Books For Christmas 2017

//Books For Christmas 2017

Books For Christmas 2017

Any book not yet published may be pre-ordered.                                     To view this list as a pdf click here

01. Books For Christmas 2017: Biography

  • The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992

    Tina Brown

    Tina Brown was editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair for eight hectic years, 1984-1992; expect thrills and spills. She has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, columnist, talk-show host, and has also published a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales.


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    Hardback £25.00
  • George I: The Lucky King

    Tim Blanning

    Another in the excellent ‘Penguin Monarchs‘ series.  Please contact us directly if you would like to set up a standing order for new titles in this series, or to obtain the backlist.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Caroline Fraser

    Many know of LIW’s extraordinary life through her ‘Little House on the Prairie’ books, but these stop when she reaches eighteen and marries. Her adult life was extremely challenging, and she only took to writing in her sixties when the Depression threatened their farm. This biography paints an astonishing picture of homesteading life in America from the mid C19th to mid C20th.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Darling Pol: Letters of Mary Wesley and Eric Siepmann 1944-1967

    Edited by Patrick Marnham

    “I find you brave and amusing, understanding and beautiful, simple and sophisticated, and I love you. More than that, I mean to get you,” wrote Eric Siepman a fortnight after they first met. ES was Wesley’s second husband, and it is Marnham’s contention that she found her authorial voice through her letters to him.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Love, Madness, and Scandal: The Life of Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck

    Johanna Luthman

    Kidnappings, secret rendezvous, an illegitimate child, accusations of black magic, imprisonment, disappearances, exile, not to mention court appearances, high-speed chases, jail-break, deadly disease, royal fury… This exotic subject of James I had a busy time.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe

    Deborah Cadbury

    Cadbury has written on a wide variety of subjects including the space race and Victorian fossil hunters. She is always good, and this is a rich subject which she has written about with great verve.

    Hardback £20.00
  • My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die

    Kevin Toolis

    A remarkable investigation of the practice and history of Irish attitudes towards death. A valuable antidote to the modern tendency to avoid our mortality.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Shouting in the Street: Adventures and Misadventures of a Fleet Street Survivor

    Donald Trelford

    Sixty years in journalism, many of them as editor of the ‘Observer’.

    Hardback £25.00
  • A Life of My Own: A Biographer’s Life

    Claire Tomalin

    CT’s account of “how it was for a European girl growing up in mid-twentieth-century England … carried along by conflicting desires to have children and a worthwhile working life” is wonderul – as we would expect from the biographer of Austen, Dickens, Nelly Tiernan, Wollstonecraft et al.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark

    Alan Taylor

    The author was a close friend of Spark and exchanged hundreds of letters with her.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian

    Richard Aldous

    Portrait of Arthur Schlesinger, one of the great political myth-makers (Kennedy), the historian who framed America’s rise to global imperialism.

    Hardback £23.99
  • Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

    Siegfried Sassoon

    A very nice new hardback edition of Faber & Faber’s first best-seller, Sassoon’s semi-autobiographical novel.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Moscow Calling: Memoirs of a Foreign Correspondent

    Angus Roxburgh

    The author has been commentating on changes in Russia for 40 years.

    Hardback £17.99
  • Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire

    Leslie Peirce

    This Ottoman princess was Roxelana, concubine and later queen of Suleyman the Magnificent.

    Hardback £24.99
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

    Robert Dallek

    Dallek has previously written biographies of JFK and Lyndon Johnson.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Richard III: Brother, Protector, King

    Chris Skidmore

    A valuable new account, by a good historian (and author of the excellent Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors), of the last Plantagenet king.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Mayhem: A Memoir

    Sigrid Rausing

    An account of her brother and sister-in-law’s harrowing encounters with addiction, and the public fall-out from it.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Neslishah: The Last Ottoman Princess

    The last Sultan was her grandfather; on his deposition her other grandfather became Caliph until he too was removed from office and the entire imperial Ottoman family exiled. She married the last Khedive of Egypt and saw a second exile in the 1950s, before eventually being allowed to return to Istanbul. Her extraordinary life is also the story of the end of two pivotal dynasties.

    Hardback £24.95
  • Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time

    Hilary Spurling

    Written with full access to letters, journals etc, by one of the great biographers.


    Hardback £25.00
  • Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume I: 1940-1956

    Edited by Karen Kukil & Peter K Steinberg

    Kukil and Steinberg edited her ‘Journals 1950-1962’. This is the first time her letters have been published.

    Hardback £35.00
  • No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination and the Making of Modern Israel

    Shimon Peres

    Peres’s memoir was completed shortly before his death in 2016; in it he casts his eye across the seven decades of his political life, first as hawk and later as dove.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Richard Nixon: the Life

    John Farrell

    An immense new portrait of the man who embodied post-war American political cynicism, and was destroyed by it.

    Hardback £30.00
  • The Last Girl: A Memoir

    Nadia Murad & Jenna Krajeski, introduction by Amal Clooney

    Murad is a young Yazidi woman, winner of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize and a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, who writes about her life – altered forever by the genocide of her people and her capture by ISIS – with immense courage.

    Hardback £18.99
  • The Shipwreck Hunter: A Lifetime of Extraordinary Discoveries on the Ocean Floor

    David L Mearns

    From HMS Hood to the crumbling skeletons of Vasco da Gama’s 16th century fleet, Mearns has searched for and found dozens of sunken vessels in every ocean of the world. His is an extraordinary story.

    Hardback £20.00
  • What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home

    Mark Mazower

    Family memoir from one of the great historians of C20th Europe. His father was the son of Russian Jewish emigrants who settled in London after escaping the civil war and revolution. But fate drove other family members into the siege of Stalingrad, the Vilna ghetto, occupied Paris, and even into the ranks of the Wehrmacht.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Logical Family: A Memoir

    Armistead Maupin

    A memoir from the author of the ‘Tales of the City’ sequence.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret

    Craig Brown

    An experiment in biography, and a witty meditation on fame, art, snobbery, deference, bohemia and high society.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

    Nelson Mandela

    The title comes from the last line of his first volume of autobiography, ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, and continues from there.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

    Donna M Lucey

    This is not a book about Sargent. It is a group biography of four of the women he painted, whose lives are doorways into the Gilded Age: Elsie Palmer, Elizabeth Chanler, Sally Fairchild and Isabella Stewart Gardner, whose great wealth enabled them to break the rules and live according to their own lights, if not always happily.

    Hardback £24.00
  • Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

    Jenny Uglow

    What could be a happier conjunction of subject and writer than Lear and Uglow? And there is even one of his parrots on the cover. How pleasant to be Miss Uglow!

    This is the most ravishing biography of the season, gorgeously produced with decorative cloth boards quarter bound in wine-red cloth. The text is lavishly interspersed with reproductions of Lear’s marvellous landscapes and his drawings. Uglow’s sensitive approach links his nonsense poems – and drawings – to Lear’s life and character; she is gentle and not intrusive about his restless and complicated inner life, while setting him in the context of the Victorian art world. The extraordinary gifts of this most talented and unusual man are shown in endless flashes of humour – the sense of the absurd that matched his melancholy – as at the end of a postcard: “… must go now and draw a kangaroo…”. How pleasant to know Mr Lear rather better than before.


    Hardback £25.00
  • Farewell Shiraz: An Iranian Memoir of Revolution and Exile

    Cyrus Kadivar

    Exquisite vignettes, rare testimonials and first-hand interviews are combined here into an intimate account of a vanished world, and an investigation into a political earthquake whose reverberations are still very much with us.

    Hardback £29.95
  • The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought

    Dennis C Rasmussen

    Dual biography of the great figures of the Scottish Enlightenment.

    Hardback £24.95
  • Ancestors in the Attic: Including My Great-Grandmother’s Book of Ferns and My Aunt’s Book of Silent Actors

    Michael Holroyd, introduction by Martin Rickard

    Twin tales of a family tragedy (great-grandmother’s ferns) and a family comedy (Aunt Yolande’s passion for silent movies).

    Hardback £35.00
  • The Last Enemy

    Richard Hillary

    Slightly Foxed have re-issued this wartime classic in their lovely series of little hardbacks.

    Hardback £17.50
  • Grant

    Ron Chernow

    This biography of the US Civil War general comes from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of similarly massive books on Alexander Hamilton, Rockefeller, the Warburgs, the House of Morgan…

    Hardback £30.00
  • The Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett

    Helen Smith

    His name is not familiar, but as the trusted editor of D H Lawrence, Conrad, Galsworthy, Henry Green, T E Lawrence, Edward Thomas and many others, Garnett is in fact one of the great influences in C20th British lit. This is the first biography of him.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Gorbachev: His Life and Times

    William Taubman

    The first full biography, by Khrushchev’s biographer.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Freud: The Making of an Illusion

    Frederick Crews

    A searing account that knocks Freud right off his pedestal and demonstrates not least that his hunger for fame made him unscrupulous towards his own patients. Crews, an American academic, has spent many decades sharpening his axe.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Diary Of An Ordinary Schoolgirl

    Margaret Forster

    This is a short diary from 1954, a valuable posthumous publication from a wonderful writer.

    Hardback £10.99
  • Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor

    Simon Fenwick

    The book’s blurb says that she was only fleetingly glimpsed, but she was a regular at Sandoe’s. A friend in the 1930s of John Betjeman, Cyril Connolly, Evelyn Waugh, Maurice Bowra, Osbert Lancaster etc, her first marriage came to an end because her husband did not share her views on open marriage. She met PLF in Cairo in 1944, and remained with him until her death in 2003.


    Hardback £25.00
  • Lady Fanshawe’s Receipt Book: The Life and Times of a Civil War Heroine

    Lucy Moore

    A Royalist household that survived the Civil War and Interregnum, gleaned from Ann Fanshawe’s receipt book and her memoirs. Drama to match historical fiction make Fanshawe and her family a biographer’s dream.

    Hardback £20.00
  • John Evelyn: A Life of Domesticity

    John Dixon Hunt

    A short life of the famous C17th English writer, gardener and diarist – by a noted garden historian.

    Hardback £14.95
  • The Lost Idol: The Life and Death of a Young Officer: Esmond Elliot 1895 – 1917

    Edited by Lord Astor of Hever & Alexandra Campbell

    Draws on unpublished letters and diaries from Eton to the Raj, where his father (Lord Minto) was Viceroy, and then to the trenches. Charismatic and loved, he died at Passchendaele.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker

    A.N. Wilson

    The first sentence of this new biography reads “Darwin was wrong”, so it seems safe to describe it as revisionist. However, one of the authorities he invokes in his introduction is E O Wilson, a distinguished evolutionary biologist (see his new book in the Science section)…Flocks of plump pigeons will remain undisturbed by Wilson’s contrary cat.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World

    Maya Jasanoff

    From the author of ‘Liberty’s Exiles’, this is a magnificent new interpretation of Conrad’s art and times. An intellectually and emotionally compelling blend of biography, narrative history, vivid travel writing and literary analysis, it circumnavigates Conrad’s extraordinary life through his four greatest novels, each prescient in its depiction of the newly globalised world in which political turbulence had replaced the old social order and destiny’s iron rails had taken the place of God.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The First Iron Lady: A Life of Caroline of Ansbach

    Matthew Dennison

    The brilliant wife of George II, one of the German princesses who brought the Enlightenment to England: matriarch, politician and regent, she was also a champion of science, philosophy, gardening, inoculation, physics, literature and the arts.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Carrington’s Letters: Her Art, Her Loves, Her Friendships

    Dora Carrington, edited by Anne Chisholm

    `Your letters are a great pleasure,’ said Lytton Strachey, ‘I lap them down with breakfast and they do me more good than tonics, blood capsules or iron jelloids.’ What more can we say?  The book has been beautifully produced, with a jacket design á la Hogarth Press, decorative boards, and endpapers based on one of Carrington’s paintings. Other paintings appear in the book, as well as photographs, and many of her drawings appear as vignettes in the text too.

    Dora Carrington was, it turns out, an exuberant, passionate and prolific correspondent, and these letters give a strong, clear voice to a relatively unheard but central member of the Bloomsbury set. Anne Chisholm has been working on these letters for six years; her most recent other work was an acclaimed biography of Frances Partridge. She has been kind enough to sign a few extra copies of this wonderful labour of love. Please let us know if you would like a signed copy – email or telephone for these is best as they are in short supply…

    Hardback £30.00
  • Brutus: The Noble Conspirator

    Kathryn Tempest

    Still the most famous political assassin in history (pace Lee Harvey Oswald), it remains arguable that he was acting from duty to his country on the Ides of March.

    Hardback £25.00
  • My House of Sky: A Life of J A Baker

    Hetty Saunders, introduction by Robert Macfarlane

    First biography of the author of ‘The Peregrine’, winner of the Duff Cooper Prize in 1967 and recently described as “the gold standard for all nature writing”.

    Hardback £20.00
  • A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary 1939-1940

    Iris Origo, introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

    Surprising as it may seem, this really is a newly published diary of the period preceding her ‘War in Val d’Orcia’ (pbk £9.99). It is brief, but it crackles with Origo’s intelligence and smoulders with the gossip and anxieties of brewing war. Her connections are from all sides and at the heart of things (her godfather was the American ambassador, for instance) so her access to information is extraordinary.  Chilling in its portrayal of the insidiousness of propaganda, the muddying of waters by carefully managed misinformation and the rail-roading of a population towards war, her diary shows the movement from fore-shadowing to fear to what is irrevocable. Every copy of the old book should be joined on the shelf by this.

    Introduced by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, who wrote an outstanding biography of d’Annunzio a couple of years ago (The Pike, hbk £25, pbk £12.99)..


    Hardback £14.99
  • Young Hitler: The Making of the Führer

    Paul Ham

    Considers whether Hitler was a freak accident, or an extreme example of a recurring type – the demagogue who will do and say anything to seize power.

    Hardback £16.99
  • James I: The Phoenix King

    Thomas Cogswell

    Another in the excellent ‘Penguin Monarchs‘ series.  Please contact us directly if you would like to set up a standing order for new titles in this series, or to obtain the backlist.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Cnut: The North Sea King

    Ryan Lavelle

    Another in the excellent ‘Penguin Monarchs‘ series.  Please contact us directly if you would like to set up a standing order for new titles in this series, or to obtain the backlist.

    Hardback £12.99

02. Books For Christmas 2017: History

03. Books For Christmas 2017: Politics & Current Affairs

04. Books For Christmas 2017: Fiction

  • The Nix

    Nathan Hill

    A hefty – and funny – début that has critics twitching with pleasure. Includes a bilious demagogue.

    Hardback £16.99
  • A Patient Fury

    Sarah Ward

    A house fire in Derbyshire, three bodies and a missing fourth… DC Childs investigates once again.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Time of Mute Swans

    Ece Temelkuran

    A novel by a well known Turkish journalist, in which the political turbulence of the 1970s is seen through the eyes of two children living in Ankara. Published in Turkey in 2015, it preceded – and in some ways anticipated – the events of last year.

    Hardback £17.99
  • Mother Land

    Paul Theroux

    A tale about a dysfunctional family with a scheming matriarch in Cape Cod…

    Hardback £20.00
  • A Cat, a Man, and Two Women

    Jun'ichiro Tanizaki

    A light-hearted novella about a love triangle with a cat at its darkly comic centre; a fur-ball of feline and feminine wiles. Tanizaki wrote it in 1936 while translating ‘The Tale of Genji‘ into modern Japanese.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Dunbar

    Edward St Aubyn

    The latest in the current Hogarth Shakespeare series is a ferocious and memorable reworking of ‘King Lear’, with an aging media moghul at the epicentre of the storm. Witty and caustic, St Aubyn plays Goneril and Regan as grotesque Ugly Sisters; the Cordelia character shows how hard it is to make kindness sing off the page. In modernising the play, St Aubyn gives us more of a contemporary critique than a tragedy; immensely readable.


    Hardback £16.99
  • Stories: Collected Stories

    Susan Sontag

    Collected together for the first time, these stories amply display her versatility.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Winter

    Ali Smith

    The second in Smith’s seasonal quartet, following last year’s ‘Autumn‘, which is now short-listed for the Booker Prize. A lyrical blend of Shakespearean problem play, Dickensian ghost-story and the myth of Gawain and the Green Knight, which coheres into a tender and unexpectedly funny reflection of Britain in 2017.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The House of Unexpected Sisters

    Alexander McCall Smith

    Precious Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, again.

    Hardback £18.99
  • The House with the Stained-Glass Window

    Zanna Sloniowska

    This winner of the Polish Conrad Prize is set in the city of Lviv, where our own Marzena went last year to photograph the window for the books’s cover. Austro-Hungarian, Polish, German-occupied, Soviet and now Ukrainian… these are the various identities of a city that, through it all, has remained distinctly ‘Lvivian’. On the face of it this beautiful novel is about the relationships between mother, daughter and granddaughter, but the grand themes of Love, Art, History, Political Idealism and how easily things can change, are never far away. Written with raw honesty and a European absence of sentimentality.

    Paperback £12.99
  • A Maigret Christmas

    Georges Simenon

    Three stories set in Paris at Christmas. And not to be confused with ‘Maigret’s Christmas‘….

    Hardback £9.99
  • Home Fire

    Kamila Shamsie

    This contemporary story of faith, family, violence and idealism uses Sophocles’s ‘Antigone‘ for its template.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Saki: Selected Stories


    Nice Everyman hardback edition. “I hate posterity – it’s so fond of having the last word…”. Saki is one of the very few authors whose work we deem essential to every household…

    Hardback £10.99
  • The Golden House

    Salman Rushdie

    A wealthy family from Bombay sets up a glittering household in contemporary New York; but all that glisters is not gold, of course, in our post-truth world. A gilded, filmic fable by an author bent on mixing myth with the zeitgeist to make a sort of voyeur’s ‘1001 Nights’. A riff on invention, and self-invention, and the lethal consequences of compromise, all very deftly and playfully handled. Hugely enjoyable.

    Hardback £18.99
  • The Silent Companions

    Laura Purcell

    A Gothic debut, complete with a crumbling country house, a widowed protagonist, a wooden doll, a locked room…

    Hardback £12.99
  • How Hard Can It Be?

    Allison Pearson

    A sequel to ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It‘.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Red-Haired Woman

    Orhan Pamuk

    Tenth novel by the Nobel laureate: an investigation of a murder on the one hand, and on the other an exploration of the bond between fathers and sons, the state and the individual, freedom and authority, with red hair as tinder.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Sundays In August

    Patrick Modiano

    Modiano has exchanged his usual Parisian setting for Nice and the Riviera: the brightness of the sunshine, however, just makes for darker shadows. First English publication of this subtle and ambiguous tale.

    Paperback £12.99
  • The Burning Girl

    Claire Messud

    An intelligent novel about a female friendship which plays out childhood stories, from a fine author who “couldn’t write a duff sentence if she tried,” according to one sensible reviewer.

    Hardback £16.99
  • After the Fire

    Henning Mankell

    Mankell’s last novel. An aging doctor, living alone on an island, loses all his possessions in the fire that consumes his house. It’s clearly a case of arson but, in the absence of a suspect, doubt begins to grow about the doctor.

    Hardback £17.99
  • District VIII

    Adam LeBor

    Budapest investigator Balthazar Kovacs is a cop and a Gypsy, so mistrusted by all. He has a missing body on his hands, if only he could get hold of it…

    Hardback £18.99
  • The Soldier’s Curse: Monsarrat Series Book 1

    Tom Keneally & Meg Keneally

    Booker-winning father and his journalist daughter have come up with the first in a new mystery series about a gentleman-convict in an Australian penal colony and a case of poisoning.

    Hardback £16.99
  • At the End of the Century: The Stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

    Short stories by the celebrated screenplay writer and author of ‘Heat and Dust‘.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales

    P.D. James

    Revenge in many forms from the mistress of suspense who, rather appropriately, still manages to publish from beyond the grave.

    Hardback £10.00
  • The Word is Murder

    Anthony Horowitz

    Another nifty-twisty murder mystery from the author of ‘House of Silk‘ and ‘The Magpie Murders‘; a woman plans her own funeral and is dead within hours, and an author – Anthony Horowitz himself in fact – is drawn in to help solve the crime.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Sparsholt Affair

    Alan Hollinghurst

    1940, Michaelmas term, Oxford: blessed recklessness in the brief window before call-up has lingering consequences for the protagonists and their families.


    Hardback £20.00
  • Sugar Money

    Jane Harris

    Historical novel set in C18th Martinique based on the true story of an attempt to liberate slaves in Granada.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Go, Went, Gone

    Jenny Erpenbeck

    A finely distilled novel by the contemporary German novelist about an aging professor who descends from his ivory tower to the Berlin streets below. A thoughtful exploration of privilege, nationality and race.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Mitford Murders

    Jessica Fellowes

    Downton-connected JF uses the Mitford household at Asthall as the setting for her mystery novel. A young Nancy and Louisa, nursery-maid and confidante of the Mitford sisters, are caught up in the murder of a young nurse on train.

    Hardback £12.99
  • First Person

    Richard Flanagan

    A ghost writer has six weeks to write a famous con man’s memoir: lies, crime, identity and publishing, scathingly wrought by the author of the Booker-winning ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North‘.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Fresh Complaint

    Jeffrey Eugenides

    A collection of short stories drawn from the last twenty years, from the author of ‘The Virgin Suicides‘.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Manhattan Beach

    Jennifer Egan

    Egan’s first novel since her Pulitzer-winning ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad‘ is set in Depression-era Brooklyn and moves on to the war years, combining noir, mystery and historical novel. Organised crime, class, character and the criss-crossing of lives in the hands of a very accomplished writer.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Smile

    Roddy Doyle

    A writer recently separated from his wife has his pint interrupted by someone who claims to have known him at school, and knows more about him than he could, or should. The understated narrative lulls before a devastating climax

    Hardback £14.99
  • Don’t Let Go

    Harlan Coben

    New stand-alone thriller from the author of the Myron Bolitar series.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Impostor

    Javier Cercas

    Enrico Marco represented an association of Spanish survivors of Nazi concentration camps for many years, wrote about his own experiences at Mauthausen and Flossenburg, received a medal from the Catalan government, and reduced congressmen to tears at memorials… When his deception was unmasked in 2005, he claimed to be an impostor, not a fraud. This nice difference, and the self-invention of all of us, are the subject of Cercas’ excellent and substantial novel.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Accident on the A35

    Graeme Macrae Burnet

    A literary mystery from the author of the Booker-shortlisted ‘His Bloody Project‘. An austere lawyer is killed in a car crash, but why was he there?

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Blind

    A F Brady

    Mind games of extreme creepiness in a Manhattan psychiatric institution in this debut psychological thriller.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

    William Boyd

    A new collection of short stories by one of the most consistently entertaining novelists of his generation.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Mrs Osmond

    John Banville

    A recasting of Henry James’s ‘Portrait of a Lady’ that is both a recapitulation and a sequel, picking up where James’s narrative left Isabel Archer – on the brink of returning to Rome and her husband, the loathsome Gilbert Osmond. Rich with Jamesian themes of personal freedom, betrayal, integrity, the Old World and the New.

    Hardback £14.99
  • In the Midst of Winter

    Isabel Allende

    A professor in Brooklyn hits a car driven by an undocumented Guatemalan migrant. Written with Allende’s usual verve and romanticism, the story takes us to Brazil and Chile in the 1970s.

    Hardback £16.99
  • All The World’s A Stage

    Boris Akunin

    The long-awaited return of Fandorin, star of Akunin’s admired historical mysteries, sees him sleuthing in a Moscow theatre in 1911, only to fall wildly – and dangerously – in love.

    Hardback £20.00
  • A Legacy of Spies

    John Le Carré

    O joy! John le Carré revisits old friends: Peter Guillam has retired from the Circus to Brittany, but is called back to London to account for Cold War deeds to a new generation of spooks and bureaucrats. Disturbing, ingenious, enthralling… from a master storyteller and an angry moralist.


    Hardback £20.00
  • The City Always Wins

    Omar Hamilton

    “We were naïve, no doubt,” writes Hamilton, “but the whole world was naïve with us.” A visceral novel set in the death throes of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Munich

    Robert Harris

    New thriller from the master of the art, this time set around the Munich conference of 1938: treason, betrayal, courage and conscience, against a highly charged political background and the unfolding of the events that led to the outbreak of WW2.


    Hardback £20.00

05. Books For Christmas 2017: Poetry

06. Books For Christmas 2017: Literature & Ideas