Books For Christmas 2018

//Books For Christmas 2018

Books For Christmas 2018

02. Books For Christmas 2018: Biography

  • No Longer With Us: Encounters with Naim Attallah

    Introduction by Richard Ingrams

    Subjects of Attallah’s interviews include Enoch Powell, Diana Mosley, Doris Lessing, John Updike, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Hardy Amies, Patricia Highsmith, Harold Acton… (due end Nov).

    Hardback £25.00
  • Journeys to the Other Side of the World: Further Adventures of a Young Naturalist

    David Attenborough

    In the 1950s, when he began darting round the world looking at fabulously interesting things, could he have imagined that he would become Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FLS FZS FSA FRSGS, with 32 honorary degrees to his name?

    Hardback £25.00
  • A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Writings of John Berger

    Joshua Sperling

    A biography of the late art critic, essayist, dramatist, painter, poet and novelist, whose ‘Ways of Seeing’ revolutionised art history. “Far from dragging politics into art, art has dragged me into politics.”

    Hardback £20.00
  • In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure

    Henry Hardy

    Berlin published comparatively little during his lifetime. Much of what we know of his work has emerged through the offices of Hardy, his principal editor. This account of their long collaboration provides a valuable portrait of the man whose ideas now seem more important than ever.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

    Jamie Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein’s daughter’s account of her family and of her rather overwhelming father is intimate and tender.

    Hardback £24.95
  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life

    Michael Caine

    Memoir from the laconic actor forever associated with Minis and Turin.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Carrington: An Honourable Man

    Christopher Lee

    It is no doubt forgivable that the author omits the fact that Lord C was a customer here, but we can attest that he was a delightful man; we miss him.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Darling Winston: Forty years of correspondence between Churchill and his mother

    David Lough

    Beginning in 1881, when WC was only six years old, and continuing until his mother’s death in 1921. By the author of ‘No More Champagne: Winston Churchill and his Money’.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Churchill: Walking with Destiny

    Andrew Roberts

    Keenly anticipated and immense, this new biography is said to be magisterial by its brilliantly dependable – and dependably brilliant – publisher.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Monopoli Blues

    Tim Clark & Nick Cook

    Clark’s father was parachuted into Italy in 1944 by SOE, and captured by the Germans. His radio operator and later wife, did not know whether he was dead or alive for 6 months. Years of filial sleuthing have uncovered the story, and it is a gripping one.

    Paperback £10.99
  • In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

    Lindsey Hilsum

    Powerful biography of the outstanding American journalist who worked for nearly 30 years for the Sunday Times as a foreign correspondent, famously courageous and charismatic. She was killed in Syria in 2012 during the siege of Homs.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Thomas Cromwell: A Life

    Diarmaid MacCulloch

    Prof. MacCulloch’s book about this subtle and elusive thug, Henry VIII’s fixer and Hilary Mantel’s object of fascination, is widely anticipated.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Ghosting: A Double Life

    Jennie Erdal

    “… like a rare and tropical bird [his] plumage was a wonder to behold…”: A Slightly Foxed limited edition re-issue of Erdal’s quietly uproarious memoir of working – and ghost-writing on an epic scale – for Naim Attallah, the publisher. “‘You can call me what you like,’ he said. ‘I shall call you Beloved – all the girls who work for me are Beloved’…”

    Hardback £18.50
  • Ian Fleming and Operation Golden Eye: Keeping Spain out of World War II

    Mark Simmons

    How Commander Fleming, together with Alan Hillgarth, naval attaché in Madrid, worked up plans to sabotage and disrupt any wartime alliance between Franco and the Axis powers.

    Hardback £19.99
  • Gandhi 1914-1948: The Years That Changed the World

    Ramachandra Guha

    An immense, judicious biography by the eminent Indian historian, who has previously tackled the subject in ‘Gandhi Before India’ and ‘India After Gandhi’.

    Hardback £40.00
  • Promise At Dawn

    Romain Gary

    Who would have expected a Romain Gary revival? Yet the success earlier this year of his novel ‘The Kites’ was real, and this, his autobiography, remains as wild and romantic as ever. Brought up in poverty in Eastern Europe, he became an ace pilot, hero of the Resistance, diplomat, a denizen of the Cote d’Azur and one of the most famous French writers of the C20th.

    Paperback £9.99
  • The King’s War

    Mark Logue & Peter Conradi

    George VI’s relationship with his speech therapist, Lionel Logue, did not end with his famous broadcast in September 1939. One of the authors is Logue’s grandson, the other a journalist and author of ‘Mythomania’.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

    Ben Macintyre

    From 1973, Oleg Gordievsky – the USSR’s top man in London – was secretly working for MI6. His identity was kept from the Americans. The CIA man who finally identified him was Aldrich Ames, who turned out to be spying for the Soviets. This is a gripping story of treachery and betrayal, culminating in Gordievsky’s dramatic escape from Moscow in 1985.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Eternal Boy: The Life of Kenneth Grahame

    Matthew Dennison

    O Bliss! O poop-poop! O joy! The life of KG is in capable hands, and we look forward keenly to MD’s interpretation of the strange incident at the Bank of England in 1903, when KG, then Secretary of the Old Lady, was shot at and missed (presumably by the Weasels).

    Hardback £18.99
  • Handel in London: The Making of a Genius

    Jane Glover

    Handel accompanied his princely master George, Elector of Hanover, to London in 1712. His subsequent creative journey – so extraordinarily generous – is ably and entertainingly recounted by a prominent Baroque conductor.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England

    Kate Hubbard

    From squire’s daughter to Dowager Countess, via four husbands and the accumulation of a great fortune, much of it spent on her passion for houses.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Smiling in Slow Motion

    Derek Jarman, introduction by Neil Bartlett

    The second volume of Derek Jarman’s diaries: a follow-up to ‘Modern Nature’ published earlier this year. These cover the last three years of his life. Candid, humorous and moving.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Bolts from the Blue: From Cold War warrior to Chief of the Air Staff

    Richard Johns

    After retirement as Chief of the Air Staff and Air ADC to the Queen in 2000, the author became Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle. This is his memoir.

    Hardback £25.00
  • In My Life: A Music Memoir

    Alan Johnson

    The soundtrack to the life of the MP, former Home Secretary and author of three other volumes of memoir. These, like the ears of the man from Devizes, have all won prizes, sometimes several.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Conflict, War & Revolution: My Life

    Alessandra Kozlowska

    A memoir by Baroness Alessandra Kozlowska (1892-1975) of her childhood in the Caucasus and flight from Russia, travels in Central Europe during WWI and life in Italy between the wars, up to her internment as an alien in WWII.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Philip Larkin: Letters Home, 1936 – 1977

    Philip Larkin, edited by James Booth

    A volume of letters to his family, never published before.

    Hardback £40.00
  • John Law: A Scottish Adventurer of the Eighteenth Century

    James Buchan

    A riveting biography of the Scottish economist John Law who became Controller General of Finance in France during the minority of Louis XV. He was also the richest private citizen in Europe with ideas astonishingly ahead of his time, including a preference for paper money and central banking. His ship turned turtle when the Mississippi Company bubble burst; thereafter he lived from gambling and died a poor man in Venice.

    Hardback £30.00
  • More Dashing: Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Patrick Leigh Fermor, edited by Adam Sisman

    A second volume of exuberant letters.

    Hardback £30.00
  • The Quest for Queen Mary

    James Pope-Hennessy & Hugo Vickers

    When a tiny publisher produced this delicious book earlier this year, it was so successful that they couldn’t print copies fast enough. Now re-issued more cheaply by a mainstream publisher, we anticipate that the treasures noted 50 years ago by James P-H and embargoed until now will keep readers chortling for some time to come.

    Hardback £25.00
  • In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary

    Jan Morris

    Morris’s diary of 2017: reflections ranging from the domestic (marmalade, lunch) to the far away (America, travel).

    Hardback £16.99
  • Dear Mr Murray: Letters to a Gentleman Publisher

    Edited by David McClay

    A marvellous anthology of letters to seven generations of publishers; the list of correspondents is long and includes Byron, Austen, Darwin, Thackeray and Leigh Fermor. Some of the delights in these pages are animosities, as well as friendships.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth

    Adam Zamoyski

    As well as excellent books on Poland and, most recently, ‘Phantom Terror: The Threat of Revolution and the Repression of Liberty 1798-1848, Zamoyski has written about Napoleon’s Russian campaign (1812: Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow) and its aftermath (Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna). This biography should be outstanding.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Invisible Emperor: Napoleon on Elba

    Mark Braude

    Napoleon’s ten-month exile. What he did there – gardener, civil engineer, spy-master – and how he managed to rise phoenix-like from the ashes and return to France without a single shot fired.

    Hardback £20.00
  • I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche

    Sue Prideaux

    The author has written fine biographies of Munch and Strindberg. This account of the troubled philosopher’s life and work also has intriguing portraits of the people most important to him, including the Wagners, Lou Salomé and his monstrous sister, Elizabeth.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Life and Loves of Edith Nesbit

    Eleanor Fitzsimons

    Famous as a children’s author, she was a founder of the Fabian Society and a broad-minded wife, adopting two children fathered by her husband with her friend, and counted George Bernard Shaw amongst her lovers. Gore Vidal was a fan.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Becoming

    Michelle Obama

    A memoir of her youth and life before the White House (“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves”) as well as of her time as First Lady.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Times Great War Letters: Correspondence During the First World War

    James Owen

    Then, as now, the great British public had much to say on many themes.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume II: 1956 – 1963

    Edited by Peter K Steinberg & Karen V Kukil

    Second and final volume.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh

    Anna Beer

    “Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall”: a scrawl on a window pane attributed to WR.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Who’s In, Who’s Out: The Journals of Kenneth Rose: Volume 1, 1944-1979

    Edited by Richard Thorpe

    Mooted long ago, here at last is the start of the great social commentator’s diaries, from the end of WW2 to Thatcher’s election.

    Hardback £30.00
  • The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt

    Edited by David Reynolds & Vladimir Pechatnov

    Hundreds of communications between the Allied triumvirate, brilliantly edited by two great scholars of the period.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter

    Edythe Haber

    First biography of the Russian writer recently rediscovered by an Anglophone readership, thanks to Pushkin Press’s translations of her short stories and her remarkable memoir of her journey into exile in 1918, ‘Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea’. Witty, dauntless, and rather left field all her life, she visited Tolstoy as a 13-year-old in an attempt to persuade him to alter the ending of ‘War and Peace’.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Life on the Edge: Tristan Voorspuy’s Fatal Love of Africa

    Adrian Dangar

    In the twenty years before his shooting in 2017, Voorspuy (described by his biographer as “one of the last stylishly mad”) created a game reserve on his Kenyan ranch. Published to help support the Tristan Voorspuy Conservation Trust.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow

    Lucy Worsley

    Looks at Queen Vic through her diary entries for 24 days. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of her birth.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Oscar: A Life

    Matthew Sturgis

    Sturgis’s previous books (‘Passionate Attitudes: The English Decadents of the 1890s’, ‘Aubrey Beardsley: A Biography’ and ‘Walter Sickert: A Life’) have been exemplary in their humanity and wit. It’s hard to think of a biographer more suited to tackle Wilde.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Let Her Fly: A Father’s Journey and the Fight for Equality

    Ziauddin Yousafzai & Louis Carpenter, introduction by Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai’s father built the school she attended when she was shot by the Taliban. A fervent believer in equality, he had built it so that she might be educated. This memoir is based around a series of portraits of his family.

    Hardback £16.99

03. Books For Christmas 2018: History

04. Books For Christmas 2018: Politics & Current Affairs

05. Books For Christmas 2018: Fiction

  • In The City Of Love’s Sleep

    Lavinia Greenlaw

    A novel about what it means to fall in love in middle age.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Transcription

    Kate Atkinson

    The protagonist of this novel works in 1940 for MI5, monitoring the activities of British Fascist sympathizers. A decade later at the BBC, her war work resurfaces in a different context…

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Novel of Ferrara

    Giorgio Bassani

    Brings together in one fine hardback volume, as the author intended, the 6 novels ‘Within the Walls’, ‘The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles’, ‘The Garden of the Finzi-Continis’, ‘Behind the Door’, ‘The Heron’ and ‘The Smell of Hay’.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Evening in Paradise: More Stories

    Lucia Berlin

    A new collection from the author of the dazzling ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’ (pbk £9.99).

    Hardback £14.99
  • Love Is Blind

    William Boyd

    Set in the late C19th: a young Scottish piano tuner goes to Paris, then St Petersburg, as he follows his tortuous love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Death at Sea

    Andrea Camilleri

    These short stories present Inspector Montalbano – may his shadow never grow less – with eight very different cases. Rather like a good selection of antipasti.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Past Tense

    Lee Child

    The 23rd Jack Reacher novel.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Middle England

    Jonathan Coe

    In his novels ‘What A Carve Up’ and ‘The Rotters’ Club’, Coe established himself as perhaps the best chronicler of middle England in the late C20th. Here he is again, and his touch remains sure: funny, clever, wise and very readable.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Dark Sacred Night

    Michael Connelly

    Detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths on the graveyard shift…

    Hardback £20.00
  • Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants

    Mathias Enard

    A magnificent yarn about Michelangelo going to Constantinople at the Sultan’s invitation to build a bridge over the Golden Horn, from the author of ‘Compass’ and ‘Zone’. Translated from the French.

    Paperback £10.99
  • Paris Echo

    Sebastian Faulks

    Faulks has addressed France and war before, but this fine novel is not just a reprise of former successes. Hannah, an American postdoctoral researcher, and Tariq, a runaway Moroccan teenager, seem to have little in common. But both are susceptible to the ghosts of Paris as they struggle in their different ways with identity and the legacy of empire.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Bright Young Dead

    Jessica Fellowes

    The second instalment of period pleasures in the 1920s. The first was ‘The Mitford Murders’; this time we share the company of the hedonistic Bright Young Things. Bohemian aristocrats, extravagant treasure hunts, tabloids and murder.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Fox

    Frederick Forsyth

    What if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn’t a smart missile or a stealth submarine or an AI computer programme? What if it’s a brilliant 17-year-old boy…?

    Hardback £20.00
  • Varina

    Charles Frazier

    A fine new novel about the American Civil War, from the author of ‘Cold Mountain’.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Lethal White

    Robert Galbraith

    This is J K Rowling’s 4th outing for her private eye Cormoran Strike. Once again, he finds himself on a trail of gathering complexity. Not to speak of his assistant.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Family Lexicon

    Natalia Ginzburg

    A reprint of her 1960s autobiographical novel about a Jewish family growing up in Mussolini’s Italy.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Land of the Living

    Georgina Harding

    GH has previously written novels set in the Arctic, Romania and Japan. Her excellent new novel tells the story of a man who survived Kohima and spent months in the rainy hills of Nagaland in WW2. No surprise, perhaps, that his return to Norfolk, marriage and civilian life are not straightforward. The interplay of past, shifting memory and present are skillfully handled.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story

    Philip Hensher

    From Zadie Smith to Ali Smith, this new collection follows on from his magnificent 2-vol ‘The Penguin Book of the British Short Story’, published in 2015 (now in pbk, £12.99 each – contact us if you’d like to purchase either of these).

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Sentence is Death

    Anthony Horowitz

    This is the second novel this year from this indefatigable gentleman. The first (‘Forever and a Day’) was a new James Bond, and it was splendid. This one is the second with his own Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne; its predecessor, ‘The Word Is Murder’, was hugely enjoyable and very nifty.

    Hardback £20.00
  • China Dream

    Ma Jian

    In this novel, “China’s Solzhenitsyn” charts the psychological disintegration of a Chinese provincial leader who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Venice Stories

    Edited by Jonathan Keates

    A new volume in the wonderful Everyman series. Appearances from Henry James, Daphne du Maurier, Jeanette Winterson, Anthony Trollope and many more…

    Hardback £10.99
  • Homeland

    Walter Kempowski

    A West German journalist travels to former East Prussia to work out the route for a car rally. Part of his motivation is a personal connection. From the author of ‘All or Nothing’, this is another superbly nuanced novel about Germany coming to terms with its past.

    Hardback £14.99
  • A Different Drummer

    William Melvin Kelley

    A revival of WMK’s début novel, published in 1962, which earned him comparisons with Faulkner, Baldwin and Joyce. The comprehensive rejection of subordination in an imaginary southern state.

    Paperback £8.99
  • Ball Lightning

    Cixin Liu

    A new sci-fi novel from the author of the highly regarded ‘Remembrance of Earth’s Past’ trilogy (also known as ‘The Three Body Problem’ trilogy).

    Hardback £18.99
  • Berta Isla

    Javier Marias

    It will come as no surprise to our many fans of the Genius of Madrid to hear that there are characters (eg Tupra) and themes (secrets) familiar from earlier novels. Labyrinthine and brilliant, as ever.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Exire

    Helen Mort

    A first foray into fiction by the widely admired young poet. Charting relationships in a dystopian Britain, these stories are gritty, stylish and sinister.

    Paperback £12.00
  • Ghost Wall

    Sarah Moss

    A descent into uncanny England: a teenage girl and her parents live in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology…. Unnerving stuff from a fine writer.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Killing Commendatore

    Haruki Murakami

    A huge new novel that begins with a portrait painter, abandoned by his wife, who finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist. (Some readers may sympathise very readily with the wife.)

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Root of Evil

    Hakan Nesser

    ‘The Godfather of Swedish Crime’ is back with the second instalment in the Inspector Barbarotti series.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Only To Sleep

    Lawrence Osborne

    Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe has been revived for this entertaining murder yarn, set in Baja California in 1988.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Sea Cloak And Other Stories

    Nayrouz Qarmout

    Short stories by a Palestinian author and journalist that give an insight into life and the idea of home in a Syrian refugee camp and Gaza.

    Paperback £9.99
  • In A House Of Lies

    Ian Rankin

    A new Detective John Rebus novel.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Moscow Sleepers

    Stella Rimington

    There’s going to be blood on the white carpet. A Liz Carlyle novel.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Normal People

    Sally Rooney

    The much anticipated second novel from the author of Conversations With Friends. A class-complicated love story set at Trinity College Dublin.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Tombland

    C J Sansom

    The seventh Shardlake novel. Set in 1549, two years after the death of Henry VIII. The history in these splendid historical whodunnits is excellent.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Fox 8

    George Saunders, illustrated by Chelsea Cardinal

    A short fable about human greed, somewhat on the darkish side, by last year’s Booker winner.

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Piranhas

    Roberto Saviano

    Tells the story of the rise of a teenage street gang in Naples.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Jeeves And The King Of Clubs

    Ben Schott

    The nation is in peril. In this very funny and delightful homage to The Master, it transpires that Jeeves has long been an agent of British Intelligence. Now His Majesty’s Government must turn to the one man who can help . . . Bertie Wooster.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Childhood: Two Novellas

    Gerard Reve

    Translated from the Dutch, two novellas set in wartime Amsterdam; from the author of the acclaimed ‘The Evenings’.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Cassandra Darke

    Posy Simmonds

    Cassandra Darke is an art dealer, mean, selfish, solitary by nature, living in Chelsea in a house worth £7 million. What could be a riper subject for a new graphic novel from the creator of ‘Tamara Drewe’ and ‘Gemma Bovery’?

    Hardback £16.99
  • Moscow, Midnight

    John Simpson

    Everybody’s favourite foreign correspondent has turned his hand to crime writing. An MP’s suspicious death is followed up by an old-style journalist, which leads to a trail of assassinations, conspiracies and double agents…

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Colours of all the Cattle

    Alexander McCall Smith

    A new instalment in The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead

    Olga Tokarczuk

    From the author of ‘Flights’, this is an entertaining noir novel suffused with William Blake, astrological lore, and the landscapes of middle Europe.

    Paperback £12.99
  • The Shrouded Path

    Sarah Ward

    In 1957, six teenage girls started across a ploughed field; only five reached the other side. The mystery comes to the attention of DC Childs in 2014, who finds that her investigation leads her close to home…

    Hardback £12.99
  • Aftershocks

    A.N. Wilson

    The eponymous shocks – not all of them seismic – follow earthquakes in a town on an island.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Salt Of The Earth

    Józef Wittlin

    WW1 in the Carpathians: a peasant is obliged to fight in a war he does not understand. Inspired by ‘The Odyssey’, this is a great pacifist novel about the consequences of war for ordinary people. First published in 1935.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Labyrinth of the Spirits

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    Set in a bookshop in Barcelona in the 1950s – from the author of ‘The Shadow of the Wind’.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Centenary Edition Collected Muriel Spark

    Muriel Spark

    All of Spark’s novels in a very nice small hardback edition. 22 slim volumes, numbered. Individual volumes available too of course (£9.99 each).

    Hardback £200.00
  • The Comforters

    Muriel Spark

    All of Spark’s novels have been republished in a very nice small hardback edition.

    Hardback £9.99
  • Memento Mori

    Muriel Spark

    On of the new slim hardback edition of Spark’s novels.

    Hardback £9.99
  • Ballad of Peckham Rye

    Muriel Spark

    On of the new slim hardback edition of Spark’s novels.

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Bachelors

    Muriel Spark, edited by Alan Taylor, introduction by James Campbell

    On of the new slim hardback edition of Spark’s novels.

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

    Muriel Spark

    On of the new slim hardback edition of Spark’s novels.

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Girls Of Slender Means

    Muriel Spark

    Another in the new hardback edition of Spark’s novels

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Mandelbaum Gate

    Muriel Spark

    Another in the new hardback edition of Spark’s novels

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Public Image

    Muriel Spark

    Another in the new hardback edition of Spark’s novels.

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Drivers Seat

    Muriel Spark

    Another in the new hardback edition of Spark’s novels.

    Hardback £9.99
  • Not To Disturb

    Muriel Spark

    One of the new hardback edition of Spark’s novels.

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Hothouse By The East River

    Muriel Spark

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Abbess Of Crewe

    Muriel Spark, edited by Alan Taylor, introduction by Ali Smith

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Takeover

    Muriel Spark

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99
  • Loitering With Intent

    Muriel Spark, introduction by Joseph Kanon

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99
  • The Only Problem

    Muriel Spark, introduction by Richard Holloway

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99
  • A Far Cry From Kensington

    Muriel Spark, introduction by William Boyd

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99
  • Symposium

    Muriel Spark, introduction by Alexander McCall Smith

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99
  • Reality and Dreams

    Muriel Spark, introduction by Kirsty Gunn

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99
  • Aiding and Abetting

    Muriel Spark, introduction by Louise Welsh

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99
  • Finishing School

    Muriel Spark

    One of the new hardback edition of all of Spark’s novels. (Full sets available).

    Hardback £9.99

06. Books For Christmas 2018: Poetry

  • Sir Gawain & The Green Knight

    Simon Armitage, illustrated by Clive Hicks Jenkins

    A new collaboration with “an anonymous author whose approval is never forthcoming but forever sought”; accompanied by dreamy, mystical illustrations by Clive Hicks Jenkins, screen-printed by the Penfold Press (who do our wrapping paper).

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Luckiest Guy Alive

    John Cooper Clarke

    Return of the ‘punk poet’ who reportedly hates badminton.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Pool and Other Poems

    Anthony Gardner

    Some readers will recall his entertaining novel ‘Fox’ some years ago.

    Paperback £8.00
  • New Selected Poems of W. S. Graham

    W S Graham, edited by Matthew Francis

    “Find me a thermal stair to speak and soar to you from…”. A wonderful selection for those who enjoyed The Nightfisherman, a collection of his letters which appeared in our list a few years ago that remains a Desert Island Book for at least two Sandoe-ites.

    Paperback £12.99
  • One Lark, One Horse

    Michael Hofmann

    First collection from German-born MH since 1999.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The River in the Sky

    Clive James

    A book-length poem, in which the ill but high-spirited poet takes us on a giddy-making tour of “the fragile treasures of his life”.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Selected Poems

    Kathleen Jamie

    Jamie has won the Forward Prize, the Saltire Prize, the Scottish Book of the Year Award and had umpteen shortlistings for each of her slim volumes. Her non-fiction is also wonderful. She is one of the finest, and most readable, of contemporary poets.

    Paperback £14.99
  • Anomaly

    Jamie McKendrick

    Pan-European poetry, reaching from Liverpool to Venice, from Sardinia to Slovenia.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Portraits Without Frames: Selected Poems

    Lev Ozerov

    LO’s poetic encounters with artists in the USSR; Isaac Babel, Ahkmatova, Shostakovich, Pasternak, Platonov…

    Other £14.99
  • Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs

    Christopher Reid

    A ‘sequel’ to T.S. Eliot’s ‘Practical Cats’.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Illuminations

    Arthur Rimbaud, translated by John Ashbery

    The original enfant terrible, translated by the late, great John Ashbery.

    Paperback £14.99
  • Forward Book Of Poetry 2019

    Edited by William Sieghart

    For many years this has been the best annual anthology of contemporary poetry.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Collected Poems

    Ken Smith

    Brings together poetry from four decades by this edgy and important poet.

    Paperback £14.99
  • The New Jerusalem

    Patti Smith

    This slim volume by the poet, punk legend and author of the bestsellers ‘Just Kids’ and ‘M Train’ was published recently in Holland, with parallel text in Dutch. Interestingly, she has withheld it from sale by the big online retailers.

    Hardback £20.25

07. Books For Christmas 2018: Literature & Ideas

08. Books For Christmas 2018: Art & Exhibitions