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Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class

Timberg knows he can’t make a whole book out of bemoaning the crummy hand these people were dealt, but he gets into trouble when he tries to advance the argument.


Endangered

Box consistently combines plot and character development with near-poetic setting descriptions to present what is one of the best ongoing series in any genre. Endangered is the latest example of this.


I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son

As much a memoir as an essay collection, Timid Son is a surprising, beautiful book, at once tough and tender, hilarious and dark, and above all, deeply original.


B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

Hallman's book, while filled with clever observations that compare reading to sex (both, he claims, even better outdoors or the second time around), curiously glosses over some of Baker's most striking characteristics as a writer — his extraordinary vocabulary, verbal felicity, and wit.


Shadow Scale

Ultimately Shadow Scale is about the painful truth that sometimes you don't get to keep everything you love; things have to change. And sometimes, the change itself has to be enough.


The Discreet Hero

Let me say just a little indiscreetly this big book about ordinary people living out big modern themes is the best new novel I've read in quite a while.


Girl in the Dark: A Memoir

Her prose is disorienting and dreamy, a nonlinear string of impressions that tries to capture what it feels like to live in the dark, where her personhood, her presence as a body, is always in question.


H is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk is a wonder both of nature and of meditative writing; the flat truism that we all handle grief and loss in our different ways has never been given such raw and fierce form.


Persona

Persona is a tense, wonderfully satisfying tightrope walk of a novel, that will make sure you never look at red carpets the same way again.


A Little Life: A Novel

It is truly remarkable how someone can have this much talent after only two books.


The Glass Sentence

The Glass Sentence has a fascinating premise with an intricate and ambitious world-building around it.


Fiercombe Manor

It is the kind of book you will clutch to your chest, and breath a heavy sigh of satisfaction when the last page is read. One of my favourite books, for sure!


The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School

The Old Boys is a worthy effort, but I could have done with less editorialising and more history.


Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind

This book has changed my own life in a small but significant way.


The Lion Wakes: A Modern History of HSBC

This is an exhaustive and somewhat exhausting account of HSBC’s emergence on the international stage after the 70s, when it began looking beyond its colonial roots in Asia.


Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, The Sleep You're Missing, The Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You Crazy

Moody Bitches is certainly a case of a reader taking what they need and leaving the rest, but with chapter titles such as “You. Need. Downtime.” it will have no problem finding its overwrought audience.


H is for Hawk

It’s a book to give as a gift, to anyone you know well enough to send sifting through old bones, shattered hearts and mutilated pheasants, in search of grace.


The Last Flight of Poxl West

Daniel Torday is a writer, one with real talent and heart. He need not require such validation from the establishment to confirm his impressiveness.


The Tell-Tale Heart

With a title borrowed, inexplicably, from Poe’s best-known short story, Dawson’s novel can feel patched together. But despite its artificial aspects, it manages to pose some genuine questions about what it means to be fully human.


I Am Radar: A Novel

“I Am Radar” is as easy to enjoy for its swaggering tragicomic spirit as it is to admire for its celestial ambition.