Book Reviews

Check out our verdict on the latest book releases.

Chinua Achebe – Arrow of God review

Chinua Achebe – Arrow of God review

Revered Africa tale of one man caught between traditional Nigerian life and British colonialism.

Clare Lydon – London Calling review

Clare Lydon – London Calling review

The ups and downs of Jess Sharp's love life.

Sir Ernest Gowers – Plain Words review

Sir Ernest Gowers – Plain Words review

The art of clear and articulate writing is espoused in one simple volume.

Paddy Green – The Old Terra Vitae review

Paddy Green – The Old Terra Vitae review

Darkly humorous debut novel is full of ideas but lacks focus.

Peter Watson – The Age of Nothing review

Peter Watson – The Age of Nothing review

An invigorating journey through the modern history of non-religious culture.

Weiner & Davilman – How to Raise a Jewish Dog review

Weiner & Davilman – How to Raise a Jewish Dog review

A light-hearted comic look at ensuring your canine develops a Jewish psyche.

Walking Home From Mongolia review

Walking Home From Mongolia review

Travel book in which the author recounts an intrepid journey on foot across China.

Matthew Reilly – The Tournament review

Matthew Reilly – The Tournament review

Fast-paced historical thriller proves fun if frothy.

Dave Tomlinson – How to be a Bad Christian

Dave Tomlinson – How to be a Bad Christian

A book about getting the most out of life for those who don't do religion.

Philip Pullman – Grimm Tales: For Young and Old review

Philip Pullman – Grimm Tales: For Young and Old review

Philip Pullman puts his own spin on the popular tales.

Kimberley Walsh – A Whole Lot of History review

Kimberley Walsh – A Whole Lot of History review

The Girls Aloud star opens up about her time in the band.

Charlaine Harris – The Harper Connelly Omnibus review

Charlaine Harris – The Harper Connelly Omnibus review

Charlaine Harris' popular series is released as an omnibus.

Charlaine Harris – After Dead review

Charlaine Harris – After Dead review

Find out what happened to all of the characters from the Sookie Stackhouse books.

Charlaine Harris – Poppy Done To Death review

Charlaine Harris – Poppy Done To Death review

The final book in the Aurora Teagarden series ends on a high.

JLS – Forever and a Day: One Last Goodbye review

JLS – Forever and a Day: One Last Goodbye review

JLS say goodbye to their fans with a new book.

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s  Counselor review

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Counselor review

The final outing for Lily Bard is a page-turner.

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Trollop review

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Trollop review

Lily Bard enjoys her most gripping outing yet.

Charlaine Harris – Last Scene Alive review

Charlaine Harris – Last Scene Alive review

The penultimate book in the Aurora Teagarden series is a real page turner.

The Odyssey review

The Odyssey review

Homer's epic poem enjoys a brilliant contemporary new translation.

David Beckham – David Beckham review

David Beckham – David Beckham review

The footballing legend chronicles his career in new book.

Omar Allibhoy – Tapas Revolution review

Omar Allibhoy – Tapas Revolution review

120 classic Spanish recipes for you to try at home.

Rick Stein’s India review

Rick Stein’s India review

Indian food done properly by Rick Stein.

Simon Hopkinson Cooks review

Simon Hopkinson Cooks review

Decadent menus designed for 12 different occasions.

Spike Milligan – Man of Letters review

Spike Milligan – Man of Letters review

An insight into the real Spike Milligan through his personal correspondence.

Conn Iggulden – Wars of the Roses: Stormbird review

Conn Iggulden – Wars of the Roses: Stormbird review

The first in Iggulden's new series of historical novels centres around the reign of Henry VI.

Gok Wan – Gok’s Wok review

Gok Wan – Gok’s Wok review

Gok releases another book fully of quick and tasty recipes.

James Morton – Brilliant Bread review

James Morton – Brilliant Bread review

The Great British Bake Off runner-up serves up a fantastic bread book.

Chris Hadfield – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth review

Chris Hadfield – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth review

Astronaut Chris Hadfield's incredible insight into life in space and working for NASA.

Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy review

Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy review

Bridget Jones is back and dealing with life as a single mother.

Brian Jay Jones – Jim Henson The Biography review

Brian Jay Jones – Jim Henson The Biography review

Thorough and engrossing biography of the pioneering puppeteer beloved by millions for the Muppets.

Rosie Reynolds – Doughnuts review

Rosie Reynolds – Doughnuts review

This book will make you look at doughnuts in a completely new way.

Philip Davies – Images of Lost London 1875-1945

Philip Davies – Images of Lost London 1875-1945

A vivid collection of photographs from English Heritage revealing historical treasures of London's demolished past.

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Christmas review

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Christmas review

Lily Bard goes back to her hometown for a festive murder mystery.

F Scott Fitzgerald – The Beautiful and Damned review

F Scott Fitzgerald – The Beautiful and Damned review

An early F Scott Fitzgerald work details the Jazz Age.

Saturday Kitchen Cooking Bible review

Saturday Kitchen Cooking Bible review

Over 200 recipes taken from the popular Saturday morning show.

Ben Chu – Chinese Whispers review

Ben Chu – Chinese Whispers review

A fascinating challenge to all our preconceptions about China and her people.

Grand Theft Auto V Signature Series strategy guide review

Grand Theft Auto V Signature Series strategy guide review

We take a look at the official GTA V strategy guide from Bradygames.

Marcus Hearn – Doctor Who The Vault review

Marcus Hearn – Doctor Who The Vault review

A large format Doctor Who hardback book in full colour celebrates 50 years of the show.

Jeff Lindsay – Dexter’s Final Cut review

Jeff Lindsay – Dexter’s Final Cut review

Could this be Dexter's final outing?

Lyndsey Saul – Damn You Autocorrect 2 review

Lyndsey Saul – Damn You Autocorrect 2 review

A collection of the most hilarious autocorrects are published in this new book.

Richard Dawkins – An Appetite for Wonder review

Richard Dawkins – An Appetite for Wonder review

Part one of the memoirs of the evolutionary biologist in which he accounts for his first

Charlaine Harris – A Fool and His Honey review

Charlaine Harris – A Fool and His Honey review

Roe has to dig into her husband's past to answer the latest mystery.

Charlaine Harris – Dead Over Heels review

Charlaine Harris – Dead Over Heels review

Someone's fixation results in more dead bodies for Roe.

Charlaine Harris – The Julius House review

Charlaine Harris – The Julius House review

Aurora Teagarden returns and has to deal with a mystery and a new husband.

Charlaine Harris – Three Bedrooms, One Corpse review

Charlaine Harris – Three Bedrooms, One Corpse review

Aurora Teagarden finds murder in the real estate business.

Charlaine Harris – Real Murders review

Charlaine Harris – Real Murders review

We revisit Charlaine Harris' first book series.

Charlaine Harris – A Bone To Pick review

Charlaine Harris – A Bone To Pick review

Aurora Teagarden gets caught up in another murder mystery.

John le Carre – The Spy Who Came in from the Cold review

John le Carre – The Spy Who Came in from the Cold review

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a classic Cold War espionage thriller.

Badiou, Hazan & Segré – Reflections on Anti-Semitism review

Badiou, Hazan & Segré – Reflections on Anti-Semitism review

An analysis of current anti-Semitic sentiment in French society.

Shuman & Fife – One on One Playing with a Purpose review

Shuman & Fife – One on One Playing with a Purpose review

Book of monologues for young actors aged 7-15.

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Champion review

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Champion review

Lily Bard gets caught up in another murder mystery.

Daniel M Davis – The Compatibility Gene review

Daniel M Davis – The Compatibility Gene review

A thrilling history of discovery about the genes that make us unique leading to cutting-edge science.

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Landlord review

Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Landlord review

The Sookie Stackhouse writer's earlier books get republished.

Richard Condon – The Manchurian Candidate review

Richard Condon – The Manchurian Candidate review

Classic 1959 Cold War thriller enjoys re-release.

J.K. Rowling – The Casual Vacancy review

J.K. Rowling – The Casual Vacancy review

The Harry Potter author releases her first adult novel.

Albert Camus – The Sea Close By

Albert Camus – The Sea Close By

Two short essays released to mark the centenary of the French literary giant.

The Last of Us Signature Series strategy guide review

The Last of Us Signature Series strategy guide review

Get the most out of the epic game with this in-depth guide.

Charlaine Harris – Dead Ever After review

Charlaine Harris – Dead Ever After review

The final instalment of the Sookie Stackhouse series.

Red Moon review

Red Moon review

Lycans versus humans. Sounds very familiar doesn't it?

Remember Me Signature Series strategy guide review

Remember Me Signature Series strategy guide review

We take a look at the official Remember Me strategy guide.

Daniel C. Dennett – Intuition Pumps review

Daniel C. Dennett – Intuition Pumps review

Leading philosopher of science's engrossing guide on how to think.

Joseph Clyde –  A State of Fear review

Joseph Clyde – A State of Fear review

Gripping new thriller goes to the heart of British racial tensions.

Abigail Tarttelin – Golden Boy review

Abigail Tarttelin – Golden Boy review

A positive message but lacks in some areas.

Glenn Alterman – Writing the 10-Minute Play review

Glenn Alterman – Writing the 10-Minute Play review

Useful guidance for writers of the short play form.

Dan Freeman – The Minister of Chance Episode Five review

Dan Freeman – The Minister of Chance Episode Five review

We review the final episode of the first series of the sci-fi epic.

Richard Marson – The Life & Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner review

Richard Marson – The Life & Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner review

Warts and all biography reveals the life and death of Doctor Who producer.

Dwayne ‘Dog’ Chapman – You Can Run But You Can’t Hide review

Dwayne ‘Dog’ Chapman – You Can Run But You Can’t Hide review

The TV star releases his autobiography.

BioShock Infinite Signature Series strategy guide review

BioShock Infinite Signature Series strategy guide review

We check out the official BioShock Infinite strategy guide.

Justin Lee – Unconditional review

Justin Lee – Unconditional review

A gay Christian's take on the issue dividing his church.

Tomb Raider Signature Series strategy guide review

Tomb Raider Signature Series strategy guide review

We check out the official Tomb Raider strategy guide.

Crysis 3 strategy guide review

Crysis 3 strategy guide review

We suit up and learn how to beat Crysis 3.

Aliens: Colonial Marines strategy guide review

Aliens: Colonial Marines strategy guide review

We check out the official guide.

Dan Freeman – The Minister of Chance Episode Four review

Dan Freeman – The Minister of Chance Episode Four review

We review the latest instalment of the star-studded sci-fi drama.

Neil Shubin – The Universe Within: A Scientific Adventure review

Neil Shubin – The Universe Within: A Scientific Adventure review

An exciting tour through the history of the universe and our planet.

Gavin Menzies – The Lost Empire of Atlantis review

Gavin Menzies – The Lost Empire of Atlantis review

A celebration of the lost Minoan civilisation.

George Orwell – Politics and the English Language review

George Orwell – Politics and the English Language review

Two of Orwell's essays in one small volume.

Sam Amirante & Danny Broderick – John Wayne Gacy: Defending A Monster review

Sam Amirante & Danny Broderick – John Wayne Gacy: Defending A Monster review

A stunning account of John Wayne Gacy's crimes.

Tess Gerritsen – Last to Die review

Tess Gerritsen – Last to Die review

The latest Rizzoli & Isles novel is a page turner.

Don DeLillo – Cosmopolis review

Don DeLillo – Cosmopolis review

Controversial novel that falls wide of the mark.

Matthew Quick – The Silver Linings Playbook review

Matthew Quick – The Silver Linings Playbook review

The novel that inspired the box office smash.

Ke$ha – My Crazy Beautiful Life review

Ke$ha – My Crazy Beautiful Life review

Ke$ha documents her career to date in this hardback release.

Steven Pinker – The Better Angels of Our Nature review

Steven Pinker – The Better Angels of Our Nature review

Psychologist Steven Pinker's extraordinary argument that human violence is decreasing.

Cheryl Cole – My Story review

Cheryl Cole – My Story review

The Girls Aloud star tells her version of events.

Neville Southall – The Binman Chronicles review

Neville Southall – The Binman Chronicles review

The Everton and Wales goalkeeper spills the beans about his career.

Will Young – Funny Peculiar review

Will Young – Funny Peculiar review

The original Pop Idol amuses with his memoirs.

Olly Murs – Happy Days review

Olly Murs – Happy Days review

The former X Factor star discusses his chart-topping career.

Michael Palin – Brazil review

Michael Palin – Brazil review

The Monty Python traveller visits Brazil.

Little Mix – Ready to Fly review

Little Mix – Ready to Fly review

2011 X Factor winners Little Mix talk about their rise to fame.

Alom Shaha – The Young Atheist’s Handbook review

Alom Shaha – The Young Atheist’s Handbook review

An urgently-argued case for rationalism from a young science teacher.

Dan Freeman – The Minister of Chance Episode Three review

Dan Freeman – The Minister of Chance Episode Three review

We review the latest episode of the all-star online sci-fi audio drama.

Claire Richards – All of Me review

Claire Richards – All of Me review

The Steps singer reveals all in her new book.

Michael Palin – The Truth review

Michael Palin – The Truth review

The Monty Pyton star's second novel

John Bradshaw – In Defence Of Dogs review

John Bradshaw – In Defence Of Dogs review

Popular science tome about man's best friend.

Neil MacGregor – A History Of The World In 100 Objects review

Neil MacGregor – A History Of The World In 100 Objects review

A guided tour of the British Museum highlights.

Charlaine Harris – Deadlocked review

Charlaine Harris – Deadlocked review

Sookie Stackhouse underwhelms in the latest instalment.

Jason Starr – The Pack review

Jason Starr – The Pack review

An easy but disappointing read from Jason Starr.

Yas Hamood – The Fallen – Book One review

Yas Hamood – The Fallen – Book One review

Part one of a chronicle of fantasy works.

Michael Troughton – Patrick Troughton: The Biography of the Second Doctor Who review

Michael Troughton – Patrick Troughton: The Biography of the Second Doctor Who review

A biography of actor Patrick Troughton by his son Michael.

Peter Watson – The Great Divide – History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New review

Peter Watson – The Great Divide – History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New review

A thorough account of why human civilisations developed differently in the Old and New Worlds.

Kitty Ferguson – Stephen Hawking – His Life And Work review

Kitty Ferguson – Stephen Hawking – His Life And Work review

A biography of the brilliant English physicist.

Mikey Walsh – Gypsy Boy On the Run review

Mikey Walsh – Gypsy Boy On the Run review

The second part of Mikey Walsh's Gypsy memoirs.

Stephen Mosley – The Boy Who Loved Simone Simon review

Stephen Mosley – The Boy Who Loved Simone Simon review

A witty and macabre series of short stories from an original mind.

Dan Freeman – The Minister of Chance review

Dan Freeman – The Minister of Chance review

We review the opening episodes of the exciting online sci-fi audio drama.

Mikey Walsh – Gypsy Boy review

Mikey Walsh – Gypsy Boy review

The first part of Mikey Walsh's memoirs.