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  • Nicky Campbell describes how he was saved… by his dog
    on March 5, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Nicky Campbell was overwhelmed by depression when he collapsed outside Euston Station in 2013. He reveals how his Labrador helped him to recover in a memoir.

  • WHAT BOOK would author Lionel Shriver take to a desert island?
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Author and journalist Lionel Shriver (pictured) is reading Outside Looking In by T. C. Boyle. She said that she would take Moby-Dick by Herman Melville to a desert island.

  • And you thought today’s Scottish politics was bloody! Never mind Sturgeon’s battles
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Paul O’Keeffe has penned a new book  about the Battle of Culloden in April 1746. It is a fascinating, meticulously research, often brutally detailed account on catastrophic defeat.

  • Author offers a deep dive into the world of baking as he grows his own wheat
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Robert Penn, who lives in the Black Mountains in South Wales, gives a deep dive into world of heritage baking in Slow Rise. He grew his own wheat, harvested it by hand and milled it old-fashioned way.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    As we’re stuck staring at the same four walls every day, there has been an unsurprising boom in house renovations, and where better to be inspired than in some of England’s country homes?

  • MUST READS 
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    History tends to be told through the lives of famous people, and few are more famous than Winston Churchill, whose oratory kept morale high during the Blitz.

  • Author reveals how modern life has ruined our perception of what is ‘truly valuable’ 
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Stephen Bayley has penned a new book urging readers to search for what is truly valuable. The author explains his hatred of the fashion industry, modern media and tech entrepreneurs.

  • HISTORICAL  
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    April 1841 and the convict ship Rajah is packed with 180 female petty criminals all of whom are being transported to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania).

  • POPULAR 
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    From the author of the acclaimed Ask Again, Yes comes this sweeping saga about the Irish diaspora.

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel since he won the Nobel Prize in 2017 returns to the sci-fi territory of 2005’s Never Let Me Go.

  • THRILLERS 
    on March 4, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    The master storyteller returns in majestic form with this tale of Jamie Conklin, a small boy who can speak to dead people – which means he could help solve crimes.

  • In an age when being gay was illegal, four literary men set up house in Dorset
    on February 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Desmond Shawe-Taylor bought an old rectory in Dorset for £7,500 in 1945. Simon Fenwick’s book called The Crichel Boys tells the story of how he lived there with two friends.

  • TV auctioneer Philip Serrell reveals his cut-throat business in a memoir
    on February 26, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Philip Serrell’s new memoir reveals how he ended up in auctioneering and the bustle of the saleroom, which he describes as ‘a theatre of drama with an ever-changing cast of actors’.

  • Colin Mackenzie’s new memoir tells the story of his journalism career
    on February 26, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Journalist Colin Mackenzie found Ronnie Biggs, the escaped Great Train Robber, in 1974 and got his story. Pressing My Luck by Colin Mackenzie tells the story of his journalism career.

  • MUST READS 
    on February 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Casey Peabody is waiting for her life to begin aged 31. An aspiring writer whose decisions have led her down roads that looked glamorous, she finds herself back where she started, in Boston.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on February 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Emilio Pucci’s eponymous fashion house is famous for its bold and colourful prints. His store on the island of Capri became a favourite of women in the 1950s, who flocked there to buy ‘Capri pants’.

  • WHAT BOOK would author David Baddiel take to a desert island? 
    on February 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Comedian David Baddiel is now reading The Last Trial by Scott Turow and listening to the audiobook of Sathnam Sanghera’s Empireland. He would take Updike’s four Rabbit books to a desert island.

  • Author discovers her parent’s tragic early life at London’s Foundling Hospital
    on February 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Dorothy Soames was abandoned at London’s Foundling Hospital as a baby and had a childhood where physical punishment was common and was ‘bereft of love and tenderness’.

  • CLASSIC CRIME
    on February 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    It is a good rule never to judge a work of art by the character of the artist. Patricia Highsmith is a case in point.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on February 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Should we be worried that so many exciting new female novelists write about self-loathing young women who want to be hurt by older men?

  • CHILDREN’S  
    on February 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    When you’ve had a terrible day – the sun’s the wrong shape, the spaghetti’s too long and even pyjamas are irritating – the only thing left to do is to howl at the moon.

  • CONTEMPORARY 
    on February 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I raced through this gripping read about sisters, guilt, grief and revenge. Twins Saskia and Jenny look the same but that’s where the similarities end.

  • Letters between Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto reveal their close bond
    on February 19, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Dear Friend And Gardener, first published in 1998 and now reissued, is a collection of letters between Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto that shows just how close their bond really was.

  • Psychiatrist studies near-death accounts and says they make you happier 
    on February 19, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Dr Bruce Greyson spoke with dozens of people who had a near-death experience and provides the accounts in his new book After. He provides his insights into the unusual experiences people had.

  • F Scott Fitzgerald and his hero Keats were tormented by fears that size really does matter 
    on February 18, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Jonathan Bate has penned a biography about John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Author reveals the writers had similarities including physical insecurities and growing up in a world at war.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on February 18, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    During his years in Provence, Van Gogh painted some of his greatest work – sunflowers, self-portraits and The Starry Night – but he also wrote poignant letters, gathered in this book.

  • MUST READS 
    on February 18, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    A determination to expose the corruption of society is a noble ambition, but what are the consequences? At a Saturday barbecue in Acapulco, eight-year-old Luca Perez is about to find out.

  • WHAT BOOK would writer Matt Haig take to a desert island? 
    on February 18, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Matt Haig is currently reading, and not for the first time, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamot. While the writer would take Walden by Henry David Thoreau to a desert island.

  • RETRO READS 
    on February 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    In this 1930 gem, young Alistair inherits £100, bids farewell to suburbia and the constant clatter of lawnmowers, and escapes to London

  • CRIME  
    on February 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    This serpentine, elegant debut from an acclaimed historical novelist starts with an intriguing premise

  • POPULAR
    on February 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    This amazing, dramatic, hilarious debut adult novel from a bestselling children’s writer is about modern America, and by extension modern everywhere.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on February 18, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    According to its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, this fable was written to provide some much-needed distraction.

  • How do I love thee… passionately!
    on February 11, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    During her lifetime, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was our most popular woman poet. Fiona Sampson points out that many feminist scholars are rediscovering her.

  • Geek who exposed Novichok killers
    on February 11, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Eliot Higgins, 42, was a college dropout with no specialist training as a techie. In his book he tells how he revealed the details of the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury.

  • The fretful woman’s fertile years
    on February 11, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    The Panic Years by Nell Frizzell describes how women decide whether or not to have children. Frizzell’s memoir of her own five ‘panic years’ will strike a chord with many.

  • Charles Kenny details a history of mankind’s battles with infectious disease
    on February 11, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Infectious disease has always been with us and arguably always will be. Charles Kenny’s book is a lively survey of our millennia-long struggle to defeat it.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on February 11, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Her Majesty by Christopher Warwick provides a fascinating photographic history of the Queen’s long and remarkable life.

  • WHAT BOOK would author Francis Spufford take to a desert island?
    on February 11, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Author Francis Spufford is reading Hermione Lee’s biography of Tom Stoppard. He says that he would take The Book of Psalms from the Bible to a desert island with him.

  • MUST READS 
    on February 11, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    ‘I am Winona.’ Sebastian Barry’s heroine introduces herself in the first sentence of his new novel. But she is not Winona – or not exactly. She is a child of the Native American Lakota tribe.

  • LITERARY FICTION
    on February 11, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Anne Tyler is a fan of this Canadian author and you can see why: Lawson is intrigued by the same, deceptively ordinary, small-town lives.

  • PSYCHO THRILLERS 
    on February 11, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Skuse has been creeping up the bestseller charts with her anarchic thrillers about Rhiannon Lewis, a politically incorrect serial killer who makes hilarious kill lists.

  • HISTORICAL  
    on February 11, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    It’s January 1609, and Mistress Anne Turner, a bold, daringly dressed doctor’s wife, heads to the chambers of the beautiful, aristocratic Frances Howard.

  • DEBUTS
    on February 11, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Mary Rattigan dreams of escaping her toxic family background in Northern Ireland to seek her fortune in the U.S.

  • Did Maxwell con the queen? He was lauded by everyone from Reagan to Thatcher
    on February 5, 2021 at 11:51 am

    John Preston has penned a jaw-dropping biography about Robert Maxwell who mysteriously died offshore the Canary Islands. Author spoke to a number of Robert’s children and photographer Ken Lennox.

  • During the bitter winter of 1962-63, the sea turned to ice, milkmen froze in their floats
    on February 5, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Juliet Nicolson explores how the Great British Freeze of 1962-3 kick-started the modern era in a new book. Author recalls waking up to ‘the snowiest snow we had ever seen’, as an eight-year-old.

  • Author explores how change happens and why it often fails
    on February 4, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Damon Centola has penned a book about how change works and why it often fails. Author suggests Google Glass was a flop because they failed to understand the science of networks.

  • WHAT BOOK would writer Marian Keyes take to a desert island? 
    on February 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Marian Keyes is currently reading The Survivors by Jane Harper. The Irish writer would take The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson to a desert island.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on February 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Duffy’s acclaimed debut, This Living And Immortal Thing, set on a cancer ward, drew on his day job as an oncologist.

  • THRILLERS 
    on February 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    This menacing, creepy debut focuses on a young female detective from Devon who attends her younger brother’s engagement party in an abandoned sanatorium

  • CONTEMPORARY  
    on February 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I raced through this funny, filthy and utterly compelling debut about female sexuality, ambition and vulnerability.

  • DYSTOPIAN  
    on February 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    On the edge of a lake, a small fenland community is just about hanging on to its members, its religion and its future.

  • MUST READS 
    on February 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    ‘Everywhere you walked in London you could see tragedy,’ thinks Lawrie Matthews.

  • A first true friend to the Aids outcasts
    on February 4, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Ruth Coker Burks has penned a memoir about the early days of the Aids epidemic in America. Author would comfort strangers who had the disease in their final hours and buried almost 40 men.

  • PICTURE THIS  
    on February 4, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Christopher Lloyd, one of the gardening greats, devoted his life to Great Dixter, where he was born in 1921 and died in 2006.

  • Spring in the time of coronavirus
    on January 29, 2021 at 9:49 am

    The Consolation of Nature: Spring in the Time of Coronavirus is written by three British nature writers who describe how the seasons can help us navigate difficult times during the pandemic.

  • Devoted to booze, betting, boys… and his nanny!
    on January 29, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Francis Bacon: Revelations by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan tells the story of the British artist’s colourful life and loves.

  • A glorious new celebration of man’s best friend
    on January 29, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Simon Garfield explores all things related to canine in a glorious new book. The UK-based author says ‘we schedule our days around his needs and bizarrely spend our disposable income on him.’

  • The truth about Prince charming
    on January 28, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Love Lives by Carol Dyhouse uses different British fairy tales such as Cinderella and Frozen to take a look at the social history surrounding a woman’s place in the world.

  • WHAT BOOK would children’s author Francesca Simon take to a desert island? 
    on January 28, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Francesca Simon is reading Last Train From Liguria by Christine Dwyer Hickey. The American author would take The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope to a desert island.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on January 28, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    November 1944 and a German warhead buries itself in a South London branch of Woolworths. Five children are instantly killed. What would have happened had they lived?

  • POPULAR 
    on January 28, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    This wonderful, glamorous and brilliantly written novel had me gripped from start to finish.

  • CLASSIC CRIME 
    on January 28, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Commissioned to paint the portrait of a socialite bride-to-be of a Scottish nobleman, Iris Grey finds herself at the centre of a family at war with itself.

  • WORLD FICITON 
    on January 28, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Jivan, a young Muslim woman from the slums of Kolabagan, has been accused of a terrorist atrocity on the basis of a careless Facebook post.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on January 28, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    If unseen photographs of Madonna are like gold dust then this limited-edition book, with only 800 copies available, is a gold mine.

  • MUST READS 
    on January 28, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    The Casey brothers -John, Ed and Liam – had a difficult childhood but have always stuck together.

  • Dolly Parton says she’s certainly not dumb – and not blonde either!
    on January 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Sarah Smarsh who is a former research fellow at Harvard University, has penned a biography about Dolly Parton. The Queen of Country from Tennessee is worth an estimated $500 million.

  • Love reinvented at the end of a marriage…
    on January 22, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Somebody to Love by Alexandra Heminsley from Brighton tells the story of when her husband revealed to her that he wanted to be a woman and how their family then readjusted.

  • Now that’s what you call ICEOLATION!
    on January 22, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World is by the author Andrea Pitzer and tells the story of explorer William Barents journey to the Arctic Seas with his crew.

  • HISTORICAL  
    on January 22, 2021 at 10:20 am

    A suicide and a murder disrupt the seemingly unruffled calm of a small, thriving Dorest village in 1840

  • WHAT BOOK would author Richard Flanagan take to a desert island?
    on January 21, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    The author Richard Flanagan is currently reading James Rebanks’ English Pastoral. He would take Anna Karenina to a desert island with him.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on January 21, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Edie is 23, living in a mouse-ridden flat, with a history of ill-judged sexual relationships, when she starts an online flirtation with Eric, an older, married, white man

  • CRIME 
    on January 21, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    This story of a family held hostage and terrorised by their parents – and the daughter who is the first to escape and alert the authorities

  • CHILDREN’S 
    on January 21, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    It’s everyone’s nightmare to be trapped in a terrifying dreamworld, unable to wake up, which is exactly the premise of this cracking adventure

  • Brainteasers in our literary quiz… which could win you £1,000!
    on January 21, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Marcus Berkmann challenges readers to a literary quiz for the chance of winning £1,000. The closing date for entries is January 18, 2021.

  • PICTURE THIS  
    on January 21, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Many of us are struggling to sleep in the current climate and this adorable book claims to have the answer.

  • MUST READS 
    on January 21, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Eve, the heroine of their Eve Of Man fantasy series, was the first baby girl for decades to be born on Earth.

  • Devil woman: The realities of author Patricia Highsmith
    on January 15, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Biographer Richard Bradford has penned a book about author Patricia Highsmith which reveals she loathed Jews, was a stalker and was drunk from breakfast to bedtime.

  • Homeless man who found true peace as a gardener has written an inspirational memoir
    on January 15, 2021 at 2:24 am

    For more than two decades, Marc Hamer has tended a garden that he doesn’t own. Now he has published what feels more or less like his private gardening journal.

  • WHAT BOOK would historical novelist Kate Mosse take to a desert island?
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Kate Mosse is currently re-reading all Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple novels. The historical novelist added that she would take T S Eliot’s Four Quartets with her to a desert island.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Before the dawn of commercial transatlantic flights in the 1950s, any globetrotting was done by sea. And this immersive read takes you across the world.

  • MUST READS
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Bright, ambitious, with a flatshare in fashionable East London and a handsome boyfriend, Leena Cotton is living the dream. But when she has a panic attack, her perfect life starts to unravel.

  • Prosecutor in the Nuremberg War Trials fought tirelessly for human rights throughout his life
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Benjamin Ferencz was raised in one of New York’s poorest neighbourhoods in 1920s but, by the time he was 27, he was working as a prosecutor in Nuremberg War Trials.

  • SAS Nazi hunters proud to be known as Bigots
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Major Eric Barkworth and his men became known as the Secret Hunters and Damien Lewis’s gripping new book, SAS Band Of Brothers, tells the compelling story of the unit.

  • CONTEMPORARY 
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Barack Obama chose Lot, a prize-winning collection of short stories by this 27-year-old Texan author, as a favourite book and this highly anticipated debut novel is just as brilliantly engaging.

  • DEBUTS 
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Tourists find paradise at Baxter’s Beach, Barbados. But a short way down the sand there’s a flip-side where the locals live in poverty and scrape a living from the wealthy incomers.

  • LITERARY FICTION
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Tell me I’m in the wrong job, but I sometimes wonder what’s so special about literary fiction – what can novels do that Netflix can’t?

  • PSYCHO THRILLERS 
    on January 14, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    This has all the hallmarks of a bestseller, with its riveting plot centring on Blythe’s struggles to love her daughter.

  • Fearne Cotton reveals how she unravelled in a moving new book
    on January 8, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Fearne Cotton was just 15 when she first began working for Disney Club on GMTV in 1996. British presenter explores how pretending to bubbly can make us sadder and lonelier in a new book.

  • WHAT BOOK would author Meg Rosoff take to a desert island? 
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Meg Rosoff has recently read The Mirror And The Light by Hilary Mantel. The American author would take James Thurber’s essay, The Dog That Bit People to a desert island.

  • Artist pens eccentric memoir chronicling his adventures around the world
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Oxford-educated Englishman James Reeve, 81, has chronicled his adventures around the world to places including Haiti, Madagascar and Yemen in a delightfully entertaining memoir.

  • New book claims scientists are on the brink of discovering how: You CAN live for ever!
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Every year since 1840, maximum global life expectancy has increased by three months. British author Andrew Steele, explores the latest scientific thinking on ageing in a new book.

  • Kenneth More was so perfectly British he wore a collar and tie on the beach
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Nick Pourgourides pays tribute to Kenneth More in a fascinating biography. Born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, More spent six years in the Royal Navy, before breaking into films.

  • MUST READS 
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Late one Saturday night a young black woman, Emira Tucker, takes a blonde toddler called Briar to an upmarket grocery store in Philadelphia.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    When Mark Adlington was at art school, lions were deemed an ‘uncool’ subject

  • SCI-FI/ FANTASY
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Poor Dan’s a-cold – a minimum wage delivery driver in a wintry Cumbria, burdened with memories of a failed marriage and a scarred childhood.

  • RETRO READS 
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Talk about hard graft! During World War II, more than 80,000 intrepid women became Land Girls.

  • THRILLERS 
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Ambitious FBI agent Peter Sutherland finds himself on endless night shifts in the Situation Room at the White House monitoring a secret emergency phone line that never rings.

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on January 7, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    A writer’s job is not to think the unthinkable but to say the unsayable, at least according to our unnamed author protagonist.

  • Helen Brown reveals the best non-fiction reads to broaden your horizons in 2021 
    on December 31, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Helen Brown reveals the best non-fiction books to delve into throughout 2021, including Keats by Lucasta Miller, Joe’s Family Food by Joe Wicks and The Kennedy Curse by James Patterson.

  • The biggest and best titles to look forward to in 2021 
    on December 31, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Stephanie Cross rounded up a selection of must-reads to look forward to in 2021, including The Last Act Of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink and Rahul Raina’s How To Kidnap The Rich.

  • Tony Rennell on the year’s best biographies
    on December 17, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Tony Rennell reveals a selection of the very best biographies from this year. Highlights include Radical Wordsworth by Jonathan Bate and The Mystery of Charles Dickens by A N Wilson.

  • Want to be happy? Do more NOTHING 
    on December 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Christopher Steven reveals a number of the best books on mind, body and soul from this year. Highlights include Skincare by Caroline Hirons and Open by Frankie Bridge.

  • You CAN be a winner, even when you lose: Roger Alton selects the best books on sport from 2020
    on December 17, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Roger Alton reveals a range of the best books on sport from this year. Highlights include The Hurt by Dylan Hartley and The Long Win by Cath Bishop.

  • Eat and drink like a boozy butterfly this Christmas
    on December 17, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Christopher Hart reveals a selection of the best books on nature this year. Highlights include Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty.

  • Nick Rennison selects the year’s best history books 
    on December 17, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Nick Rennison reveals a selection of this year’s best books on history. Highlights include Scoff by Pen Vogler and Shakespearean by Robert McCrum.

  • Bel Mooney reveals the best art books you can find for gifting those who love creativity
    on December 10, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Bel Mooney rounded up a selection of this year’s must-read art books for gifting this Christmas. Among her top picks is Spirit Of Place: Artists, Writers And The British Landscape.

  • This year’s best tomes for filling stockings revealed 
    on December 10, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Mark Mason rounded up a selection of the best books for filling stockings this Christmas. British literary critic says dieting tip of the year is found in Between The Covers by Jilly Cooper.

  • Why i’d like to murder my friends and other festive thoughts from our pick of this year’s memoirs
    on December 10, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Ysenda Maxtone Graham reveals a selection of this year’s best memoirs. Highlights include Friends And Enemies by Barbara Amiel and The Chiffon Trenches by André Leon Talley.

  • From war’s true colours to the Stones at home, 2020’s best illustrated books by Marcus Berkmann
    on December 10, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    British literary critic Marcus Berkmann rounded up a selection of this year’s best illustrated books for gifting this Christmas. Highlights include Off The Walls and Old Homes, New Life.

  • Best books to gift those devoted to becoming their healthiest self 
    on December 10, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Nick Rennison revealed a selection of this year’s best books on health for gifting this Christmas. Highlights include Splitting by Amanda Ellison and Fast Asleep by Michael Mosley.

  • Children’s books that are festive crackers
    on December 3, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    British literary critic Sally Morris rounded up a selection of this year’s best books for children, with categories including Young Fiction, Picture Books, Poetry, Bite-size Facts and Teen.

  • Poetry? It’s the new pop: The best books for gifting those who love rhymes this Christmas
    on December 3, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    British literary critic Bel Mooney rounded up a selection of this year’s best poetry books. Highlights include Neil Astley’s Staying Human and Chris Riddell’s Poems To Save The World With.

  • Our pick of the year’s best TV and showbiz memoirs
    on December 3, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    British literary critics Roger Lewis, Christoper Stevens and Tony Rennell rounded up a selection of this year’s best books about celebrities. Among their top picks are political reads and memoirs.

  • Dish up delights for your festive family bubble
    on November 27, 2020 at 11:16 am

    British literary critics Constance Craig Smith and Ysenda Maxtone-Graham rounded up a selection of this year’s best books with categories including cooking, gardening and royals.

  • So which books will have Santa hooked this Christmas?
    on November 26, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    The Daily Mail’s literary critics rounded up a selection of this year’s best novels. Their picks include historical, contemporary, debut and sci-fi novels.

  • CLASSIC CRIME 
    on November 20, 2020 at 12:41 am

    Familiar names are intrinsic to Nicola Upson’s crime fiction

  • HITLER AND STALIN: History’s most monstrous contest
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Laurence Rees has penned a book about relationship between Hitler and Stalin as he explores the similarities and differences between the two tyrants from Germany and the Soviet Union.

  • Michael Parkinson pens memoir of his beloved father
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Michael Parkinson, 85, has written a sweet, funny and revealing memoir of his beloved father, which doubles as a portrait of his own fathering skills in chapters written by his youngest son.

  • Wife for sale for sale… yours for a few farthings!
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Ian Mortimer explores the years between 1789 and 1830 in The Time Traveller’s Guide To Regency Britain. He reveals men would put their wives for sale for a few farthings.

  • Canny kitten that hitched a lift to stardom!
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Dean Nicholson has gained a legion of followers on Instagram from documenting travels with a kitten he found in the mountainous region of Bosnia. He gives accounts for their trips in a book.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    This much-loved reissued 1966 Dutch classic reads like The Ascent Of Rum Doodle crossed with Touching The Void

  • SHORT STORIES 
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Novelist Nicole Krauss heads into emotionally fraught territory

  • FAIRY TALES 
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Once upon a time, Jonathan Plackett developed an algorithm that would simply swap the gender of the characters in traditional fairy tales

  • WHAT BOOK would historian Charles Spencer take to a desert island? 
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Charles Spencer is currently reading The Splendid And The Vile by Erik Larson. The historian would take Screenplay by Syd Field with him to a desert island.

  • PICTURE THIS
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Last year, singer Tina Turner celebrated her 80th birthday. To mark the occasion, she gathered photographs and ephemera from her glittering 60-year career and created this book.

  • MUST READS
    on November 19, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    David Christopherson was intrigued to learn that his father Stanley had kept a diary of his wartime service with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry.

  • Politics was hard but depression was harder
    on November 14, 2020 at 2:42 am

    Alastair Campbell explores his own struggles with his mental health as he hopes to provide companionship to those people who also feel ‘isolated and helpless’.

  • Little plastic cube that baffled 100 million people
    on November 13, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Erno Rubik provides an honest account of how he came to invent the Rubik’s cube which continues to baffle the world. In his memoir he describes discovering the cube rather than inventing it.

  • POPULAR 
    on November 12, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Cli-fi – that’s climate change fiction – is one of the newer literary genres. Emma is sunny and generous but married to Chris, a catastrophist obsessed with rising water tables.

  • RETRO READS 
    on November 12, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Gorgeous, radiant Emily, 34, lives alone in genteel poverty, earning a pittance running errands for grand ladies. Invited to a stately home weekend to be dogsbody to her aristocratic hostess.

  • THRILLERS 
    on November 12, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Serial killer thrillers normally focus on the perpetrators of these crimes, but this marvellous novel concentrates instead on the victims.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on November 12, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Set in a deliberately vague alternative version of England, this calls to mind the novels of Andrew Michael Hurley and the hallucinatory folk horror films of director Ben Wheatley.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on November 12, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    When the country went into lockdown in March, Tom Croft offered to paint an NHS worker’s portrait for free and encouraged other artists to do the same.

  • MUST READS 
    on November 12, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    As the novel opens, Tempe is feeling haunted. Her life is in turmoil, and recent major surgery has left her with crippling headaches and dark thoughts.

  • Why Barry from EastEnders has all the answers 
    on November 12, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Shaun Williamson, who played Barry in EastEnders, is a master at quizzes and in his new book he uses personal accounts to explain how he came to be so good at learning facts.

  • WHAT BOOK would QC and author Marina Wheeler take to a desert island?
    on November 12, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Marina Wheeler, QC and author, is currently reading Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald. She would take all three volumes of Haruki Muakami’s 1Q84 to a desert island.

  • A dizzying ride on the sexual carousel
    on November 12, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Selina Hastings examines the life of novelist Sybille Bedford and the 18 female lovers she had. Hastings reveals that Bedford and her lovers all had nicknames for each other based on animals.

  • Not so jolly Jilly: Jilly Cooper made her name with accounts of domestic mishaps as a young wife
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Between The Covers has been put together from a collection of Jilly Cooper’s classic columns. Stories include finding her first grey hair and defrosting the fridge.

  • Bookshop owner and bestselling author reveals the seven kinds of people you find in his store
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Bookshop owner and bestselling author Shaun Bythell humorously describes the seven types of customers that enter his shop and drive him mad.

  • Nephew of millionairess femme fatale charts her dogged climb up the social ladder
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Ferdinand Mount unravels the dogged journey his aunt took to climb up the social ladder and uncovers the lies that got her to her pampered lifestyle.

  • Michael Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel on her favourite books
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Karen Jankel, daughter of author Michael Bond, is currently reading I had Silver Bay by Jojo Meyes. She would take Mango And Mimosa by Suzanne St Albans to a desert island.

  • Anatomy of an IRA murder
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Ian Cobain examines the murder of Protestant policeman Millar McAllister in April 1978 by IRA gunman Harry Murray as well as the tunnel vision that underlay The Troubles.

  • MUST READS 
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Now Olive returns in Strout’s new novel. Two years have passed since the death of her long-suffering husband, Henry, but she still lives in the small New England town of Crosby.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Trees have myriad uses: as children we climb them, they give us the very air we breathe and their healing powers are becoming increasingly clear.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Some of the most talked-about novels from the U.S. in recent years have been male coming-of-age narratives shaped by experiences of racism.

  • HISTORICAL 
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Caroline Scott’s quietly devastating second novel insightfully explores the effect of the Great War on returning soldiers and the families that waited, longingly, for their return.

  • PSYCHO THRILLERS 
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    This is a very disturbing tale of what happens when toxic masculinity is empowered by the equally toxic power of the internet.

  • SCI-FI/FANTASY 
    on November 5, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    In one story, a family drives home from a picnic at the end of the world. In another, the months of the year run a dysfunctional committee.

  • How POSH is your nosh? From your marmalade brand to your loaf, what you eat still defines your class
    on October 30, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Pen Vogler explores the conventions surrounding food in her new book Scoff. The historian suggests the way we eat and wield napkins reveals a lot about our social class in Britain.

  • Sex with Presidents: New book on infidelity from Jefferson to Trump
    on October 29, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Eleanor Herman explores the philanderers in the White House. She writes about Thomas Jefferson who impregnated one of his slaves and passed his shoe buckles, spectacles and an ink-well.