Books & Lit

Some Luck - Jane Smiley

1920. After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife Rosanna begin their life together on a remote farm in Iowa. As time passes, their little family will grow: from Frank, the handsome, willful first-born, to Joe, whose love

I'm Not Here to Give a Speech - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This book contains the complete speeches of the novelist translated for the first time into English. It shows his talent with words through the speeches he gave throughout his life.

Flesh and Blood - Patricia Cornwell

It’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and while she’s enjoying a leisurely morning, a man is shot dead five minutes from her house. The bullet tore through him as he unloaded groceries from his car. Yet nobody heard or saw a thing

Who Could That Be At This Hour? - Lemony Snicket

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He began asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be

In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleons Wars, 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow review

How were the lives of ordinary people changed by the French wars? This is anecdote-rich descriptive history at its best.

Lemony Snicket interview

Daniel Handler is better known under his pen name Lemony Snicket. The author of the Unfortunate Series Of Events talked in 2012 about the book return of Lemony Snicket, which is now being made into a Netflix TV show.

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression: The Finest in Jazz Since 1939 - Richard Havers

Released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the coolest and best- known label in jazz, this book celebrates over seven decades of extraordinary music from a company that has stayed true to its founders commitment to Uncompromising Expression. Tracing

The Laughing Monsters - Denis Johnson

In Sierra Leone, suspicion has become the law. A contemporary spy thriller from the great American writer Denis Johnson, author of Train Dreams and Tree of Smoke.

Andalusian home of British writer Gerald Brenan takes on new life as a cultural centre

After years as a bricked-up shell of a building on the outskirts of the Andalusian village of Churriana, the former home of one of Britain's foremost Hispanists – Gerald Brenan – has now taken on a new life as a cultural centre.

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell, book review: Meaty addition to a gore-soaked series

Patricia Cornwell's books featuring her forensic sleuth Kay Scarpetta have been bestsellers for years, since her debut Post Mortem in 1990 inaugurated what is now a 22-book sequence.