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Firstborn

Seidler’s storytelling instincts prevail, and he inspires swells of empathy toward the wolves, while keeping real the violence that is a part of their nature.


Bone Gap

It’s a novel about actual changes in worldview, and all its science and myth and realism and magic are marshaled, finally, to answer crucial questions about empathy and difference, and the ways we see the people we love.


Listen, Slowly

“Listen, Slowly” invites readers to see Vietnam from the inside out — and back again.


An Ember in the Ashes

There’s a duality at work in “An Ember in the Ashes”: The novel thrusts its readers into a world marred by violence and oppression, yet does so with simple prose that can offer moments of loveliness in its clarity.


I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

There is no way to read their account without feeling vulnerable to just that stab at sympathy that started their story. It is quite a little miracle of unexpected genuineness.


A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me: Stories and a novella

However eagerly you approach “A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me,” these stories are best read separately and slowly. They have too much in common to be allowed to run together.


Orhan's Inheritance

Her untrammeled wishfulness produces a contrived denouement to an otherwise mesmerizing and historically informed tale, one that stands as a welcome addition to English-language fictional treatments of the Armenian saga.


Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

“Man in Profile” is essentially a documentary analysis of what made Mitchell tick as a writer — and why he suddenly stopped ticking in 1964.


Orson Welles's Last Movie

But as Welles himself so often had to deal in “next bests,” you’re advised to make do with this book, which is quite the worthy place holder and primer in its own way.


Lost Boi

While masterfully rebuilding a well-worn classic into a dazzling, entertaining romp, the author’s skill makes the project look effortless.


Our Land at War

Similarly, Hart-Davis has captured a profoundly moving and pivotal moment in the history of the British landscape.


Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing

There is something admirable about this refusal to trade honesty for a more polished performance – just as she ends up defending singing as a pursuit that has as much value in the satisfaction it gives to us privately, rather than as something needing audience approval.


Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30

Based on interviews with the activists and told in a “you are there” style, in the present tense and with reconstructed dialogue, the book does not make you want to go to jail in Russia.


The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and Its Citrus Fruit

A beautifully written book, infused with the bittersweet scent of citrus fruits and the flavour of Italy.


Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore

With 10,800 miles of coastline to cover, a project like this can never feel “complete”, but Barkham’s powers of selection make this a fascinating read, underpinned with a constant, quiet sense of love and wonder.


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Larson’s approach to history resembles a novelist’s. He paints word-pictures about protagonists, rooms and moods, and propels his narrative forward with dialogue taken from contemporary sources.


Revelations of Divine Love

The Honours by Tim Clare review – sinister societies and a schoolgirl with a shotgun


The Honours

On the evidence of this gorgeously entertaining novel, it would appear he passed the intervening years storing up a considerable quantity of rocket fuel.


The Love Object: Selected Stories

O'Brien's 84 now, and eventually she will be gone. But her stories will linger — not just smoldering, but burning as fiercely as when they first appeared.