Page 5 of our reviews

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

If you’re on the hunt for a crime story that’s going to consume every other thought in your head, wring you out like a wet towel, and then deposit you back in the real world with your nerves fried to…

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Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

In 1784, philosopher Immanuel Kant asked, ‘What is Enlightenment?’ It was, he argued, humankind’s emergence from its submission to the ‘dogmas and formulas’ of religious or political authority. The E…

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The Yark by Bertrand Santini & Laurent Gapaillard

Reviewed by Britt Munro

With his coiled fangs and matted, dripping coat he trundles into children’s bedrooms whilst they are quietly sleeping and gobbles them, raw! But watch out, for the Yark cannot eat naughty children (t…

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The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Erin, 19, goes on a solo journey across the world to live alone in the Alaskan wilderness à la Christopher McCandless, or Henry David Thoreau. Or Jack London. And Bear Grylls is doing it too … In fac…

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Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

Reviewed by Daniella Robertson

When five siblings discover a Psammead – an ancient, wish-granting, sand fairy – they think all their dreams have come true. The delightfully grumpy Psammead has eyes like a snail, ears like a bat an…

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Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

Reviewed by Kelsey Oldham

Originally published in Arabic in 2014, Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. And it does what it says on the packet: it’s about a man-m…

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Look At Me by Mareike Krugel

Reviewed by Tom Davies

Look At Me is Mareike Krügel’s fourth novel, and her first to be translated into English. It opens with Katharina being called in to pick up her daughter, Helli, from school, after Helli suffers from…

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The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

Reviewed by Rose Maurice

Benedict Wells’ novel The End of Loneliness had already sold over 250,000 copies in Germany when it was translated into English. With statistics like that, I was curious and somewhat cautious that th…

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Zélie lives in Orïsha, a mythical version of Nigeria and a kingdom once full of majis – people chosen by the gods to wield the gift of magic. All that remains of that magic now are whispered, impoten…

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Get in your horse-drawn carriage and bunker down in your crumbling countryside home for this one, readers – you’re going to need all the time you can get for reading and contemplating your way throug…

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