Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
"...one of the most unusual and thought-provoking heroines of recent contemporary fiction..."
— Irish Times
5 out of 5
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......"
The Italian Teacher
"The Italian Teacher is often wickedly funny - Rachman has an eye for life's cruelty worthy of Waugh..."
— The Daily Telegraph
"by turns gripping and laugh-out-loud funny..."
— Daily Mail
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..."
"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
"According to Shepherd, “pathology tells its own story”, and he shows this brilliantly..."
— The Guardian
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
"...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
Attlee and Churchill
Leo McKinstry (Author)
"We are reminded too that certain features of British politics are less new-fangled than they may appear...."
— New Statesman
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
What a Hazard a Letter Is
"sparkling... lively and well researched..."
— The Spectator
A Certain Idea of France
"This comprehensive biography offers a 3D portrait of a man who was arrogant and vain..."
4.81 out of 5
The Kremlin Letters
David Reynolds, Vladimir Pechatnov
"a fascinating and detailed narrative of the war’s decision-making..."
4.8 out of 5
In the Dream House: A Memoir
Carmen Maria Machado
"Machado piles up these strings like so many necklaces, crystallizing her own experience and spinning new threads around which others might crystallize their own...."
— Times Literary Supplement
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..."
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
"Powerful debut examines life as a Native American..."
Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why it Matters
"...a remarkable and intensely readable book..."
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..."
"This finely detailed account of the human cost ends with a poignant anecdote of loss redeemed...."
4.82 out of 5
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White Peopl...
"this incredible book just made history..."
— Woman & Home
4.77 out of 5
When Time Stopped
"A meticulously researched, gripping and poignant memoir..."
4.75 out of 5
The Cut Out Girl
Bart van Es
"moving history of WWII’s hidden children..."
4.67 out of 5
The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency England
"Every page of The Time Traveller’s Guide To Regency Britain is crammed with enlightening information about the period, some of it just plain weird...."
"Beautifully observed and full of swipes at the inhabitant of the White House, it is hugely entertaining...."
"a brilliant novel for our times..."
" as multi-stranded as a novel by Victor Hugo..."
4.79 out of 5
The Lost Man
"opens with an image so disturbing it lingers for days..."
Never Have I Ever
"Jackson raises the stakes again and again in this skilfully plotted novel..."
4.63 out of 5
"Helen Phillips’s disconcerting new novel starts on a note of thrillerish urgency...."
— London Review of Books
4.6 out of 5
"expertise is clear throughout... his marriage of fact and fiction is masterly..."
"gut-wrenching twists and an engaging protagonist..."
— Daily Express
4.57 out of 5
A First Book of the Sea
Nicola Davies, Emily Sutton
"a particularly delightful anthology of poems..."
The Clockwork Crow
"this wintry enchantment is suspenseful, resonant of folk tales and perfect to curl up with in the cold..."
— 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 Hate U Give
"...a brilliant and fantastically told exploration of race in America - and of growing up, too..."
A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
"A beautifully written and illustrated novel, it is highly recommended and will take you into another world...."
The Lost Words
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
"This sumptuously illustrated book is a celebration of words from the natural world..."
Hana Tooke, Ayesha L. Rubio
"a delightful and evocative first book...."
The Skylarks' War
"...this dense, beautifully unravelled family saga may be her best book yet...."
Armadillo and Hare
Jeremy Strong, Rebecca Bagley
"Bagley’s charismatic illustrations add character, movement, comedy and style..."
A Treachery of Spies
"engrossing and ingenious..."
4.71 out of 5
"bleak but compelling..."
4.7 out of 5
Heaven, My Home
"magnificent... shines an unflinching light on an ugly side of contemporary America..."
"an epic and immersive read..."
"(a) nuanced meditation on race, roots and belonging..."
4.54 out of 5
"one of our finest contemporary novelists, of any genre..."
4.53 out of 5
"The result is inventive and deeply satisfying, especially to readers already familiar with the plot..."
— The New York Times
4.5 out of 5
Chasing the Sun
Linda Geddes (Features Editor)
"entertaining and persuasive account..."
"a memoir that promises to linger with you like a literary earworm..."
This is Going to Hurt
" It is a truly laudable book, hilarious, moving and caustic. ..."
— The Scotsman
Hidden Valley Road
"This book is as much a story about the children who escaped schizophrenia’s cruel clutches as it is about those who fell victim to it..."
Pinch of Nom
Kay Featherstone, Catherine Allinson
"simple, accessible and easy to follow..."
How to Change Your Mind
"an often relentlessly sunny, affirmative writer..."
4.56 out of 5
The Far Field
"luminous in outlining a young woman’s struggle..."
Me and White Supremacy
Layla Saad, Robin DiAngelo
"understand how to challenge white supremacy..."
Inferno: A Memoir
"In dreamy, detached prose she recalls a childhood dominated by a violent, intellectual father..."
A Short History of Falling
"At every turn, [Hammond's] witty precision deepens the narrative’s impact. He did not choose his subject, MND chose him. He is a real writer and real writers have to write...."
4.44 out of 5
Citadel of the Saxons: The Rise of Early London
Rory Naismith (King's College London, UK)
"This is a startling debut collection..."
"A riveting chronicle of the Theranos saga..."
4.55 out of 5
"Her writing is excellent: precise, economical and accessible..."
Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund
"How a book offering a bright worldview became a surprise bestseller..."
4.4 out of 5
The Great Romantic
"Hamilton’s book is a marvel..."
4.36 out of 5
"Disrupting the world — from a small bedroom in Hounslow..."
4.33 out of 5
How Innovation Works
"Ridley makes this point very convincingly..."
4.25 out of 5
Ladies Can't Climb Ladders
"Robinson’s book gallops forward at breakneck speed...."
4.17 out of 5
"...(an) excellent account of the rise and fall of the bumptious entrepreneur..."
4.15 out of 5
The Silence of the Girls
"the vigour of her execution, will ensure that this novel is read for generations to come..."
A Saint From Texas
"A Saint from Texas makes explicit what was once only hinted at, namely how potent an influence religion has been on the imagination of the quintessential gay writer of our time..."
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
Frieda: The Original Lady Chatterley
"an engrossing portrait of DH Lawrence’s muse..."
A Thousand Ships
"Haynes offers a fresh perspective on the story of the Trojan war..."
The Mirror and the Light
"has all the dark witty glitter of the earlier volumes in the trilogy..."
4.47 out of 5
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
"Atmospheric and unforgettable..."
"there’s Harry Potter-ish pleasures to be had getting lost in Montverre’s labyrinthine corridors and the byzantine intricacies of the game..."
Escape from Earth
"a true history of rocketry, espionage and sex cults..."
— The Sunday Telegraph
"Sheldrake is an unusual thinker ..."
"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
The Twittering Machine
"An unflinching look at our toxic relationship with grim yet compelling social media..."
The Light Ages
"this beautifully illustrated book..."
Caroline Criado Perez
" as Criado Perez systematically shows, women are still considered the second sex, if they are considered at all...."
"Where Utopia is abstract and impossible, Sitopia is both grounded in daily experience and achievable..."
"It is no mean feat to capture the essence of the human body and the history of medicine and modern clinical practice in a single volume, but Bryson manages it phenomenally well..."
4.24 out of 5
Covid-19: The Pandemic That Never Should...
"fast-paced, well-structured and highly accessible..."
4.2 out of 5
No Visible Bruises
Rachel Louise Snyder
"the book is a truly unique and beneficial account of abuse and its cultural context..."
4.43 out of 5
What Dementia Teaches Us About Love
"compelling, deeply felt book..."
"Trevor’s admirers will return to them again and again..."
"Sally Rooney’s Normal People will be tough to beat as book of the year..."
4.52 out of 5
The Giver of Stars
"Misfit women rule in a beguiling tale of unlikely love..."
The Museum of Broken Promises
"Passion, betrayal and a mysterious marionette show combine to enthralling effect..."
Nine Perfect Strangers
"an astutely observed skewering of aspirational anxieties and the wellness industry..."
4.38 out of 5
Reasons to Be Cheerful
"the pleasure of this novel is in the quirky characters, the effervescent writing and the comedy in just about every line..."
Swimming in the Dark
"Politics and intimacy collide constantly in Tomasz Jedrowski’s enthralling debut..."
Redhead by the Side of the Road
"what a rich and enjoyable mixture it is..."
4.32 out of 5
The Doll Factory
"a harrowing and a bewitching adventure..."
4.3 out of 5
" gripping, tender and perfectly formed..."
4.26 out of 5
The Devil and the Dark Water
"a genre-sampling epic that sets outrageous traps for the reader..."
4.49 out of 5
Out of Time
"a cat-and-mouse game played by well-matched enemies..."
When I Come Home Again
"(A) haunting tale in unpretentious but persuasive prose..."
"every sentence is a joy..."
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
"Anappara creates an endearing and highly engaging narrator to navigate us through the dark underbelly of modern India..."
4.13 out of 5
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..."
4 out of 5
Whiskey When We're Dry
"the punch and intensity of the writing and the voice of Jessie are rather remarkable..."
The Summer Isles
"I loved The Summer Isles from page one..."
Magdalena: River of Dreams
"This book is the culmination of a lifetime’s work in the country and is suffused with a love and knowledge that only such long acquaintance can bring..."
"combines memoir from a lifetime of travel ... and reflections on how islands illuminate his own life and the human condition..."
Erebus: The Story of a Ship
"illuminated by flashes of gentle wit..."
4.31 out of 5
"an immersive and compelling read..."
— Literary Review
4.29 out of 5
"A poet’s watchful gaze on the natural world..."
4.27 out of 5
To the Lake
"All Kassabova’s non-fiction is intensely personal, but her new book particularly so..."
"The journeys he recounts begin in his childhood and extend into his sixties, covering six main regions and more than seventy countries..."
"...this writer will take you to the edge of the world..."
The Nine Lives of Pakistan
"lives witnessed and colourfully described by Walsh..."
4.14 out of 5
Berkmann's Cricketing Miscellany
"a hugely enjoyable compendium of cricketing stories..."
4.78 out of 5
"Lara Prior-Palmer’s terrific account of entering the Mongol Derby on a whim..."
The Moth and the Mountain
" an urgent and humane story that invites not mockery of a madman, but pity and admiration..."
4.18 out of 5
A Boy in the Water
"a compelling account..."
That Will Be England Gone
"Henderson is a superior wallower in recollections of innings past..."
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
Here is the Beehive
"Raw, emotional and wistful..."
"Just Us is a provocation..."
A Little History of Poetry
"The Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford may be 86 but he writes with the zingy verve of a teenager..."
The Book of Baruch
Geoffrey Hill, Kenneth Haynes (Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics, Brown University)
"It is among his greatest work...."
The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem
"a wonderful alternative history of modern poetry..."
Francis: A Life in Songs
"lyrical successes – and plenty of imaginative touches..."
Vertigo and Ghost
"poems of lasting power..."
Frolic and Detour
"Paul Muldoon’s ability to sing with feeling ... deserves the highest praise..."
The Fall of a Sparrow
Ann Pasternak Slater
"(a) valuable but flawed account..."
The Long Take
"a masterly work of art, exciting, colourful (and) fast-paced..."
3.94 out of 5
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again
M. John Harrison
"Harrison excels at evoking the deadened absurdity of the everyday. ..."
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
Chris Beckett (Author)
"Two Tribes holds up a mirror to our fractured times..."
"Underpinning it all is an attempt to return our focus to the precarious wonder of the natural world..."
Martin MacInnes (Author)
"MacInnes’s intriguing second novel deserves to cement his reputation as a bold and curious writer...."
"Providence is such a blast you almost overlook just how clever it is. ..."
"Raymond Chandler meets William Gibson..."
Everything I Know About Love
"a shockingly intimate memoir from former sex columnist Dolly Alderton..."
More Than a Woman
"The juggle is familiar, but the take is fresh. ..."
"Highfire is deliciously funny at times. In a sea of forgettable modern fantasy titles, it offers moments of genuine originality..."
The Dutch House
"rather beautiful in its effortlessly readable melancholy..."
Between the Covers
"Jilly always makes the reader see through her eyes..."
Let's Do It: The Authorised Biography of...
"(a) fascinating portrait of a comedy genius..."
4.23 out of 5
The Hungover Games
"an acerbic must-read..."
My Sister, the Serial Killer
"a joyous stab against the patriarchy, as well as a suspenseful thriller..."
4.05 out of 5
I Am Dynamite!
"The juicy soap-opera life of a great thinker..."
4.46 out of 5
Time of the Magicians
"Wolfram Eilenberger’s book touches on the intertwining lives of philosophers Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Benjamin and Cassirer..."
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..."
The History of Philosophy
A. C. Grayling
"Perhaps this book’s greatest value lies in its vigorous, if largely implicit, defence of secular rationality...."
Why We Drive
"Crawford’s book is uneven, an analogue man’s despairing roar, but he is witty, open-minded and impossible to label as reactionary...."
Until the End of Time
"Greene is much concerned with the scale of things, from the micro to the macro..."
Kate Kirkpatrick (King's College London, UK)
"Kate Kirkpatrick frees the feminist writer from a subplot that came to define her..."
Lessons in Stoicism
"Sellars achieves the task he sets himself admirably. ..."
"as the title of this book proclaims, we are standing on a precipice where no humans have stood before...."
The New Enclosure
"(a) fine and valuable book..."
Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope
"Megan Phelps-Roper’s scrupulous, anguished account of ‘loving and leaving’ the church..."
A History of the Bible
"A fascinating, wise exploration of the Bible’s evolution..."
4.39 out of 5
Lost, Found, Remembered
"It is a story that deserves to be told...."
Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples
"more than coffee table aesthetics or even “mere anthropology”..."
Noel Malcolm (Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford)
"Malcolm comes down somewhere in the middle..."
4.11 out of 5
"Carrère’s transparency about his approach is what sets him apart..."
The Celestial Hunter
"there are fascinating expositions, sparkling with insights..."
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..."
David D. Hall
"The book is an elegy for that high-minded tradition of American civic moralism, superseded, it would seem, not so much by priggishness as plain old selfishness...."
Angels: A Visible and Invisible History
"Stanford deserves praise for some wonderful art historical writing..."
What's Your Type | Merve Emre
"The partnership behind a ubiquitous test..."
4.42 out of 5
This Too Shall Pass
"From the start, Samuel draws us in..."
Patrick Barkham (Y)
"Rose-tinted as Wild Child may be, its message is an urgent one..."
The Lonely Century
"This book is a crucial call to arms..."
"There are fascinating diversions into race, class and ambition..."
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
"He wants his message to reach far beyond the book-reading classes, and he richly deserves to succeed...."
3.8 out of 5
Tim Etchells, Jarvis Cocker
"The orality of these morality tales is absolutely thrilling..."
3.71 out of 5
Let Me Not Be Mad
A K Benjamin
3.67 out of 5
The New Wilderness
"Cook has done a great deal of research, and the novel is full of information about survival skills and what is involved in ‘living primitively’...."
English Pastoral: An Inheritance
"(a) lyrical and passionate book..."
Midnight in Chernobyl
"a gripping, miss-your-subway-stop read..."
Origins: How the Earth Made Us
"Fort comes across as a bookish, daydreamy kind of guy. ..."
Owls of the Eastern Ice
Jonathan C. Slaght
"Slaght writes with unfailing vividness about this strange region of the world which few of us are ever likely to visit...."
The Stubborn Light of Things
"She reflects on the changing habitat around her with passionate understanding and gentle encouragement that we follow suit..."
When the Lights Go Out
"(A) clear-eyed, wry, wise novel..."
Our House is on Fire
Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Beata Ernman, Svante Thunberg
"The family book links our burned-out mental health and our burned-out planet..."
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..."
House of Music
"What’s the secret behind raising seven classical music prodigies? A mother’s account..."
To Throw Away Unopened
"...her incandescent midlife memoir, a menopausal battle cry ..."
"It is the job of Graeme Thomson, the author of this excellent and necessary biography, to make sense of a tangled and often distressing story..."
"compact but also rewarding..."
How to be Invisible
"Her book... works magically, possibly because many of her lyrics are structured so strangely...."
A Fabulous Creation
"Hepworth has more insider knowledge and knows more rock anecdotes than any man alive..."
— The Herald
Professor Alan Walker
"a stunning achievement..."
4.09 out of 5
"a harsh, improbable world that blends some of the tropes of young-adult fiction with both grim realism..."
"Susanna Clarke’s enchanting, extravagant fusion of magic and memory..."
4.19 out of 5
The Priory of the Orange Tree
"the narrative builds like a tidal wave ..."
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
"it would make for a great TV series..."
3.68 out of 5
"Fabulous elements are mixed with everyday life and references to Brexit in an intriguing mother-daughter story about origins..."
3.57 out of 5
"Fforde keeps the puns and neologisms coming thick and fast..."
3.4 out of 5
"original and engrossing... brilliant..."
Andrew Michael Hurley
"Andrew Michael Hurley returns to a strange but familiar terrain..."
4.06 out of 5
Mouthful of Birds
"her command of her material is scintillating..."
If It Bleeds
"represents one of King’s most obscure and impressive accomplishments..."
3.83 out of 5
Last Ones Left Alive
"Zombies hunt for living flesh in an Ireland destroyed by ‘the Emergency’ … but does this debut bring anything new to the dystopian genre?..."
3.75 out of 5
"Lebbon excels at portraying the phantasmagorical proliferation of nature within Eden..."
"This novel is talky, smart, anarchic and quite sexy. You begin to linger on those three s’s when you speak the title aloud..."
3.56 out of 5
"the master of horror gets cuddly..."
3.29 out of 5
Death in Her Hands
"Is it a thriller, a psychological drama or dark comedy? The answer remains unclear..."
3.15 out of 5
You Know You Want This
"Kristen Roupenian’s sharp, powerful and uncomfortable debut collection of stories..."
3.06 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..."
Scoff: A History of Food and Class
"This richly detailed study of British food and its relation to social class is truly delectable..."
A Cheesemonger's History of The British Isles
"a welcome addition to the canon of food-centric histories..."
A Half Baked Idea
"a gentle, lovely book..."
"James does for wine what Anthony Bourdain did for the high-pressure, low-margin world of professional restaurants..."
Dirt: Adventures in French Cooking
"A tale of chef training in Lyons is hugely Francophobic but fun..."
3.5 out of 5
The Way We Eat Now
"Wilson writes with such clarity and grace that the chapters slip by like the courses of a delicious tasting menu..."
"Coffeeland functions not just as the story of one country’s relationship to coffee, but as a pocket history of globalisation itself...."
Pie Fidelity: In Defence of British Food
"he builds a picture not just of the grub itself but of the people who put themselves outside it..."
3 out of 5
The Secret Barrister
"this immensely impressive volume manages to make a subject that is bleak and dry utterly compelling...."
A Song for the Dark Times
"It is always good to be back in Rebus’s company, even more so with Rankin slipping in various hints as to his eventual demise..."
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.' ..."
Court Number One
"the scholarship and depth of evidence Grant employs give it substance..."
4.08 out of 5
"The Secret Barrister returns with another well-informed, serious tirade – but does this book overstate the case?..."
The Pink Line
"He approaches this task with bravura, care and deliberation, leaving their diversity and individualism fully intact...."
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..."
"The Silence is a Manhattan dinner party at the end of the world...."
3.79 out of 5
"An entertaining polemic against the tech industry..."
3.33 out of 5
Protest and Power
"Kogan tells this story with admirable even-handedness and plenty of revealing quotation..."
3.25 out of 5
"very readable and hugely damaging..."
"a wry and witty tour of intelligence and where it may take us..."
Jamie Susskind (Barrister, Littleton Chambers)
"The tone of this book is as refreshing as the originality of insight...."
"Wiener’s book convinces and depresses in equal measure...."
Facebook: The Inside Story
"Assembled methodically in this way, the range and repetition of Facebook’s transgressions is almost awe-inspiring..."
A World Without Work
"(a) fascinating and tightly argued book..."
3.47 out of 5
The Creativity Code
Marcus du Sautoy
"By the end of this elegantly conceived book, du Sautoy has subtly but fatally pricked the giant PR bubble of tech ‘AI’..."
3.43 out of 5
Anna Mill, Luke Jones
"it certainly is a wild ride..."
Little Lulu: Working Girl
"With her pithy put-downs and her easy way with half-truths, it’s impossible not to warm to Little Lulu..."
"This funny story of a student’s trip abroad with her new anarchist friend will resonate with anyone who has been a fresher..."
The Year of the Rabbit
"Year of the Rabbit movingly depicts the rising terror of the Khmer Rouge years...."
"Come for the consumer satire; stay for the heartache...."
"Funny, sweet and emotionally true, it doesn’t so much tiptoe on to fraught cultural territory as dance wildly across it..."
On Ajayi Crowther Street
Elnathan John, Alaba Onajin
"this soapy, spiky book is a compelling read..."
"South Korea’s reputation for comic art continues to blossom in this feline tale of feasts and filial duty..."
Jean-Noel Fabiani, Philippe Bercovici
"The idea of a graphic history of medicine seems almost an impertinence right now. ..."
The Big Goodbye
"Sam Wasson offers a compelling account of the origins and making of Polanski’s film..."
"(a) caustic movie memoir from a gnomic genius..."
"(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
"Juicier sex scenes, bloodier violence and racier dialogue being lapped up by cinema goers came to a shuddering end in 1934..."
"reveals her to be a defiant survivor, with an eye for scabrous detail..."
3.78 out of 5
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps
"A redoubtable Scotsman of his time..."
Mr Wilder and Me
"Jonathan Coe’s usual cohort of fans may be bemused by the inconsistent style and tone..."
3.62 out of 5
William J. Mann
"This zigzag opus is hard to follow...."
"what we have here is Julie Andrews as her actual self, with barely a spoonful of sugar along the way..."
3.44 out of 5
The Garden Jungle
"Professor Goulson is the kind of humorous, knowledgeable and bubblingly enthusiastic teacher anyone would want ..."
"radiates a youthful enthusiasm and optimism, a hunger to reconnect with nature even in the midst of a sea of concrete..."
The Well Gardened Mind
" a readable and blessedly comprehensible account..."
3.9 out of 5
The Way Home
"The Way Home, Boyle’s memoir of his first year off-grid, is fascinating...."
The House Party
"Tinniswood’s history of the antics and aspirations of a bygone age. ..."