David may have belived he had the perfect marraige, but suddenly finding himself a widower after 20 years makes hum re-examine his relationship and who his wife Mary Rose really was. This is a beautifully written and powerful tale.
"It’s rare to find such a programmatic opposition between the procedures of a book and the values behind it..."
— London Review of Books
4.25 out of 5
"One can appreciate the novel for its quiet humour and compassionate consideration of the everyday, unfashionable and unloved..."
— The Guardian
4 out of 5
The Golden Rule
"comfort and wit, compassion and philosophical stimulation..."
— The Observer
The Blind Light
"A lightly sketched social history of postwar Britain..."
— The Sunday Times
3.38 out of 5
Sex and Vanity
" Sex and Vanity is a straight-up retelling of A Room With a View. ..."
"a Schrödinger’s drama in which the action spirals out from an enormous maybe, resulting in a paranoia-filled page-turner..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
Blood Red City
"demonstrates a broadening out of his ambition..."
— Financial Times
"It shouldn’t work, but it does..."
"Rhodes writes beautifully crafted psychological thrillers..."
"(a) timely and clever investigation of otherness and sameness..."
Ragnar Jonasson, Victoria Cribb
"The reverse storytelling here is dispatched adroitly..."
"a penetrating and ultimately sympathetic character study..."
— The Times
The Wild Laughter
"an exhilarating and moving story of an Ireland in disarray..."
— Irish Times
The Vanishing Half
"an indictment on race and class in America..."
4.43 out of 5
A Theatre for Dreamers
"A Theatre for Dreamers is a thoroughly enjoyable drama of hedonism, enchantment and emotional beastliness..."
— Times Literary Supplement
4.17 out of 5
"the timing of Paul Tremblay’s Survivor Song is either excellent or appalling..."
"Devolution deftly incorporates “real-world” history..."
Vernon Subutex 3
"Despentes has produced a rock ’n’roll Odyssey, but arguably with better women...."
And Their Children After Them
"a masterly, far-reaching exploration of a de-industrialized country..."
Swimming in the Dark
"Politics and intimacy collide constantly in Tomasz Jedrowski’s enthralling debut..."
4.33 out of 5
Heaven and Earth
"a highly enjoyable novel, convincingly and smoothly translated by Anne Milano Appel..."
"When this novel is funny, it’s seriously funny..."
— The New York Times
The Summer of Her Life
Thomas Von Steinaecker, Barbara Yelin
"The emotional memories of an elderly German woman are brought vividly to life in this quietly moving graphic story..."
The Garden of Monsters
"The competing social forces emerging in 1980s Italy are somewhat clumsily embodied through Pieri’s many characters,..."
— Daily Mail
The Other Passenger
"compelling tale of London property noir..."
— Evening Standard
"deliciously horrid horror..."
"smart and funny..."
— The Spectator
3.78 out of 5
"This Happy is at its strongest when Alannah is alone..."
3.86 out of 5
"Elizabeth Wetmore takes a multi-faceted look at a serious assault set against the hardscrabble world of 1970s West Texas..."
— The Scotsman
3.71 out of 5
"The 70something protagonists of this glorious, forthright novel are less afraid of death than of irrelevance..."
The Burning Land
"Combining fast-paced plotting with Alagiah’s deep knowledge of the region..."
Love in Amsterdam
"If you’ve come up with a protagonist your readers have taken to their hearts, it makes sense to maintain that affection..."
The Goodbye Man
"Jeffery Deaver mines new territory in The Goodbye Man..."
The Creak on the Stairs
Eva Bjoerg AEgisdottir, Victoria Cribb
"Rumours of the death of Scandicrime are greatly exaggerated, as The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg Ægisdottir proves..."
The Art of Her Deal
"Perhaps the art of Melania’s deal is that she has a rip-roaring eastern European sense of humour and is one step ahead of all of us...."
Sex Robots & Vegan Meat
"Kleeman approaches her subject with a winning scepticism..."
"...Martyn, the difficult musical visionary, thoroughly deserves this painstaking and eloquent biography..."
"a biography brimming with colour and insight that brings both the character of the man and his many achievements vividly to life..."
4.14 out of 5
"Campbell’s book is not a biography, but rather an act of homage to a man for whom he asserts lifelong admiration: he has been visiting Cloan since boyhood...."
The Room Where it Happened
"a punchy but self-aggrandising memoir..."
2.57 out of 5
The Fragments of my Father
"a courageous memoir about the challenges of caring for a father suffering from schizophrenia..."
James and Nora
"Edna O’Brien is steeped in the work of Joyce and brings her understanding of a writer’s life to her portrait of James and Nora..."
Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire
Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman
" A Silent Fury is his chance to right a historical wrong, to honour a memory ..."
Think, Write, Speak
Vladimir Nabokov, Brian Boyd, Anastasia Tolstoy
"a frequently fascinating assortment of Nabokov’s hitherto uncollected, untranslated and even unpublished materials..."
"its ravishing execution is testament to how fine a writer she became..."
The Boy with Two Hearts
"a terrifying insight into what it’s like to be a refugee ..."
Rag and Bone
"This book has the more poetic apparatus of a quest..."
Ladies in Waiting
"a wild, raucous history of courtiers' miserable lives..."
— The Daily Telegraph
The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren
"The life and imagination of a transformative cultural figure..."
3.88 out of 5
Unspeakable: The Autobiography
"shows every sign of having been composed in a tearing hurry..."
2.13 out of 5
The See-Through House
"a fine grief memoir by the daughter of Sixties textile designer Bernat Klein..."
4.5 out of 5
The Book of Queer Prophets
"This is a book that should be in every school, and probably handed out in every place of worship, too...."
"a flowing, thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the life as a lived and passionate thing..."
" Hamilton’s narrative masterfully sets the scene, establishes the cast and describes the action..."
The Peer and the Gangster
"Daniel Smith tells the story of Boothby, the Krays and Goodman in a rollicking tone that carries conviction and reads well..."
Lady in Waiting
"This is a captivating account of a life lived with resilience and grace...."
The Hungover Games
"Honest, moving and funny..."
The War for Gaul
Julius Caesar, James O'Donnell (University Librarian)
"His text might best serve as a crib, much superior to the hundred-year-old Loeb, for those who want to give the original a try..."
The Chiffon Trenches
Andre Leon Talley
"Talley likens fashion to war; his story is one of survival..."
3.44 out of 5
To Be Honest
"This memoir by an author who always told the truth has echoes of David Sedaris..."
Bread, Cement, Cactus
"A compelling exploration of the intimate and political sides of an itinerant life..."
Victoria Eugenia Henao, Andrea Rosenberg
"Mrs Escobar is a memoir written in somebody else’s shadow – mostly, it seems, to settle scores, and clear her old name...."
Cheryl Misak (University of Toronto)
"She has given Ramsey the biography that he richly deserves..."
— Literary Review
"The sheer range provides evidence of wide culture and linguistic versatility, both of which are lightly worn here..."