New and Uncollected Poems by John Betjeman
John Betjeman's unforgettable poems on landscape and suburbia, desire and death, faith and doubt, helped to establish him as the beloved voice of a nation.
“Bawgeperson” fans will relish the sly choice of drink: “ginger ale” was rhyming slang for “jail”. Harvest Bells is full of such casually exact Betjemanisms — surely it’s time for a New Collected Poems?
Michael Gove: A Man in a Hurry
"a highly skilful bringing together of diaries, contemporary accounts and the author’s own research..."
— The Guardian
"a memoir that promises to linger with you like a literary earworm..."
— The Sunday Times
4.75 out of 5
King of the World
"(a) thorough success in comprehending not just the world and the age, but the king and the man..."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.22 out of 5
The Fatal Passion of Alma Rattenbury
"What lingers in the mind is not the burning injustice but the harrowing comedy..."
"Two powerful books by low-paid women struggling to keep a roof over their heads illustrate the severity of Britain’s housing crisis..."
— The Observer
3.91 out of 5
Mud and Stars
"Wheeler is as enthusiastic and authoritative a guide as one could wish for..."
3.75 out of 5
A Certain Idea of France
"This comprehensive biography offers a 3D portrait of a man who was arrogant and vain..."
4.81 out of 5
The Great Successor
"An illuminating insight into the life and thinking of North Korea’s ruthless leader..."
— Evening Standard
4 out of 5
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
"Browne’s history gets lost in a haze..."
— Irish Times
3.5 out of 5
Jerusalem: City of the Book
Merav Mack, Benjamin Balint, Frederic Brenner
"a scholastic thriller..."
— The Spectator
Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the...
"a reminder that there is much about 18th-century culture that still seems idiosyncratic or bizarre to 21st-century eyes..."
— London Review of Books
Hitler: A Life
Peter Longerich (Former Professor of Modern German History, Royal Holloway, University of London)
"a fine-grained and generally very persuasive account of Hitler’s rise to power..."
"a revealing and affectionate portrait of a brilliant and complex man..."
— Daily Mail
"one of this year’s best memoirs..."
4.33 out of 5
Flash Count Diary
"a fiercely intelligent trawl through menopausal waters that is not afraid to confront the intricacies of the female body and mind..."
— The Times
"the book rises admirably to the challenge of telling his extraordinary story..."
"like all great poetry – its story speaks urgently to the present..."
"will come as a large relief to the Top Gear viewers such as myself at whom High Performance is squarely aimed..."
The Ungrateful Refugee
"Nayeri works hard to put names, faces, quirks and favourite recipes to the anonymous numbers we read about – or switch off from...."
— New Statesman
Hugo Williams (poetry ed Spectator)
"Inspired by a spell in hospital, Hugo Williams confronts the body in crisis with irresistible style..."
My Seditious Heart
"An uncompromising collection of essays whose urgency is impossible to ignore..."
The Journal I Did Not Keep
"This stop-start collection of stories and essays only offers hints of the American writer’s droll brilliance..."
Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the S...
Tom O'Neill, Dan Piepenbring
"A journalist’s obsession with the infamous murders by the Family unearths startling ties linking the group’s leader to the US government..."
"Cep writes with wonderful evocation and intelligence ..."
3.18 out of 5
In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny
"an irresistible life of Pliny..."
The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective
"engaging and full of wit..."
— Financial Times
3.79 out of 5
On Chapel Sands
"a deeply felt, forensic yet ultimately empathetic examination of human motivation and its attendant sorrows..."
4.6 out of 5
On the Marsh
"Simon Barnes is a brilliant sports and nature writer, as well as an ardent conservationist...."
The Lost Boys
"an extraordinary tale..."
3.82 out of 5
The London Lover
"Sigal is a terrific storyteller and London Lover is a terrific story...."
"exactly Geoffrey Hill’s idea of poetry: a sad and angry consolation, alert to the past. ..."
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
"A fierce argument in defence of indigenous American cultures..."
— Times Literary Supplement