Search Results: "Robert McCrum"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 24, 2010

"Heavy on historical summary yet gripping and profoundly informative."
The Observer associate editor McCrum (My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After a Stroke, 2008, etc.) rehearses the history of the English language, from Britannia to Bollywood, focusing on how it has transformed from one island's language to "Globish," a version of the language used by billions worldwide. Read full book review >

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WODEHOUSE by Robert McCrum
Released: Nov. 29, 2004

"A bit long, but a fitting tribute to one of the great purveyors of light—though not insubstantial—entertainment."
A graceful biography of the most British of all humorous novelists. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A vivid reminder to seize the day. (First serial to the New Yorker; author tour)"
The perceptive memoir of a 42-year-old British publisher's tortuous journey of recovery after a stroke. Read full book review >

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JUBILEE by Robert McCrum
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 1994

"Although McCrum is an expert at both deceiving and enlightening the reader, the high stakes of both the political and filial dramas are never made plausible, and this intricate mystery falls flat."
A clever but unconvincing suspense novel from the author of four previous novels (Mainland, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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SUSPICION by Robert McCrum
Released: March 10, 1997

"McCrum's own fatal flaw remains: The underpinnings of the plot are weakened by unanswered questions and dodges that, however artful, leave the reader increasingly unwilling to go along. (Author tour)"
Lust and murder lurk in the heart of a mild-mannered official living a quiet life in the south of England, in McCrum's (Jubilee, 1994, etc.) latest thriller, a work no more credible than its predecessors. Read full book review >

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MAINLAND by Robert McCrum
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 1992

"As careful in its observation, as beautifully composed, and as hollow at the core as a spy film directed by Woody Allen at his most dyspeptic."
Another sensitive, underplotted sort-of-espionager from British publisher McCrum (The Fabulous Englishman, A Loss of Heart, etc.) that almost succeeds in turning its featureless anomie to advantage. Read full book review >

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Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

BRAVE CHICKEN LITTLE by Robert Byrd
retold by Robert Byrd, illustrated by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A handsome, most welcome addition to the now–sadly neglected, too-little–published literature of folk and fairy tales. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
Byrd retells the familiar tale of folly and trickery, adding some outsize bravery and a happy ending. Read full book review >

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PIRATE’S EYE by Robert Priest
ADVENTURE
Released: May 2, 2005

"Readers too will be left reflective by this understated episode. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As in his Old Pirate of Central Park (1999), Priest pairs elegantly composed, deceptively simple cartoon illustrations to an unusually rich and satisfying story. Read full book review >

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AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH by Robert Shetterly
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

In tribute to this country's proud tradition of protest, fine artist Shetterly has chosen 50 Americans who have stood up for what he calls "the promise of America," presenting them in a series of accurately painted head-and-shoulder portraits with their names and a pithy quote scratched in. Read full book review >

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GIANT MEATBALL by Robert Weinstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Yum. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the fine tradition of stories featuring oversized food, here's a cautionary tale about a narcissistic meatball who comes to a bad and sudden end. Read full book review >