Book reviews

Bitesize book reviews of fiction and non-fiction titles (for detailed analysis of fiction, see Literature).

Why you should read: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary features familiar themes of space, survival and sacrifice – and it’s surprisingly bloody good

Published: 9 October 2022
9 October 2022

Bounce: the 10,000-hour rule and the quest for mastery

What experts say about the power of practice, and how to apply it to your life

Published: 28 June 2022 | Last updated: 24 November 2022
28 June 2022

Fake History, by Otto English | Review

From the Aztecs to the evolution of curry, why the lure of fake history is hard to resist

Published: 16 May 2022 | Last updated: 25 October 2022
16 May 2022

Why Neanderthals don’t make good politicians

You wouldn't vote for a Neanderthal - but they can teach us a lot about human society

Published: 19 March 2022 | Last updated: 19 July 2022
19 March 2022

Why you should read: Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

A brief intro to sci-fi novella Rendezvous with Rama ahead of 2024's film adaptation

Published: 26 February 2022 | Last updated: 9 October 2022
26 February 2022

Why you should read: Atomic Habits, by James Clear

Can tiny steps lead to big change? Atomic Habits turns the spotlight on behaviour change

Published: 10 February 2022 | Last updated: 8 May 2022
10 February 2022