"by turns gripping and laugh-out-loud funny..."
— Daily Mail
5 out of 5
A Different Drummer
William Melvin Kelley
"His work is long overdue a revival..."
— Financial Times
"This experimental novel narrated by a dog is clever, mature, entertaining and delightful..."
— Irish Times
"Even in its tragic details, it is lyrical and playful, shaking and shimmering with energy..."
— The Guardian
"Davidson is one of those writers, like Raymond Chandler, who wrote proper literature that just also happened to be genre fiction..."
— The Independent
The Underground Railroad
"This is a shocking and imaginative story of slavery and suffering..."
— Evening Standard
The Great Believers
"a deeply affecting novel that is full of death, yet simultaneously spirited and hopeful..."
— The Observer
Magda Szabo, Len Rix
"Katalin Street’s effect on me was so extraordinary that at first I couldn’t decide what was most extraordinary about it..."
— The Daily Telegraph
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
"...one of the most unusual and thought-provoking heroines of recent contemporary fiction..."
The Restless Girls
Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett
"a wonderful, magic-realist feminist fantasy..."
— Book Trust
Beastie Boys Book
Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
"few books took a timelier Polaroid..."
The Boy on the Shed
" Ferris’s memoir will endure beyond a convenient Christmas stocking filler..."
— The Times
4.93 out of 5
A Certain Idea of France
"by some distance the best English-language treatment of the 20th-century statesman..."
"...places Laura’s choices as a writer within the larger context of Americans’ self-deception when it comes to the pioneer life and its legacy..."
4.88 out of 5
What a Hazard a Letter Is
"sparkling... lively and well researched..."
— The Spectator
4.83 out of 5
No Place to Lay One's Head
"an illuminating depiction of wartime France and a gripping and affecting personal account of endurance and defiance..."
— The Economist
Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why it Matters
"...a remarkable and intensely readable book..."
4.8 out of 5
The Kremlin Letters
David Reynolds, Vladimir Pechatnov
"a fascinating and detailed narrative of the war’s decision-making..."
"the best book on the performing arts to have been published in years..."
4.78 out of 5
"Unflinching and fascinating ..."
The Italian Teacher
"The Italian Teacher is often wickedly funny - Rachman has an eye for life's cruelty worthy of Waugh..."
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
"...so daring and mind-bending that you haven’t a clue where he’s going to take you...."
4.92 out of 5
The Dawn Watch
"This stylishly written biography presents Joseph Conrad as a frank and original interpreter of his times and a prophet of our own..."
"No one beats Beevor at recreating the bewildering cacophony of war..."
The Cut Out Girl
Bart van Es
"moving history of WWII’s hidden children..."
4.67 out of 5
The Spy and the Traitor
"Macintyre brings depth, perspective and storytelling panache..."
4.65 out of 5
The Library Book
"a fascinating account of what a city of seekers found at LA Central Library..."
4.6 out of 5
These Truths: A History of the United States
Jill Lepore (The New Yorker)
"Do read her magnificent book, but just remember that it’s not the whole story..."
Patrick Radden Keefe
"Patrick Radden Keefe trains a cold eye on an incendiary subject..."
— The New York Times
4.56 out of 5
The Clockwork Crow
"Beautifully written, witty, observant and reminiscent of E Nesbit, this novel merits a place in the canon of children’s classics...."
— The Sunday Times
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree
"...a beautifully illustrated collection of nature poems for children – one for every day of the year..."
The Lost Words
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
"This sumptuously illustrated book is a celebration of words from the natural world..."
The Hate U Give
"...a brilliant and fantastically told exploration of race in America - and of growing up, too..."
The Skylarks' War
"...this dense, beautifully unravelled family saga may be her best book yet...."
Armadillo and Hare
Jeremy Strong, Rebecca Bagley
"a delight and perfect to share with young children..."
A First Book of the Sea
Nicola Davies, Emily Sutton
"a particularly delightful anthology of poems..."
The Colour of the Sun
"It is lyrical, transcendental and shot through with dialect voices...."
4.85 out of 5
La Belle Sauvage
"His reflections on how to nourish the imagination of children in an age of screens are excellent. Until we get to God......."
"It is as multi-stranded as a novel by Victor Hugo..."
4.87 out of 5
"a brilliant novel for our times..."
The Lost Man
"opens with an image so disturbing it lingers for days..."
"gut-wrenching twists and an engaging protagonist..."
— Daily Express
4.57 out of 5
"The result is inventive and deeply satisfying, especially to readers already familiar with the plot..."
4.5 out of 5
Slow Motion Ghosts
"the book still has a distinctive and appealing flavour...."
4.4 out of 5
Nine Perfect Strangers
"an astutely observed skewering of aspirational anxieties and the wellness industry..."
4.38 out of 5
Since We Fell
"(Lehane) remains one of the great, diabolical thriller kings..."
4.33 out of 5
A Treachery of Spies
"engrossing and ingenious..."
4.71 out of 5
"an epic and immersive read..."
"(a) nuanced meditation on race, roots and belonging..."
4.54 out of 5
The New Iberia Blues
James Lee Burke (Author)
"Once again James Lee Burke has created a phantasmagoric fable..."
4.43 out of 5
Mr Godley's Phantom
"...something close to a masterpiece..."
This is Going to Hurt
" It is a truly laudable book, hilarious, moving and caustic. ..."
— The Scotsman
4.75 out of 5
How to Change Your Mind
"an often relentlessly sunny, affirmative writer..."
"Its 10 stories bring a literary career that lasted more than half a century to a consummate conclusion..."
Who Killed My Father
"remarkable delicacy and understanding..."
4.29 out of 5
Where Reasons End
"Words may indeed fall short, but Li’s talent opens our eyes to what glistens in the depths of their shadows...."
4.22 out of 5
Time to Go
"Time to Go fairly pulses with life — and, strangely, disarming humour..."
4.2 out of 5
Rose George (Y)
"a work of detailed journalism, covering what are essentially disparate and sometimes very complex subjects. ..."
— New Statesman
4.13 out of 5
"an often poignant study of those who, for whatever reason, do not become parents..."
4.1 out of 5
The Unwinding of the Miracle
"heartbreaking and necessary..."
4 out of 5
"America’s opioid epidemic — a tale of greed, individual suffering and official incompetence — will blight the country for years to come..."
The Silence of the Girls
"the vigour of her execution, will ensure that this novel is read for generations to come..."
4.77 out of 5
The Sealwoman's Gift
"Magnusson takes us on a journey that not only crosses continents, but encompasses tragedy and rich sensuality..."
4.64 out of 5
"it is immensely pleasurable..."
Blood and Sugar
"her knowledge is worn lightly and she brings the period splendidly to life in her horrible but irresistible portrayal of Deptford..."
"Like a good children’s book, it engrosses and races along at a clip, eliciting excitement and emotion along the way..."
4.26 out of 5
A Gentleman in Moscow
"This is a book to spark joy..."
4.17 out of 5
"Davies is an excellent writer whom you should read, but her strengths of surprise and coincidence don’t work in this longer narrative..."
4.15 out of 5
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Imogen Hermes Gowar
"Hermes Gowar tells her tale of mismatched lovers with great panache and energy,..."
"Carey’s story is cinematic in scope, fairy tale-like in its attention to coincidence, and to the fateful cycle of pride and fall. ..."
— Times Literary Supplement
4.08 out of 5
"A riveting chronicle of the Theranos saga..."
4.55 out of 5
"...(an) excellent account of the rise and fall of the bumptious entrepreneur..."
"(an) impassioned but at times specious book..."
— London Review of Books
Merchants of Truth
"Notwithstanding her apparent lapses on attribution, former New York Times executive editor Abramson is savvy in her analysis..."
3.88 out of 5
Winners Take All
"makes some important points..."
3.75 out of 5
Keeping At It:The Quest for Sound Money ...
Paul A. Volcker, Christine Harper
"Memoir delivers a powerful message..."
3.73 out of 5
Capitalism in America
Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge
"a good read..."
— Literary Review
"Magnus probes the question of whether the foundations of the Chinese economy are sufficiently robust to carry it through..."
3.67 out of 5
Jonathan Clegg, Joshua Robinson
"Robinson and Clegg...specialise in access...."
3.56 out of 5
"A mathematician and advocate for technology challenges the influence of algorithms and calls for a better understanding of what we’re giving away ..."
4.41 out of 5
Europe: A Natural History
"Along with all this natural science, Flannery is a great lover of human story...."
4.14 out of 5
Jamie Susskind (Barrister, Littleton Chambers)
"The tone of this book is as refreshing as the originality of insight...."
Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Sub...
Mark A. Miodownik
"Liquid would have been a better read if it had provided at least a moderate flow of stimulating prose..."
Caroline Criado Perez
" as Criado Perez systematically shows, women are still considered the second sex, if they are considered at all...."
The Globotics Upheaval
"an engaging and informative book..."
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
"Hawking's colleagues, friends and family, labouring out of deep respect for him, have produced a splendid book...."
— Irish Independent
3.95 out of 5
Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
"enthusiasm sometimes gets the better of him: the book glosses over too many of the weaknesses of human behaviour genetics..."
3.86 out of 5
Seven Signs of Life
"Aoife Abbey gives voice to the complexity of what it means to be a human being..."
Let Me Not Be Mad
A K Benjamin
"AK Benjamin conjures strange and powerful stories in a book poised between fiction and memoir..."
The Stone Sky
N. K. Jemisin
"It’s devastating. Poignant and personal and almost impossibly powerful......"
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
"an exuberant mash-up of an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery and time-travelling, body-swap science fiction..."
4.37 out of 5
"Raymond Chandler meets William Gibson..."
"The novel gathers momentum as it goes, and few readers will stop until they reach its final page..."
3.79 out of 5
"enjoyably nightmarish...compulsive reading..."
3.71 out of 5
Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants
Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Bard College)
"Charlotte Mandell’s clear, fluid translation recounts the relationships and tensions that develop from here between Michelangelo, Mesihi and the stranger..."
3.5 out of 5
Kim Stanley Robinson
"A near-future story about a tech geek and a member of the Chinese elite takes in everything from quantum theory and revolution to shyness..."
3.2 out of 5
Catherynne M. Valente
"a frantic narrative...with in-jokes, pop-culture references and some pertinent observations about diversity and gender politics..."
A Boy in the Water
"a compelling account..."
4.18 out of 5
Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
"the most serious attempt ever made to get behind golf’s great enigma..."
"...mesmerising. He mimics the way we absorb news and current affairs through myriad sources..."
Hiking with Nietzche
"A thoughtful mix of biography and memoir..."
Amateur: A True Story of What Makes a Man
Thomas Page McBee
"This rumble in the gender jungle is punchy, thought-provoking stuff,..."
"“Arthur Ashe: A Life” is among the best books about tennis I’ve ever read — it’s a deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle of one of the country’s best and most important players..."
The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee
The Salt Path
"this is a wonderfully uplifting and touching book..."
Coal Black Mornings
"humble but idiosyncratic..."
The Classical Music Lover's Companion to...
"The sheer size of Robert Philip’s Companion is testament to the weight of his scholarship..."
To Throw Away Unopened
"...her incandescent midlife memoir, a menopausal battle cry ..."
How to be Invisible
"Her book... works magically, possibly because many of her lyrics are structured so strangely...."
A Fabulous Creation
"readers’ enjoyment of this book will probably stand or fall by how far their own musical taste coincides with that of the author...."
Professor Alan Walker
"a stunning achievement..."
4.09 out of 5
I Saw Eternity the Other Night: King’s...
Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite
"vivid, atmospheric and funny..."
3.87 out of 5
One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem
"Tennant’s precise Englishness requires something bolder to offset its simplicity: you miss fellow Pet Shop Boy Chris Lowe’s neon-lit synthesiser..."
3.83 out of 5
Francis: A Life in Songs
"A series of poems on the life of St Francis of Assisi is scarce on facts but rich in imagination..."
The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem
"a wonderful alternative history of modern poetry..."
4.25 out of 5
The Long Take
"a masterly work of art, exciting, colourful (and) fast-paced..."
4.19 out of 5
Vertigo and Ghost
"poems of lasting power..."
The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht, David Constantine, Tom Kuhn
" Kuhn and Constantine speak eloquently of the ways in which Brecht’s poems ‘are never just the servants of his politics"..."
The Letters of T S Eliot: Volume 8
T. S. Eliot
"one of the more formidable literary undertakings of our time..."
Running Upon the Wires
"This is a reminder of the poet Kate Tempest is – able, whenever she chooses, to soar above the conversational...."
3.4 out of 5
The River in the Sky
"Some of his best poetry was in his journalism, and some of his best journalism is in this poem...."
The World's Wife
Carol Ann Duffy
"The range of Duffy’s imagination is vast. She moves easily from gorilla-scale to the interiority of the sonnet..."
"every sentence is a joy..."
Land of the Living
"vivid, illuminating and unbearably tense..."
4.07 out of 5
In the Full Light of the Sun
"Clare Clark’s sixth work of historical fiction, (is) as compelling as it is expansive..."
"a devastating debut..."
"clear-sighted view of a divided America ..."
"Fforde keeps the puns and neologisms coming thick and fast..."
Fire and Blood
George R. R. Martin
"if you enjoyed JRR Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, you’ll like this...."
2.81 out of 5
Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman
"recounts eloquently the history of the Royal British Legion..."
After the Party
"Oswald Mosley, anti-Semitism, sisterhood and a spell in Holloway prison are all elements in Connolly’s chilling, thought-provoking new novel..."
I Am Dynamite!
"Prideaux gives back the humanity to the all-too-human Nietzsche..."
4.48 out of 5
Socrates in Love
"All this is done in a prose of easy elegance and authority. ..."
How the World Thinks: A Global History o...
"A bold analysis reframes western philosophy in the light of the more mystical traditions of the east..."
Roger Eatwell, Matthew Goodwin
"They do a good job of demolishing lazy stereotypes about Trump and Brexit supporters being almost exclusively white and old..."
Palaces for the People
"Why libraries, parks and other endangered public spaces are essential to good city living..."
"Like the consciousness of the insomniac, it feels unmoored from temporal reality...."
3.38 out of 5
The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity
Kwame Anthony Appiah
"an elegant, philosophical and intimate discourse on identity..."
Why Liberalism Failed
Patrick J. Deneen
"It is not that liberals don’t have their own cultural communities, it is that they have communities Deneen doesn’t like..."
2.67 out of 5
What's Your Type | Merve Emre
"What’s Your Type is an impressive work of scholarship..."
Doris Kearns Goodwin
"a more conventional appraisal of leadership, but a highly readable one..."
3.58 out of 5
The Gendered Brain
"[raises] some interesting questions about the extent to which expectations about boys and girls frame the way they grow up..."
3.44 out of 5
Good Reasons for Bad Feelings
Randolph M. Nesse
"a new approach to mental disorder..."
William Davies (Author)
"A wide-ranging book explores the way in which emotion rules current politics and the fraught contest between experts and the people ..."
3.17 out of 5
Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe...
"the question of what women “really” are is worth asking..."
3.14 out of 5
The Coddling of the American Mind: How G...
Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
" I found myself admiring the confidence and fluency with which students are testing out arguments about power..."
3.08 out of 5
"Rooney’s style is pure poetry, sparse and heartbreaking, and writing this three months after I finished it I find my chest still aches..."
Daisy Jones and the Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid
"a pitch-perfect exercise in sense of period and rock-bio plausibility..."
3.94 out of 5
Love is Blind
"Intensely enjoyable historical caper steeped in the pungent, febrile atmosphere of fin de siècle Europe..."
"This bonkbuster lacks Gavin & Stacey’s charm and credibility..."
Love Without End
"Bragg writes his version of this life-long love with ease and confidence. It is a pleasure to read..."
My Coney Island Baby
"nothing feels quite anchored or finished – and it's that stylish resistance to resolution, in the end, that impresses most...."
3.25 out of 5
The Summer of Impossible Things
"...revel in a writer at the height of her powers...."
Meet Me at the Museum
"an intriguing and tender read about friendship and hope..."
Erebus: The Story of a Ship
"illuminated by flashes of gentle wit..."
4.31 out of 5
Around the World in 80 Trains
" a rare rising star of the genre..."
In My Mind's Eye
"Her travelling days may be over, but the grand dame of travel writing still offers novel perspectives on the world..."
Into the Peatlands
Robin A. Crawford
"Footprint that was a mum’s only memento of her son: Author gives a fascinating insight into the history of Britain’s peat-cutting families in new tome...."
The Existential Englishman
"Peppiatt leans much more toward his misses than his hits, and he can be très drôle with it..."
3.23 out of 5
The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places
"Here’s a treat for desert lovers..."
Step by Step: My Life in Journeys
Skybound: A Journey in Flight
"a euphoric, courageous book ..."
"Horizon is magnificent; a contemporary epic, at once pained and urgent, personal and oracular..."
Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, ...
"[a] richly detailed chronicle of Arab language and culture..."
Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples
"more than coffee table aesthetics or even “mere anthropology”..."
4.23 out of 5
Angels: A Visible and Invisible History
"Stanford deserves praise for some wonderful art historical writing..."
A Field Guide to the English Clergy
Rev. The Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie
"a light-hearted rebuke to “the idol of earnestness” which blights large parts of the Church..."
Kabbalah: Secrecy, Scandal and the Soul
"Harry Freedman tries his best to explain one of the world’s most esoteric traditions, but mystery, it transpires, is mysterious..."
How Democracies Die
Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt
"This is a provocative and readable book, but in the end it is also an unsatisfying one...."
3.43 out of 5
Carrington: An Honourable Man
"for a biography it seems hardly satisfactory..."
2.63 out of 5
In the Closet of the Vatican
Frederic Martel, Shaun Whiteside
"Frédéric Martel’s hugely entertaining read is disappointingly loose with the facts..."
2.58 out of 5
A Sacred Space is Never Empty
"There's a warning here that we, deep in our own contemporary disenchantment, should heed...."
"Whether or not you recognise Homer’s characters in the IRA gang of Hughes’s second novel, the rhythmic language will keep you enthralled..."
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
"reading it can often be a bit of a slog, to be frank..."
— The Herald
"a reworking of fable and an incisive look at class, migration, exclusion and loss..."
"an intensely satisfying fairytale retelling..."
Future Home of the Living God
"This diary to an unborn child shows a world where the treachery of our genes has distorted society..."
The Poppy War
"but builds into a scorching, ultra-violent portrait of war’s horrors..."
In the Vanisher's Palace
Aliette de Bodard
"captures wonderfully how hard love can be in an unlovely world..."
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
" a marvellously benign, ridiculously inventive and gloriously funny end-times fantasia..."
Never Home Alone
"Dunn’s message is clear, and it’s a powerful one, from which we can all benefit..."
Midnight in Chernobyl
"Adam Higginbotham uses all of the techniques of the top-notch longform journalist to full effect. ..."
The Invisible Killer
Origins: How the Earth Made Us
The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
"The crumpled carcass of a bee on the cover tells you only some of what you need to know..."
3.61 out of 5
Manual for Survival
"Kate Brown maps the masked danger lines of nuclear fallout into your muffins and muesli..."
Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age ...
"its central thesis is provocative, but it’s also compelling..."
Green and Prosperous Land
"Dieter Helm has a plan to stop damage from farming and government’s complicity in it..."
The Snow Leopard Project
"It tells the story of wonderful successes on behalf of the country, but somehow its author fails to give us a true sense of the place..."
"an unabashed love letter to the pond..."
Mouthful of Birds
"her command of her material is scintillating..."
"the master of horror gets cuddly..."
3.29 out of 5
You Know You Want This
"Kristen Roupenian’s sharp, powerful and uncomfortable debut collection of stories..."
3.06 out of 5
The Silent Companions
"Purcell has thrown explicit Gothic elements at this by the coachload..."
— Crime Fiction Lover
Frankenstein in Baghdad
Ahmed Saadawi, Jonathan Wright
"Absurdist morality fable meets horror fantasy as a victim of sectarian violence is brought back to life in Iraq..."
The Taking of Annie Thorne
C. J. Tudor
"There is no sign of second-album syndrome: the mix of grotty provincial realism and amateur cold-case sleuthing works just as well here...."
Last Ones Left Alive
"a moment of realisation that strikes, like all good dystopias, at the heart of modern society..."
"this book is an artefact in itself – a tactile, mysterious and seductive one..."
Melmoth the Wanderer 1820: with an intro...
Charles Robert Maturin, Sarah Perry
"a novel which few can rival for complexity, cunning and horror. ..."
Dacre Stoker, J. D. Barker
"In its crafty structure and unhurried layering of dread, this addition to the canon is a brilliantly entertaining read, and offers a chilling response...."
Red and White
"It functions as both a memoir and a guide to Oz’s world of wine and, my God, he really can write..."
The 4 Pillar Plan
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
"he reels off success stories with the enthusiasm and excitement of one who has seen the light. Upon reading the book, I felt I had too..."
Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start
Pinch of Nom
Kay Featherstone, Catherine Allinson
"Remember how Joe Wicks burst on the publishing scene... Prepare for a similar trajectory for this...."
— The Bookseller
Lose Weight for Good
The Way We Eat Now
"Our relationship with food has gone wrong, argues this wide-ranging book..."
Henry Firth, Ian Theasby
A Long and Messy Business
"'Leigh is a great chef who’s at home both on the page and in the kitchen'..."
The Secret Barrister
"this immensely impressive volume manages to make a subject that is bleak and dry utterly compelling...."
Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most ...
"'Red Card, an account of the downfall of Fifa, reads like an FBI thriller — because that is exactly what it is.' ..."
Eve Was Shamed
"This new book feels like a rehash of the ideas of second-wave feminism, with an uncritical adoption of some 21st-century orthodoxies that are actively hostile towards it..."
3.8 out of 5
"An entertaining polemic against the tech industry..."
3.33 out of 5
In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law
"Langford has reinvented a genre..."
Rather His Own Man: In Court With Tyrant...
Geoffrey Robertson, QC
"gravitas, grandstanding and gossipy insight..."
Men On Trial
"rethinking the history of gender and masculinity in Ireland..."
"a masterwork of investigative journalism..."
"very readable and hugely damaging..."
The Creativity Code
Marcus du Sautoy
"a wide-ranging and fact-packed tour d’horizon of current applications of artificial intelligence..."
"... despite the heavy acronym use that inevitably accompanies a book about government research projects, it’s highly readable...."
"if you want to spend less time with your phone, this book isn’t a bad place to start..."
"(a) heartfelt and frequently devastating autobiography..."
'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': On Where...
"a delightful celebration of a martial pop culture..."
3.93 out of 5
"reveals her to be a defiant survivor, with an eye for scabrous detail..."
3.78 out of 5
How Does It Feel?
"witty, self-deprecating... entertaining..."
"...one of the best nonfiction reads of the year...."
The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book
Ordnance Survey, Dr Gareth Moore
Fear and Loathing on the Oche
It's All a Game: A Short History of Board Games
4.36 out of 5
Anna Mill, Luke Jones
"it certainly is a wild ride..."
Modernists & Mavericks
"Gayford lucidly and entertainingly lays out their characters..."
Giovanni Bellini: The Art of Contemplation