The Night of Wenceslas by Lionel Davidson

Reviewed by Harriet Is there no end to these amazing novelists who appeared to have sunk without trace and are now being revived for our pleasure and instruction? Lionel Davidson has appeared in Shiny before, here and here. The last of his massively successful thrillers, Kolymsky Heights, was published in …

The Rose of Tibet by Lionel Davidson

Reviewed by Harriet How could Lionel Davidson ever have been forgotten? I’d certainly never heard of him before I encountered the brilliant Kolymsky Heights (1994), which I reviewed in Shiny issue 5. Thankfully Faber is now reprinting all his superb adventure thrillers, the most recent being The Rose of Tibet, first …

Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson

Reviewed by Harriet I must admit that I’d never heard of Lionel Davidson before this novel came my way. I now know him to have been a celebrated writer of spy thrillers between 1960 and 1994, when Kolymsky Heights was published by Heinemann. This book has now reappeared thanks to …

Running Blind by Desmond Bagley

Reviewed by Annabel I’m delighted that the vogue for republishing the best thrillers from the 1960s onwards as exemplified by the books of Lionel Davidson (see Harriet’s reviews here, here and here!) has turned to another star from the past – Desmond Bagley. In our household, I grew up on a …

The Return of the Shiny Advent Quiz!

Questions by Annabel We featured a Christmas quiz in our first Yuletide issue – and now it’s back. Thirty questions (I got carried away), featuring old favourites and the latest titles, books for young and old – a festive cornucopia of bookish quizzage! Some are easy – some are real stinkers! …

REPRINTS

I have to thank my housemate Kirsty – also a reviewer in this issue – for lending her bookshelves for the reprints cover photo this issue. It sets the tone for the sort of books we love in this corner of Shiny New Books: old’uns. Particularly when they’re repackaged as …

Reprints (Issue 11)

I have to thank my housemate Kirsty – also a reviewer in this issue – for lending her bookshelves for the reprints cover photo this issue. It sets the tone for the sort of books we love in this corner of Shiny New Books: old’uns. Particularly when they’re repackaged as …

Reprints

Two whole years since our first issue! Can you believe it? Those of us who love reprints have been well served over that time, and this issue is no different. As usual, there is a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, with classics and new discoveries fighting out for your attention. …

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Reviewed by Victoria Hoyle I was sold Shirley Barrett’s Rush Oh! entirely on the strength of a fellow blogger’s review. She made it sound so deliciously enchanting that I had to get my hands on it immediately. Without her enthusiasm this delightful, unexpected, unassuming debut would have probably passed me …

Shiny Index: Fiction

Welcome to the Shiny Master Index – Fiction Books featured are indexed by author surname and will have appeared either in Fiction or Reprints sections of Shiny New Books. The links will take you directly to the review or BookBuzz article associated with it. If you want to search for a …

Shiny Index: Non-Fiction

Welcome to the Shiny Master Index – Non-Fiction The books in this index will have appeared in our Non-Fiction or Reprints sections, together with BookBuzz features & series.  Entries are categorised in broad categories outlined below, then by author A-Z. If you want to search for a particular title or reviewer, …

Reprints (Issue 9)

Two whole years since our first issue! Can you believe it? Those of us who love reprints have been well served over that time, and this issue is no different. As usual, there is a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, with classics and new discoveries fighting out for your attention. …

Reprints

Welcome to Issue 5’s reprints! We’re experimenting with highlighting slightly fewer books this issue, to make sure that you don’t miss anything wonderful by not being able to see the wood for the trees – so we’re very excited about everything listed below! If you’ve been watching the TV series, make …

2015 Books Into Films

Written by Diana Cheng By now, you probably have seen some of the movie adaptations listed in the previous BookBuzz, like Gone Girl, Unbroken, and The Imitation Game. Here in the first issue of Shiny New Books kicking off 2015, we have a whole new list for you, movies based on …