October 9, 2018‘Paris Echo‘ is fairly seriously flawed, but Sebastian Faulks is so fluent a storyteller and so much of his material is so interesting, that I still found myself gripped to the last page.
October 8, 2018'Property' is a strong collection of short stories, and readers who have come to expect great writing from Shriver won’t be disappointed. But those burdened with a social conscience, or those aware of Shriver’s stances outside her fiction, may find that an objective reading requires quite some effort.
October 3, 2018Science fiction author Neal Stephenson and historical novelist Nicole Galland come together to produce an adventure in time travel that also offers a deeper look at the science and philosophy of the concept.
September 26, 2018'Left Bank' is a marvellous introduction to Paris when the city was the artistic, cultural and intellectual centre of the world. Choosing just the 1940s, author Agnes Poirier maps the Parisian way of life that would change the face of modern living.
September 25, 2018'The President Is Missing' review: Former US president Bill Clinton and author James Patterson's novel about the leader of the free world going incognito to derail a cyberterrorist’s plot.
September 24, 2018A minor character from Homer’s Odyssey is brought to life by Madeline Miller, who tells her version of this ancient Greek enchantress’ life. Circe is the most despised of the children of sun god Helios and nymph Perse, but within her is a gift never before seen among gods or men.
September 21, 2018The memoir of former US FBI director James Comey is about the value of ethical leadership and the necessity of truth. 'A Higher Loyalty' also presents parallels between Donald Trump’s leadership and that of the mafia.
September 19, 2018Rose Tremain is not an obvious candidate to join the band of writers keen to share their life story in the form of a memoir. From someone who has so conspicuously made a point of separating her fiction from her life, 'Rosie' is an unexpected book.