The Chimes is a skilful, gripping, and very enjoyable book, and deserves to be read widely.
There’s no doubt about it – this is a quality novel.
Perhaps this is a chocolate-chip cookie version of American life, but if so, it’s a rough, home-made, gritty, grainy cookie.
Overall, this is a more diverse and interesting list than the safe ground of 2014’s longlist.
It will be interesting indeed to see if A God in Ruins longlists for the Booker Prize.
Dietland is a modern and edgier-than-average chick-lit novel.
The Eye of the Sheep is a book that manages to be both compelling and heart-breaking.
This is a compelling study of the depth and reach of parental love when heavily challenged by circumstances.
By writing from the view of the soul of the animal, Dovey delivers a cumulatively powerful statement on both animals and humans.
Most reviewers will tell you that The Children Act is either about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their belief structure, but The Children Act is actually about middle-aged rancour and loneliness.