• World Broke in Two, The is recommended by..
    The Spectator - 2 years ago
    "His big literary vision of ‘modernism’ is lost in a muddle of minutiae"

    THE NATIONAL BOOK REVIEW - 3 years ago
    "It does what any good book about literature should do. It provides context to writers. It sends readers to read books they have never read before. And it reminds them of the joys of re-reading ones they have, and rediscovering the thrills of the fiction and the poetry once appreciated but now forgotten."

    Tom Zelman at Star Tribune - 3 years ago
    "This year-in-the-life chronicle gives us a remarkable look at the gestation of literature."

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  • The Golden House is recommended by..
    Jerome Boyd Maunsell (Evening Standard) - 2 years ago
    "Rushdie writes with a Dickensian exuberance, always full of humour as well as striking scornful, tragic notes. Often he plays the role of satirist. His caricatures and outsize figures are full of life, wickedness and human energy: again, as in Dickens, grounded in a precise social and political scene."

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  • Mancunia is recommended by..
    Kate Kellaway (Theatre critic for the Observer) - 3 years ago
    "There are many ways of occupying a city and Michael Symmons Roberts, in his superb, substantial and intricately varied seventh volume, reminds us it is a complicated business: we live in cities imaginatively as well as actually. Sometimes, we are painfully adjacent, shallow-rooted, trying to take hold.."

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  • The Destroyers is recommended by..
    B. David Zarley at Paste - 3 years ago
    "Populated by crepuscular characters—shadows and flipping coins, spiders and flies—which are no more useful to the reader than a mirage, the novel must be, like its reader, comfortable on its own."

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  • Borne is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 3 years ago
    "No one writes a post-apocalyptic landscape like VanderMeer, so detailed and strange in all its lineaments and topography, at once a wasteland and yet seething with the weirdest kind of flora, fauna and biotech, that last category manifesting yet again his abiding interest in the cross-pollination between the human and non-human. .."

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  • House of Names is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 3 years ago
    "The characters we watch are all warm enough, sentient human beings, prone to needing and wanting and mostly failing one another. But the eye of the story keeps its remote omniscient distance; it’s a cold camera-eye, or the eye of a hawk circling above the village, assembling everything impartially, not taking sides...."

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  • The Island at the End of Everything is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 3 years ago
    "Hargrave has a real and rare talent for combining poetic prose with compelling, page-turning storytelling. Her writing conjures such a vivid sense of place, the lush wildness of the natural world a fitting backdrop for an adventure that requires great independence and courage.."

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  • Attrib.: And other stories is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 3 years ago
    "Her narrators are usually first-personal, affectionate and a little foolish, in love with their words as much as their human partners. By the time they figure out what to say, it’s too late, and meanwhile all their thoughts – longing and fearful and wary – have unspooled for us on the page..."

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  • First Love is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 3 years ago
    "Neve, is a woman in her mid-30s who marries an older man called Edwyn. Riley is also in her mid-30s and is married to an older man, the poet Alan Jenkins. It would be specious to assume on this basis that the book is autobiographical..."

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  • Little Deaths is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 3 years ago
    "The opening chapters are gripping but there is a lag in the tension in the middle section. Flint writes powerfully of Ruth’s stunned grief, a grief she deadens with alcohol and sex. The last third of the book, her trial, is absolutely riveting. The ending may or may not convince you, but that is perhaps immateria"

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