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...
An Innocent Eye: Jimmy Forsyth
Anthony Flowers, Tyne Bridge Publishing, £10. Mainly portraits from the late 50s/early 60s, the subjects pose on the cobbled streets with a natural ease, Forsyth achieving a r...
Book of the Month: Big Brother (July)
Lionel Shriver, HarperCollins, £16.99. Shriver struck a discordant family chord with the Orange Prize scooping “We Need To Talk About Kevin” and with her latest novel she is o...
The Gothic King: A Biography of Henry III
John Paul Davis, Peter Owen Publishers, £17.99. Henry III doesn’t get much box office when it comes to the biographical books stakes, but his reign (1216-1272) was an importan...
Unique But Similar: The Prisoner Compared
Andrew K. Shenton, Indepenpress Publication, £8.99. The TV series The Prisoner is perhaps the most enigmatic ever shown on primetime British TV and since its first screening i...
The Dedalus Book of Vodka
Geoffrey Elborn, Dedalus, £15. After alcohol prohibition ended in Russia (it ran from the beginning of the First World War until 1924) the populace returned to vodka with gust...
A Matter Of Life And Death
Paul Carroll, Troubador, £8.99. The death of Princess Diana in 1997 proved to be something of a watershed moment for Britain.
Adam Cadwell, Great Beast, £11.99. Rather like last month’s Book Of The Month (‘Ellerbisms’ by Marc Ellerby, also published by Great Beast), The Everyday began as an autobiogr...
Dust On The Nettles
Dust On The Nettles, A.J. Blake, Troubador, £8.99. Nick Kellaway is a hedge fund manager, with offices in both Geneva and London, who has grown rich through managing other pe...