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New Books from Faber Faber and Faber Bloomsbury House 74-77 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DA www.faber.co.uk

January – June 2010


Contents

New Books January – June 2009 Original Fiction 6 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 30 31 31

Parrot and Olivier in America The Lacuna The Museum of Innocence The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe The Widow’s Tale The Wilding Chronic City The Birth of Love Playing Days Whatever You Love Collected Stories Lean on Pete Our GG in Havana Pilgrims The Whole Wide Beauty This Bleeding City Luke and Jon Eye of the Red Tsar The Willing Flesh A Razor Wrapped in Silk Shadow of the Wolf Malone Dies The Unnamable More Pricks than Kicks Mercier and Camier Texts for Nothing/Fizzles

53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 63

Contact! Encounter Talking About Detective Fiction When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me? The War That Killed Achilles My Hairy Book The Hell of it All A Matter of Life and Death I Was Douglas Adams’s Flatmate The QI Annual 2010

Original Poetry 66 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 77 77 77

Seeing Stars White Egrets The Embrace Small Hours Selected Poems and Translations of Ezra Pound Selected Poems of Samuel Beckett The Letters of Louis MacNeice The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume One The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume Two Faber New Poets 5–8 Andrew Marvell William Blake Robert Herrick Sir Walter Ralegh

Original Non-Fiction

Original Drama

34 36 37 38 39 40 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 50 51 52

80 81 82 83 84 85 86 86 87 87 88 88 89 89 90 90 91

Red Tory Ship of Fools The Equality Illusion When a Billion Chinese Jump Beware of Small States Contested Will The Woman Who Shot Mussolini Courtiers Molotov’s Magic Lantern Voices from the Grave The Ticking is the Bomb Koestler Turned Out Nice How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Afterglow of Creation Bicycle Diaries

Theatre Craft The Habit of Art Berlin/Wall The Power of Yes Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler Marina Carr Plays Two Euripides’ Hippolytus The Last Cigarette Stovepipe Hoors The Ducky The Observer Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard Amongst Friends The Black Album Midsummer Euripides’ Helen

91 92 92 93 93

Ibsen’s Ghosts Horvath’s Judgment Day Another Door Closed Happy Days Waiting for Godot

Original Music 96 98 99 100 101 102 103

The Ninth The Faber Pocket Guide to Wagner The Faber Pocket Guide to Britten Apathy for the Devil Electric Eden A Very Irregular Head Loops Two

Original Film 106 107

The Animator’s Survival Kit Walter Salles and the New Wave in South American Cinema

Original Children’s 110 112 113 113 114 115 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123

Nobody’s Horse Holidays According to Humphrey Humphrey’s Book of Fun-Fun-Fun Humphrey’s Big-Big-Big Book of Stories The Wrong End of the Dog Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens The Great Pasta Disaster The Chamber of Shadows Mirror Mischief Fightback Boy Zero Wannabe Hero Mousebeard’s Revenge Blackout In the Trees No Way Out

Paperback Fiction

Paperback Music

P. D. James Reissues

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The Black Tower Cover Her Face A Mind to Murder Unnatural Causes Shroud for a Nightingale An Unsuitable Job for a Woman Innocent Blood The Skull Beneath the Skin A Taste for Death Death of an Expert Witness Original Sin A Certain Justice Devices and Desires The Children of Men

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Index Contacts

The Lacuna The Bradshaw Variations Nocturnes Occupied City Far North The Hidden All Names Have Been Changed Turbulence How to Paint a Dead Man Ten Storey Love Song My Last Confession Flying Troutmans   The Harrowing An Elegy for Easterly The Island at the End of the World The Immigrant Angel with Two Faces A Visible Darkness The Last Train to Scarborough The Salati Case Trust Me Winterland The Black Monastery

Paperback Non-fiction

Paperback Poetry 138 138 138 138

A Life Like Other People’s Stalin’s Nemesis Franklin The Monopoly of Violence When the Lights Went Out Hundred Years War Volume Three What Price Liberty? MINI The Strangest Man How We Live and Why We Die Ulysses and Us Why Socrates Died The Last Supper Bicycle Diaries Viva South America! The Dead Yard A Matter of Life and Death Charlie Brooker’s The Hell of it All Coast to Coast A Shadow Falls The Complete Book of Mothers-in-Law

Two Cures for Love The Cinder Path Selected Poems of W. H. Auden The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables

Paperback Film 139 139 139

Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off Chaplin Somebody

Paperback Drama 139

State of the Nation  

Paperback Children’s 140

132 132 132 132 133 133 133 133 134 134 134 134 135 135 135 135 136 136 136 136 137

Lowside of the Road It Still Moves Coltrane

Mariah Mundi and the Ship of Fools

International Editions 141 141 141 141 142 142 142 142 143 143 143 143 144 144 145

A Visible Darkness Occupied City Nocturnes The Salati Case The Bradshaw Variations Turbulence Angel with Two Faces Trust Me Invisible A Gate at the Stairs The Lacuna A Life Like Other People’s The Museum of Innocence The Black Monastery A Mind to Murder


Original Fiction


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Parrot and Olivier in America Peter Carey

From the two time Booker Prizewinning author, an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville, and an irrepressibly funny portrait of an impossible friendship between a master and a servant. Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot is the son of an itinerant English printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be joined by their travels in America.

Peter Carey received the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda and again for True History of the Kelly Gang. His other honors include the Commonwealth Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.

When Olivier sets sail for the New World – ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution – Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, and their picaresque travels together and apart – in love and politics, prisons and the world of art – Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.

‘Hypnotically brilliant, entirely original . . . Peter Carey has a problem with telling the truth. And in one magnificent novel after another, he struggles to solve it.’ Washington Post

‘Carey is a formidable writer.’ Guardian






05/11/2009 512pp UK and Commonwealth excluding Canada

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The Lacuna

Barbara Kingsolver Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955 and grew up in eastern Kentucky. After graduating in Biology, she spent time in Greece, northern France, Great Britain and the USA, supporting herself variously as an archaeologist, typesetter, X-ray technician, copy editor for a small-town newspaper, and biological researcher, before becoming a full-time writer. Her books include poetry, non-fiction and award-winning fiction. In 1999 she was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for The Poisonwood Bible. She lives in the mountains of southern Appalachia.

From the bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible, comes a longawaited new novel about identity, connection with our past, and the power of words. Born in the US, reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing mother, Salomé. From the unpaved neighbourhoods of 1930s Mexico City, through a disastrous stint at a military school in Virginia and back again, his fortunes never steady as Salomé finds her rich men-friends always on the losing side of the Mexican Revolution. As a teenager, he finds himself employed in the household of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and the exiled Trotsky. Shepherd is a listener, an observer, recording the world around him in his notebooks.

A violent upheaval sends him north to a nation newly caught up in the internationalist good will of World War II. Under the watch of his peerless stenographer, Violet Brown, he finds an extraordinary use for his talents of observation. But political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach – the lacuna – between truth and public presumption. From the vibrant revolutionary murals of Mexico City to the halls of a Congress bent on eradicating the colour Red, The Lacuna is as deep and rich as the New World.

‘An extravagantly gifted narrative voice.’ New York Times Book Review






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The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk Orhan Pamuk, described as ‘one of the freshest, most original voices in contemporary fiction’ (Independent on Sunday), is the author of many books, including The White Castle, The Black Book and The New Life. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2004 Faber published the translation of his novel Snow, which The Times described as ‘a novel of profound relevance to the present moment’. His most recent book was Istanbul, described by Jan Morris as ‘irresistibly seductive’. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. He lives in Istanbul.

It is 1975 in Istanbul. Kemal, thirty, from an upper-class family, is engaged to a girl of like background when by chance he encounters a long lost relation: Fusun is a shop girl, an eighteenyear old beauty who stirs all the passion denied him in a society where sex outside marriage is taboo. Their incandescent liaison will flicker and die when Fusun learns of Kemal’s engagement. But Kemal cannot forget her: he breaks off his commitment to pursue Fusun, only to lose her to another man.

Pico Iyer, New York Times

‘In this world of forgeries, where some might be in danger of losing their faith in literature, Pamuk is the real thing.’ Savkar Altinel, Observer

For nine years Kemal finds excuses to visit Fusun’s impoverished, conservative marital home, playing the kindly cousin, hoping to lure her back. But Fusun’s heart is hardened. From his visits, Kemal will take away nothing but odd personal effects, possessions he will collect and cherish, in the private religion his adoration becomes. His horde will make him famous, and a laughing-stock, in Istanbul society. And when a final chance at happiness is ripped away, all that remains to him is his museum, a map of a society’s rituals and mores, and of one man’s broken heart. Already Orhan Pamuk’s best selling book ever in Turkey, The Museum of Innocence is a magnificent achievement.

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The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe Andrew O’Hagan

From the universally acclaimed author of Snow and My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk’s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize.

‘One of the essential and enduring writers that both East and West can gratefully claim as their own.’

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Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1968. His first book, The Missing, was published in 1995. Our Fathers, his debut novel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His second novel, Personality, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. In 2003 Granta named him one of the ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ and in April he received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe is his fourth novel.

In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Maf. He had an instinct for the twentieth century. For politics. For psychoanalysis. For literature. For interior decoration. This is his story. Maf the dog was with Marilyn for the last two years of her life. Not only a picaresque hero himself, he was also a scholar of the adventuring rogue in literature and art – witnessing the rise of America’s new liberalism, civil rights, the space race, the New York critics – and was Marilyn’s constant companion. The story of Maf the dog is a hilarious and highly original peek into the life of a complex canine hero – and that of one of our most beloved iconic figures. Through the eyes of Maf we’re provided with an insight into the life of Monroe herself, and a fascinating fictional take on one of the most extraordinary periods of the twentieth century. Andrew O’Hagan’s finest novel to date transports us back to a moment when the worlds of politics, film and art collided and the pop cultural decade which came to be known as ‘The Sixties’ was born.

‘One of the few truly essential works of fiction to emerge from this country during the past twenty years or more.’ John Burnside, Daily Telegraph on Be Near Me

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The Widow’s Tale The long awaited third novel from the Booker Prize shortlisted author of Five Boys and The Underground Man. A newly-widowed woman has done a runner. She just jumped in her car, abandoned her (very nice) house in north London and kept on driving until she reached the Norfolk coast. Now she’s rented a tiny cottage and holed herself away there, if only to escape the ceaseless sympathy and insincere concern. She’s not quite sure, but thinks she may be having a bit of a breakdown. Or perhaps this sense of dislocation is perfectly normal in the circumstances. All she knows is that she can’t sleep and may be drinking a little more than she ought to. But as her story unfolds we discover that her marriage was far from perfect. That it was, in fact, full of frustration and disappointment, as well as one or two significant secrets, and that by running away to this particular village she might actually be making her own personal pilgrimage.

‘Jackson is a true English eccentric.’ Sunday Times

‘Quite simply, astonishing.’ Observer on The Underground Man

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By turns elegiac and highly comical, The Widow’s Tale conjures up this most defiantly unapologetic of narrators as she begins to pick over the wreckage of her life and decide what has real value and what she should leave behind.

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The Wilding

Mick Jackson Mick Jackson is the prize winning author of two novels, The Underground Man and Five Boys, described in the Sunday Times as ‘vibrant, happily eccentric and a joy to read’. He also published, with the illustrator David Roberts, two acclaimed curiosities, Ten Sorry Tales and Bears of England.

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Maria McCann

Maria McCann’s first novel, As Meat Loves Salt, was published by Flamingo in 2001 to huge acclaim: Andrew Marr praised it as ‘outstanding . . . with all the dirt, stink, rasp and flavour of the time’ and Lionel Shriver called it ‘riveting’. Since 1986 Maria has been living and working in Somerset.

The compelling and passionate new novel from the author of As Meat Loves Salt. 1672. A generation after the Civil War, England is still struggling to return to normal after the bloody conflict which turned neighbours and families against each other. In the village of Spadboro, Jonathan Dymond, a cider maker who lives with his parents, has so far enjoyed a quiet and harmonious life. But the death of his uncle leads Jonathan to secrets which have lain dormant since the war. When Jonathan discovers his dying uncle’s letter to his father, hinting at inheritance and revenge, he goes to stay with his now widowed aunt, under the pretence of pressing her apples, to try to unravel the mystery wrapped around his family. His aunt, however, is reluctant to speak of the past, and Jonathan’s investigations will eventually unleash obsessions and madness that threaten the lives and happiness of Jonathan and all those he holds dear. The Wilding is a powerful novel of family secrets, explosive passions and love at the end of its tether.

‘A fat, juicy masterpiece. The writing here is flawless. These pages flow like claret.’ The Economist on As Meat Loves Salt

‘An electrifying erotic thriller, rich in secrets and surprises.’ Independent on As Meat Loves Salt

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Chronic City

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Joanna Kavenna

It has begun as it is always beginning. Always and forever. The acclaimed author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a roar with this gorgeous, searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires and lies. Chase Insteadman, a handsome, inoffensive fixture on Manhattan’s social scene, lives off residuals earned as a child star on a much-beloved sitcom. Chase owes his current social cachet to an ongoing tragedy much-covered in the tabloids: his teenage sweetheart and fiancée, Janice Trumbull, is trapped by a layer of low-orbit mines on the International Space Station, from which she sends him rapturous and heartbreaking love letters. Like Janice, Chase is adrift: she in earth’s stratosphere, he in a vague routine puncuated by Upper Eastside dinner parties. Into Chase’s cloistered life enters Perkus Tooth, a wall-eyed free-range pop-critic, whose countercultural savvy and voracious paranoia draw Chase into another Manhattan, where questions of what is real, what is fake and who is complicit take on a life-shattering urgency. Together, they attempt to unearth the answers to several mysteries that seem to offer that rarest of artifacts on an island where everything can be bought: truth.

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The Birth of Love

Jonathan Lethem Jonathan Lethem was born in New York and attended Bennington College. He is the author of seven novels including The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which was named Novel of the Year by Esquire and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Salon Book Award, as well as the Macallan Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger. He has also written two short story collections, a novella and a collection of essays, edited The Vintage Book of Amnesia, guestedited The Year’s Best Music Writing 2002, and was the founding fiction editor of Fence magazine. His writings have appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, McSweeney’s and many other periodicals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Like Manhattan itself, Jonathan Lethem’s novel is beautiful and tawdry, tragic and forgiving, devastating and antic, a stand-in for the whole world and a place utterly unique.

Joanna Kavenna grew up in various parts of Britain, and has also lived in the USA, France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic States. Her first book The Ice Museum was about travelling in the North. Her second book, a novel called Inglorious, won the Orange Prize Award for New Writers. Kavenna’s writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, the Guardian and Observer, the Times Literary Supplement, the International Herald Tribune, the Spectator and the Telegraph, among other publications. She has held writing fellowships at St Antony’s College, Oxford and St John’s College, Cambridge. She currently lives in the Duddon Valley, Cumbria.

In Vienna, in 1865, Ignaz Semmelweis has been hounded into a lunatic asylum, ridiculed for his claim that doctors’ unwashed hands are the root cause of childbed fever. The deaths of thousands of mothers are on his conscience and his dreams are filled with blood. In 2153, humans are birthed and raised in breeding centres, nurtured by strangers and deprived of familial love. Miraculously, a woman conceives, and Prisoner 730004 stands trial for concealing it. In London in 2009, Michael Stone’s novel about Semmelweis has been published, after years of rejection. But while Michael absorbs his disconcerting success, his estranged mother is dying and asks to see him again. As Michael vacillates, Brigid Hayes, exhausted and uncertain whether she can endure the trials ahead, begins the labour of her second child. Through the interwoven stories of these four characters, The Birth of Love explores the intense, conflicting emotions of motherhood as few contemporary novels have dared to do. A beautifully constructed and immensely powerful work, it is also a story of rebellion, isolation and the damage done by rigid ideologies. It confirms Joanna Kavenna, winner of the Orange New Writers Award for Inglorious, as one of the most ambitious and talented authors writing today.

‘A great writer who I have no doubt will be read long after I am gone.’ Shami Chakrabarti

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03/06/2010 978 0 571 251810 240pp _

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Playing Days

Benjamin Markovits

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Fresh out of college and uncertain how to proceed with life, the narrator of Playing Days finds himself drifting towards a career that once obsessed his father – professional basketball. Gaining a place on a minor league German team, he leaves Texas and lands in the small rather desolate town of Landshut, playing basketball with an ecclectic group of teammates, training for most of the day and then trying to find ways to fill the rest of it. It’s an odd, isolated existence, punctuated by the intense excitement – and often intense disappointment – of the game. But then he meets Anke, a young single mother who happens to be the former wife of one of his teammates; and their tentative, burgeoning relationship becomes as significant and life changing as the game itself. Tinged with the meloncholy and nostalgia of early steps into adulthood, Playing Days is the story of a young man’s first experience of adult love, and of the discovery of his own limitations. It confirms Markovits’s reputation as one of the great young American novelists of his generation.

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Whatever You Love Louise Doughty

A novel of love, loss, and revenge from highly acclaimed novelist Louise Doughty. Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics. He has written four previous novels, including Either Side of Winter and A Quiet Adjustment.

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Louise Doughty is the author of five novels – Crazy Paving, Dance with Me, Honey-Dew, Fires in the Dark and Stone Cradle – and one book of non-fiction, A Novel in A Year, based on her hugely popular Daily Telegraph column. Doughty also writes radio plays and journalism and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 4, as well as teaching for the Faber Academy. She lives in London.

We think of our lives as linear, with a clear beginning and middle and end. The line is inexorable: time itself. Betty’s death stopped time. The line dissolved and life became a point, fixed on the day that Betty died. When two police officers knock on Laura’s door, her life changes for ever. Her nine-year-old daughter Betty has been hit by a car and killed, and Laura is left both devastated and desperate for revenge against the man responsible for Betty’s death. Laura’s grief re-opens old wounds and she is thrown back to the story of her passionate love affair with Betty’s father David, their marriage and his subsequent affair with another woman. When does lust become sexual jealousy – and when does the desire for justice become a bitter thirst for violence? What are the boundaries between love and the desire for possession or control? Haunted by her past, and driven to breaking point by her desire for retribution, Laura discovers the lengths she is willing to go to for love.

‘Her observations of women’s lives are breathtakingly original.’ The Times

‘Doughty has a subtle, unshowy talent that packs an emotional punch . . . moves and impresses in equal measure.’ Independent

‘I wanted to return to something, to my father’s childhood as much as my own.’ 16

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Collected Stories Hanif Kureishi’s stories collected together for the first time. Over the course of the last twelve years, Hanif Kureishi has written short fiction. The stories are, by turns, provocative, erotic, tender, funny and charming as they deal with the complexities of relationships as well as the joys of children. This collection contains his controversial story Weddings and Beheadings, a well as his prophetic My Son the Fanatic, which exposes the religious tensions within the muslim family unit. As with his novels and screenplays, Kureishi has his finger on the pulse of the political tensions in society and how they affect people’s everyday lives. This collection also contains four new stories.

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Lean on Pete

Hanif Kureishi Hanif Kureishi is the author of novels (including Something to Tell You, The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album and Intimacy), story collections (Love in a Blue Time, Midnight All Day, The Body), plays (including Outskirts, Borderline and The Black Album), and screenplays (including My Beautiful Laundrette, My Son the Fanatic and Venus). Among his other publications are The Word and the Bomb and the memoir My Ear at his Heart.

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Willy Vlautin

Described by Mojo as ‘one of America’s most fundamental artists in words and music’ Willy Vlautin is the author of two highly acclaimed novels, The Motel Life (2005) and Northline (2007). He is also the frontman of the band Richmond Fontaine, whose albums include Post to Wire and most recently We Used to think the Freeway Sounded Like a River.

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home. Food on the table, a high school he can attend for more than part of a year and some structure to his life. But as the son of single father working at warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, he’s been pretty much on his own for sometime. Lean on Pete opens as he and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon and Charley takes a stables job, illegally, at the local race track. Once part of a vibrant racing network, Portland Meadows is now seemingly the last haven for washed-up jockeys and knackered horses, but it’s there that Charley meets Pete, an old horse who becomes his companion as he’s forced to try and make his own way in the world. A portrait of a journey – populated by a vivid cast of characters against a harsh landscape – Lean on Pete is also the unforgettable story of a friendship, and of hope in dark times.

‘Exceptional . . . Vlautin is mining a lost seam of American writing.’ Independent

‘Vlautin’s style shares something with Raymond Carver and even John Steinbeck.’ Guardian 18

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Our GG in Havana By the bestselling author of The Dirty Havana Trilogy. GG – who may or may not be Graham Greene – arrives in Havana in 1955 in search of a good time. He heads to the Shanghai Theatre, and after becoming transfixed by the many sex acts he sees, goes backstage to meet the star of the show, Charity. GG falls for her, and the pair spend the night together. But when he returns the following night, he finds, to his horror, a dead body in her dressing room. The next day a newspaper article reveals he is considered the culprit. Packed with vacuum salesmen, Cuban intelligence officials, dead bodies, spies from around the world and the heady nightlife of Havana, Gutiérrez rewrites Our Man in Havana, lacing the narrative with observations of Greene’s work, his sources of inspiration, his desires and his phobias in a novel of sex, spies and literary gamesmanship.

‘Paradise awaits you in Cuba . . .’

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Pilgrims

Pedro Juan Gutiérrez Pedro Juan Gutiérrez began his working life at the age of eleven, as an ice-cream vendor and newsboy. The author of several published works of poetry and fiction, he lives in Havana.

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Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor lives in St Paul, Minnesota, home of A Prairie Home Companion, his radio show that has been on the air since 1974. He wrote and appeared in Robert Altman’s final film, A Prairie Home Companion and is the author of many books including the Lake Wobegon novels, the most recent of which were Pontoon and Liberty.

The good folk of Wobegon head to Italy – love, laughter and chaos ensue . . . Margie Krebsbach dreams up the idea of a trip to Rome, hoping to get her husband Carl to make love to her – he’s been sleeping across the hall and she has no idea why. She finds a patriotic purpose for the journey. A Lake Wobegon boy, Gussy Norlander, died in the liberation of Rome, 1944, and his grave, according to his elderly brother, Norbert, is in a neglected weed patch near the Colosseum. So it’s decided they will go to clean Gussy’s final resting place. But Margie is unprepared for the enthusiastic response – fifty people want to go with her, including her nemesis, the mayor of Lake Wobegon, Carl’s bossy sister, Eloise, Mr Berge the town drunk, and her treacherous mother-in-law. Margie fends off some of the would-be travellers, but ten applicants remain, though Carl is not sure he wants to go after all. At this, a heartbroken Margie gets the motley crew to the airport and aboard the plane, and then discovers one of the secret pleasures of travel - as they enter alien territory, safely away from Lake Wobegon, they tell each other stories of astonishing frankness and self-revelation.

‘As hilarious as ever . . . Keillor’s finely honed narrative skills show no sign of fading.’ Sunday Telegraph on Liberty

‘Grumpy Garrison is back and I say “Hallelujah!” ’ Jane Smiley, Guardian, on Liberty

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Debut Fiction

01/04/2010 978 0 571 253999 288pp _

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The Whole Wide Beauty Emily Woof Originally from Newcastle, Emily Woof is a well-known British actress. Her many film credits include the The Full Monty and the cult classic Velvet Goldmine. She has appeared in a variety of television dramas, including Marple, and on stage in Neil Bartlett’s production of Romeo And Juliet. She is also a prolific writer of drama for stage, screen, BBC Radio 4 and Film Four; in addition to writing she has directed and starred in a number of these productions. This is her first novel.

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Katherine Freeman lives a conventional life, married with a small child and working as a part-time teacher. She has drifted far from her former life as a dancer. Burying the nagging sense that part of her has gone missing, she navigates the world in a dream, drawn one way then another by those who depend on her. David, her ageing father, has secrets of his own. His desperate drive to raise funds for a Poetry Foundation in the Lake District covers up his sense of what is missing. Disappointed by his daughter’s abandoning of her artistic life, he has no idea how much they have in common. Then, Katherine meets Stephen Jericho, a talented poet and friend of her father’s. They embark on an affair which is less about them than about passion itself, sexual passion but also an elemental connection with life. In this powerful debut, Emily Woof addresses the human need to engage. Her unique descriptive talent has the ability to make the reader look afresh at even the most familiar things. This is a brilliant novel about life’s choices: love and marriage, art and commerce, ideals and compromise.

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This Bleeding City

Alex Preston

Charlie Wales left Edinburgh University with dreams of the high life. Six months later he is marooned in London, unemployed and living a dreary existence in a house he shares with the girl he loves (but who no longer loves him). He finally secures a job at Silverbirch – a hedge-fund based in Mayfair, where he begins to work in the brutal and remorseless world of high finance. When the markets crash, Charlie sees the potential for an escape; but is he already too far immersed in the City to get out? This debut novel, written by a thirty-year-old bond trader, does not merely pick over the carcass of the financial markets in the wake of the recent crash. It is also a heartbreaking love story, a withering study of the years of excess, and a touching contemplation of how good people end up doing terrible things.

Alex Preston lives in Hackney with his wife and son. He was born in 1979. He is Global Head of Trading in The Carlyle Group’s Leveraged Finance division. Previously he ran a loan and derivative trading desk at ABN Amro. He studied English Literature under Tom Paulin at Hertford College, Oxford, and is currently completing an MA at Birkbeck University. This Bleeding City is his first novel. He has previously had work published in the New Statesman and Attitude and was a contributing editor to the website Bibliomania.com

Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story Return to Babylon and Oliver James’ Affluenza, This Bleeding City renders the turmoil of the credit crunch years in a clear, shatteringly personal way.

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Luke and Jon The winner of the Book Tokens’ Not-Yet-Published Prize, Luke and Jon is an arresting debut about friendship, grief and love. Luke’s mum is dead. He finds himself in a small, scruffy northern hill town, with a near silent father, who he fears might be trying to drink himself to death. Then he meets Jon.

Luke and Jon is a coming of age novel about family, bereavement and how lives can change for ever in a single second. Written with great power, warmth and humour, it signals a hugely engaging and original new voice.

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Sam Eastland

Jon is massively strange. He wears 1950s clothes, has a sideparting and a twitch. The kids at school call him ‘Slackjaw’. When Luke discovers his secret, both their lives are changed for good.

‘I have green eyes. Probably not the green you are thinking of now. They are bright green. They are startling. This is not a boast. I am just trying to be accurate. I will be honest from the start.’

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Eye of the Red Tsar

Robert Williams Robert Williams grew up in Clitheroe, Lancashire and currently lives in Manchester. He worked in a secondary school before working as a bookseller with Waterstone’s. He would like to live by the sea. Luke and Jon is his first novel.

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It is the time of the Great Terror. Inspector Pekkala – known as the Emerald Eye – was the most famous detective in all Russia.

Sam Eastland is married with two children and lives in Maine.

He was the favourite of the Tsar. Now he is the prisoner of the men he once hunted. Like millions of others, he has been sent to the gulags in Siberia and, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, he is as good as dead. But a reprieve comes when he is summoned by Stalin himself to investigate a crime. His mission: to uncover the men who really killed the Tsar and his family, and to locate the Tsar’s treasure. The reward for success will be his freedom and the chance to reunite with a woman he would have married if the Revolution had not torn them apart. The price of failure is death. Set against the backdrop of the paranoid and brutal country that Russia became under the rule of Stalin, Eye of the Red Tsar introduces a compelling new figure to readers of crime fiction.

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The Willing Flesh Adam Creed Adam Creed was born in Salford and read PPE at Balliol College, Oxford before working for Flemings in the City. He abandoned his career to study Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, following which he wrote in Andalucia, then returned to England to work with writers in prison. He is now Head of Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and Project Leader of Free To Write. He has a wife and two beautiful daughters.

Christmas is coming and DI Staffe is trying to make a go of it with his on-off girlfriend, Sylvie, when a murdered woman is discovered in a swanky City hotel room.

St Petersburg. 1870. A child factory worker is mysteriously abducted. A society beauty is sensationally murdered. Two very different crimes reveal the deep fissures in Russian society. The first is barely noticed by the authorities. The latter draws the full investigative might of St Petersburg’s finest, led by magistrate Porfiry Petrovich.

When his Chief, Pennington, cuts him loose, Staffe becomes the hunted instead of the hunter, with grave consequences for the women who are close to him.

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R. N. Morris

The third novel in R. N. Morris’ acclaimed series featuring the investigator from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

Staffe becomes obsessed with Elena Danya, the dead, blonde and beguiling, highend prostitute. When another, altogether more down-at-heel working girl is killed and their mutual, aristocratic friend and bad-girl, Arrabella, goes missing, Staffe is drawn into the whole gamut of London’s alien niches: brothels and gentleman’s clubs; banks and tenement estates.

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A Razor Wrapped in Silk

The next installment in the dark world of D. I. Staffe, whose investigations were introduced in Suffer the Children.

The evidence begins to point to a voyeuristic predator, Graham Blears, but Staffe is not convinced and is increasingly drawn towards the roots of a tangled ménage of City banker, Russian oligarch, and Turkish playboy, forcing himself down into the higher echelons of the British establishment, whose barricades begin to stonewall the investigation.

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Born in Manchester in 1960, R. N. Morris now lives in North London with his wife and two young children. A Gentle Axe was the first in his series of St Petersburg novels revolving around the character of Porfiry Petrovich. His novel, Taking Comfort, was published by Macmillan under the name Roger Morris in 2006.

The dead woman had powerful friends – including at least one member of the Romanov family – so when the tsar’s notorious secret police becomes involved, it seems that both crimes may have a political – not to say revolutionary – aspect. Which takes Porfiry inside the Winter Palace for a confrontation with the Tsar himself. The usually incisive magistrate grows increasingly unsure what to believe, who to trust and how to proceed. His very life appears to be in danger, though from whom he can’t be sure. Vividly portraying the imperial Russian capital on the brink of upheaval, this richly atmospheric novel builds to a tense and explosive climax.

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Shadow of the Wolf Brent Ghelfi Brent Ghelfi has served as a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals, been a partner in a Phoenix-headquartered law firm, and now owns and operates several businesses. He has traveled extensively throughout Russia, and lives in Phoenix with his wife, a former prosecutor, and their two sons.He is the author of Volk’s Game – the first book in the series whose main character is Alexei Volkovoy – Volk, for short.

An international cabal drives Volk back to blood-soaked Chechnya, where he confronts an old nemesis and reunites with his lost love in this gripping sequel to Volk’s Game. The headquarters of an American oil company haemorrhages chemical-pink smoke into the Moscow night, the aftermath of an apparent terrorist attack. A Russian army captain carrying a priceless Fabergé egg and digital evidence of horrific wartime atrocities is murdered and relieved of both these prizes. And in the snowy mountains of southern Russia, a terrorist named Abreg – who once held Volk captive in a Chechen mud pit – hatches a plan to lure him back into his grasp.

‘State of the art . . . Sheer entertainment . . . an exciting, often brutal story of Russian gangsters fighting over priceless works of art. Its characters are colorful, its descriptions of Russia are vivid and its suspense is palpable.’ Washington Post on Volk’s Game

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Malone Dies

Samuel Beckett edited by Peter Boxall Written and published in French in 1951, and in Samuel Beckett’s English translation in 1956, Malone Dies is the second of his postwar novels (a triptych if not a trilogy), written during what Beckett later referred to as ‘the siege in the room’. ‘Malone’, writes Malone, ‘is what I am called now.’ On his deathbed, whittling away the time with stories and revisions of stories, the octogenarian Malone’s account of his condition is contradictory and intermittent, shifting with the vagaries of the passing days: without mellowness, without elegiacs; wittier, jauntier, and capable of darker rages than his precursor Molloy. Malone promises silence, but as a storyteller he delivers irresistibly more.

Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906. He was educated at Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1927. His made his poetry debut in 1930 with Whoroscope and followed it with essays and two novels before World War Two. He wrote one of his most famous plays, Waiting for Godot, in 1949 but it wasn’t published in English until 1954. Waiting for Godot brought Beckett international fame and firmly established him as a leading figure in the Theatre of the Absurd. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. Beckett continued to write prolifically for radio, TV and the theatre until his death in 1989.

Shadow of the Wolf finds Volk– once again struggling to stay afloat in the swirling currents of Russian political and economic intrigue. This time, however, he is without his sidekick and lover, the ethereal Valya Novaskaya. Aching for the soulmate he pushed away, Volk begins to doubt himself, becoming even more detached from the brutality of his actions. And when he takes out his inner pain on the wrong man, he gains a powerful enemy in the highest reaches of the Kremlin . . .

‘The sound I liked best had nothing noble about it. It was the barking of the dogs, at night, in the clusters of hovels up in the hills, where the stone-cutters lived, like generations of stone-cutters before them. It came down to me where I lay, in the house in the plain, wild and soft, at the limit of earshot, soon weary. The dogs of the valley replied with their gross bay all fangs and jaws and foam.’ 29


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The Unnamable

More Pricks than Kicks Samuel Beckett edited by Cassandra Nelson ‘She lifted the lobster clear of the table. It had about thirty seconds to live. Well, thought Belacqua, it’s a quick death, God help us all. It is not.’

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Samuel Beckett’s first published work of fiction, More Pricks than Kicks (1934) is a collection of ten interlocking stories, set in Dublin and involving their adrift student hero Belacqua in a series of brief encounters, parodically elaborated, as woman after woman comes crashing through his solipsistic carapace. More Pricks contains in embryo the centrifugal world of Beckett’s later men and women.

Classic Fiction

Samuel Beckett edited by Sean Kennedy

The Unnamable – so named ‘. . . perhaps the words have because he knows not who he carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that may be – is from a nameless place. He speaks of previous selves opens on my story, that would (‘all these Murphys, Molloys, surprise me, if it opens, it will and Malones . . .’) as diversions be I, will be the silence, where from the need to stop speaking I am, I don’t know, I’ll never altogether. But, as with the other know, in the silence you don’t novels in the trilogy, the prose is know, you must go on, I can’t full of marvellous precisions, full of go on, I’ll go on.’ its own reasons for keeping going.

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Samuel Beckett edited by Steven Connor

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Written over three months in 1946, Mercier and Camier was Beckett’s first post-war work, and his first novel in French. He came to regard it as a practice piece, and set it aside to write his trilogy. Mercier et Camier was finally published in 1970, and in Beckett’s English translation four years later. The eponymous heroes tramp around a city, then out of it, then back again. They are aimless, but there is something elusive that they should be doing. They arrange meetings, they drink, they argue, they discuss being shot of each other. They are preoccupied

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by the weather, by provisions, by a raincoat, by an umbrella, by a bicycle . . .

‘All of these ingredients in the later work are accompanied here, fleetingly, by those things in Beckett that we know but cannot really name, those things that occupy so much of the trilogy. Intangible things, traps in the mind, that voice we hear, the stop-start understanding, the ongoing bewilderment, the fear.’ Keith Ridgway

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Texts for Nothing / Fizzles Samuel Beckett edited by Mark Nixon This is the last of three volumes of collected shorter prose to be published in the Faber edition of the works of Samuel Beckett – which already includes a volume of early stories (The Expelled/The Calmative/The End/First Love) and of late stories (Company/Ill Seen Ill Said/Worstward Ho/Stirrings Still). The present volume contains all of the short fictions – some of them no longer than a page – written and published by Beckett between 1950 and the mid-1970s. Most were written in French, and they can be grouped within three loose sequences: Texts for Nothing,

Fizzles and Residua. The edition also includes two remarkable independent narratives: From an Abandoned Work and As The Story Was Told. All of these texts demonstrate that the short story is one of the recurrent modes of Beckett’s imagination, and occasions some of his greatest works.

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Red Tory

How the Left and Right have Broken Britain

Phillip Blond

Conventional politics is at a crossroads. Amid recession, depression, poverty, increasing violence and rising inequality, our current politics is exhausted and inadequate. In Red Tory, Phillip Blond argues that only a radical new political settlement can tackle the problems we face. Red Toryism combines economic egalitarianism with social conservatism, calling for an end to the monopolisation of society and the private sphere by the state and the market. Decrying the legacy of both the Labour and Conservative parties, Blond proposes a genuinely progressive Conservatism that will restore

Phillip Blond is an academic, writer and journalist. He was senior lecturer in theology and philosophy at the University of Cumbria, and was Head of the new Progressive Conservatism project at the thinktank Demos. He writes for the International Herald Tribune, Guardian, Independent and Prospect and is frequently on the radio.

social equality and revive British culture. He calls for the strengthening of local communities and economies, ending dispossession, redistribution of the tax burden and restoration the nuclear family. Red Tory offers a different vision for our future and asks us to question our long-held political assumptions. No political thinker has aroused more passionate debate in recent times. Phillip Blond’s ideas have already been praised or attacked in every major British newspaper and journal. Challenging, stimulating and exhilarating, this is a book for our times.

‘At a time when the orthodoxies of the past generation have collapsed, Phillip Blond’s Red Tory presents new ideas that could reshape the way we think about politics.’ John Gray

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Ship of Fools

How Stupidity and Corruption Killed the Celtic Tiger Fintan O’Toole Fintan O’Toole is an acclaimed historian, biographer and critic. He is also Ireland’s most respected and controversial political commentator, whose name was almost a term of abuse among the politicians who presided over the economic debacle of recent years. His books include White Savage (Faber and Faber), A Traitor’s Kiss and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch.

A brilliant analysis of Ireland’s economic suicide. For twenty years, Ireland’s economic miracle was supposed to be the envy of the world. Low taxes, light regulation and an anything-goes attitude seemed to have created boundless prosperity in one of Europe’s least developed countries. Intel, Dell and Apple built factories in small towns. Churches were turned into swanky hotels; SUVs clogged the roads; croissants came to every rural village; Irish rock groups dominated the international charts; emigration stopped and Poles came to serve the drinks and build the ugly new houses mushrooming up all over the landscape. And property prices in Dublin were, by the early years of the new century, higher than those in London. And then, like Iceland’s, the glittering palaces vanished in the heat of the global financial meltdown. For years, those with economic power had been investing in a gigantic property bubble.

‘[O’Toole] is not just am important writer, he is a vital one.’ Roddy Doyle

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Fintan O’Toole tells the story of this dizzying rise and sickening fall in a narrative that combines satire, controlled indignation and a superb command of Irish realities. Ireland may have had a tiger economy, but those in charge of it had not lost their taste for sweetheart deals, backhanders and bribery: for them everything changed, and nothing did.

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The Equality Illusion

The Truth about Women and Men Today Kat Banyard

Today it is widely believed that feminism has achieved its aims, and that women and men have achieved equality. This, quite simply, is an illusion. Women working full-time in the UK are paid on average 17% less than men. Domestic violence causes more death and disability among women aged 16–44 than cancer or traffic accidents. Fewer than 20% of UK MPs are women. And the number of men paying for sex acts doubled in the UK in the 1990s. In The Equality Illusion, campaigner Kat Banyard argues passionately that feminism is one of the most urgent and relevant social justice campaigns today. Structuring the book around a normal day, Banyard sets out the major issues for twenty-first century feminism and explores how they are woven into our everyday lives. She draws on her own campaigning experience as well as academic research and dozens of her own interviews and case studies. The book also includes information on how to get involved in grassroots action and a list of resources.

Kat Banyard was born in 1982 and is the founder of FEM Conferences, an acclaimed series of national feminist conferences. She is currently Campaigns Officer at the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading campaigner for women’s rights, and is a regular spokesperson for the organisation in national print and broadcast media. In 2007 she was profiled in Observer Woman as one of ‘The New Feminists’. Prior to being at Fawcett, Kat worked for a refugee organisation in Sheffield setting up women’s groups. She now lives in London.

‘Whoever says that prostitution is just ordinary work has never walked even a minute in my shoes, or any other girl that I know. Prostitution is actually a trap that most women believe for far too long.’ Rebecca, former ‘high-end call girl’, interviewed in The Equality Illusion

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When a Billion Chinese Jump

Part travelogue and part polemic, When a Billion Chinese Jump tells the story of China’s – and the world’s – biggest crisis. With foul air, filthy water, rising temperatures and encroaching deserts, China is already suffering an environmental disaster. Now it faces a stark choice: either accept catastrophe, or make radical changes. Travelling the vast country to witness this environmental challenge, Jonathan Watts moves from mountain paradises to industrial wastelands, examining the responses of those at the top of society to the problems and hopes of those below. At heart his book is not a call for panic, but a demonstration that – even with the crisis so severe, and the political scope so limited – the actions of individuals can make a difference. Consistently attentive to human detail, Watts vividly portrays individual lives in a country all too often viewed from outside as a faceless state. No reader of his book – no consumer in the world – can be unaffected by what he presents.

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Beware of Small States

How China will save the world – or destroy it Jonathan Watts Jonathan Watts is the Guardian’s Asia environment correspondent.

Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East, 1860–2009 David Hirst

‘Beware of Small States’ wrote Mikhail Bukanin in 1870. He could have meant Lebanon: a sectarian state no bigger than Wales that has become battleground for one of the defining conflicts of twentieth-century history. Throughout its short existence, it has been attacked, invaded, occupied or interfered with to serve the political interests of foreign powers, resulting a series of devastating wars and crises.

David Hirst was for many years the Middle Eastern correspondent of the Guardian. His seminal book on the Arab-Israeli conflict, The Gun and the Olive Branch, was published in 1977 and in an updated new edition in 2003.

To understand Lebanon’s history is to understand the history of the entire region – and, with the rise of Hizbullah, it has come to assume a disproportionate, dangerous power of its own. Iran and Israel now face each other in the hills of south Lebanon. David Hirst, author of The Gun and the Olive Branch, is a hugely respected commentator on the Arab-Israeli crisis. In a masterly narrative, he gives a much-needed, comprehensive history of the country and its conflicts, culminating with the recent war in Gaza and its fallout in Lebanon. Powerful and often moving, Beware of Small States is a magisterial book, essential reading for understanding Lebanon and the current political climate of the Middle East.

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Contested Will

Who Wrote Shakespeare?

James Shapiro

Professor James Shapiro, who teaches at Columbia University in New York, is the author of Rival Playwrights, Shakespeare and the Jews, and Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play. 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare won the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize in 2006.

From the bestselling and prizewinning author of 1599, an investigation of one of the most contentious issues in English history: who did write Shakespeare’s plays? And why does it matter so much to us? For two hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, no one thought to argue that somebody else had written his plays. Since then dozens of rival candidates – including Sir Francis Bacon and the Earl of Oxford – have been proposed as their true author. Contested Will unravels the mystery of when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote the plays (among them such leading writers and artists as Sigmund Freud, Henry James, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Orson Welles and Sir Derek Jacobi).

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro’s fascinating search for the source of this controversy retraces a path strewn with fabricated documents, calls for trials, false claimants, concealed identity, bald-faced deception and a failure to grasp what could not be imagined. If Contested Will does not end the authorship question once and for all, it will nonetheless irrevocably change the nature of the debate by confronting what’s really contested: are the plays and poems of Shakespeare autobiographical and if so, do they hold the key to the question of who wrote them?

‘1599 is an unforgettable illumination of a crucial moment in the life of our greatest writer.’ Robert McCrum, Observer

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The Woman Who Shot Mussolini A passionate rescue operation on behalf of a brave, tragic woman who was condemned to oblivion. 7 April 1926: on the steps of the Capitol in Rome, surrounded by chanting Fascists, The Honourable Violet Gibson raises her old revolver and fires at the Italian head of state, the darling of Europe’s ruling class. The bullet narrowly misses the dictator’s bald head, hitting him in the nose. Of all his would-be assassins, she came closest to changing the course of history. What brought her to this moment? She was the daughter of an Anglo-Irish lord, had once consorted with royalty and the peerage. Yet terrible unhappiness lurked beneath that glittering surface. She was a seriousminded young woman in an age when girls were meant to marry well and think little. Her spiritual quest took her to a kind of left-wing Catholicism, sympathy for Irish nationalism and a passionate love for Italy. When Mussolini’s thugs took it into the moral cesspit of Fascism, she felt she had to act. She paid for it for the rest of her life, confined to a lunatic asylum, like other difficult women of her class. Frances Stonor Saunders’ moving and compulsively readable book rescues this gentle, driven woman from a silent void and restores her dignity and purpose.

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Courtiers

The Secret History of Kensington Palace Lucy Worsley

Frances Stonor Saunders Frances Stonor Saunders is the author of the bestselling Hawkwood, and of Who Paid the Piper? She lives in Oxford.

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Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces (including Hampton Court and the Tower of London), Lucy Worsley is a leading young historian. She regularly appears on TV and radio shows including BBC1’s The One Show and Timewatch. Her first book, Cavalier, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim.

“In the eighteenth century, the palace’s most elegant assembly room was in fact a bloody battlefield. This was a world of skulduggery, politicking, wigs and beauty-spots, where fans whistled open like flick-knives.” From Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at the Royal Palaces and author of Cavalier, a hugely engaging book about the men and women who lived and worked at Kensington Palace. Ambitious and talented people flocked to court in search of power and prestige, but Kensington Palace was also a gilded cage. While its inhabitants were cocooned in comfort and splendour, successful courtiers had level heads and cold hearts; their secrets were never safe. Among them, a Vice Chamberlain with many vices, a Maid of Honour with a secret marriage, a pushy painter, an alcoholic equerry, a Wild Boy, a penniless poet, a dwarf comedian, two mysterious turbaned Turks and any number of discarded royal mistresses. An eye-opening portrait of an enthralling group of royal servants, Courtiers also throws new light on the dramatic life of George II and Queen Caroline: a lover murdered, babies snatched, horrific illnesses and tearful deathbed reconciliations.

‘Engaging and witty, yet also rigorous in its scholarship, Courtiers tells the scandalous stories of Kensington Palace in its Georgian heyday.’ Andrew Roberts

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Molotov’s Magic Lantern Letters from Russia Rachel Polonsky Rachel Polonsky is the author of English Literature and the Russian Aesthetic Renaissance. She lives in Cambridge with her family.

A country and its literature explored in a luminous, original and unforgettable book. When Rachel Polonsky went to live in Moscow, she found an apartment block in Romanov Street, once a residence of the Soviet elite. One of those ghostly neighbours was Stalin’s henchman Vyacheslav Molotov. In Molotov’s former apartment, Rachel Polonsky discovered his library and an old magic lantern. Molotov – ruthless apparatchik, participant in the collectivizations and the Great Purge – was also an ardent bibliophile. Molotov’s library and his magic lantern became the prisms through which Rachel Polonsky renewed her vision of Russia. She visited cities and landscapes associated with the books in the library – Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Akhmatova and many less well-known figures. Some were sent to the Gulag by the man who collected their books. She writes exceptionally well about the longings and aspirations of Russian writers in the course of a journey that takes her to the Arctic and Siberia, the Crimean summer and Lake Baikal, from the forests around Moscow to the vast steppes. In each place she encountered the spirit of great artists and the terrible past of a country ravaged by war, famine, and totalitarianism. This is a book about Russia and its culture unlike any other.

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Voices from the Grave Ed Moloney

A sensational book that will drag the truth about the war in Northern Ireland further into the light than ever before. Ed Moloney’s A Secret History of the IRA is the best-informed account yet written of the IRA’s evolution from ruthless guerrilla army into governmental party, ruling Northern Ireland alongside its most intransigent former enemies.

Ed Moloney was born in Dublin. A former Northern Ireland editor of the Irish Times, he was named Irish Journalist of the Year in 1999. He is the author of A Secret History of the IRA and he has written a biography of Ian Paisley. He now lives and works in New York.

But reconciliation between political figures who until very recently wished each other dead or in jail has not been accompanied by very much truthtelling about the past. Men who have been to the White House and hob-nobbed with Tony Blair deny that they ever fired a shot in anger, or caused a bomb to be planted. Now, in a truly groundbreaking piece of historical evidence-gathering initiated by Boston College, two former paramilitary leaders – one republican, one loyalist – speak with unprecedented frankness about their role in some of the most appalling violence of the Troubles. Their openness results in a book of shocking and irresistible testimony, their voices set in the context of a narrative by Ed Moloney of their lives and of the society they grew up in. This is a book that will make it impossible for certain forms of historical denial to continue in public life. Use of interview material by kind permission of The Boston College Irish Centre’s Oral History Archive. 45


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The Ticking is the Bomb Nick Flynn Nick Flynn is an awardwinning poet and author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

From the author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn’s daughter is born, his growing outrage and obsession with torture – exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photos – leads him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men made inflamous in the photographs. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with an unsteady father and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, this memoir artfully interweaves passages from Flynn’s childhood, his romantic relationships and his questioning of terror, torture and political crimes – unimaginable horrors, but part of humanity all the same. The time bomb of the title becomes a vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father.

‘One day I hope to be able to tell my daughter a story about a dark time, the dark days before she was born, and how her coming was a ray of light. We got lost for a while, this story will begin, but then we found our way.’ 46

Here is a dazzling, inventive memoir of profound selfdiscovery – of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, and of the compulsion to run from love, but the ability to embrace it.

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Koestler

The Indispensable Intellectual Michael Scammell From award-winning author Michael Scammell comes the first authorized biography of Arthur Koestler. Best known as the author of the classic Darkness at Noon, Koestler was one of the most influential and controversial intellectuals, involved in and commenting on almost every political movement of the twentieth century. As young man, he was a committed Zionist and moved to Palestine; he was imprisoned and sentenced to death in Franco’s Spain; escaped occupied France; and was a member of the Communist party for seven years, later becoming one of its fiercest critics with the publication of Darkness at Noon.

Michael Scammell won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for biography in 1985 for his life of Solzhenitsyn, and is the translator of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Nabokov and Solzhenitsyn, among many others. He is a former president of PEN American Center and a vice-president of International PEN, and has written regularly for the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books and the New Republic. He teaches non-fiction writing and translation in the School of the Arts at Columbia.

Without sentimentality, Scammell gives a full account of Koestler’s turbulent private life: his drug use, manic depression, the frenetic womanizing that doomed his three marriages and led to an accusation of rape, and his startling suicide pact with his wife in 1983. Koestler gives a full account of the author’s voluminous writings, making the case that the autobiographies and essays are fit to stand beside Darkness at Noon as works of lasting literary value. Michael Scammell creates an indelible portrait of this brilliant, unpredictable, and talented writer, once memorably described as ‘one third blackguard, one third lunatic, and one third genius’. 47


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Turned Out Nice

How the British Isles Will Change as the World Heats Up

Marek Kohn

From ‘one of the best science writers we have’, a stark and authoritative vision of Britain after a century of global warming. This book is a precise and fiercely honest projection of what we know about climate change into the future of one small corner of the planet: the islands of Britain and Ireland. Kohn looks closely at six landscapes and one city to show how our world will have altered over the course of the century. These islands will, compared with the parched Mediterranean lands, let alone a devastated Africa, be fairly benign places to live.

Marek Kohn is the author of The Race Gallery, A Reason for Everything, Dope Girls and Trust. He lives in Sussex. ‘Kohn is a wonderful writer’, said AC Grayling, and Andrew Brown called him ‘one of the best of our science writers’. He is a visiting professor at Sussex University.

But we will have paid a terrible price for our relative good fortune. Our parks will be arid brown fields; private automobile use unheard of; water will be severely rationed; significant stretches of our beloved coastline will have been sacrificed to the sea. Some of our flora and fauna will have vanished; exotic animals and pests will flourish. Vast numbers of marginalised human migrants will be here. Surveillance and restriction of our movements will be taken for granted. Walking in what is left of ‘nature’ will be nearly impossible. Terrible summer fires in our upland areas will be commonplace. This is a report from the near future that we cannot afford to ignore.

‘He is that valuable thing, a cultural commentator with a scientific background.’ Isabel Fonesca

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How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks Robin Dunbar Robin Dunbar is currently Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His principal research interest is the evolution of sociality. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. His books include The Trouble with Science (1995), ‘an eloquent riposte to the anti-science lobby’ (Sunday Times), and Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, praised as ‘brilliantly original’ and ‘a delight to read’ (Focus). His most recent book, The Human Story, (2004), was described as ‘fizzing with recent research and new theories’ in the Sunday Times and ‘punchy and provocative’ by the New Scientist.

Why do men talk, women gossip, and which is better for you? When is it good to be tall and why is monogamy a drain on the brain? And why should you suspect someone who has more than 150 friends on Facebook? We are the product of our evolutionary history and this history colours our everyday lives – from why we kiss to how religious we are. In How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Robin Dunbar explains how the distant past underpins our current behaviour, through the groundbreaking experiments that have changed the thinking of evolutionary biologists forever. He explains phenomena such as why ‘Dunbar’s Number’ (150) is the maximum number of acquaintances you can have, why all babies are born premature and the science behind lonely hearts columns. Stimulating, provocative and highly enjoyable, this fascinating book is essential for understanding why humans behave as they do – what it is to be human.

‘A marvellous work of popular science.’

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Afterglow of Creation Decoding the message from the beginning of time Marcus Chown

Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. His most recent book is Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, of which The Times said ‘readers will experience happy eureka moments.’ His previous book, The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead, was called ‘a limousine among popular science vehicles’ by the Guardian, ‘a masterpiece’ by Astronomy Now, and described as ‘like being at a party … with an almost perfect DJ’ in the Independent. Marcus Chown has also written a work for children, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.

It’s the oldest fossil in creation. It accounts for 99.9 % of all the light in the Universe. Its discoverers mistook it for the ‘glow’ of pigeon droppings (yet still carried off the Nobel prize). The discovery in 1992 of ‘cosmic ripples’ – slight variations in the temperature of radiation left over from the Big Bang – led to sensational headlines and a scramble among scientists to claim credit. ‘It’s like seeing the face of God’, declared one of the researchers. In this new and fully revised edition of Afterglow of Creation, Marcus Chown goes behind the hype and the hysteria to provide a clear and lively explanation of one of the biggest discoveries in modern science – and a brilliant picture of what happened next.

‘Chown superbly captures the spirit of scientific adventure . . . The story is told with panache and the science is so well explained that it makes an effortless read.’ Sunday Times

Malcolm Gladwell on Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language

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The Bicycle Diaries Since the early 1980s, David Byrne has been riding a bicycle as his principal means of transportation in New York City. A few years later he discovered folding bikes, and starting taking them with him on music tour overseas, and experienced a sense of liberation as he pedaled around many of the world’s principal cities. The point of view from his bike seat has given Byrne a panoramic window on urban life as he has cycled round cities such as London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Manila, New York, and San Francisco. The book gives the reader a sense of what Byrne is seeing and what he is thinking about as he pedals around these cities. The range of the topics is wide: music and the visual arts, but also globalisation, politics, urban planning, religious beliefs, what sanity is, whether dysfunction makes you a better artist, the nature of creative work, video games, Soviet radical art of the 1930s, fashion, and notions of caste and class. More than anything, it’s a celebration of bike riding – of the rewards of seeing the world at bike level.

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Contact!

A Book of Glimpses Jan Morris

David Byrne David Byrne, primarily known as the musician who co-founded the group Talking Heads (1976-88), has also been involved in an array of music, theatre and film projects, including work with Brian Eno, Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, Jonathan Demme and Bernardo Bertolucci. His latest album is a collaboration with Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. David Byrne was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1952. He attended Rhode Island School of Design and Maryland Institute College of Art, and currently lives in New York.

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Jan Morris was born in 1926. Her books include Coronation Everest, Venice, The Pax Britannica Trilogy (Heaven’s Command, Pax Britannica, and Farewell the Trumpets), and Conundrum. She is also the author of six books about cities and countries, two autobiographical books, several volumes of collected travel essays and the unclassifiable Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere. Hav, her novel, was published in a new and expanded form in 2006.

Jan Morris has been a travel writer for over half a century, known for her ability to perfectly capture places and atmospheres. But what about the many people she has encountered along the way? In Contact! Jan turns her brilliantly observant eye to the human contacts she made, across the globe and though the decades. As a series of vignettes, some only a few lines long, she records hundreds of brief glimpses and fleeting encounters, celebrating the people who helped spark her view of the world and mould her responses. A vast range of human experience is here: most are anonymous, everyday encounters – children playing, a homeless man in Manhattan, a lascivious taxi-driver – but she also remembers celebrated figures, from Yves Saint Laurent to King Hussein of Jordan, President Truman to Peter O’Toole. Contact! is a must for any fans of Jan’s writing. Her great sense of amusement, shrewd eye for detail and huge enthusiasm for her contacts make these episodes incredibly enjoyable –and often profound.

‘A woman who has truly seen the world and lives in it with twice the intensity of most of us.’ Ursula K. Le Guin

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Encounter

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Talking About Detective Fiction

Milan Kundera

P. D. James

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France for thirty years. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life is Elsewhere, Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality and the short-story collection Laughable Loves – all originally in Czech. His most recent novels – Slowness, Identity and Ignorance, as well as his non-fiction works The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed and The Curtain – were originally written in French.

‘Milan Kundera can be ranked among the greatest novelists of post-war Europe.’ Sunday Telegraph

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Milan Kundera’s new collection of essays is a passionate defence of art in an era that, he argues, no longer values art or beauty. With the same dazzling mix of emotion and idea that characterizes his novels he illuminates the art and artists who remain important to him and whose work helps us better understand the world. An astute and brilliant reader of fiction, Kundera applies these same gifts to the reading of Francis Bacon’s paintings, Leos Janácek’s music, the films of Federico Fellini, as well as to the novels of Philip Roth, Dostoyevsky, and García Márquez, among others. He also takes up the challenge of restoring to their rightful place the work of major writers like Anatole France and Curzio Malaparte who have fallen into obscurity. Milan Kundera’s signature themes of memory and forgetting, the experience of exile, and his spirited championing of modernist art mark these essays. Art, he argues, is what we have to cleave to in the face of evil, against the expression of the darker side of human nature. Elegant, startlingly original and provocative, Encounter follows Kundera’s essay collections, The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed and The Curtain.

P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920. She is the author of eighteen novels and two works of non-fiction. She has won awards for her crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and The National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature (US). She was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors.

‘When I settled down in the mid1950s to begin my first novel, it never occurred to me to make a start with anything other than a detective story.’ After nearly fifty years writing at the peak of her powers as the author of sixteen bestselling crime novels and two works of non-fiction, P.D. James is better qualified than most to talk frankly to her readers about the craft of detective fiction. Her admiration for many of her forebears and contemporaries in the genre shines through this personal and engaging account of one of the most loved and enduring forms of fiction by one of its most expert and popular practitioners. From the tenant of 221b Baker Street to the village priest from Cubhole in Essex, from the golden age of detective writing between the wars to the achievements of the present and a glimpse at the future, P.D. James explores the metamorphosis of a genre which has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel.

‘James’s greatest gift is making the art of crime writing appear an easy art. The fact that it’s not is testament to her considerable skills, and her own particular kind of genius.’ Sunday Herald

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When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me? Montaigne and Being in Touch With Life Saul Frampton Saul Frampton studied English and Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, wrote a doctorate on Renaissance literature at Oxford and was a Research Fellow at Cambridge. He lives in Hove, on the Sussex coast.

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Life-lessons for our times, from one of the great minds of the Renaissance. In the year 1570, at the age of 37, Michel de Montaigne gave up his job as a magistrate and retired to his château, situated a few miles north of the Dordogne in south western France. His intention was to get away from the religious wars that convulsed his country, and give himself time to brood on his own private grief – the deaths of his best friend, his father, his brother, and most recently his first-born child. But finding his mind agitated rather than settled by this idleness, Montaigne began to write, giving birth to the Essays – short prose explorations of an amazing variety of topics. And gradually, over the course of his writing Montaigne began to turn his back upon his stoical pessimism and engage in a new philosophy of life, in which living is to be embraced in all its sensory, exuberant vitality – the smell of his doublet, the pleasures of friendship, the intelligence of his cat and the flavour of his wine. And in doing so Montaigne offers timeless lessons in how to actively experience and be in touch with life.

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The War That Killed Achilles Caroline Alexander

The Iliad is still the greatest poem about war that our culture has ever produced. For a hundred generations, poets and thinkers in the West have pored over, retold and argued about the events described in this martial epic, even when direct knowledge of it was lost. Various empires have admired it as a book that in telling the story of the siege of Troy also extols the warrior ethic, and teaches the young how to die well.

Caroline Alexander is the author of The Mutiny on the Bounty and The Endurance, a book about Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. She writes for the New Yorker, National Geographic and Granta, among other publications. Born and educated in Britain, she now lives in the USA.

Yet the figure at the heart of the epic, the consummate warrior Achilles, is a brooding, controversial hero. He is a fierce critic of those who have started this war and allowed it to drag on, consuming soldiers and civilians alike. Disconcertingly, The Iliad portrays war as a catastrophe that destroys cities, orphans children and wrecks whole societies. Caroline Alexander’s extraordinary book is not about any of the traditional concerns that have occupied classicists for centuries. It is simpler and more radical than that. In her words, ‘This book is about what the Iliad is about; this book is about what The Iliad says of war.’

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My Hairy Book

Stories of Laughter, Tears and Other Things My Body Will Not Stop Producing

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman is the co-creator and star of The Sarah Silverman Program, the hit comedy series that premiered on Comedy Central in February 2007. In it, she plays a character named after herself whose absurd daily life is told through an array of scripted scenes and songs. Silverman starred in the feature length film version of her one-woman show, Jesus is Magic, directly by Liam Lynch. She also co-starred in the feature film, School For Scoundrels and took part in the documentary feature The Aristocrats, in which she co-starred with 100 of the industry’s most prominent comedians. In addition to appearing in many other films, Silverman co-starred in the television comedy series Greg the Bunny (opposite Eugene Levy) and has gueststarred in Monk, The Larry Sanders Show and Seinfeld, amongst others. In 1993, she joined Saturday Night Live and has not stopped working since--including a couple of very successful viral videos. Silverman currently resides in Los Angeles with her dog, Duck.

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Sarah Silverman’s father taught her to curse – at the age of three. She was a chronic bedwetter – until she was old enough to drive. She lost her virginity at age 19 – but didn’t really know it.

These are just a few of the outrageous true tales that Silverman shares in her alternately hilarious and moving collection of autobiographical essays. With her signature taboo-breaking humour, Silverman writes on everything from her epic struggle with hairy arms (there wasn’t enough wax in the world) to the death of her infant brother (it was Nana’s fault) and always leaves the reader with a smile. Mixed in among the essays are scores of embarrassing photos, mortifying childhood diary entries, and truly humiliating emails to and from her comedian friends. This is the book your mother warned you about but you have to read anyway.

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The Hell of It All Charlie Brooker Charlie Brooker is a writer, presenter and self-indulgent crybaby. He writes for the Guardian and was voted Columnist of the Year at the 2009 British Press Awards. Televisual cultural artefacts he’s shat out include the Royal Television Society award-winning Screenwipe, as well as Newswipe, Nathan Barley, You Have Been Watching and the zombie horror miniseries Dead Set, for which he received a BAFTA nomination. Not an award though. No. That went to someone else. Physically, Brooker resembles a cross between a white Laurence Fishburne, a paedophile walrus, and a scowling pork knuckle. He lives in London and is silly.

Mankind clearly peaked about forty years ago. It’s been downhill ever since. For all this talk of our dazzling modern age, the two biggest advances of the past decade are Wi-Fi and Nando’s. That’s the best we can do. In his latest laugh-out-loud collection of misanthropic scribblings, hideous Q-list celebrity failure Charlie Brooker tackles everything from the misery of nightclubs to the death of Michael Jackson, making room for Sir Alan Sugar, potato crisps, global financial meltdown, conspiracy theories and Hole in the Wall along the way. The collapse of civilisation has never felt this funny (unless you’re a sociopath, in which case it’s been an uninterrupted laugh riot since the days of the Somme). This book is guaranteed to brighten your life, put a spring in your step, and lie to you on its back cover.

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A Matter of Life and Death

Or How to Wean a Man off Football Ronni Ancona and Alistair McGowan Ronni Ancona is fed up with football: the way it dominates TV, takes over men’s brains and scuppers any chance of romance. And so, for the sake of women everywhere, Ronnie concocts an experiment to see if a man can be made to give up the very thing he claims he cannot live without. But who would agree to be Ronni’s guinea-pig? Surely not her ex-boyfriend, Alistair McGowan, who has devoted much of his life to the game, from a childhood obsession with kicking a ball about to an adult addiction to Ceefax football pages and an unhealthy interest in attendances? Over the course of a year, we follow TV’s best-known male/ female double act in an hilarious battle of the sexes. Using replacement techniques – walks, culture and endless rounds of toast and Marmite – Ronni does all she can to distract her former boyfriend during these early months of withdrawal. But what happens when a man gives up the thing he loves most? And after being ‘clean’ for the whole summer, will the lure of a new season break his resolve? Part memoir of a football addict, part comedy self-help manual, A Matter of Life and Death is a brilliant, banter-fuelled book about the differences between men and women.

Ronni Ancona was the joint winner, with Alistair, of the prestigious Variety Club Comedy Award for their work on The Big Impression. Since then she has worked extensively in television, radio and film, both in comedy and drama, and was named Best Actress at The British Comedy Awards in 2003. Her writing credits include the BAFTA award-winning The Sketch Show. Ronni lives in London with her husband and two daughters. Alistair is probably best known to British audiences for The Big Impression which was, for four years, one of BBC1’s top-rating comedy programmes – winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA. He started out as a stand-up comic, and since his success with The Big Impression has appeared regularly on television and radio. In the autumn of 2009, he’ll be embarking on a stand-up tour around the UK.

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03/06/2010 978 0 571 251728 288pp _

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I Was as Adams’ Flatmate Andrew McGibbon Andrew is a comedy writer, performer, director and producer who has made comedies for TV and radio starring Harry Shearer, Bob Monkhouse, John Bird, John Sessions, Bill Nighy, Sally Phillips and Fiona Allen. As a drummer he has recorded albums with Morrissey (Viva Hate, Bona Drag, Kill Uncle), Peter Gabriel (Peace Together), My Bloody Valentine (Glider), Bucks Fizz (New Beginnings), Suggs and Chrissie Hynde. His documentary about playwright N. F. Simpson debuted at the National Film Theatre in May 2008. He lives in London.

Beginning life as a series on Radio 4, I Was Douglas Adams’ Flatmate is a series of interviews that examine a great artist, politician or innovator from the perspective of an assistant, lover, muse, flatmate or editor who was indispensable to them at a key moment in their career. We hear from Douglas Adams’s flatmate (Jon Canter) who reveals how the writer got hooked on listening to Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights while writing Hitchhiker’s Guide, alongside Ernest Hemingway’s La Secretaria, Sam Peckinpah’s Girl Friday, Les Dawson’s Gag-writer, Johnny Cash’s Tailor and also featuring the author’s own account of his time working as a drummer with Morrissey. McGibbon’s fresh and comic narration engages the reader with the human behind the artist, providing a revealing insight into both artist and factotum, some of who go on to eclipse the sorcerers they once served.

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The QI Annual 2010

Edited by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

A gargantuan gallimaufry of G-ness that gambols gamely between Galaxies, Gods, Gravity, Gin, Gnus and Gravel . . . With all our favourites – and some surprises – from QI’s new BBC1 series showing this autumn: Clive Anderson on Gordons Rowan Atkinson’s Gambling tips Bill Bailey’s Air Guitar Tutorial Craig Brown’s G-acronyms Jimmy Carr’s Guide to Grooming Chris Donald of Viz on Geordies, Grocers and Garden Gnomes Chef Rowley Leigh’s Greedy treats Golden Grahams by Graham Norton . . . and Ronni Ancona and Rob Brydon in the next instalment of their photo luv story Plus illustration genius from Jonathan Cusick, Cherry Denman, Ted Dewan, Geoff Dunbar, Beano’s Hunt Emerson, Phill Jupitus, Spitting Image’s Roger Law, Matt from the Daily Telegraph, Tony Husband and Nick Newman of Private Eye, Katie Scott, Adrian Teal, Robert Thompson. . . and more!

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Seeing Stars Simon Armitage Simon Armitage’s new collection is by turns a voice and a chorus: an array of dramatic monologues, parables and tall tales. Here comes everybody: Snoobie and Carla, Lippincott, Wittmann, Yoshioka, Bambuck, Dr Amsterdam, Preminger. The man whose wife drapes a border-curtain across the middle of their home; the English astronaut with a terrestrial outlook on life; the orgiastic case of meatpie-eating recidivism at a Yorkshire sculpture farm; the supremacist wedding at the zoo; the motorist who picks up hitchhikers all of whom happen to be named Dennis (including Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp); Nathan, who opens a Christian cheese-shop in the wrong part of town; the black bear with a bad habit who lives in a wasterecycling centre; the woman who keeps giant snowballs in the chest freezer . . . And many more.

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The storyteller who steps in and out of this human tapestry changes, trickster-style, from poem to poem, but keeps some identifying traits: the melancholy of the less deceived, crossed with an undercover idealism. And he shares with many of his characters a star-gazing capacity for belief, or for being ‘genuine in his disbelief’. Language is on the loose in these poems, which cut and dribble across the parterre of poetic decorum with their comic-strip energies and air of misrule. And as stories they show that it takes two to make a good monologue.

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire in 1963. In 1992 he was winner of one of the first Forward Prizes, and a year later was the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. He works as a freelance writer, broadcaster and playwright, and has written extensively for radio and television. Previous titles include Kid, Book of Matches, The Dead Sea Poems, CloudCuckooLand, Killing Time, The Universal Home Doctor, Homer’s Odyssey and Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid. His acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was published in 2007.

I am a sperm whale. I carry up to 2.5 tonnes of an oil-like fluid in my huge, coffin-shaped head. I have a brain the size of a basketball, and on that basis alone am entitled to my opinions. I am a sperm whale. When I breathe in, the oil in my head cools to a dense wax and I nose-dive into the depths. My song, available on audiocassette and compact disc is a comfort to divorcees, astrologists and those who have ‘pitched the quavering canvas tent of their thoughts on the rim of the dark crater.’

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White Egrets

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Original Poetry

Valerio Magrelli translated by Jamie McKendrick

In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats his characteristic subjects – the Caribbean’s complex colonial legacy, the Western artistic tradition, the blessings and withholdings of old Europe (Andalucia, the Mezzogiorno, Amsterdam), the unaccomodating sublime of the new world, time’s cunning passages, the poet’s place in all of this — with a passionate intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the systolic and mesmerizing repetition of theme and imagery, Walcott’s cadence carries from poem to poem, and from sequence to sequence in this celebratory and close-knit collection.

A Sea-Change With a change of government the permanent cobalt, the promises we take with a pinch of salt, with a change of government the permanent aquamarine, with a reorganized cabinet the permanent violet, the permanent lilac over the reef, the permanent flux of ochre shallows, the torn bunting of the currents and the receding banners of the breakers. With a change in government no change in the cricket’s chirrup, the low, comical bellow of the bull, or the astonishing symmetry of tossing horses. With a change in government the haze of wide rain which you begin to hear as the ruler hears the crowd gathering under the balcony, the leader who has promised the permanent cobalt of change of government with the lilac and violet of his cabinet change.

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The Embrace: Selected Poems

Derek Walcott Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. He is the author of eight collections of plays, and a book of essays. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. White Egrets is his fourteenth collection of poems.

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Valerio Magrelli was born in Rome in 1957. He has published critical works on Dadaism and Paul Valéry, as well as notable translations of Mallarmé, Alfred Jarry and Francis Ponge. He has also written a collection of short prose pieces, Nel condominio delle carne, a dry-eyed and poignant meditation on his own body and the ills to which it is heir and host. He is currently working on a study of Baudelaire.

The renowned Italian poet Valerio Magrelli has forged a unique language for exploring language, writing a poetry of perception which takes the measure of its own veerings, ‘the exact degree / of deviation’. Here are histories of the inner life that turn into xrays of the urban and the global, and press the intelligence into the service of the senses. His poems condense the abstract and the intensely physical, subjecting modern experience to a minute and naked scrutiny. Not since Montale has a poet brought together in one voice so many strands of the Italian lyric tradition and handled them with such originality. For more than ten years, Jamie McKendrick has been translating Magrelli’s poems, and this selection records a sustained commitment to a voice and a poetic distinct from his own, but which shares many of his concerns. As he writes in his introduction: ‘I can think of few living poets who have evolved a style so equal to and so inclusive of the most resistant aspects of modernity. A Magrelli poem is equipped to address and carry something back from subjects as various as hijackings, radioactive contamination, dinosaur toys, sheep cloning, recycling, graffiti, skateboarding and environmental destruction. As Marianne Moore said of her ostrich, “He Digesteth Raw Yron”.

Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955. He is the author of three volumes of poetry, including The Marble Fly, winner of the 1997 Forward Prize for Best Collection. He is the editor of 20th-Century Italian Poems. A selection of his poems is available under the title Sky Nails: Poems 1979-1997.

‘Magrelli’s poetry is a soliloquy written with a pencil and small notebook, during the deepest and most silent hours of the night. It is a poetry that looks at itself, but at the sight of itself vanishes.’ Octavio Paz

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Small Hours

The dead are often seen among us. Last night I saw my friend K coming into the pub. People shifted and it was an old woman stooped as he used to be with his leather bag over one shoulder and bags of new books and CDs in his other hand. In the trick of a gesture or a shade of hair we see what is impossible. We buried K less than a fortnight ago. I am not thinking of such intimations as I think Emma of you. Yes I have thought I have seen you. Never closer than in the middle distance nor for many years now.

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Selected Poems and Translations of Ezra Pound

Lachlan Mackinnon Lachlan Mackinnon teaches English at Winchester College. His previous collections are Monterey Cypress (1988) and The Coast of Bohemia (1991), published by Chatto and Windus. He has also published critical books about modern poetry and about Shakespeare, and a biography, The Lives of Elsa Triolet (1992). He reviews regularly for the national press.

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Lachlan Mackinnon’s third collection opens with a gathering of lyrics and descriptive poems: observing rites of passage (elegies, wedding poems), offering nuanced accounts of places and their patchwork afterlives (the Midlands, a Suffolk sketchbook), or meditations on historical figures introspectively at odds with their time (King Canute, Edward Thomas). This preoccupation with contingency – personal and historical – opens onto The Book of Emma: a long poem of fifty-four sections, written mostly in prose, which address a lost friend and contemporary in terms which seem laconically factual, but which draw their power from archaic conventions (Egyptian, Celtic) of talking to the dead. These poems speak directly to their subject, three decades after her early death, in sentences that move equably, scrupulously, between past and present: remembering the common ground, the stopped clock of shared references, but also sharply interrogating what is meant by contemporaries, by posthumousness. The speaker describes the intervening time – with documentary clarity, but also with raw urgency and emotion – so that what is said might still be recognisable by its subject, named Emma.

Edited by Richard Sieburth

This edition replaces Ezra Pound’s Selected Poems 1908-1969, and offers a revaluation of the poetry by conjoining early and late works within a new overview. Emphasis has also been laid on the interpenetration of original composition and translation within Pound’s career, and the edition includes the complete ‘Homage to Sextus Propertius’ in its original lineation, Pound’s early translations from Cavalcanti and the troubadours, and his late translations of the Confucian Odes, Horace and Sophocles. As a lifelong expatriate, Pound parceled out his work to a variety of publishers and journals in England, America, France, and Italy. The new edition takes account of this complex publishing history, by giving the poems in the chronological order of their original magazine publication: we can thereby observe Pound as he first emerges onto the literary scene in the pages of Ford Madox Ford’s English Review or Harriet Monroe’s Chicago-based Poetry, or acting as an agent provocateur in such avant-garde publications as Blast, The Little Review or the Dial. Unlike all previous selections from Pound’s poetry, this edition provides annotation for all the early poems as well as a commentary on the later Cantos – indispensible to any reader wanting to follow Pound in his epic odyssey.

Ezra Pound was born in 1885 in Hailey, Idaho. He came to Europe in 1898 and settled in London, where he was to meet Yeats, Eliot, Ford, Hulme and Gaudier-Brzeska. In 1920 he moved to Paris, and later to Rapallo. His acquaintances by now included Joyce, Hemingway, Brancusi, Picabia, Cocteau, Antheil and C. H. Douglas. During the Second World War he broadcast over Rome Radio – for which, eventually, he was tried for treason in Washington. He was committed to a hospital for the insane, where he was held for thirteen years. He was released in 1958 and returned to Italy, dying in Venice in 1972. His main publications include The Cantos (I-CXVII), Collected Shorter Poems, The Confucian Odes, Literary Essays, Guide to Kulchur; Selected Prose and ABC of Reading. Richard Sieburth has previously edited Pound’s Poems & Translations for the Library of America as well as The Pisan Cantos and Pound’s Walking Tour in Southern France for New Directions. His translations include works by Hölderlin, Benjamin, Scholem, Scève, Nerval, Leiris and Michaux.

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Selected Poems 1930–1989

Samuel Beckett edited by David Wheatley my way is in the sand flowing between the shingle and the dune the summer rain rains on my life on me my life harrying fleeing to its beginning to its end

‘The best of it speaks, or rather whispers, to the inner ear . . . Like the prose, with which they have so much else in common, the poems are instantly striking and mysteriously persistent in the mind and even the nerves. Graphic and vivid, they are also intensely musical: theatrical, too, and continuous with the work for stage, radio and other media . . . Not inexpressive, as their author might have wished, but expressive of a rare vision.’

It was as a poet that Samuel Beckett launched himself in the little reviews of 1930s Paris, and as a poet that he ended his career. This new selection, from Whoroscope (1930) to ‘what is the word’ (1989), describes a lifetime’s arc of writing. It was also as a poet that Beckett made his first breakthrough into writing in French, and the Selected Poems represents work in both languages, including the sequence of brief but highly crafted mirlitonnades, which did so much to usher in the style of his late prose, and which come as close as anything he wrote to honouring the ambition to ‘bore one hole after another in language, until what lurks behind it – be it something or nothing – begins to seep through.’ Also included are several of Beckett’s translations from contemporaries – Apollinaire, Éluard, Michaux, Montale – in versions which count among his own poetic achievements.

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Letters of Louis MacNeice Edited by Jonathan Allison

This comprehensive selection of the Letters is a vital resource for readers of Louis MacNeice, and for an understanding of the intellectual culture of the midtwentieth century. As well as a poet, playwright and translator, MacNeice was a travel-writer and globetrotting BBC producer, and kept up a significant correspondence with Anthony Blunt and T. S. Eliot, among other figures. During his time at the BBC he witnessed significant historical events at first-hand, including the partition of India in 1947 and the independence of the Gold Coast from Britain in 1957, recorded in long epistolary sequences to his wife, the singer Hedli Anderson. The Letters also do much to deepen our understanding of MacNeice’s Irish identity, and enlarge our sense of a vivid and often enigmatic personality, whose adventurous life and individual charisma have often resisted explanation. Jonathan Allison’s carefully annotated edition is remarkable for its detail and inclusiveness, and not least for the inclusion of a substantial number of letters written during the poet’s schooldays and adolescence.

Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast in 1907, the son of a Church of Ireland rector, later a bishop. He was educated in England at Sherborne, Marlborough and Merton College, Oxford. His first book of poems, Blind Fireworks, appeared in 1929, and he subsequently worked as a translator, literary critic, playwright, autobiographer, BBC producer and feature writer. The Burning Perch, his last volume of poems, appeared shortly before his death in 1965. Jonathan Allison was born in Belfast and educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, University College London and the University of Michigan. Formerly Director of the W.B.Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, his previous edited books include Yeats’s Political Identities (University of Michigan P, 1996), Contemporary Poetry and Culture: the Question of Value, edited with Andrew Roberts (Edinburgh UP, 2002), and Bound for the 1890s: Essays on Writing and Publishing in Honor of James G. Nelson (Rivendale P, 2006). He is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.

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Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume One: 1898–1922 Revised Edition

Edited by Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton with the assistance of Jim McCue Hugh Haughton is Professor of English at the University of York. Jim McCue is co-editor, with Christopher Ricks, of the forthcoming edition of the Complete Poems of T. S. Eliot.

Volume One of The Letters of T.S. Eliot, published by Valerie Eliot in 1988, covered the years from his childhood in St Louis, Missouri, to the end of 1922, by which time he had settled in England, married, and published The Waste Land. That edition included the most significant of his known letters from this period, as well as a number from Vivien, his first wife; also from his family in America, and from English and French friends. Since 1988, Valerie Eliot has continued to gather materials from libraries and private sources in Britain and America, for use in subsequent volumes. Of the correspondence that has come to light, a good many letters date from before 1923, so a revised edition of Volume One has been prepared to take account of approximately two hundred new items. The new letters fill important gaps in the record, notably enlarging our understanding of the genesis and publication of The Waste Land. Valuable, too, are letters from the earlier and least documented part of Eliot’s life, additional correspondence with family members in America, and with a widening circle of friends and contacts. Together they give a more detailed picture of Eliot’s reading, social engagements, friendships and daily movements in London during and after the First World War.

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Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume Two: 1922–1925

Edited by Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton with the assistance of John Haffenden Volume One of The Letters of T.S. Eliot culminates in the publication of The Waste Land in 1922, which over the following years was to bring Eliot fame and make him one of the most controversial writers of the century. Volume Two sees him consolidating his critical authority as editor of The Criterion (the periodical he launched with the backing of Lady Rothermere in late 1922), and changing poetic direction with the publication of ‘The Hollow Men’. It charts his intellectual journey towards Anglo-Catholicism, and his transformation from banker to publisher. The volume ends with Eliot’s appointment in late 1925 as a director of the new publishing house of Faber & Gwyer, and the appearance of Poems 1909-1925, his first book with the house with which he was to be associated for the rest of his life.

John Haffenden is General Editor of the multi-volume edition of The Letters of T. S. Eliot.

Reflecting Eliot’s profoundly influential work as editor and cultural commentator, the correspondence is both prolific and various, demonstrating not only the emerging continuities between his thinking as poet and essayist, but their relation also to his friendships and personal circumstances.

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Tom Warner was born in Mansfield in 1979. In 2001 he won an Eric Gregory Major Award and graduated from the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA with a Distinction. His poetry has appeared in a number of publications and magazines, including The Rialto and Stand. He currently lives in Norwich where he teaches creative writing.

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Poems selected by Stephen Romer Robert Herrick was born in London in 1591 and went to St. John’s College, Cambridge. He became a Cavalier poet before being ordained in 1623. Charles I gave him the living of Dean Prior in 1629 where he wrote some of his best work including Hesperides, published in 1648. He died in 1674.

Sam Riviere began to write poetry while at the Norwich School of Art and Design and completed a Masters at Royal Holloway. He co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives and is currently working towards a PhD at the University of East Anglia. He was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award.

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A painter, poet and engraver William Blake (1757–1827) was born in London. His best known works were: Songs of Innocence (1789), The Book of Thel (1789), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790–93), Songs of Experience (1794) and Jerusalem (1804–20).

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Annie Katchinska was born in Moscow in 1990 and has lived in London for most of her life. She was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2006 and 2007. She has had poems published in Magma, Mimesis and Voice Recognition and was a prize winner in the Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2007.

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Poet to Poet

Poems selected by James Fenton

Annie Katchinska

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Andrew Marvell was born in Yorkshire in 1624. He became the unofficial laureate to Cromwell and in 1657. Famed as a satirist during his lifetime Marvell was a virtually unknown lyric poet until rediscovered in the nineteenth century. He died in 1678.

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Poems selected by Sean O’Brien

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine won the Curtis Brown prize, has been translated in to nine languages and a film of the book is in production. His poetry has been published in Poetry Review, New Welsh Review and Voice Recognition.

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Andrew Marvell

Joe Dunthorne

Funded by Arts Council England, Faber New Poets aims to identify and support emerging talents at an early stage in their careers. Through a programme of mentorship, bursary and pamphlet publication, the scheme offers four poets a year the time, guidance and encouragement they require to help in the development of their work in the longer term.

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Sir Walter Ralegh

Poems selected by Ruth Padel Sir Walter Ralegh, poet, scholar, soldier and explorer, travelwriter, historian and favourite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, was born in Devon around 1552, knighted in 1584, imprisoned twice in the Tower of London, where he wrote his History of the World, and executed in 1618. 77


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Theatre Craft

A Director’s Practical Companion from A–Z John Caird A director of international renown, John Caird has directed, adapted and co-directed countless productions of plays, operas and musicals for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in London’s West End, on Broadway and all around the world - from Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby to Hamlet and Peter Pan.

Theatre Craft is an allencompassing, practical guide for anyone working in the theatre, whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or a committed professional. With entries arranged alphabetically, Theatre Craft offers advice on all areas of directing, from Acting, Adaptation and Accent to Sound Effects, Superstition, Trap Doors and Wardrobe. Enlightening and entertaining by turns, the celebrated director John Caird, a man with a wealth of international experience and success, shares his profound knowledge to provide an invaluable companion to anyone creating any size of play, musical, or opera – from the backroom of a bar to a full-scale production on Broadway. This is required reading for the modern theatre practitioner.

‘John Caird is wonderful. He’s like an intellectual minister: his sermon is the text of the play. He’s very methodical; very interesting, complex and insightful in the way he goes through the play.’ Gillian Anderson, What’s On Stage

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The Habit of Art Alan Bennett

Auden often said that metre and rhyme led him down unexpected paths to thoughts he wouldn’t otherwise have had, and in this respect versification and fornication are not so different. Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W. H. Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by amongst others their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station. You are a rent boy. I am a poet. Over the wall lives the Dean of Christ Church. We all have our parts to play. Alan Bennett’s new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.

Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for stage including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George), and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys won numerous awards including Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best Play, an Olivier for Best New Play and the South Bank Award. On Broadway, The History Boys won five New York Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critcs’ Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics’ Award, a New York Drama League Award and six Tony’s. His collection of prose, Untold Stories, won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. The Uncommon Reader was published in 2007 and A Life Like Other People’s in 2009.

‘In the end,’ said Auden, ‘art is small beer. The really serious things in life are earning one’s living and loving one’s neighbour.’ Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art premieres at the National Theatre, London, in November 2009.

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The Power of Yes

A dramatist seeks to understand the financial crisis David Hare

David Hare

‘Hare’s Wall – with its brilliant companion piece, Berlin – is a cry of frustration and despair about the current state of the State of Israel. His longer meditation on the dismantling of the Berlin Wall is funnier and more resigned in its analysis of a city that has lost its sense of history; Wall is more urgent, and a great starting point for discussion and argument . . . Hare feels pained, frustrated, angry, and the polemic is rooted in an attempt to understand things and people, and an impassioned sense of helplessness.’ What’s On Stage

David Hare’s Berlin looks at a place where, twenty years ago, a wall came down. Wall is about a place where, right now, a wall is going up.

‘An equally gripping example of humane reportage in the James Cameron tradition. Presenting his Berlin premiered at the National Theatre, arguments with force London, in February 2009 and Wall and clarity, Hare mixes premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, description with opinion in London, in March 2009. a manner that would now be impossible on television. In a fascinating reversal of values we increasingly look to the theatre, once seen as a source of escape, for this kind of informed commentary on the state of the world.’

On 15 September 2008, capitalism came to a grinding halt. As sub-prime mortgages and toxic securities continued to dominate the headlines, this spring the National Theatre asked David Hare to write an urgent and immediate work to be staged this autumn that sought to find out what had happened, and why.

David Hare is one of Britain’s most internationally performed playwrights. He was born in Sussex in 1947. Thirteen of his plays have been presented at the National heatre, including a trilogy about the Church, the Law and the Labour Party – Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges and The Absence of War – which was presented in repertory in the Olivier Theatre in 1993. Ten of his best-known plays, including Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Skylight, The Blue Room, Amy’s View, The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa – in which he performed – and The Vertical Hour have also been presented on Broadway.

Capitalism works when greed and fear are in the correct balance. This time they got out of balance. Too much greed, not enough fear. Meeting with many of the key players from the financial world, David Hare, author of The Permanent Way and Stuff Happens, has created The Power of Yes: a compelling narrative, as enlightening as it is entertaining. It’s like a ship which you’re being told is in apple-pie order, the decks are cleaned, the metal is burnished, the only thing nobody mentions, it’s being driven at full speed towards an iceberg. Not so much a play as a jawdropping account of how, as the banks went bust, capitalism was replaced by a socialism that bailed out the rich alone. The Power of Yes opened at the National Theatre, London, in September 2009.

‘The great social dramatist of our age.’ Independent on Sunday

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Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler In a version by Brian Friel Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone, in 1929. His plays include Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Translations, Faith Healer, Making History and Dancing at Lughnasa.

‘Across the gulf of the 20th century one great playwright is talking to another and imagining, with breathtaking chutzpah, what he would have done if he were Ibsen. In other hands, it would be an act of appalling cheek. In Friel’s it is an act both of self-confidence and of devotion. He is good enough to make significant additions to Ibsen’s text and humble enough to put his own creative powers at the service of the Norwegian master. Instead of making Hedda Gabler “relevant” by giving it a contemporary gloss, he simply makes it better. Or to be more precise, he makes it better in English. . . Such radical changes make this Hedda neither a simple translation nor, as the official title has it, a “new version”, but something altogether larger. It might be better to borrow a term from classical music – variations. This is Friel’s Variations on a Play by Ibsen. The vibrancy, depth and passion of his text show that he sure knows how to play the thing.’ Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times

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Plays Two

On Raftery’s Hill, Ariel, The Cordelia Dream, Woman and Scarecrow, Marble

Marina Carr ‘This is a play that howls to be seen; its courage is matched only by its dramatic power.’ Sunday Independent on On Raftery’s Hill

‘An astonishing piece of theatre. Interweaving themes drawn from Irish, Greek and biblical myth, she spins a tale of power that is honest, emotional, dark and true . . . Die to see it.’

Brought up in County Offaly, a graduate of University College Dublin, Marina Carr has written extensively for the theatre. She has taught at Villanova, Princeton and currently at Trinity College. Awards include the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Macaulay Fellowship and the E. M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Kerry with her husband and children.

Irish Examiner on Ariel

‘Drama doesn’t come much richer or stranger than this death-bed lament. . . It lingers not only in the ear and brain, but in the imagination and the gut.’ The Times on Woman and Scarecrow

‘A brave piece and clearly charged with deep feeling . . . This is certainly unsettling territory and Carr boldly goes for it.’ Financial Times on The Cordelia Dream

‘An extraordinary play that lures us in with a promise of the recognisable only to drag us screaming into the soaring, magnificent possibilities of love and the destruction that it wreaks.’ Irish Independent on Marble

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Euripides’ Hippolytus

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Stovepipe

Translated by Timberlake Wertenbaker ‘Hippolytus, a fatal clash between goddesses at opposite ends of the chastity spectrum, is thrillingly up-to-date with its ideas of wantonness and abstinence and Timberlake Wertenbaker builds on this with a wonderfully confident translation of Euripides in convincing modern idiom.’

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Adam Brace

Furious that Prince Hippolytus will not worship her, Aphrodite, goddess of love, seeks revenge. Infecting Hippolytus’ stepmother, Phaedra, with an overpowering desire for him, Aphrodite’s retribution will sweep both prince and queen to a brutal end.

When a mercenary goes missing en route to Iraq, his closest surviving friend embarks on a hunt across the post-war Middle East. Adam Brace’s Stovepipe premiered at the second HighTide Festival in May 2008, and was revived in a HighTide production in collaboration with the National Theatre and the Bush Theatre in March 2009.

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s translation of Euripides’ tragedy Hippolytus premiered at Riverside Studios, London, in February 2009.

‘A rivetingly intelligent, action-packed play. This is a five-star production in its power and ambition, its hip, jittery sense of the way we live now and Brace is definitely a playwright to watch.’ Sunday Times

‘Tackles the subject of Iraq from a fresh perspective. A play that needs to be read as well as seen.’ Guardian

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The Last Cigarette Simon Gray and Hugh Whitemore ‘A startling mixture of comedy and candour that can only be described as heroic.’ Daily Telegraph

‘That’s defiance. That’s humour. That’s Gray.’ The Times

‘Outrageously funny.’ Daily Express

Simon Gray faced life – and death – with unflinching courage and defiant humanity; even when writing about his own mortality, he lost none of his prodigious talent to entertain. Warm, candid and with a double dose of dark humour, this dramatization of Gray’s The Smoking Diaries was completed just before his death. The play premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in March 2009 and transferred to the Trafalgar Studios, London.

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Hoors Gregory Burke Small Town, Fife. Andy and Vicky were meant to be getting married tomorrow. The trouble is, Andy’s stag weekend was so epic, so legendary, that he didn’t survive it. The finest pleasures that Amsterdam and Hamburg have to offer, together with a milehigh fling with a budget-airline stewardess, brought him down to earth with a bump. Now it’s time for the post-mortem.

A black comedy about waking up to find the party’s over, Gregory Burke’s Hoors premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in May 2009.

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The Ducky

Scotsman

‘The social commentary is deftly woven into the dialogue in a way too few playwrights attempt . . . both funny and heart-breaking.’ Herald

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‘A gripping and powerful work.’ Evening Standard

‘A taut, compelling and highly intelligent piece of drama.’

An international group of observers arrives in a West African country to oversee and rubber stamp its first democratic election. New voters queue in their thousands, but a senior member of the observation team finds herself both horrified by the president’s suppressive tactics and, for once, in a position to do something about it.

Sunday Telegraph

‘A satisfying smack of authenticity.’

Liubov Ranevskya, a widowed landowner, returns home more or less insolvent after five years abroad. Everything appears just as she remembers it but hers is a diminishing world. The vast and beautiful cherry orchard is soon to be sold off against her mounting debts. The insistent warnings of Lopakhin, a peasant’s son turned wealthy businessman, go unheeded, and more than the family estate is sacrificed: as Trofimov, the “eternal student” who hopes to inherit the future, tells her, “The whole of Russia is our orchard”.

Sequel to The Wall, D. C. Jackson’s award-winning debut, The Ducky, premiered in a Borderline Theatre Company production at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock, in May 2009.

The Observer ‘Matt Charman’s outstanding new play.’

In a new English version by Tom Stoppard

For the teenagers of the small Ayrshire town of Stewarton, there’s change in the air. Rab’s back from Cambridge. He feels alienated there; he feels alienated in his home town, too. Michelle’s returned to spend some time with her great-gran while she can. She reckons university isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, too. Meanwhile, Norma’s sweeping up in the local hairdresser’s until she works out what to do.

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Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard

D. C. Jackson ‘D. C. Jackson achieves the same sense [as John Byrne] of a huge world of global change glimpsed through honest, inspired and affectionate attention to local detail; he has the same power to keep audiences continuously engaged and entertained.’

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Chekhov’s last play (1904) is a poignant snapshot of the great, slow-rolling change that came to a head with the Russian revolution in 1917. Tom Stoppard’s English version of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard had its first New York performance at the Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, in January 2009, and its first London performance at the Old Vic Theatre in May 2009.

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Amongst Friends April de Angelis Journalist Lara, and her ex-MP and crime-writer husband Richard, are happy and successful. Having moved to a fashionable gated community they invite their old neighbours Caitlin and Joe to dinner. When the security system fails, the food is delivered by a stranger and the dinner party takes quite a different turn.

‘The play has a charming texture, an absolutely wonderful design and a winning spirit of playful satire.’ Spectator

April de Angelis’s darkly comic social satire, Amongst Friends, premiered at the Hampstead Theatre, London, in May 2009.

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The Black Album

‘A long overdue look at a very urgent issue.’

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Euripides’ Helen

Hanif Kureishi We’re not blasted Christians. We don’t turn the other buttock. We will fight for our people who are being tortured anywhere – in Palestine, Afghanistan, Kashmir, East End!

Frank McGuinness

An Asian kid from Kent goes to college in London and teams up with a sympathetic group of anti-racists. But it’s 1989, the year of the fatwa, and as Shahid begins a hedonistic affair with his lecturer, his radical Muslim friends want to steer him away from the decadence of the West.

Seven years have passed since the end of the Trojan War and Menelaus, King of Sparta and husband to Helen, is making his slow and painful way home. When his ship is wrecked on the coast of Egypt he stumbles upon what seems to be his wife lingering outside the royal palace. But if this is the real Helen, who was the beautiful woman stolen by Paris, for whom all Greece took up arms? Did Troy fall for nothing? Has it all been some god’s idea of a joke?

Hanif Kureishi’s stage adaptation of his strikingly prescient and acclaimed novel, The Black Album, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in July 2009.

Frank McGuinness’s version of Euripides’ Helen premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, in August, 2009.

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Midsummer

A Play with Songs David Greig and Gordon McIntyre ‘A warm-hearted, beautifullysculpted musical romantic comedy.’ Sccotsman

‘Irresistible and unmissable.’ Herald

‘All the classy poise and exuberant bounce of a really good pop song. . . Midsummer is utter, joyful pleasure.’

Bob’s a failing car salesman on the fringes of Edinburgh’s underworld. Helena’s a high-powered divorce lawyer with a taste for other people’s husbands. She’s totally out of his league; he’s not her type at all. They absolutely should not sleep together. Which is, of course, why they do. Midsummer opened at the Traverse Theatre in 2008 and was revived for an international tour in 2009.

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Ibsen’s Ghosts Rebecca Lenkiewicz Norway, 1881. Mrs Alving is ecstatic when her son Osvald visits after many years abroad. He has returned to celebrate the heroic memory of his dead father. But within hours of Osvald’s homecoming his mother is forced to unearth the past and reveal its terrifying ghosts.

‘Chilling and guiltily thrilling.’ Evening Standard

Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s version of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, or Those Who Return, premiered at the Arcola Theatre, London, in a coproduction with ATC in July 2009.

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Happy Days

Christopher Hampton It’s another normal day at a smalltown station, where a handful of passengers are waiting for the stopping train. Thomas Hudetz, the well-liked station master, is momentarily distracted by a young woman. Seconds later eighteen people are dead.

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Samuel Beckett

Preface by J.R. Knowlson

Happy Days was written in 1960, in English, and was first performed in New York in September 1961. The first London production was at the Royal Court Theatre in November 1962.

Christopher Hampton’s translation of Ödön von Horváth’s Judgment Day premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in September 2009.

‘Only Beckett could have written this play: a hilarious account of extinction, a short sonata for the dead, scored for female voice and male mumble.’ John Peter, Sunday Times

Standing in the wreckage of the 405 Express, can Thomas accept the truth that is hurtling towards him? If not, how long can he postpone the day of judgment?

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Another Door Closed Peter Gill

‘Have you grown hard? Is that it? You were never hard then, you know. Just two spoiled daughters. Two little, selfish daughters. Two unemancipated daughters. Without her you have become hard, is that it? She was so soft, you see.’

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Two elderly sisters get an unexpected visit from a younger man. It appears, many years ago, the sisters’ mother had been very kind to him. Peter Gill’s Another Door Closed premiered at the Theatre Royal, Bath, in August 2009.

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Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett

Preface by Mary Bryden

Subtitled ‘A Tragicomedy in Two Acts’, and famously described by the Irish critic Vivien Mercier as a play in which ‘nothing happens, twice’, En attendant Godot was first performed at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris in 1953. It was translated into English by Samuel Beckett, and opened as Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955.

‘I told [Ralph] Richardson that if by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot. This seemed to disappoint him greatly.’ Samuel Beckett to Barney Rosset, 18 October 1954

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The Ninth

Beethoven and the World in 1824

Harvey Sachs

Harvey Sachs is a writer and music historian. His many books include standard biographies of Arturo Toscanini and Arthur Rubinstein, Music in Fascist Italy and Virtuoso. His most recent work is The Letters of Arturo Toscanini, which he compiled, translated and edited, and he assisted Plácido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti with their memoirs. He has written for many major journals and newspapers including the Times Literary Supplement, Guardian, Observer, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, New Yorker, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

An absorbing, multidimensional look at the premiere of Beethoven’s towering Ninth Symphony – one of the most influential and unprecedented compositions in the history of music – this book sets the great work in its historical context and will appeal to music lovers, history enthusiasts and anyone wishing to come to grips with one of the great icons of western civilisation. A decade after the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars had given way to an era of retrenchment and repression, 1824 became a watershed year. The premiere of the Ninth Symphony, the death of Lord Byron – who had been aiding the Greeks in their struggle for independence

– Delacroix’s painting of the Turkish massacre of Greeks at Chios and Pushkin’s anti-tyrannical play Boris Godunov all signalled that the desire for freedom was not dead. And all of these works and events were part of the flowering of the High Romantic period. In The Ninth, eminent music historian and biographer Harvey Sachs employs memoir, anecdote and his vast knowledge of history to explain how the premiere of Beethoven’s staggering last symphony was emblematic of its time – a work of art unlike any other – and a magisterial, humanistic statement that remains a challenge down to our own day and for future generations.

‘A major contribution to our understanding of Toscanini and of several eras of late 19th- and 20thcentury musical life . . . It’s also a wonderful, sometimes downright salacious read.’ New York Times

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The Faber Pocket Guide to Wagner Michael Tanner Michael Tanner was a lecturer in the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Cambridge for 36 years, and is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He has been the opera critic of the Spectator since 1996, and reviews CDs and DVDs of music and opera widely. His life as a teacher was divided between philosophy and literature, though music has always been of at least equal importance to him.

Richard Wagner remains, almost 130 years after his death, the most controversial composer in the history of music. Creator of huge and hugely ambitious operas, which have an immense immediate impact, as well as providing food for endless thought and discussion, Wagner has had an influence on many fields outside music. In this lively pocket guide, Michael Tanner gives concise accounts of all his operas, showing how important it is to grasp the dramatic situations at every point, and indicating some of the key musical features. He also provides an outline of Wagner’s astonishing life, and shows that he has often been unfairly criticised and made a scapegoat, especially for political events which took place long after his death. Key features include:

‘Nobody equals Wagner at the colours of late autumn, at the indescribably moving happiness of a last, very last, very briefest enjoyment; he knows a sound for those secret, uncanny midnights of the soul.’ Nietzsche

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Wagner: his life year by year Wagner: his music work by work Things people said about Wagner Essential Wagner: ten great moments Wagner on CD and DVD Wagner bibliography This indispensable Faber Pocket Guide provides a wealth of insights into Wagner and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in both the man and his music.

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The Faber Pocket Guide to Britten John Bridcut

John Bridcut is a documentary director for British television. He has had a lifelong enthusiasm for English music, and his feature-length films Britten’s Children (2004) and The Passions of Vaughan Williams (2008) have won awards. He is currently working on a portrait of Elgar. In 2008, he produced a BBC documentary Charles at 60: The Passionate Prince for the BBC. Other film subjects have included Rudolf Nureyev, Roald Dahl, Hillary Clinton, and the Queen. His book Britten’s Children was published in 2006.

Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest opera composers of the 20th century, producing a feast of songs, orchestral and chamber music, as well as a wide range of music for children and amateurs. He was also both a performer – a first-rate conductor and pianist – and an impresario. In this incisive pocket guide, John Bridcut discusses Britten’s music and traces his musical influences; the pieces he grew up with and those he played and listened to. Bridcut also explores the composer’s complex personality, his emotional and professional relationships with men, women, and children, and the fascinating nooks and crannies of his daily life which are normally overlooked. Key features include: Britten: his life year by year Britten: his music work by work The pieces Britten never wrote Essential Britten: a Top Ten Britten on CD and DVD Britten online This Faber Pocket Guide is both an accessible introduction to the man and his work, and also an indispensable source of fresh insights into this towering figure in British music.

‘Britten has been for me the most purely musical person I have ever met and I have ever known. It always seemed to me that music sprang out of his fingers when he played the piano, as it did out of his mind when he composed.’ Michael Tippett

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Apathy for the Devil Nick Kent In 2002 Nick Kent was presented with the NME ‘God Like Genius’ award for his 30-year career as a rock writer. He is a contributor to the Guardian, The Times, Liberation, Mojo and GQ as well as the author of the classic collection, The Dark Stuff.

In his long-awaited second book – sixteen years after his seminal rock tome The Dark Stuff – Nick Kent produces a brilliant and very personal despatch: his memoir of the 1970s. Pitched somewhere between Almost Famous, Mr Nice and Withnail & I, Apathy for the Devil is a unique document of this most fascinating and troubling of decades – a story of inspiration, success and serious burn out. As a twenty-something college dropout Nick Kent’s first five interviews as a young writer were with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, The Grateful Dead, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. Along with Charles Shaar Murray and Ian MacDonald he would define and establish the NME as the home of serious music writing. And as apprentice to Lester Bangs, boyfriend of Chrissie Hynde, confidant of Iggy Pop, trusted scribe for Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, and early member of the Sex Pistols, he was witness to the beautiful and the damned of this turbulent decade.

‘He conveys the acne and ecstasy of the adolescent spirit of rock to perfection.’

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Electric Eden

Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music Rob Young In this groundbreaking survey of more than a century of music making in the Britsh Isles, Rob Young investigates how the idea of folk has been handed down and transformed by successive generations of musicians – song collectors, composers, Marxist revivalists, folk-rockers, psychedelic voyagers and electronic innovators.

Rob Young is Editor at Large of The Wire magazine and contributes to Uncut, Sight & Sound, Frieze and Art Review. His books include the record label histories of Warp and Rough Trade.

In a panorama of the British soundscape that takes in Cecil Sharp and Vaughan Williams; the industrial folk revival of Ewan MacColl and Al Lloyd; the folk-rock of Fairport Convention, Shirley Collins and Pentangle; the heady psychedelia of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band; the acid folk of Trees, Forest, Mr Fox and Comus; the early Glastonbury and Stonehenge festivals, and the visionary pop of Kate Bush, Julian Cope and Talk Talk, Electric Eden maps out an indigenous British musical voice that reflects the complex relationships between town and country, progress and nostalgia, radicalism and conservatism. Electric Eden is a wild combination of pagan echoes, spiritual quest, imaginative timetravel, pastoral innocence and electrified creativity.

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A Very Irregular Head The Syd Barrett Story Rob Chapman Rob Chapman contributed to early issues of the Syd Barrett fanzine, Terrapin. He has also written for Uncut, Mojo, the Guardian and The Times. He is the author of two books, a history of offshore pirate radio, Selling The Sixties, and an alternative history of the record sleeve, The Vinyl Junkyard.

‘One of the engineers noticed that if Syd turned left when he walked out of the studio he was going to the canteen and would eventually return and resume the session. But if he turned right it was safe to assume he wouldn’t be back. On the fourth night Syd turned right one last time and didn’t come back again. Ever.’ 102

By February, 1972, it was effectively all over for Syd Barrett, founder member and guiding creative force behind the original Pink Floyd. In the summer of 2006 he died at the age of 60, a remote and sensitive individual whose psychedelic footprints left a trail back to the mid-60s and the height of the London underground. With exceptional style and gusto A Very Irregular Head dismantles the myth of Loony Syd the Acid Casualty and reveals a man whose psychedelic parameters expanded too fast, too soon, as the early success of Pink Floyd with the release of Piper at the Gates of Dawn shocked a young man into a frenetic pop world he was not yet ready for – and perhaps never even wanted. Maybe, just maybe, Syd was not cut out for the rock n roll long haul; maybe, like a comet, he was destined to burn bright and leave a long trail. This book is a gateway to a vision of one man’s Arcadia, a genius songwriter and artist whose musical influence resonated through punk, postpunk and the artier end of Britpop. Including extensive interviews with the Barrett family (for the first time) and with reference to his letters, juvenilia, and work as an artist, A Very Irregular Head is, finally, the book this most extraordinary of English eccentrics deserves.

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Loops

Issue Two Edited by Richard King and Lee Brackstone Lee Brackstone is Publishing Director at Faber.

Issue 2 of Loops, the biannual journal dedicated to music writing from Faber and Domino, hosts essays from Andy Miller (Est-ce, est-ce ce bon?: on Serge Gainsboug’s flirtation with Nazi chic on Rock Around the Bunker), Dan Franklin (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Fast: on Napalm Death and the Possibility of Life’s Destruction) and Frances Morgan on Red Square’s Thirty Three and the resonance of re-discovery after the event. And then there’s The Man Who Wasn’t There, Paul Morley’s spectacularly honest and revealing portrait of Michael Jackson and his legacy. So much has been written; so little has been said. Morley unravels and indugles the myth to ask just who he was, how we came to piece him together through our collective desires and fears, and why his destiny so inevitably reflected the dysfunctionality of the culture. This expansive essay takes a sober, brave and imaginative perspective on a story that was written before it was told and mythologised before it was considered. Addicted Jackson. Mutilated Jackson. Abused Jackson. Kennedy, Monroe, Diana: the selfpiteous pitiful freak. How did we come to make this man and how did we come to claim his as The King of Pop?

Richard King works for Domino Records and is working on a book, How Soon is Now.

‘“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read,” Frank Zappa said. But he hasn’t seen Loops, the sharp new twice-yearly music-writing journal from Faber and Faber and the indie record label Domino.’ The Times

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The Animator’s Survival Kit Expanded Edition Richard Williams Richard Williams is best known as the Director of Animation and designer of the new characters for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, for which he won two Academy Awards® including a Special Achievement Award. Canadian-born Williams has won three US Academy Awards®, three British Academy Awards, and an Emmy among 246 international awards – starting with his first film The Little Island in 1958. Williams has also animated title sequences for Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, What’s New Pussycat, Casino Royale and linking sequences for The Charge of the Light Brigade, as well as countless prize-winning commercials. In 1990 he was voted by his peers as ‘The Animator’s Animator’, and in 1995 he started giving the Richard Williams Animation Masterclass for professionals and students worldwide in London, Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Sydney, Hong Kong, France and Denmark.

The definitive working manual on animation, from triple Academy Award® winning Director of Animation for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Animation is one of the hottest and most creative areas of filmmaking today. During his more than forty years in the business, Richard Williams has been one of the true innovators, and serves as the link between the golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation successes. In this book, based on his worldwide sold-out Animation Masterclass, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator – from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz – needs. Using hundreds of drawings, Williams distills the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that has become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students and fans.

‘Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation.’ New York Times

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This new expanded edition includes more on animal action, invention and realism with sophisticated animation examples, as well as a promotional DVD of Richard Williams’s Masterclass.

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Walter Salles and the New Wave in South American Cinema Demetrios Matheou

Walter Salles is best known for directing The Motorcycle Diaries following the journey made by the young medical student Che Guevara across Argentina, through Chile, to Peru. It was Guevara’s intention to encourage across the different nationalities a truly continental identity. The result is a truly Latin American film which embodies all that is best in the buena onda, the good wave of Latin American cinema. This is a wave that includes Brazilian favela flms such as City of God, as well as the much more idiosyncratic films of Argentina such as Nine Queens, The Lost Embrace and La Nina Santa. The new wave of Latin American movies have won Oscars, as well as prizes at international festivals and have attracted audiences worldwide.

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber’s Ten Bad Dates with De Niro.

And they have not gone unnoticed in Hollywood – the director of City of God went on to helm The Constant Gardener and George Clooney’s company remade Nine Queens. This book is composed of interviews with the most significant of the new wave of film-makers – a babel of voices bonded by blood, politics, strife, courage, ingenuity, and a shared desire and splendid resolve to make movies.

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Nobody’s Horse Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley makes her debut for young readers in this stirring novel about a girl and her love of horses. Abby Lovitt has always been more at ease with horses than with people. Her father insists they call all the mares “Jewel” and all the geldings “George” and warns Abby not to get attached: the horses are there to be sold. But with all the stress at school (the Big Four have turned against Abby and her

Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in St Louis, Missouri. She was educated at Vassar College and the University of Iowa. She is the author of eleven novels including A Thousand Acres, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 1992, Moo and Horse Heaven. She has written on politics, farming, horse-training, child-rearing, literature, impulse buying, getting dressed, Barbie, marriage, and many other topics in publications including Vogue, the New Yorker, Practical Horseman, Harper’s and the New York Times. Nobody’s Horse is her first novel for young readers and draws on her lifelong love of horses. Jane lives in California with her family, three dogs, and her sixteen (and counting) horses.

friends) and at home (her brother Danny is gone – for good, it seems – and now Daddy won’t speak his name), Abby seeks refuge with the Georges and the Jewels. But there’s one gelding on her family’s farm that gives her no end of trouble: the horse who won’t meet her gaze, the horse who bucks her right off every chance he gets, the horse her father makes her ride and train, every day. She calls him the Grumpy George.

‘Jane Smiley is one of the premiere novelists of her generation, possessed of a mastery of craft and an uncompromising vision that grow more powerful with each book.’ Washington Post

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Holidays According to Humphrey

Amazing activities and rollicking riddles from everybody’s favourite hamster – Humphrey! Dear friends, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE being the classroom hamster in Room 26, Longfellow School. I love solving puzzles and riddles in the tiny notebook I keep hidden in my cage. They’re not always easy but if I wiggle my whiskers and scratch my furry head for a while, I can usually solve them.

Dear friends, I was unsqueakably worried when I learned that the end of school was near! I couldn’t imagine life without Longfellow School, and I was unsqueakably worried about what I would do once I lost my job as classroom pet.

www.funwithhumphrey.com

It wasn’t the most relaxing holiday but it turned out to be my greatest adventure yet – and now you can read all about it! Your pal forever, Humphrey With over half a million copies sold in the UK alone, the Humphrey series continues to go from strength to strength.

‘Children fall for Humphrey, and you can’t beat him for feel-good life lessons.’

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Betty G. Birney

Join the nation’s best-loved and bestselling hamster for his sixth brilliant adventure.

It turned out that summer was wilder than school could ever be. I saw new sights, made new friends and had FUN-FUN-FUN. But I also had to deal with strange new creatures, Og’s mysterious disappearance and the scarysounding Howler!

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Betty G. Birney Betty G. Birney worked at Disneyland for many years, has written several children’s television shows and is the author of over twenty-five books, including the best-selling The World According to Humphrey, which won the Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club, Friendship According to Humphrey, Trouble According to Humphrey, Surprises According to Humphrey and More Adventures According to Humphrey. Her work has won many awards, including an Emmy and three Humanitas Prizes. She lives in America with her husband.

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I’m sharing some of my favourites in this fun-filled book so you can find out if you’re as smart as a hamster! (I’ll bet you are.) Your puzzle-loving pal, Humphrey With additional material compiled by Amanda Li, the author and editor of jokebooks for Jeremy Strong, Gwyneth Rees, Geri Halliwell and David Roberts, this fabulous book of puzzles is the perfect way for Humphrey fans to while away the hours.

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Humphrey’s Big-Big-Big Book of Stories Betty G. Birney The perfect gift, this new edition in Betty G. Birney’s bestselling series brings together her first three stories about Humphrey the classroom hamster. Discover the wisdom, wit and brilliance of the nation’s best-loved furry friend as he tells you everything about the World, Friendship and Trouble, all according to his Humphreyness!

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The Wrong End of the Dog

Philip Ardagh

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‘Philip Ardagh writes funny like he can’t help it. Grubtown Tales are silly, silly, silly. Young readers will love them. (Old readers too . . . ).’ Daniel Hahn, Independent on Sunday

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If Beardy Ardagh is to be believed, things all start going on the bonkers side of very wrong when Mayor Flabby Gomez finally finishes knitting his new home and declares a public holiday in Grubtown for its official opening. There will be free ice-cream and entertainment . . . only there’s been a mix-up at the suppliers and the wrong costumes and props have arrived. And, if that weren’t bad enough, there’s the matter of a serious leak at Grubtown’s new aquarium.

All hail Grubtown – where mayhem rules the day and exceptional silliness is the way of life! Philip Ardagh is back to tell more tales of grubbiness and chaos in his brilliant and wacky series, perfect for fans of Mr Gum and Horrid Henry. You won’t find Grubtown on any maps. The last time any map-makers were sent anywhere near the place they were found a week later wearing nothing but pages from a telephone directory, and calling for their mothers. It’s certainly a town and certainly grubby – except for the squeaky clean parts – but everything else we know about the place comes from Beardy Ardagh, town resident and author of these tales. As eye-witness Beardy Ardagh reports, when famous film star Tawdry Hipbone visits Grubtown for the world premiere of her latest movie, For the Love of Ducks II, Mayor Flabby Gomez couldn’t be more excited but, as usual, nothing goes to plan. Miss Hipbone’s dog, Snooks, is snatched by a low-flying pelican, and it’s a race against time to find him, in a rescue attempt involving Grubtown’s usual ragbag of bungling buffoons.

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Philip Ardagh Philip Ardagh is the awardwinning author of the Eddie Dickens adventures, currently published in over 30 languages. He wrote BBC radio’s first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children’s book and is a ‘regularly irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown, where he cultivates his impressive beard.

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‘Philip Ardagh has invented his own style of storytelling.’ Michael Rosen

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The Great Pasta Disaster Philip Ardagh STOP PRESS! World Book Day 2010 is set to be the grubbiest ever with a specially written £1 Grubtown Tale. Welcome to the downright bonkers world of Grubtown, where the police chief can’t help taking things, everyone loves ducks – except the duck-hating Fox family, of course – and the mayor, Flabby Gomez, is having serious problems with walnuts.

In this special World Book Day Grubtown Tale, Farflung Heaps, self-appointed leader of the Angry Mob becomes so FURIOUS about being served floppy lettuce that he challenges the restaurant to a ‘pasta taste-off’ with truly EXPLOSIVE results. Can Jilly Cheeter and short shortswearing Mango Claptrap save the day when tomato sauce and meatballs become as dangerous as a deadly weapon? And who will pay for all that dry-cleaning?

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Mirror Mischief Ceci Jenkinson

Justin Richards Justin Richards has written over twenty novels as well as non-fiction books. He has also written audio scripts, a television and stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal. Justin is the author of The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and The Invisible Detective series. He is also Creative Director of the BBC’s best-selling range of Doctor Who books. He lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

A terrifying new case for the Department of Unclassified Artefacts. Eddie, Liz, George and Sir William return to fight their greatest enemy yet in this nail-biting novel from the author of The Death Collector and The Parliament of Blood. My friends and I have braved the horrors of the Shadow Chamber – its secret traps and snares. We have crawled through sewers to escape an inhuman killer. We have fought creatures of animated clay and feared for our lives in the hidden cellars of the Emperor’s Theatre.

www.justinrichards.co.uk

‘A rollicking ghoulish horror stiry written with great pace . . . chlildren will love it.’ Daily Mail on The Parliament of Blood

‘It goes from strength to ghoulish strengt . . . a rollicking historical yarn.’ Daily Telegraph on The Parliament of Blood

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I have seen the poor souls whose brains have been replaced by mechanisms of clockwork. I have witnessed how they are entirely under the influence of an ancient curse. And now I have heard that the man I suspect to be our enemy is to perform his stage act at the Palace, by Royal Command. Would he dare? Can he be so bold? Is the next victim of this grisly process intended to be the Queen Empress herself? I pray that Eddie and I can find George and Liz and rescue them from whatever dire fate they have befallen. I pray we can save Queen Victoria and the Empire.

Ceci Jenkinson lives in Wales with her husband and two young sons

It’s trouble time again! Join Oli and Skipjack on their latest adventure of unstoppable trouble and hilarious escapades! MAGIC TROUBLE! Meany maths teacher Vernon Surd punishes anyone who can’t do fractions ( = Oli ). School bully Slugger Stubbins punishes anyone who dodges his rugby tackles ( = Oli ). But when Oli uses his new magic mirror to punish his punishers, they go absolutely WILD! Now only Skipjack can save his friend, with a bit of help from the Zombie Witch Doctor . . .

‘Will appeal to anyone who loves Horrid Henry.’ Observer on Oli and Skipjack’s Tales of Trouble

‘I recommend this to everyone.’ Sunday Express on Oli and Skipjack’s Tales of Trouble

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Boy Zero Wannabe Hero The Petrifying Plot of the Plummeting Pants! Peter Millett

Steve Voake Steve Voake grew up near Bath. Before becoming a full time writer, he was headteacher of a village school. Steve is the critically acclaimed author of The Dreamwalker’s Child, The Web of Fire and The Starlight Conspiracy. His most recent novel, Blood Hunters, was selected for Booked Up 2009, a national programme run by Booktrust whose goal is to encourage reading for pleasure by providing each Year 7 pupil in England with a free book. He lives with his family in Somerset.

Another thumping, adrenalinfuelled adventure from the critically acclaimed author Steve Voake. Kier glanced around and decided things didn’t look good. He’d put two armed bank robbers on the floor in less than a minute and he hadn’t even broken sweat. If word got back to Jackson about this, he’d be furious . . . His father is dead, the police want to arrest him and the bad guys want to kill him. But fourteen-year-old Kier West isn’t about to let that stop him. After watching a young girl fight off three attackers on a train, he learns her secret in a Cretan monastery and quickly discovers that the only way to get justice is to go after it himself . . .

The first title in a hilarious new series – perfect for 7–9 year-old fans of Captain Underpants. Greetings, people of the world, I am General Pandemonium, the galaxy’s most sensational new super villain. You might remember me from such outrageous disasters as the plunging of the prime minister’s pants, and the shocking World Cup penalty box pants-down pileup. In less than three hours time I plan to unleash a new terror on your planet — the likes of which you have never witnessed before.

Peter Millett was born in New Zealand. He was first published aged nine when one of his humorous poems appeared in the national press. He has since gone on to publish a great many children’s books in New Zealand, including picture books and educational books. He has a passion for zany English humour and Spike Milligan is one of his all-time heroes. He lives with his family in Auckland.

Charlie Applejack’s career as a superhero might be over before it’s even begun. His mother wants him to choose a safe job as a TV game show host and the Super School has rejected him because his super powers aren’t super enough. However, when the evil villain and wannabe rock star General Pandemonium captures all of the world’s superheroes, and threatens to vaporise every pair of pants on the planet, it’s up to Charlie to save the day.

‘It’s terrific stuff . . . classily put together and lip-smackingly gory.’

Will he be a superhero — or will he be a superzero?

Financial Times on Blood Hunters

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Mousebeard’s Revenge Emiline and Scratcher are back! And so is Mousebeard, for the final instalment of Alex Milway’s fantastical, piratical, mice-filled adventure trilogy. On guard! Old Town’s finest hour . . . For three days, Old Town is playing host to the International Mousing Exhibition, and it should be the greatest event the world has ever seen. But one person is determined to ruin everything.

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The pirate returns . . . Mousebeard is back, and nothing will stop him finishing what he started all those years ago. Reputations will crumble. Friends will be lost. War is coming to Old Town, and for Emiline and Scratcher, there’s no means of escape.

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Blackout

Alex Milway Alex Milway was born in 1978 in Hereford. After finishing art school and spending a number of years in magazine publishing, he finally managed to finish a book. He is the author of The Mousehunter and its sequel, The Curse of Mousebeard. He lives in Crystal Palace with his wife and a curly haired cat called Milo.

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Sam Mills

Sam Mills was born in 1975 and studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University. Sam worked as a journalist and publicist before giving it all up to write full time. Sam is the author of two previous young adult novels, A Nicer Way to Die and The Boys Who Saved the World.

An explosive new thriller from Sam Mills set in a terrifying future where state corruption, mind control and propaganda can cause even the most unlikely person to commit the worst of crimes. I am on the run. The police are chasing me because they think I’m a terrorist. The trouble all began when my Dad, who’s a bookseller, hid a writer called Omar Shakir in our house. Omar wrote a book you may have heard of but won’t have read. It’s called The Exploded. It inspired a terrorist attack on London. That’s why it’s a BANNED book. We live in dangerous times. Lots of books are banned now. Harry Potter. Alex Rider. James Bond. If you’re caught reading one, you could go to jail. The state says books and films and computer games have to be nice and happy, so they don’t inspire teenagers to commit violent crime or terrorism.

‘A fast-moving and atmospheric tale that somehow manages to blend pirates and mice . . . Diverting, engaging and imaginative, the quirky humour and exciting climax should grip.’

I thought they were wrong. I thought, how much harm can a book do?

Daily Telegraph on the Mousehunter trilogy

BOOKS ARE DANGEROUS.

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Then I read one. Now I’m about to commit murder. Now I know better.

‘I burnt a lot of midnight oil and even more adrenalin reading this fabulous novel.’ Sunday Telegraph on A Nicer Way to Die

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In the Trees

Gene Kemp

An utterly unique travel novel from master storyteller, Pauline Fisk. All around him, the smell of trees rose from the ground, earthy and dank, just the way he’d smelt it that first day. And he’d heard a voice that day, which he’d thought was calling out a welcome. But really it had been calling out for help. Kid Cato’s come to Belize, on the Caribbean coast. He’s left behind his life in London and is looking for his dad. But what he finds instead is a group of gap year volunteers. They’re just the boring, do-good types he’s always hated, but he’s stuck with them. Stuck with the jungle too – but, by the time it’s done with him, he’l never be the same. And neither will Kid’s new companions. Living in the trees will change them all.

‘It is a gem . . . moving and heartwarming without being at all sentimental.’ Observer on Flying for Frankie

‘Ingenious.’ Observer on The Mrs Marridge Project

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No Way Out

Pauline Fisk Pauline Fisk is the muchloved author of eight children’s novels, including Flying for Frankie, The Mrs Marridge Project, Sabrina Fludde and Midnight Blue which won the Smarties Prize and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award. Pauline has five children and lives in Shropshire.

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Forests are like lungs. They breathe life into us and make us one. Here we are from worlds apart. And thanks to the forest we’re sharing one life. Where we come from doesn’t matter, or what we once were in the past. It’s what we are now that matters. It’s what we make of ourselves.

Gene Kemp has established herself as one of the most inventive and imaginative of British children’s writers. Born in 1926, she is best known for her Cricklepit School stories, including The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Charlie Lewis Plays for Time, which was runnerup for the Whitbread Award, and Just Ferret, which was a runner-up for the Smarties Award. She lives in Devon.

A haunting and original modern fable from one of the UK’s most loved and admired writers for children. Alex is my twin. We’re not identical or anything. But something holds us together even when we argue and fight – something secret. We’re telepathic. And I can hear him now. ‘We’re prisoners, Adam.’ It was supposed to be a normal family holiday. Nothing to report, apart from the usual bickering. But this is different. This town is weird, with its time-warp houses and zombie inhabitants. Worst of all, no matter which way we run, there’s no way out. The people are closing in. Now they’re after our sister, sweet little Emmy. We’ve got to save her – from the chanting, the madness and from the ancient curse.

‘Gene Kemp [is] faultless on the mysterious, transient vocabulary of the young.’ Guardian

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‘Foden’s most compelling and affecting novel since his debut, combining fascinating research with a high narrative tension.’

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The second in the Tokyo trilogy, from the author of The Damned Utd and the Red Riding Quartet.

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The Bradshaw Variations Rachel Cusk

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How to Paint a Dead Man

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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‘Dinsdale’s stunning first novel is a reworking of the Cain and Abel story, with a dash of Saving Private Ryan thrown in. Look out for it in the prize season – this should be a cert for a Betty Trask award, at the very least.’ The Times

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‘Rollercoaster storytelling with a deep mythic quality.’

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Petina Gappah

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The sequel to An Expert in Murder.

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Trust Me

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Winterland

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Alan Glynn

Michael Gregorio

‘Both a crime novel and a portrait of contemporary Ireland caught at a moment of profound change . . . Timely, topical, and thrilling.’

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The Last Train to Scarborough Andrew Martin

‘Like all the Jim Stringer adventures, The Last Train to Scarborough bewitches with its detail, dry humour and laid-back ruminations.’

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The Black Monastery

Stav Sherez

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The Salati Case Tobias Jones

‘Full of twists and turns … his novel is also, like the best crime fiction, a study of a society and the changes it is experiencing.’ Scotsman 130

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Biography and History

Hundred Years War Volume Three

Alan Bennett

Jonathan Sumption

‘Bennett’s writing about his family is utterly absorbing; entirely charitable, but in no way sentimental.’

‘A magisterial history of the long war . . . A marvelous book, times and places wonderfully evoked . . . This is one of the great historical works of our time.’

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When the Lights Went Out

Stalin’s Nemesis

Andy Beckett

Bertrand Patenaude

‘Andy Beckett’s stimulating and scrupulously researched book puts the Seventies into a new perspective.’

‘A hybrid of history and detective story, this account of Trotsky’s final days in exile in Mexico in the 1940s, hunted down by a Stalinist agent, grips from start to finish.’

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MINI

Franklin

Simon Garfield

Andrew Lambert

‘Garfield’s book is one that Mini fans will love . . . a book about the people that made the car.’

‘Andrew Lambert has written another brilliant piece of research combined with old-fashioned detective work. Franklin is a heart-breaking journey through unwarranted hope and avoidable despair and yet utterly compelling.’

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The Monopoly of Violence James Sheehan

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What Price Liberty? Ben Wilson

‘Brilliant, timely and readable.’ Tony Benn ‘Wilson’s ability to tackle great issues with such assurance and perception suggests that he is a rising star.’ Max Hastings, Sunday Times

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The Last Supper

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Rachel Cusk

‘A monumental achievement – one of the great scientific biographies.’

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Bicycle Diaries

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‘Byrne’s discursive travelogue is hugely entertaining . . . part diary, part, manifesto.’

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Why Socrates Died Robin Waterfield

‘Richly told and enjoyable . . . a wonderfully full picture of Athens in the fifth century.’ Guardian

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‘A lively and entertaining mix of reportage and travelogue. Wittily observant, and with a good eye for the absurd.’

‘Kiberd’s is a generous spirit, and his book is full of sensible, down-to-earth commentary on what he rightly identifies as one of modernism’s greatest masterpieces . . . whether or not Ulysses is an example of wisdom literature, Ulysses and Us certainly is.’ John Banville, Irish Independent

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Oliver Balch

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Viva South America!

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The Dead Yard Ian Thompson

‘The Dead Yard takes you to the heart of Jamaica . . . Ian Thomson has captured the tension, the politics, the heat, the chaos, the beauty and the music.’ Benjamin Zephaniah

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A Shadow Falls

The Complete Book of Mothers-in-Law

‘A highly readable book, full of memorable portraits of the author’s neighbours and informants, immensely entertaining, and the most evocative portrayal of rural Java for years.’ Literary Review

‘A splendidly exhaustive – and never exhausting – book, in which an extraordinary crowd of mothers-in-law historical, fictional, contemporary and anonymous gathers . . . It would make a superb, stimulating, safe present to a mother-in-law – or from one.’ Kate Kellaway, Observer

Andrew Beatty

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‘Comprehensive and judicious . . . Waits could not have found a more respectful, sympathetic and knowledgeable biographer if he’d chosen him himself.’ Mick Brown, Word

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The Hell of It All Charlie Brooker

From the author of Dawn of the Dumb, Screen Burn, Brass Eye. ‘Brooker’s work is strangely liberating . . . he will enrich your life and make you laugh – a lot. And like the best kind of misanthrope, he is only like that because, deep down, he cares.’ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

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‘Vividly captures the American landscape and the music it inspires . . . a captivating and enchanting study of a country’s culture that never fails to astound, and Petrusich makes the perfect guide.’ Mojo

Part memoir of a football addict, part comedy self-help manual, A Matter of Life and Death is a brilliant, banter-fuelled book about the differences between men and women, from one of Britain’s favourite comedy double acts.

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Ronni Ancona and Alistair McGowan

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It Still Moves

A Matter of Life and Death

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Barney Hoskyns

‘A delight to read. [Morris] can convey with sustained excitement and remarkable accuracy the sights and sounds of the American scene . . . Brilliant.’

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Lowside of the Road

Jan Morris

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Coast to Coast

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Coltrane

Ben Ratliff

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The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables

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Chaplin

Simon Louvish

Andrew Motion

‘His clarity, iambic rhythms, natural idiom and subtle evocation of shades of emotion place him in apostolic succession to Wordsworth, Keats, Hardy, Frost, Thomas, Bishop and Larkin.’ Guardian

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The Cinder Path

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Michael Billington

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‘Simon Louvish has managed the impossible, at this late stage in the game: he has found an approach so illuminating that he reaches the heart of his subject more penetratingly than anything on Chaplin I have read.’ Simon Callow, Guardian Book of the Week

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Blade Runners, Deer Hunters & Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

Two Cures for Love Wendy Cope

Michael Deeley

‘Wendy Cope is that very rare thing in the poetry world: a good poet that people actually read.’

‘This book is packed with hilarious stories. . . a great read for anyone interested in the film business.’

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Selected Poems W. H. Auden

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Somebody

Stefan Kanfer

‘In a crowded market of books about Brando, the greatest of all screen actors, Stefan Kanfer strikes an original note by portraying him, albeit with great sensitivity and tact, as a man permanently teetering on the brink of madness.’ Sunday Times

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Occupied City

Mariah Mundi and the Ship of Fools G. P. Taylor

David Peace

The second in the Tokyo trilogy, from the author of The Damned Utd and the Red Riding Quartet.

‘It really is wonderful, wonderful stuff. . . Mariah Mundi surpasses Potter on just about every level there is. Highly recommended.’

‘A writer of such immense talent and power.’

The Bookbag

The Times

07/01/2010 978 0 571 245017 240pp _

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Nocturnes

Kazuo Ishiguro ‘These stories come up on you quietly, in Ishiguro’s strangely weightless style, but then haunt you for days; these little pieces could only be the work of a great composer.’ Evening Standard

07/01/2010 978 0 571 245864 288pp _

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The Salati Case

Tobias Jones

‘Full of twists and turns . . . his novel is also, like the best crime fiction, a study of a society and the changes it is experiencing.’ Scotsman

04/02/2010 978 0 571 237890 480pp _

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A Visible Darkness Michael Gregorio

‘A pitch-perfect evocation of the period and a compelling, gloomy atmosphere.’ Publishers Weekly

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Angel with Two Faces

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‘No one writes quite as vividly, and unpredictably, and brilliantly.’ Roddy Doyle

‘A new and assured talent.’ P. D. James

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Lorrie Moore

The sequel to An Expert in Murder.

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A Gate at the Stairs

Nicola Upson

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The Lacuna

The Bradshaw Variations

Barbara Kingsolver

Rachel Cusk

The powerful new novel, ten years in the writing, from the author of the worldwide bestseller The Poisonwood Bible.

‘Cusk is both clever and precise at providing realistic snippets of modern family life. She places a wry, elegiac microscope on the trappings of convention.’ Financial Times

04/03/2010 978 0 571 248087 320pp _

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A Life Like Other People’s

Turbulence

Alan Bennett

Giles Foden

‘Bennett’s writing about his family is utterly absorbing; entirely charitable, but in no way sentimental.’

‘Foden’s most compelling and affecting novel since his debut, combining fascinating research with a high narrative tension.’

Observer

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04/03/2010 978 0 571 241194 352pp _

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Trust Me

Peter Leonard ‘Razor-sharp dialogue and a plot that races like a souped-up Mercury Cruiser; from turbocharged start to explosive finish. Brilliant!’

06/05/2010 978 0 571 249510 384pp _

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Invisible Paui Auster

The new novel from the author of Brooklyn Follies and The New York Trilogy.

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Index

New Books January – June 2009 A Afterglow of Creation, Marcus Chown, 51 Caroline Alexander, The War That Killed Achilles, 57 All Names Have Been Changed, Claire Kilroy, 127 Jonathan Allison (Ed.), The Letters of Louis MacNeice, 73 Amongst Friends, April de Angelis, 89 Ronni Ancona, A Matter of Life and Death, 61, 136 Andrew Marvell, Sean O’Brien (Ed.), 77 Angel with Two Faces, Nicola Upson, 130, 142 April de Angelis, Amongst Friends, 89 The Animator’s Survival Kit, Richard Williams, 106 Another Door Closed, Peter Gill, 92 Apathy for the Devil, Nick Kent, 100 Philip Ardagh, The Great Pasta Disaster, 115, The Wrong End of the Dog, 114, Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens, 115 Simon Armitage, Seeing Stars, 66 W. H. Auden, Selected Poems, 138 Paul Auster, Invisible (OME), 143 B Oliver Balch, Viva South America!, 135 Kat Banyard, The Equality Illusion, 37 Andrew Beatty, A Shadow Falls, 136 Andy Beckett, When the Lights Went Out, 133 Samuel Beckett, Happy Days, 93, Malone Dies, 29, Mercier and Camier, 31, More Pricks than Kicks, 30, Selected Poems, 72, Texts for Nothing/Fizzles, 31, The Unnamable, 30 Waiting for Godot, 93 Alan Bennett, A Life Like Other People’s, 132, 143, The Habit of Art, 81 Berlin/Wall, David Hare, 82 Beware of Small States, David Hirst, 39 Bicycle Diaries, David Byrne, 52, 135 Michael Billington, State of the Nation, 139 Betty G. Birney, Holidays According to Humphrey, 112, Humphrey’s Book of Fun-Fun-Fun, 113, Humphrey’s Big-Big-Big Book of Stories, 113 The Birth of Love, Joanna Kavenna, 15 The Black Album, Hanif Kureishi, 90 The Black Monastery, Stav Sherez, 131, 144 The Black Tower, P. D. James, 145 Blackout, Sam Mills, 121 Blade Runners, Deer Hunters & Blowing the Bloody Doors Off, Michael Deeley, 139 William Blake, William Blake, 77 This Bleeding City, Alex Preston, 23 Phillip Blond, Red Tory, 34 Rob Young, Electric Eden, 101 Boy Zero Wannabe Hero, Peter Millett, 119 Adam Brace, Stovepipe, 87 Lee Brackstone (Ed.), Loops Two, 103 The Bradshaw Variations, Rachel Cusk, 126, 142 John Bridcut, The Faber Pocket Guide to Britten, 99 Charlie Brooker, The Hell of it All, 60, 136 Gregory Burke, Hoors, 87 David Byrne, Bicycle Diaries, 52, 135 C John Caird, Theatre Craft, 80 Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America, 6 Marina Carr, Plays Two, 85 A Certain Justice, P. D. James, 145 The Chamber of Shadows, Justin Richards, 116 Chaplin, Simon Louvish, 139 Rob Chapman, A Very Irregular Head, 102 Matt Charman, The Observer, 88 Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Tom Stoppard, 89 Children of Men, P. D. James, 145 Marcus Chown, Afterglow of Creation, 51 Chronic City, Jonathan Lethem, 14 The Cinder Path, Andrew Motion, 138 Coast to Coast, Jan Morris, 136 Collected Stories, Hanif Kureishi, 18 Coltrane, Ben Ratliff, 137 The Complete Book of Mothers-in-Law, Luisa Dillner, 137

Contact!, Jan Morris, 53 Contested Will, James Shapiro, 40 Wendy Cope, Two Cures for Love, 138 Courtiers, Lucy Worsley, 43 Cover Her Face, P. D. James, 145 Adam Creed, The Willing Flesh, 26 Rachel Cusk, The Bradshaw Variations, 126, 142, The Last Supper, 135 D The Dead Yard, Ian Thomson, 135 Death of an Expert Witness, P. D. James, 145 Michael Deeley, Blade Runners, Deer Hunters & Blowing the Bloody Doors Off, 139 Devices and Desires, P. D. James, 145 Luisa Dillner, The Complete Book of Mothers-in-Law, 137 Robert Dinsdale, The Harrowing, 129 Louise Doughty, Whatever You Love, 17 The Ducky, D. C. Jackson, 88 Robin Dunbar, How Many Friends Does One Person Need?, 50 Joe Dunthorne, Faber New Poets 5, 76 E Sam Eastland, Eye of the Red Tsar, 25 Electric Eden, Rob Young, 101 An Elegy for Easterly, Petina Gappah, 129 T. S. Eliot, The Letters Volume One, 74, The Letters Volume Two, 75 Valerie Eliot (Ed.), The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume One, 74, The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume Two, 75 The Embrace, Jamie McKendrick, 69 Encounter, Milan Kundera, 54 The Equality Illusion, Kat Banyard, 37 Euripides’ Helen, Frank McGuinness, 91 Euripides’ Hippolytus, Timberlake Wertenbaker, 86 Eye of the Red Tsar, Sam Eastland, 25 F Faber New Poets 5, Joe Dunthorne, 76 Faber New Poets 6, Annie Katchinska, 76 Faber New Poets 7, Sam Riviere, 76 Faber New Poets 8, Tom Warner, 76 The Faber Pocket Guide to Britten, John Bridcut, 99 The Faber Pocket Guide to Wagner, Michael Tanner, 98 Far North, Marcel Theroux, 127 Graham Farmelo, The Strangest Man, 134 James Fenton (Ed.), William Blake, 77 Fightback, Steve Voake, 118 Pauline Fisk, In the Trees, 122 Helen Fitzgerald, My Last Confession, 128 The Flying Troutmans   , Miriam Toews, 128 Nick Flynn, The Ticking is the Bomb, 46 Giles Foden, Turbulence, 127, 142 Saul Frampton, When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me?, 56 Franklin, Andrew Lambert, 132 Brian Friel, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, 84 G Petina Gappah, An Elegy for Easterly, 129 Simon Garfield, MINI, 133 A Gate at the Stairs (OME), Lorrie Moore, 143 Brent Ghelfi, Shadow of the Wolf, 28 Peter Gill, Another Door Closed, 92 Alan Glynn, Winterland, 131 Simon Gray, The Last Cigarette, 86 The Great Pasta Disaster, Philip Ardagh, 115 Michael Gregorio, A Visible Darkness, 130, 141 David Greig, Midsummer, 90 Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, Our GG in Havana, 20 H The Habit of Art, Alan Bennett, 81 Sarah Hall, How to Paint a Dead Man, 128 Christopher Hampton, Horvath’s Judgment Day, 92 Happy Days, Samuel Beckett, 93

David Hare, Berlin/Wall, 82, The Power of Yes, 83 The Harrowing, Robert Dinsdale, 129 Hugh Haughton (Ed.), The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume One, 74, The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume Two, 75 Seamus Heaney, The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables, 138 The Hell of it All, Charlie Brooker, 60, 136 Robert Henryson, The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables, 138 Robert Herrick, Robert Herrick, 77 The Hidden, Tobias Hill, 127 Tobias Hill, The Hidden, 127 David Hirst, Beware of Small States, 39 Holidays According to Humphrey, Betty G. Birney, 112 Hoors, Gregory Burke, 87 Horvath’s Judgment Day, Christopher Hampton, 92 Barney Hoskyns, Lowside of the Road, 137 How Many Friends Does One Person Need?, Robin Dunbar, 50 How to Paint a Dead Man, Sarah Hall, 128 How We Live and Why We Die, Lewis Wolpert, 134 Humphrey’s Book of Fun-Fun-Fun, Betty G. Birney, 113 Humphrey’s Big-Big-Big Book of Stories, Betty G. Birney, 113 Hundred Years War Volume Three, Jonathan Sumption, 133 I I Was Douglas Adams’ Flatmate, Andrew McGibbon, 62 Ibsen’s Ghosts, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, 91 Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Brian Friel, 84 The Immigrant, Manju Kapur, 129 In the Trees, Pauline Fisk, 122 Innocent Blood, P. D. James, 145 Invisible (OME), Paul Auster, 143 Kazuo Ishiguro, Nocturnes, 126, 141 The Island at the End of the World, Sam Taylor, 129 It Still Moves, Amanda Petrusich, 137 J D. C. Jackson, The Ducky, 88 Mick Jackson, The Widow’s Tale, 12 P. D. James, Reissues, 145, Talking About Detective Fiction, 55 Ceci Jenkinson, Mirror Mischief, 117 Tobias Jones, The Salati Case, 130, 141 K Stefan Kanfer, Somebody, 139 Manju Kapur, The Immigrant, 129 Anne Katchinska, Faber New Poets 6, 76 Joanna Kavenna, The Birth of Love, 15 Garrison Keillor, Pilgrims, 21 Gene Kemp, No Way Out, 123 Nick Kent, Apathy for the Devil, 100 Declan Kiberd, Ulysses and Us, 134 Claire Kilroy, All Names Have Been Changed, 127 Richard King (Ed.), Loops Two, 103 Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna, 8, 126, 143 Koestler, Michael Scammell, 47 Marek Kohn, Turned Out Nice, 48 Milan Kundera, Encounter, 54 Hanif Kureishi, Collected Stories, 18, The Black Album, 90 L The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver, 8, 126, 143 Andrew Lambert, Franklin, 132 The Last Cigarette, Simon Gray, 86 The Last Supper, Rachel Cusk, 135 The Last Train to Scarborough, Andrew Martin, 130 Lean on Pete, Willy Vlautin, 19 Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Ibsen’s Ghosts, 91 Peter Leonard, Trust Me, 131, 142 Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City, 14 The Letters of Louis MacNeice, Jonathan Allison (Ed.), 73 The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume One, Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton (Ed.), 74 The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume Two, Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton (Ed.), 75 The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, Andrew O’Hagan, 11

A Life Like Other People’s, Alan Bennett, 132, 143 John Lloyd (Ed.), The QI Annual 2010, 63 Loops Two, Lee Brackstone and Richard King (Ed.), 103 Simon Louvish, Chaplin, 139 Lowside of the Road, Barney Hoskyns, 137 Luke and Jon, Robert Williams, 24 M Lachlan Mackinnon, Small Hours, 70 Louis MacNiece, The Letters, 73 Malone Dies, Samuel Beckett, 29 Mariah Mundi and the Ship of Fools, G. P. Taylor, 140 Benjamin Markovits, Playing Days, 16 Andrew Martin, The Last Train to Scarborough, 130 Andrew Marvell, Andrew Marvell, 77 Demetrios Matheou, Walter Salles and the New Wave in South American Cinema, 107 A Matter of Life and Death, Ronni Ancona and Alistair McGowan, 61, 136 Maria McCann, The Wilding, 13 Andrew McGibbon, I Was Douglas Adams’ Flatmate, 62 Alistair McGowan, A Matter of Life and Death, 61, 136 Frank McGuinness, Euripides’ Helen, 91 Gordon McIntyre, Midsummer, 90 Jamie McKendrick, The Embrace, 69 Mercier and Camier, Samuel Beckett, 31 Midsummer, David Greig and Gordon McIntyre, 90 Peter Millett, Boy Zero Wannabe Hero, 119 Sam Mills, Blackout, 121 Richard Milward, Ten Storey Love Song, 128 Alex Milway, Mousebeard’s Revenge, 120 A Mind to Murder, P. D. James, 145 MINI, Simon Garfield, 133 Mirror Mischief, Ceci Jenkinson, 117 John Mitchinson (Ed.), The QI Annual 2010, 63 Ed Moloney, Voices from the Grave, 45 Molotov’s Magic Lantern, Rachel Polonsky, 44 The Monopoly of Violence, James Sheehan, 132 Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs (OME), 143 More Pricks than Kicks, Samuel Beckett, 30 R. N. Morris, A Razor Wrapped in Silk, 27 Jan Morris, Coast to Coast, 136, Contact!, 53 Andrew Motion, The Cinder Path, 138 Mousebeard’s Revenge, Alex Milway, 120 The Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk, 10, 144 My Hairy Book, Sarah Silverman, 58 My Last Confession, Helen Fitzgerald, 128 N The Ninth, Harvey Sachs, 96 No Way Out, Gene Kemp, 123 Nobody’s Horse, Jane Smiley, 110 Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro, 126, 141 O Sean O’Brien (Ed.), Andrew Marvell, 77 The Observer, Matt Charman, 88 Occupied City, David Peace, 126, 141 Andrew O’Hagan, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, 11 Original Sin, P. D. James, 145 Fintan O’Toole, Ship of Fools, 36 Our GG in Havana, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, 20 P Ruth Padel (Ed.), Sir Walter Ralegh, 77 Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence, 10, 144 Parrot and Olivier in America, Peter Carey, 6 Bertrand Patenaude, Stalin’s Nemesis, 132 David Peace, Occupied City, 126, 141 Amanda Petrusich, It Still Moves, 137 Pilgrims, Garrison Keillor, 21 Playing Days, Benjamin Markovits, 16 Plays Two, Marina Carr, 85 Rachel Polonsky, Molotov’s Magic Lantern, 44

Ezra Pound, Selected Poems and Translations, 71 The Power of Yes, David Hare, 83 Alex Preston, This Bleeding City, 23 Q The QI Annual 2010, John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, 63 R Sir Walter Ralegh, Sir Walter Ralegh, 77 Ben Ratliff, Coltrane, 137 A Razor Wrapped in Silk, R. N. Morris, 27 Red Tory, Phillip Blond, 34 Justin Richards, The Chamber of Shadows, 116 Sam Riviere, Faber New Poets 7, 76 Robert Herrick, Stephen Romer (Ed.), 77 Stephen Romer (Ed.), Robert Herrick, 77 S Harvey Sachs, The Ninth, 96 The Salati Case, Tobias Jones, 130, 141 Michael Scammell, Koestler, 47 Seeing Stars, Simon Armitage, 66 Selected Poems, W. H. Auden, 138 Selected Poems and Translations of Ezra Pound, Richard Sieburth (Ed.), 71 Selected Poems of Samuel Beckett, David Wheatley (Ed.), 72 A Shadow Falls, Andrew Beatty, 136 Shadow of the Wolf, Brent Ghelfi, 28 James Shapiro, Contested Will, 40 James Sheehan, The Monopoly of Violence, 132 Stav Sherez, The Black Monastery, 131, 144 Ship of Fools, Fintan O’Toole, 36 Shroud for a Nightingale, P. D. James, 145 Richard Sieburth (Ed.), Selected Poems and Translations of Ezra Pound, 71 Sarah Silverman, My Hairy Book, 58 Sir Walter Ralegh, Ruth Padel (Ed.), 77 Skull Beneath the Skin, P. D. James, 145 Small Hours, Lachlan Mackinnon, 70 Jane Smiley, Nobody’s Horse, 110 Somebody, Stefan Kanfer, 139 Stalin’s Nemesis, Bertrand Patenaude, 132 State of the Nation   , Michael Billington, 139 Frances Stonor Saunders, The Woman Who Shot Mussolini, 42 Tom Stoppard, Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, 89 Stovepipe, Adam Brace, 87 The Strangest Man, Graham Farmelo, 134 Jonathan Sumption, Hundred Years War Volume Three, 133 T Talking About Detective Fiction, P. D. James, 55 Michael Tanner, The Faber Pocket Guide to Wagner, 98 A Taste For Death, P. D. James, 145 G. P. Taylor, Mariah Mundi and the Ship of Fools, 140 Sam Taylor, The Island at the End of the World, 129 Ten Storey Love Song, Richard Milward, 128 The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables, Robert Henryson and Seamus Heaney, 138 Texts for Nothing/Fizzles, Samuel Beckett, 31 Theatre Craft, John Caird, 80 Marcel Theroux, Far North, 127 Ian Thomson, The Dead Yard, 135 The Ticking is the Bomb, Nick Flynn, 46 Miriam Toews, The Flying Troutmans, 128 Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens, Philip Ardagh, 115 Trust Me, Peter Leonard, 131 Turbulence, Giles Foden, 127, 142 Turned Out Nice, Marek Kohn, 48 Two Cures for Love, Wendy Cope, 138 U Ulysses and Us, Declan Kiberd, 134 The Unnamable, Samuel Beckett, 30 Unnatural Causes, P. D. James, 145 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, P. D. James, 145

Nicola Upson, Angel with Two Faces, 130, 142 V A Very Irregular Head, Rob Chapman, 102 A Visible Darkness, Michael Gregorio, 130, 141 Viva South America!, Oliver Balch, 135 Willy Vlautin, Lean on Pete, 19 Steve Voake, Fightback, 118 Voices from the Grave, Ed Moloney, 45 W Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett, 93 Derek Walcott, White Egrets, 68 Walter Salles and the New Wave in South American Cinema, Demetrios Matheou, 107 The War That Killed Achilles, Caroline Alexander, 57 Tom Warner, Faber New Poets 8, 76 Robin Waterfield, Why Socrates Died, 134 Jonathan Watts, When a Billion Chinese Jump, 38 Timberlake Wertenbaker, Euripides’ Hippolytus, 86 What Price Liberty?, Ben Wilson, 133 Whatever You Love, Louise Doughty, 17 David Wheatley (Ed.), Selected Poems of Samuel Beckett, 72 When a Billion Chinese Jump, Jonathan Watts, 38 When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She is Not Playing with Me?, Saul Frampton, 56 When the Lights Went Out, Andy Beckett, 133 White Egrets, Derek Walcott, 68 The Whole Wide Beauty, Emily Woof, 22 Why Socrates Died, Robin Waterfield, 134 The Widow’s Tale, Mick Jackson, 12 The Wilding, Maria McCann, 13 William Blake, James Fenton (Ed.), 77 Richard Williams, The Animator’s Survival Kit, 106 Robert Williams, Luke and Jon, 24 The Willing Flesh, Adam Creed, 26 Ben Wilson, What Price Liberty?, 133 Winterland, Alan Glynn, 131 Lewis Wolpert, How We Live and Why We Die, 134 The Woman Who Shot Mussolini, Frances Stonor Saunders, 42 Emily Woof, The Whole Wide Beauty, 22 Lucy Worsley, Courtiers, 43 The Wrong End of the Dog, Philip Ardagh, 114


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