//Spring Books 2018

Spring Books 2018

01. Spring Books 2018: Biographical

02. Spring Books 2018: Historical

03. Spring Books 2018: Fiction

  • Painter to the King

    Amy Sackville

    A fictionalized account of the life of Diego Velazquez in the court of Philip IV. The artist stalks the dark and mysterious corridors of the palace, spying and studying a princess, a jester, a maid, a horse. These pictures are beautifully evoked through Sackville’s mesmeric and thoughtful prose. Meanwhile the machinations of the court swirl around him as the tragic reign of the ‘Planet King’ unfolds. Beguiling, lyrical and melancholy.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Look To Your Wife

    A smart thriller from the biographer of Kick Kennedy and Mary ‘Perdita’ Robinson.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Man Between

    Charles Cumming

    A bored novelist agrees to do a small job for the British intelligences services. This is the thin end of an ever more dangerous and convoluted wedge. Soon he’s after a dodgy bird in Morocco, and there is hell to pay.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Kudos

    Rachel Cusk

    Third part of her clever and stylish trilogy that began with ‘Outline’, then ‘Transit’.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Mercury Falling

    Robert Edric

    We have long championed RE at Sandoe’s. Here he returns to the Fens after WW2 for another inimitable portrait of decay and corruption. Dour, but brilliant characterisation through quiet, laconic assembly of detail and steady rhythms.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Happiness

    Aminatta Forna

    Set in contemporary London among outsiders – an American studying urban foxes; a Ghanaian psychologist specialising in war trauma – this is a superb exploration of why terrible experience is not necessarily the same as damage. This is a serious but very attractive novel.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Ultimatum

    Frank Gardner

    An undercover British agent must first be got out and then back into Iran, to avert a catastrophe planned by renegade Revolutionary Guards.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Butcher’s Daughter

    Victoria Glendinning

    A disgraced young woman forcibly living in Shaftesbury Abbey is liberated, as well as endangered, by Henry VIII’s suppression of religious houses.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Tales from a Master’s Notebook: Stories Henry James Never Wrote

    Edited by Philip Horne

    Ten short stories by a pantheon of admirers – Colm Toibin, Tessa Hadley, Paul Theroux et al – based on Henry James’s enticing notes (which are included as transcripts).

    Hardback £14.99
  • Forever and a Day

    Anthony Horowitz

    The prequel to Casino Royale: Bond’s first outing as 007 is to rather murky French Riviera.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Greeks Bearing Gifts

    Philip Kerr

    Bernie Gunther is on the trail of Nazi war criminals in Greece. And Kerr is much lamented.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Tory Heaven: or Thunder on the Right

    Marghanita Laski

    Re-issue from Persephone of a 1948 satire on a dis-united kingdom.

    Paperback £15.00
  • The Temptation of Forgiveness

    Donna Leon

    Brunetti is forced to consider the terrible consequences of tender heart. And is reading Antigone.

    Hardback £18.99
  • The Neighbourhood

    Mario Vargas Llosa

    A political thriller about Lima high society, set in the corrupt years of Fujimori’s presidency.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Chicago

    David Mamet

    Pace and brio characterise Mamet’s first novel in twenty years, set in 1920s Chicago, the mobsters’ paradise.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Smoke and Ashes

    Abir Mukherjee

    A third investigation for Sam Wyndham and Surrender-not Bannerjee of the Calcutta police. By the author of the acclaimed ‘A Rising Man’ and last year’s ‘A Necessary Evil‘. It even contains a large, red Hispano-Souiza, whose presence “felt as unnerving as discovering a shark in the Serpentine”.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Macbeth

    Jo Nesbø

    Inspector Macbeth is going up the ladder… the latest in the Hogarth Shakespeare re-tellings.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Warlight

    Michael Ondaatje

    In his first novel for a few years, MO plunges his adolescent protagonists into a strange, crepuscular cast in London in the immediate aftermath of WW2.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Shout in the Ruins

    Kevin Powers

    Set in the American Civil War, a follow-up to his scorching Iraq novel, ‘The Yellow Birds’.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Overstory

    Richard Powers

    Interlocking stories about the world from pre-war New York to the late C20th. Surprising, operatic, arboreal.

    Hardback £18.99
  • The Italian Teacher

    Tom Rachman

    The son of a lionised painter struggles to emerge from his father’s vast shadow to make it in the art world himself. Richly imagined and well told.

    Hardback £16.99
  • All the Lives We Never Lived

    Anuradha Roy

    “In my childhood, I was known as the boy whose mother had run off with an Englishman”. A new novel by one of India’s finest writers.

    Hardback £16.99
  • All The Beautiful Lies

    Peter Swanson

    A very young stepmother and an apparent suicide resolve into obsession and murder. Another murky psychological thriller from the author of ‘The Kind Worth Killing‘.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Last Stories

    William Trevor

    A final collection made up of ten lucent short stories.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Shape Of The Ruins

    Juan Gabriel Vasquez

    Two political assassinations lie at the centre of this substantial novel by the author of the excellent ‘Sound of Things Falling‘.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Madonna of The Mountains

    Elise Valmorbida

    Novel set in the Veneto in the decades following the Great War: love in the time of Fascism.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Ghosts of the Past

    Marco Vichi

    A 6th outing for the disillusioned Florentine Inspector Bordelli, traipsing about a grand villa in Fiesole in pursuit of a murderer.

    Hardback £18.99
  • The Librarian

    Salley Vickers

    A young, likeable, Daisy-Milleresque young woman takes on a job as librarian in a small provincial town in 1950’s England. Vickers has a delightfully subversive streak and is an unwavering champion of the flawed.

    We have a limited number of signed copies available. Please let us know if you would like one.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Female Persuasion

    Meg Wolitzer
    Hardback £14.99

04. Spring Books 2018: Poetry, Ideas & Culture

05. Spring Books 2018: Art & Architecture

06. Spring Books 2018: Travel, Nature & Cookery

07. Spring Books 2018: Cookery

08. Spring Books 2018: For Children

  • Robinson

    Peter Sis

    A dreamy mix of faltering boyhood self-belief and Robinson Crusoe, written and illustrated by the gloriously inventive Sís. Ages 5-7.

    Hardback £12.95
  • The Wind In The Willows

    Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by John Burningham

    A lovely hardback reissue with Burningham’s illustrations – we could cause a riot by saying we prefer these to E H Shepherd’s.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Chirri & Chirra

    Kaya Doi

    Delightful tale about two girls bicycling through a gentle and amiable world, peopled with a baker-raccoon, a flute-playing pig, bees that drink violet tea. A Japanese peaceable kingdom.

    Hardback £11.99
  • My Sweet Orange Tree

    Jose Vasconcelos

    A classic of Brazilian children’s literature, about a poor boy growing up in Rio de Janeiro in the 1930s. Full of vitality and spirit. Ages 8 and upwards.

    Hardback £10.99
  • House That Once Was

    Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith

    A story told in rhyme about two children who find an old house in the woods. An exploration of time and imagination, with . Ages 3-6.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Sky Chasers

    Emma Carroll

    Magpie meets a young boy called Pierre Mongolfier and their adventures quite literally take off – balloons, spies, and Paris. Ages 7 -9.

    Paperback £6.99
  • The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes

    Ying Compestine

    An ingenious reworking of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, in which the young Emperor tricks some greedy officials into wearing burlap sacks in the New Year’s parade, revealing their dishonesty to all. Clever, amusing, well illustrated. Ages 4-6.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Road to Waterloo

    Ronald Welch

    Another in Slightly Foxed’s clothbound hardback series about the Carey family. (Complete sets also available.) Ages 8

    Hardback £16.00
  • The House with Chicken Legs

    Sophie Anderson

    Marinka is the granddaughter of Baba Yaga and wishes to lead her own life; her efforts at self-determination are complicated by their house which, like Howl’s moving castle, is liable to up and off. Ages 8-10.

    Paperback £6.99

09. Spring Books 2018: Some of our Recent Favourites

  • Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor

    Edited by Evita Arapoglou

    The beautifully-produced catalogue of a wonderful exhibition that has moved from Cyprus to Athens and now to the British Museum. The friendship of these three men lasted five decades, and is illustrated by a profusion of paintings, letters, photographs, etc. The labyrinthine network of their circle (Stephen Spender, Ann Fleming, Lucian Freud, Nikos Kazantsakis…) is a roll-call of lasting fascination.

    We have imported this from Cyprus, and believe stock may prove limited.

    Paperback £30.00
  • Battleship Yamato: Of War, Beauty and Irony

    Jan Morris

    A brief illustrated reverie about the Japanese battleship Yamato, once the largest and most powerful warship in the world – “the Dreadnought of Dreadnoughts”. This noble dinosaur, unprotected from air attack and hopelessly vulnerable, went down with flags still flying and over two thousand men on 7th April 1945. Morris’s meditation on this “last arrow from the imperial quiver” delivers pathos and compassion, and admiration too.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Sale of the Late King’s Goods

    Jerry Brotton

    Anyone who has seen, or intends seeing, the exhibition of Charles I’s art collection at the RA, should read this wonderful account of its formation and dispersal under Cromwell.

    Paperback £10.99
  • The Sheltering Sky

    Paul Bowles

    A wonderfully atmospheric tale of two lost souls wandering through the post-war Sahara, well worth (re)visiting. Bowles’s voice is fascinatingly dispassionate, even as the trajectory of his characters becomes ever more implacable.

    Paperback £7.99
  • Zahhak Legend Of The Serpent King

    Hamid Rahmanian

    There is nothing new under the sun but there are moments of genius that catch the light. This insanely elaborate pop-up retelling of Persia’s great epic, Ferdowsi’s ‘Shahnameh‘, is such a one.

    Hardback £34.99
  • Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

    Camille Paglia

    A collection of polemical essays old and new from the eminent scholar and feminist thinker gathered in one volume. As a dissident and a provocateur who often goes against the grain of the new feminist orthodoxy, CP is no stranger to controversy. That a number of us here of both genders have read and considered her views important, sane and brilliant, is a testimony to the power of her writing.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Dancing Bears: True Stories About Longing for the Old Days

    Witold Szablowski

    This gem of reportage from one of Poland’s foremost journalists looks at how individuals – human and ursine – cope with sudden freedom. When Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe, many found the new-found liberty ‘problematic’. The writer talks to many individuals who, having spent their life under totalitarian rule, long for the good/bad old days.

    Paperback £12.99
  • No Place to Lay One’s Head

    FF was born a Polish Jew, studied in Paris and then opened a French bookshop in Berlin in the 1920s. Just weeks before the war she fled to Paris, and from there to Nice, Avignon, and on… an odyssey of fear until she managed, at her second attempt, to cross the border into Switzerland in 1943. Almost nothing is known about the author of this remarkable memoir beyond its pages, published in a tiny way in Geneva in 1945 and then lost until a copy turned up in a jumble sale in 2015. Her account is austere and deeply sympathetic.

    Hardback £16.99
  • An Artist of the Floating World

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    This delicate, melancholy novel about a Japanese artist coming to terms with his past in the years following WW2 gradually supplants the dreamlike formality of his existence with something more sinister. A beguiling tale which prises itself open by degrees, told with the Nobel laureate’s beautifully balanced prose.

    Paperback £8.99