• Very Heath Robinson 17 Jul 17

    Now a lavish new publication from Sheldrake Press, authored by Adam Hart-Davis (of ‘What the Romans Did for Us’ fame) takes the phrase as its inspiration – and its title – for an expansive... Read More

  • Escape…into Real Life 14 Jul 17

    From Vincent Van Gogh to Sigmund Freud, from seventeenth century witch trials to a twentieth century shipwreck, from America to Europe…here’s a carefully curated selection of novels loosely... Read More

  • The Wonder of Walliams 2 Jun 17

    It’s one of the hottest days of the year, with the unexpectedly glorious sunshine lending a Mediterranean feel as crowds gather to line the high street of the normally sleepy village of Chorleywood... Read More

  • Love, Loss and the Big Picture 24 Feb 17

    There can’t be many people who have never googled the meaning of their first name but novelist Dinah Jefferies is one. The best-selling author of romantic, sometimes bitter sweet, novels set in... Read More

  • How To Talk So That Everyone Listens 27 Jan 17

    From its first words, Shtum plunges the reader into a perfect storm of intolerable circumstances: a doubly incontinent ten-year-old, non-verbal and frequently violent; parents at the end of their... Read More

  • Dark, Damaged… And definitely In Demand 13 Jan 17

    Browse any bookshop these days, and you’ll be struck by the number of novels about damaged, dark or dangerous women. You can spot them a mile off, with their tell-tale shadowy covers flagging up... Read More

  • Books To Enjoy… Rather Than Admire 30 Dec 16

    The idea of being given fifty novels and instructed to read and critique them by a certain date is both exhilarating and appalling. How could you discriminate intelligently? How would you remember... Read More

  • Late Additions To The Literary Ball 30 Sep 16

    JOHN SIMPSON Saturday 15 October: 7.30pm The Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood Event book vouchers £12; book £15 on the night (RRP £25) All over the world, where fault-lines seethe into... Read More

  • ManBooker 2016: the reviews

    Check out our reviews of the entire Longlist here (a marathon summer of reading has finally drawn to a close) – we've flagged the Shortlisted books to make it easy for you to keep track of the... Read More

  • Coastal Calling 16 Sep 16

    LB: Firstly, congratulations on being Longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker prize. How did you feel when you you found out and how has this impacted on your life and career so far? WM: Thank... Read More

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