Summer Books 2018

//Summer Books 2018

Summer Books 2018

01. Summer Books 2018: Biography

02. Summer Books 2018: History & Current Affairs

03. Summer Books 2018: Fiction

  • After The Party

    Cressida Connolly

    Well-written and carefully thought, it wears its research lightly yet packs a very powerful punch. It is outstandingly good. Passivity as a route to damnation, the devastating consequences of political naivety, the puncturing of complacency, all set in a comfortable middle-class 1930s England of dinner parties, bossy sisters, holiday camps … What could possibly go wrong?

    It is wrong, all wrong…

    Hardback £14.99
  • After The Party (Paperback)

    Cressida Connolly

    Well-written and carefully thought, it wears its research lightly yet packs a very powerful punch. It is outstandingly good. Passivity as a route to damnation, the devastating consequences of political naivety, the puncturing of complacency, all set in a comfortable middle-class 1930s England of dinner parties, bossy sisters, holiday camps … What could possibly go wrong?

    It is wrong, all wrong…

    Paperback £8.99
  • The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

    Edited by Jay Rubin, introduction by Haruki Murakami

    An anthology from the C19th to the present, ingeniously and painstakingly edited by Rubin whose brief to himself and to colleagues was that the stories selected should be unforgettable and resonant. Not every great Japanese author is represented here, though many are. The thematic ordering of the stories (‘Modern Life and Other Nonsense’, ‘Japan and the West’, ‘Nature and Memory’, ‘Dread’ and more) acts as an unobtrusive guide in a world probably unfamiliar to most of us.

    Includes a tremendously knowledgeable essay by Haruki Murakami.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Silence Of The Girls

    Pat Barker

    The author of the ‘Regeneration’ trilogy turns her clear eye to the domestic side of the Trojan War, if such a thing can be said to exist at all. Avoiding all the sword and sandal cliches of so many others’ attempts to re-invent the classics, Barker’s other side of ‘The Iliad’ centres on Briseis, given as a prize to Achilles and then taken by Agamemnon. Her view of the siege of Troy from within the Greek camp, pegged so closely to Homer’s that reading the novel is almost like watching a split-stage production, is enthralling, terrifying and convincing.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Putney

    Sofka Zinovieff

    A middle-aged woman revisits the affair she had with one of her parent’s friends when she was in her early teens in the 1970s. Love and desire, consent and exploitation, are explored through three voices in this morally complex novel. Zinovieff directs the reader’s sympathies this way and that with great – and disconcerting – skill.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Occasional Virgin

    Hanan al-Shaykh

    A wry novel about two expatriate Lebanese women, love and disillusionment, set in Italy and London. By an acclaimed Arabic writer.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Collected Stories of Machado de Assis

    Machado de Assis

    A handsomely produced new translation of the great Brazilian writer’s short stories.

    Hardback £27.99
  • So Much Life Left Over

    Set during the 1930s in Ceylon and England.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Social Creature

    Tara Isabella Burton

    Never share your Uber account could be the moral of this pacy, nasty little thriller set in two-faced New York: one shabby, one so very chic. Emma Wodehouse meets Tom Ripley, as it were.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Girl Balancing & Other Stories

    Helen Dunmore

    The last book from the remarkable writer who died last June.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Bitter Orange

    Claire Fuller

    The narrator observes her downstairs neighbours through the floor of her attic room in a dilapidated country house in 1969. Compelling and atmospheric.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Take Nothing With You

    Patrick Gale

    Explores a collision, through the experience of a 10-year-old boy, between childish hero worship and messy adult love lives.

    Hardback £18.99
  • They Hanged My Saintly Billy

    Robert Graves

    A re-issue of Graves’s historical novel about Dr William Palmer, tried for poisoning in 1856; a deft portrayal with multiple perspectives.

    Paperback £12.99
  • All Among The Barley

    Melissa Harrison

    There’s something in the air… Here is another novel (and a very good one) set in the 1930s, with British fascists in the background…

    Hardback £16.99
  • This Is What Happened

    Mick Herron

    This is not one of his Jackson Lamb novels, but Herron’s standalone thrillers are also excellent. Here we have a woman trying to make ends meet in a lonely London sublet who turns out to be just the person MI5 needs to thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk. Who’d have thought?

    Hardback £12.99
  • Sea Prayer

    Khaled Hosseini

    A novella inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis, from the author of ‘The Kite Runner’

    Hardback £12.99
  • Everything Under

    Daisy Johnson

    A young woman is compelled to return to her memories of a childhood spent on a canal boat, and the eerie somethings lurking just under the water. From the author of ‘Fen’.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Smoking Kills

    Antoine Laurain

    A Gallic black comedy about the joys of smoking and how best to get your kicks.

    Other £8.99
  • Crudo

    Olivia Laing

    Laing has written fine books about writing. This is her first novel, and it is a fictional ‘inhabiting’ of Kathy Acker.

    Hardback £12.99
  • History of Violence

    Edouard Louis

    ‘The End of Eddy’ was Louis’s debut and a literary phenomenon. Here, in another piece “autofiction”, he unpicks shame and fear.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Tangerine

    Christine Mangan

    Not one but two unreliable female narrators in this ominous tale of memory and obsession, lent exoticism by its fever-dreamy setting in 1950s Tangier.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Prague Spring

    Simon Mawer

    A novel about the summer of 1968, when the Czechs thought they would get rid of the Russians, from the author of ‘The Glass Room’.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

    Andrew Miller

    Set in Somerset and the Hebrides in 1809, in the aftermath of the Peninsular War. Miller is a first rate novelist with a gift for making his characters’ contexts vivid and natural.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Good Trouble

    Joseph O'Neill

    Acerbic short stories from the author of ‘Netherland’.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Our Friends in Berlin

    Anthony Quinn

    A pacy spy novel set in London in 1941.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Fatal Inheritance

    Rachel Rhys

    An atmospheric thriller set on the French Riviera in 1948.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Calypso

    David Sedaris

    Cheerfully misanthropic stories from one of the funniest writers around.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Kolyma Stories

    Varlam Shalamov

    A new translation by the redoubtable Donald Rayfield, of these extraordinary stories from the Gulag.

    Other £14.99
  • A Dark And Stormy Night

    Tom Stacey

    A Dante scholar loses his way one night, while walking in the hills behind St Tropez…

    Paperback £10.00
  • The Great Level

    Stella Tillyard

    Set in 1649, between the Fens where a Dutchman arrives to work on a drainage project and falls in love, and the New World.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Aetherial Worlds: Stories

    Tatyana Tolstoya

    Short stories from the doyenne of contemporary Russian fiction, many of which have appeared in the New Yorker and other American journals.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Clock Dance

    Anne Tyler

    A few years ago, Tyler announced she had written her last novel. Perhaps it was being shortlisted for the Man Booker with ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’ that – happily – made her change her mind.

    Hardback £18.99
  • The Death Of Mrs Westaway

    Ruth Ware

    How far can a seaside fortune-teller’s skill take her when she wrongfully claims a bequest?

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Shepherd’s Hut

    Tim Winton

    A dazzling recasting of ‘Huckleberry Finn’ in Western Australia.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Like Wildfire Blazing

    Mark Getty

    This is a rich tale of good and evil. Getty takes his title from Robert Fagles’ translation of the Iliad, and has written a magnificently curious tale as strange and hard to explain as Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’. The cast of this mysterious carnival includes characters more or less known to us – Homer, Tamerlane, Papageno – as well as a refugee goddess called Sol, a tortoise named Troia and two  others, one composed of instinct, the other an arch-maker; both are schemers.

    It is published – and very handsomely so – by Adelphi, a publishing sideline of David Campbell of Everyman fame. It has a dark blue cloth spine, cream decorated boards and endpapers designed by Getty, who has overseen every aspect of the book’s design.

    Hardback £20.00

04. Summer Books 2018: Miscellaneous

05. Summer Books 2018: Art & Architecture

07. Summer Books 2018: Gardens

  • Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman

    Andrew Lambirth

    A slim and delightful book to accompany the Garden Museum’s exhibition earlier this year which focused on Morris’s jubilant flower paintings. His students included Lucian Freud and Maggi Hambling and this book features an essay by the late, and much missed, Beth Chatto. Morris’s star rises, finally, and deservedly.

    Hardback £15.00
  • Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern England and Wales

    Jill Francis

    A fascinating and detailed study of Elizabethan and C17th gardens, their gardeners, plantings, designs and gardening practices. Far from all are “grand”, most are “gentlemanly”.

    Hardback £35.00
  • A Gardener’s Guide to Topiary: The Art of Clipping, Training and Shaping Plants

    Jenny Hendy

    “One, two! One, two! And through and through / The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!…” How to turn your Tum-tum tree into a Jabberwock.

    Hardback £12.00
  • Ellen Shipman and the American Garden

    Judith B Tankard

    The great gardens of America’s first woman landscape gardener (1869-1950), who designed for Fords, Rockefellers, Astors, and du Ponts.

    Hardback £35.95
  • Gardens of Corfu

    Rachel Weaving, with photographs by Marianne Majerus

    Beautiful coffee table book, large format, with stunning photographs of private gardens which range from romantic old estates and highly personal ‘grandmothers’ gardens’ to stunning contemporary works by international designers. The ‘Garden Island’ has more rainfall than anywhere else in the Aegean.  The newer gardens are designed for sustainability, conserving water and drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape. Tracing the roots of their inspiration, the book’s last chapter explores the island’s varied wild landscape and the procession of wildflowers through the seasons. Outstanding.


    With a preface by Mary Keen.

    Hardback £49.95

08. Summer Books 2018: Food

  • Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen

    Yasmin Khan

    Khan’s first book Saffron Tales, a paean to Iranian food, was hailed as one of the best cookbooks of 2016. This time she has gathered her recipes from Nazareth, Gaza, Jerusalem…

    Hardback £26.00
  • The Little Swedish Kitchen

    Rachel Khoo

    Khoo has forsaken Paris for Scandinavia: you may never want to look a blueberry in the eye again, but she did introduce a generation to French cooking with her excellent ‘Little Paris Kitchen’.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Sameen Rushdie’s Indian Cookery

    Sameen Rushdie, introduction by Salman Rushdie

    Published in 1987 a month before her brother’s The Satanic Verses. No photographs, just 150 family recipes in which delicacy and balance are key. Spiced lamb cooked in yoghurt, chicken with cream, saffron and green cardamoms, a dozen dhals…

    Hardback £13.95
  • Wine – A Way of Life

    Steven Spurrier

    SS started his life of wine aged 13 with a glass of 1908 port; later he set up ‘The Judgement of Paris’, a blind tasting at which nine of the best tasters in France chose Californian wines over French, changing the wine world forever.

    Hardback £20.00

09. Summer Books 2018: Childrens

  • The Colour Of The Sun

    David Almond

    A boy walks out one sunny morning in Tyneside: this is a lyrical and expansive novel about a day of encounters and contradictions, light and also shadow. By the author famous for ‘Skellig’ and many others.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Mountains of the World

    Dieter Braun

    Intelligent non-fiction with many of Dieter Braun’s excellent illustrations. Iceland to Vietnam, the Alps to Kilimanjaro and includes waterfalls, the Northern Lights, icebergs, flora, fauna, glaciers, dunes. This is wonderful! Ages 7-9

    Hardback £18.00
  • More Would You Rather

    John Burningham

    Would you rather have breakfast with bears, lunch with a lion or dinner with ducks? Would you like to fly with the pelicans or swim with the fish? Ages 3-6

    Hardback £11.99
  • Bonkers About Beetles

    Owen Davey

    Davey has done good illustrated books about monkeys and sharks; his beetles are gorgeously rendered, many-coloured and tremendous. Ages 7-10

    Hardback £12.99
  • A First Book of the Sea

    Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton

    Rockpools and flying fish, dolphins and ships, shore and seabed: a mix of poetry and information, brought to life by Emily Sutton’s jubilant illustrations. Ages 4-6

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Siege & Fall Of Troy

    Robert Graves

    Excellent and short version of the Iliad for intelligent children with a final chapter on the wanderings of Odysseus; not illustrated. 10

    Hardback £12.99
  • Just So Stories

    Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Robert Ingpen

    Complete and unabridged, with Ingpen’s marevellous illustrations – and there are lots of them. 8

    Hardback £16.99
  • Tell Me a Dragon

    Jackie Morris

    Girls and their dragons: another of JM’s bewitching, large format books, with a little text and her distinctive watercolour illustrations.

    Hardback £17.99
  • Robin Of Sherwood

    Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman

    Morpurgo’s fine retelling, long out of print, reissued as a handsome illustrated hardback. 8

    Hardback £16.99

10. Summer Books 2018: Some of our Recent Favourites

  • Modern Nature: The Journals of Derek Jarman

    Derek Jarman

    Jarman, – witty, waspish, brave, mercurial polymath – died 25 years ago. Several of his books are being reissued this year in celebration of his life and gloriously varied works. Heart-lifting stuff.

    Paperback £9.99
  • The Corner That Held Them

    Sylvia Townsend Warner

    A beautiful historical novel by a criminally under-read female writer. Published in 1948, Warner’s invented history of a Norfolk convent from 1170 to 1382 is a real masterpiece. A vivid and slippery account of the action of time.

    Paperback £8.99
  • Talking To Women

    Nell Dunn, introduction by Ali Smith

    Silver Press’s lovely new edition of Nell Dunn’s 1964 interviews with various female friends, including Suna Portman, Pauline Boty and Edna O’Brien.

    Paperback £10.99
  • Notes from the Cévennes: Half a Lifetime in Provincial France

    Adam Thorpe

    This astute, delightful book has its origin in a series of columns Thorpe did in the TLS. He cannot write a dull or awkward sentence; and as you would expect from the author of Ulverton, Silbury Hill, etc, it bristles with treasures.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Kites

    Romain Gary

    The last novel by the French diplomat, aviator and film director was recently published in English for the first time. Never short on style, Gary is the only person to have won the Prix Goncourt twice, once using a pseudonym. Spans life in a Normandy village from 1932 through the German occupation, which we see through the eyes of a lad living with his pacifist, kite-making uncle. Love, loss, resistance, living off hope and humour in a microcosm that mirrors all the troubles of the wider world.

    Paperback £12.99