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On Silbury Hill review Adam Thorpe's odd paean to a Wiltshire chalk mound

The perennially underrated novelist is hard to follow in this earnest fusion of nature, archaeology and memoirThis is a beautiful book. I don't mean the text; we'll come back to that. I mean the book itself, which is the work of Little Toller, a Dorset pu

The Miniaturist review Jessie Burton's much-hyped but unconvincing debut

In spite of some lovely passages and fine research, Jessie Burton's tale of a young woman in 17th-century Amsterdam lacks plausibility.

Legends of the Tour review an illustrated history of cycling's great race

Full of drama, history and daredevilry, Jan Cleijne's beautiful book is a fine taster for this year's Tour de France The 2014 Tour de France begins in Leeds on 5 July , which is pretty exciting if you're a cycling fan. But what to do if you're not? Well,

The Cigar That Fell in Love With a Pipe review David Camus and Nick Abadzis revisit Welles and Hayworth

A beguiling fairy tale that blends the glamour of Hollywood's golden age with the sultry rituals of cigar smoking.

The Moor: Lives, Landscape, Literature review a wonderful book about moorlands and more

The violence, wonder and ghosts of moorland are savoured in this highly engaging account of walks on English moors.

A Curious Career review sharp cuts from Lynn Barber

Lynn Barber's incisive interviews, recalled in this entertaining memoir, simply define the genre.

Montague Terrace by Warren and Gary Pleece - review

This book, brought to you by Warren and Gary Pleece, two legends of the British comics scene, is completely demented. But I like it all the same. Its title, Montague Terrace, comes from the block of flats in which it's set, a decaying art deco ocean liner

Turned Out Nice Again by Richard Mabey - review

Richard Mabey explores our relationship with the changeable British weather with thoughtful elegance In 1577, Thomas Hill wrote a popular manual called The Gardener's Labyrinth , in which, among other things, he gave his readers advice about how to tu

The Murder Mile by Paul Collicutt - review

When SelfMadeHero, the brilliant publisher of graphic novels and biographies, got in touch to tell me that its latest book was called The Murder Mile, I wasn't sure what to expect. Had someone drawn a cartoon about the Lower Clapton Road in Hackney, circa