Joe Ide - Isaiah Quintabe, the eponymous IQ of this debut novel, is a 20-something living at East Long Beach in LA. He’s a high school dropout, but the skills he has developed...
These Darkening Days
Benjamin Myers - Benjamin Myers’ novel Turning Blue was a particularly grim, but compulsive, thriller set in North Yorkshire with all manner of nefarious misdeeds being commit...
Nicole Krauss - Nicole Krauss’ latest has won plaudits a plenty (“A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration.” – Philip Roth) but it left me cold. Its duel narrative takes us ...
The Chess Traveller
Peter Mortimer - The latest book from Cullercoats based Peter Mortimer is a curious travelogue in which the septuagenarian poet and playwright had his blindfolded partner chuc...
D. R. Dixon - In the mini biog at the back of this rather strange book, it tells us that Den Dixon is not a motivational speaker, a professor, a therapist, or a counsellor. It...
Here’s a novel! What can it mean?
It means that its author – Stephen Baxter – along with many others, will be in attendance at this year’s Berwick Literary Festival, which is running for four days in October.
Elizabeth Day - When we first meet Martin Gilmour he is in the interview room of a police station being quizzed about the events of a party, a big society do for the 40th birt...
Fiona Mozley - The debut novel from Fiona Mozley was recently put on the Man Booker-longlist and it can be filed under the same “oop north-gothic” genre that Benjamin Myers ha...
Anthony Quinn - Eureka – along with Anthony Quinn’s two previous novels, Curtain Call, set in the 1930s, and Freya, set in the 1940s and 1950s – completes a kind of loose tril...
No Good Deed
John Niven - We hate it when our friends become successful, Morrissey once sang, and the lyric is referenced in John Niven’s latest in which Alan encounters Craig, an old frie...
Ryan Gattis - There are two sets of criminals in Ryan Gattis’ latest LA-set thriller. The biggest crooks are the money men (and women) who caused the financial crash, but thei...
J Robert Lennon - This thriller begins with one of the most startling chapters I’ve read in recent years when a family living in a house near the upstate New York town of Brok...
Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World
Billy Bragg - Skiffle was a curiously British phenomenon that emerged from the jazz clubs of the early 1950s. During breaks in sets by bands playing New Orleans style jazz, th...