Winter Books 2018

//Winter Books 2018

Winter Books 2018

01. Winter Books 2018: Biography

02. Winter Books 2018: History & Current Affairs

03. Winter Books 2018: Fiction

  • Seventeen

    Hideo Yokoyama

    HY’s previous novel, last year’s slow-burning thriller ‘Six Four‘ was a bestseller here. This successor investigates the aftermath of an air disaster. Masterful suspense and intricacy.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Upstate

    James Wood

    The outstanding literary critic’s second novel considers whether happiness can be learned.

    Hardback £14.99
  • An Unsuitable Match

    Joanna Trollope

    Can people make themselves happy by always trying to make others happy? JT writes superbly about family tensions in this upbeat novel about second marriages.

    Hardback £18.99
  • The Book of Chocolate Saints

    Jeet Thayil

    A second novel from the author of ‘Narcopolis‘, this is an epic story of contemporary Indian life that has elicited powerful praise from the great Edna O’Brien.

    Hardback £17.99
  • The Necessary Angel

    C K Stead

    Set in Paris, this is the first novel for many years from the great New Zealand author.

    Hardback £15.99
  • A Damned Serious Business

    Gerald Seymour

    Grandiose data theft, electoral interference, disruption of commercial and social services, banks and airlines – the grip of Russian hackers is tightening and what can MI6 do about it?

    Hardback £17.99
  • Lord Peter Wimsey: The Complete Short Stories

    Dorothy L Sayers

    The sharp-eyed gentleman detective whose family motto is “As my Whimsy takes me”, and whose coat of arms includes three mice courant.

    Paperback £14.99
  • From a Low and Quiet Sea

    Donal Ryan

    This short book by the author of ‘The Spinning Heart‘ and ‘A Slanting of the Sun‘ weaves love and loss in war-torn Syria and small-town Ireland as three characters search for some version of home. Exquisite.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Long Take

    Robin Robertson

    RR is well known as a poet, and also as deputy publishing director at Jonathan Cape. This, his first novel, is a noir take on the disintegration of the USA through the eyes of a D-Day veteran.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Wanderers

    Tim Pears

    Following last year’s ‘The Horseman‘ and already much praised, this is the second part of his West Country historical trilogy.

    Hardback £16.99
  • I’ll Keep You Safe

    Peter May

    We’ve heard that one before…Paris, Russia, a Scottish island, adultery, murder and – yes – tweed. One to wrap up with…

    Hardback £18.99
  • The World My Wilderness

    Rose Macaulay

    A reprint of RM’s penultimate novel about a young woman’s fractured life in post-war London. Apparently she used to wander London’s bomb craters and ruins with Penelope Fitzgerald.

    Paperback £8.99
  • River

    Esther Kinsky

    EK has translated John Clare and Thoreau into German: their wandering and watery legacy can be found in this sensitive tale of a woman adrift from her previous life. From the small but perfectly formed publishing house that is Fitzcarraldo Editions.

    Paperback £12.99
  • The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden

    Denis Johnson

    A collection of short stories from the late American novelist, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 with ‘Train Dreams‘.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Ghost Stories Of M R James

    Edited by Roger Luckhurst

    Born in 1862, MRJ took the ghost story from the Gothic and modernised it – comfortable, donnish men in tweed getting the horrors, just as we do still. Be careful what you whistle for…

    Hardback £12.99
  • London Rules

    Mick Herron

    Terror attacks and politics in the aftermath of the Referendum: the 5th Jackson Lamb thriller.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Friendly Ones

    Philip Hensher

    Hensher demonstrates again that he is the pre-eminent chronicler of families among his generation of novelists. Set mostly in Sheffield, shifting between the families of a white doctor and their Asian neighbours, it is vivid with lurking familial horrors and complex relationships.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Western Wind

    Samantha Harvey

    The most prominent inhabitant of a village in C15th Somerset is swept away by a river. The village priest tries to unravel what occurred. Harvey is an excellent, subtle writer.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Force of Nature

    Jane Harper

    Five go out on a hike in Australia; four return. A new spinechiller from the author of last year’s great success, ‘The Dry‘.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

    Imogen Hermes Gowar

    An entertaining historical yarn, set in 1785, in which a ship has been sold for – apparently – a mermaid. A much trailed debut, with faintly supernatural edges, which should be great fun.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Monsieur Ka

    Vesna Goldsworthy

    Readers of our 2015 Cuckoo Press pamphlet will be thrilled to hear that here, at last, is the full novel. It imagines Anna Karenin’s son alive and well – and aged – in Chiswick in the 1940s. Melancholy and lyrical, the author of ‘Gorsky‘ has done all we hoped.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Felix Culpa

    Jeremy Gavron

    Technically bizarre, this is a novel made out of lines taken from a hundred great works of literature. It follows a writer on the trail of a boy recently released from prison.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Melody

    Jim Crace

    Old stories seep into the present of a small Italian town when an ageing musician is attacked one night by an animal – or, as he thinks, a child. Crace is a fine and lyrical writer.

    Hardback £16.99
  • I Love You Too Much

    Alicia Drake

    A coming-of-age story set in Paris, from the author of ‘The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris‘.

    Hardback £14.99
  • A Long Way From Home

    Peter Carey

    A road rally round Australia is the backdrop to confrontation between white and Aboriginal cultures. The characters are complex and intriguing, the prose energetic. On form, as he is here, Carey is one of the most exhilarating of novelists.

    Hardback £17.99
  • The Pyramid of Mud

    Andrea Camilleri

    It’s been raining in Sicily, bringing Montalbano mud, murder and mafiosi.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Robicheaux: You Know My Name

    James Lee Burke

    Set in New Orleans, the action turns around a mob boss, a poster boy and a popular local author.

    Hardback £19.99
  • My German Brother

    Chico Buarque

    An autobiographical novel about CB’s older illegitimate half-brother, born in Germany in before WW2. A powerful exploration of the intersection of history and memory, by a fine Brazilian author.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Only Story

    Julian Barnes

    From the master of dissecting the heart, and its reasons, of which reason of course knows nothing… This deeply moving and profound novel is a story of a rather unconventional first love.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Memoirs Of Two Young Wives

    Honoré de Balzac

    Epistolary novel that describes ten years in the lives of two young friends; a deliciously ambiguous take on ‘Sense and Sensibility‘.

    Paperback £10.99
  • Fire Sermon

    Jamie Quatro

    This début novel sings the mind electric, quite as much as the body.

    Hardback £14.99

04. Winter Books 2018: Poetry, Literature & Ideas

05. Winter Books 2018: Art, Architecture Decorative Arts

  • Stave Churches: A Legacy of the Vikings

    Bjørn L. G. Braathen

    A survey of the 28 surviving wooden stave churches in Norway. These remarkable medieval buildings share aspects of construction and decoration with Viking boat building traditions. The book contains many photographs of the interiors (as well as of the better known exteriors), with their ornate carved and painted decoration of beauty and sophistication.

    Paperback £36.00
  • Sotheby’s Maestro: Peter Wilson and the Post-War Art World

    Subtitled ‘An Anthology of Memoirs by Colleagues, Dealers and Collectors‘, this is a book of memories of one of the most influential characters in the late C20th art world, by some of those who knew him best.

    The list of contributors is outstanding: Katherine MacLean, Diana Scarisbrick, Viscount Davidson, Marcus Linell, Peregrine Pollen, Agatha Sadler, Clifford Henderson, Richard Day, Howard Ricketts, Jayne Wrightsman, John Partridge, Richard Green, Cyril Humhris, Ulla Dreyfus, Elizabeth Chatwin, Adrian Eeles, Alex Wengraf, Derek Johns, James Kirkman, Julian Stock, David Ellis-Jones, David Nash, Diana Berry, Duncan McLaren, Geraldine Norman, Hugh Hildesley, Colin Mackay, James Mayor, Marc Blondeau, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen, Judith Landrigan, Ward Landrigan, Julian Agnew, Michel Strauss, Nicolas Norton, Philip Astley-Jones, Stephen Somerville, Thilo von Watzdorf, Tim Llewellyn, Walter Feilchenfeldt Jnr, Andrew Alers-Hankey, Annamaria Edelstein, Edmund Peel, Lord Rothschild, James Miller, Jonathan Mennell, Countess of Rosebery, Malcolm Barber, Martin Levy, Nabil Saidi, Richard M Keresey, Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Frank Herrmann.

    Paperback £14.95
  • Through the Lens of Janet Stone: Portraits, 1953-1979

    Ian Archie Beck

    Mid-century informal portraits of Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, John Piper, Iris Murdoch, John Bayley, C. Day-Lewis, Jill Balcon, Kenneth Clark, Freya Stark, Siegfried Sassoon, Willa Muir, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Frances Partridge. Etc.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Kay Nielsen’s A Thousand & One Nights

    Kay Nielsen, edited by Noel Daniel

    Nielsen’s fabled illustrations in a portfolio with an accompanying book of essays. Intended for a new translation after WW1, that project stalled; the illustrations have been published only once before, in the 1970s. Lush and extraordinary.

    Hardback £250.00
  • Napoleon: The Imperial Household

    Sylvain Cordier

    Fine illustrations show how seriously the new Emperor took his own magnificence.

    Hardback £40.00
  • Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City

    Richard Sennett

    Explores how how cities are built and how people live in them, from ancient Athens to C21st Shanghai.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Building Site in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

    Arthur Gibney, edited by Livia Hurley & Edward McParland

    How much did it cost to bring a cargo of oak from Riga to Dublin? What wood was right for trusses? And what did plumbers do? This is an exquisite illustrated study of an agreeably arcane subject.

    Hardback £30.00
  • The Pixels of Paul Cezanne: And Reflections on Other Artists

    Wim Wenders

    A sequence of essays by the film director, in which he tries to understand how various artists achieve their effects on him. Not just painters but also Ingmar Bergman, the dancer Pina Bausch, and others.

    Paperback £14.99
  • Picasso & The Art Of Drawing

    Christopher Lloyd

    Examines and celebrates his work as a draughtsman throughout his career, arguing that it is the drawing that ties everything together.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Klimt and Schiele: Drawings

    Katie Hanson

    Accompanies the touring exhibition comparing 60 drawings from the Albertina in Vienna.

    Hardback £40.00
  • Are You Sitting Comfortably? The Book Jackets of Edward Bawden

    Peyton Skipwith & James Russell

    From the team who gave us one of last autumn’s most delicious books, ‘The Snail that Climbed the Eiffel Tower & Other Work by John Minton‘.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Fra Angelico: Heaven On Earth

    Nathaniel Silver

    Catalogue accompanying the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Erté: Romain de Tirtoff 1892-1990

    Brian Sewell & Morgan Falconer

    A gorgeous little book to celebrate a variety of anniversaries relating to the wonderful fashion illustrator.

    Paperback £19.95

06. Winter Books 2018: Gardens & Nature

  • The Inner Life Of Animals: Surprising Observations of a Hidden World

    Peter Wohlleben

    The empathetic German forester who gave us ‘The Hidden Life of Trees‘ last year turns his eye to hedgehogs with nightmares, tobogganing crows and adulterous magpies. A thing of loveliness.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Ground Work: Writings on People and Places

    Edited by Tim Dee

    A wonderful anthology of new work by Adam Thorpe, Helen Macdonald, Julia Blackburn, Sean O’Brien, Hugh Brody, Tessa Hadley et al; a celebration of genius loci in the Anthropocene. This is a sort of follow up to ‘Second Nature’, edited by Richard Mabey, published 30 years ago.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Gardens Of The Alhambra

    Maria del Mar Villafranca-Jimenez

    “Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
    [Now] waves the cypress in the palace walk;
    [Now] winks the gold fin in the porphyry font…” Fireflies surely dance through the courtyards too.


    which is a great shame. No other edition yet available.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Walled Gardens

    Jules Hudson

    Walled gardens in England and Wales, their history, innovation and restoration. A National Trust publication.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Double Flowers: The Remarkable Story of Extra-Petalled Blooms

    Nicola Ferguson & Charles Quest-Ritson

    Peonies, poppies, primroses; blowsy roses called after French ladies with many-petalled names of their own; props and perfumes.

    Hardback £30.00

08. Winter Books 2018: For Children

  • What We See In The Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky

    Kelsey Oseid

    Accessible and intelligent guide for children, with Oseid’s pleasing illustrated star maps of constellations and their associated tales, planets, phases of the moon, the many names of the Milky Way. Ages 7+.

    Hardback £12.99
  • When You Were Small

    Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad

    Delightfully humorous book about a father telling his son all the ways in which he was small and what he could do – or could be done with him. llustrated with equally beguiling and witty drawings, showing the tiny person bathing in teapots, etc. Ages 3-5.

    Paperback £6.99
  • Flamingo Boy

    Michael Morpurgo

    Morpurgo’s latest is very good: a young autistic boy living in the Carmargue during WW2 befriends a German soldier. Ages 8+.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

    Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love

    A glorious new version by the renowned poet, scholar and author, drawn from Snorri Sturluson’s C13th ‘Prose Edda‘. The dawn of the world to its destruction and renewal, and all the gods, heroes and tricksters of that robust yet magical pantheon. Illustrated. Ages 8-12.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Horses: Wild & Tame

    Iris Volant

    Handsome illustrated book about the horse in its many forms, historical and contemprary – wild, war, mythological, work, race… Ages 5-8

    Hardback £12.99
  • This Book Is A Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions

    Kelli Anderson

    It is a book and not a plane, but this peculiar and wonderful pop-up thing (that’s a technical term when confronted with complexity) can be just about everything else – a planetarium, a speaker, a calendar, a musical instrument and more. Ages 8-10.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Belle & Sébastien: The Child Of The Mountains

    Cecile Aubry, illustrated by Helen Stephens

    First English translation of this French classic from 1965: Sébastien is a little boy growing up in the Alps, and Belle is a magnificent Pyrenean sheep dog. With delightful line drawings. Ages 5-9.

    Paperback £7.99

09. Winter Books 2018: Some of our Recent Favourites

  • New Feast: Modern Middle Eastern Vegetarian

    Lucy Malouf & Greg Malouf

    An outstanding cookbook that avoids restating the obvious, and mixes ingredients from all round the Mediterranean with delicacy: pastries with tarragon, lemon and goat’s cheese; zucchini blossoms with halloumi; white bean soup with tomatoes, harissa and honey, Negroni sorbet …

    Paperback £20.00
  • My Cousin Rachel

    Maurier, Daphne Du

    Everyone knows that du Maurier writes good yarns, and this gripping, romantic, creepy tale is no exception. But the technical wizardry of this novel is so dazzling – and so stealthy – that one wonders why she is not routinely ranked among the great novelists of the C20th.

    There is also a handsome hardback edition of this, in the Virago Modern Classics series. Click here for more details.

    Paperback £8.99
  • A Is For Ashbee: An Arts and Crafts Alphabet

    Peyton Skipwith & Brian Webb

    This delicious little book comes from an exhibition at Court Barn in Chipping Campden. A is for Ashbee and others; “Z is for … Zeppelin, Zig-Zag, Zinkeisen, Zircon, Zodiac, Zorach & Zsolnay”.

    Hardback £14.00
  • Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo and London

    Lauren Elkin

    ‘Flâneuse [flanne-euhze], noun, from the French. Feminine form of flâneur [flanne-euhr], an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities.’ Ambling around the great cities of the world with Jean Rhys, Virginia Woolf, and George Sand in her brother’s boots and an illegal pair of trousers. A lively combination of memoir, literary criticism and detective work.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Havana de Cuba

    Photographs by Marzena Pogorzaly

    “Havana, once tasted, is an irresistible drug”. So writes our Marzena in her introduction to a small but perfectly formed book of her photographs of Cuba’s particular sort of vibrant yet melancholy beauty. A photographer who more usually works in monochrome, she found in Havana that “colour was not only my medium but my subject too.”

    Paperback £12.99
  • The History of Central Asia: The Age of Decline and Revival

    Christoph Baumer

    This is the 4th and final volume of a truly remarkable project. The illustrations throughout are wonderful, and the text is by one of the great authorities on the subject. All 4 vols are still available (for now) and cheap at the price (£120).

    Hardback £30.00
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    Amor Towles

    For those who haven’t read this yet, it is a tremendous pleasure. Count Rostov, spared a bullet on his surprising return to Moscow in 1922, must live out his house arrest and leaner times in the still opulent Hotel Metropol. Gently inventive, funny, ingenious and thoroughly beguiling.

    For the paperback edition, click here but be aware that it has surprisingly small print.

    Hardback £22.50