When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn's amusement.
a queer retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” with a Vietnamese dragon in the latter role, captures wonderfully how hard love can be in an unlovely world.
"...bewildering, perplexing, original – and I would recommend that readers allow it the concentration it demands......"
— The Guardian
Mr William Gibson
"uses its headline-grabbing counterfactuals as an opportunistic peg for a tricked-out potboiler...."
— The Observer
3.09 out of 5
The Weight of a Piano
"Cander’s novel, although it falls occasionally between starkness and sentimentality, is an interesting exploration of an abiding dilemma..."
This Mournable Body
"Throughout, a lot of the interest is in the parallel arcs of worldly success and moral worth...."
The Boatman and Other Stories
"Rich prose and sumptuous imagery..."
— Irish Times
"But the book’s very ambitions, to document the migrant experience, ultimately work against it. ..."
— The Sunday Times
3.87 out of 5
Such a Fun Age
"As a layered and evocative social commentary, Reid makes an excellent job of it..."
4.38 out of 5
Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming
"sounds like a sneeze and reads like a fever..."
— The Spectator
3.2 out of 5
Echoes of the City
Lars Saabye Christensen
"It considers the small, personal stories which would normally be consigned to the archive...."
The Other Bennet Sister
"Hadlow builds an immersive and engaging new version of a familiar world..."
"Rosamund Lupton deftly explores the roles played by social media and the press..."
— The Times
"A fictional life of a screen siren is thought-provoking as well as hugely entertaining,..."
"takes the reader on a destabilising voyage of discovery and self-disgust..."
A Good Man
"deeply atmospheric and morbidly compelling..."
Ismail Kadare, John Hodgson
"a fascinating study of difficult love..."
The Death of Jesus
"There is a political anger that has always been in Coetzee’s work, but here the hedging and the ambiguities seem awfully knowing..."
— The Scotsman
3.21 out of 5
"Powerful debut examines life as a Native American..."
4.92 out of 5
A Long Petal of the Sea
"a masterful work of historical fiction..."
— The Independent
Nietzsche and the Burbs
" the landscape of late adolescence is evocatively rendered..."
Why Women Read Fiction
Helen Taylor (Emeritus Professor of English, University of Exeter)
"Our young women need literary heroines to teach them how to be heroines of their own lives..."
"A seductive, sharply observed tale of love, loss and hope..."
— Daily Mail
3.67 out of 5
The Other Name: Septology I-II
Jon Fosse, Damion Searls
"It all has a distinctly Beckettian flavour..."
Tim Etchells, Jarvis Cocker
"The orality of these morality tales is absolutely thrilling..."
3.71 out of 5