• Love, Loss and the Big Picture 24 Feb 17

    There can’t be many people who have never googled the meaning of their first name but novelist Dinah Jefferies is one. The best-selling author of romantic, sometimes bitter sweet, novels set in... Read More

  • How To Talk So That Everyone Listens 27 Jan 17

    From its first words, Shtum plunges the reader into a perfect storm of intolerable circumstances: a doubly incontinent ten-year-old, non-verbal and frequently violent; parents at the end of their... Read More

  • Dark, Damaged… And definitely In Demand 13 Jan 17

    Browse any bookshop these days, and you’ll be struck by the number of novels about damaged, dark or dangerous women. You can spot them a mile off, with their tell-tale shadowy covers flagging up... Read More

  • Books To Enjoy… Rather Than Admire 30 Dec 16

    The idea of being given fifty novels and instructed to read and critique them by a certain date is both exhilarating and appalling. How could you discriminate intelligently? How would you remember... Read More

  • Late Additions To The Literary Ball 30 Sep 16

    JOHN SIMPSON Saturday 15 October: 7.30pm The Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood Event book vouchers £12; book £15 on the night (RRP £25) All over the world, where fault-lines seethe into... Read More

  • ManBooker 2016: the reviews

    Check out our reviews of the entire Longlist here (a marathon summer of reading has finally drawn to a close) – we've flagged the Shortlisted books to make it easy for you to keep track of the... Read More

  • Coastal Calling 16 Sep 16

    LB: Firstly, congratulations on being Longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker prize. How did you feel when you you found out and how has this impacted on your life and career so far? WM: Thank... Read More

  • The Booker's Dozen 19 Aug 16

    THE SELLOUT, Paul Beatty A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s ‘The Sellout’ showcases a comic genius... Read More

  • A Lifelong Friendship 27 Feb 16

    When I was younger, I could never decide which March sister I wanted to be. The third of four daughters, it’s perhaps no surprise that I adored the quartet from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women... Read More

  • Reading The Future 17 Jul 15

    “The majority of people have decided they don’t want to shop in shops, only on the internet,” explained Stephen Poulter, proprietor of Books@Hoddeson, when I asked about the May closure of his... Read More

Find Your Local