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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

Davis’s reads more like a collection of essays organized around a series of engaging biographical miniatures and closely linked themes.

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart

This is a highly original story, well told, that should be a contender for crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014.

The Sixth Extinction

Taking readers on a whirlwind tour across continents and eons, Kolbert’s destination is the front line of biological upheaval.

The Bear: A Novel

The Bear reminded me that listening to a kindergartner for sustained periods of time can be, to put it in the least curmudgeonly way possible, a numbing experience

The Ghost Runner: A Makana Mystery

In THE GHOST RUNNER Bilal writes memorable descriptions of the city and its street life alongside the contrasting life of the oasis town and the desert itself but if I have placed too much emphasis on this book as a glorified travelogue, I apologise.

Want Not

Reading Want Not, one gets the sense that no matter what subject Jonathan Miles decides to tackle, the results will be well worth reading.

All Joy and No Fun

The underbelly of parenting that All Joy and No Fun addresses is not always a barrel of fun to acknowledge, but the findings of this unique parenting book are, in the end, joyful.

Silence Once Begun: A Novel

This is a book for readers in the mood for an existential inquiry along the lines of Sartre’s Huis Clos or W.G. Sebald’s Rings of Saturn, rather than for mystery-lovers seeking a traditional page turning who-done-it.

Orfeo: A Novel

Orfeo is a tour de force and a delight. Powers delivers a literary high-wire act that leads to a culmination both intellectually and emotionally satisfying.


This is a world I would never want to live in, but I am so glad that I stuck with it to see how Ember and Chase adventure ended.


It’s a concentrated, slick narrative, an affecting, profoundly lonely story that’ll have you looking over your shoulder for days.

The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us is a fast paced, character driven romance where the characters shine through the narrative and straight into your heart.

Such a Rush

Such a Rush made me laugh, cry and shout in outrage. Every time I read one of her books I feel as if I’ve left a piece of my heart with the characters.

Thirty Girls

Minot shows her readers that war zones cannot be contained within one country, or one region. When cruelty and violence reign, we are all at risk.

The UnAmericans: Stories

They'll make you nostalgic, not just for earlier times, but for another era in short fiction. A time when writers such as Bernard Malamud, and Issac Bashevis Singer and Grace Paley roamed the earth.

Wake: A Novel

Post-War Britain is brilliantly shown in terms of class divide, in societal changes, the different ways that people have found to cope (or not) with the aftermath of the War.

Perfect Lies

Perfect Lies is a decent sequel that stays true to its characters. Unfortunately, the answers that occur are somewhat disappointing.

The Swan Gondola: A Novel

The Swan Gondola is a gorgeous, intimate look at the seedier side of life in Omaha at the turn of the century.

I Shall Be Near to You: A Novel

"I Shall Be Near To You" is based on factual events, and is full of vibrancy and emotion. It is definitely a must read! Buy it for your mothers, wives, or daughters!

The Sixth Extinction

We need new big stories. Is it too much to ask that we should alter Earth with compassion for the other creatures with whom we share it, and in celebration of their endless forms?