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  • Constance Craig Smith selects the year’s best cookery books
    on November 26, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Constance Craig Smith rounded up a selection of this year’s best cookery books. Among the UK-based literary critic’s picks in Love To Cook by Mary Berry and Ramsay In 10 by Gordon Ramsay.

  • Our reviewers choose the best books to fill your family’s stockings
    on November 25, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    The Daily Mail’s literary critics rounded up a selection of this year’s best novels for gifting this Christmas. Their picks include historical, contemporary, crime & thrillers.

  • Go WILD in the garden! Our critic selects her pick of this year’s best books for nature lovers
    on November 25, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Constance Craig Smith rounded up a selection of this year’s best gardening book. Among the UK-based literary critics picks is Tropical Plants And Home To Love Them and Planting For Wildlife.

  • Treachery, trysts & tiaras: Taking us behind palace doors, this year’s reads are a right royal riot
    on November 25, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    UK-based literary critic Ysenda Maxtone Graham rounded up a selection of this year’s best royal books. Among the picks is Philip: The Final Portrait and Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.

  • New book explains how turbulent the 1922 was
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    This book shows us both how much the world has changed since then and how little it has changed:

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    When Carlos Ruiz Zafon died last year just 55, he left the millions of readers of his Cemetery Of Forgotten Books series bereft. This slim volume-cum-spin-off will provide some consolation.

  • CHILDREN’S 
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    A perfect read for a frosty winter evening, this beautifully illustrated, atmospheric story harks back to traditional fairy tales such as The Snow Queen.

  • Rebel wives behind the Rothschild riches
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Little is known, though, about the Rothschild women, whose role – publicly at least – was to be ‘industrious, dutiful and fertile’.

  • New book reveals how low-cost clothes can mean a high price for humanity and the planet
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Victoria Finlay provides a closely woven warp and weft of answers to questions we never thought to ask in her new book about the history of fashion.

  • The coke cans that made us dream of capitalism
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    New book shows reveals how Albanians longed to emigrate to a better life after fall of socialism as a result of ‘disastrous’ capitalism after December 1990

  • THRILLERS 
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Author of the bestselling series about forensic anthropologist David Hunter, the talented Beckett brings us a new character:

  • SHORT STORIES 
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    There are equal amounts of drollery and despair in these wonderful stories.

  • MUST READS 
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Finding a rental flat in London on a budget is a near impossibility, as the two separate narrators of J.P. Delaney’s creepy psychological thriller discover.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Did you know that baby elephants can get sunburn? So not only is a mud bath lovely and refreshing, it also protects their sensitive skin from the sun.

  • WHAT BOOK would thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver take to a desert island? 
    on November 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Jeffrey Deaver is reading Four Threats: The Recurring Crises Of American Democracy by Suzanne Mettler as he is ‘troubled by polarisation in politics’

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    How astonishing that tiny, brightly hued pieces of ceramic can survive centuries of war, weather, vandalism and well-intended but ill-judged renovation.

  • MUST READS 
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    She was the American divorcée who cost a King his throne and caused an irreparable rift within the Royal Family

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    The arrival of a new female employee, a recovered social-media addict who has a secret plan to sabotage the company from inside

  • HISTORICAL  
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    It’s 1642 and England is in bloody turmoil as civil war breaks out, pitting Parliamentarians against Royalists, Puritans against Catholics

  • PSYCHO THRILLERS 
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    According to Maeve Beauman, the only difference between drunks and alcoholics is that the alcoholics go to AA meetings

  • DEBUTS 
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Award-winning poet O’Riordan successfully turns his hand to fiction in this elegant and engaging family portrait

  • WHAT BOOK would author Sophie Dahl take to a desert island? 
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Sophie Dahl is currently reading The Mermaid Of Black Conch by Monique Roffey. The author would take The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman to a desert island.

  • A father’s enchanting daily letters and drawings to his son
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    A new book collating letters and drawings Charles Phillipson, from Manchester, penned as a gift for his son Michael, gives a rare insight into suburban life in the 1940s.

  • Author gives a glimpse into the life of politicians in a new book
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Michael Wolff who wrote Fire And Fury, a portrait of life inside Trump’s White House, has rounded up a collection of journalistic pieces for a follow-up book about the world’s most powerful people.

  • Price social ‘influencers’ pay for giving up all privacy can be painfully high
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    In 2015 the influencer economy was valued at $500 million; by last year, that had soared to $10 billion. Olivia Yallop has penned a ‘deep dive into the world of social media ‘influencers’.

  • How the French got my goat! Author reveals the challenges of brewing beer in a new tome
    on November 11, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Former graphic designer Tommy Barnes, who moved to a small village in the Loire valley to become a microbrewer six years ago has penned a book about the challenges of his new profession.

  • Charmingly innocent school essays written in 1937 
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Miss Kemp asked a class of 12 to 13-year-old girls at Pike Lane School to write essays about their ambitions in 1937. Hester Barron and Claire Langhamer have used the essays for a new book.

  • The very slimy truth about being human! Author delves into the history of slime in a science book
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Susanne Wedlich examines slime in its various guises all the way back to pre-history in a new book. We humans are pretty slimy, with a double layer of the stuff lining our stomachs.

  • Henry VIII’s real love? Himself! Historian delves into the courting techniques of Tudors
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Sarah Gristwood explores the Tudors techniques of courtly love in a history book. Author is scathing when talking about the execution of Anne, Henry VIII’s second wife who was executed.

  • We have starved, captured and eaten our bird population into shocking decline 
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Roy and Lesley Adkins are a husband and wife team of social historians who have turned their attention to our birdlife and human interaction with them over the centuries in a new book.

  • CRIME  
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Soho in 1935 is a grimy, sleazy place, but still hypnotic to millions

  • CONTEMPORARY  
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    The author of this laugh-out-loud satire has form for disputes with the literary establishment

  • WHAT BOOK would author Sarah Moss take to a desert island? 
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Sarah Moss is currently reading Miriam Toews’s new novel, Fight Night. The author would take a selection of books to a desert island including Amitav Ghosh’s Sea Of Poppies trilogy.

  • POPULAR  
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Fans of A Woman Of Substance – and who isn’t? – will thrill at the prospect of a prequel to the 1979 opus charting the rags-to-riches rise of the indomitable Emma Harte

  • LITERARY FICITON  
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    White militants carried burning torches through black communities, are the starting point for this fine debut

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    As the days get shorter, colder and darker, our awareness of the seasons becomes heightened

  • MUST READS 
    on November 4, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Walking through town on a rainy day in December, Emma Abram notices a man declaiming like an Old Testament prophet

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist Maggie Shipstead take to a desert island? 
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Maggie Shipstead is currently reading The Far Land: 200 Years Of Murder, Mania And Mutiny In The South Pacific. The novelist would take War And Peace to a desert island.

  • MUST READS 
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    The yacht that docked in New York in March 1991 was an absurdly grandiose vessel

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    What gives us oxygen, cleans our water, stores carbon, stabilises our soil, nurtures wildlife and offers the tools for shelter, discovery and warmth?

  • Nature writer reveals the significance of songbirds as the number of skylarks falls
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    The numbers of Skylarks have fallen by 1.5 million pairs in the past 25 years. In a new book, John Lewis-Stempel reveals how deeply ingrained the bird is in our national consciousness.

  • LITERARY FICITION  
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    This is the second novel from poet JJ Bola, and tells the story of young black London schoolteacher

  • HALLOWEEN CHILLERS 
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Sea mist pervades this confidently spooky and subtly gruesome ghost story set in Victorian times

  • CLASSIC CRIME 
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    As casualties mount in World War I, a dedicated Army surgeon loved by his patients and admired by his colleagues is savagely murdered

  • DEBUTS  
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Even before publication, this belter of a police procedural won the Penguin Random House First Novel Competition in partnership with the Daily Mail

  • Jack Whitehall and his father Michael make unlikely travelling companions
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Jack Whitehall and his father have travelled together for five series of Netflix’s Travels With My Father. In a new book, Comedian Jack reveals a selection of gruesome family holidays.

  • A new book explores just about every area of life
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry are the brains behind Radio 4 series The Curious Cases Of Rutherford & Fry. The clever pair have penned a book exploring just about every area of life.

  • A very unlikely sex god: H.G. Wells wrote some of the greatest science fiction of all time
    on October 28, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    H. G. Wells is best known for classic works The Time Machine (1895) and The War Of The Worlds (1898). In a new biography, Claire Tomalin explores the life of the writer born in Bromley, London, in 1866.

  • After WWI , some of our greatest female artists rejected stifling domesticity
    on October 22, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Rebecca Birrell studies ten women artist born in the late-Victorian era in a new eye-opening book. Among them is Hannah Gluckstein, Ethel Sand and Vanessa Bell.

  • MUST READS 
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    The third novel in Henry Porter’s Paul Samson trilogy finds the former MI6 agent, now working in private security

  • PICTURE THIS  
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    There’s no denying that 1990s trends have been making a comeback in recent years, whether it’s in pop music, Friends-inspired clothing or film

  • LITERARY FICITON  
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    This distinctly unfestive Christmas tale confirms Keegan’s reputation as an exquisite literary miniaturist who makes a little go a long way

  • HISTORICAL  
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Amor Towles’s third novel is fantastic! Set in 1954, over a wayward ten days

  • PSYCHO THRILLERS  
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    When journalist Alice gets over-involved in reporting on a story about a local serial killer

  • CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN  
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Oliver Jeffers is not just a brilliant storyteller and artist, he also plays with the nature of the physical book

  • WHAT BOOK would author Christy Lefteri take to a desert island? 
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Christy Lefteri has just finished reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. The author would take Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf to a desert island.

  • How ‘Allo ‘Allo outlasted the Nazi occupation
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Jonn Elledge’s self professed aim with his compendium is to ‘provoke the enjoyable feeling of getting lost in an online encyclopedia, sinking deeper into a warm bath of trivia’.

  • Michael Cockerell interviewed most major politicians and learned many of their secrets
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Michael Cockerell has penned a memoir which also gives insight into modern British politics. He recounts feuding among the key members of Wilson’s kitchen cabinet.

  • The bigger the wig, the greater the man! Author delves into the origins of familiar English phrases
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Caroline Taggart, who worked as a copy editor in publishing for many years, has turned into an author herself. In a new book, she uncovers the origins of familiar English phrases.

  • Eileen Atkins felt out of place in the theatre world, but that didn’t stop her
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Born in 1934, Dame Eileen Atkins, was raised in a Stoke Newington council house. The actress known for roles including Queen Mary in The Crown, reflects on her career in a new book.

  • Historian answers pressing questions about food i
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    BBC Radio 4 programme The Kitchen Cabinet was first broadcast nearly ten years ago. Food historian Annie Gray, who is a panelist on the programme, has compiled their first book.

  • MUST READS 
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    If Julius Caesar’s killers had hoped for the gratitude of the Roman populace for delivering them from a tyrant, they were mistaken

  • Families were left with not knowing where their loved ones lay under the battlefields of World War I
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Robert Sackville-West has penned a deeply moving book on the quest for those soldiers who went missing and were never found. John Kipling was 17 when he went to the Western Front in France.

  • WHAT BOOK would singer and comedian Max Boyce take to a desert island?
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Max Boyce is currently reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stuart. The singer and comedian would take I Can’t Stay Long by Laurie Lee to desert island.

  • LITERARY FICITON  
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Is there any writer out there comparable to Elizabeth Strout?

  • THRILLERS 
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    The 26th and final book from the master of the British espionage novel is published on what would have been his 90th birthday

  • POPULAR 
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    The world’s poshest policeman, William Warwick, is aboard an ocean liner where a murder takes place

  • RETRO READS 
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Enter a steamy tropical village in Guadeloupe, where underneath the swaying bamboo trees lies a dead body

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    ‘Everybody has their own idea of paradise, but for most Englishmen it will resemble the view across the lake and towards the Pantheon at Stourhead,’

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on October 11, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    That we have just a decade to reverse the damage done to the planet before it’s too late is deeply daunting

  • Actor Stanley Tucci: I got through cancer and lived to EAT another day
    on October 9, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Stanley Tucci, 60, who lives in London, is best known for The Devil Wears Prada and The Hunger Games. In a memoir, he pays tribute to his wife and documents his terrifying cancer battle.

  • Nicola Rose O’Hara enjoyed a passionate relationship with the libidinous Lucian Freud
    on October 8, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Nicola Rose O’Hara, who began a working relationship with Lucian Freud in July 1999, recounts her time modelling at his studio in Kensington Church Street in a new book.

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist Jeffrey Archer take to a desert island? 
    on October 7, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Jeffrey Archer is currently reading Heresy by S.J. Parris. The novelist would take The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas to a desert island.

  • Cambridge Academic delves into the history of Granada in a fascinating new tome
    on October 7, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Cambridge academic Elizabeth Drayson explores how what happened half a millennium ago in Granada is still relevant to how we live today in a fascinating new book.

  • Author explores the excess and eccentricity of Britain’s architecture throughout time
    on October 7, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Clive Aslet’s book is a survey of the architectural splendours of the British country house. Among tales featured is how William Beckford added a 300 ft tower to his home, Fonthill Abbey in Wiltshire.

  • MUST READS  
    on October 7, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Celebrations for Afi Tekple’s wedding are lavish

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on October 7, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Sarah Hall has described the compulsion she felt to write at the start of the pandemic, and the pain of 2020 is wrought into this novel’s fabric

  • CONTEMPORARY  
    on October 7, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I raced through this beautifully written literary thriller

  • CRIME 
    on October 7, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    A successor to Booker Prize winner Banville’s superb crime debut, Snow, this story also features his gentlemanly Irish Detective St John Strafford

  • POETRY 
    on October 7, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Someone  once described poetry as a ‘distillation of empathy’ – a way of understanding what it means to be human

  • Director who gave Sean Connery his first major role looks back in a memoir
    on October 3, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Alvin Rakoff, a Canadian long-time resident in London, is one of the great unsung film and television directors. In a memoir, he recounts directing the then unknown Sean Connery in his first major role.

  • Author explores the history of transport in a new book
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Tom Standage explores the history and possible future of motion in a new book. Among facts is a from France about chickens bred by farmers to run in front of cars to claim compensation.

  • WHAT BOOK would Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr take to a desert island? 
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Anthony Doerr is currently reading Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need The Wild by Lucy Jones. The author would take The Story And Its Writer, edited by Ann Charters to a desert island.

  • An elite band of Pathfinders risked their lives to light up targets
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Will Iredale gives recognition to the Pathfinders in a new book. The special corps of highly skilled flyers were responsible for lighting up the target for bombers attacking Germany.

  • John Milton is revered for his poetry, but he was a cold, forbidding misogynist
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Joe Moshenska, who is a professor of English literature at Oxford, has penned a biography about the poet John Milton. Milton’s most famous work, Paradise Lost, was published in 1667.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Loathed by sea captains (they scupper boats), loved by snorkelers and scientists, coral reefs also support the livelihoods of up to a billion people worldwide

  • MUST READS  
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    A photograph shows the seven Gracie children ranged in height order outside their family home

  • SCI-FI & FANTASY
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    What a gripping concept this is: a locked-room murder mystery set on a spaceship, its hold crammed with interplanetary colonists in suspended animation

  • CLASSIC CRIME  
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Seduced into a crime that almost cost him his life, Hugh Everton encounters the woman who caused his downfall in a seedy coastal town

  • SHORT STORIES  
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Life in lockdown poses any number of existential crises

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on September 30, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Almost half a century has passed since Nobel laureate Soyinka, 87, last published a novel

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce take to a desert island? 
    on September 24, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Frank Cottrell Boyce is currently reading William Blake vs The World by John Higgs. The novelist would take H. G. Wells’s The History Of Mr Polly and The Wheels Of Chance to a desert island.

  • WHAT BOOK would author Katie Piper take to a desert island?
    on September 24, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    British author Katie Piper is currently reading the ‘brilliant Lucky by Ed Jackson, which is part autobiography and part self-improvement.’

  • George III is often portrayed as a wicked tyrant, but a historian insists the myths are wrong
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Andrew Roberts reflects on the life of King George III in a new 784-page biography. Author was the first historian to gain access to the essays of the future King in the Windsor archives.

  • RETRO 
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Here’s an exquisitely written literary treasure

  • CHILDREN’S  
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    It’s a brave author who reimagines E. Nesbit’s classic The Railway Children, but this thoroughly modern update by Jacqueline Wilson is a delight

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Poking fun at Jonathan Franzen has become almost obligatory

  • THRILLERS 
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    This cracking debut from ITV’s floppy-haired political editor is set in the weeks running up to the May 1997 General election, which saw Tony Blair win a landslide victory for Labour

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Vincent Van Gogh’s final 70 days were the most prolific of his career – he produced 70 artworks

  • MUST READS 
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    For 11 years, Ted Bannerman has been thinking about the disappearance of the six-year-old girl he calls the ‘Little Girl With Popsicle’

  • Biologist reveals the variety of creatures that live 100ft above us in a fascinating tome
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Meg Lowman, from New York, is among the scientists that have revealed almost half of all our planet’s creatures live 100t or more above our heads. Biologist has penned a nature book.

  • Professor uncovers prehistoric burials in a fascinating study of Ancient Britain
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Professor Alice Roberts has penned a fascinating study of ancient Britain, via seven prehistoric burials. Among them is a man ritually buried in a cave on the Gower peninsula in South-West Wales.

  • Why tigers are green, and toffs are BLUE… Colourful facts from a book about the way we see the world
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Paul Simpson has gathered facts and stories about all the colours in the rainbow for an interesting new book. Among the facts is how British aristocrats gained the description ‘blue-blooded’

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on September 17, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Photographer Chris Howard’s book of landscapes illustrates beautifully both the challenges and hopes of a life constrained by pain.

  • Hundreds of WWII operatives owed their lives to a small but plucky unit of gunboats
    on September 16, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Tim Spicer, a former senior British Army officer, admits to a love of ‘clandestine warfare . . . and lonely fighters’. And there is a treasure trove of both here in his book.

  • MUST READS 
    on September 16, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    For Kieran Elliott and his girlfriend, Mia, a trip from their Sydney home back to the Tasmanian fishing village of Evelyn Bay, where they grew up, is filled with troubled memories.

  • Be royally entertained at Henley! UK’s leading book festival returns with starry line-up
    on September 16, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Henley Literary Festival, supported by the Daily Mail, takes place from October 2-10 at venues across the picturesque Thames-side town.

  • From Shooting Stars to tales from the riverbank: Bob Mortimer
    on September 16, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    As a child in Middlesbrough, comic Bob Mortimer was cripplingly shy and lonely. He’d trained as a solicitor when a friend invited him to see Vic Reeves Big Night Out in London.

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on September 16, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    The novels of the great Irish writer Colm Toibin can roughly be split into two sorts – intimate portraits of small-town Irish life and fictional biographies of towering literary figures.

  • HISTORICAL 
    on September 16, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Marie de France is an oddity in the elegant court of Queen Eleanor. Brought up by her warrior mother and her crusading aunts, all of them resilient, brave and resourceful, Marie is just as wild.

  • Who will win this year’s Booker Prize? Our critics review the shortlisted novels
    on September 16, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Nights are drawing in, so what better time to stock up on this year’s Booker Prize shortlisted novels and enter a heated debate about who should win?

  • Why Father Brown’s creator was no saint
    on September 16, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    British author G. K. Chesterton was a big man, weighing 20st and standing 6ft 2in. P. G. Wodehouse said the loudest noise imaginable would be ‘G. K. Chesterton falling on a sheet of tin’.

  • Action plan: Nigel Colborn’s essential jobs for your garden this week 
    on September 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    UK-based gardening expert Nigel Colborn, shares his top tips as the season changes, including planting out biennials in your borders for next year’s show.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on September 10, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    You don’t have to be mad to be a wildlife photographer – but it helps

  • After the Abdication, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor led rich, bored lives
    on September 10, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Andrew Lownie has penned a compelling book about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who seemed to be fraternising with rich pro-Nazis after the Abdication and throughout the war.

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist Stuart Turton take to a desert island? 
    on September 9, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Stuart Turton is currently reading The Power Of The Dog by Thomas Savage. The novelist would take The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy to a desert island.

  • What 23,000 deaths can teach you about life by a distinguished forensic pathologist
    on September 9, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Dr Richard Shepherd has conducted more than 23,000 post-mortems throughout his career as a forensic pathologist. In a fascinating new book, he shares the lessons he has learned from death.

  • Author gives a VERY eye-opening account of his career as a vet in his first ever book
    on September 9, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Rory Cowlam, who works at a small animal practice in South East London, has appeared on CBBC and Blue Peter. He reflects on his veterinary career so far in his first ever book The Secret Life Of A Vet.

  • Billie Jean King’s toughest opponent was the male establishment – but she took them on and won
    on September 9, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Billie Jean King, who was born in California in 1943, won 39 Grand Slam titles before she retired in 1983. In a memoir, she recounts her fight for better pay and recognition as a leading tennis player.

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on September 9, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Anti-hero and everyman, Whitehead’s compellingly complex protagonist stands at the heart of a rich period panorama

  • POPULAR
    on September 9, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    This is a tour de force of a novel; brilliantly plotted and superbly written

  • CRIME 
    on September 9, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    This enthralling novel from a fine crime writer raises a fascinating question

  • SCI-FI/ FANTASY  
    on September 9, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Ravaged by competing interests, torn apart by war, what more could happen to the Midderlands?

  • MUST READS 
    on September 9, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    ‘Our land is like a poem, in a patchwork landscape of other poems, written by hundreds of people . . .’

  • DEBUTS 
    on September 2, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Every year, Kate hosts a dinner party for her family to mark the anniversary of the death of her twin sister, Elaine

  • SHORT STORIES  
    on September 2, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    The boundary between the earthly and the eerie is thin in this, Uschi Gatward’s uneasy, excellent debut collection

  • PSYCHO THRILLERS 
    on September 2, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    A crime has been committed and the possible suspects include Poppy’s dodgy father

  • LITERARY FICTION 
    on September 2, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Rooney’s fans will be delighted to know she hasn’t changed the formula for this, her much-anticipated third outing

  • MUST READS 
    on September 2, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    For most of her adult life Jenni Murray has been substantially overweight, and ‘fat cow’ is one of the more repeatable insults that strangers yell at her in the street.

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on September 2, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Levin has put together a compelling collection of reasons to love your mutt, however many shoes it chews

  • A new book reveals the mind-boggling origins of transplant surgery
    on September 2, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Scientists at University College London, think we might be a decade away from the 3D printing of entire body parts. In a new book, Paul Craddock explores the origins of transplant surgery.

  • Author reveals how The Wind In The Willows kept two SBS members going during a 41-day dessert trek 
    on September 2, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Saul David gives an account of how the SBS was born from wartime needs in a new book. The most ambitious of the UK-based forces operation was a raid on the Libyan headquarters.

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist Sebastian Faulks take to a desert island? 
    on September 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Sebastian Faulks is currently reading Bewilderment by Richard Powers. The novelist would take Marcel Proust’s Remembrance Of Things Past to a desert island.

  • Actor David Harewood has never forgotten the racist abuse that blighted his youth
    on September 2, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    David Harewood, 55, from Birmingham, has penned a frank memoir. Actor, who had an acute mental breakdown in his early 20s, reveals he had just £80 left when he was cast in TV series Homeland.

  • How the best football player in the world made Barcelona the world’s greatest club
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Simon Kuper explores how a small regional football club became among the most admired sporting organisations in history in a new book, as the world’s best player Lionel Messi leaves.

  • Author examines classic cons and how to tell untruths successfully in an eye-opening new book
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Aja Raden tells the stories of several classic cons in a new book. The American writer claims without a tendency to trust, humans would be unable to benefit from the knowledge of the collective.

  • Josiah Wedgwood was a creative genius and a canny businessman far ahead of his time
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Tristram Hunt who is director of the V&A, former Labour MP and shadow cabinet minister, has penned a biography about Josiah Wedgwood. Some have dubbed him ‘Steve Jobs of the 18th century’.

  • WHAT BOOK would farmer and author James Rebanks take to a desert island? 
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    James Rebanks is currently reading Real Estate by Deborah Levy. The farmer and author would take Anna Karenina by Tolstoy to a desert island.

  • CHILDREN’S  
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    If you’ve never read Carroll’s brilliant historical adventures, here’s an excellent place to start

  • CONTEMPORARY 
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Allegra Bird is a parking warden nicknamed Freckles who takes her job very seriously

  • LITERARY FICTION  
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    We all know what to expect from a Sebastian Faulks novel – a story spanning decades and countries

  • THRILLERS 
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Few authors write about the scars and wounds women suffer in their lives better than the excellent Hawkins

  • PICTURE THIS 
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    The British own more of them than any other country on earth – a staggering 11.5 million – and yet the humble shed is easily ignored

  • MUST READS 
    on August 26, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    It’s 1968. America is bombing Vietnam, there is revolution on the streets of Paris and, in Brighton, Talbot Wyse is presiding over the fractious shoot of a movie

  • India’s most glamorous ruling family were consumed by bitterness
    on August 20, 2021 at 8:06 am

    John Zubrzycki has penned a new book exploring the House of Jaipur over the past 100 years. The royal family of Jaipur had to deal with the trauma of losing their status in 1971.

  • WHAT BOOK would novelist Wendy Holden take to a desert island? 
    on August 19, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Wendy Holden is currently reading The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook by Ann Barr and Peter York. The novelist would take her scrapbooks and photo albums to a desert island.

  • A tale of one city…and the year that changed not just Charles Dickens but London, too 
    on August 19, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores key moments from 1851 in a fascinating new book. The author reveals Charles Dickens’ work wasn’t slowed down by his wife being sent to a lunatic asylum.

  • Author claims the ‘race towards efficiency’ in the modern world is doomed to fail
    on August 19, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Oliver Burkeman has penned a book about time and productivity. Author shares a parable about a fisherman who spends his day drinking with friends and says he would do the same if he retired.

  • Care home consultant lays bare the pain society has inflicted on young people
    on August 19, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Chris Wild, who went into care aged 11 and lived on the streets for a while after the death of his father, speaks up for children reliant on the State in a thought-provoking new book.

  • MUST READS 
    on August 19, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    In the UK, Jane Birkin is famous for Je T’aime . . . Moi Non Plus, the heavy-breathing love song she recorded in 1969 with her partner, Serge Gainsbourg