The Novel of the Century – The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos

Reviewed by Annabel Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is 150 years old in 2017, and doubtless there will be much attention paid to it including this book by David Bellos, renowned professor and translator of French Literature. If, given Bellos’ literary stature you were expecting an academic study of Victor Hugo …

Fiction

As always, we have another eclectic mix of fiction for you, and hopefully not too late to add to your own Christmas lists or give. (Don’t forget our affiliate links to The Book Depository, which has (almost) worldwide free P&P as well as keen prices.) Other Languages: 33 Revolutions is …

Non-Fiction

What with Brexit, the US elections, the refugee crisis, and more besides, it’s been quite a year. If you’re feeling a bit less than positive about the current and future state of the world, we’ve got a review of a book that’s guaranteed to give you a rapid injection of …

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. …

BookBuzz (Issue 13)

The Eds Discuss.. Three Years of Shiny – Can you believe how fast they’ve gone? We can’t, as we look back over the past 13 editions… The Return of the Shiny Advent Quiz – You know you can’t help yourself! Interviews Q & A with Stef Penney – discussing her new novel, Under A …

Fiction

Our Fiction section this issue may not have quite our usual number of reviews, but it’s still far-ranging, including a couple of novels new in paperback that we missed when originally published. Contemporary Life and Past Times: Paul Kingsnorth’s novel Beast is a sequel of sorts to The Wake, but …

Non-Fiction

Here at Shiny we are proud of our non-fiction section. Largely thanks to the enthusiasm of our excellent reviewers, we cover a very wide range of subject matter, including books that often get neglected on the otherwise excellent book blogs. This issue has, I think, the largest non-fiction selection ever, …

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 …

BookBuzz

Interview with Rowland Manthorpe and Kirstin Smith The authors of the hilarious debut novel, Confidence, talk about writing as a team and the pleasures and perils of university learning. Spotlight on Publishers: NYRB We love NYRB classics here at Shiny and couldn’t be more thrilled to discuss life at the …

FICTION

We think a good book read at the right time is the perfect read, whatever the season!  Our summer fiction list therefore features our usual blend of all kinds of novel, including plenty in translation. Contemporary and 20th C life: The suspenseful Before the Fall by Noah Hawley is set …

NON-FICTION

Welcome to the non-fiction section of Shiny 11.  As always we are covering quite a wide range of themes and topics, though a couple of categories pop up more than once. One such is psychology, into which come three books: Polly Morland, Metamorphosis: Why and How We Change Charles Fernyhough, The …