The Sparsholt Affair
The Sparsholt Affair in Alan Hollinghurst’s latest, decades spanning, novel, takes place in the 1960s and involves a gay affair between World War II hero David Sparsholt, his ...
There was much intrigue at the heart of Jane Harris’ previous two novels - The Observations and Gillespie and I (both excellent) – which were both set in the 19th century. For...
Lord of the Dead
The second novel from local author Richard Rippon begins with the mutilated body of a woman being discovered in Allendale, Northumberland. On the case are the local force who ...
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...
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.