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 a novella by Che Guevara’s…

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 optimism: Johan Norberg’s Progress: Ten…

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…

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 Pole Star Q & 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 set 1000 years later in…

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, with no fewer than fifteen…

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…

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 publishing house with Editorial Director,…

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 on Martha’s Vineyard. Chains of…

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 Voices Within. Marina Benjamin, The Middlepause:…

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…

BOOKBUZZ

An Ancient Permanence? – Rosy Thornton  The wonderful Rosy Thornton meditates on the village of Blaxhall in coastal Suffolk, the inspiration for her new collection of short stories. Love, Or Nearest Offer – Adèle Geras How the saddest of circumstances motivated award-winning novelist, Adèle Geras, to write one of the happiest and most comforting of…

Fiction

With the exception of SF this issue (we’d love to find some more regular SF reviewers, contact us if interested), we otherwise have a rather splendid mix of recent novels to tempt you with. They are categorised below, or alphabetically listed in the menu. We have a particularly strong batch of translated fiction of all…

Non-Fiction

I’ve really enjoyed reading the non-fiction reviews in Shiny 10 and I’m sure you will too. There’s a plethora of biographies and autobiographies in the section this time round, with many famous names showing up. For biographies you can browse through three great nineteenth-century names: Nick Holland Anne Brontë Elaine Showalter Julia Ward Howe Frances…

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…

BookBuzz

Questions for Lucy Caldwell The award-winning Irish writer talks about her first book of short stories, Multitudes, with our non-fiction ed, Harriet, and in a fascinating discussion explores her relationship to the writing process. Questions for Peggy Frew The Australian author discusses her latest novel, Hope Farm, with our fiction ed, Annabel, and the compelling…

Fiction

Contemporary Dramas: Citizens by Kevin Curran examines the legacy of the Easter Rising on the youth of Dublin today. The Cold War of the 1960s is the setting for Helen Dunmore’s latest novel Exposure, and the hot summer of 1976 provides fertile ground for Joanna Cannon’s debut novel – The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.…

Non-fiction

Once again we have a pleasingly wide-ranging selection of non-fiction titles for your delectation. Whether you like science or history, biography or travel, there’s bound to be something to catch your eye and send you off to the bookshop. There’s plenty here for those who like reading about other peoples’ lives. Amy Liptrot’s memoir of…

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…

BookBuzz

Interviews Two impressive women talk about their debut novels – the hugely accomplished English literature Professor, Janet Todd, and creative arts Fellow and documentary producer, Sharon Guskin. Q and A with Janet Todd Q and A with Sharon Guskin Comment The eds decided to get together again and put literary festivals under their microscope –…