As America suffers through the latest school shooting, I find myself returning to the original for answers: Columbine.
In the hands of Jenny Quintana, ‘The Missing Girl’ is a real page-turner that steps between past and present, effectively evoking the struggle of the 1980s middle class in Britain.
Back before it became the norm, Columbine was the act that shocked a nation. Now, the mother of one of the shooters as attempted to chart that national horror.
While Oliver Sacks is no longer with us, his brain is. The noted dead man throws the spotlight on who we are in his latest effort. Spookily accurate.
While Jennifer Mills’ stunning debut novel addresses the end of everything, it does so in a very familiar place: home.
Samantha Irby’s book scythes into the bone of the modern experience. Blows of emotion batter the reader long after the final page.
2017 has been a year where the most responsible of adults have acted like children. So it’s fitting that Gretel Killeen’s new book brings the discussion to their level.
Alan Hollinghurst’s searing novel The Sparsholt Affair is a beast of many forms, where the words within shift with the changing eras the narrative flows through.
A circadian novel is one that follows their characters over a 24-hour period. It’s tough to produce, but when done correctly, the results are spectacular.
America is a country fast reaching divisive apathy, however, Hanif Abdurraqib points to another way to heal, as they have before, through the power of music.
Embedded presents something different in the Sci-Fi genre. Technology is not just introduced, it evolves alongside the narrative.
While Kamel Daoud’s book is a classic subversion of Albert Camus’ classic, something far more meaningful breathes just below the surface.
The effects of a true-crime podcast on the victim’s family are the first steps of Kathleen Barber’s book, which examines the stock we place in casual justice.
‘Girl in Snow’ approaches a murder from three distinct perspectives, but it is the weight and brilliance of those narratives that sets Kukafka apart. A superb debut.
Fiction tends to pull inspiration from something far stranger – reality. In fact, even the most famous fictional characters were cobbled together from relative nobodies. Elementary, innit.
This week marks the 101st birthday of the peerless Roald Dahl. In an effort to articulate what he meant, we asked our young (and young at heart) writers to honour him.
Elif Shafak’s success is built on great conflict. She illustrates the endless clash between the people and the state, religion and the self, and man against woman.
From Enid Blyton to 50 Shades of Grey. Just what books grab the imaginations of this group of four middle-aged cousinly book-clubbers? Well, we asked them – and regretted it instantly.
It’s been twenty years since Harry Potter took over the world. However, if you return to Hogwarts with adult eyes, is the magic still there?
Michael Chabon’s “Moonglow” is a stylistic hybrid of fiction and memoir, all in an effort to mislead the audience. Ballsy, yet fantastically done.
An appropriate read for the times we find ourselves in, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout takes on institutional racism and the comfortable social definitions we welcome.