Meet the astronauts leading the way to a new world of space travel.
Overlong, overpadded, unfocused and far too self-conscious, this is, nevertheless, an interesting book. Its real subject is the quasi-religious longing to go beyond our earth-bound lives. But also it warns us that space is hard, perhaps too hard.
The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym
"Clever, funny and full of surprises, this true literary original leaps off the page in a wonderfully attentive biography..."
— The Observer
4.29 out of 5
Notes on Grief
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"a moving account of a daughter’s sorrow..."
Elizabeth Miki Brina
"Elizabeth Miki Brina’s memoir about coming to terms with her Japanese-American heritage is warm and affecting..."
"Real Estate offers the same hard-won, lucid wisdom that made The Cost of Living essential reading for anyone who has a mother or is one. ..."
— The Sunday Times
How the Just So Stories Were Made
"(A) concise and remarkable book...."
The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock
"a fresh approach to The Birds director’s life..."
"The Lonely City author explores Wilhelm Reich’s insights into the physical impact of emotional pain in a deft book of many parts..."
3.89 out of 5
Not Even This
" he is a lucid and engaging companion..."
— The Guardian
John Craxton: A Life of Gifts
"If this account is undoubtedly written with the warmth and empathy of friendship, it doesn’t shy away from the shadows. ..."
— The Spectator
Philip: The Final Portrait
"Brandreth explores a temperament on the brink of anger and agitation with immense tact, even affection...."
4 out of 5
Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens
"Ruth Scurr approaches Bonaparte from an entirely novel angle..."
The King's Painter
"Franny Moyle’s ambitious, sumptuously illustrated book..."
"This tale of a wealthy widow and her Mayfair inheritance is a historical romp..."
— The Times
The Chief Witness
Sayragul Sauytbay, Alexandra Cavelius, Caroline Waight
"A nightmarish account of repression ..."
Malice in Wonderland
"Vickers brings out beautifully the charm and wit of Cooper. ..."
One of Them: An Eton College Memoir
"A self-confessed outsider's account of his time at the elite school is nuanced and warm rather than damning..."
— The Daily Telegraph
Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism
Professor Mark Hussey (Professor of English, Pace University, USA, Pace University, USA)
"A revelatory biography of the Bloomsbury outsider and influential critic who championed modern art..."
4.2 out of 5
The Case of the Married Woman
Lady Antonia Fraser
"a furious dissection of double standards – and a rousing study of a brave woman..."
"an interesting book..."
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers
"Jenn Shapland’s insistence on reducing Carson McCullers’s life story to a modish account of her sexuality makes no sense..."
The Letters of Thom Gunn
Thom Gunn, Michael Nott, August Kleinzahler, Clive Wilmer
"there is an impregnable poise to his epistolary voice..."
"What ultimately holds the book together, besides Bluestone’s dogged fascination with McFarland’s schemes, is the delicious sense of outrage that people are getting away with this..."
Living I Was Your Plague
"proves that a rigorously scholarly work can also be a pleasure to read..."
William Blake vs the World
"John Higgs’s book lets in a glittering stream of revelatory light...."
"This is a funny and bold novel about two very different Jewish men and traditions..."
Come Fly the World
"a piece of storytelling, it is not without pockets of turbulence..."
Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scient...
"a biographer braver than most..."
The Accidental Footballer
"The charismatic Glasgow-born winger and indie music obsessive recalls his passions, and life in football before the riches arrived..."
The Sleeping Beauties
" It makes for a bracing read, a little like a cold shower on a hot summer’s day..."
— Daily Mail
3.92 out of 5
Pedro and Ricky Come Again
"One of the foremost prose stylists of his age in any register, Meades has an especial ear for the brutal music of invective. ..."
4.17 out of 5
"This fascinating study shows how the crime that most intrigues us is hard to define..."
Places of the Mind
"an exceptionally fluent intellectual biography that synthesises the complex influences on his work while outlining the details of his life..."
The Lost Cafe Schindler
"a tragic wartime family story..."