"Even in its tragic details, it is lyrical and playful, shaking and shimmering with energy..."
— The Guardian
5 out of 5
The Great Believers
"a deeply affecting novel that is full of death, yet simultaneously spirited and hopeful..."
— The Observer
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
"...one of the most unusual and thought-provoking heroines of recent contemporary fiction..."
— Irish Times
The Italian Teacher
"The Italian Teacher is often wickedly funny - Rachman has an eye for life's cruelty worthy of Waugh..."
— The Daily Telegraph
The Restless Girls
Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett
"a wonderful, magic-realist feminist fantasy..."
— Book Trust
The Stone Sky
N. K. Jemisin
"It’s devastating. Poignant and personal and almost impossibly powerful......"
A Different Drummer
William Melvin Kelley
"His work is long overdue a revival..."
— Financial Times
"by turns gripping and laugh-out-loud funny..."
— Daily Mail
4.91 out of 5
The House on Vesper Sands
"a cracking good read..."
4.86 out of 5
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
"it seethes with energy and teems with memorable characters..."
— The Sunday Times
4.83 out of 5
A Certain Idea of France
"by some distance the best English-language treatment of the 20th-century statesman..."
4.93 out of 5
The Boy on the Shed
" Ferris’s memoir will endure beyond a convenient Christmas stocking filler..."
— The Times
"...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
Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why it Matters
"...a remarkable and intensely readable book..."
4.8 out of 5
"Daniel Rosenthal’s absorbing collection of letters..."
— The Spectator
"both humbling and inspirational and deserves to sit alongside other classic coming-of-age memoirs..."
4.76 out of 5
This is Going to Hurt
" It is a truly laudable book, hilarious, moving and caustic. ..."
— The Scotsman
4.75 out of 5
The Life of Saul Bellow
"Leader gives us the life in lucid, pithy prose..."
4.71 out of 5
The Quest for Queen Mary
James Pope-Hennessy, Hugo Vickers
"the funniest book of the year..."
4.67 out of 5
I Am, I Am, I Am
"exceptionally moving...beautifully done..."
4.64 out of 5
"For all its challenges, Murmur is also beautiful..."
— New Statesman
The Shepherd’s Hut
"...Holden Caulfield, you have been eclipsed..."
4.73 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..."
4.92 out of 5
The Spy and the Traitor
"Macintyre brings depth, perspective and storytelling panache..."
4.65 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..."
4.6 out of 5
"an outstanding account of soldiers, the Falklands and masculinity..."
4.55 out of 5
Brazil: A Biography
Lilia M. Schwarcz, Helouisa M. Starling
"an absorbing account of the deadly nexus of sugar and slavery..."
— Literary Review
4.5 out of 5
Reporting the Troubles
Deric Henderson, Ivan Little, George Mitchell
"a deceptively simple idea with supremely effective results..."
Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium
"sometimes the reader may not be able to see the poppy for the trees..."
4.43 out of 5
Thomas Cromwell: A Life
" it is hard to see how it could be surpassed..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
4.41 out of 5
"gut-wrenching twists and an engaging protagonist..."
— Daily Express
4.57 out of 5
"(a) nuanced meditation on race, roots and belonging..."
4.54 out of 5
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
"a fabulously dark and witty concept, executed with quite some panache..."
— Crime Fiction Lover
4.4 out of 5
Mr Godley's Phantom
"...something close to a masterpiece..."
4.38 out of 5
Nine Perfect Strangers
"an astutely observed skewering of aspirational anxieties and the wellness industry..."
This Is How It Ends
"Green campaigners and undercover cops face off in this tense, topical novel..."
4.13 out of 5
"Breathe ingeniously knits together the killer London smog of the winter of 1952 and the discovery of multiple corpses in Rillington Place..."
4.11 out of 5
"Bolton's excellent novels are not just skilful evocations of the era but have a genuine darkness at their heart..."
4 out of 5
Greeks Bearing Books
" tremendously entertaining..."
In A House of Lies
"strong stuff... as gripping as it is intoxicating..."
"a brilliant novel for our times..."
Since We Fell
"(Lehane) remains one of the great, diabolical thriller kings..."
— The New York Times
4.33 out of 5
The Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
"Finn plots his own course with a sure tread..."
The Clockwork Crow
"Beautifully written, witty, observant and reminiscent of E Nesbit, this novel merits a place in the canon of children’s classics...."
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 Independent
The Hate U Give
"...a brilliant and fantastically told exploration of race in America - and of growing up, too..."
Armadillo and Hare
Jeremy Strong, Rebecca Bagley
"a delight and perfect to share with young children..."
The Skylarks' War
"...this dense, beautifully unravelled family saga may be her best book yet...."
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......."
The Storm Keeper's Island
"This is a book that should have any child glued to their deckchair..."
4.79 out of 5
The Silence of the Girls
"Although it is densely imagined and beautifully written, these things mount up to strand the book in an uncomfortable no-man’s-land,..."
The Sealwoman's Gift
"Magnusson takes us on a journey that not only crosses continents, but encompasses tragedy and rich sensuality..."
"it is immensely pleasurable..."
"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
"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
"at its best this is a visceral, vivid and moving novel..."
4.08 out of 5
Land of the Living
"A paean of quiet, pedestrian heroism..."
— Times Literary Supplement
3.92 out of 5
Love is Blind
"Intensely enjoyable historical caper steeped in the pungent, febrile atmosphere of fin de siècle Europe..."
3.67 out of 5
"clear-sighted view of a divided America ..."
3.5 out of 5
So Much Life Left Over
Louis de Bernieres
"wonderful...hauntingly poetic and profoundly moving..."
3.2 out of 5
"A riveting chronicle of the Theranos saga..."
"...(an) excellent account of the rise and fall of the bumptious entrepreneur..."
Capitalism in America
Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge
"The overall story is one of bewildering advance..."
3.79 out of 5
"Magnus probes the question of whether the foundations of the Chinese economy are sufficiently robust to carry it through..."
The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is...
"an unabashed polemic that does not wear its politics lightly..."
3.44 out of 5
What We Have Lost: The Dismantling of Gr...
"vivid, knowledgeable and shocking..."
— London Review of Books
3.25 out of 5
The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties
" Collier’s solutions are timid..."
2.8 out of 5
What is the History of the Book?
"Raven has written an admirably cogent account of the field that is accessible to the general reader and makes a strong case for a more culturally inclusive understanding of the book in history. ..."
"In almost every respect, I think Lambert is wrong. But books do not have to be right to be good, ..."
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..."
4.1 out of 5
Amateur: A True Story of What Makes a Man
Thomas Page McBee
"This rumble in the gender jungle is punchy, thought-provoking stuff,..."
3.88 out of 5
The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee
A Boy in the Water
"a compelling account..."
"such a special book..."
Fear and Loathing on the Oche
We Need to Weaken the Mixture
"customary grace ..."
How to Change Your Mind
"an often relentlessly sunny, affirmative writer..."
4.56 out of 5
Rose George (Y)
"a work of detailed journalism, covering what are essentially disparate and sometimes very complex subjects. ..."
"...reads like a white-collar The Wire..."
"Help Me! is not a book to change your life. . . But regardless of how ‘real’ it is, it’s a compelling story of crack-up and recovery...."
3.9 out of 5
" at the core of her moving but meandering bereavement memoir, there's a better book on female anger seeking permission to kick, punch and spit its way out..."
3.38 out of 5
Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe...
"Untrue contains plenty to titillate rich Upper East Siders but has surprisingly little to say about toxic post-MeToo sexual politics. ..."
— Evening Standard
3.33 out of 5
How to Hold a Grudge
"often amusing and insightful but her own fans will probably be eager to see her return to crime fiction...."
Leaders: Myth and Reality
Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, Jason Mangone
"wise, insightful and timely..."
The Little Book of Goat Yoga
"This karma-inducing book features cuter than cute pictures of Morse's goats..."
— The Bookseller
"A mathematician and advocate for technology challenges the influence of algorithms and calls for a better understanding of what we’re giving away ..."
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..."
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
On the Future: Prospects for Humanity
"Remarkably, what seems like an extended state-of-the-planet essay does not feel as depressing as it ought: Rees dispenses his apocalyptic overview of the coming decades like cocktail party wisdom..."
3.8 out of 5
The Space Barons
"The members of the quartet are so similar in type that their biographies... start to blur into one..."
— The New Yorker
3.76 out of 5
Jamie Susskind (Barrister, Littleton Chambers)
"on the whole, he steers a course to the future that is as convincing as it is shocking. ..."
3.75 out of 5
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
"one remarkable human being sharing his thoughts, hopes and fears with another. ..."
3.73 out of 5
Life on Earth
The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us
"An entertaining and blessedly succinct read...."
Francis: A Life in Songs
"This is a book to press into the hands of anyone who has decided they have up on "difficult modern poetry"...."
The Long Take
"a masterly work of art, exciting, colourful (and) fast-paced..."
4.19 out of 5
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 Book of Upside Down Thinking
"Intriguing and thought-provoking, the poems turn conventional thinking on its head with brilliant economy..."
"It always excites the poetry-lover to discover a new voice — and this first collection by a novelist and literary journalist is distinguished by a true lyrical gift...."
The Forward Book of Poetry 2019
Various Poets, Bidisha, William Sieghart
"If I had read only The Republic of Motherhood by Liz Berry, I’d still have been grateful for the annual Forward collection...."
Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs
Christopher Reid, Elliot Elam
"What Reid’s sequel soft-pedals is the thing that Eliot, the American who took British citizenship, was fascinated by: class..."
The Last Hedgehog
Pam Ayres, Alice Tait
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
Roy DeCarava, Langston Hughes
" 'a pioneering exercise in merging image and text'..."
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
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
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
Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune
Tiffany Watt Smith
"Tiffany Watt Smith’s delightful book, full of jokes and confessions, divides examples of laughing at others’ misfortunes into good and bad..."
Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That Follows
"a brave contribution..."
To Throw Away Unopened
"...her incandescent midlife memoir, a menopausal battle cry ..."
Professor Alan Walker
"For a biographer, there’s a lot to untangle. Alan Walker does so brilliantly...."
Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite
"vivid, atmospheric and funny..."
3.83 out of 5
Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton
"The guitarist’s disastrous personal life, rather than his music, is to the fore......"
2.83 out of 5
Nothing is Real
"It's worth the cover price for the last essay alone..."
In My Life: A Music Memoir
Chopin's Piano: A Journey through Romanticism
"an episodic, picaresque tale, woven confidently..."
I Saw Eternity the Other Night
"stands out among the festive throng..."
"Fforde keeps the puns and neologisms coming thick and fast..."
Fire and Blood
George R. R. Martin
"..there is much to enjoy here. Martin’s usual sense of richly irreverent humour is present throughout..."
2.78 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..."
Record of a Spaceborn Few
"brimful of its author’s trademark invention, charm and humanity..."
Only Killers and Thieves
Timothee de Fombelle, Isabelle Arsenault, Sam Gordon
"A perfect little book about war, grief and peace that packs a mighty punch...."
I Am Dynamite!
"this biography is nothing short of a revelation, a sort of word made flesh..."
How the World Thinks: A Global History o...
"An engaging, urbane and humane global history...."
4.2 out of 5
Roger Eatwell, Matthew Goodwin
"Their book suffers from too many repetitions..."
"Like the consciousness of the insomniac, it feels unmoored from temporal reality...."
Palaces for the People
"A plea for social infrastructure dismisses Big Tech claims to be building ‘community’..."
The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity
Kwame Anthony Appiah
"A thoughtful study by Kwame Anthony Appiah and a more practical work by Francis Fukuyama tackle divisions along lines of nation, race, gender and class..."
3 out of 5
Power, Pleasure and Profit
"Few academic books tell such a gripping story of how ideas can change the world..."
The New Enclosure
"If you’re someone who’s interested in Britain... the whole 80,823 square miles of its physical existence – then this is a book you must read..."
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..."
Catherynne M. Valente
"a frantic narrative...with in-jokes, pop-culture references and some pertinent observations about diversity and gender politics..."
"Most of all, Tak Veil’s first-person narration is addictive and deceptively highly wrought..."
"enthralling adventure from a science-fiction great..."
"This debut is festooned with cunning punnery, sharp turns of phrase, and jokes about emojis and the internet...."
"Its 10 stories bring a literary career that lasted more than half a century to a consummate conclusion..."
The Reading Cure
"Laura Freeman reads her way out of anorexia..."
"Sally Rooney is this year’s literary star..."
4.46 out of 5
"This bonkbuster lacks Gavin & Stacey’s charm and credibility..."
The Summer of Impossible Things
"...revel in a writer at the height of her powers...."
Meet Me at the Museum
"a thoughtful and gentle meditation on buried passions, regrets, love, grief and loneliness..."
Erebus: The Story of a Ship
"illuminated by flashes of gentle wit..."
4.31 out of 5
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 Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places
"Here’s a treat for desert lovers..."
Step by Step: My Life in Journeys
Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples
"more than coffee table aesthetics or even “mere anthropology”..."
4.23 out of 5
A Field Guide to the English Clergy
Rev. The Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie
"'I’m glad I read this one. It’s a lot of fun.'..."
Carrington: An Honourable Man
"Lee recounts all this very fairly in a readable way. This is not overwritten hagiography..."
2.86 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..."
"the master of horror gets cuddly..."
3.29 out of 5
The Silent Companions
"Purcell has thrown explicit Gothic elements at this by the coachload..."
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...."
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..."
In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law
"The prose is engrossing, and the book is only too easy to devour in great gulps..."
"(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
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..."
A Long and Messy Business
"'Leigh is a great chef who’s at home both on the page and in the kitchen'..."
4.36 out of 5
Anna Mill, Luke Jones
"it certainly is a wild ride..."
"Robinson’s lucid, direct style works ..."
The Invisible Killer
"Fuller delivers a surprisingly good time..."