Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Index of Reviews


Aaronovitch, Ben: Rivers of London. Body Work (review by Kate)

Ackland, Valentine: The Akeing Heart (review by Kate)

Ackroyd, Peter: Hawksmoor (review by Hilary)

Adams, Danny: Lest Camelot Fall (review by Holly)

Adichie, Chimimanda Ngozi: Americanah (review by Simon)

Aesop:  The Astronomer (review by Jackie)

Addison-Allen, Sarah: Garden Spells (review by Nikki)

Adrian, Chris: The Great Night (Review by Sam Ruddock)

Adrian, Matt: The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds (review by Hilary)

Aitken-Smith, Trent: The Tattoo Dictionary (review by Holly)

Alain-Fournier: Le Grand Meaulnes (review by Moira)

Albertine, Viv: Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys (review by Hilary)

Alderman, Naomi: The Lessons (review by Sam Ruddock)

Alexander, Elliott: The Smart-Ass Works (review by Rosy)

Alexander, Lynne: The Sister (review by Kate)

Alexander, Marguerite: Grievance (review by Nikki)

Alexander, Robert: The Kitchen Boy (review by Jackie)

Alexander, Tasha: A Poisoned Season (review by Jackie)

Alexander, Tasha: Elizabeth: The Golden Age (review by Jackie)

Alleyne, Susanne: A Treasury of Regrets (review by Jackie)

Allnatt, Judith: A Mile of River (review by Anne)

Altenberg, Karin: Island of Wings (review by Anne)

Anderson, M T: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing – Traitor to the Nation – Volume I (review by Trilby)

Anonymous of Canterbury: Chronicon Anonymi Cantuariensis 1346-1365 (review by Hilary)

Ansary, Tamim: Games without Rules (review by Kate)

Armitage, Simon: Seeing Stars (review by Sam Ruddock)

Armstrong, Isobel: Victorian Glassworlds (review by Moira)

Ascroft, Dianne:  Hitler and Mars Bars (review by Moira)

Ashley, Phillipa: Decent Exposure (review by Moira)

Ashley, Phillipa: Miranda’s Mount (review by Moira, Ticky and Hilary)

Ashley, Phillipa: Wish You Were Here (review by Moira)

Ashworth, Elizabeth: An Honourable Estate (review by Hilary)

Ashworth, Elizabeth: The de Lacy Inheritance (review by Hilary)

Ashworth, Jenn: Cold Light (review by Rosy)

Aslam, Nadeem: Maps for Lost Lovers (review by Jackie)

Athill, Diana: Somewhere Towards the End (review by Rosy)

Athill, Diana: Somewhere Towards the End (review by Simon)

Atkinson, Kate: Started Early, Took My Dog (review by Nikki)

Atwood, Margaret: MaddAddam (review by Kate)

Atwood, Margaret: Oryx and Crake (review by Kate)

Atwood, Margaret: The Year of the Flood (review by Kate)

Audeguy, Stéphane: The Theory of Clouds (review by Jackie)

Auerbach, Jeffery A.:The Great Exhibition of 1891 (review by Jackie)

Austin, Alex: The Red Album of Asbury Park (review by Jay Benedict)

Aymé, Marcel: The Man Who Walked Through Walls (review by Kate)


Babchenko, Arkady: One Soldier’s War in Chechnya (review by Mary)

Bagshawe, Louise: Passion (review by Moira)

Bainbridge, Beryl: Master Georgie (review by Sam)

Baines, Elizabeth: The Birth Machine (review by Lisa)

Baines, Elizabeth: Too Many Magpies (mini-review by Lisa)

Baines, Paul & Rogers, Pat: Edmund Curll, Bookseller (review by Leen)

Baker, Dorothy, Young Man With a Horn (review by Simon)

Baker, Jo: Longbourn (review by Hilary)

Baker, Stephen: How to Live with a Neurotic Dog (review by Moira)

Baldwin, James: Giovanni’s Room (review by Kate)

Ballard, J G: High Rise (review by Hilary)

Bannister, Jo: Brodie Farrell Mysteries (review by Jackie)

Banville, John: Ancient Light (review by Hilary)

Banville, John et al.: Imagined Lives. Portraits of Unknown People (review by Hilary)

Barbery, Muriel:  The Elegance of the Hedgehog (review by Trilby)

Barcelo, Elia: Heart of Tango (review by Anne)

Barclay, Linwood: Too Close to Home (review by Anne)

Barker, Pat: Life Class (review by Nikki)

Barnes, Rosy: Sadomasochism for Accountants (guest review by Anne Brooke)

Barnes, Simon: How to Be Wild (review by Leena)

Barr, Emily: The Sisterhood (review by Anne)

Barr, Kevin: There Are Little Kingdoms (review by Kate)

Barry, Sebastian:The Secret Scripture (review by Nikki)

Bayley, Robin: The Mango Orchard (review by Sam Ruddock)

Baskin, Leonard & Hughes, Ted: Under the North Star (review by Ariadne)

Bazes, Terry Richard: Lizard World (review by Kate)

Beauman, Ned: Boxer, Beetle (review by Anne)

Beauman, Ned: The Teleportation Accident  (review by Kate)

Beckwith, Lillian: The Hills is Lonely (review by Colin)

Bedford, Sybille: Quicksands: A Memoir (review by Leena)

Beecroft, Alex: False Colors (review by Anne)

Bell, David N: What Nuns Read (review by Hilary)

Bell, Mary Hayley: Whistle Down the Wind (review by Moira)

Benioff, David: City of Thieves (movie review by Lisa)

Bennett, Alan: The Uncommon Reader (review by Leena)

Bennett, Arnold: A Man from the North (review by Colin)

Bennett, Arnold: The Card (review by Kate)

Bennett, Arnold: Lord Raingo (review by Colin)

Bentley, Phyllis: The Brontës (review by Hilary)

Berkoff, Steven:  Diary of a Juvenile Delinquent (review by Moira)

Besant, Walter: Armorel of Lyonesse (review by Hilary)

Best, Geoffrey: Churchill, A Study in Greatness (review by Anne)

Binchy, Maeve: The Return Journey (review by Anne)

Binding, Tim:  Island Madness (review by Sharon)

Bingham, Charlotte:The Wind Off the Sea (review by Jackie)

Bioy Casares, Adolfo: Asleep in the Sun (review by Simon)

Birchall, Diana: Mrs Darcy’s Dilemma (review by Leena)

Birkett, Jennifer: Margaret Storm Jameson: A Life (review by Kate)

Blackie, Sharon: The Long Delirious Burning Blue (review by Moira)

Blackwell, Elise: The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish (review by Jackie)

Blair, Cherie:  Speaking for Myself (Review by Jackie)

Blake, William: The Sick Rose from Songs of Innocence and Experience (RosyB)

Blake, William: The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Experience (RosyB

Blanchard, Ken and Johnson, Spencer: The One Minute Manager (review/discussion by John and Kirsty)

Blanchard, Kenneth, Oncken, William Jr and Burrow, Hal:  The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey (review by Kirsty)

Blyton, Enid: The Ring O’ Bells Mystery (review by Moira)

Bohjalian, Chris: The Double Bind (review by Anne)

Bonner, Kal: Climbing a Ladder Backwards (review by Anne)

Bostridge, Ian: Schubert’s Winter Journey. Anatomy of an Obsession (review by Hilary)

Boulay-Goldsmith, Charlotte, and Hyde Laura: Topsy-Turvy Tales (review by Kate)

Bowron, Edgar Peters and others:  Best in Show (review by Jackie)

Boyne, John: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (review by Nikki)

Boyne, Walter J:  Dawn over Kitty Hawk (review by Jackie)

Bradbury, Ray:  The Illustrated Man (review by Jackie)

Bradley, Simon: St Pancras Station (review by Moira)

Bramah, Ernest, Max Carrados stories (review by Kate)

Bravi, Adrian N: The Combover (review by Kate)

Breen, Susan: The Fiction Class (review by Nikki)

Brewer, John: The Pleasures of the Imagination (review by Kate)

Bridge, Ann: Illyrian Spring (review by Kate)

Brocket, Jane: Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer (review by Lisa)

Bronte, Anne: Agnes Grey (review by Hilary)

Bronte, Charlotte: Tales of Angria (review by Kate)

Bronte, Charlotte: Shirley (review by Kate)

Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights (review by Moira)

Brooke, Anne: The Bones of Summer (review by Moira)

Brooke, Anne: A Dangerous Man (review by Lisa)

Brooks, Geraldine: The People of the Book(review by Nikki)

Brooks, Kevin: The Road of the Dead(review by Eve)

Brooks, Roy: Brothel in Pimlico (review by Hilary)

Brown, Craig: One on One. 101 True Encounters (review by Hilary)

Browne, Clare etc. (eds): English Medieval Embroidery. Opus Anglicanum (review by Hilary)

Brunton, Mary: Self Control and Discipline (review by Leena)

Brzezinski, Matthew: Red Moon Rising (review by Michael)

Bryson, Bill. A Walk in the Woods (review by Jackie)

Buchan, Ursula: A Green and Pleasant Land (review by Kate)

Buckingham, Will: The Descent of the Lyre (review by Kate)

Bulwer-Lytton, Edward (the bad writing contest)

Burleigh, Nina: Mirage (review by Jackie)

Burman, Carina: The Streets of Babylon (review by Lisa)

Butlin, Ron: Belonging (review by Lisa)

Butlin, Ron: Vivaldi and the Number 3 (review by Anne)

Butterfield, Jeremy:  Damp Squid (review by Moira)

Buxton, Nicholas: Tantalus and the Pelican: Exploring Monastic Spirituality Today (review by Anne)

Byatt, A.S.: The Children’s Book (review by Nikki)

Byrne, Trevor: Ghosts and Lightning (review by Lisa)


Cabot, Meg: Queen of Babble (review by Anne)

Cadbury, Deborah: Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (review by Moira)

Cadbury, Deborah:  The Space Race (review by Michael)

Calasso, Roberto: La Folie Baudelaire (review by Hilary)

Calcutt, David:  Shadow Bringer and Crowboy (review by Eve)

Campbell, Gordon:  Bible – The Story of the King James Version  (review by Moira)

Campbell, Jack: Lost Fleet: Dauntless (review by Lisa)

Camus, Albert: L’étranger/ The Stranger (1942) (review by Mary)

Capote, Truman: Other Voices, Other Rooms (review by Trilby)

Carey, Peter: His Illegal Self (review by Jackie)

Carey, Peter: Oscar and Lucinda (review by Jackie)

Carle, Eric: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (review by Lisa).

Carlo, Philip: The Ice Man (review by Jay and Moira)

Carr, E H:  What is History? (review by Michael Ng)

Carr, Richard: Veteran MPs and Conservative Politics (review by Kate)

Carrington, Leonora: The Hearing Trumpet (review by Kate)

Carson, Annette: Richard III – The Maligned King (review by Moira)

Carter, Jimmy: Always a Reckoning (review by Jackie)

Castro, Fidel with Ramonet, Ignacio: Fidel Castro: Biografía a dos voces (Part I – review by Kirsty)

Castro, Fidel with Ramonet, Ignacio: Fidel Castro: Biografía a dos voces (Part II – review by Kirsty)

Castro, Fidel with Ramonet, Ignacio: Fidel Castro: Biografia a dos voces (Part III – review by Kirsty)

Cave, Nick: The Death of Bunny Munro (review by Lisa)

Cezair-Thompson, Margaret: The Pirate’s Daughter (review by Nikki)

Chadwick, Elizabeth:  A Place Beyond Courage, The Greatest Knight, The Scarlet Lion (review by Moira)

Charney, Noah: The Art Thief (review by Jackie)

Cheska, Anna: Drop Dead Gorgeous (review by Anne)

Chester, Len: Bugle Boy (review by Leena)

Chester, Lewis: Tooth and Claw: The Inside Story of the Spitting Image (review by Rosy)

Cheuse, Alan: To Catch the Lightning (review by Lisa)

Chiacos, Elias: Mountain Drive – Santa Barbara’s First Bohemian Community (review by Moira)

Claire, Regi: Fighting It (review by Lisa)

Clare, Cassandra: The Mortal Instruments (review by Holly)

Clark, Stuart:The Sun Kings (review by Jackie)

Clark, Taylor: Starbucked (review by Jackie)

Clarke, Austin:  Collected Poems (review by Michael C)

Clarke, Norma:  Queen of the Wits – A life of Laetitia Pilkington (review by Hilary)

Clayton, Stephen: The art of being dead (review by Lisa)

Claus, Hugo: The Sorrow of Belgium (review by Trilby)

Cleave, Chris: The Other Hand (review by Anne)

Cobbett, William: Rural Rides (review by Hilary)

Coben, Harlan: Caught (review by Anne)

Cockburn, Linda: Living the Good Life (review by Mary)

Coetzee, J M: Summertime (Review by Sam Ruddock)

Cohen-Portheim, Paul: The Spirit of London (review by Hilary)

Collini, Stefan: Common Reading: Critics, Historians, Publics (review by Leena)

Collins: Collins English Dictionary (review by Kate)

Collins, B.R. : The Traitor Game (review by Eve)

Collins, Suzanne: The Hunger Games (review by Sam Ruddock)

Collins, Suzanne: Catching Fire (review by Sam Ruddock)

Collins, Warwick: Gents (review by Rosy)

Colman, Penny: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World (review by Susan)

Comyns, Barbara: Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (review by Simon)

Cone, Libby: War on the Margins (review by Lisa)

Conley, Susan: Drama Queen (review by Sam Tonge)

Connell, Rebecca: The Art of Losing (review by Moira)

Connolly, Cyril: Enemies of Promise (review by Hilary)

Conradi, Peter: The Survival of Royalty (review by Kate)

Cooke, Rachel: Her Brilliant Career (review by Hilary)

Cookman, Lesley: Libby Sarjeant mysteries(review by Jackie)

Cooper, Susan: Ghost Hawk (review by Kate)

Copeland, B Jack: Turing – Pioneer of the Information Age (review by Moira)

Couper, Heather: The Universe: A Three-Dimensional Study – Pop-up Book (review by Lisa)

Crane, Megan: I Love the 80s(review by Anne)

Crebbin, June: The Booktime Book of Fantastic First Poems (review by Lisa).

Crispin, Edmund: Swan Song. A Gervase Fen Mystery (review by Hilary)

Crystal, David: txtng – the gr8 db8 (review by Moira)

Crystal, David and Hilary: Wordsmiths and Warriors (review by Moira)

Cunningham, Michael:  The Hours (review by Sam Ruddock)

Cuno, James: Who Owns Antiquity? (review by Jackie)

Czerkawska, Catherine: The Curiosity Cabinet (review by Hilary)

Czerkawska, Catherine: Ice Dancing (review by Hilary)

Czerkawska, Catherine: The Jewel (review by Hilary)


Dahl, Sophie: Playing With the Grown-Ups (review by Nikki)

Dallas, Gregor:  Metro Stop Paris (review by Jackie)

Dante Alighieri: The Divine Comedy, translated by Dorothy L Sayers (review by Hilary)

Danziger, Danny: Museum – Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (review by Jackie)

Darling, Frank Fraser: Island Farm, Island Years (review by Kate)

Darwin, Emma: A Secret Alchemy (joint review by Lisa, Moira and Jackie)

Darwin, Emma: The Mathematics of Love (review by Jackie)

Dave, Laura: The Divorce Party (review by Lisa)

Davies, Peter Ho: The Welsh Girl (review by Nikki)

Davies, Stevie: Into Suez (review by Lisa)

Davies, Stevie: Kith and Kin (review by Lisa)

Davies, Stevie: The Eyrie (review by Lisa)

Davis, Linda: A Cartoonist’s Life (review by Jackie)

Dawson, J:  The Great Lover (review by Anne)

Deamer, Dulcie: The Queen of Bohemia (review by Trilby)

Dean, Rebecca: The Golden Prince (review by Nikki)

DeGrasse Tyson, Dr Neil:  The Pluto Files (review by Jackie)

De La Hoya, Oscar: American Son(review by Jackie)

Delaney, Frank: Tipperary (review by Jackie)

de Waal, Edmund: The Hare With Amber Eyes (review by Hilary)

deWitt, Patrick: The Sisters Brothers (review by Sharon)

DeWoskin, Rachel: Repeat After Me (review by Lisa)

Dickens, Charles: Bleak House (review by Nikki)

Dickens, Charles: A Christmas Carol (review by Jackie)

Dickens, Charles, The Old Curiosity Shop (review by Kate)

Dickinson, Miranda: Fairytale of New York (review by Moira)

Dillon, Lucy: Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (review by Moira)

Diski, Jenny: On Trying to Keep Still (review by Trilby)

Divry, Sophie: The Library of Unrequited Love (review by Hilary)

Donaldson, Julia: The Gruffalo Sound Book (review by Lisa)

Donovan, Gerard: Julius Winsome (review by Tom Vowler)

Dontsova, Daria: Lampa razyskivaet Alladina/Lamp seeks Aladdin (review by Kirsty)

Dowd, Siobhan: Bog Child (review by Eve)

Dowling, Clare: Just the Three of Us (guest review by Samantha Tonge)

Doyle, Roddy: The Woman who Walked into Doors (review by Mary)

Dudley, Nikki: Ellipsis (review by Sam Ruddock)

Dugan, Sally: Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel (review by Kate)

Duffy, Eamon: The Voices of Morebath. (review by Hilary)

Dunant, Sarah: Sacred Hearts (review by Hilary)

Dunmore, Helen: Ingo (review by Lisa)

Dunn, Suzannah: The Confession of Katherine Howard (review by Anne)

Duras, Marguerite: La pluie d’été/Summer Rain (review by Leena)

Duras, Marguerite: Le ravissement de Lol V. Stein/The Ravishing of Lol Stein (review by Leena)

Durrell, Gerald:  The Drunken Forest (review by Michelle Lewis})

Durst, Sarah Beth: Ice (review by Nikki)

Dyer, Geoff: The Missing of the Somme (review by Hilary)


Eagleman, David: Sum (review by Lisa)

Eagleman, David: Sum: the audiobook (review by Lisa)

Ebook Week: Ebooks Saved My Life (article by Anne)

Eckstein, Sue: The Cloths of Heaven (review by Rosy)

Eddison, E R: The Worm Ourobouros (review by Kate)

Edgeworth, Maria: Helen (review by Leena)

Edmonds, David and Eidinow, John: Bobby Fischer goes to War (guest review by Ken Owen)

Edwards, Martin: The Golden Age of Murder (review by Simon)

Ehrenreich, Barbara: Smile Or Die (review by Hilary)

Eliot, T S: The Wasteland (review by Rosy)

Elgin, Lauren: Flâneuse (review by Hilary)

Enright, Anne (ed.): The Granta Book of Irish Short Stories (review by Kate)

Erpenbeck, Jenny, The End of Days (trans) (review by Kate)

Esquivel, Laura: Like Water For Chocolate (review by Kate)

Eugenides, Jeffrey: Middlesex (review by Sam Ruddock)

ed Eyre, Sarah & Page, Ra: The New Uncanny: Tales of Unease (review by Anne)


Faber, Michel: The Crimson Petal and The White  (review by Moira)

Faber, Toby: Stradivarius. Five Violins, One Cello and a Genius (review by Hilary)

Falkner, John Meade: The Nebuly Coat (review by Hilary)

Fante, John: Ask the Dust (review by Jenn)

Farmer, D C: The 400lb Gorilla (review by Kate)

Faulks, Sebastian:Charlotte Gray (review by Jackie)

Feaver, William: Pitmen Painters – The Ashington Group 1934-1984. (Review by Hilary)

Federle, Tim: Tequila Mockingbird. Cocktails with a literary twist (review by Hilary)

Fellowes, Julian: Past Imperfect (review by Anne)

Fénéon, Félix: Novels in Three Lines (guest review by Alex Pheby)

Fenton, KaIte: Picking Up (review by Anne)

Fenwick, Eliza: Secresy; or, the Ruin on the Rock (review by Leena)

Fenwick, Liz: A Cornish Affair (review by Moira)

Fenwick, Liz: The Cornish House (review by Moira)

Fenwick, Liz: The Returning Tide (review by Moira)

Fenwick, Liz: Under a Cornish Sky (reveiw by Moira)

Ferguson, Rachel: Celebrated Sequels (review by Kate)

Fforde, Jasper: Shades of Grey (review by Sharon)

Fforde, Jasper: The Eyre Affair (review by Sharon)

Fforde, Katie: Restoring Grace (review by Kirsty)

Finch, Charles: A Beautiful Blue Death (review by Jackie)

Firbank, Ronald: Inclinations (review by Kate)

Fischer, Tibor: Good to be God (review by Lisa).

Fisher, Colin: A Republic of Wolves, A City of Ghosts (review by Hilary)

Fitch, Stona: Give and Take (review by Lisa)

Fitch, Stona: Senseless (review by Lisa)

Fitzgerald, Edward: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (review by Hilary)

Fitzgerald, Helen:  Dead Lovely (review by Rosy)

Flock, Elizabeth: Everything Must Go (review by Mary)

Flynn, Katie: A Mistletoe Kiss (review by Nikki)

Foer, Jonathan Safran: Eating Animals (review by Sam Ruddock)

Frankham-Allen, Andy: Seeker (review by Anne)

Franklin, Miles: My Brilliant Career (review by Emily)

Freely, Maureen: Enlightenment (review by Ariadne)

Freely, Maureen:The Other Rebecca (review by Leena)

Freeman, Castle: All That I Have (review by Lisa)

French, Tana: The Likeness (review by Lisa)

French, Nicci: Complicit (review by Anne)

Frere, Richard: Maxwell’s Ghost. An Epilogue to Gavin Maxwell’s Camusfearna (review by Hilary)

Friedman, Richard Elliott and Dolansky, Shawna :  The Bible Now (review by Moira)

Fromkin, David: The King and the Cowboy (review by Jackie)

Fullerton, Jean: A Glimpse at Happiness (review by Moira)

Furstenberg, Francois: In the Name of the Father (review by Ken Owen)


Gage, Beverly: The Day Wall Street Exploded (review by Moira)

Gaiman, Neil and Russell, P Craig: Coraline (review by Sharon)

Gaiman, Neil:  Sandman (0verview by Kari Maaren)

Gale, Patrick: A Sweet Obscurity (review by Lisa)

Gale, Patrick: Rough Music (review by Nikki)

Galgut, Damon: In a Strange Room (review by Sam)

Galgut, Damon: The Impostor (review by Anne)

Galloway, Janice: All Made Up (review by Hilary)

Gamble, Tom:  Amazir  (review by Moira and Jay)

Garber, Marjorie: Sex and Real Estate: Why We Love Houses (review by Jackie)

Gardner, Antony: Fox (review by Kate)

Gardner, Dan: Risk (review by Moira)

Gardner, Katy: Hidden (review by Anne)

Garfield, Simon: Just My Type (review by Hilary)

Garmonsway, G N (ed): The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (review by Moira)

Garner, Alan: Boneland (review by Kate)

Garner, Alan: Strandloper (review by Kate)

Garner, Helen: The Spare Room (review by Rosy)

Garnett, Eve: The Family from One Street (review by Colin)

Garnett, David: Lady Into Fox (review by Hilary)

Gaskell, Elizabeth: Gothic Tales (review by Leena)

Gaspard, Lynn (ed.): Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic (review by Kate)

Gebbie, Vanessa: Words from a glass bubble (review by Anne)

Gessler, J E and Kotar, S L: Riverboat – The Evolution of a Television Series (review by Moira)

Gessler, J E and Kotar, S L:  The Steamboat Era (review by Moira)

Gerrard Peter, The Guv’Nor (mini-review by Lisa)

Getty, J Arch and Naumov, Oleg V:  The Road to Terror (review by Kirsty)

Gibbons, Stella: Westwood (review by Hilary)

Gillard, Linda: Star Gazing (review by Lisa).

Gissing, George: New Grub Street (review by Moira)

Glancey, Jonathan: Lost Buildings. Demolished, Destroyed, Imagined, Reborn (review by Hilary)

Glass, Lisa: Prince Rupert’s Teardrop (review by Leena)

Goddard, Robert: Long Time Coming (review by Anne)

Goldman, William: Adventures in the Screen Trade (review by Hilary)

Gordon-Cumming, Jane: A Proper Family Christmas (review by Anne)

Gorn, Elliott J:  Dillinger’s Wild Ride  (review by Jay Benedict)

Goscinny and Sempé:  Histoires Inédites du Petit Nicolas (review by Kirsty)

Gourevitch, Philip (ed): The Paris Review Interviews, vol II(review by Trilby)

Grahame-Smith, Seth: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (review by Lisa)

Grant, Thomas: Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories (review by Hilary)

Gray, Keith: Ostrich Boys (review by Eve)

Green, Jane: Girl Friday (review by Anne)

Green, Jane: Spellbound (review by Anne)

Green, Michael: The Art of Coarse Acting. 50th Anniversary Edition (review by Hilary)

Gregory, Philippa: The Favoured Child (review by Nikki)

Gregory, Philippa: The Other Queen (review by Anne)

Greig, Andrew: In Another Light (review by Nikki)

Greig, Charlotte: A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy (review by Nikki)

Grenier, Roger: The Difficulty of Being a Dog (review by Leena)

Gribbin, John and Mary: Flower Hunters (review by Moira)

Grimbert, Philippe: Secret (review by Eve)

Grossman, Vasily: Everything Flows (review by Robert Chandler)

Guarino, Deborah: Is Your Mama A Llama? (review by Lisa)

Guilliatt, Richard and Hohnen, Peter: The Wolf (review by Michael Ng)


Haag, Michael: The Durrells of Corfu (review by Kate)

Haggith, Mandy: The Last Bear (review by Mary)

Haig, Matt: The Radleys (review by Lisa)

Halfon, Eduardo: The Polish Boxer (Translated by Ollie Brock, Thomas Bunstead, Lisa Dillman, Daniel Hahn, and Anne McLean) (reviewed by Sam Ruddock)

Hall, Ian: Fisherground – Living the Dream (reviewed by Moira)

Hall, Lee:  The Pitmen Painters (Play review by Hilary)

Hambly, Barbara: Patriot Hearts (review by Jackie)

Hannah, Sophie: The Other Half Lives (review by Anne)

Hannah, Sophie: The Point of Rescue (guest review by Charlotte Duckworth)

Hannah, Sophie:The Book of Everybody’s Secrets (review by Jackie)

Hanbury, Elizabeth: The Paradise Will (review by Kirsty)

Hardinge, Frances: Verdigris Deep (review by Eve)

Hardy, Thomas: Jude the Obscure (review by Rosy and Lisa)

Harkaway, Nick: The Gone-Away World (review by Moira)

Harkup, Kathryn: A is for Arsenic (review by Kate)

Harman, Claire: Jane’s Fame. How Jane Austen conquered the world (review by Hilary)

Harman, Claire: Sylvia Townsend Warner – a Biography (review by Hilary)

Harper, M J:  The History of Britain Revealed (review by Moira)

Harris, Alexandra: Romantic Moderns (review by Hilary)

Harris, E Lynn: In My Father’s House (review by Anne)

Harris, Jane: Gillespie and I (review by Nikki)

Harris, M G: The Joshua Files – Invisible City (review by Eve)

Harrison, Michelle:  The Thirteen Treasures (review by Eve)

Hartman, Rachel: Seraphina (review by Kate)

Haughton, Chris: Oh No, GEORGE! (review by Lisa)

Hay, Donna:  The Two Mrs Robinsons (review by Anne)

Haynes’ Owners Workshop Manual CB400/4 (review by Michael)

Healey, Emma: Elizabeth is Missing (review by Simon)

Heaney, Seamus:  District and Circle (review by Jackie)

Hegarty, John: Hegarty on Advertising (review by Hilary)

Hemingway, Ernest: The Old Man and the Sea (review by Jackie)

Henderson, Caspar: The Book of Barely Imagined Beings (review by Hilary)

Henderson, J. A.: Bunker 10 (review by Eve)

Henderson, J A:   Colony (review by Eve)

Henderson, J. A.: Crash (review by Eve)

Herbert, George: Poems (review by Hilary)

Heyer, Georgette: The Grandy Sophy and Venetia (review by Emma)

Heyer, Georgette: The Talisman Ring (review by Kate)

Hicks, Carola: Girl in a Green Gown. The History and Mystery of the Arnolfini Portrait (review by Hilary)

Himmelstrup, Kaj: The Children of Tonacatecutli (review by Kate)

Hiraide, Takashi: The Guest Cat (review by Simon)

Hird, Laura: Nail and Other Stories (review by Jenn)

Hirvonen, Elina: When I Forgot (review by Leena)

Hobb, Robin:  Assassin’s Apprentice (review by Sharon)

Høeg, Peter: Borderliners (review by Rosy)

Hoffman, Alice: The Story Sisters (review by Anne)

Holahan, Evelyn: The Akeing Heart (review by Kate)

Hollis, Matthew: Now All Roads Lead to France (review by Hilary)

Holloway, Richard: Between the Monster and the Saint (review by Mary)

Holtby, Winifred: Letters to a Friend (review by Kate)

Hooper, Chloe: The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island (review by Sam)

Hore, Rachel: The Glass Painter’s Daughter (review by Moira)

Horn, Pamela: Life as a Victorian Lady (review by Ariadne)

Horowitz, Anthony: The House of Silk (review by Anne)

Horspool, David: The English Rebel: One Thousand Years of Troublemaking, from the Normans to the Nineties (review by Hilary)

Horspool, David: Why Alfred Burned the Cakes (review by Moira)

Houston, Keith: Shady Characters (review by Hilary)

Howell, Katherine: Cold Justice (review by Lisa).

Howell, Simmone: Everything Beautiful (review by SamRuddock)

Hughes, Ted and Godwin, Fay: Elmet (review by Moira)

Humble, Nicola: Culinary Pleasures (review by Kate)

Humble, Nicola: The Feminine Middlebrow Novel (review by Simon)

Humphreys, Helen: The Frozen Thames (review by Trilby)

Humphreys, Joe: Foul Play: What’s Wrong with Sport (review by Mary)

Hurston, Zora Neale:  Their Eyes Were Watching God (review by Moira)

Huxley, Aldous: Crome Yellow (review by Simon)

Huxley, Aldous: The Genius and the Goddess (review by Simon)

Hwang Sok-yong, Princess Bari (review by Kate)

Hyde, Laura, and Boulay-Goldsmith, Charlotte: Topsy-Turvy Tales (review by Kate)

Hyland, M. J: How The Light Gets In (review by Lisa)

Hyland, M. J: This Is How (review by Lisa)



Imlach, Gary:  My Father and other Working Class Heroes (review by Ken Owen)

Irwin, Margaret: Still She Wished For Company (review by Hilary)

Isherwood, Christopher: Mr. Norris Changes Trains (review by Simon)

Ishiguro, Kazuo: Never Let Me Go (review by Mary)


Jääskeläinen, Pasi Ilmari: The Rabbbit Back Literature Society (review by Kate & Leena)

Jackson, Kate: Mean and Lowly Things (review by Jackie)

Jackson, Mick: Bears of England (review by Sam Ruddock)

Jackson, Mick: The Widow’s Tale (review by Sam Ruddock)

Jackson, Shirley: We Have Always Lived in the Castle (review by Colin)

Jacobson, Howard: The Finkler Question (review by Sam Ruddock)

Jafry, Nasim Marie: The State of Me (review by Lisa)

Jahren, Hope: Lab Girl (review by Kate)

James, John: Votan and other Novels (review by Colin)

James, Oliver: Affluenza (review by Trilby)

James, P.D.: Death Comes to Pemberley (review by Anne)

James, Thomas: Letters to a Stranger (guest review by Joseph Spece)

Tove Jansson, Sculptor’s Daughter (review by Kate)

Jansson, Tove: The Summer Book (review by Leena)

Jenkins, Elizabeth: The Tortoise and the Hare (review by Hilary)

Jenkins, Herbert: Patricia Brent, Spinster (review by Simon)

Jenkins, Nigel: Blue and O for a gun (review by Lisa)

Jewell, Lisa: 31 Dream Street (review by Anne)

Jian, Ma: Red Dust (Review by Sam Ruddock)

Joannides, Paul: The Guide to Getting it On (review by Rosy)

Johnston, Linda O: Nothing to Fear but Ferrets (review by Jackie)

Johnstone, Doug: Hit & Run (review by Lisa)

Johnstone, Doug: The Ossians (review by Lisa)

Jones, Edward P: The Known World (review by Mary)

Jones, Robert: Alfred Wallis, Artist and Mariner (review by Hilary)

Jones, Wendy Grayson Perry: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl (review by Hilary)

Judd, Peter Haring (ed.): The Akeing Heart (review by Kate)

Judt, Tony: The Memory Chalet (review by Hilary)

July, Miranda: It Chooses You (review by Lisa)

July, Miranda: No One Belongs Here More Than You (review by Trilby and Jenn)


Kamoche, Ken N: A Fragile Hope (review by Anne)

Kanno, Aya: Requiem of the Rose King (review by Lucy)

Kavenna, Joanna: Inglorious (review by Leena)

Keegan, Claire: Walk the Blue Fields (review by Kate)

Kelly, Ian: Casanova (review by Anne)

Kelsey, Linda: The Secret Lives of Sisters (guest review by Samantha Tonge)

Kemp, Jonathan: London Triptych (review by Anne)

Kendall, Tim (Editor): The Poetry of the First World War (review by Moira)

Keneally, Thomas: The People’s Train (review by Anne)

Kennedy, Margaret: Jane Austen (review by Hilary)

Kennedy, Margaret: Troy Chimneys (review by Hilary)

Kennedy, Peter: Fishermen’s Tales (review by Kate)

Kent, Trilby: Medina Hill (review by Eve)

Kent, Trilby: Smoke Portrait (review by Anne and Lisa)

Kent, Trilby: Silent Noon (review by Holly)

Kevles, Bettyann Holtzmann: Almost Heaven (review by Jackie)

Killen, Chris: The Bird Room (review by Anne)

Kipling, Rudyard: Stalky & Co (review by Hilary)

Kita, Bronia:The Swansong of Wilbur McCrum (review by Jackie)

Klinkenborg, Verlyn: Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile (review by Jackie)

Kloester, Jennifer: Georgette Heyer. Biography of a Best-Seller (review by Kate)

Knight, Gavin: The Swordfish and the Star (review by Hilary)

Knowles, Elizabeth (Ed.): The Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (review by Moira)

Koa Wing, Sandra: Our Longest Days (review by Moira)

Koenig, Rhoda: The New Devil’s Dictionary (review by Lisa)

Kollontai, Alexandra: Communism and the Family (review by Kirsty)

Kollontai, Alexandra: Red Love (review by Kirsty)

Korr, Chuck and Close, Marvin: More Than Just a Game (review by Ken Owen)

Kotar, S L and Gessler, J E: Riverboat – The Evolution of a Television Series (review by Moira)

Kotar, S L and Gessler, J E:  The Steamboat Era (review by Moira)

Krauss, Nicole:  The History of Love (review by Sam Ruddock)


Lace, Kate: The Chalet Girl(review by Moira)

Lace, Kate: The Trophy Girl (review by Kirsty) (review by Kate)

Lampedusa, Giuseppe Tomasi di: The Leopard (review by Hilary)

Landman, Tanya: Mondays are Murder (review by Lisa)

Langton, Jerry: Rat – How the World’s most Notorious Rodent Clawed its Way to the Top (review by Jackie)

Lansens, Lori The Girls (review by Jackie)

Lanyon, Peter: Soaring Flight. Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings (review by Hilary)

Lear, Linda:Beatrix Potter:A Life in Nature (review by Jackie)

Law, Catherine – A Season of Leaves (review by Lisa)

Lee Jing-Jing: If I Could Tell You (review by Kate)

Leigh, J S: Preston Cotton Martyrs – The millworkers who shocked a nation (review by Moira)

Leighton, Isabel (ed.): The Aspirin Age (review by Colin)

Lejeune, Anthony: The Gentlemen’s Clubs of London   (review by Kate)

Lelord, Francois: Hector and the Search for Happiness (review by RosyB)

Leon, Donna and Pianara, Roberta: A Taste of Venice: At Table With Brunetti (review by Hilary)

Leonard, Stephen Pax: The Polar North (review by Kate)

Lessing, Doris:  The Golden Notebook (review by Sam Ruddock)

Lette, Kathy: How to Kill your Husband (review by Lisa)

Levi, Carlo: Christ Stopped at Eboli (review by Hilary)

Lewis, Michael: The Blind Side (review by Ken Owen)

Lewycka, Marina:  Strawberry Fields (aka Two Caravans)(review by Jackie)

Liss, David:  The Coffee Trader (review by Jackie)

Lister-Kaye, John: Nature’s Child: Encounters with Wonders of the Natural World (review by Leena)

Lively, Penelope: Moon Tiger (review by Nikki)

Lively, Penelope: Passing On (review by Kate)

Lloyd, Saci: The Carbon Diairies 2015 (review by Eve)

Lodge, David: Author, Author (review by Audrey)

Lodge, David: Therapy (review by Mary)

Loeb, Jeph and Sale, Tim: The Long Halloween (almost-a-review by Kirsty)

London, Clare: Freeman (review by Anne)

Long, James: Ferney (review by Simon)

Long, Richard: Time And Space (review by Hilary)

Loos, Anita: No Mother to Guide Her (review by Leena)

Lorca, Federico García: Selected Poems (review by Hilary)

Lovett, Charlie: The Bookman’s Tale (review by Hilary)

Lynas, Mark: Six Degrees (review by Mary)


Ma, Jian: Red Dust (Review by Sam Ruddock)

Mabey, Richard: Dreams of the Good Life. Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford (review by Hilary)

MacAhmlaigh, Donall:  An Irish Navvy (review by Michael)

MacDougall, Ian: Voices of Scottish Librarians (review by Colin)

MacNeice, Louis: An Autumn Journal (review by Michael)

Maconie, Stuart: Pies and Prejudice (review by Hilary)

Maddison, Isobel: Beyond the German Garden (review by Kate)

Makine, Andrei: Human Love (review by Anne)

Makine, Andrei:  The Woman who Waited (review by Jackie)

Maitland, Sara: A Book of Silence (review by Hilary)

Maitland, Sara: Moss Witch and Other Stories (review by Kate)

Malik, Ayisha: Sofia Khan is NOT Obliged (review by Kate)

Mallock, W H: Every Man His Own Poet (review by Kate)

Mansell, Jill: Good at Games (review by Kirsty)

Mansfield, Katherine: Something Childish (review by Simon)

Mantel, Hilary:  Wolf Hall (review by Nikki)

Maron, Margaret:  Deborah Knott Mysteries (review by Jackie)

Marquis, Don: archy & mehitabel (review by Hilary)

Martin, Andrew: The Necropolis Railway (review by Hilary)

Martin, Sandra: Adolphe Valette – A French Impressionist in Manchester (review by Moira)

Maruyama, Chihiro, and Kamigaki, Hiro: Pierre, the Maze Detective (reviewed by Lucy)

Marx, Karl and Engels, Freidrich: The Communist Manifesto (review by Kirsty)

Maskalyk, James. Six Months in Sudan (review by Lisa)

Maslen, Elizabeth: Life in the Writings of Storm Jameson (review by Kate)

Mason, Richard: History of a Pleasure Seeker (review by Anne)

Mason, Richard: The Lighted Rooms (review by Anne)

Maugham, W. Somerset: The Painted Veil (review by Jackie)

Max, D.T.: The Family That Couldn’t Sleep (review by Leena)

Maxtone Graham, Ysenda: Mr. Tibbits’s Catholic School (review by Simon)

Maxwell, Gavin: God Protect Me From My Friends and The Ten Pains of Death (review by Hilary)

Mayor, F M The Rector’s Daughter (review by Hilary)

McCaffrey, Todd: Dragonholder (review by Kate)

McCall Smith, Alexander: The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (review by Lisa)

McCann, Maria: The Wilding (review by Anne)

McCarthy, Cormac: All The Pretty Horses (review by Dylan)

McCluskey, Kirsty Jane: The Royal Confessor (review by Moira)

McCormack, Mike: Short Fiction 3 (mini-review by Lisa)

McCrum, Mark: Going Dutch in Beijing (review by Lisa)

McDonald, Henry: Gunsmoke and Mirrors (review by Michael)

McEwan, Ian: On Chesil Beach (review by Trilby)

McGowan, Anthony: The Knife that Killed Me (review by Eve)

McGregor, Jon: Even The Dogs (review by Sam Ruddock)

McGregor, Jon: This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You (review by Sam Ruddock)

McIntyre, Vonda: The Moon and the Sun (review by Kate)

McKendrick, Scot et al.: Royal Manuscripts. The Genius of Illumination (review by Hilary)

McLean, Lenny: The Guv’Nor (mini-review by Lisa)

McMaster, Rhyll: Feather Man (review by Lisa)

Mead, Rebecca: The Road to Middlemarch. My Life With George Eliot (review by Hilary)

Mérimée, Prosper: Carmen (review by Moira)

Merle, Robert: Death Is My Trade/La mort est mon métier (review by Mary)

Metaxas, Eric: Amazing Grace (review by Kate)

Mieville, China  :  Un Lun Dun (review by Sharon)

Miles, Barry: Hippie (review by Jackie)

Miles, Kathryn:Adventures With Ari (review by Jackie)

Miller, Andrew:Pure (review by Anne)

Miller, Kei: A Light Song of Light (review by Sam Ruddock)

Miller, Rebecca: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (review by Nikki)

Milne, A.A.: The Red House Mystery (review by Simon)

Miscione, Lisa: Angel Fire (review by Lisa)

Mistry, Rohinton: A Fine Balance (review by Jackie)

Mitchell, David: Black Swan Green (review by Nikki)

Mitchell, David: The Bone Clocks (review by Kate)

Mitchell, David: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet (review by Kate)

Mitchell, L G: Lord Melbourne:1779 – 1848 (review by Moira)

Mitford, Nancy: A Talent to Annoy (review by Kate)

Mitford, Nancy:  Love in a Cold Climate/The Pursuit of Love (review by Sharon)

Mittelmark, Howard and Newman, Sandra:  How not to Write a Novel (review by Hilary)

Mok, D K: The Other Tree (review by Kate)

Monbiot, George: Heat – How we can stop the planet from burning (review by Mary)

Montefiore, Santa:  The Italian Matchmaker (review by Moira)

Montgomery: L.M.: Anne of Green Gables (review by Simon)

Moorcroft, Sue: Uphill All the Way (review by Leena)

Moorcroft, Sue: Dream a Little Dream (review by Moira)

Moore, Alan and Gibbons, Dave:  Watchmen (review by Kari Maaren)

Morais, Richard C: Buddhaland Brooklyn (review by Kate)

Moriarty, Jaclyn: Becoming Bindy Mackenzie (review by Emily)

Moriarty, Jaclyn: Finding Cassie Crazy (review by Leena)

Morpurgo, Michael:  Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea (review by Eve).

Morrall, Clare: The Man Who Disappeared (review by Anne)

Morris, Jan: Ciao, Carpaccio! (review by Hilary)

Morris, R. N.: A Vengeful Longing (review by Emily)

Morris, W. F.: Bretherton Khaki or Field Grey? (review by Colin)

Morrissey, Donna: Sylvanus Now (review by Mary)

Morton, J B: Beachcomber (review by Hilary)

Morton, Kate: The House At Riverton (review by Hilary)

Moyes, Jojo: The Last Letter from Your Lover (review by Jay Benedict)

Mullan, John: What matters in Jane Austen? Twenty crucial puzzles solved (review by Hilary)

Murdoch, Iris: The Black Prince (Review by Sam Ruddock)

Murakami, Haruki: Sputnik Sweetheart (Review by Sam Ruddock)

Murakami, Haruki: 1Q84 (Book One and Book Two) (Review by Sam Ruddock)

Murakami, Haruki: 1Q84 (Book Three) (Review by Sam Ruddock

Murray, Pail: Skippy Dies (review by Nikki)

Myerson, Julie: The Story of You (review by Kate)


Nadeau, Jean-Benoît and Barlow, Julie: Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong (review by Hilary)

Némirovsky, Irène: Suite Française (review by Mary)

Nersesian, Arthur: Chinese Takeout (review by Jackie)

Ness, Patrick: A Monster Calls (review by Sam Ruddock)

Ness, Patrick: The Knife of Never Letting Go (review by Sam Ruddock)

Ness, Patrick: The Ask and The Answer (review by Sam Ruddock)

Ness, Patrick: Monsters of Men (review by Sam Ruddock)

Neruda, Pablo: Confieso que he vivido / Memoirs (review by Kirsty)

Nevin, Charles: Lancashire – Where Women Die of Love (review by Moira)

Newman, Sandra and Mittelmark, Howard:  How Not to Write a Novel (review by Hilary)

Nicholl, Charles: The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street (review by Hilary)

Nicholl, Charles: Traces Remain (review by Hilary)

Nicholls, Sally: Ways to Live Forever (review by Leena)

Nicholson, Norman: Wednesday Early Closing (review by David Boyd)

Nicholson, Adam: The Gentry (review by Kate)

Niffenegger, Audrey: Her Fearful Symmetry (review by Anne)

Niffenegger, Audrey: The Time Traveler’s Wife (review by Mary)

Nothdurft, William and Smith, Josh: The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt (review by Jackie)

Nothomb, Amélie: Sulphuric Acid AND The Life of Hunger (review by Leena)

Novik, Naomi: Temeraire (review by Kate)


Obama, Barack: Dreams From My Father (review by Mary)

O’Brien, Anne: Devil’s Consort (review by Anne)

O’Brien, Edna: Returning (review by Kate)

O’Brien, Flann: The Best of Myles. (review by Hilary)

O’Brien, Ronan: Confessions of a Fallen Angel (review by Nikki)

O’Connor: A Life of Your Own (review by Kate)

O’Connor, Frank: My Oedipus Complex and Other Stories (review by Kate)

O’Connor, Joseph: Ghost Light (review by Sam Ruddock)

O’Cuneen, Pamela: Hummingbirds in my Hair (review by Kate)

Ó hEithir, Breandán:  Over the Bar (review by Michael)

O’Faolain, Nuala: Are You Somebody? (review by Mary)

O’Flynn, Catherine: What Was Lost (review by Leena)

O’Flynn, Catherine (Editor): Roads Ahead (review by RosyB)

O’Grady, Paul: At My Mother’s Knee… And Other Low Joints (review by Nikki)

Ommanney, Richard:  Jerome’s Angel (review by Moira)

O’Reilly, Sally: Dark Aemilia (review by Holly as Guest)

Orwell, George: Keep the Aspidistra Flying (review by Sam)

Orwell, George: The Road to Wigan Pier (review by Hilary)

Orwell, George: Collected Letters, Essays and Journalism (review by Kate)

Osmond, Hazel: The First Time I Saw Your Face (review by Hilary)

Osmond, Hazel: Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? (review by Hilary)

Oyeyemi, Helen: White is for Witching (review by Nikki)


Padua, Sydney: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage (review by Hilary)

Page, Sophie: To Marry a Prince (review by Anne)

Palliser, Charles: The Quincunx (review by Sam)

Parke, Iain: Heavy Duty People (review by Lisa)

Parkes, Nii Ayikwei: Tail of the Blue Bird (review by Sam)

Parody Party (ed. Leonard Russell) (review by Kate)

Pasternak, Boris: Doctor Zhivago (non-review by Lisa)

Paton, Alan:  Cry, The Beloved Country (guest review by Caoimhe McCutcheon)

Pattillo, Beth: Jane Austen Ruined My Life (review by Anne)

Pearl, Matthew: The Last Dickens (review by Jackie)

Pears, Iain: An Instance of the Fingerpost (review by Emma)

Pelham, David: The Universe: A Three-Dimensional Study – Pop-up Book (review by Lisa)

Penman, Sharon Kay: The Sunne in Splendor (review by Jackie)

Pennac, Daniel: Better Than Life (review by Simon)

Penzler, Otto (Ed.): Death Sentences (review by Hilary)

Perring, Nik: I Met a Roman Last Night, What Did You Do? (review by Moira)

Perring, Nik: Not So Perfect Stories (review by Anne)

Petherbridge, Edward:  Slim Chances and Unscheduled Appearances  (review by Moira)

Petrone, Justin: Mission Estonia (review by Kate)

Pheby, Alex: Grace (review by Lisa).

Philip, Gillian (interview by Kate)

Phillips, Marie: Gods Behaving Badly (review by Leena)

Phillips, Tom: A Humument. A Treated Victorian Novel (review by Hilary)

Picardie, Justine: Daphne (review by Nikki)

Picoult, Jodi: Songs of the Humpback Whale (review by Lisa)

Pienkowski, Jan: The First Christmas (review by Moira)

Pienkowski, Jan and Walser, David: Nut Cracker (review by Moira)

Pienkowski, Jan and Walser, David:  The Thousand Nights and One Night (review by Moira)

Pinfold, Levi: Black Dog (review by Lisa)

Pinnock, Jonathan: Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens (review by Lisa)

Pisani, Elizabeth: The Wisdom of Whores (review by Rosy)

Plaidy, Jean: The Heart of the Lion (Review by Nikki)

Plaja, Luisa: Extreme Kissing (Review by Eve)

Plaja, Luisa: Split by a Kiss (review by Leena, Lisa and Rosy)

Poe,Edgar Allan:Tales of Mystery and Imagination (review by Moira)

Poe, Edgar Allan:The Raven (review by Jackie)

Potter, Lawrence: This May Help You Understand the World (review by Moira)

Powys, T F: Mr Tasker’s Gods (review by Kate)

Pratchett, Terry: Night Watch (review by Ariadne)

Pratchett, Terry: Raising Steam (review by Kate)

A Notable Woman. The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt, ed Simon Garfield (review by Kate)

Pringle, Erin: The Floating Order (review by Anne)

Proulx, Annie: Close Range: Wyoming Stories (review by Lisa)

Prowse, Jane: Hattori Hach – The Revenge of Praying Mantis (review by Jay and Moira)

Prowse, Jane:  Hattori Hachi:  Stalking the Enemy  (review by Leopold Benedict)

Pryce, Malcolm: Last Tango in Aberystwyth (review by Anne)

Pullman, Philip: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (review by The Rt Revd George Hacker).

Pym, Barbara: Excellent Women (review by Hilary)

Pym, Barbara: A Glass of Blessings (review by Anne)

Barbara Pym: Jane and Prudence (review by Kate)



Ramonet, Ignacio with Castro, Fidel:  Fidel Castro: Biografía a dos voces (Part I – review by Kirsty)

Rance, Caroline: Kill-Grief (review by Anne)

Randall, Annie J:  Dusty! Queen of the Postmods (review by Jay)

Ranganathan, S R: The Five Laws of Library Science (review by Hilary)

Rash, Ron: Burning Bright (review by Anne)

Rash, Ron: Serena(review by Anne)

Raven, Simon: The Feathers of Death (review by Hilary)

Ray, Jeanne: Calling Invisible Women (review by Kate)

Rayner, Jay: My Dining Hell (review by Hilary)

Reed, John: Ten Days that Shook the World (review by Moira)

Reeve, Philip: Here Lies Arthur (review by Lisa)

Reichs, Kathy: Virals (review by Lisa)

Reid, Christopher (ed.): The Letters of Ted Hughes (review by Moira)

Remarque, Erich: All Quiet on the Western Front (review by Nikki)u

Repcheck, Jack: Copernicus’ Secret (review by Jackie)

Rexroth, Kenneth: Poems from The Greek Anthology (review by Hilary)

Rhodes, Anthony: Sword of Bone (review by Colin)

Rhodes, Danny: Asboville (guest review by Luisa Plaja)

Rhodes, Dan: Little Hands Clapping (review by Lisa)

Rhys, Jean: Good Morning Midnight (review by Emma)

Rice, Luanne: The Edge of Winter (review by Jackie)

Rich, Naomi: Alis (review by Leena)

Richardson, Dorothy: Pilgrimage (trailer by Kate)

Richardson, Ruth:  The Making of Mr Gray’s Anatomy (review by Caroline Rance)

Rickman, Phil: The Wine of Angels. Merrily Watkins Mysteries 1 (review by Hilary)

Rippon, Angela: The Victoria Plum books (review by Lisa)

Ristad, Eloise: A Soprano on Her Head (review by Leena)

Robinson, Mary (review by Kate)

Robyn, Fiona:  The Letters (review by Jackie)

Roe, Sue: The Private Lives of the Impressionists (review by Jackie)

Roffey, Monique: The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (review by Nikki)

Rooney, Padraig: The Gilded Chalet (review by Kate)

Rosero, Evelio: Good Offices (review by Anne)

Ross, Peter: Daunderlust (review by Kate)

Rothfuss, Patrick: The Name of the Wind (review by Dylan)

Rourke, Lee: Everyday (review by Lisa)

Rowell, Rainbow: Fangirl (review by Holly)

Rowling, J K: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (review by Kate)

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos: The Angel’s Game (review by Sharon)

Runcie, James: The Grantchester novels (review by Hilary)

Ruotolo, Elisa: I Stole the Rain (review by Kate)

Russell, Karen: St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (review by Trilby) (review by Kate)

Russell, Karen: Vampires in the Lemon Grove (review by Kate)

Russell, Leonard (ed.): Parody Party (review by Kate)

Ryan, Terry: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (review by Jackie)


St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid, British Red Cross: First Aid Manual (review by Moira)

Saadi, Suhayl: Joseph’s Box (review by Lisa)

Sacks, Oliver: Hallucinations (review by Simon)

Sacks, Oliver: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (review by Simon)

Saint, Andrew:  Architect and Engineer – A Study in Sibling Rivalry (review by Michael Carley)

Sansom, Ian: The Case of the Missing Books (review by Jackie)

Santos, John Phillip: Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (review by Hilary)

Sarkies, Duncan: Two Little Boys (review by Lisa)

Sargent, Howard: The Forgotten War (review by Holly)

Satrapi, Marjane: Persepolis (review by Hilary)

Savage, Dan: The Commitment (review by Anne)

Sayers, Dorothy L (translator): Dante: The Divine Comedy (review by Hilary)

Sayers, Dorothy L: Gaudy Night (joint review by Moira, Hilary & Kate)

Schlink, Bernard: The Reader (review by Jackie)

Sclater, Graham: We’re Gonna Be Famous (review by Anne)

Scott, Alastair: Native Stranger (review by Moira)

Scroggie, Justin. Tic-Tac, Teddy Bears and Teardrop Tattoos(review by Lisa).

Sebold, Alice: The Almost Moon (review by Lisa)

Sellers, Susan. Vanessa and Virginia (review by Lisa)

Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale (review by Nikki)

Seuss, Dr:  The Lorax (review by Michelle Lewis)

Seward, Desmond: Renishaw Hall (review by Simon)

Sexton, Adam (Ed.): Love Stories – A Literary Companion to Tennis (review by Leena)

Shaffer, Mary Ann: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (review by Nikki)

Shakespeare, William: Poetry, selected by Ted Hughes (review by Hilary)

Shakespeare, William: Shakespeare’s Sonnets (review by Hilary)

Shapiro, James: Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (review by Nikki)

Shatterly, Margo Lee: Hidden Figures (review by Kate)

Shaw, George Bernard: Mrs Warren’s Profession (review by Kate)

Shepard, Sara: All The Things We Didn’t Say (review by Anne)

Shepherd, Nan: The Quarry Wood (review by Kate)

Shepherd, Nan: The Weatherhouse (review by Colin)

Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein (review by RosyB)

Shreve, Anita: Testimony (review by Anne)

Shreve, Porter: Drives Like a Dream (review by Jackie)

Shrigley, David: What the hell are you doing? (review by Lisa)

Shriver, Lionel: We Need to Talk About Kevin (review by Mary)

Siblin, Eric: The Cello Suites: in search of a baroque masterpiece (review by Hilary)

Simmonds, Posy:  Gemma Bovery (review by Nikki)

Simms, Andrew and Joe Smith (edited by): Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth (review by Mary)

Simons, J. David: The Liberation of Celia Kahn (review by Lisa)

Signer, Michael:Demagogue (review by Jackie)

Slim, Iceberg:  Pimp – The Story of My Life (review by Jay)

Small, Ken and Rogerson, Mark: The Forgotten Dead(review by Moira)

Smith, Ali: The Accidental(review by Anne)

Smith, Josh and Northdurft, William: The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt (review by Jackie)

Smith, Liz: Our Betty (review by Nikki)

Smith, Roly (ed): Call of the Wild (review by Moira)

Smith, Zadie: White Teeth (review by Nikki)

Solomons, Natasha: Mr Rosenblum’s List (review by Anne)

Solomons, Natasha: The Novel in the Viola (review by Nikki)

Spark, Muriel: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (review by RosyB)

Speidel, Michael P:  Riding for Caesar (review by Dr Michael Ng)

Spelman, Lucy H:  The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes (review by Jackie)

Spencer, Colin: Backing into Light (review by Kate)

Spinelli, Jerry: Eggs (review by Eve)

Spinelli, Jerry:  Stargirl (review by Eve)

Spufford, Francis: Backroom Boys (review by Michael)

Stange, Rolf: From the Cold Edge. Spitsbergen-Svalbard, a complete guide to the Arctic Archipelago

Stater, Victor: High Life, Low Morals (review by Hilary)

Steen, Michael: Enchantress of Nations (review by Leena)

Steifvater, Maggie: Shiver (review by Eve)

Sterling, Eleanor, et al: Vietnam:A Natural History (review by Jackie)

Stevens, Wallace: A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts (review by RosyB)

Stewart, Trenton Lee: The Mysterious Benedict Society (review by Eve)

Stinton, Judith: Chaldon Herring. The Powys Circle in a Dorset Village (review by Kate)

Stockett, Kathryn: The Help (review by Nikki)

Stonich, Sarah: The Ice Chorus (review by Anne)

Stothard, Anna: The Pink Hotel (review by Anne)

Stott, Rebecca:  Darwin and the Barnacle (review by Moira)

Stourton, Ivo: The Night Climbers (review by Leena)

Strachan, Jackie: 50 Games to Play with Your Cat (review by Holly)

Stratton, J M: Agricultural Records A.D. 220-1968 (review by Hilary)

Stubbs, John: Donne – The Reformed Soul (review by Emma)

Surkis, Alisa and Nolan, Monica: The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (review by Moira)

Sandhu, Sukhdev: Night haunts (review by Moira)

Sutherland, Amy:Kicked, Bitten, Scratched (review by Jackie)

Sweet, Matthew:  Inventing the Victorians (review by Hilary)

Swift, Katherine:The Morville Hours (review by Jackie)

Sydney, Michael: Bleeding, Blisters and Opium (review by Moira


Tavares, Zulmira Ribeiro: Family Heirlooms (review by Kate)

Taylor, Cally: Home For Christmas (review by Hilary)

Taylor, Elizabeth: The Soul of Kindness (review by Hilary)

Taylor, Megan:The Dawning (a review by Anne)

Taylor, Megan:The Lives of Ghosts (a review by Anne)

Taylor, Natalie: Signs of Life (review by Lisa)

Tec, Nechama:Defiance (a review by Moira)

Templeton, Edith: Gordon (review by Hilary)

Templeton, Edith: The Surprise of Cremona (review by Hilary) Also: Travels With Edith (review by Hilary) Also: More Travels With Edith (review by Hilary)

Tepper, Sheri S:  Grass (review by Emma Barnes)

Teulé, Jean: The Suicide Shop (review by Rosy)

Thirkell, Angela: Three Houses (review by Kate)

Cezair-Thomas, Rosie: Iris & Ruby (review by Nikki)

Thomas, Scarlett: Our Tragic Universe(review by Nikki)

Thomas, Trisha R.:Roadrunner(review by Jackie)

Thomas, Michael Wyndham: Esp (review by Kate)

Thompson, Alice: The Falconer (review by Leena)

Thompson, Christina: Come on Shore and we will Kill and Eat you All (review by Jackie)

Thompson, Kate: Creature of the Night (review by Eve)

Thornton, Rosy: Crossed Wires (review by Moira)

Thornton, Rosy: Hearts and Minds (review by Rosy, Lisa and Leena)

Thornton, Rosy: More Than Love Letters (review by Leena)

Thornton, Rosy: Sandlands (review by Moira and Hilary)

Thornton, Rosy: The Tapestry of Love (review by Hilary)

Thorpe, Adam: Is This The Way You Said (review by Anne)

Tillyer, A. C: An A-Z of Possible Worlds (mini-review by Lisa)

Todd, Janet: Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle (review by Leena)

Todd, Janet: A Man of Genius (review by Moira)

Toibin, Colm: Brooklyn (review by Kate)

Tolkein, J R R:  The Lord of the Rings (review by Nikki)

Tolkien, J R R: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (part 1 of review by Kate)

Tolkien, J R R: The Lord of the Rings revisited (review by Moira)

Tolstoy, Count Lev: The Kreutzer Sonata (review by Kirsty)

Tonello, Michael:  Bringing Home the Birkin (review by Jackie)

Topolski, Carol: Monster Love (review by Jenn)

Townsend Warner, Sylvia: The Corner That Held Them (review by Hilary)

Townsend Warner, Sylvia: The Akeing Heart (review by Kate)

Tremayne, Peter: Sister Fidelma Mysteries (review by Jackie)

Trollope, Anthony: The Last Chronicle of Barset (review by Hilary)

Trotsky, Leon: My Life (review by Kirsty)

Truss, Lynne: Eats, Shoots and Leaves (review by Nikki)

Tsukiyama, Gail: The Street of a Thousand Blossoms (review by Jackie)

Tsutsui, Yasutaka: The Maid (review by Anne)

Turner, Thomas: The Diary of Thomas Turner 1754-1765 (review by Hilary)

Tyler, Anne: Celestial Navigation (review by Anne)

Tyler, Anne: Noah’s Compass (review by Anne)


Ugresic, Dubravka: Nobody’s Home and Thank You for Not Reading (review by Leena)

Undset, Sigrid: Kristin Lavransdatter (review by Kate)


Valentine, Jenny: Finding Violet Park (review by Emily)

Valmorbida, Elise: The Book of Happy Endings (review by Anne)

Valmorbida, Elise: The Winding Stick (review by Anne)

Van Booy, Simon: Everything Beautiful Began After (review by Anne)

Van Booy, Simon: Love begins in winter (review by Anne)

Various: 100 stories for Haiti (plus an article about Toussaint Louverture) (review by Anne/article by Kirsty)

Various: Hidden Conflict (review by Anne)

Vatsayana: The Kama Sutra (review by Audrey)

Vere, Ed: Mr Big (review by Lisa)

Verne, Jules: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (review by Kate)

Villalobos, Juan Pablo (Translated by Rosalind Harvey): Down the Rabbit Hole (review by Sam Ruddock)

Vowler, Tom: The Method and Other Stories.

Vowler, Tom: What Lies Within (review by Moira)

Vowler, Tom: That Dark Remembered Day (review by Moira)

Vreeland, Susan: Luncheon of the Boating Party (review by Jackie)


Wade White, Elizabeth: The Akeing Heart (review by Kate)

Waller, Robert James: High Plains Tango (review by Jackie)

War Department, Washington DC:  Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, 1942(review by Moira)

Ward, Chris: Stalin’s Russia (review by Kirsty)

Wareham, Evonne: Never Coming Home (review by Moira)

Warner, Alan. Morvern Callar (review by Jenn)

Washington, Peter (editor) Persian Poems (review by Colin)

Waters, Sarah: Fingersmith (review by Sam Ruddock)

Waters, Sarah: The Paying Guests (review by Simon)

Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited (by RosyB)

Weidensaul, Scott:The Ghost With Trembling Wings (review by Jackie)

Welland, Michael:  Sand (review by Moira)

Wells, H G:  Little Wars (review by Michael Ng)

Wells, H G:  The Sea Lady (review by Kate)

Wells, Stanley: Great Shakespeare Actors – Burbage to Branagh (review by Moira)

Welty, Eudora: The Optimist’s Daughter (review by Simon)

Wesley, Mary: The Camomile Lawn (review by Nikki)

Weston, Mark: The Ringtone and the Drum (review by Kate)

Wharton, Edith: The Custom of the Country (review by Leena)

White, Antonia: Frost in May (review by Kate)

White,Edmund: The Flâneur (review by Hilary)

White, Gilbert: The Natural History of Selborne (review by Moira)

White, T H: The Goshawk (review by Trilby)

Whitehead, Colson: Apex Hides the Hurt (review by Anne)

Whiteley, Aliya: Light Reading (review by Lisa)

Wickham, Madeleine: Cocktails for Three (review by Anne)

Wickham, Madeleine: Sleeping Arrangements (review by Anne)

Wickham, Madeleine: The Gatecrasher (review by Anne)

Wickham, Madeleine: The Tennis Party (review by Anne)

Wickham, Madeleine: The Wedding Girl (review by Anne)

Wilde, Oscar:  The Picture of Dorian Gray – Audiobook – Read by Edward Petherbridge  (review by Moira)

Wilkinson, Laura: BloodMining (review by Anne)

Wilson, Ben: Decency and Disorder (review by Leena)

Winder, Simon: Germania (review by Kate)

Wing, Sandra Koa: Our Longest Days (review by Moira)

Winger, Anna:  This must be the Place (review by Jackie)

Winkett, Lucy: Our Sound is Our Wound (review by Anne)

Winman, Sarah: When God Was A Rabbit (review by Nikki)

The Wipers Times (review by guest)

Wodehouse, P G: The Girl in Blue (review by Anne)

Wodehouse, P G:  Right Ho, Jeeves (review by Sharon)

Wood, Maryrose: The Poison Diaries (review by Anne)

Woolf, Virginia: Mrs Dalloway (review by Sam Ruddock)

Woolf, Virginia: Mrs Dalloway (review by Hilary)

Woolf, Virginia: Jacob’s Room (review by Kate)

Woolf, Virginia: Jacob’s Room (review by Simon)

Worth, Lotte: The Perfect Suicide (review by Moira)

Wray, John: Lowboy (review by Anne)

Wu Ming: Altai (review by Kate)

Wyld, Evie: After the Fire, A Still Small Voice (review by Sam Ruddock)

Wyndham Lewis, D B and Lee, Charles: The Stuffed Owl: an anthology of bad verse (review by Hilary)

Wynne Jones, Diana: Enchanted Glass (review by Anne)

Wynne Jones, Diana: An overview of  sibling relationships in The Ogre Downstairs, Charmed Life, Howl’s Moving Castle and Time of the Ghost (RosyB and EmmaB)



Yates, Dornford: Adele & Co (review by Kate)

Dornford Yates: Wife Apparent (review by Kate)

Young, Rob: Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music (review by Hilary)


Zaoui, Amin: Banquet of Lies (review by Jay Benedict)

Zamyatin, Yevgeny: We (review by Sam)

Zhang, Amy: This is Where the World Ends (guest review by Susan)



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