BITM – Books in the Media. Or should it be BIM?

The Bookseller has launched a new website – Books in the Media –

‘The comprehensive guide to book reviews from The Bookseller’.

Catchy title, don’t you think?


Welcome to the first Books in the Media (BIM) update – it marks the Beta launch of our new website which we hope will become the definitive place to find and compare the latest book reviews online. Please take some time to ‘kick our virtual tyres’ and do let us know what you like and what you find annoying, or even broken.


Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher title Past Tense will undoubtedly soar to the top of the hardback fiction charts this week, but also earned a solid rating from reviewers. Mark Sanderson of the Evening Standard praised Child’s “precision-tooled” prose, while The Independent’s Daisy Buchanan said Past Tense may read like an “aggressive EDM mix of Albert Ayler at his most obscure”, she found the “extremely satisfying” ending “deeply comforting”.


Jonathan Coe’s state-of-the-nation novel Middle England may have divided critics along political lines, but they were united in their appreciation of Coe’s wit – Theo Tait in The Sunday Times described the title as “absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable”, while The Bookseller’s Alice O’Keeffe, who crowned Middle England her book of the month for November, said it was “properly laugh-out-loud funny”.


Rose George’s Nine Pints gave the critics a rush, with near-universal four and five-star reviews. James McConnachie in The Sunday Times described it as “fierce and forensic”. The Daily Mail’s Nick Rennison pronounced it “fascinating”, while The Guardian’s Sarah Ditum said: “This absorbing, vital book by one of the best non-fiction writers working today is a wonder in its own right”.


The Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist was announced this week, and while the retailer’s prize is decided by booksellers, the critics have a clear favourite. While Sally Rooney’s Normal People – longlisted for the Man Booker Prize –  is on a stunning 4.66 BIM star rating, with Olivia Laing in the New Statesman declaring it “magnificent”, and Kate Clanchy in the Guardian calling it “a future classic”, Frann Preston-Gannon and Fiona Walters’ I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree has pipped it to the post.


This illustrated selection of poetry scores a BIM star rating of five, with The Bookseller’s Fiona Noble describing it as “one of the most beautiful gift books of the year” and Imogen Russell-Williams in the Guardian praising the illustrations, “beckoning the reader like seed on a bird table”.