I review non-fiction books for a number of publications. I welcome advance copies of titles related to my specialisms and interests including: Latin America, India, Wales, Spain, Portugal, nature, landscape, walking, running, community, books about books, human rights, sustainability, and business ethics. Please send to Oliver Balch, The Story of Books, 20 Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DF.

Oliver Balch is the author of three books published by Faber: Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders; India Rising; and Viva South America!


Book reviews by Oliver Balch:

The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age by James Crabtree (Oneworld) // Reviewed in The Literary Review, July 2018 READ REVIEW

The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places by William Atkins (Faber) // Reviewed in the Financial Times, June 2018 READ REVIEW

Between Stone and Sky: Memoirs of a Waller by Whitney Brown (Constable) // Reviewed in The Spectator, May 2018 READ REVIEW

The Long Spring: Tracking the Arrival of Spring Through Europe by Laurence Rose (Bloomsbury) // Reviewed in The Spectator, April 2018 READ REVIEW

Franco: Anatomy of a Dictator by Enrique Moradiellos (I B Tauris) // Reviewed in The Spectator, February 2018 READ REVIEW

River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges & India’s Future by Victor Mallet // Reviewed in the Financial Times, October 2017 READ REVIEW

The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury (Bloomsbury Circus)

The End of Karma: Hope and Fury among India’s Young by Somini Sengupta (W W Norton) // Reviewed in The Literary Review, August 2017 READ REVIEW

The Tiger and the Ruby: A Journey to the Other Side of British India by Kief Hillsbury (Oneworld) // Reviewed in the Financial Times, July 2017 READ REVIEW

Turning: A Swimming Memoir by Jessica J Lee (Virago) and Floating: A Life Regained

By Joe Minihane (Duckworth Overlook) // Reviewed in The Literary Review, June 2017 READ REVIEW

The Village News: The Truth Behind England’s Rural Idyll by Tom Fort (Simon & Schuster) // Reviewed in The Spectator, April 2017 READ REVIEW

How to Travel Without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America by Andrés Neuman (Restless Books) // Reviewed in The Spectator, September 2016 READ REVIEW

Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human by Vybarr Cregan-Reid (Ebury Press) // Reviewed in The Literary Review, August 2016 READ REVIEW