Book List in Order: 5 titles

  • 'Not just good for school children, but great by any standard' - Phillip Pullman Oxford Spires Academy is a small comprehensive school with 30 languages - and one special focus: poetry. In the last five years, its students have won every prize going....


  • In response to an advertisement, Struan Robertson, orphan, genius, and just seventeen, leaves his dour native town in Scotland, and arrives at a creaky mansion in London in the freakishly hot summer of 1989. His job, he finds, is to care for playwrig...


  • Few first collections in recent years have made the impact of Kate Clanchy’s award-winning Slattern, which gained her a reputation as a poet of great immediacy and wit. In this new book her range is extended dramatically. Samarkand is both a darker...


  • ‘Antigona,’ I said. ‘How would you feel if I wrote your life down in a book?’‘Good,’ she said at once. ‘Good. And then a feature film, actually. Mini-series.’One morning in London, two neighbours start to chat over the heads of their ...


  • ‘Antigona,’ I said. ‘How would you feel if I wrote your life down in a book?’ ‘Good,’ she said at once. ‘Good. And then a feature film, actually. Mini-series.’ One morning in London, two neighbours start to chat over the heads of thei...