The Akeing Heart by Peter Haring Judd

Reviewed by Simon How you approach The Akeing Heart will depend largely on how familiar you are with the names Sylvia Townsend Warner, Valentine Ackland, and Elizabeth Wade White. These three are in the subtitle of the book, which declares itself to be their letters. If this is the first you’ve heard of them, or you’ve…

From the Archives: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

One of a series of reviews republished from the Shiny Archive of Issue 1 to celebrate our 4th birthday Reviewed by Simon Thomas At some point, Helen Oyeyemi will stop being notable for her youth – but, at 29 and with five novels under her belt, that day has not yet come. What should perhaps…

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Reviewed by Simon Thomas Many book lovers have fantasies about what it would be like to work in a bookshop – perhaps particularly a secondhand bookshop. There is an aura of nostalgia, romance, and indulgence put together by the picture. How could it be otherwise, surrounded by books all day long? Now, I happen not…

Tom Tiddler’s Ground by Ursula Orange

Reviewed by Simon One of the authors I’ve been on the look-out for, for years, is Ursula Orange – entirely the responsibility of Scott (from the Furrowed Middlebrow blog) who has championed her in the past. But finding her novels was nigh-on impossible, and I more or less gave up hope. So I met, with…

Reprints

I’m afraid difficulties with RSI will keep this introduction short – please do explore the menu over to the right, enjoying finding surprises along the way – but I want to say what an absolute pleasure and delight it has been introducing the reprints section over the past three years. We’ve seen some truly remarkable…

Reprints

As the nights are drawing in (or the opposite, depending upon which hemisphere you’re in), why not curl up with a reprint or two? In this issue, they range across the decades and even centuries, and there is plenty to entertain, surprise, and value. If you’re in the mood for something Victorian, then why not…

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 shiny new books that we…

Reprints

Every issue I wonder if we’re going to find as many wonderful reprints as before – and, every issue, we do! There are some excellent gems for you this time. Our biggest discovery for Issue 10 is doubtless the new imprint Apollo. Their books are beautiful objects and cover a wide variety of extremely good…

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. If you’ve loved the TV…

Reprints

Happy 2016! It seems like a good time of year to grab some reprints, doesn’t it? Then again, when doesn’t. And – as always – we’ve got a great selection here. If you’ve enjoyed the British Library Crime Classics so far, then you won’t go wrong with Murder of a Lady or Death on the Riviera –…

Reprints

As the weather gets colder and the nights get longer, you’ll want to spend more time curled up with a book – and there are (of course) some wonderful reprints to read alongside your mug of hot chocolate – or perhaps even mulled wine. There’s a bumper load of Scottish classics this time: Paradise by A.L.…

Reprints

Welcome to the Reprints section of Issue 6. Going with the select-but-wonderful approach, we’ve got some real gems for you in reprints this issue. And, because there aren’t a huge number, you can read them all. Yes? Classic crime is well-represented, with the funny and charming Quick Curtain by Alan Melville, The Studio Crime by Ianthe Jerrold, and…

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 sure you explore Ross Poldark…

Reprints

Welcome to the Reprints section! As always, this is the corner of Shiny New Books where the books may be shiny and new, but they are also rescued from the past – either from oblivion or otherwise. We’re experimenting with a slightly slimmer selection than previously (which I rather hope means I’ll get around to…