Invisible Killer
"Robinson’s lucid, direct style works ..."
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..."
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
"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 ..."
"...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..."
The Hidden Horticulturalists
Where the Hornbeam Grows
"(a) gorgeously written memoir about inheritance, exile and the healing power of gardening..."
— The Bookseller
Skybound: A Journey in Flight
"a euphoric, courageous book ..."
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..."
"the best book on the performing arts to have been published in years..."
4.78 out of 5
"Unflinching and fascinating ..."