Search Results: "John Harwood"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SÉANCE by John Harwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Perfect fare for a standard dark and stormy night."
The ambience and paraphernalia of the Victorian ghostly tale are knowingly channeled in Australian author Harwood's serpentine second novel (The Ghost Writer, 2004). Read full book review >

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THE ASYLUM by John Harwood
Released: May 21, 2013

"While the Gothicism works well, at times Harwood's convolutions become as mystifying to the reader as to the characters he depicts."
Creepy doings—certificates of insanity, switched identities, morbid personalities—in and around an asylum in 19th-century England. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST WRITER by John Harwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"A wonderful debut, evoking a century's worth of family history, by a multitalented and artistically ambidextrous newcomer."
A compulsively readable, sturdily plotted mystery set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here, the central importance of paintings, diaries, and ghosts lends the intrigue a distinctly Jamesian feel. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF HARWOOD by Olivia Batker Pritzker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2014

"A promising first outing for Pritzker, who maintains a steady stream of humor in this breezy diversion."
Pritzker's debut offering is a tongue-in-cheek novella in which family secrets are closely guarded behind upper-class pretensions. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2008

"The culture may change soon. It may not. Policy wonks will enjoy this solid, well-reported portrait of life in the District, while insiders will look for their names in the index."
There are plenty of centrists in America, but to judge by Wall Street Journal stalwarts Harwood and Seib, there are very few in Washington. Read full book review >

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JOHN TANA by Bill Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2017

"For the setting and era alone, this ripping adventure yarn offers sufficient rewards."
Set in 19th-century Hawaii, a historical novel stars a handsome young hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING JOHN by Stephen Church
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Church sticks close to the evidence, almost all government records and surviving chronicles devoted to the deeds of great men. The result is not a page-turner but an insightful, likely definitive, biography."
Reigning from 1199 to 1216, King John's villainy remains a mainstay of popular media. Church (Medieval History/Univ. of East Anglia; The Household Knights of King John, 1999) does not downplay his defects in this scholarly but readable biography.Read full book review >

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JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >

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JOHN BETJEMAN by Bevis Hillier
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2007

"An exemplary biography evoking, in classic form, lives and times just gone."
The reigning authority on all things Betjemaniac squeezes his assiduous three-volume biography about the late poet laureate into one really big paperback. Read full book review >

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JOHN DONNE by John Stubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2007

"Donne would be pleased with this intelligent, affectionate, articulate telling of his story."
A major biography of the poet and preacher, who knew Shakespeare, accommodated himself to three difficult monarchs and left behind a significant literary legacy. Read full book review >