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  • Churchill so doted on his son Randolph that he turned into a brat who once urinated on Lloyd George
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Josh Ireland has penned a book exploring how the relationship Randolph had with his father Winston Churchill shaped his entire life. Author reveals Churchill lavished his son with love and attention.

  • Jessie Ware shares touching life stories in a charming new memoir
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Jessie Ware, who lives in South London, is a singer-songwriter whose latest album reached number 3. She shares stories from her life in a charming and funny new memoir.

  • Writers of the early 20th Century who found solace in the South of France 
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Julia Carter has created a book of essays featuring six great writers and artists of the early 20th century. Each of them came to the South of France carrying shadows from their pasts that ran into the present.

  • Britain’s go-to gardener for royals and the REALLY rich
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Tim Richardson has penned a book about Britain’s leading garden designer. Tom Stuart-Smith has designed gardens all over the world including the gardens at Windsor Castle.

  • MUST READS 
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Norah FitzMaurice is approached by a PhD student who wants to write a thesis about her mother

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    ‘Marilyn was a photographer’s dream subject with her clothes on – and even more stunning with them off.’

  • CLASSIC CRIME 
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    When a young American disappears in Bologna, his parents turn to Daniel Leicester, an English private detective

  • DEBUTS 
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Nella is the only black girl working in the editorial department of Wagner Books where she hasn’t experienced much racism, just ‘microagressions’.

  • WHAT BOOK would comedian and author Alan Davies take to a desert island? 
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Alan Davies is currently reading a paperback version of 10:04 by Ben Lerner. The comedian and author would take Hilary Mantel’s Tudor novels to a desert island.

  • CONTEMPORARY  
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    This is the first novel from the author of the 2019 non-fiction smash hit Three Women

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on June 17, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Willy Vlautin’s new novel is set in his home town of Portland, Oregon,

  • PICTURE THIS
    on June 14, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    It took award-winning photographer Marsel van Oosten 15 years to compile this collection of his wildlife photography – and it shows: every image is a gem.

  • MUST READS 
    on June 11, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    As a young schoolteacher, Marion Crawford had intended to work with disadvantaged children

  • Our demand for £4 chickens and milk at 40p a pint is driving small farmers to despair and ruin 
    on June 10, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Bella Bathurst who lives in a cottage on 180-acre Rise Farm in Wales, has penned a book about farmers. Author says she has ‘never met a group of people who worked harder’ than farmers.

  • Author reveals common questions asked in job interviews
    on June 10, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    William Poundstone has penned an intriguing book about the most common questions asked in job interviews. Author reveals Elon Musk doesn’t require academic qualifications for his companies.

  • WHAT BOOK would author Victoria Hislop take to a desert island? 
    on June 10, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Victoria Hislop is currently reading Klara And The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. The author would take War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy to a desert island.

  • CRIME 
    on June 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    The difficult Detective Sergeant Washington Poe and his socially awkward computer expert Tilly Bradshaw have become one of the most engaging teams in crime fiction.

  • POPULAR 
    on June 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Lottie is in Rome to start a new job at an historical archive, but the current postholder is slow to leave.

  • HISTORICAL 
    on June 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Stacey Halls’s novel is full of secrets, deceptions and troubled family histories, with the brooding, blasted landscape of West Yorkshire as the perfect backdrop

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on June 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Allan’s new novel, set on a Scottish island, is an off-kilter mystery centred on an apparently open-and-shut case involving the murder of 15-year-old Shirley

  • The cross dressing Communist lesbian, her closet gay ex-husband … and a love story like no other 
    on June 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    In a fascinating biography, Frances Bingham gives a detailed account of Valentine Ackland’s life. She had a catastrophic marriage before her 38-year love affair with poet Sylvia Townsend Warner.

  • Fourteen years before the South Pole was conquered, a Belgian ship set off for the end of the Earth
    on June 4, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Julian Sancton has penned an epic book about Adrien de Gerlache’s expedition in 1897. The sailor from Belgium took a crew of just 24 on his voyage to winter in the Antarctic.

  • Remembering the wood old days! Author says we need ‘small-scale circular economies’
    on June 4, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Roland Ennos has written a portrait of our debt to the trees. He says we live dependent on stretched supply chains but need to return to ‘small-scale circular economies, with timber as a key material.

  • Playwright David Storey memoirs reveal the trauma of a man: Too clever to be happy
    on June 4, 2021 at 8:34 am

    David Storey, born in 1933, from Wakefield, was best known for This Sporting Life. Memoirs edited by his family reveal he was a man filled with self-disgust and guilt about being clever.

  • Anya Hindmarch reveals her top tips for business and happiness in a fascinating memoir
    on June 3, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Anya Hindmarch, 52, shares advice for running a successful business and being happy in a memoir. English fashion designer reveals each of her projects have involved a cycle of emotion.

  • WHAT BOOK would Hilary McKay take to a desert island? 
    on June 3, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Hilary McKay is currently reading a new children’s book from Kiran Millwood Hargrave, called Julia And The Shark. The author would take The Tailor Of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter to a desert island.

  • MUST READS 
    on June 3, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    ‘Incredibly, only one person has died in pursuit of the Purple Emperor in Britain,’ writes the naturalist and poet Matthew Oates in his exuberant natural history.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on June 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    ‘One can easily expire bothering about moths & cleanliness & cabbages,’ wrote Barbara Hepworth.

  • SCI-FI & FANTASY 
    on June 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    In his new blockbuster, Andy ‘The Martian’ Weir has only gone and put another slightly nerdy hero in a dire predicament.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on June 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Set in the late 2000s, Thomson’s latest is a panacea for those pining for the Iberian peninsula

  • CHILLERS 
    on June 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Fans of phenomenally successful The Silent Patient will have to prepare themselves for a change of gear with the author’s latest offering.

  • RETRO READS 
    on June 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Berlin 1938. A respected, successful, German Jew, Otto Silbermann, hears a fearful crashing at his door.

  • Juicy tales of the world’s smelliest fruit!
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Kate Lebo from the U.S, has penned a new book about difficult to grow and challenging to cook fruits.The poet reveals her husband once had to beg her to throw away a smelly durian fruit.

  • Richard Browning was determined to reach for the stars now he’s flying high with billionaire backing
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Richard Browning, the British inventor of a ‘jet suit’ was always determined to fly. Despite crashes and burns, he’s now flying high with billionaire backing.

  • The little bird with very large songbook: A delightful miscellany of nightingale fact and fiction
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:48 am

    In the silence of lockdown, many Brits will have enjoyed their first encounter with what folk singer Sam Lee describes as the little bird’s ‘language of enchantment’.

  • Abducted from school by terrorists, their kidnap made headlines: why haven’t they been rescued?
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw who are Pulitzer nominated American Wall Street Journal reporters, have penned a book about the kidnapping of 276 girls in Nigeria, taken by Boko Haram in 2014.

  • Psychology professor explores the workings of the human mind in a fascinating new tome 
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:21 am

    John Paul Minda has penned a wide-ranging book on the workings of the mind. The author uses the case of an epileptic named Henry Molaison to illustrate the importance of memory.

  • Some wild creatures were too tasty to survive, but the result is a real feast 
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:17 am

    In a new nature book, Michael Blencowe investigates 11 species that have gone extinct. Among the creatures is the great auk. The last of the birds in North America were eaten by sailors.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Ten years in the writing, this mighty slab of a novel concludes David Peace’s Tokyo trilogy and centres on the still unexplained death of President Shimoyama

  • CHILDREN’S 
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:12 am

    This companion piece to McKay’s superb, Costa award-winning The Skylarks’ War moves the Penrose family on a generation to the 1930s

  • THRILLERS 
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:09 am

    This striking debut, from a former worker in prisons rehabilitating violent offenders, reeks with authenticity.

  • POPULAR 
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:05 am

    I’ve loved the Seven Sisters from the get-go and this latest in the series is just as great as the rest.

  • MUST READS 
    on May 28, 2021 at 10:01 am

    ‘I always wanted love,’ is the poignant final sentence of André Leon Talley’s memoir.

  • Author who has been foraging since his early 20s shares the joy of dining on wild foods
    on May 28, 2021 at 9:58 am

    David Hamilton has penned a book about the popular vegan trend of foraging, as he claims wherever you are in the UK is just a short walk away from a source of wild food.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on May 27, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Sergei Polunin, ‘the bad boy of ballet’, became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer aged just 20 but, two years later, in a move which shocked the dance world, he quit.

  • WHAT BOOK would author Ben Macintyre take to a desert island? 
    on May 27, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Ben Macintyre is currently reading the first volume of the diaries of Henry ‘Chips’ Channon (1918-1938). The author would take the collected works of P.G. Wodehouse to a desert island.

  • WHAT BOOK would poet and novelist Sophie Hannah take to a desert island?
    on May 20, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Sophie Hannah is currently reading The Maidens by Alex Michaelides. The novelist and poet said she would take Collected Poems by C.H. Sisson to a desert island.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on May 20, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    During World War II, colour photography, due to its expense, was largely reserved for official photographers working for the Armed Forces.

  • David ‘Mr Banks’ Tomlinson took his medicine, landed a part in Mary Poppins – and made a fortune 
    on May 20, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Nathan Morley has penned a new biography about English actor David Tomlinson who was best known for starring in Disney films Mary Poppins and Bedknobs And Broomsticks.

  • MUST READS
    on May 20, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Richard Osman’s delightful debut is warm-hearted and funny, with captivating characters and enough twists to keep you guessing until the final page.

  • CLASSIC CRIME 
    on May 20, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Len Deighton’s spy thrillers from the 1960s have entered the ranks of Penguin Modern Classics

  • QUICK READS 
    on May 20, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    This year is the 15th anniversary of the Quick Reads literacy initiative which targets the nearly nine million people in this country who find reading difficult

  • CONTEMPORARY
    on May 20, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    This beautifully written debut often takes off on weird, unexpected tangents but becomes even more emotionally intelligent and thought-provoking in the process

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on May 20, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Freud’s heartbreaking novel centres on the agony of a young Irishwoman who finds herself pregnant and unmarried in London in 1960

  • The reason Alfred Hitchcock knew how to terrify was that he himself was scared of almost EVERYTHING
    on May 17, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Alfred Hitchcock was born in 1899 above the family grocery shop in Leytonstone. In a new biography, Edward White explores the influences behind the director’s 53 films.

  • Was Bard’s patriot Prince really a butcher’s boy? Author examines John of Gaunt’s life
    on May 14, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Helen Carr has penned an absorbing new biography about John of Gaunt who was the son of king Edward III. Born in 1340 in Ghent, he was one of the most important figures in medieval Europe.

  • The water vole are as vicious as they are cunning. They’re also in danger of vanishing for ever
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Tom Moorhouse who is a researcher at Oxford University’s zoology department, has penned a book about voles. The creature was the model for sensible, kindly Ratty of Wind In The Willows.

  • WHAT BOOK would journalist and novelist Tom Bradby take to a desert island? 
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Tom Bradby is currently reading True Crime Story by Joseph Knox. The novelist and journalist would take Len Deighton Game, Set & Match trilogy to a desert island.

  • Woman who spent three years working in the world’s most famous Army regiment
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Monica Lavers who spent three years working in the world’s most famous Army regiment, has penned a book about her experience. She was one of just a few women in the SAS.

  • MUST READS 
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Two women meet on a train to Cornwall. Both are embroiled in bitter divorces, but their circumstances are starkly different

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    The National Portrait Gallery – along with the Duchess of Cambridge – asked the public to send in photographs illustrating their pandemic experience.

  • HISTORICAL  
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Elizabeth Macneal’s wonderful second novel glitters and gleams with the grimy glories of a travelling circus

  • CRIME 
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    On the edge of the fading English seaside town of Ilmarsh, local police detective Alec Nichols stumbles upon the heads of 16 horses buried in a field

  • DEBUTS 
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Fifteen years old, in care and pregnant, Bess has three options. To have and keep the baby; to have it and give it up for adoption; to have an abortion.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    At more than 600 pages, Great Circle does indeed boast an impressive girth

  • New history of homicide shows killing’s not always an open and shut case
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Sailors Thomas Dudley and Edwin Stephens were accused of murdering their ship’s cabin boy in 1884. Kate Morgan has penned an account of how laws surrounding murder have subtly changed.

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist David Baldacci take to a desert island? 
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    David Baldacci is currently reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. The novelist said he would take Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe to a desert island.

  • Historian reveals Napoleon was a man who loved nature
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Ruth Scurr has penned an original account of the life of Napoleone di Buonaparte who was born on the island of Corsica in 1769. Biography reveals the soldier was also a gardener.

  • Booze made Dylan Thomas bark like a dog and left Kingsley Amis barely able to walk
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    William Palmer has penned a book about notable writers who drank alcohol heavily. Among the creatives is Graham Greene who lived to be 86, despite consuming ‘spirits and wine’ daily.

  • Authors share their personal accounts of curing depression by putting one foot in front of the other
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Robert Martineau gives an account of his experience of walking to cure depression in a new book. Meanwhile, Jake Tyler shares walking around the coast of Great Britain.

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Two members of the same family, separated by 70 years, try to take control of their teenage lives in rural India

  • POPULAR  
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    This satirical romance about nervy millennials is unbelievably sharp and snappy.

  • WORLD FICTION  
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    The unmanned protagonist of Jhumpa Lahiri’s slender Italian novel is a 40-something professor, living in an unnamed European city

  • PSYCHO THRILLERS  
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    If you suspect life coaches are a bunch of sinister manipulators who sell themselves as saviours to the vulnerable, then this is the book for you.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Floral designer Carolyn Dunster loved fresh flowers as a child but disliked that ‘once picked, their beauty was fleeting’.

  • MUST READS 
    on May 6, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Stuart Turton won a Costa First Novel award for his genre-busting debut, The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • Author explores science behind children who fall into a mystery coma
    on April 30, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Suzanne O’Sullivan studied the 169 children in a mystery coma in Sweden and said their illness was psychosomatic – saying it was real to sufferer as easily identifiable diseases.

  • Behind sun-kissed image of pop legend and his friends lay a much darker story
    on April 30, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Mermaid Singing and Peel Me A Lotus are Charmian Clift’s accounts of life on islands Kalymnos and Hydra, where Leonard Cohen stayed with them and worked on their terrace.

  • RETRO READS 
    on April 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Love is not always a many splendoured thing; sometimes it’s obsessive, ridiculous, deluded, unrequited and pain-inducing but not the wild, passionate rapture of poets and pop songs.

  • CONTEMPORARY
    on April 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve been a huge fan of Fallon’s beautifully written novels since her fierce and fresh 2006 debut, Getting Rid Of Matthew.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on April 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    In his acclaimed first novel, Sal, Kitson told the heart-rending survivalist tale of two young girls hiding out in rural Scotland to escape a harrowing home life.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on April 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Marimekko’s iconic Unikko, or poppy, print is everywhere – dresses, bean bags and even umbrellas (pictured).

  • THRILLERS 
    on April 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Two sisters working in Belfast – one a producer for the BBC who has an infant son, the other a paramedic – lie at the heart of this elegantly wrought story.

  • MUST READS 
    on April 29, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    In Rome in 1949, Otto von Wächter, a high-ranking Nazi, lay dying. While many of Wächter’s former associates were brought to justice at the Nuremberg trials, he escaped.

  • Lie that lost Hitler the war: He’d reckoned without two deadly weapons: patriotism and the weather 
    on April 29, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    When Germany suddenly launched an invasion of the Soviet Union, Hitler, in blind racial ignorance, expected the communist untermenschen to scatter before his superior Aryan Nazis.

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist Wilbur Smith take to a desert island?
    on April 29, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Wilbur Smith is currently reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. The novelist would take The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck to a desert island.

  • MUST READS 
    on April 26, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s boy who rose to become Henry VIII’s most powerful adviser

  • New book gives a thrillingly dramatic account of the Cuban missile crisis
    on April 23, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Serhii Plokhy who is a Harvard professor of history, has penned an account of how America and the Soviet Union came close to nuclear war in October 1962.

  • Thom Gunn devoted himself to a life of hedonism…and horticulture
    on April 23, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Michael Nott, August Kleinzahler and Clive Wilmer have compiled letters written by Thom Gunn for a biography that gives insight into the gay world of San Francisco before the Aids epidemic.

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist Polly Samson take to a desert island? 
    on April 23, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Polly Samson is currently reading For Esme – With Love And Squalor by J.D. Salinger. The novelist would take all seven volumes of Proust to a desert island.

  • Author explores how nature provided hope throughout ‘the silence’ of 2020 in a fascinating new book 
    on April 22, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Steven Lovatt who has been a bird-lover since childhood, found his old passion reignited during daily walks in South Wales. In a new book he explores the hope represented by birdsong.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on April 22, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    This novel about fathers and sons, greed, privilege and complicity, begins when Dubliner Ben’s banker dad is arrested for fraud

  • CLASSIC CRIME 
    on April 22, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    After witnessing a murder on a dark street in wartime London, a young boy has a hard time persuading the police to take him seriously

  • TEEN & YOUNG ADULTS 
    on April 22, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    ‘That morning, with the dawn hanging wet and pale over the marshes, Scarlett McCain woke up beside four dead men.’

  • POPULAR 
    on April 22, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Penzance-based Norman is 12 and a budding comedian. His sights are set on the Edinburgh Fringe but his best friend and comedy partner, Jax, has just died.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on April 22, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    For an elite few, walking through the terminal is akin to strutting down the catwalk, as this fabulous book of celebrity airport photography shows

  • WHAT BOOK would Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart take to a desert island?
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Douglas Stuart is currently reading Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan. The Booker Prize winner said he would take Maria McCann’s As Meat Loves Salt to a desert island.

  • Shattering accounts of the Great War, from those left to grieve
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Historian David Hargreave and his researcher Margaret-Louise O’Keeffe have collated first-hand testimonies from those who were in World War I, for a book of new insights from the period.

  • Fascinating account of the lives of Manx shearwaters in a nature book
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Roger Morgan-Grenvill explores the lives of Manx shearwaters found on the island of Rum in Scotland, in a new nature book. The author reveals the birds spend 90 per cent of their lives at sea.

  • Writer Barbara Pym’s brilliant novels were inspired by the often horrible men she was drawn to
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Paula Byrne has penned a biography about Barbara Pym, from Oswestry, Shropshire, whose great novels include Some Tame Gazelle, Excellent Women as well as Jane And Prudence.

  • CRIME 
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    After studying creative writing in Bath, Bailey set off for the U.S. and rural Colorado

  • GOTHIC FANTASY 
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Settle in for an utterly compelling blend of propulsive narrative, starkly beautiful writing and passionate, near dysfunctional love

  • CONTEMPORARY  
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    I positively luxuriated in the blissful escapism this warm and witty romcom delivers.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Jon McGregor’s latest has the most thrilling beginning I’ve read in a novel for some time.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    ‘In this age of instant digital imagery, poster art is continually under threat,’ this fascinating book argues.

  • MUST READS 
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    In the 1960s, the Greek island of Hydra became a haven for artists and writers. The most famous was the musician Leonard Cohen, who found a muse in Marianne Ihlen.

  • DEBUTS 
    on April 8, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Kai grows up on a Somerset council estate with his parents and three sisters, each of whom have different fathers. His mother and father are crack addicts and their home life is fractured.

  • HISTORICAL  
    on April 8, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Sequestered away in a secluded cottage, Simon Armstrong is attempting to work on a history of the ruthlessly ambitious Anglo-Saxon ruler Offa, but he’s interrupted by doors banging.

  • PSYCHO THRILLERS 
    on April 8, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Grace is a mother who moves back from Australia to the English seaside village where she grew up. She encounters sinister barriers when she tries to rekindle her childhood friendship with Anna.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on April 8, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    With beautiful illustrations from Lucille Clerc, this captivating book traverses the globe via plants: nettles in England, mangoes in India and tulips in the Netherlands (pictured).

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on April 8, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    There has been a vogue for autobiographical fiction in recent years, fuelled by the hoo-ha over Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, drawn in minute detail from the author’s own life.

  • MUST READS
    on April 8, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    If there is such a thing as a typical North London mother, Lucy is the perfect example. A 42-year-old English teacher, she is navigating a toxic divorce and dipping a toe into post-marital dating.

  • WHAT BOOK would singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn take to a desert island?
    on April 8, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Tracey Thorn said she would have taken War And Peace to a desert island, but after only being able to read 10 per cent of it during lockdown, she no longer thinks it is the ideal desert island book.

  • No other language contains a word that can be translated only as ‘fair’
    on April 8, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    In the 2000s, capuchin monkeys proved they recognised the concept of fairness in an experiment where they were given treats, some they liked and some they didn’t, for performing tasks.

  • Star of Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly reveals his career in new book
    on April 8, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Graeme Hall, ‘The Dogfather’, has penned a new book in which he admits that he never intended to become a dog trainer and didn’t even have a dog of his own until he was 40 years old.

  • Breezy new book reveals how to read nature’s own weather forecast
    on April 8, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    In his latest book, Tristan Gooley reveals natural ways of predicting very local weather – but they don’t include studying cows. He claims there is no evidence to the belief they lie down before rain.

  • New book examines divisive and controversial issue of assisted dying
    on April 8, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Assisted dying is back in the news after the eminent neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, who has advanced cancer, said last week that he wanted the ability to ‘choose how, where, and when’ to die.

  • New biography reveals Philip Roth reveals was all sex and no heart
    on April 2, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Philip Roth died three years ago, aged 85, after a glittering but controversial career. His literary reputation was at odds with his personal, with growing accusations of misogyny.

  • When Anna Wintour joined Vogue she told the editor she wanted their job
    on April 2, 2021 at 3:56 am

    Anna Wintour moved to New York in 1975 and blistered through magazines. She was appointed editor-in-chief of Vogue and has been at the helm since 1988.

  • WHAT BOOK would author Maggie O’Farrell take to a desert island?
    on April 1, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Maggie O’Farrell (pictured) is currently reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina for the ninth time. The author would take William Boy’s Any Human Heart to a desert island.

  • Paleoanthropologist says handshakes are not a learned cultural behaviour but part of our DNA 
    on April 1, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks to Covid-19 shaking someone’s hand seems an almost alien concept. Ella Al-Shamahi says that we are not seeing the death of the handshake.

  • POETRY 
    on April 1, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Can poetry save the world? Shelley thought it might, Auden said it ‘makes nothing happen’ – but anthologist Paul Evans offers passionate words on the environment as a call to action.

  • SHORT STORIES 
    on April 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    The hallmarks of Haruki Murakami’s longer fiction are all here; an enigmatic eeriness which hints at the supernatural in everyday situations.

  • LITERARY FICTION
    on April 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    It’s a portrait of a mother/daughter relationship, although narrator Bridget, the daughter in the equation, is scarcely more forthcoming with us than with her mother.

  • THRILLERS 
    on April 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Identical twin sisters lie at the heart of this creepy Gothic debut set in a house on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

  • MUST READS
    on April 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    The past year has been a period of crisis, so there could hardly be a more timely moment for Julia Samuel’s compassionate book on how to live through change.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on April 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Magnum photographers have covered hard-hitting topics across the globe: war, crime, politics and . . . dogs.

  • What drove the Vikings’ wanderlust?
    on March 26, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Dr Cat Jarman has penned a new book about the Vikings, after being inspired when she discovered a small orange bead found in a mass grave in Derbyshire had come from India.

  • Seven years after Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared in mid-flight, a book claims a cover up
    on March 26, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished in 2014. Far-Eastern correspondent for Le Monde, Florence de Changy investigates the mystery in a new tome.

  • CHILDREN’S  
    on March 25, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Imagine a duck who doesn’t like water. Not to swim in, to paddle in – and certainly not to get caught in when it rains

  • CLASSIC CRIME  
    on March 25, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    When a sadistic predator is released from prison, Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond, head of Bath’s CID, anticipates trouble.

  • POPULAR  
    on March 25, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Billie’s father has died and left a letter with shock news. She is adopted and must contact a fortune-teller for more information.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on March 25, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Well-constructed spy stories about lost and lonely men are a rarity these days.

  • PICTURE THIS  
    on March 25, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    ‘If you’re in the right place, the lockdown has its pleasures,’ says David Hockney.

  • MUST READS 
    on March 25, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Aged 14, Ana longs to be a writer, but her parents are determined to marry her off.

  • Author pens tear-jerking memoir about her boyfriend who passed away
    on March 25, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Jill Hopper has penned a memoir about 24-year-old boyfriend Arif who had terminal cancer. She was inspired after coming across a seed pod he brought back from Zimbabwe.

  • Shepherd, 28, reveals the chaos and charm of caring for sheep
    on March 25, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Hannah Jackson, 28, from Wirral, shares a moving account about her experiences as a female shepherd in a new book. She started her own flock with 12 ewes and a tup called Tank.

  • Nothing could dampen Prince Philip’s zest for life – nor his unwavering service to his Queen 
    on March 19, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Ian Lloyd who is a former member of the Royal press corps, has penned 100 chapters to mark Prince Philip’s 100th birthday in June. The Duke was born into the Greek royal family in 1921.

  • Author reveals the fascinating history of how Chinese food became popular around the globe
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Jonathan Clements explores the history of Chinese food in a fascinating book. The author reveals Chinese cuisine did not begin to spread abroad until the 19th century.

  • Authors offer explanations for interpreting statics in fascinating science book
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Tom and David Chivers have penned an easy-to-read explanation of how to interpret numbers in the news, as the number of statistics we’re bombarded with has increased during the pandemic.

  • Russian novelist Dostoevsky faced a firing squad – but was reprieved as the soldiers took aim
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Alex Christofi has penned a new biography exploring the life of Fyodor Dostoevsky. He reveals the Russian novelist was constantly on the dangerous brink of physical and mental ruin.

  • CONTEMPORARY  
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    It’s 1981 and 11-year-old Sadie is next door with her best friend, Deborah, watching Charles and Diana get married

  • THRILLERS 
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    One of the finest crime writers of any generation, Goddard here exercises all of his elegant, understated style and meticulous eye for detail in a story that starts in Japan

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Amid the recent publicity blitz for his latest novel, Kazuo Ishiguro voiced fears that so-called ‘cancel culture’ had made younger novelists afraid to take imaginative risks

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Manolo Blahnik in Sex And The City; Givenchy in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Just two examples of great fashion on screen highlighted in this fascinating book.

  • MUST READS 
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    ‘Sometimes,’ Charlie Gilmour writes of his future wife, Yana, ‘I feel a little like one of her found objects.’

  • WHAT BOOK would wine writer Hugh Johnson take to a desert island? 
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Hugh Johnson is currently reading The Boundless Sea by David Abulafia. The UK-based wine writer reveals he would take The Michelin Road Atlas Of France to a desert island.

  • RETRO READS 
    on March 18, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    The bewitching scenery of the Essex marshes dominates this wonderfully written Victorian love story.

  • DEBUTS
    on March 14, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    In 1900, three lighthouse keepers disappeared without trace from a remote tower in the Outer Hebrides. This true story is the starting point for Stonex’s atmospheric and suspenseful debut novel.

  • Author recounts her SEVEN YEAR journey to adopt a child
    on March 12, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Author Margaret Reynolds recounts her seven-year journey into adopting a child as she met initial rejections despite volunteering in a nursery and a school.