Books

Owlish review: ‘No ordinary tale of male angst and frustrated desire’
Novel

Owlish review: ‘No ordinary tale of male angst and frustrated desire’

In Owlish, a middle-aged man becomes fascinated by a living doll, retreating into a dreamlike hinterland of his own creation

Top 5 books about children and nature, chosen by CC Harrington
Books

Top 5 books about children and nature, chosen by CC Harrington

The children’s author and nature lover selects five books that feature children’s relationships with the animal kingdom

Ten Planets review: A short story collection that slinks between genres
fiction

Ten Planets review: A short story collection that slinks between genres

Ten planets by Yuri Hererra is a trove of 20 sci-fi-ish stories, each one a little stranger than the last

Deena Mohamed: How flipping the book opened a world of wishes
Graphic novels

Deena Mohamed: How flipping the book opened a world of wishes

Cursed Bread review: ‘A world of surreal happenings’
fiction

Cursed Bread review: ‘A world of surreal happenings’

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The World and All That It Holds review: Aleksandar Hemon’s novel spans decades and continents
historical fiction

The World and All That It Holds review: Aleksandar Hemon’s novel spans decades and continents

Top 5 books with odd couples, chosen by Simon Mason
recommended

Top 5 books with odd couples, chosen by Simon Mason

Top 5 books to teach children about the Holocaust, chosen by Jeremy Dronfield
history

Top 5 books to teach children about the Holocaust, chosen by Jeremy Dronfield

Kick the Latch review: A unique insight into the secret world of equestrian sport
novel

Kick the Latch review: A unique insight into the secret world of equestrian sport

Really Good, Actually review: ‘A much-needed breath of fresh air’
unromantic comedy

Really Good, Actually review: ‘A much-needed breath of fresh air’

When the Muppets went to Moscow: ‘It was incredibly difficult, but also dangerous’
post-communism

When the Muppets went to Moscow: ‘It was incredibly difficult, but also dangerous’

Love, Leda review: a glimpse into pre-legalisation gay life in 1960s London
LGBTQ+

Love, Leda review: a glimpse into pre-legalisation gay life in 1960s London

The Shards review: Bret Easton Ellis’s return to form
Fiction

The Shards review: Bret Easton Ellis’s return to form

The forgotten cabinet makers who were more influential than Chippendale
history

The forgotten cabinet makers who were more influential than Chippendale

Top 5 books about female friendships, chosen by Salma El-Wardany
recommended

Top 5 books about female friendships, chosen by Salma El-Wardany

The Creative Act review: Legendary music producer Rick Rubin has advice for us all
Creativity

The Creative Act review: Legendary music producer Rick Rubin has advice for us all

Your Wish Is My Command review: Feminist debut of extraordinary skill
graphic novel

Your Wish Is My Command review: Feminist debut of extraordinary skill

‘Helping others has a magical way of turning our own lives around’: Bear Grylls’ 2023 survival guide
Books

‘Helping others has a magical way of turning our own lives around’: Bear Grylls’ 2023 survival guide

Roman Kemp wants us to talk about the male mental health crisis
Interview

Roman Kemp wants us to talk about the male mental health crisis

Why Faith, Hope and Carnage is The Big Issue Book of the Year 2022
Recommended

Why Faith, Hope and Carnage is The Big Issue Book of the Year 2022

Lucid prose, raw accounts of grief and witty memoirs: The Big Issue critics’ books of the year
Critics' choice

Lucid prose, raw accounts of grief and witty memoirs: The Big Issue critics’ books of the year

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The best children’s books of 2022… from Oliver Jeffers to Dara McAnulty and more
recommended

The best children’s books of 2022… from Oliver Jeffers to Dara McAnulty and more

Top 5 books about trauma recovery, chosen by Lech Blaine
recommended

Top 5 books about trauma recovery, chosen by Lech Blaine

Shifty’s Boys review: Everyman thriller with a slice of rural noir
black humour

Shifty’s Boys review: Everyman thriller with a slice of rural noir

The Moose Paradox: Toys, trouble and top storytelling
review

The Moose Paradox: Toys, trouble and top storytelling