Search Results: "Philip Hensher"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MISSING INK by Philip Hensher
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Informative, amusing and idiosyncratic—just like an interesting letter written in unique hand."
Critic and novelist Hensher (Creative Writing/Univ. of Exeter; King of the Badgers, 2012, etc.) laments the loss of handwriting instruction and surveys the history of our love affair with the pen. Read full book review >

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SCENES FROM EARLY LIFE by Philip Hensher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Neither history nor autobiography, this well-crafted, illustrated hybrid offers insight and warmth yet remains something of a literary curiosity."
Events both immense—like the painful birth of a nation—and humdrum are observed through the eyes of a child from a wealthy Bengali family, in an unusual novel-as-memoir by a celebrated British author. Read full book review >

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THE MULBERRY EMPIRE by Philip Hensher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"The producers of The Jewel in the Crown ought to take a close look at this one."
The first Afghan War of 1839 (the English tried and failed to displace a potentate unfriendly to its colonial ambitions) is the subject of this fascinating US debut. Read full book review >

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THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY by Philip Hensher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2008

"Hensher's saga of 19th-century proportions is worth reading, even if the plot plods from time to time."
Full-to-bursting drama of family and place from Hensher (The Fit, 2005, etc.), a finalist for this year's Booker Prize. Read full book review >

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VALENTINE AND HIS VIOLIN by Philip Hopman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Delightful whether or not you've ever attempted to play a stringed instrument. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Valentine's violin teacher says he's doing very well, but the effect of his playing on others is dramatic in a different sense. Read full book review >

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ROSIE AND THE NIGHTMARES by Philip Waechter
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Similarly, the seemingly random arrangement of illustration types (full bleed, spot, cropped and more) is redeemed by the constant presence of the small, determined heroine, whose outlook seems rosy indeed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this amusing paean to overcoming monster-sized fears, Rosie wakes shaking from yet another nightmare. Read full book review >

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THE WINTER HORSES by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A worthwhile-enough read for kids particularly interested in history and/or horses. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Kerr, well-known for his best-selling World War II thrillers for adults (A Man Without Breath, 2013, etc.), enters YA territory with a compelling but ultimately flawed tale of saving the last Przewalski's horses from Nazi invaders. Read full book review >

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GOBLINS by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A bit overlong and slapdash-feeling, but amiable. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Sundry creatures and an affable aspiring hero stumble and bumble around a magically infused landscape. Read full book review >