A young musician uncovers a painful family history and must confront the realities of collaboration and betrayal in Vichy France
The Eighth Life
Nino Haratischvili, Charlotte Collins, Ruth Martin
"Astonishing... a landmark epic..."
— The Guardian
"(a) darkly transcendent novel filled with phantasmagoric visions, body horror and tortured beings traversing a blasted desert hellscape..."
— The New York Times
The Captain and the Glory
"The pot-shots are bitingly funny. ..."
— The Independent
"The strength of O’Brien’s work, apart from lyricism, has always been its reliable specificity...."
— London Review of Books
4.48 out of 5
The Topeka School
Ben Lerner (Y)
"There are many things in The Topeka School that are more eloquent than words..."
4.28 out of 5
Anne Cathrine Bomann, Caroline Waight
" a shrewd, skilful tale of loneliness, the search for meaning and a place in the world, and the problems of truly relating to another human being..."
The DIvers' Game
"Here really is a world, thrillingly imagined and under the surface entirely like our own..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
"feels at once more real – because less cartoony – and more sentimental than her earlier books..."
4.27 out of 5
"As with her previous novels, Vickers has a keen ear for dialogue and there are moments of wry humour..."
— The Observer
3.38 out of 5
The God Child
Nana Oforiatta Ayim
"Intriguing debut about life as a Ghanaian immigrant..."
— Irish Times
"The narrator of Suncatcher comes of age in Colombo in 1964, against a backdrop of political chaos and whispers of revolution..."
— The Spectator
"Buenos Aires in the 1960s, home to remnants of the Third Reich in exile, is brought chillingly to life..."
— Financial Times
Andrew Michael Hurley
"Andrew Michael Hurley returns to a strange but familiar terrain..."
— Times Literary Supplement
4.06 out of 5
"Wartime Paris is lovingly depicted: the smell of wet leaves, the taste of chicory coffee, the flics in their rain capes, a loaded glance across a café. Most of all, the sense of menace...."
The Last Hunt
"Intensely human characters, a cracking storyline and vivid scene-setting make The Last Hunt one of Meyer’s best...."
The Siberian Dilemma
Martin Cruz Smith
"Cruz Smith at his best: ace storytelling with dry, laconic dialogue and a crumpled but courageous hero...."
3.88 out of 5
"there is a warmth and a humanity in Aciman’s prose that enraptures with its slow, easy embrace..."
3.3 out of 5
The Bad Fire
" the attempts to modernise the series with subtle nods to modern popular culture are intriguing..."
— The Scotsman
"these are books that journey deep into the darkest reaches of human experience and return, fatally wounded, but still eloquent..."
"a clear-eyed and frequently very funny satire on psychogeography’s false solaces..."
3.67 out of 5
The Tenth Muse
"much of the joy of The Tenth Muse derives from Chung’s writing, which is unadorned but expressive, shot through with moments of sparse lyricism..."
4 out of 5
"A story can do and be whatever it wants, this collection seems to be saying..."
The Taiga Syndrome
Cristina Rivera Garza, Suzanne Jill Levine, Aviva Kana
"Through her powerful command of language, she eases the reader into her nightmarish fairytale..."
The Rosewater Redemption
"a stunning conclusion to a trilogy that expands our understanding of what science fiction can do...."
"Saskia Vogel’s prose has an ease to it, though at times Permission can feel too metronomic..."
3.86 out of 5
Sarah Hall (Author)
"...her most personal and beautiful work yet..."
— New Statesman
4.05 out of 5
"The overall effect is of being in the unpleasantly insistent confidences of someone who, erroneously, fancies himself a tremendously slick yarn-spinner...."
— Daily Mail
"Despite the novel’s wit and sharpness, there is a fundamentally serious point to it, and not just about body dysmorphia and unrealistic expectations..."
3 out of 5
These Our Monsters
Paul Kingsnorth, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Fiona Mozley, Sarah Hall
"a variety of authors have created marvellous and menacing new monsters..."
I Will Miss You Tomorrow
Heine Bakkeid, Anne Bruce
"This is a spectacular debut...."
Paulina Flores, Megan McDowell
"stories of financial misfortune and emotional misunderstandings..."
The Scorched Earth
"Gripping, twisty and immensely satisfying, this confirms Blok’s talent...."
"A surprising, gripping experiment that works..."
Sorry for the Dead
"wonderful twists and turns which single out Upson as a talented author of historical crime..."
Christmas in Austin
"This is up there with the best contemporary Christmas novels ..."
3.83 out of 5