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Book Review: 8 January
OUT NOW Gothic Tourism by Emma McEvoy (Palgrave Macmillan, £60; offer price, £55) From the London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds to Alton Towers and Alnwick Castle, this is a darkly fascinating spin round the strange appeal of gothic tourism – visiting...
Book Review: 12 February
OUT NOW Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock Of The Modern by Francine Prose (Harvard University Press, £16.99; offer price, £14.99) Flamboyant, manipulative and eccentric, Peggy Guggenheim was one of the most colourful personalities of the 20th-century art...
Book reviews: 23 March
OUT NOW THE TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS OF LES DAWSON Louis Barfe (Atlantic, £19.99), 304pp A man with a face like a scrunched-up wash-leather and a near-spherical physique was a mainstay of British TV comedy for almost three decades. Les Dawson's appeal...
Book reviews: 20 April
OUT NOW DISTRICT NURSE Patricia Jordan (Orion, £6.99), 224pp The BBC One series Call The Midwife became the most popular drama since 2001. Like Jennifer Worth, on whose memoirs Call The Midwife was based, Patricia Jordan was a midwife in the 1950s. She...
Book Reviews: 25 May
OUT NOW THE CHEMISTRY OF TEARS by Peter Carey (Faber and Faber, £17.99) When Matthew, Catherine Gehrig's lover of 13 years, unexpectedly dies, her world collapses. But her grief is all the more challenging as she must remain silent. Not only was...
Book reviews: 26 October
OUT NOW ARTHUR MILLER: 1962-2005 by Christopher Bigsby (Phoenix, £9.99) Christopher Bigsby is a world renowned authority on playwright Arthur Miller and American literature. Volume one of this very readable and definitive biography, already published,...
Book Reviews: 8 February
OUT NOW THE VOYAGE by Murray Bail (MacLehose Press, £12) Bail is an accomplished and inventive, prize-winning prose stylist with an impressive series of novels and short stories already to his credit. He attempts something quite new here, in this...
Book reviews: 6 April
OUT NOW ALYS, ALWAYS Harriet Lane (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.99), 224pp It's not often that you pick up a first novel with an unpromising title and a somewhat gloomy cover by a female writer you've never really heard of and, six hours later, put it...
Book reviews: 24 August
OUT NOW THE DAYLIGHT GATE by Jeanette Winterson (Hammer, £9.99) Jeanette Winterson and Hammer Horror is an unexpected literary double act; it's a bit like hearing Jane Austen is having a crack at updating the Rutshire Chronicles. Winterson's first...
Book Reviews: 6 January
OUT NOW School of Velocity by Beck Rubin (One, £12.99) Set in 1960s Holland, cultural historian Rubin’s Taut debut novel is an insightful look at the attraction of opposites and how time affects relationships. At its centre is the friendship between...
Book Reviews: 31 March
OUT NOW CROMWELL: The Protector by David Horspool (Allen Lane, £12.99) When Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660, the Restoration settlement was the legal, national amnesia that forgot all and forgave all (except regicides) for everything that...
The Daily: 16 August
The town of Totnes goes into battle with Costa In the idyllic town of Totnes, Devon, local residents are rebelling against the installation of a Costa Coffee branch being opened in the area. Campaigning with a simple sign that reads 'Adios Costa!' the...
Book Reviews: 22 May
OUT NOW SHOES FOR ANTHONY by Emma Kennedy (Ebury Press, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) When the Second World War arrives at a placid Welsh mining village, the locals rise to the occasion magnificently. At first the area remains relatively distant from...
Book Reviews: 14 August
OUT NOW Moving by Jenny Eclair (Sphere, £13.99; offer price, £12.49) Edwina is selling her London family home, which holds a whirl of memories as well as clanking skeletons in the cupboard. Her own recollections include her two marriages, the shaky...
Book Reviews: 21 August
OUT NOW A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler (Picador, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) Can a whole life be compressed into 150 pages? In the case of this German bestseller, yes. Andreas Egger is an orphan raised by his farmer uncle in the Austrian Alps. The...
Book Reviews: 28 August
OUT NOW The Crossing by Andrew Miller (Sceptre, £18.99; offer price, £14.99) Maud, the protagonist of Miller’s visceral and exquisitely written novel, likens herself to plain water – and few characters are so neutrally, impassively masterful. In her...
Book reviews: 1 April
OUT NOW SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND by Edward Wilson-Lee (William Collins, £20; offer price, £17) This year is the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, and his achievements are being celebrated on a global scale. I thought nothing could surprise me...
Book reviews: 22 April
OUT NOW A CABINET OF PHILOSOPHICAL CURIOSITIES by Roy Sorensen (Profile Books, £14.99; offer price, £12.99) As the title suggests this is a dizzying, surprising and amusing compendium of fascinating and odd examples of logic that can be found outside...
Book Review: 3 June
OUT NOW The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver (The Borough Press, £16.99; offer price, £14.99 Shriver’s ambitious, scary new novel is set in America in the near future – a future in which the once-mighty US is facing financial meltdown,...
Book Reviews: 30 September
OUT NOW CARTE POSTALES FROM GREECE by Victoria Hislop (Headline Review, £19.99) A young wavering Londoner is mistakenly sent several smudged postcards from Greece, along with a notebook containing stories that convey the country in all its vibrancy,...

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