• Reasons to be Cheerful 6 Jul 18

    Say goodbye to all those stories of troubled women and unreliable narrators dealing with the dark recesses of human nature. If the age of the female-led thriller isn’t quite over yet – and any... Read More

  • Admire, Be Inspired, and Enjoy 1 Jun 18

    The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most respected and successful literary awards in the world. It celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women and is open to any novel... Read More

  • Where the Heart Is 4 May 18

    What makes a good home? One of Jo Swinney’s favourite anecdotes on the subject is a self-deprecating joke told by TV comedian Russell Howard. Describing the dingy basement flat that was all he could... Read More

  • 'Never Greener' Review 11 Apr 18

    Is it possible to be in love with two people at the same time? That's the question Ruth asks in this novel that unravels the gut-wrenching intricacies of romantic relationships, and the foibles of... Read More

  • Frankenstein's Legacy 23 Mar 18

    The title is a byword for monster, the author was a teenage girl with little formal education, and the story covers science, mythology, philosophy and poetry. I’m talking about Frankenstein, Mary... Read More

  • Costa Book Awards 2017/18 29 Dec 17

    The Costa Book Awards are one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prize schemes, with a remit to recognise some of the most enjoyable books of the year. Launched as the Whitbread... Read More

  • Book Review: Home is Nearby 30 Nov 17

    Lured by an art scholarship, a young Polish woman named Ania leaves behind village life, and the father she adores, in order to move to the university city of Wroclaw. Here she meets a group of... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: 4 3 2 1 13 Sep 17

    When my colleague and I were dividing up this year’s Man Booker long list for reading and reviewing purposes, I rather wondered whether I’d drawn the short straw with Paul Auster’s ‘4 3 2... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Ministry of Utmost Happiness 13 Sep 17

    Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize with her first novel, ‘The God of Small Things’, she’s back on the shortlist with only her second. In the intervening two decades she has... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Reservoir 13 13 Sep 17

    ‘They gathered at the car park in the hour before dawn and waited to be told what to do. It was cold and there was little conversation. There were questions that weren't being asked. The missing... Read More

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