The Fires of Autumn - Irène Némirovsky, Sandra Smith

The Fires of Autumn was written in the last two years of Irène Némirovsky’s life, after she fled Paris in 1940. The prequel to her masterpiece, Suite Française, it is a panoramic exploration of French life and a witness to the greatest horrors of the

Let Me Be Frank With You - Richard Ford

In his trio of bestselling novels - The Sportswriter, Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner-winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land - Richard Ford set out the zeitgeist of an entire generation, through the divining and wit of his now-famous literary c

Easter Widows - Sinead McCoole

One week in May 1916, seven Irish women became widows. When they had married their husbands they had embarked on very different lives. They married men of the establishment; one married a lecturer, two others married soldiers, another a civil servant. The

The Game of Our Lives - David Goldblatt

The Game of Our Lives by David Goldblatt - The Meaning and Making of English Football In the last two decades football in Britain has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very centre of our popular culture, from an economic basket-c

Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles 11 - Anne Rice

The vampire world is in crisis ¿ their kind have been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before. Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient ones are in thrall to

The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football by David Goldblatt review

An enlightening survey of the game in the post-Thatcher era, as it fell prey to nefarious owners and inept administratorsWe all well, many of us have our own football mythology, and mine goes something like this. In childhood, the obsession binding thin

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice review blood drinkers with iPhones

Rices vampires take on the digital age but have they bitten off more than they can chew?Bloodsucking is not a free ride. The drawbacks of being a vampire extend beyond draughty castles, unsociable hours, an overly formal dress code and the occasional mob

Lamentation - C. J. Sansom

Matthew Shardlake is back in Lamentation, from the number one bestselling author C. J. Sansom. Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoe

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford, book review: After the hurricane comes heartbreak

The advance reading copy of Richard Ford's Let Me Be Frank With You has "Bascombe is Back…" emblazoned on its spine. It's a sentence construction usually reserved for the return of an action hero – Bond! Bourne! Reacher! – not for an ex-sportswriter

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, book review: The rise and faltering of a sitcom star

This is Nick Hornby's first novel in five years, since he diverted into films and was Oscar-nominated for his screenplay for An Education. That experience has filtered into Funny Girl, which is about the making of a sitcom and so is, on one level, a novel