Sign up to our newsletter

Reviews

Book Review

Philip Kazan has taken the sketchy details known about the life of Fra Filippo Lippi, the 14th century Renaissance painter and fleshed them out into a lively and entertaining story.

More

Book Review

Amaterasu is a haunted woman, widowed and living in self-imposed exile in America. She has resisted learning English and spends more time with a whiskey bottle than she cares to admit. She considers herself responsible for her daughter’s death and guilt has consumed her for 40 years.

More

Book Review

Born just minutes apart and living next door to each other, Emmy and Oliver were destined to be best friends, and they were for the first seven years of their lives, until Oliver was taken away by his dad.

More

Book Review

The Seed Collectors tells the story of the Gardener family following the death of a mysterious great-aunt, Oleandar, and the implications of her curious legacy - packets of fatal seeds that might explain some of their dark history.  

More

Book Review

The stories in Lethem’s latest collection feature, among other things, a man named Pending Vegan trying to survive a psychological beating at SeaWorld, a blog that seems to have a physical existence and must be defended as if it were a castle, a girl who orgasms by hearing per

More

Book Review

Translated from its original Portugese by David Brookshaw, Couto’s short novel is a powerful and absorbing read. Told alternately by an imported hunter and a local woman, the story weaves past and present dangers through the family home and into the forest.

More

Book Review

Motherland – Jo McMillan

This assured debut from Jo McMillan was a delight from start to finish; I was immediately drawn into the lives of the main characters and was sorry to get to the end.

More

Book Review

Trollhunters tracks the coming-of-age of Jim Sturgess Jnr., a seemingly ordinary kid with an over-protective father. Jim’s uncle, Jack, was the last child to vanish during a spate of child disappearances in 1969, the last of the "milk carton kids".

More

Book Review

A novel that collides "Firefly" with Brother in the Land in the most satisfying way. Way Down Dark is a gritty, claustrophobic dystopian novel with a heroine worth rooting for.

More

Book Review

Some books can be read in a sitting but have a profound effect. Jean-Christophe Rufin, a co-founder of Medicins Sans Frontieres is also a prize-winning novelist.

More