I Am Not A Number
Alex Cox - It was the American comedian Ernie Kovacs who said: “Television is a medium, so called because it’s neither rare nor well done.” True enough, but a TV series that c...
Righteous: An IQ Novel
Joe Ide - IQ is Isaiah Quintabe, a twenty-something problem solver/investigator from South Central LA, who first came to light in the novel IQ, which saw him embroiled in a hi...
The Woman in the Window
AJ Finn - 38 year-old Anna Fox lives alone in her house in New York City. She is estranged from her family and her agoraphobia has made her something of a recluse. She spends ...
Matt Ruff - Set during the Jim Crow era in the US (when segregation between black and white people was being enforced) Matt Ruff’s novel begins in 1954 with African American s...
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Imogen Hermes Gowar - This promising debut novel takes us back to London circa 1785 when Jonah Hancock, a merchant, loses a ship but acquires what he believes is a mermaid (de...
Grandville: Force Majeure
Bryan Talbot - The fifth, and final, volume of Bryan Talbot’s steampunk/alternative reality/detective/all-animal series of graphic novels had me at the first page. Well, even ...
The Silent Companions
Laura Purcell - If you’re still on the hunt for a nice and spooky winter tale, then step right up. The Silent Companions opens in 1866 when we first meet Elsie Bainbridge insi...
Leila Sliming - This French novel has already won the Prix Goncourt Prize (awarded to the author of the best and most imaginative prose work of the year) and has now been tran...
Anthony Horowitz - Anthony Horowitz is the creator of Midsomer Murders, and has previously pastiched Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming to winning effect, and for his latest n...
Places in the Darkness
Chris Brookmyre - Chris Brookmyre is best known for his hard-boiled crime stories set in his native Scotland, but here he’s reached into some future period for a tale set on C...
Alice in Winterland
Julie Egdell - The Russian version of Alice in Wonderland doesn’t feature the blonde-haired lass we all know from the usual take on the tale, but the dark haired Alisa, whose ...
Hit the road, Mac
Stuart Maconie’s latest show is based on his book Long Road From Jarrow, and he’s bringing it to several venues in the north-east. Should be good.
Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906
David Cannadine - Any 19th century history of the United Kingdom must look outwards towards the rest of the world - with the UK being responsible for, at one point, 40% of all...