• A New Map of Wonders: A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "A New Map of Wonders is both a love letter to, and product of, the extraordinary, irreducible abundance of the human mind."

    The Spectator - 2 years ago
    "The book is beautifully produced, with splendidly wide margins in which footnotes or quotations are added, germane to the topic at hand in the main text."

    E&T Magazine - 2 years ago
    "The result is a beautiful, enlightening book that is sure to inspire even the most jaded of readers to take a different look at the world around them. Any attempt to put into words the nature of wonder itself seems bound to fail, but this is, without a doubt, a glittering success."

    KIRKUS REVIEW - 2 years ago
    "Part celebration and part meditation, an elegant study of things that should awe and amaze us—and why we are capable of awe and amazement in the first place."

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  • The Future Won't Be Long is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "the book: argumentative, over-dramatic, valuing style over accuracy, much longer than it has any right to be. Yet one can’t help liking Kobek for writing it; for so defiantly, brattishly, entertainingly, being a not-good novelist."

    Publishers Weekly - 2 years ago
    "Punctuated with gentle humor and awash with genuine fondness for its characters, this novel breezes giddily through the disorder and shifting landscape of their lives"

    Cleaver Magazine - 50 years ago
    "The Future Won’t Be Long pulls no punches depicting cultural producers toiling in the fields, working with anything at their disposal, all to catch that budding glimmer of inspiration making it all feel worth it before the ghastly reality of the marketplace comes to bear. We feel the truth in the work and that feeling is evidenced by a career reaching a well-earned future."

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  • Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem is recommended by..
    Reaction - 2 years ago
    "Shipman describes the usual in-fighting, delusion, incompetence and betrayal, but what makes this book stands out is his conscientiousness in presenting both sides: when criticising one or other player he will provide the case for the defence."

    Daily Mail - 2 years ago
    "Shipman’s writing has admirable clarity and drive, and occasional shockwaves and bombs are probably essential for staying awake through the ins and outs of Brexit."

    Stephen Bush (New Statesman) - 2 years ago
    "The meat of the book, however, is the Tory tragedy, and its central characters are the Prime Minister and her former joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill."

    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "the chapters set inside Labour’s divided HQ are meticulously done, they lack the tangible intimacy and insight of the chapters on Tory meltdown. Nonetheless Shipman’s books are fast becoming classics...."

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  • Stories: Collected Stories is recommended by..
    Catherine Wheatley (iNews) - 2 years ago
    "The better stories share the keen sense of historical and cultural context that makes Sontag’s non-fiction so distinctive."

    The Associated Press - 2 years ago
    "These stories and others demonstrate an admirable willingness on Sontag’s part to abandon conventional forms of narration in favor of a more fragmented, elliptical, experimental style."

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  • A is for Art (National Gallery Paul Thurlby) is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "Amid a plethora of art-focused children’s non-fiction, Thurlby’s alphabetical guide – an introduction to the National Gallery and to many artists, techniques and movements – stands out for its demystifying enthusiasm, bold, cheerful design and inspiring sense of possibility."

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  • As a God Might Be is recommended by..
    John Boyne (The Irish Times) - 2 years ago
    "Despite the novel’s length – 600 pages – the pages turn quickly, for Griffiths is a skilful storyteller and his creations remain interesting throughout. A horrific act of violence in the last third of the book gives it an unexpected boost at a crucial moment"

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  • Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "ideas of female solidarity, body confidence, shame, defiance and the wry acceptance that it’s easier to preach to other people than to live by your own philosophy. She clearly wants readers to take away the idea that if she can do this, then God knows anyone can, which is a generously empowering message. But one can’t help concluding that Jess Phillips is more exceptional than she makes herself look.."

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  • I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "It’s ostensibly a book about journalism, from a woman who covered the rise of al-Qaida, the Arab spring and then Isis via a remarkable and at times personally risky series of interviews with jihadi leaders. But it’s also a highly readable primer on the forces that gave rise to jihad, and an insight into the complexities of immigrant identity and loyalty..."

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  • Little Labours is recommended by..
    Emma Healey (British novelist) - 2 years ago
    "It’s a funny, profound memoir that’s sort of about what it’s like to be a new mother, but is really about lots of other things including Japanese literature and the freedom to judge others."

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