"The horrifying images of John Hersey’s 'Hiroshima' can be crudely quoted by any uninspired journalist in the opening line of an article to generate cheap, shock-factor appeal. Yet, although such scenes are unpalatable, they are not excessive."
Georgia Bower reviews ‘The Polar Express’ by Chris van Allsburg as part of Palatinate Books' series of Christmas reads.
Shauna Lewis reviews 'The Northern Lights' as part of Palatinate Books' series of Christmas Reads.
Frances Rowbottom reviews 'Cat Person', a short story published in The New Yorker which has gone viral overnight.
As part of our series of Christmas reads, Sophia Rahim reviews 'The Shipping News' by Annie Proulx. Rahim writes 'if you fancy a tale of freak accidents, sex trafficking, decapitations, and one man’s search for meaning and love in an unforgiving...
Jamie Murphy reviews 'The Miniaturist' by Jessie Burton as part of our series of Christmas reads. Murphy writes that it is 'perfect for those long winter nights'.
Lauren James reviews 'Christmas Pudding' by Nancy Mitford as part of our series on Christmas reads. She tells us how Mitford 'offers escapism to a lost world of English upper-class elegance'.