book review


Book review: Hystopia by David Means

May 25, 2016

New York-based writer David Means is usually associated with the short story form, but here he makes his first foray into the "wide-open space" that a novel offers.


Book review: Scotland the Best by Peter Irvine

May 14, 2016

One of the easiest to spot signs that a guide book is doing its job is that it survives into a 12th edition. That is the case with Scotland the Best, Peter Irvine’s fully revised guide to the finest features of the country.


Book review: Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All by Jonas Jonasson

May 4, 2016

Take a disillusioned hotel receptionist, an embittered former priest and a recently released hitman and what do you get? Yet another madcap tale from one of Sweden's most popular literary exports, Jonas Jonasson, the author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window And Disappeared.


Book review: When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen

May 3, 2016

How well do you know your colleagues? You may have forged good friendships in the workplace, but this psychological thriller from Tammy Cohen will have you questioning everyone you know. What are they hiding? Who are they really?


Book review: The Birthday Crown by Davide Cali

May 1, 2016

To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, the Royal Collection Trust has published a new children's book, written by Davide Cali, the well-known author of books for children and young adults and illustrated with highly original collage illustrations by Kate Slater.


Book review: Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman

April 26, 2016

Malorie Blackman, former children's laureate, wrote what is undeniably one of the best Young Adult fiction series of all time. It's a travesty that Noughts And Crosses hasn't yet been made into a big-budget film franchise - but then, movie producers are damningly hesitant when it comes to stories that tackle race, power and segregation.


Book review: Different Class by Joanne Harris

April 25, 2016

Chocolat author Joanne Harris' latest book is a sequel to her 2005 psychological thriller Gentlemen & Players, set in the same Yorkshire boys grammar school, St Oswald's, a year after that novel was set.


Book review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

April 24, 2016

Bestseller Nora Roberts returns with a new thriller. Naomi Carson will be 12 in two days time. During one humid night, the youngster follows her father, convinced he is planning her present.


Book review: Our Crazy World by Jim Hewitson

April 23, 2016

Did you know Queen Mary had a strong German accent? I didn’t, and neither apparently did the throng of Clydesiders who turned up to see her launch the Cunard liner named after her in 1934 and were somewhat surprised to hear her speak.


Book review: The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh

April 16, 2016

For fans of Irvine Welsh's fiction, Frank Begbie is a terrifying proposition. Remorseless, humourless and prone to flurries of extreme violence, he is feared (and secretly ridiculed) by his friends and foes. But in his this outing, Welsh shows his hardman character in a new light.