Admissions by Henry Marsh

Reviewed by Rebecca Foster Brain surgeon Henry Marsh’s first book, Do No Harm, was one of my favorite reads of 2015. In short, enthrallingly detailed chapters named after conditions he had treated or observed, he reflected on life as a surgeon, expressing sorrow over botched operations and marveling at the God-like power he wields over people’s quality of…

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh (pbk)

Reviewed by Annabel  I always find accounts of lives worked in medicine absolutely fascinating, especially those of surgeons, who live on the cutting edge (sorry!) of medical science. It takes a special kind of person to become a surgeon, and then those who choose pathways into more specialised areas require more training and experience still.…

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This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Reviewed by Annabel I love reading medical memoirs; we’ve featured neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s two volumes here at Shiny, and heart surgeon Stephen Westaby’s book Fragile Lives was a great read for me earlier this year. These books were written by surgeons who’ve reached the zenith of their careers. The chapters within concentrate on particular operations,…

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards

Reviewed by Harriet Here at Shiny we love our classic crime, and we have been delighted to review a number of excellent novels that have recently made available through the British Library’s Crime Classics series. The editor of the series is of course the indefatigable Martin Edwards, who also manages to be a bestselling author,…

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 particular title or reviewer, we…

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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, we suggest you use the…

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The Honours by Tim Clare

Reviewed by Eleanor Franzen It’s rare for any book, let alone a book marketed as literary fiction for adults, to open with a thirteen-year-old girl lying flat on her stomach in a marsh. It’s rarer still for that teenaged girl not to be the victim of some horrific tabloid crime, but rather a shotgun-wielding deadeye;…

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Winter Siege by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

Reviewed by Harriet  I had not heard of Ariana Franklin until a few months ago, when I was given her Mistress of the Art of Death as an early birthday present. Seeing that it was a crime novel set in the early middle ages, I wondered if I’d enjoy it – I’ve not been drawn…

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The Road to Reckoning by Robert Lautner

True Grit’s inheritor? Reviewed by Annabel Gaskell Having grown up loving all those cowboy TV series from the 1960s and ‘70s like The Virginian and Alias Smith and Jones, maybe it’s not surprising that I’ve turned out to be a big fan of the best ‘western’ novels too. Good literary stories featuring cowboys and American…

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