A Shot in the Dark
Lynne Truss - Set in 1950s Brighton, Lynne Truss’s latest is subtitled ‘A Constable Twitten Mystery’ and is the first in a mooted series, adapted from her BBC Radio 4 show. Th...
Mars By 1980: The Story of Electronic Music
David Stubbs - David Stubbs wrote the absorbing Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany and he brings the same amount of knowledge and enthusiasm to his late...
S.J.Morden - If you like your science-fiction as down-to-earth (well, down-to-Mars in this case) as possible, then you’ll appreciate the harsh, nuts and bolts integrity of loc...
Putting the Boat to Bed
Deirdre Foster - Local enterprise Iron Press continue to publish some of the most interesting and exciting poetry around as evidenced by this slim collection from Deirdre Fost...
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...
Book of the Month: Life After Life (May 13)
Kate Atkinson, Doubleday, £18.99. Atkinson puts her crime-solving detective Jackson Brodie on the backburner for her latest book which is an enthralling time-hopping (and hist...