Books & Lit

Hook, Line and Singer: 125 Songs to Sing Aloud by Cerys Matthews review

A charming sing-along collection with illuminating notes and anecdotes.

Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor review Germanys past is indeed another country

A detailed analysis of Germany's history goes a long way to understanding its people and its turbulent politics.

The Murdstone Trilogy - Mal Peet

Award-winning author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent, the beautiful and ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Phi

F: A Novel - Daniel Kehlmann, Carol Brown Janeway

The Friedland brothers have nothing in common. Martin is a priest with no faith. Ivan is an artist with no integrity. Eric is a financier - now, with no money. Each, in their own way, a fake. Each about to step into the abyss.

Revival - Stephen King

A spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music and what might exist on the other side of life. In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton look

Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom by Simon Barnes, review: 'jocular'

Simon Barnes's book is a great, rollicking ride through the extraordinary species with whom we share the planet.

Infidelities - Kirsty Gunn

This new collection of stories offers a candid peek at infidelity in all its guises. These are tales of lust, deceit, resentment and regret - and of the secrets and lies that can chip away at human relationships. In a series of interwoven dramas, we fi

The Imaginary - A.F. Harrold

Rudger is Amanda's best friend. He doesn't exist, but nobody's perfect. Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he's sniffed out Rudg

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology - Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the on