December 03, 2021
Lily: A Tale of Revenge by Rose Tremain Chatto & Windus, £18.99, 288 pages ________ Rose Tremain is a prolific and prize-winning author, the recipient of the Whitbread and the Orange Prize for Fiction, shortlisted for the Costa and Booker. She is also an unpredictable one. Her work ranges across time from the Restoration to
October 14, 2021
Silverviewby John le Carré Penguin Viking, £20.00, 208 pages ________ Posthumous novels are rarely a good idea. A great writer’s literary executors find a discarded, unfinished manuscript in the bottom drawer, polish it up a bit and send it out into the world hoping to make some money before anybody notices that the book isn’t
October 02, 2021
Matrix by Lauren Groff  William Heinemann, £16.99, 272 pages __________ The 12th-century poet we know as Marie de France was, scholars argue, the greatest writer of short fiction before Boccaccio and Chaucer. Her lais – tantalisingly short romances written in octosyllabic couplets – are thought to rival the best that those great men had to
June 01, 2021
Violet Hudson reviews Elizabeth Macneal's latest novel, Circus of Wonders
April 01, 2021
There is no pulling of punches about what is to blame for this second flood: it lies squarely at the feet of modern life.
April 01, 2021
Ali Carter’s third outing for her amateur sleuth Susie Mahl holds Wodehousian charm
March 26, 2021
A heavy-going return by the Patrick Melrose author. Sophia Waugh reviews Edward St Aubyn's Double Blind
February 24, 2021
Emilie Morrison reviews The Cold Millions, by Jess Walter
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