The Book of Science and Antiquities

By Thomas Keneally - Published 2019



Award-winning documentary filmmaker Shelby Apple is approaching the end of his days after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2015. As he contemplates his ...Read Review

The Valentine House

By Emma Henderson - Published 2018



The Valentine house, a wooden chalet overlooking the valley of Hext in the French Alps, is given the Greek name “Arete” (meaning excellence ...Read Review

Madness Is Better than Defeat

By Ned Beauman - Published 2018


This book opens in 1938 Manhattan, where a wrestler struggles with an octopus in a water-filled tank. From there we quickly move on to ...Read Review

Walking Wounded

By Sheila Llewellyn - Published 2018


This is a shocking book, and I hope you will read it and be suitably shocked. It is set in a military psychiatric ...Read Review

The Brittle Star

By Davina Langdale - Published 2017



This is a dazzling debut about a young man in 1860s California. John Evert Burn is 16 when his ranch is attacked, his mother ...Read Review

The Fatal Tree

By Jake Arnott - Published 2017



London, the 1720s. The underworld here is known as ‘Romeville’, while the scaffold at Tyburn is ‘The Fatal Tree’. This is the story ...Read Review

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was

By Sjón - By Victoria Cribb (trans.) - Published 2017



This is a very short book, short even for a novella, translated from the Icelandic and set during the 1918 influenza epidemic in Reykjavik. ...Read Review

The Fortunes

By Peter Ho Davies - Published 2016



This four-part literary blend of fact and fiction powerfully lays out the Chinese-American experience. In the 1860s, Ah Ling, son of a “ghost” (...Read Review

Napoleon’s Last Island

By Thomas Keneally - Published 2015Published 2016


Biographical FictionLiterary

The story of Napoleon’s last years on Saint Helena is more legend than history to anyone who has studied history from an ...Read Review

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

By Chris Cleave - Published 2016


This is a serious book about serious themes in serious times, written in a tragicomic style which easily lapses into facetiousness. It took ...Read Review

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