Favourites & Window Box Archive

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  • The Heavens

    Sandra Newman

    An astonishing novel, beautifully and idiosyncractically written, in which a young woman in love falls asleep in a utopian New York and wakes in the 16th century, convinced that she must save the world. The catch: each time she returns to the first few years of the 21st century, that modern world is a little worse, and a little more like our own. This is not science fiction, nor quite a historical novel, but something much stranger. SN has received some ecstatic reviews, not least for holding such a bonkers plot together with such assurance, but it’s the language of this book that really shines. In the midst of her dreams, SN’s heroine is “on the right track at last — she felt it — riding secretly, directly, to save the world. She would make the world perfect — so she felt — and the wild night meadows of its youth acquiesced. She was a candle in the night, a bright seed of heaven.”

    Hardback £12.99
  • Sensations: A New History of British Art

    Jonathan Jones

    From the Enlightenment to the present day, from Hogarth to Banksy… by a lively and observant author.

     

    The retail price is £29.99 but we are delighted to offer a discount at £25.

     

     

    Hardback £25.00
  • I Will Never See The World Again

    Ahmet Altan

    The author of this extraordinary memoir has been sentenced to life in prison for the Kafkaesque crime of sending ‘subliminal messages’ in support of the failed coup in Turkey in 2016. This slim volume whose pages were smuggled out of the prison cell, is a moving testament to the power of literature and inner resources of the human spirit.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Ponti

    Sharlene Teo

    The story of three women – a cult actress in the 1970s, her daughter in the early 2000s and her daughter’s best friend in 2020 – is also the story of Singapore’s precipitous tip into modernity. Lushly eerie.

    Paperback £8.99
  • Kidnapped

    Robert Louis Stevenson

    A life without RLS cannot be said to be properly lived. This great stylist’s range even includes Ruritanian extravagances but here we have the gloriously told adventure of a young Lowlander, set in the aftermath of the last great Jacobite rebellion of 1745. It also contains one of the world’s wickedest uncles in a very gothic passage, complete with a ruined stone staircase lit only by lightning flashes, and blue-coated firecracker Alan Breck, whose entrance into the tale must be one of the most spectacular in literature.

    Paperback £7.99
  • The Unloved

    Deborah Levy

    This early novel from the Booker-shortlisted author is both wonderfully sinister and funny. Levy’s descriptions are lavish and colourful, her prose mesmerising as she unveils a cast of brilliantly vile characters. The story changes gear from a beguiling murder mystery to a satire of the European bourgeoisie.

    Paperback £8.99
  • Idols: The Power of Images

    Annie Caubet

    Wonders of early civilisations: figurines from the Cyclades, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, the Oxus and Indus valleys, Iran, Iberia, etc. ‘Idols’ does not seem the right descriptive for these as we only guess at their function; but their small, highly concentrated presences give each of them an extraordinary power. Superbly illustrated.

    Hardback £50.00
  • Last Days in Old Europe: Trieste ’79, Vienna ’85, Prague ’89

    Richard Bassett

    RB embraced Trieste in our Cuckoo Press piece of 2013. Here is the fully-fledged version, with RB as hornist in the Ljubljana opera house, then as Times Foreign Correspondent in Vienna and Warsaw. A memoir of both ease and grit in the last decade of the Cold War, full of irony, subtlety and humour

    Hardback £16.99
  • Mr Five Per Cent: The many lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the world’s richest man

    Jonathan Conlin

    Ottoman, Armenian and British, with a French education and a King’s College London degree in petroleum engineering: this is the first biography of this extraordinary man in over a generation. An old-fashioned millionaire (after Eartha Kitt’s heart) with exquisite taste who managed to buy art even from Stalin.

    Hardback £25.00