Search Results: "Matthew Kneale"


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WHEN WE WERE ROMANS by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2008

"One of the best explorations of a child's mind and heart in recent fiction, and its talented author's best book yet."
The technique of portraying adult experience through a child's eyes and words—accomplished in classic works as otherwise dissimilar as What Maisie Knew and The Catcher in the Rye—is knowingly adopted by the Whitbread Award-winning British author (Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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SMALL CRIMES IN AN AGE OF ABUNDANCE by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2005

"A most unusual debut collection, and a very good one indeed."
Envy, snobbery and xenophobia coexist with such literal crimes as child abuse and drug-peddling. Read full book review >

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MR. FOREIGNER by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Witty, fast-paced fun: a great story (already winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize) that keeps the tempo up and doesn't take itself too seriously. Kneale is out of the gate running."
A kind of darkly comic Asian version of Midnight Express, as second-novelist Kneale (the Whitbread-winning English Passengers, 2000) describes a young Englishman trapped in Japan. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An intellectually interesting comparison in the same way that comparative histories of revolutions are interesting; there's blood and passion in all that madness, but it doesn't always land on the page."
An atheistic novelist temporarily abandons his fiction to examine the roots and history of belief. Read full book review >

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ENGLISH PASSENGERS by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Despite minor echoes of Great Expectations and Thomas Keneally's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith: an original, impressively knowledgeable, and very moving historical novel."
A richly satisfying debut, comparable in many ways to Andrea Barrett's The Voyage of the Narwhal, that uses nearly 20 carefully distinguished voices to tell the convoluted story of a 19th-century expedition to Tasmania and a stalemated conflict between "civilization" and "savagery." Read full book review >

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MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

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GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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I, MATTHEW HENSON by Carole Boston Weatherford
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Lovely and inspiring. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
A poetic first-person narrative puts readers in Matthew Henson's head as he endures institutionalized discrimination to pursue greatness in adventure, moving from cabin boy to able seaman, stock boy to explorer, eventually one of "[s]ix men—one black, one white, four Eskimos—" to reach the North Pole in 1909. Read full book review >

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GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2009

"Honest and inspiring."
A mother's memoir of her young son, his murder and the effect on a galvanized public. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW WHEELOCK'S WALL by Frances Ward Weller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Truly outstanding in every way: a book of rare insight and beauty. (Picture book. 4+)"
Old Matthew and his horse cleared a pasture, 100 years ago, putting the biggest rocks in a trench and saving the others. Read full book review >