Fiction reviews

Fiction book reviews, looking at some of the best new literature publications, including hardback and paperback releases, new authors and the review of existing classics.

The Miniaturist review – Jessie Burton falls short of debut novel class

The Miniaturist review – Jessie Burton falls short of debut novel class

With a lot of media attention and both the Specsaver and Waterstones Book Of The Year awards under its belt, we were hoping for a masterpiece of modern day historical fiction in Jessie Burton’s debut novel, The Miniaturist, but it misses the mark a little in its attempt to cover too many big subject areas.(…)

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road To The Deep North review

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road To The Deep North review

At an award ceremony London’s Guildhall in October last year, Richard Flanagan was named as the 2014 Booker Prize winner for his stunning historical drama, The Narrow Road To The Deep North and having read the book recently, we can only agree with the judging panel’s decision. It’s a wonderfully crafted drama that blurs the massive(…)

J by Howard Jacobson review

J by Howard Jacobson review

Howard Jacobson’s J is about as difficult to like as it is to finish, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t worthy of a read. It doesn’t try to be liked; it isn’t going to go out of its way to get you to finish it, but for anyone that pushes through, with slightly(…)

Meena Kandasamy The Gypsy Goddess review

Meena Kandasamy The Gypsy Goddess review

It’s not often for us to read a new novel and not wish we could change one element or another, but in Meena Kandasamy’s The Gypsy Goddess we think we may have met our match, as there isn’t a single thing that we’d change. That inevitably means that our review of the poet’s debut novel(…)

Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall review

Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall review

Though we’re a little late to the party in our review of Hilary Mantel‘s Wolf Hall, we can’t help but add our take on the scintillating novel that has already won The Booker Prize, The Walter Scott Prize for Literature and The National Book Critics Circle Award. There’s probably a lot of avid readers that(…)

Laurent Binet HHhH review

Laurent Binet HHhH review

By Martin Leese The first and most important thing to mention about HHhH is that despite it’s location in the fiction department of your local book retailer, website or library it is, for the most part, a work of astounding, obsessive non-fiction. The attention to detail and historical accuracy in the tale of second world(…)

Terry Pratchett, Snuff review

Terry Pratchett, Snuff review

Terry Pratchett’s Snuff is the latest novel in the brilliant City Watch series featuring the impassible Commander Samuel Vimes as he’s sort of forced on holiday with his wife Lady Sybil Ramkin and their young son Sam. It’s also the 39th Discworld Novel written by Pratchett, showing the prolific impact he’s had on the fantasy(…)

Swimming Home, Deborah Levy review

Swimming Home, Deborah Levy review

As the name suggests, Swimming Home by British writer Deborah Levy is a submerged plunge into the refracting light and pockets of darkness of home life abroad. Nominated for the 2012 Booker Prize, it’s a literary tour de force with poetic prose and a fascinating plot set in the sunshine of the French Riviera. The(…)

James Patterson & Mark Sullivan, Private Games review

James Patterson & Mark Sullivan, Private Games review

It’s not necessarily meant to be a comedy, but there’s definitely a few laughable moments in James Patterson’s latest crime thriller, Private Games, co written with Mark Sullivan. It’s not that

The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobson review

The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobson review

Mette Jakobson’s The Vanishing Act is well written, interesting and very different from a lot of other novels that look at love, relationships, family and loss. However, it just falls short of pulling off the alternative masterpiece it felt like it could have been in the first few pages. Told from the perspective of a(…)

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