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Book
John Agard
Review by Sam Pope
In an age when the very presence of books is under threat, what a joy to find a children’s book dedicated to, well, books!
The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
Review by Anna James

Ghosts of Heaven is a return to Sedgwick's talent for interlocking stories and symbols last seen in his 2012 novel Midwinterblood. It's an intelligent, ambitious an

Gwendolen
Diana Souhami
Review by Sally Hughes
It is surprising how often the less admirable characters capture the reader. A case in point is George Eliot’s novel Daniel Deronda.

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A Replacement Life
Boris Fishman
Review by Adam Ley-Lange

Russian immigrant Slava Gelman works at a fictitious equivalent of the New Yorker, but his is a lowly position, writing “flubs” for the humour section of the magazine.

The Taxidermist's Daughter
Kate Mosse
Review by Cara Fielder
It's 1912 and Connie's fragmented past lies just out of her grasp.
Magisterium: The Iron Trial
Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Review by Hannah Love
Cal has always been warned by his father that magicians are dangerous, and that at all costs Cal must hide his talent and not be accepted by the formidable Magisterium.
Head of State
Andrew Marr
Review by Sinead Fitzgibbon
Andrew Marr, according to the publisher’s blurb, "has long wanted to write a political satire". One can understand why.
Eleanor of Castile
Sara Cockerill
Review by Fiona McMillan
The task of bringing one of history’s undeservedly neglected queens to life would be a daunting challenge for any historian, and yet it is one that Sara Cockerill, a barrister by trade, has manag
The Dress
Marnie Fogg
Review by Joy Robinson
The Dress is divided into 100 themes such as the little black dress and the empire line.
Naming Jack the Ripper
Russell Edwards
Review by Paul Begg
In 2007 Russell Edwards bought a silk shawl which had allegedly belonged to Catherine Eddowes, a victim of the Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper.

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