‘The Kept is essentially a New England western, a classically written crime novel that is also an atmospheric evocation of a bygone era.’
Completion by Tim Walker was reviewed by the Independent, as ‘an assured and enjoyable debut.’ Plus, the Herald hailed it as, ‘a sharply written, shrewdly observed, satirically funny look at the middle-class obsession with property, the dream that has turned into a nightmare for a generation’, in their interview with Tim.
The Literary Review:
‘Completion threads satire through a territory every bit as cut-throat as the pioneers’ Wild West: the property market in contemporary London… Completion is lively and often hilarious… beautifully tart prose offers something to admire throughout.’
‘Tim Pears has made the battle zone of family life in provincial England his own fertile fictional terrain. In his eighth novel he makes a leap to foreign fields and actual war, dusting off an intriguing fragment of second world war history: the Allies’ tenuous supply line to Yugoslav partisans fighting Nazi occupation. Yet through this wartime “sideshow”, the novel succeeds in illuminating a pivotal moment in world history, while casting a steady light back on England – or “Blightsky” as one partisan mistakenly has it… Rather like Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient, this is an intimate tale of a few individuals poised at a moment when one epoch gives way to another… Pears’s forte is the patient accretion of detail, from stars reflected in muddy puddles to the shock of wild strawberries on the palates of starving soldiers. There are rich counterpoints between the landscape of Britain and the foreign land in whose history it intervenes (Tom leans on a Slovenian beech bough “as if at the bar of an English pub”). While much of war may be boredom, this novel is most compelling about camaraderie and endurance.’
The Times also hailed Pears’s writing:
‘the characters are beautifully and economically drawn, and he is excellent on the sights and especially the smells of the landscape – the beauty even of a war-torn land.’
Reviews 3rd February
The Lie by Helen Dunmore was reviewed by Country Life:
‘With a shocking twist in its tail, The Lie is a novel to re-read. Written with imagination, intelligence and integrity, it is both quiet and memorable. I predict it will outshine, and outlive, many another new rendition of ‘the war to end all wars.’
Together with Woman & Home:
‘A beautifully written story […] It builds to a heart-breaking climax.’
Plus the Telegraph interviewed Helen.
We’re delighted that both Jenni Fagan (The Panopticon) and Jonathan Lee (Joy) are on the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Longlist. The shortlist will be announced on 2 March and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner at Stationer’s Hall in London on Friday 4 April.
‘Completion is an entertaining debut about the way the property obsession has blinded many to the real value of people and families.’
And the Guardian:
‘very funny… Walker [has a] flair for scene-setting.’
Together with the Daily Mail:
‘Walker’s amusing first novel follows the quirky and engaging family on their lives away from home over 30 years… an enjoyable romp.’
And The List:
‘Tim Walker’s debut novel brims with wit and rich characterisation. It casts a sardonic gaze on hipster subculture, political idealism and our property-obsessed society… The four main plot strands are handled with skill… Completion is a warm and invigorating read, and highly recommended.’
‘Running defines her, connects her to her family and friends, and to the world. If you already run you’ll nod in recognition; and if you don’t, perhaps this will convert you to the stern pleasures that this uniquely accessible sport has to offer.’
Alex wrote a blog for Mumsnet, to accompany a giveaway and video.
‘Looking for inspiration to get your trainers on? This is it!’ Closer magazine
‘Of the blitz of books on diet, exercise and so on, this looks the most interesting.’ RTE Guide
Reviews 27th January
‘This really is an expert novel. It may be familiar territory… but Dunmore roams it with a haunting eye.’
Together with the Sunday Telegraph:
‘Never striking a false note, The Lie is one of those rare and arresting novels that make you think and feel with greater lucidity.’
And the Spectator:
‘Dunmore has served up this past to us in a way that does not allow us to forget it.’ The Spectator
Dunmore’s novel was selected as Saga Magazine’s fiction choice:
‘This powerful, earthy novel is shot through with the dear love of comrades and the poetry of war.’
Plus, Helen was interviewed for The Independent’s ‘One Minute With…’
My Age of Anxiety author Scott Stossel was interviewed on the Telegraph Online.
‘A fascinating, page-turning book, with Stossel interspersing facts with personal experiences, as well as stories about famous names who have suffered from the condition and snippets of information he has received from the many therapists he’s seen over the years. This is a captivating and insightful look at anxiety.’ Press Association, 4/5 stars
Reviews 20th January
The novel was also reviewed by The Scotsman:
‘It is a very good and moving piece of reconstruction’
Together with The Herald, ‘Dunmore is a deft writer, lingering on the ordinary to build up atmosphere, and eschewing the helter-skelter of plot for depth of character and mood.’
The Lie featured in The New Statesman’s round up of reviews.
Scott Stossel, author of was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind – the interview starts at 18.40.
He was also featured in a 5-page interview in The Timesmagazine, and a review in the
Reviews 13th January
The Lie by Helen Dunmore is Good Housekeeping’s Book of the Month: ‘An enthralling novel of love and devastating loss… Powerful storytelling.’It has also been acclaimed by the Literary Review:
‘The writing, even at its most harrowing, is suffused with poetry and evocative description. They say the war’s over, but they’re wrong. It went too deep for that. The Lie is a heart-wrenching portrait of psychological crucifixion.’
Together with Reader’s Digest:
‘An extraordinarily affecting novel by the ever-reliable Helen Dunmore… The flashbacks to the war – and the eventual revelation of how Frederick died – are as crunchingly powerful as you’d expect. Even so, what’s most heartbreaking about the novel is the hesitant, awkward intimacy between Daniel and Felicia. By the end, and without ever losing their vivid individuality, these two bewildered characters in rural Cornwall have somehow come to represent an entire country in a state of traumatic shock.’
The novel was mentioned in an article in The Sunday Times.
To kick-start a life full of better habits, an extract from Emma Cook‘s 5:2 Your Life ran in the Mail on Sunday‘s You magazine.
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks continues to pick up reviews, with The Lady hailing Faulks’ updating of the classic characters: ‘Faulks handles it skilfully… The signature quick-fire dialogue is there, combined with Faulksian detail in the scene-setting. Faulks adapts the Wodehouse tone effectively, so that it is not made a cliché.’
Faulks also came up trumps in the Guardian’s Readers’ book of the year:
‘Sebastian Faulks has passed the test. His homage to Wodehouse, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells had me laughing aloud.’
A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine by Tony Benn was the subject of a feature and interview in the Daily Mail.
My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel featured in an interview and extract in the Observer. Read the extract here.
‘[a] vivid, smart exploration of the history of anxiety.’ Marie Claire
Jawbone Lake by Ray Robinson was reviewed by the Sunday Express:
‘Robinson is very good on the odd dynamics of the relationships grown-up sons have with their fathers… the characters and the writing are so compelling. This book is also full of unexpected imagery… and amusing dialogue… that will linger happily in the memory.’
Together with a review in the Daily Mail.