Chatto & Windus

The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes Who Created the Oxford English Dictionary

By Sarah Ogilvie - Published 2023



While browsing the Oxford University Press archives, academic Sarah Ogilvie came across the hitherto unknown black notebook of James Murray. Murray was the ...Read Review

Absolutely and Forever

By Rose Tremain - Published 2023


England in the late 1950s and early ´60s. Marianne Clifford comes from a comfortable, complacent middle-class background. Public-school educated, her life is shaped ...Read Review

The Bookbinder of Jericho (UK) / The Bookbinder (US)

By Pip Williams - Published 2023


Oxford 1914, and Peggy Jones’ job involves folding folios of paper and making up volumes in the Clarendon Press bindery in Oxford. She is ...Read Review

A History of Burning

By Janika Oza - Published 2023



The history of Indians who lived in East Africa may be little known, but there are still many alive today who were sent ...Read Review

The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes: Secrets from a Victorian Woman’s Wardrobe

By Kate Strasdin - Published 2023



1838, and in Tyldesley, Lancashire, a man carefully pastes fabric cuttings into a scrapbook.  In slanting copperplate, he records: This is the dress my ...Read Review

The New Life

By Tom Crewe - Published 2023



London in the final decade of the 19th century. In his debut novel, Tom Crewe focuses on the restrictions and judgments of late ...Read Review

French Braid

By Anne Tyler - Published 2022



Anne Tyler knows families: the ebb and flow of relationships across decades, the strengths and foibles of individual members, and the ties connecting ...Read Review

Lily: A Tale of Revenge

By Rose Tremain - Published 2021


Born in 1850, Lily Mortimer is found as a just-delivered baby and is taken to Coram’s Foundling Hospital children’s home by a ...Read Review

Islands of Mercy

By Rose Tremain - Published 2020


Bath, 1865 – Clorinda Morrissey, aged 38 and a spinster, has left her home of Dublin to try her fortune in England. After unfulfilling and tedious ...Read Review


By Bethan Roberts - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

From the moment she first holds him, after his twin brother is stillborn, Gladys Presley loves her son ferociously. This is a love ...Read Review

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