Reviews Round-Up


Helen Dunmore appeared on BBC Radio 4 Start The Week to promote The Lie – you can listen to the interview here.

 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.

If you’re looking for inspiration for this year’s reading, here’s a digest of the top picks so far.

The Independent chose The Lie by Helen Dunmore (Hutchinson)and Cat Out Of Hell by Lynne Truss (Hammer).

The Daily Express also chose The Lie for one of their top titles in 2014.

The Sunday Expresspicked The Lie, The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons (Century), A Song For Issy Bradley by Carys Bray (Hutchinson) and John Cleese’s Autobiography (Random House Books) for their ‘Hot Books of 2014’.

The Sunday Times also chose John Cleese’s Autobiography as one of their cultural picks for 2014.

The Guardian featured Monuments Men by Robert Edsel (Arrow) in their ‘2014 in books’ round-up.

Stella Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph chose Have I Said Too Much? by Carole White (Century) for the ‘2014 Hot List’.

The Scotsman

David Robinson picked The Lie by Helen Dunmore  in his article about books for 2014: ‘If you need any more proof of January’s literary liveliness, imagine that you are in charge of publisher’s Hutchinson. After 20 years with Penguin, Helen Dunmore (the first winner, remember, of the Orange Prize) has just signed up with you. In which month are you going to publish her new novel, The Lie? But you’re probably ahead of me already…’

 In the Irish Times, Arminta Wallace featured In The Light Of Morning by Tim Pears (William Heinemann), Darkness Darkness by John Harvey (William Heinemann), Breakfast With The Borgias by DBC Pierre (Hammer) and Cat Out Of Hell by Lynne Truss for her books for 2014.

Grazia picked The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman (Windmill)as one of their books for 2014.

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