Search Results: "Giles Foden"


BOOK REVIEW

TURBULENCE by Giles Foden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2010

"Well-crafted scientific and philosophical speculation dominates a less consistent plotline, making for thought-provoking if only patchily gripping reading."
The fourth novel by the prize-winning author of The Last King of Scotland (1998) considers the application of science to warfare via a young man's journey of expiation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND by Giles Foden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 1998

"Lurid and delightful, written with wit and real maturity. (First serial rights to Granta)"
A remarkable debut novel by British journalist Foden (The Guardian), who describes—in the best Conradian tones—an idealistic young physician's descent into the maelstrom of Idi Amin's Uganda. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2005

"Pleasant and engaging—as historical document, travel journal and film footnote."
A compact history of a little-known WWI battle that inspired a well-known film. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WORLD OF HAPPY by Giles Andreae
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"Despite the positivity, much of the sentiment and imagery will go over the heads of babies and toddlers. (Board book. 2-3)"
Six little books in a boxed set promote an optimistic view of the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2009

Bas-relief cut-paper collages and brief text take readers on a tour of unique architectural structures around the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU LIVED HERE by Giles Laroche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2011

"Best used to encourage children to create their own collages or three-dimensional models, this misses the mark as a strong introduction to domestic architecture. (selected sources) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Many North American children have a difficult time visualizing places or houses different than their own; this survey will help somewhat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAYING IN TRAFFIC by Gail Giles
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Giles simply allows her story to unfold without trying to shock and, in doing so, makes her final shock all the more effective. (Fiction. YA)"
An intelligent, mature, but repressed high-school senior puts himself into increasing danger through his romance with a disturbed girl in this realistic and hard-hitting story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK FLY SEASON by Giles Blunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2005

"If the macabre plot, based on a true-crime episode, seems more rote than its predecessors (The Delicate Storm, 2003, etc.), Blunt redeems himself with his searing portrait of a cop unable to prevent his wife's self-destruction."
A woman with a bullet in her brain can't remember who she is or who put it there. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"The Emperor's exile contained fewer fireworks than the years when he shook up the world, but no period in his life was dull. This is a lively, readable account, and its revisionist view rings true."
A jaundiced look at the traditional account of Napoleon's final years on St. Helena. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISABELLA OF CASTILE by Giles Tremlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A combination of a solid biography of an extraordinary monarch and a concise history of turbulent 15th-century Spain."
Engaging new appraisal of Europe's first female monarch and her long, consequential reign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GOOD GERMAN by Giles MacDonogh
NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 1992

"A fine biography and an evocative portrait of Trott's times. (Twenty-eight b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A close look into Hitler's Germany via the life of aristocratic anti-Nazi Adam von Trott zu Solz, by British historian MacDonogh. Read full book review >