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Book Reviews: 8 August
OUT NOW A BAD CHARACTER by Deepti Kapoor (Jonathan Cape, £14.99; offer price, £13.49) The turn of the millennium in Delhi provides the perfect setting for this fractured, fragmented and beautiful first novel. Suddenly propelled into boom times, the...
Book Reviews: 2 May
OUT NOW FAMILY LIFE by Akhil Sharma (Faber & Faber, £14.99; offer price, £12.49) Sharma’s largely autobiographical novel explores childhood experiences of emigration from India to America in the 1970s. Young Ajay Mishra, his parents and brother,...
Book Reviews: 25 April
OUT NOW THE QUICK by Lauren Owen (Jonathan Cape, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) ‘There were owls in the nursery’ is an irresistible opening line: a whispered promise of gentle mysteries. In the first few chapters, Owen recreates the familiar world of the...
Book Reviews: 28 February
OUT NOW LOVE LETTERS: 2000 YEARS OF ROMANCE, edited by Andrea Clarke (The British Library, £12.95; offer price, £11.65) A handwritten love letter is a rare luxury today. Drawing on The British Library’s archives, Clarke’s selection ranges from...
Book Reviews: 21 February
OUT NOW THE FOLLOWING GIRLS by Louise Levene (Bloomsbury Circus, £16.99; offer price, £13.99) Levene’s new novel has all the authenticity of a memoir, with her seemless knack for drawing characters that fully inhabit their historical setting. This is...
Book Reviews: 31 January
OUT NOW FLAPPERS by Pamela Horn (Amberley, £9.99; offer price, £12.34) Last year’s release of a new Great Gatsby film adaptation, coupled with the success of Downton Abbey on the small screen, has seen a rise in popularity for all things 1920s. But...
Book Reviews: 13 September
OUT NOW RESISTANCE: Jews And Christians Who Defied The Nazi Terror by Nechama Tec (Oxford University Press, £17.99; offer price, £14.99) Holocaust scholar Nechama Tec attempts to shatter the myth surrounding Jewish passivity in the face of Nazi...
Book Reviews: 6 September
OUT NOW THE JACKAL’S SHARE by Chris Morgan Jones (Mantle, £16.99; offer price, £14.99) This is a good oldfashioned thriller. Ben Webster works for a private investigative firm. He is approached by a sinister lawyer working for a mystery client, whose...
Book Reviews: 5 July
OUT NOW CLEVER GIRL by Tessa Hadley (Jonathan Cape, £16.99; offer price £13.99) Tessa Hadley is a writer of witty, sensual and psychologically penetrating stories and novels that chart the entangled byways of everyday existence. This, Hadley’s fifth...
Book Reviews: 14 June
OUT NOW RED NILE: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST RIVER by Robert Twigger (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £25; offer price, £20) Frequently the source of material for pub-quiz question masters, the Nile’s own source has always been mysterious – in the...
Book Reviews: 17 May
OUT NOW BURNT ISLAND by Alice Thompson (Salt Publishing, £8.99; offer price, £8.54) Alice Thompson’s sixth novel tells the eerie story of an author who ends up on a strange island full of secrets. Having won a writing fellowship on Burnt Island, Max...
Book Reviews: 22 March
OUT NOW HIS DARK LADY by Victoria Lamb (Bantam Press, £14.99; offer price, £13.99) There is a long tradition of wondering about the identity of the enigmatic ‘dark lady’ of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Here she becomes Lucy Morgan, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s...
Book Reviews: 15 February
OUT NOW ILLUMINATION by Matthew Plampin (Harper Fiction, £14.99) The strength of this book lies in large part in the exactitude of the historical details and the successful conjuring up of the seething atmosphere of the siege of Paris in 1870....
Book Reviews: 4 January
OUT NOW WINTER by Adam Gopnik (Quercus, £18.99) Winter begins with a snowstorm – on 12 November 1968, in Canada, when the author, Adam Gopnik, was a small boy. He stood at a window and watched the snow falling ‘so it first italicised the plants and...
Book reviews: 30 November
OUT NOW THROUGH THE WINDOW: SEVENTEEN ESSAYS (AND ONE SHORT STORY) by Julian Barnes (Vintage, £10.99) Essays by writers about other writers often tell us about their influences and adversaries; here one can see which writers Barnes loves and admires....
Book reviews: 12 October
OUT NOW RENEGADE by Robyn Young (Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99) A gripping new historical novel from the author of Brethren – Renegade is the second novel in Robyn Young's Insurrection trilogy and tells the story of Robert Bruce. Carefully researched and...
Book Reviews: 3 August
OUT NOW MO SAID SHE WAS QUIRKY by James Kelman (Penguin, £14.99) Doctors used to say that sickly children 'failed to thrive'. In this downbeat novel on life in a hostile London, James Kelman gives us Helen, a lone parent with a sixyear- old daughter,...
Book reviews: 20 July
OUT NOW THE NEW REPUBLIC by Lionel Shriver (HarperCollins, £14.99) Edgar Kellogg is a fat, unconfident lawyer looking for a career change who decides to try his hand at journalism. He is posted to Barba, a fictional peninsula off the edge of Portugal,...
Book Reviews: 8 June
OUT NOW BBC SPRINGWATCH BRITISH WILDLIFE The Springwatch Team (Collins, £20) Accompanying book to BBC's Springwatch that fills in the background information busy programme presenters don't necessarily have time for. In five self-explanatory parts...
Book Reviews: 19 April
OUT NOW IN DIAMOND SQUARE by Merce Rodoreda (Virago, £14.99; offer price, £13.49) Translated from Catalan by Peter Bush, this traces the vicissitudes of a young woman’s life in the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War. Although the ravages of warfare...

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