Spring Books 2019

//Spring Books 2019

Spring Books 2019

01. Spring Books 2019: Biographical

02. Spring Books 2019: Historical

03. Spring Books 2019: Fiction

  • Sunfall

    Jim Al-Khalili

    Curiously, a first novel – or techno-thriller – from the renowned physicist, academic and good egg, OBE.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Salt Slow

    Julia Armfield

    An eerie collection of short fiction from the winner of the White Review’s Short Story Prize 2018.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Lost Property

    Laura Beatty

    LB is a fine writer, and this is a remarkable novel combining a voyage across Europe in a decrepit van with a voyage through the continent’s history.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Stranger from the Sea

    Paul Binding

    A moving re-imagining of Ibsen’s ‘The Lady From the Sea’, set in an English Channel town.

    Hardback £24.00
  • Run Away

    Harlan Coben

    A father comes across his lost daughter busking in New York’s Central Park. She runs, he follows, we tremble… Late March.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Language Of Birds

    Jill Dawson

    A compelling novel inspired by the Lord Lucan case.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Dawn

    Selahattin Demirtas

    Short stories from the Turkey’s most famous political prisoner, the former head of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party who ran for president in 2018 from behind bars.

    Hardback £10.99
  • Gun Island

    Amitav Ghosh

    As you might expect from this remarkable writer, his new novel has a global span and represents a powerful attempt to address the world in which his intelligent characters live.

    Hardback £20.00
  • This Brutal House

    Niven Govinden

    Set amidst the salvaged glamour and defiance of New York’s drag ball scene.

    Hardback £14.99
  • A Stranger City

    Linda Grant

    A woman’s body dredged up from the Thames prompts questions about what it is to be a Londoner.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Stalingrad

    Vasily Grossman

    This immense, epic novel is the prequel to his equally immense and epic ‘Life and Fate’.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Parisian

    Isabella Hammad

    A much anticipated debut about a young Palestinian man sent to study medicine in Paris in 1914. A beautifully constructed novel set against the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the political complexities that ensued.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Strawberry Thief

    Joanne Harris

    A return to Vianne Rocher and Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, loved since the bestselling ‘Chocolat’.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Cari Mora

    Thomas Harris

    Violence, sex and money – something beastly this way comes from the author of ‘The Silence of the Lambs’.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Those Who Are Loved

    Victoria Hislop

    The story of a young Athenian woman through the German occupation of Greece, and the civil war.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Accidental Agent

    Alan Judd

    Espionage in Brexit… Judd is one of the best spy writers.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Russian Stories

    Edited by Christoph Keller

    Another in the excellent Everyman series (following ‘Venice Stories’ last autumn).

    Hardback £10.99
  • Metropolis

    Philip Kerr

    The 14th (and, sadly, posthumous) Bernie Gunther thriller.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Penguin Book Of Italian Short Stories

    Edited by Jhumpa Lahiri

    A handsome selection of stories from the From the Risorgimento to the present. Calvino, Morante, Pirandello, etc as well as many other lesser known authors. A handsome accompaniment to Penguin’s recent and very successful Book of Japanese Short Stories.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Doll Factory

    Elizabeth Macneal

    A buzzy debut novel about a Pre-Raphaelite ‘stunner’ with artistic ambitions of her own, full of Victorian clutter with a gratifyingly morbid edge.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Nine Cloud Dream

    Kim Man-Jung

    A sort of Buddhist version of ‘The Divine Comedy’, in which a monk distracted by eight delightful fairies is reborn as the ideal man. A new translation of this C17th Korean masterpiece.

    Paperback £11.99
  • The Winker

    Andrew Martin

    In a Belgravia pub in 1976, a faded rock star winks at a girl through the cigarette smoke… A delicious murder story from the author of ‘The Necropolis Railway’ and others.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Machines Like Me

    Ian McEwan

    The 1980s in a very different London: Alan Turing lives, and a synthetic ‘human’ causes moral problems.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Throw Me to the Wolves

    Patrick McGuinness

    A moving and clever novel dealing with historical abuse and violence in schools, and the power of the media.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Friends of Harry Perkins

    Chris Mullin

    Another post-Brexit thriller, a sequel to the brilliant and bestselling ‘A Very British Coup’.

    Hardback £12.00
  • Shadowplay

    Joseph O'Connor

    An entertaining, atmospheric novel exploring the dynamics of love and creativity between Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and Bram Stoker.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Kozlowski

    Jane Rogoyska

    A novel about the 1940 Katyn Forest massacre of over 20,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia, for which Soviet and Russian governments denied responsibility until 1990. Wonderfully – despite its tragic theme – this is a book about life and hope.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Guestbook: Ghost Stories

    Leanne Shapton

    “Ghost stories for a world of images and captions”. Full of odd pics and mysterious sequences. Not conventional fiction (well, Shapton was the author of Important Artifacts and Personal Property…)!

    Hardback £22.00
  • Spring

    Ali Smith

    The third installment of AS’s seasonal quartet, and the whole is beginning to take shape. The best yet, generous and hopeful.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The King’s Evil

    Andrew Taylor

    Murder in 1667 London, from the author of ‘The Ashes of London’.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Mac and His Problem

    Enrique Vila-Matas

    “I’m fascinated by the current vogue for posthumous books, and I’m thinking of writing a fake one…”: an intricate literary caprice set in a Barcelona heatwave, with humour and a light touch.

    Paperback £14.99
  • The Death of Murat Idrissi

    Tommy Wieringa

    A taut, spare novella about two young Dutch women getting out of their depth in Morocco. Longlisted for the International Man Booker.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Frankissstein: A Love Story

    Jeanette Winterson

    A transgender doctor, Artificial Intelligence – set in Mary Shelley’s London. Tricksy?

    Hardback £16.99

04. Spring Books 2019: Poetry, Ideas & Culture

05. Spring Books 2019: Gardens & Nature

06. Spring Books 2019: Travel

  • Days in the Caucasus


    A memoir of youth in oil-rich Baku in the turbulent early C20th. Think Teffi; think ‘Ali and ‘Nino’.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Walking: One Step at a Time

    Erling Kagge

    From the author of the bestselling ‘Silence’ comes a short exploration of the pleasures of walking.

    Hardback £9.99
  • Horizon

    Barry Lopez

    It’s hard to characterise this book other than by saying that it covers all places on all continents at all times… a lifetime of journeys and thinking from the author of ‘Arctic Dreams’.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Underland: A Deep Time Journey

    Robert Macfarlane

    The much-anticipated new book from the author of “The Old Ways” (and others) is a voyage into the ground beneath our feet: from the glaciers of Greenland to Bronze Age burial chambers… Tremendous writing.

    Hardback £20.00

07. Spring Books 2019: Japonisme

  • ‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms

    Naoko Abe

    Collingwood Ingram (1880 – 1981) was an ornithologist and plant collector whose obsession with Japanese cherries earned him the epithet ‘Cherry’. He travelled as a young man in Japan and was introduced to the ideas and displays of cherry blossom (sakura), but when he travelled there again in 1920s, by then a world authority on cherries, he was struck by profound changes in the planting of prunus – variety had been sacrificed for one cloned tree that had become ubiquitous for political reasons. On that trip Ingram saw an illustration of a tree that had become extinct in Japan, a magnificent cherry called the ‘Great White’, which he realised he had seen in poor condition in a Sussex garden. He perpetuated this glorious tree by cuttings and reintroduced it to Japan as well as perpetuating it in the UK.

    Ingram’s life is remarkable, and Naoko’s telling of it a revelation.

    We are delighted that Naoko will be coming to speak at Sandoe’s on 6th June – booking essential. See here for more details.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

    Lafcadio Hearn

    LH led a wonderfully varied life – Greek-Irish by birth, he moved as a young man to the USA, then to Martinique and then to Japan where for many years he taught English literature at Tokyo Imperial University. First published in 1904, the year of his death, ‘Kwaidan ‘ is a collection of ghostly and uncanny stories that he translated from old Japanese texts or gathered himself.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Bells of Old Tokyo: Travels in Japanese Time

    Anna Sherman

    The capital and its history explored through its old ways of time-keeping: a fascinating memoir.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes

    Hiroshi Sugimoto

    HS has been photographing sky and sea for 40 years; these almost abstract expanses epitomise his idea of “time exposed”. Stunning.

    Hardback £59.00
  • Japanese Gardens: A Journey

    Monty Don, photographs by Derry Moore

    The duo who did the marvellous ‘Paradise Gardens’ last year are ravished by the subtle harmony of the natural and the artificial in both spring and autumn. Spectacular photography.

    Hardback £35.00
  • The Office of Gardens and Ponds

    Didier Decoin

    An extremely pleasurable immersion into Heian-period Japan, this sensual and thoughtful novel is like moving through a series of prints: a young widow journeys to the capital with carp for the imperial temple pools; the theme for a courtly perfume contest is the scent of a young woman passing over a bridge, half-seen in the mist. Translated from the French.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Pine Islands

    Marion Poschmann

    A wry novel in which a middle-age, unsuccessful lecturer (beards in cinema is his field) travels in Matsuo Basho’s footsteps towards the islands of Matsushima, with a suicidal young man for company. Dry, dead-pan, detached and funny. Short-listed for the German Book Prize (2017) and now long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize 2019.

    Hardback £12.99

08. Spring Books 2019: Cookery

  • Bazaar

    Sabrina Ghayour

    Vegetarian dishes from the author of the delectable ‘Persiana’ and ‘Feast’

    Hardback £26.00
  • Taverna

    Georgina Hayden

    Cinnamon, orange blossom and lemon – homely and delicious recipes from a Greek-Cypriot-London cook.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Garden Chef: Recipes and Stories from Plant to Plate

    Editors Phaidon

    The gardens of 35 of the world’s best chefs and their produce.

    Hardback £29.95
  • Greenfeast: Spring, Summer

    Nigel Slater

    The first in a pair of seasonal books of vegetarian recipes from a man who, quite rightly, is lost without a lemon in the kitchen. And is obsessed with cold, twilight, baked apples, cardamom…

    Hardback £22.00
  • One More Croissant for the Road

    Felicity Cloake

    Attagirl. La Cloake embarks on a culinary tour de France: It’s la chasse á la bonne bouffe, au vélo, and one of the great rewards of bicycling (perhaps the only that really matters?) is the great hunger it induces…and yes, she catches many snarques and pops them into her panier.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia

    Eleanor Ford

    Richly fragrant and spicy delights from Java, Bali, and many of the other islands. EF co-authored the award-winning ‘Samarkand’ with Caroline Eden a couple of years ago.

    Hardback £25.00

09. Spring Books 2019: Art & Architecture

10. Spring Books 2019: For Children

  • Maya and Cat

    Caroline Magerl

    A little girl sets out to reunite a cat with its owner: a lovely picture book with illustrations reminiscent of Sendak; exuberant and adventurous. Ages 3-5.

    Hardback £11.99
  • Sensational Butterflies

    Ben Rothery

    A large format book with good information and arrestingly beautiful illustrations of butterflies and moths. Ages 4 -10.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

    Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala

    The true story of Joan Procter, a child student of reptiles, who had a pet crocodile, designed the Reptile House at London Zoo, and befriended Komodo dragons. Great illustrations and lively text. For budding zoologists aged 4-7.

    Hardback £13.99
  • Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

    Alexandra Stewart, introduction by Ranulph Fiennes

    What is says on the tin, illustrated and well-told for children, on the centenary of Hillary’s birth. Ages 7-10.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Good Thieves

    Katherine Rundell

    A heist by a group of children, letters written in green ink, a lost ancestral home, jewels, trapeze artists and a formidably determined protagonist who will go to enormous lengths to right a wrong. Rundell is always spell-binding and invigorating. Ages 8+.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The King of the Golden River

    John Ruskin, illustrated by Quentin Blake

    Ruskin’s only children’s book is an exciting parable of his views about nature, more relevant than ever in today’s world. The memorable cast includes South-West Wind, Esq. Lovely dark blue cloth. Ages 6+.

    Hardback £14.95

11. Spring Books 2019: Some of our Recent Favourites

  • 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
  • Memories of the Future

    Siri Hustvedt

    An ingenious and introspective novel about her earlier self, a young woman from Minnesota just arrived in New York, bursting with curiosity and a hunger for life. Expert on philosophy and psychoanalysis, the subconscious and the place where memories go to hide, SH has written a fiercely intelligent, funny and provocative ‘portrait of the artist as a young woman.’

    Hardback £18.99
  • 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