Fiction

We have a bumper crop of contemporary novels, crime and thrillers for you this issue, including a good batch of paperbacks, and a sprinkling of other fare.  Despite this imbalance we’re sure something will catch your eye… Contemporary Novels:  Asking for It by Louise O’Neill is a YA novel for older teens that every mother…

Non-Fiction

One of the bonuses of being the non-fiction editor of Shiny is how much I learn about all kinds of things, some of which I never even knew I was interested in. A good deal of this is owing to our lovely reviewers, whose suggestions as always have added some great material to this section…

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 –…

BookBuzz

Poetry Competition Winner – huge congratulations to Sharon Black! Poetry Competition Runners-Up – so many wonderful poems that we have five runners-up rather than just the two we’d planned. The Last of the Bowmans and Black Humour – author J Paul Henderson tells us about the origins of his hilarious dark comedy about a dysfunctional…

Fiction

As always, our Fiction section contains a bit of everything – we hope there is something for everyone in our selection here… Crime and thriller fans are well looked after with new novels by Sophie Hannah, Julie Wassmer and Nicci French; new Scandi-crime with the continuation of Stieg Larssen’s millennium series from David Lagerkrantz and…

Non-Fiction

Although this issue’s non-fiction section is slightly slimmed down in terms of numbers, it’s got some pretty weighty books (literally!). There are two Oxford Companions, Fairy Tales and Wine, the gloriously illustrated Mythology by Christopher Dell, and the splendidly informative Renishaw Hall: The Story of the Sitwells by Desmond Seward. For a truly fascinating and…

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.…

BookBuzz

Shiny Features The Shiny Book Club – which book have we chosen for discussion on December 3rd in our festive Extra Shiny? The Eds Discuss: The Books & Authors Package – do you like to read about the authors whose books you enjoy? What happens if you disagree with their beliefs? The Shiny Poetry Competition…

Fiction

Welcome to our summer fiction selection. Our header photo features Harry helping with the books this time. To help you find your way through the reviews, they are listed alphabetically by title on your right, or we’ve grouped them by theme below. As always, there is a selection of paperback releases in the mix, and don’t…

Non-Fiction

Shiny 6 has an absolutely bumper crop of non-fiction. If you love life stories, you’re going to be in your element – there are no fewer than seven of them, both autobiographies and biographies. If you enjoy living people writing about themselves, you’ve got Jon Day on his time as a cycle courier, neurologist Oliver…

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…

BookBuzz

Author Features Writing The Midwife’s Daughter and Aren’t We Sisters? Bailey’s longlisted author Patricia Ferguson talks about the genesis of her two related novels. The Inspiration behind Hush Sara Marshall-Ball tells us how a creative writing exercise became her debut novel. Writing About Secrets, the False Self and Insecure Identities in my Novel, Sugar and…

Fiction

Welcome to Shiny New Fiction. To help you find your way through the reviews, they are listed alphabetically by title on your right, or we’ve grouped them by theme below. As always, there is a selection of paperback releases in the mix: We’ll start with a selection of contemporary literature from around the world: India…

Non-Fiction

History, science, psychology, biography, cooking – what’s your favourite kind of non-fiction? Whatever it is, we’ve got a bumper crop for you in Shiny 5. I suspect almost everyone likes reading about reading, and we’ve got two books on that subject, both of which started as projects. Ann Morgan’s Reading the World was an ambitious…

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…

BookBuzz

Book Buzz Contents Introducing the Shiny Book Club Interviews – An interview with Phillip Lopate – The Clara Vine novels with Jane Thynne – Shiny New Author: Cecilia Ekbäck – Shiny New Author: Sarah Bannan Author Articles – Researching A Curious Friendship by Anna Thomasson – On Writing Three Strange Angels by Laura Kalpakianbsp; –…

Fiction

Welcome to Shiny New Fiction. To help you find your way through the reviews, they are listed alphabetically by title on your right, or we’ve grouped them by theme below. As always, there is a selection of paperback releases in the mix: We’ll start with a selection of contemporary literature from around the world: Australia…

Non-Fiction

There’s something for all lovers of non-fiction in issue 4 of Shiny New Books. History enthusiasts are particularly well catered for, with a wide range of approaches and periods, ranging from James Evans’ Merchant Adventurers through Jenny Uglow’s sweeping account of Napoleonic times in Britain, to Neil MacGregor’s fascinating survey of the German nation. Closer…

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…

BookBuzz

BookBuzz Contents Interviews and Author Articles: Frances Vick – The author of debut novel Chinaski talks about her musical heroes and the roots of rock n’ roll. Peter May discusses his new novel, Runaway, and its intriguing historical and psychological elements. Sophia Toibin – Author of the compelling historical thriller, The Widow’s Confession talks about…