Page 3 of our reviews

Eating With My Mouth Open by Sam van Zweden

Sam van Zweden’s debut book, Eating with My Mouth Open, is a collection of essays that dismantle the ideas and expectations around weight and well-being through the lens of food writing. Her story wi…

Read more ›

A Net For Small Fishes by Lucy Jago

Last year’s big historical fiction release was Hilary Mantel’s hefty conclusion to her brilliant Tudor-era trilogy The Mirror and the Light. This year’s could well be historian Lucy Jago’s A Net for

Read more ›

The Imitator by Rebecca Starford

In writing this review I simply can’t ignore the fact that 2021 will mark the 70th anniversary of the defections of Soviet agents Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean across the Iron Curtain. Both were hig…

Read more ›

Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler

I know it takes years for a book to be written, edited and printed, but Lauren Oyler’s debut novel Fake Accounts feels so immediate that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t written last week and just beam…

Read more ›

We Are Who We Are

Luca Guadagnino is a master at depicting big feelings. In his most celebrated films, I Am Love (2009), A Bigger Splash (2015), and Call Me by Your Name (2017), he travels deep inside the emotional la…

Read more ›

O by Steven Carroll

Almost 70 years ago, a slim little book was published by a small French publishing house, sans publicity or fanfare, its author a previously unheard-of woman by the name of Pauline Réage. The Story o

Read more ›

A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

It’s wonderful to start the year reading a novel that’s tender, well-written and hard to put down. This book is set in rural Toronto in 1972, and the landscape and weather affect the mood of the stor…

Read more ›

Serenades: Tchaikovsky, Elgar & Mozart by Daniel Hope & Zürcher Kammerorchester

‘I’m inclined to knock music’, my colleague Phil wryly jokes at the mention of Mozart’s oft-performed serenade Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Overdone though it may be, in the hands of the right musicians w…

Read more ›

Literary Lion Tamers by Craig Munro

Everyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with publishing, and I frequently read books about books, so I was thrilled to see Literary Lion Tamers published. Craig Munro has had an impressive career – …

Read more ›

The Beach Caves by Trevor Shearston

Annette Cooley and Sue Klima met in their first prehistory tutorial. Quickly realising they were as ambitious as each other, they chose friendship over competition. Now it’s 1970 and the pair are in …

Read more ›