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  • The Georgians were a rowdy bunch who enjoyed life to excess
    on August 6, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Robert Peal, who is a history teacher and headmaster, feels the Georgian period is ‘sadly ignored’ in school syllabuses. He gives a portrait of 12 notable Georgians in a new book.

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist Anthony Horowitz take to a desert island? 
    on August 5, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Anthony Horowitz is currently reading Yukito Ayatsuji’s Decagon House Murders. The novelist would take William Schirer’s The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich to a desert island.

  • Author examines the similarities between mankind and animals in a thought-provoking book
    on August 5, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Last year, five grey parrots at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre had to be separated to reduce the volume of their swearing. Richard Girling examines mankind’s relationship with animals in a new book.

  • Telly tells us about the state of the nation – which for the post-war generation meant disasters
    on August 5, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Rob Young has penned a book revealing how British television has always enshrined our recurring psychic dread. Author explores how shows as Doctor Who, thrived in the Cold War era.

  • MUST READS 
    on August 5, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    No one cares for Felix Pink. He is 75 and lives alone with his dog, Mabel, in picturesque Devon

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on August 5, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    The Earth currently occupies what James Dyke calls a ‘Goldilocks zone’ – it’s not too hot and not too cold

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on August 5, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Elif Shafak applies her signature blend of social consciousness and fanciful whimsy to this sprawling tale

  • CONTEMPORARY  
    on August 5, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Jack Drake’s an internationally acclaimed film director grieving the loss of his adored wife, Martha, to suicide

  • CHILLERS
    on August 5, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    This is another very clever corker of a book from Candlish, though it has an overly tricky beginning

  • DEBUTS 
    on August 5, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Nobody could be prouder of her husband’s latest novel than Mrs March, despite not having read a word

  • Off with his head! How the architect of the French Revolution ended with his own neck on the block
    on July 30, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Author Colin Jones, a professor of history at Queen Mary University of London, creates a vivid minute-by-minute portrait of Paris and its people on that pivotal day in 1794.

  • Where have all the rabbits gone? Ruth Pavey mourns the loss of the wildlife in her Somerset Wood
    on July 30, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Ruth Pavey’s latest book is an engaging follow-up memoir to A Wood Of One’s Own. Her book notes changes she has observed since buying her wood at auction in 1999.

  • Life at the Sharpe end: Filming a hit TV series was unglamorous. Until Liz Hurley turned up
    on July 30, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Jason Salkey’s book recounts filming ITV’s 1993 dramatisation of Sharpe’s Rifles. He reveals secrets from set including that Liz Hurley was an ‘outrageous’ flirt.

  • Want to stay in power? Give it away: The triumph of the ‘Constellation’ approach to leadership
    on July 30, 2021 at 10:52 am

    The Power of Giving Away Power tells the two different approaches to leadership. Author Matthew Barzun draws from his experience on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

  • PICTURE BOOKS
    on July 29, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Perfect for the school summer holidays, this fun counting book follows ten tired teachers who have missed the last bus home and decide to take a short cut through the wood.

  • SHORT STORIES
    on July 29, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Kindness and loss are the keynotes of these note-perfect stories. MacLaverty’s prose is spare, unfurling the moments of crisis in the worlds of his characters with a quiet musicality.

  • THRILLERS
    on July 29, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    RAZORBLADE TEARS is as close to a thriller masterpiece as it is possible to get, and a worthy successor to Cosby’s stunning debut, Blacktop Wasteland.

  • LITERARY FICTION
    on July 29, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    This tense debut from an acclaimed poet is told by a young Englishwoman who, after an unspecified mental collapse, flees to a French eco-farm run by Paul, a would-be anthropologist.

  • PICTURE THIS
    on July 29, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    A fabulous book from the creators of the Hand Luggage Only travel blog shows us that a staycation need not be a downgrade.

  • MUST READS
    on July 29, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    At the age of 29, Hollywood star Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. Now 60, in this frank, funny and brave memoir, Fox admits to moments of despair.

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist Mark Billingham take to a desert island?
    on July 29, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Mark Billingham is reading The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin. The novelist would take One Two Three Four: The Beatles In Time, by Craig Brown to a desert island.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Photographer Janet Macoska had a front-row seat at Bruce Springsteen’s concerts for decades

  • MUST READS 
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    At midnight on March 9, 2019, James Chiltern sends a text to all his contacts, then switches his phone to airplane mode

  • SCI-FI/ FANTASY 
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Since the Burning Age, the world has found a way of co-existing with the Kakuy, elemental nature spirits that have bullied humanity into balancing needs and wants, present and future

  • POPULAR  
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I love LL’s glamorous blockbusters with their unusual settings and international sweep

  • CRIME 
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    The fourth book featuring Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan of the Bureau for Serious Crime in Dublin is even better than its predecessors

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    In a small Midwestern town, a mother is reaching breaking point

  • Weather watcher reveals how the blurring of seasons is affecting nature
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Joe Shute documents how the blurring of seasons is affecting the British countryside in a new book. His study comes as some scientist believe snow could soon become a thing of the past.

  • John Craxton escaped the oppressive homophobia of post-war Britain by moving to Greece
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Ian Collins recounts the life of John Craxton in an evocative new biography. The artist, who failed his Army medical, picked up sailors every night after arriving in post-war Greece.

  • Mother-of-two reveals how struggling for perfection left her feeling overwhelmed in a poetic memoir 
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Rebecca Schiller, 37, moved from the city to Kent to improve her mental health in 2017. The charity worker reveals how being a perfectionist left her feeling overwhelmed in a memoir.

  • WHAT BOOK would historian and novelist Peter Ackroyd take to a desert island? 
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Peter Ackroyd is currently reading The Ecclesiastical History Of The English People by the Venerable Bede. The historian would take The Imitation Of Christ by Thomas à Kempis to a desert island.

  • Writer set out to explore what’s truly a natural high 
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    American writer Michael Pollan has published a new book about his studies of three drugs derived from plants. Among the chapters is his quest to find out how to make opium tea.

  • Bexy Cameron reveals shocking truth about growing up in a religious sect in Britain 
    on July 15, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Filmmaker Bexy Cameron’s family joined The Children Of God cult in 1972 and for a while were the public face of the movement, which ran communes across the world.

  • CLASSIC CRIME
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Welcome to Whitstable, shellfish capital of Kent, where fresh food and air are tempered by the occasional murder.

  • HISTORICAL
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    This audacious, brilliant debut is a vivid, original reimagining of the overthrow of the Mongol dynasty and the ushering in of the Ming Empire.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    This short, sharp, shock of a novel was a sensation in its native France. It’s narrated by Leonard, a teenager on holiday with his parents at a campsite in Landes.

  • CONTEMPORARY
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    I gave the author’s 2020 debut, The High Moments, a rave review and this second novel is equally gripping.

  • WHAT BOOK would author Santa Montefiore take to a desert island?
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Author Santa Montefiore is currently reading Sue Monk Kidd’s The Book Of Longings, and would take Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth to a desert island.

  • MUST READS 
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Matthew Parris is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives, in which his invitees explore the life of a notable figure who has inspired them.

  • PICTURE THIS
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    The Post Office, London Transport, Shell and Guinness are just a few of the high-profile clients of renowned poster artist Tom Eckersley.

  • Bald truth about the Baltic slaves: Latvians and Estonians ‘have long been ruled by others’
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    ‘Seven hundred years of slavery’ was a nationalist slogan, a reminder that Latvians and Estonians have long been ruled by others. The Glass Wall is about those who lived there.

  • Jump the queue at this year’s Henley Literary Festival
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Stars of Harry Potter and Hamilton will join our heroic vaccine-makers, international bestselling authors and Children’s Laureates at this year’s Henley Literary Festival, supported by the Mail.

  • New book reveals how, even today, women are belittled and patronised
    on July 15, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    British author Mary Ann Sieghart’s book is about the ‘authority gap’, the fact that ‘however much we claim to believe in equality, we are still more reluctant to accord authority to women than to men’.

  • Books to get your paws on this summer! Sally Morris chooses the most fun reads for kids 
    on July 8, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Sally Morris has picked out the most fun reads for British children this summer. The recommendations include The Duck Who Didn’t Like Water, by Steve Small.

  • ROGER ALTON picks the best titles to be seen with on holiday 
    on July 8, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    British journalist Roger Alton has selected the best books to be seen with on holiday. They include Glossy: The Inside Story Of Vogue by Nina-Sophia Miralles.

  • Brilliant summer reads chosen by our fiction reviewers 
    on July 8, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Critics have revealed a selection of must-read books to enjoy over the summer break – including Jane Feaver’s Crazy and Nadifa Mohamed’s The Fortune Men.

  • Melanie Blake says angry celebs are blowing up her inbox
    on July 4, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Blake said that her novel is based on much of the scandal she’s been forced to cover up throughout her 20-year career. Although the book is fiction, Melanie ‘lived and breathed’ every scene.

  • DEBUTS 
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Zoe is grieving for her murdered best friend when she leaves home to study art in Berlin

  • POPULAR  
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    In this 1940s-set follow-up to Dear Mrs Bird, Emmy is a journalist on Woman’s Friend.

  • CHILLERS 
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    There are thriller writers and there is Laura Lippman, an American who is fast creating a new genre-busting category full of remarkable writing and dazzling plot lines

  • LITERARY FICTION
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Douglas Kennedy, who was born in the U.S. and splits his time between Europe and America, is a multi-million bestseller

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Prince Charles says it is ‘one of Wales’ greatest treasures’; Harold Nicolson called it ‘one of the wonders of the world’.

  • MUST READS 
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    In 2020, many celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth were interrupted by the pandemic

  • WHAT BOOK would thriller writer James Patterson take to a desert island? 
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    James Patterson is currently reading We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker. The thriller writer would take One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez to a desert island.

  • Author gives a glimpse into the life of Sir Arthur Bryant using newly discovered letters
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    W. Sydney Robinson has penned a fascinating new biography about Sir Arthur Bryant, based on the newly discovered papers, diaries and letters written by Pamela Street.

  • How guns for peace backfired! Author explores the stories behind the innovators of modern weapons
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Andrew Nahum explores how guns have shaped our societies in often surprising ways in a new book. Among innovators is Samuel Colt, who thought his arms would be ‘the best peacemakers’.

  • How Etta saved the birds from the ‘murderous millinery’ trend sweeping London throughout 1891
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Tessa Boase has penned a book about Etta Lemon, is was one of the great heroines of British nature conservation. She saved the lives of millions of birds campaigning against use of their corpses on hats.

  • How an obsessive hobby taught a young autograph collector all about tenacity
    on July 1, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Adam Andrusier, who grew up in North London, has been collecting autographs since age ten. In a book, he reveals his collection contains two Hitlers and a Marilyn – but Liz Taylor turned him down.

  • WHAT BOOK would author Curtis Sittenfeld take to a desert island?
    on June 25, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Curtis Sittenfeld (pictured) is currently reading Black Is The Body by Emily Bernard. The author would take The Queen Of Tuesday by Darin Strauss to a desert island

  • MUST READS
    on June 25, 2021 at 12:12 am

    In the scorching heat of an Australian Christmas, three seventy-something friends meet at a beach house in the coastal town of Bittoes.

  • PICTURE BOOKS
    on June 24, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    This glorious celebration of his characters’ rebellious, creative behaviour is inspired by a famous quote from Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine: ‘Never grow up, always down’.

  • SHORT STORIES
    on June 24, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Booker-nominee Taylor Brandon delves into the messy lives of teenagers and young graduates in his debut collection.

  • THRILLERS
    on June 24, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    This second collaboration between the 42nd U.S. President and one of the most successful thriller writers is even better than their first.

  • LITERARY FICTION
    on June 24, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Ezra and Iris got together at Oxford University, where their mutual friend Nance has remained for a PhD.

  • PICTURE THIS
    on June 24, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    This is a catwalk down memory lane, from Westwood’s 1980 show, Pirate, to her most recent collections.

  • How the rare books expert who once owned some of the Bronte family’s papers was exposed as a forger
    on June 24, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    As libraries attempt to raise £15m to save ‘incredibly rare’ handwritten poems by Emily Bronte, SAM LEITH remembers one of the greatest literary scandals of the 20th century.

  • A flagon of cider and a baked hedgehog: Life hasn’t changed much on Britain’s farms in 5,000 years
    on June 24, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    John Lewis-Stempel’s book on the history of an English farm is full of surprises. The book is wealth of historical knowledge with tales from the author’s own family.

  • She went shopping – and stumbled across WWII: The untold history of six female war correspondents
    on June 24, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Going With The Boys tells the fascinating untold stories of female journalists. Tells tale of Clare Hollingworth who broke the news Germans invaded Poland in 1939.

  • Black hero who bowled out racism: World-class cricketer Learie Constantine
    on June 24, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    This biography of world-class cricketer Learie Constantine shows how he was a pioneer in so many ways but Brian Scovell argues his greatest achievement was to break the colour bar in Britain.

  • Sex? Cultural historian reveals, when it comes to rumpy-pumpy we’re virtual novices
    on June 24, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Sex: Lessons from History explores attitudes to sex throughout history. From early sex toys, birth control to rape and prostitution Fern Riddell’s book proves, there is nothing new under the sun.

  • 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.