Alice O’Keeffe, Books Editor at The Bookseller, said: “Our shortlists this year took the judges from Georgian London to the Second World War to contemporary New York. There are books from exciting fresh voices at the very start of their career, contrasted with books from with well-established brand authors at the top of their game. These are the books that sum up 2018 but which, we think, will be read for years to come.”
The Book of Science and Antiquities
"It would be a crime to give away anything more, but the end of this beautiful novel made me cry. Jones writes with intelligence and a lively wit, but there’s more — a warmth that forces you to care about these people as if you had met them...."
— The Times
3 out of 5
The further I got into this intriguing book, the more I found myself leaping to one conclusion after another – all of them wrong. Hunter is a mistress of misdirection and she takes you on many a mystery tour before all is revealed in an ending that had been so cleverly concealed it left me open-mouthed...Oxford-based author Cara Hunter is definitely a name to look out for. She has an engaging style which will carry you along at pace and rarely takes a foot off the accelerator.