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FICTION & N & CRIME Fiction & Crime Spring 2020


© Russell Watson

© 2016 Irish Times


SEBASTIAN BARRY is the current Laureate for Irish Fiction. His novels have twice won the Costa Book of the Year Award, the IBW Book Award and the Walter Scott Prize. He has had two consecutive novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Long Long Way (2005) and the top ten bestseller The Secret Scripture (2008), and has also won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He lives in County Wicklow.

19/03/20 HB | 978 0 571 33337 0 | 272pp | £18.99

A Thousand Moons Sebastian Barry

Love After Love Ingrid Persaud

The follow-up to the 2016 Costa Book of the Year Days Without End.

Meet the Ramdin–Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love.

Winona is a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole.

Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their differences. Happy, that is, until the night when a glass of rum, a heart to heart and a terrible truth explodes the family unit, driving them apart.

Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee, she is educated and loved, forging a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past. But the fragile harmony of her unlikely family unit, in the aftermath of the Civil War, is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one that Winona struggles to confront let alone understand. Told in Sebastian Barry’s gorgeous, lyrical prose, A Thousand Moons is a powerful, moving study of one woman’s journey, about her determination to write her own future, and about the enduring human capacity for love.

Brave and brilliant, steeped in affection, Love After Love asks us to consider what happens at the very brink of human forgiveness, and offers hope to anyone who has loved and lost and has yet to find their way back.

Born in Trinidad, INGRID PERSAUD won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017 and the BBC National Short Story Award in 2018. She read law at the LSE and was a legal academic before taking degrees in fine art at Goldsmiths College and Central Saint Martins. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Prospect and Pree magazines. Ingrid lives in London and Barbados.

The debut novel from the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award winner.

‘Nobody writes like, nobody takes lyrical risks like, nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does, so that you come out of whatever he writes like you’ve been away, in another climate.’ Ali Smith

02/04/20 HB | 978 0 571 35619 5 | 304pp | £14.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 35623 2

Ebook | 978 0 571 33340 0

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© Basso Cannarsa


TSITSI DANGAREMBGA is the author of two previous novels, including Nervous Conditions, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She is also a filmmaker, playwright and the director of the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe.

This Mournable Body Tsitsi Dangarembga

Low Jeet Thayil

Thirty years on from her acclaimed debut, considered one of the ‘100 stories that shaped the world’ by the BBC, the award-winning Zimbabwean author ‘has produced another masterpiece’ (New York Times).

From the Booker-shortlisted author – the story of a whirlwind weekend of self-destructive grief.

In this tense and psychologically charged novel, Tsitsi Dangarembga channels the hope and potential of one young girl and a fledgling nation to lead us on a journey to discover where lives go after hope has departed. Here we meet Tambudzai, living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare and anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job. In her attempt to make a life for herself, she is faced with a fresh humiliation at every turn, until the painful contrast between the future she imagined and her daily reality ultimately drives her to a breaking point. ‘As natural as the grass grows.’ Chinua Achebe

Following the death of his wife, Dominic Ullis escapes to Bombay in search of oblivion and a dangerous new drug, Meow Meow. So begins a glorious weekend of misadventure as he tours the teeming, kaleidoscopic city, from its sleek eyries of high-capital to the piss-stained streets, encountering a cast with their own stories to tell, but none of whom Ullis – his faculties ever distorted – is quite sure he can trust. Heady, heartbroken and heartfelt, Low is a blazing joyride through the darklands of grief, towards obliteration – and, perhaps, epiphany.

JEET THAYIL’s bestselling debut novel, Narcopolis, won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Man Asian Literary Prize. His second novel, The Book of Chocolate Saints, was longlisted for the DSC Prize. Thayil’s five poetry collections include These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award (India’s National Academy of Letters). He is also the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets.

‘Easily the most original and formally inventive novel to come out of India in years.’ Salman Rushdie, on The Book of Chocolate Saints

‘A wonderful creator of character.’ Doris Lessing 23/01/20


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© Sophie Bassouls

© Maria Kanevskaya


STEPH CHA is the Noir Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, a contributing book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times and a regular panellist at crime and literary festivals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.

Your House Will Pay Steph Cha

Strange Hotel Eimear McBride

A beautifully written portrait of two families bound together by a devastating moment from their past.

The new novel by the author of the literary phenomenon A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.

In the early 1990s, riots and police brutality shook Los Angeles, leaving communities and families around the city bruised and broken. Now, nearly three decades later, when a shocking, racially charged crime sparks turmoil and threatens to open old wounds, the lives of Grace and Shawn – two people from different cultures and different generations – collide in a way that could change them forever.

A nameless woman enters a nondescript hotel room. She’s been here once before, many years ago. The room hasn’t changed, but she has.

‘Believe the hype. Your House Will Pay is the *goods*. Sharply written, tragically and movingly relevant.’ Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse ‘A touching portrait of two families bound together by a splitsecond decision that tore a hole through an entire city.’ Attica Locke 16/01/20

From Auckland to Avignon, Oslo to Austin, over the coming years she will occupy a series of hotel rooms. Each is as featureless and impersonal as the last but offers liberation from the obligations of a life she never anticipated. But these rooms have rules of their own: how loss is negotiated within them and what boundaries are imposed on the men she sometimes meets. Urgent and immersive, Strange Hotel is an indelible portrait of a woman’s mind as she wrestles with her desires. Extraordinarily constructed, it is an intense masterwork of enduring emotional force. ‘Eimear McBride is that old fashioned thing, a genius, in that she writes truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant prose.’ Anne Enright

PB | 978 0 571 348213 | 320pp | £12.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 34823 7 UK C/Wealth EXcan OpenEU


EIMEAR McBRIDE’s debut novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and the Goldsmiths Prize. The Lesser Bohemians won the 2017 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2017 McBride was awarded the inaugural Creative Fellowship at the Beckett Research Centre, University of Reading.


06/02/20 HB | 978 0 571 35514 3 | 160pp | £12.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 35516 7 UK C/Wealth + EU ex Can


© Lee Kilpatrick

© Bathsheba Okwenje


PETINA GAPPAH is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. Her short fiction and essays have been published in eight countries. Her debut story collection, An Elegy for Easterly, won the Guardian First Book Award in 2009, and her first novel, The Book of Memory, was longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

20/02/20 HB | 978 0 571 34532 8 | 432pp | £16.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 34535 9 UK C/Wealth + EU ex Can

Out of Darkness, Shining Light Petina Gappah The second novel from the winner of the Guardian First Book Award follows the epic journey of Dr Livingstone’s corpse through nineteenth-century Africa. This is the story of the body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, the explorer David Livingstone – and the sixty-nine men and women who carried his remains for 1,500 miles so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own country. This final, fateful journey across the African interior is led by Halima, Livingstone’s sharp-tongued cook, and three of his most devoted servants: Jacob, Chuma and Susi. Their tale of how his corpse was borne out of nineteenth-century Africa – carrying the maps that sowed the seeds of the continent’s brutal colonisation – has the power of myth. It is not only symbolic of slavery’s hypocrisy, but a portrait of a world trembling on the cusp of total change – and a celebration of human bravery, loyalty and love.

Rules for Perfect Murders Peter Swanson For classic crime and mystery lovers – the sublimely surprising and intelligent new thriller. Malcolm Kershaw leads a quiet life, running his specialist mystery bookshop, Old Devils. One winter morning, as the snow gets thicker, FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey enters his store. She has some questions to ask about a blog post he wrote some years earlier detailing eight perfect murders from classic crime fiction. His long-forgotten list may be inspiring a killer. And soon, with each new death, the murders inch ever closer to Malcolm and Agent Mulvey, and the more they discover, the less clear it becomes who is investigating whom . . . ‘He’s the real deal . . . in the ranks of the killer elite alongside Tana French, Gillian Flynn and Lauren Beukes.’ Joe Hill

05/03/20 HB | 978 0 571 34235 8 | 288pp | £12.99

‘Engrossing, beautiful and deeply imaginative.’ Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing 10

PETER SWANSON’s debut novel, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (2014), was nominated for the LA Times book award. His second novel The Kind Worth Killing (2015), a Richard and Judy pick and Sunday Times bestseller, was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and was named the iBooks store’s thriller of the year. It was followed by three more critical and commercial hits: Her Every Fear (2017), All the Beautiful Lies (2018) and Before She Knew Him (2019). He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Ebook | 978 0 571 34239 6 UK C/Wealth EXcan OpenEU



MARIEKE LUCAS RIJNEVELD (b. 1991) grew up in a farming family in the Netherlands before moving to Utrecht. One of the greatest new voices in Dutch literature, her first poetry collection, Calfskin, was awarded a national prize, and her debut novel, The Discomfort of the Evening, was a major bestseller.


The Discomfort of the Evening Marieke Lucas Rijneveld The sensational Dutch bestseller. I thought about being too small for so much, but that no one told you when you were big enough . . . and I asked God if he please couldn’t take my brother Matthies instead of my rabbit. Amen. Ten-year-old Jas lives with her devout family in the rural Netherlands. One winter’s day, her brother Matthies joins an ice-skating trip; resentful at being left alone, she makes a perverse plea to God and he never returns. As grief ripples through the family, warping everyday life in strange ways that threaten to derail them all, Jas retreats into disturbing fantasies of ever-increasing darkness. Studded with poetic images – violent, raw and surreal – this is a reading experience unlike any other. ‘Witty, dark, dazzling: a debut that takes your breath away . . . The ending hit me like a straight left in my chest. It still reverberates there now.’ Trouw

PB | 978 0 571 34936 4 | 272pp | £12.99

© Maia Flore

© Jouk Oosterhof/Lumen Photo


Night As It Falls Jakuta Alikavazovic From the translator of David Foster Wallace and Ben Lerner, a cool and contemporary novel about love, destruction and the traces we leave in our wake. Paul, a student who works as a night guard in a hotel to make ends meet, is absorbed by Amelia, the young woman who rents Room 313. Everything about her is a mystery: where she goes, who she meets – and where she comes from. Paul and Amelia become lovers, inextricably yoked to each other, but their intense relationship is ill-fated. One day, Amelia disappears. Unknown to Paul, she has gone to Sarajevo in search of her mother, to uncover the links between her personal history and the enduring flashpoint of trauma in Europe’s history. Jakuta Alikavazovic delivers a work rich in ideas about identity, class and contemporary anxiety. Night As It Falls is a novel written on a knife’s edge and establishes a virtuoso and blazing literary voice. ‘A rare, powerful and solar talent.’ Le Monde

Ebook | 978 0 571 34938 8

JAKUTA ALIKAVAZOVIC is a French writer of Bosnian and Montenegrin origins. She was a resident at the Villa Medici in Rome in 2013–2014. Her debut novel, Corps Volatils (2008), won the Prix Goncourt for best first novel. She teaches at the Sorbonne Nouvelle university and lives in Paris.

02/04/20 HB | 978 0 571 34226 6 | 288pp | £12.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 34228 0 World English Language

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TOM BOUMAN is the author of Fateful Mornings and Dry Bones in the Valley, which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in upstate New York.

The Bramble and the Rose Tom Bouman

Magic Mobile Michael Frayn

‘You would be hard-pressed to find a finer new series than Tom Bouman’s Henry Farrell novels.’ Craig Johnson

A charming package of miniature comic masterpieces.

When Henry Farrell took a job policing Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, he was recently widowed and still trying to find his feet. Wild Thyme was going through its own changes, too, with fracking threatening the land, and the drug trade threatening its people. His first big cases put Officer Farrell face to face with Wild Thyme’s encroaching demons. Now, he’s got the lay of the land and he’s newly married to a local girl. Then a body – headless and half eaten by a bear – is discovered in the woods. With the help of a local biologist, Henry tracks the bear, hoping to catch him before any more lives are lost, but when his nephew disappears into the same woods they realise they may be facing a far bigger and more sinister threat . . .


© Jack Harries

© vzphoto.com


A mobile phone is something that gives you the whole world at the touch of your finger – but this book is even better. Magic Mobile is a collection of thirty ‘pre-loaded’ new text files in a no-fuss, non-digital entertainment system. In a volume that succeeds Matchbox Theatre and Pocket Playhouse, each of these short comic masterpieces displays Michael Frayn’s unique genius in forever capturing life’s latest absurdities.

MICHAEL FRAYN’s eleven novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies and Skios. His seventeen plays range from Noises Off to Copenhagen.

‘Michael Frayn is the most philosophical comic writer – and the most comic philosophical writer – of our time.’ Daily Mail

‘A terrific writer.’ Dennis Lehane

02/04/20 HB | 978 0 571 35500 6 | 256pp | £12.99

PB | 978 0 571 35816 8 | 288pp | £8.99

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PAUL KINGSNORTH’s debut novel, The Wake, won the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize and the Bookseller Book of the Year Award, as well as being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Folio Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. Beast, the second book in his Buccmaster Trilogy, was shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award 2017.

07/05/20 HB | 978 0 571 32210 7 | 352pp | £16.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 32211 4

© Nick Bradley

© Claire McNamee


Alexandria Paul Kingsnorth

The Anthill Julianne Pachico

A visionary and timely novel of climate apocalypse and the human animal.

An intoxicatingly fresh debut novel that boasts unparalleled narrative flair – and an unforgettable excavation of imagination, love and loss.

One thousand years from now, the sole inhabitants of a small island – a group no larger than an extended family – are living in a post-civilised world. They are perhaps the Earth’s only human survivors. But lurking outside their isolated community is a figure in red, an emissary from another way of life: a virtual place of refuge and security, of escape from the dangers of a newly wild world. The visitor calls it Alexandria. A work of radical and matchless imagination, Paul Kingsnorth’s new novel is a mythical, polyphonic drama driven by elemental themes: of community versus the self, the mind versus the body, machine over man; whether to put your faith in the present or the future. It completes the Buccmaster Trilogy, which began with Kingsnorth’s prizewinning The Wake. ‘Like Robert Macfarlane re-written by Cormac McCarthy.’ Telegraph

Lina returns to Colombia after twenty years away. Sent to England when she was eight, after her mother’s death, she’s searching for the person who can tell her what’s happened in the time that has passed. But her long-anticipated reunion with Matty – Lina’s childhood confidant who now runs a refuge called The Anthill for the street kids of Medellín – is struck with tension. Memory is fallible, and Lina discovers that everyone has a version of the past that is very, very different.

JULIANNE PACHICO was born in 1985 in Cambridge and grew up in Cali, Colombia. A graduate of both the MA and PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, she currently teaches on the Creative Writing MA. Her short fiction has been published by the New Yorker among other publications. In 2017 Pachico was shortlisted for the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award.

A propulsive, vibrant literary tour de force, The Anthill explores what we choose to do with inherited and self-created identity. It’s a searing and affecting depiction of what redemption can be – for a person and for a country – in the wake of trauma. Praise for Julianne Pachico: ‘Absolutely brilliant.’ Mark Haddon


‘Blunt, fresh and unsentimental.’ New York Times Book Review

HB | 978 0 571 33146 8 | 288pp | £12.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 33148 2 UK C/Wealth + EU ex Can

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© Naoya Sanuki

© Sarah Brennan

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ADRIAN TOMINE’s books include Shortcomings, Summer Blonde, Sleepwalk, Scenes from an Impending Marriage, New York Drawings, and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller Killing and Dying, all of which are published by Faber in the UK. Since 1999, his comics and illustrations have appeared regularly in the New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist Adrian Tomine The comics legend’s first new book since his 2015 bestseller Killing and Dying. Through a series of exquisitely observed autobiographical sketches, Adrian Tomine explores his life – from an early moment in the playground being bullied, to a more recent experience, lying on a gurney in the hospital and having the nurse say ‘Hey! You’re that cartoonist!’ Self-deprecating, honest and, above all else, humorous, Tomine mines his conflicted relationship with comics and writing, and people at large, and once again animates the absurdities of modern life and how we choose to live it. ‘Adrian Tomine has more ideas in twenty panels than novelists have in a lifetime.’ Zadie Smith

Tokyo Redux David Peace Based on a real unsolved case from 1940s Japan, a brutal and compelling novel from one of our most original writers. Tokyo, July 1949. President Shimoyama, Head of the National Railways of Japan, goes missing. American detective Harry Sweeney leads the investigation. Some men go mad, some men go missing . . . Fifteen years later, the city prepares for the 1964 Olympics and the global spotlight. Hideki Murota, a private investigator, is given a case that forces him to confront a crime he’s been hiding from. Some men do both . . . Over twenty years on, late 1988. The Emperor Showa is dying; Donald Reichenbach, an ageing American, sits drinking by the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, knowing the final reckoning of the greatest mystery of the Showa Era is down to him. ‘A writer of such immense talent and power.’ The Times

DAVID PEACE – named in 2003 as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists – was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He is the author of the Red Riding Quartet (Nineteen Seventy Four, Nineteen Seventy Seven, Nineteen Eighty, and Nineteen Eighty Three), GB84, which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Damned Utd, Red or Dead, which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, and Patient X. He lives in Tokyo.

04/06/20 HB | 978 0 571 23200 0 | 320pp | £16.99


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© Tom Routh

© Elizabeth Wirija

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Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, AKWAEKE EMEZI is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. They are a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35’ award for 2018. Freshwater, their debut novel, was longlisted for both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2019.

The Death of Vivek Oji Akwaeke Emezi

Intimacies Lucy Caldwell

The captivating, complex and mercurial new novel from the Wellcome Book Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction nominee.

Short stories of contemporary young womanhood, life and love, from the award-winning playwright and author.

This is the tale of Vivek Oji. It begins with his end, his naked body shrouded on his mother’s doorstep, and moves backwards through time to unpick the story of his life and the mystery surrounding his death.

Intimacies exquisitely charts the steps and missteps of young women trying to find their place in the world. From a Belfast student ordering illegal drugs online to end an unwanted pregnancy to a young mother’s brush with mortality; from a Christmas Eve walking the city-centre streets when everything seems possible, to a night flight from Canada which could change a life irrevocably, these are stories of love, loss and exile, of new beginnings and lives lived away from ‘home’.

As compulsively readable as it is tender and potent, this is a fresh, engaging novel about the innocence of youth and how it clashes with culture and expectation. The Death of Vivek Oji is the story of a Nigerian childhood quite different from those we have been told before, as Emezi’s writing speaks to the truth of realities other than those that have already been seen. ‘Emezi’s surreal prose shines . . . extraordinary.’ Ayobami Adebayo, on Freshwater

04/06/20 HB | 978 0 571 35098 8 | 304pp | £12.99

Taking in, too, the lives of other women who could be guiding lights – from Monica Lewinsky to Caroline Norton to Sinéad O’Connor – Intimacies offers keenly felt and subtly revealing insights into the heartbreak and hope of modern life. ‘A writer of rare elegance and beauty, Caldwell doesn’t just get inside her characters’ minds. She perches in the precarious chambers of their hearts, telling their stories truthfully and tenderly.’ Independent

LUCY CALDWELL is the author of three novels, one short-story collection and several stage plays and radio dramas. Her awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, a Fiction Uncovered Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2019, she edited Being Various, the latest volume in the ongoing Faber series of New Irish Short Stories.

18/06/20 PB | 978 0 571 35374 3 | 192pp | £12.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 35376 7

Ebook | 978 0 571 35101 5

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By permission of the Samuel Beckett Estate


SAMUEL BECKETT was born in Dublin in 1906. As a playwright and novelist in both French and English, he redefined the possibilities of prose fiction and writing for the theatre. He won the Prix Formentor in 1961 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. Beckett died in Paris in 1989.

02/04/20 HB | 978 0 571 35805 2 | 256pp | £20.00 Ebook | 978 0 571 35806 9 World All Languages

Dream of Fair to Middling Women Samuel Beckett ‘The chest into which I threw all my wild thoughts’: the exuberant first novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Beckett’s first ‘literary landmark’ (St Petersburg Times) is a wonderfully savoury introduction to the inimitable author. Written in 1932, when the twenty-six-year-old Beckett was struggling to make ends meet, the novel offers a rare and revealing portrait of the artist as a young man. When submitted to several publishers, all of them found it too literary, too scandalous or too risky; it was only published posthumously in 1992. As the story begins, Belacqua – a young version of Molloy, whose love is divided between two women, Smeraldina-Rima and the little Alba – ‘wrestles with his lusts and learning across vocabularies and continents, before a final “relapse into Dublin”’ (New Yorker). Youthfully exuberant and Joycean in tone, Dream is a work of extraordinary virtuosity. ‘Dream is very much a young man’s book, drunk on its own cleverness and the author's formidable learning, yet Beckett’s abiding concerns are all here, in ovo.’ John Banville, Irish Times 22

Fiction & Crime Paperbacks Spring 2020



Lanny Max Porter

Platform Seven Louise Doughty

The Booker-nominated second novel from the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers.

Platform Seven at 4 a.m. – Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man on the bench thinks he’s alone. But he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he is about to do, as she tries and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge. She is desperate to understand what connects her to this man. After all, Lisa was the first of them to die . . .

‘Startling, moving and overwhelming . . . Wonderful.’ Daily Telegraph ‘A tremendous, single-sitting read.’ Daily Mail ‘Books this good don’t come along very often.’ Maggie O’Farrell ‘Wonderful . . . engrossing, vivid.’ Independent ‘Stunning and deeply affecting.’ Nathan Filer ‘Simultaneously heart-stopping, heart-shaking and pulse-racing . . . [an] astonishing novel.’ Kamila Shamsie ‘A remarkable feat of literary virtuosity.’ Sunday Times

‘Highly literary, by turns tragic and redemptive . . . it’s a wonderful book.’ Zoe Apostolides, Financial Times ‘Desperately moving.’ Alison Flood, Observer ‘Louise Doughty leads her unnerved readers into dark territory.’ Hilary Mantel

‘Leaves your heart swollen and your spirits lifted.’ Metro ‘Incantatory and alive.’ Literary Review 05/03/20 PB | 978 0 571 34029 3 | 224pp | £8.99

‘A thing of total joy . . . thrums with rhythm and life.’ Observer


‘A joyously stirred cauldron of words.’ Guardian

PB | 978 0 571 32196 4 | 448pp | £8.99

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The Rapture Claire McGlasson

A Good Enough Mother Bev Thomas

Dilys is a devoted member of a terribly English cult: The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies. When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her. But Dilys is increasingly wary of their leader’s zealotry and as her feelings for Grace bud and bloom, the Society around her begins to crumble . . .

Dr Ruth Hartland is the director of a highly respected trauma therapy unit. She is confident, capable and excellent at her job. But, increasingly preoccupied by her son Tom’s disappearance, Ruth is shaken when a new patient arrives at the unit – a young man who looks shockingly like him.

‘A remarkable story, remarkably told. I loved it.’ Jess Kidd

‘Excellent . . . A gripping debut.’ Sunday Times ‘Taut, absorbing and psychologically astute.’ Paula Hawkins ‘Fantastic.’ John Boyne

‘Gripping, unsettling and ultimately extremely moving.’ Ruth Hogan ‘Intriguing [and] fascinating . . . Impressive.’ The Times



PB | 978 0 571 34519 9 | 288pp | £8.99

PB | 978 0 571 34839 8 | 336pp | £8.99

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Find Me André Aciman

Devotion Madeline Stevens

Crushed Kate Hamer

Little Faith Nickolas Butler

The Lost Country William Gay

Little Boy Lawrence Ferlinghetti

In this spellbinding new exploration of the varieties of love, the author of Call Me By Your Name takes us back into his characters’ lives, years after their first meeting. Find Me returns to the world of one of our greatest contemporary romances to show us that, in fact, true love never dies.

Lonnie is twenty-six, rich, talented and beautiful – with a husband and son to match.

Phoebe thought murder, and murder happened. As she runs down the road, her tights torn, she sees the cause of the commotion: a tangle of metal and blood. Phoebe believes this horror is of her making. Now she knows she must not let her thoughts unravel, because there’s no telling who might be caught in the crossfire . . .

Lyle and his wife, Peg, are living a mostly contented life in rural Wisconsin. Their daughter, Shiloh, after some troubled years has finally come home, with their five-year-old grandson, Isaac. But while away, Shiloh became deeply involved with the pastor of an extremist church in a nearby town, and now Lyle faces the very real threat of losing his daughter and beloved grandson once again.

Billy Edgewater, discharged from the Navy, hitchhikes home to Earl, Tennessee, where his father is slowly dying. Hounded at each turn by scams, vigilantes, grievous loss and violence, Billy navigates a long road home, searching for a place that may be nothing more than a memory.

From growing up as an orphan in 1920s New York, to serving in the Navy at the D-Day landings, to a vagabond life drinking in Parisian cafes, to befriending America’s greatest countercultural writers, Little Boy has seen it all. This is the literary last will and testament of the iconic publisher and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti: a reflection in fiction on his one hundred years, rich in wisdom, emotion and memories.

‘A beautiful and wise book . . . A miracle.’ Colm Tóibín, on Call Me By Your Name ‘Aciman writes arousal so beautifully you miss it when it’s gone . . . He’s made a magnificent, living thing.’ New York Times, on Enigma Variations

Ella is also twenty-six, but lonely, hungry and far from home. Their fates intertwine the day Ella is hired as the family’s nanny, and finds herself mesmerised by Lonnie’s affection and disregard for the normal boundaries of friendship and marriage. But soon resentment grows, too . . . ‘A dangerous novel – sharp, glittering and sexy.’ Julie Buntin ‘A thrilling, evocative book about intimacy, identity, and the alien nature lodged at the heart of the people we think we know the best.’ Alexandra Kleeman

‘A richly imagined novel about the fine line between teenage friendship, passion and obsession.’ Observer ‘Compelling . . . Beautifully written and thoroughly unsettling.’ Mail on Sunday Thriller of the Week ‘Mesmerising, compulsive, deliciously dark – and so good on the complex and thorny bond between friends. Kate Hamer’s writing is incandescent.’ Lucy Foley

‘This is storytelling at its finest.’ USA Today ‘Heart-stoppingly good.’ Willy Vlautin ‘Subtle and heartfelt . . . Wonderful.’ Big Issue

‘Vibrant . . . Frequently a thing of beauty . . . Dazzling.’ Irish Times ‘If you fancy a blast of full-on Americana, it is hard to think of anything recently that blasts in such a brilliantly sustained way – or that makes much of contemporary fiction suddenly seem so bloodless by comparison.’ The Times ‘Gay’s great abilities in character building, richness of language and storytelling are on full display.’ Charles Frazier

‘A living legend . . . Utterly extraordinary.’ Ian Sansom, Guardian ‘A torrent of textual splendor.’ Los Angeles Times ‘A brave man and a brave poet.’ Bob Dylan







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For The Good Times David Keenan

Death Is Hard Work Khaled Khalifa

The Sun on My Head Geovani Martins

Muscle Alan Trotter

The Tempest Steve Sem-Sandberg

Being Various Edited by Lucy Caldwell

Belfast, 1970s: Sammy and his three friends love sharp clothes, a good drink and the songs of Perry Como. They also dream of a Free State, and their methods for achieving this are uncompromising. But For The Good Times is not just a novel about the IRA. It is about the heartbreak and devastation that commitment to ‘the cause’ can bring.

At a hospital in Damascus, Abdel Latif’s final wish is to be buried in the family plot near Aleppo – just a two-hour drive away. Bolbol, his youngest son, persuades his estranged brother and sister to accompany him and their father’s body to the ancestral village. But Syria is a war zone, and the trials that confront the family on their journey will have enormous consequences for them all.

This groundbreaking collection of thirteen stories, set in Rio’s largest favela, gravitates around the childhoods and teenage years of boys who, in spite of having to deal with the anguish and difficulties inherent to their age, also struggle with the violence in their communities. The Sun on My Head is a spellbinding debut about masculinity, corruption, guilt, poverty and resilience.

Box and _______ are a pair of toughs in a hard-boiled city ripped straight from the pulps. They go where they’re told and break things when they get there. Only something bigger than either of them is looming. It might be a mystery, a senseless maze of corpses or an inextricable fever dream. But no dumb muscle is getting out alive.

After many years away, Andreas returns to his childhood home: a small island off the Norwegian coast where he grew up with his sister. Their foster father has just died, and he must sort through their decaying old house, the Yellow Villa. But as he settles back into rural life, Andreas begins to question the shadowy history of the island itself.

The new volume in Faber’s longrunning series of all-new Irish short stories. Featuring many of the leading lights of the new generation, from both sides of the border, Being Various showcases a golden age of writing from Ireland, including new stories by Sally Rooney, Sinéad Gleeson, Eimear McBride and Kevin Barry.

‘A gasp-inducing thrill of a ride.’ i newspaper

‘Syria’s most celebrated contemporary novelist.’ Guardian

‘A gripping, disturbing book.’ The Economist

‘An exhilarating novel, burning with rage, danger and dark humour.’ Literary Review

‘Stunning.’ Herald

‘Every so often a writer blasts a hole through a wall. The Sun on My Head is a blaze of heat, love and risk that will leave you reeling.’ DBC Pierre

‘An unadulterated ultraviolent delight.’ Guardian ‘A remarkable, radical novel.’ Herald

‘Dark and wonderfully atmospheric . . . Truly special.’ Spectator

‘Essential reading.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘With faint echoes of Shakespeare’s play, this is a dark, elegant and skilfully constructed novel which vividly evokes its unusual setting.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Reflects the exciting variety of Irish literature.’ Vogue

‘A hugely enjoyable read.’ Sunday Times ‘[There is a] wealth of talent in this impressive collection.’ Sunday Independent

‘Remarkable . . . demented brilliance.’ Scotland on Sunday

‘What an incredible writer. And what a superlatively important novel. I hope everyone reads it.’ Lara Pawson







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‘Martins is an extraordinary writer.’ Misha Glenny




Before She Knew Him Peter Swanson

Lady in the Lake Laura Lippman

The Paris Diversion Chris Pavone

Mercy River Glen Erik Hamilton

The Last Act Brad Parks

Fullalove Gordon Burn

A Sunday Times and Observer Thriller of the Month

Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and her two sons, no one has noticed: it’s 1964 and neither the police nor the papers care when Negro women go missing. When rookie journalist Maddie Schwartz hears of an unidentified body, it’s a chance to get her name in print. But she doesn’t realise how much trouble she will cause chasing a story that no one wants her to tell.

Kate, a former CIA operative, is now living a quiet, ex-pat life in Paris – at least on the face of it. On her way to drop her children at school one morning, she is instinctively alert to the sound of sirens in the distance. As worrying reports begin to circulate from key locations around the city, could it be that her past is catching up with her?

When Van Shaw receives a distress call from a fellow Afghan War veteran, he heads south to help. Leo faces charges of murdering a local gun dealer, and while Van doesn’t doubt his friend’s innocence, he knows he faces conviction. As Van starts his own covert investigations, could it be that someone is setting Leo up to cover for their own dark designs?

Norman Miller used to be one of Fleet Street’s finest. Now he’s a middle-aged, burned-out hack with a gift for the sensational story. But as he reports on a series of brutal murders and sex crimes, he’s forced to wonder whether he is just a witness – or part of some deeper pattern of cause and effect . . .

‘Sleek, cunning and breakneck . . . A knockout.’ Megan Abbott

‘Lippman is a natural storyteller at the height of her powers.’ Lee Child

‘A fast-paced and heartfelt thriller . . . that echoes the best of John le Carré.’ Daily Mail

‘A superb, highly original thriller with a terrific premise. I loved it.’ Peter James

‘Remarkable . . . Devastating . . . Required reading.’ Esquire

‘When you reach for one of her books, you know you will be lost to your world for a bit, and totally immersed in hers.’ Daily Mail

‘The best espionage novel I’ve read this year. Smart, sophisticated and suspenseful.’ Harlan Coben

‘Put Mercy River in the So Damn Good column. The story crackles, the writing soars, and the characters leap alive off the page. I couldn’t put it down.’ Meg Gardiner

Former Broadway star Tommy Jump isn’t getting the roles he once did. As he prepares to give up the stage he gets a call from the FBI, with an offer he can’t refuse. For $300,000 all Tommy has to do is spend six months in prison, acting as a failed bank robber to befriend a man the FBI believe has valuable information. But can Tommy get away with this audacious last act?







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When Hen and Lloyd move into their new house, they’re relieved to meet another childless couple in their neighbourhood, Matthew and Mira. But when they’re invited over for dinner, Hen sees something suspicious in Matthew’s study. Could this mild-mannered schoolteacher really be hiding a dark secret? And even if Hen’s right, who would believe her? ‘Deliciously good . . . Swanson’s best thriller yet.’ Observer ‘Gripping, twisty . . . I could not put it down.’ Alafair Burke ‘So smart and exciting that you’re just happy to get swept along.’ Herald


‘A terrific thriller, deftly plotted and sharply written. Glen Erik Hamilton is a genuine talent.’ T. Jefferson Parker

‘His best yet . . . a roller-coaster plot that serves up endless surprises.’ Washington Post


‘One of the landmark novels of the last decade.’ Guardian

‘Prescient, compelling, enthrallingly written, and profoundly disturbing.’ Financial Times


Faber & Faber is proud to present stunning new editions of Peter Carey’s two Man Booker Prize-winning novels.

True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey

To the authorities in pursuit of him, Ned Kelly is a horse thief, bank robber and police-killer. But to his fellow Australians, Kelly is their own Robin Hood. In a dazzling act of ventriloquism, Peter Carey brings the famous bushranger wildly and passionately to life.

Peter Carey’s novel of the undeclared love between Oscar Hopkins and the heiress Lucinda Leplastrier is both a moving and beautiful love story and a historical tour de force. Made for each other, the two are gamblers – one obsessive, the other compulsive – incapable of winning at the game of love.

‘Carey is without question the pre-eminent literary voice of post-colonial Australia.’ Guardian ‘Extraordinary . . . So mesmerising and moving.’ Mail on Sunday ‘Vastly entertaining.’ New York Times

‘A novel of extraordinary richness, complexity and strength.’ Angela Carter ‘A creative explosion of delight at life’s wayward, diverse plentifulness.’ Sunday Times ‘A magnificent book . . . Carey is one of the great storytellers of our time.’ Evening Standard



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FRANCESCA WADE’s writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Telegraph, New Statesman and Prospect, among others. She is co-editor of the White Review, and her proposal for Square Haunting won the 2015 Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize. She lives in London.

Square Haunting

Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars

Francesca Wade

From a prize-winning young biographer, an enticing exploration of hidden interwar London. Mecklenburgh Square, on the radical fringes of Bloomsbury, was home to activists, experimenters and revolutionaries: among them were the modernist poet H. D., crime writer Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, historian Eileen Power, and author and publisher Virginia Woolf. In an era when women’s freedoms were fast expanding, these five extraordinary figures were unified in seeking a space where they could live, love and – above all – work independently, forging identities that would have been impossible without rooms of their own. ‘Elegant, erudite and absorbing – a startlingly original debut.’ Frances Wilson

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Wow, No Thank You Samantha Irby ‘Irby’s literary takes on sex, family, and the body are unique in their comedic resonance and full gut-punch power.’ Amber Tamblyn

SAMANTHA IRBY is a New York Times-bestselling author and writes the blog bitches gotta eat.

Staring down the barrel of her fortieth year, Samantha Irby is confronting the ways her life has changed since the days she could work a full eleven-hour shift on four hours of sleep, change her shoes and put mascara on in the back of a moving cab and go from drinks to dinner to the club without a second thought. Recently, things are more ‘Girls Gone Mild’. In Wow, No Thank You Irby discusses the actual nightmare of living in a rural idyll, weighs in on body negativity (loving yourself is a full-time job with shitty benefits) and poses the essential question: sure, sex is fun, but have you ever googled a popular meme? ‘Irby’s essays are by turns eye-wateringly hilarious and down-toearth and authentic, delivering emotional punches that tell us about what it is to be human. An utterly talented and wickedly funny writer who deserves every success.’ Nikesh Shukla

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MARCUS CHOWN is an awardwinning science writer and broadcaster, and cosmology consultant for New Scientist. His bestselling books include What a Wonderful World, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, We Need to Talk about Kelvin and The Ascent of Gravity (Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2017). www.marcuschown.com @marcuschown .

The Magicians The visionaries who demonstrated the miraculous predictive power of science

Marcus Chown

What does it feel like to be the first person ever to know something fundamental about the universe? And why is mathematics the perfect language in which to describe it?   This is the story of the scientists who, using mathematics, predicted the existence of black holes, invisible waves, ripples in the fabric of space–time, subatomic particles and even antimatter – which other scientists, incredibly, later discovered actually exist. They are ‘The Magicians’, conjuring precise descriptions of our reality where before there was only darkness. ‘So full of little insights and neat analogies that I found myself folding over the top corners of countless pages. This is what good popular science writing is all about.’ Jim Al-Khalili, on Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

Sex and Lies Leïla Slimani The first work of non-fiction in English from the prizewinning and internationally bestselling author of Lullaby and Adèle. In these essays that look at sexual politics in Morocco, Leïla Slimani meets and talks to young Moroccan women who are grappling with an Arab culture that at once condemns and commodifies sex. In a country where the law punishes and outlaws all forms of sex outside marriage, as well as homosexuality and prostitution, what we know of the sexual identities of women is that they have only two options: virgin or wife. Sex and Lies seeks to reveal the nuance and subtleties underpinning that dichotomy, and to share intimate portraits of Moroccan women’s vibrant and complex loves and desires, not typically visible to the casual Western glance.

LEÏLA SLIMANI is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, which she won for Lullaby. A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, she is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she lives in Paris with her French husband and their two young children.

‘Thrilling . . . Intelligent and unerringly humane.’ Julie Myerson, on Lullaby 20/02/20


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JAN MORRIS was born in 1926 and lives now with her partner Elizabeth Morris in Wales. Her books include Coronation Everest, Venice, the Pax Britannica trilogy and Conundrum, as well as six books about cities and countries, two autobiographical books, several volumes of collected travel essays and the unclassifiable Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere. In 2018 she was recognised for her outstanding contribution to travel writing by the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, and published her most recent book, In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary. 05/03/20.

Thinking Again Jan Morris A new volume of diaries: life through the eyes of a legendary writer in her ninth decade. Following the publication of In My Mind’s Eye, her acclaimed first volume of diaries and a Radio 4 Book of the Week, Jan Morris continued to write her daily musings. From her home in the north-west of Wales she cast her eye over modern life in all its stupidity and glory during the course of the last twelve months. From her daily thousand paces to the ongoing troubles of Brexit, from her enduring love for America to the wonders of the natural world, and from the vagaries and ailments of old age to the beauty of youth, she once again displays her determined belief in embracing life and creativity – all kindness and marmalade. ‘A lovely book, halfway between a diary and a volume of brief essays, a book that has a gentle, haunting tone. It will remind us of what a good, wise and witty companion Jan Morris has been for so many readers for so long.’ Alexander McCall Smith, on In My Mind’s Eye

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Shakespeare in a Divided America James Shapiro From the author of 1599, a fresh perspective on the history of the United States – and a timely reminder of Shakespeare’s enduring influence. Shakespeare’s position as England’s national poet is unquestionable. But as James Shapiro illuminates in this revelatory new history, Shakespeare has long held an essential place in American culture. Why, though, would a proudly independent republic embrace England’s greatest writer? Especially when his works enact so many of America’s darkest nightmares: interracial marriage, cross-dressing, same-sex love, tyranny and assassination? Investigating a selection of defining moments in American history – drilling into issues of race, miscegenation, gender, patriotism and immigration; encountering presidents, activists, writers and actors – Shapiro leads us to fascinating answers and startling stories. But perhaps most pressingly, we learn how, in Trump’s America, the staging of Shakespeare’s work has become a battleground for freedom of speech. 41

JAMES SHAPIRO is Professor of English at Columbia University. His books have received numerous awards, including The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, winner of the James Tait Black Prize, and A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize. Shapiro is also the author of Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play, Shakespeare and the Jews, and Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare, and is the editor of Shakespeare in America (Library of America). He is on the board of directors of The Royal Shakespeare Company. .12/03/20 HB | 978 0 571 33888 7 | 320pp | £20.00 Ebook | 978 0 571 33890 0 UK C/Wealth EXcan OpenEU


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HANIF KUREISHI grew up in Kent and studied philosophy at King’s College London. His novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, The Black Album, Intimacy, The Last Word and The Nothing. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and Le Week-End. He has also published several collections of short stories.

What Happened? Hanif Kureishi

The Double X Economy

Comic, dark and insightful, a new collection of essays and fiction.

Linda Scott

No topic is too fringe or too mainstream for this chronicler of our modern age – through Kureishi’s characteristic boundless curiosity and wit, we are treated to a compendium of observations on culture and the way we live now. From social media to the ancient classics; from appraisals of David Bowie to Georges Simenon to Keith Jarrett; from ice cream to Netflix, this volume of criticism and short stories is the latest event in a unique body of literature. ‘No one else casts such a shrewd and gimlet eye on contemporary life.’ William Boyd

The Epic Potential of Empowering Women

An urgent analysis of global gender inequality by a pioneer in the movement for women’s economic empowerment. Women’s economic development expert Linda Scott coined the paradigm-shifting concept of the ‘Double X Economy’, both to denote the shocking gender inequalities built into our global economy and to set out a blueprint for change through harnessing the collective power of women. Drawing on a wealth of sources including original research and vivid case studies, Scott reveals how economic subordination and exclusion are systemic for women in the developing and the developed worlds; and shows that by pulling women in as equal participants in the economy, we could address many of humankind’s most pressing problems. Provocative, accessible and game-changing, The Double X Economy is the feminist answer to Jeffrey Sachs’s The End of Poverty: both a work of expert analysis and an urgent call to action.

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LINDA SCOTT is the Emeritus DP World Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Oxford and founder of the Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy. She was chosen as one of Prospect’s top 25 global thinkers and works with the UN and Chatham House on the W20. @ProfLindaScott

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DAVID LAN was artistic director of the Young Vic from 2000 to 2018. His plays have been produced by the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Almeida and the BBC. He has published an ethnography, Guns and Rain. In 2018 he received the Laurence Olivier 2018 Special Award and the Critics’ Circle Special Award.

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As if by Chance Journeys, Theatres, Lives David Lan An evocative memoir of a wildly varied and international life in theatre and beyond. A family day at the beach. David Lan is ten. Cut to 1969. Visiting London, he interviews theatre luminaries before heading home to join the South African army. It’s 2000. David is artistic director of the Young Vic. We meet the extraordinary artists and plays he attracts over eighteen years – Ivo van Hove, Jude Law, Gillian Anderson, Katy Mitchell, Stephen Daldry, Yerma, The Jungle, The Inheritance. We travel to Peter Brook’s Paris, to Lithuania in search of Lan’s great grandparents, Broadway for the Tony Awards, Zimbabwe, Chekhov’s Yalta, Iceland, Israel/Palestine. Along the way memories rise: the Royal Court in the ’70s and ’90s, his parents’ complicated marriage. Sometimes hilarious, always deeply felt, Lan’s travels evoke a wildly varied and unique theatre of life. ‘The man behind the UK’s most influential theatre.’ Sunday Times 44

Being You Anil Seth This radical theory of consciousness challenges our understanding, doing for brain science what Dawkins did for evolutionary biology. Consciousness is the great unsolved mystery. Somewhere, somehow, inscribed in the brain is everything that makes you you. But what happens to turn mere electrical impulses into the vast range of perceptions, thoughts and emotions you experience? Anil Seth, one of the UK’s leading neuroscientists, charts the developments in our understanding of consciousness, revealing dramatic interdisciplinary breakthroughs that must transform the way we think about the self. Drawing on his original research and collaborations with cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, virtual reality wizards, mathematicians and philosophers, he puts forward a revolutionary framework for consciousness that will turn what you thought you knew about yourself on its head. ‘Anil Seth thinks clearly and sharply on one of the hardest problems of science and philosophy, cuts through weeds with a scientist’s mind and a storyteller’s skill.’ Adam Rutherford 45

ANIL SETH is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex. He writes regularly for New Scientist, Guardian and the BBC, and has appeared on Radio 4’s The Life Scientific. His TED talk on consciousness has been viewed 8 million times and he is currently a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. @anilkseth

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PHILIP STEPHENS is an awardwinning journalist and chief political commentator at the Financial Times as well as director of the FT’s Editorial Board. Throughout his career, he has had unique access to foreign policymakers in Britain and in capitals across the world. He is the author of Politics and the Pound and Tony Blair.

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Britain Alone The Path from Suez to Brexit Philip Stephens A magisterial and profoundly perceptive survey of Britain’s post-war role on the global stage. In 1962, the US Secretary of State observed that post-war Britain had ‘lost an empire and not yet found a role’. His gentle rebuke still rings true as Britain, clinging to its selfimage as a great island nation, has trodden a lonely path between engagement with Europe and a treasured but often demeaning ‘special relationship’ with the US, culminating in the current Brexit crisis. From victory in 1945 to Anthony Eden’s ill-judged foray in Suez – which strained the special relationship almost to breaking point – to David Cameron’s EU Referendum, Britain Alone paints a fascinating portrait of a nation attempting to reconcile its waning power with past glories. It is an indispensable guide to how we arrived at the state we’re in. ‘A brilliant piece of contemporary history; indispensable.’ Hugo Young, on Politics and the Pound

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Fire and Fury

The Allied Bombing of Germany and Japan

Randall Hansen

When does war end . . . and slaughter begin? During World War II, Allied bombing obliterated every major German and Japanese city. The vast majority of those killed were civilians. But why – when Allied victory was assured – did these raids take place? Based on extensive archival sources, interviews with bombing survivors and aircrew, and published first-hand accounts, Fire and Fury offers a vivid portrayal of living through the death of a city as well as revealing insights into the complex personalities of the senior airmen involved. It explains why those campaigns became so murderous so late in the war and asks, with the full benefits of time’s passing, whether it was all worth it.

RANDALL HANSEN holds the chair in politics at the University of Toronto. He has a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Commonwealth scholar and tutorial fellow. He has given public lectures throughout Europe and North America, and regularly speaks on local, national and international radio.

‘Devastating reading.’ Globe and Mail ‘Fire and Fury is the best short history of the bombing of the Third Reich written to date.’ Richard G. Davis

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LYRA McKEE was born in 1990 in Belfast. She won Sky News’s Young Journalist Award in 2006 and became an investigative reporter, writing for numerous newspapers, magazines and websites. She was featured as one of Forbes magazine’s ‘30 under 30’ and as a rising literary star by the Irish Times. McKee was fatally shot during rioting in Derry in 2019.

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Lyra McKee Lost, Found, Remembered Lyra McKee A memorial collection of writings – from viral articles to unpublished material – by the young journalist Lyra McKee that celebrates her life, work and creative legacy: one that will live on. When the Northern Irish writer Lyra McKee was murdered in Derry in April 2019 aged just twenty-nine, she was survived by articles that had been read and loved by thousands worldwide. This memorial collection of her deeply empathetic, politically urgent journalism will include pieces such as ‘A Letter to My Fourteen-year-old Self’ and ‘Suicide of the Ceasefire Babies’. Chosen by those who knew her best, it showcases the range of McKee’s voice by bringing together unpublished material (including excerpts from her work in progress, The Lost Boys) alongside both her celebrated and lesser-known pieces. It reveals the sheer scope of McKee’s intellectual and radically humane engagement with the world – and lets her spirit live on in her own words. ‘Lyra McKee was a beacon for so many . . . Her words will live on.’ Sinéad Gleeson, Guardian 48

Keep ’Er Lit Van Morrison The second volume of the timeless lyrics of Van Morrison selected by the legendary singer-songwriter himself, with a new foreword by Paul Muldoon. ‘His words chart his life, from Belfast to Boston and beyond. You’ll feel you know him more deeply after reading them.’ Ian Rankin ‘These trance-like, free-forming lyrics are amazing . . . Van Morrison’s glorious art, for which these lyrics are the score, comes close to perfection.’ Irish Times

VAN MORRISON is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. His solo career began with the hit single ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ in 1967 and his albums include Astral Weeks and Moondance. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was knighted in 2016.

‘[Van Morrison is] in the business of making magic.’ Edna O’Brien ‘There is much joy to be found in that caramel-coated Irish brogue which, if you press your ear to these pages, you can hear coming through loud and clear.’ Scottish Herald ‘Referencing Samuel Beckett, Byron and Allen Ginsberg, Morrison showcased his almost otherworldly ability to paint word pictures.’ Evening Standard

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POLLY TOYNBEE is an awardwinning Guardian columnist and former social affairs editor for the BBC. DAVID WALKER was director of public reporting at the Audit Commission and founding editor of Guardian Public. They have co-authored four books, most recently Dismembered: How the Conservative Attack on the State Harms Us All.

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The Lost Decade

2010–2020, and What Lies Ahead for Britain

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

An authoritative survey of the last decade in Britain: what went wrong, what went right and what lies ahead. The ten years from 2010 have been devastating. Civil discontent and political disarray reigned supreme, laying the ground for a rebellious Brexit. The decade has been characterised by national tragedies, from Grenfell to Windrush and food banks to the property crisis. But there was cause for optimism threaded throughout, too, from lower crime rates and legalisation of same-sex marriage to the emergence of the youth climate movement. In The Lost Decade, Polly Toynbee and David Walker offer the definitive survey of this most tumultuous of periods, investigating how we got here and what lies ahead. This is essential reading, bringing hope for better to come. ‘Polly Toynbee and David Walker are intrepid explorers of modern, unequal Britain.’ Andrew Marr, on Dismembered

No Return The True Story of How Martyrs Are Made Mark Townsend A gripping true-crime account of radicalisation in Britain – and how it can be prevented. Five teenage friends leave Brighton to wage jihad in Syria. All except one are killed. This is their untold story.

MARK TOWNSEND is the Home Affairs editor of the Observer. His Guardian Long Read on the subject of the book was shortlisted for the 2018 Orwell Prize, and he was named News Reporter of the Year at the 2018 Press Awards.

No Return is a unique insight into a hidden Britain, based on true events that so shocked intelligence experts they are now the Home Office’s lead case study into youth radicalisation. Using a massive cache of leaked classified documents and unique access to all the main players, award-winning investigative journalist Mark Townsend reveals the shocking truth that the fate of these teenagers – and so many others like them – was wholly avoidable. The end result is a fastpaced and thrilling story that offers an unprecedented insight into a globally urgent topic. ‘To date the best insight I have read into how a group of Brits become radicalised.’ Jason Burke, bestselling author of Al-Qaeda

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STEPHEN MOSS is a naturalist, broadcaster, television producer and author. His books include The Robin, Mrs Moreau’s Warbler, Wild Hares and Hummingbirds and Wild Kingdom. He is a senior lecturer in nature and travel writing at Bath Spa University. Originally from London, he lives with his family on the Somerset Levels.

The Accidental Countryside Stephen Moss

Emotional Ignorance Dean Burnett

The uplifting story of how Britain’s wildlife has co-opted our man-made landscape to create teeming havens of (un)natural beauty.

A hilarious, eye-opening investigation into the neuroscience of emotion, from the bestselling author of The Idiot Brain and The Happy Brain.

In The Accidental Countryside, author and naturalist Stephen Moss makes a journey of discovery through Britain, in search of the hidden corners where wildlife survives against the odds.

Emotions. They’re a pain, aren’t they? If only we were all a little less emotional and a lot more rational, life would be so much easier.

From Shetland’s Iron Age stone structures to London’s skyscrapers, and from lowly railway cuttings to ornate stately gardens, Moss reveals the unlikely oases where wildlife thrives in areas originally created for human purposes. The result is a surprising and uplifting story of how we have influenced the landscape and wildlife of these crowded islands and how wildlife has taken advantage of us – even when we least expected it.

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‘Stephen Moss unlocks a trove of folk history . . . Not a page goes by without at least one diverting fact.’ The Times, on Mrs Moreau’s Warbler 52

But is that a fair synopsis? Would we be better off without emotions, or do they serve a deeper purpose? And how do they work, anyway? Are they innate, wired in from the word go? Or are they learned over time and through our experiences?

DEAN BURNETT is a neuroscientist, blogger, comedian and author. He lives in Cardiff and is a visiting fellow at Birmingham City University. His previous books, The Idiot Brain and The Happy Brain, were international bestsellers published in over 25 countries. His Guardian articles have been read over 16 million times.

In Emotional Ignorance, Dean Burnett investigates all these questions – and many more besides. With his trademark blend of brilliant wit and cutting-edge research, he offers an astonishing and endlessly entertaining insight into the science underlying our emotional lives. ‘Funny, wise and absolutely fascinating.’ Adam Kay, on The Happy Brain

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SAM WASSON studied film at Wesleyan University and at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is the author of the bestseller Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman. He is also the author of the definitive biography of the legendary director-choreographer Bob Fosse. He currently teaches film at Emerson College in Los Angeles.


The Big Goodbye

Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood

Sam Wasson

A book that will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. Chinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson’s telling, it becomes the defining story of its most colourful characters. Here is Jack Nicholson, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, haunted by the savage murder of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne’s fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written.

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Conclusions John Boorman ‘What a life! What a career!’ Harold Pinter John Boorman is one of cinema’s authentic visionaries, whose travels have taken him from London in the Blitz to the pinnacle of Hollywood success, with films such as Point Blank with Lee Marvin and Deliverance with Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight. Settling in Ireland’s Wicklow hills, he made Excalibur and a series of award-winning films such as Hope and Glory and The General. Conclusions summarises what Boorman has learned about the craft of film-making, as well as being, ultimately, the story of his kith and kin, including the death of his cherished elder daughter.

JOHN BOORMAN was born in London in 1933. His career as a film director includes Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur and Hope and Glory. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the author of a memoir, Adventures of a Suburban Boy, as well as Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest Diary, and is also the co-founder and editor of Faber & Faber’s long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making.

Wielding a metaphorical Excalibur, Boorman’s career has been a continual search for the truth that only art can convey. ‘Boorman is one of the world's great directors, a master storyteller.’ Paul Auster

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Sex Power Money Sara Pascoe Deciding to confront her fear of the male libido, awardwinning comedian and writer Sara Pascoe turns her attention to the things that really matter to humans. Exploring whether we’ll ever be able to escape the Conundrum of Heterosexuality™, Sex Power Money is thought-provoking and riotously funny. ‘A genuinely hilarious explanation of the science of sex.’ Frankie Boyle ‘Some comics serve up their anxieties just for laughs; Pascoe draws on hers to offer provocative (and positive) new perspectives on the world.’ Guardian ‘A tremendously exciting voice: timely, intelligent and buzzing with comedic charm.’ The Times

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

And Other Rules to Live By


David Mitchell

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Meaty Samantha Irby Meditations on the terror of love; tips for getting your disgusting meat carcass ready for some new, hot sex; a frank self-evaluation upon the occasion of one’s thirtieth birthday; the answer to the poignant question: would dying alone really be so terrible? Samantha Irby covers it all with wit and honesty – and serves it with a side of Instagram frittata. ‘[A] disgusting, perfect, and LOL must read.’ Cosmopolitan ‘This is an unforgettable book.’ Roxanne Gay ‘An utterly talented and wickedly funny writer.’ Nikesh Shukla

David Mitchell’s bestselling Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think – because everything’s got worse. So why not dive into this brilliantly observed and witty analysis of the farce of recent years? Incisive, hilarious and disappointingly truthful, no other writer is better placed to take on the dumbfounding times we live in.

Who am I, again? Lenny Henry In 1975, a gangly black sixteenyear-old in floppy bow tie and Frank Spencer beret appeared on our TV screens for the first time. One of seven siblings, this apprentice factory worker from Dudley would go on to become a national treasure. Here at last Sir Lenny Henry tells the revealing, moving and very funny story of his rise to fame. ‘A proper delight to read: honest, revealing, human, and always, at its heart, funny.’ Neil Gaiman

‘A quintessentially British, wellbred master of wry . . . Pure, guiltfree pleasure.’ Guardian

Faber & Faber

The Untold Story of a Great Publishing House

Toby Faber The names Eliot, Golding, Hughes, Plath and Heaney are synonymous with Faber & Faber, founded in Bloomsbury in 1929. But behind these stellar literary talents was a tiny firm, battling to retain its independence. This intimate history weaves together the most entertaining, moving and surprising materials from the archive to reveal the untold stories behind some of the greatest literature of the twentieth century. ‘A striking drama . . . What stays in the mind are some brilliant vignettes.’ Sunday Times

‘Mitchell is an exceptionally clever, eloquent and spot-on commentator . . . We should be grateful for him.’ Daily Mail

‘Ingeniously compiled . . . a charming and quirky history.’ Evening Standard ‘Faber dips liberally and entertainingly into the company archives . . . to paint a vivid picture.’ New Statesman

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All Together Now?

One Man’s Walk in Search of His Father and a Lost England

Mike Carter In 1981, Mike Carter’s dad organised the People’s March for Jobs, when 300 people walked from Liverpool to London to protest against the Thatcher government. Just before the 2016 EU Referendum, Mike set off to walk the same route, to better understand both his dad and his country. All Together Now? maps the overlapping path of one man’s journey and that of an entire nation. ‘A vital and powerfully moving book.’ Christopher Eccleston ‘Carter is a lovely writer, with an engaging, lyrical style . . . This important, disturbing and frequently heartbreaking book should be read by every politician in Westminster.’ Observer


Decline and Fail

Read in Case of Political Apocalypse

John Crace Optimism, mojo, complete bollocks. That’s what the country is crying out for. There is now only one certainty in life. When things can’t possibly get worse, they absolutely will. Fear not, however: Decline and Fail is your personal survival guide to the ongoing political apocalypse. This unremittingly entertaining collection of John Crace’s lifegiving political sketches will get you through the darkest of days – or failing that, will at least help you see the funny side. Miss it at your peril . . . ‘Clever jokes, humorous asides and sardonic observations.’ Times Literary Supplement on I, Maybot

The Messenger Shiv Malik The Messenger tells the extraordinary story of an unlikely friendship between two men looking to change the world – a repentant jihadist and an idealistic journalist. This troubling real-life thriller takes us from their first meeting in a spartan flat in the rough suburbs of Manchester to a bombing in Pakistan, a dramatic arrest and a reporting career on the brink of ruin. ‘Gripping and disquieting, this true story of home-grown terrorism and shifting allegiances is as thrilling as any spy novel.’ Cal Flyn ‘This story has literally kept me up at night way past bedtime. Riveting and so moving. What a great book.’ Katharine Kilalea ‘Enthralling and important, an unforgettable journey.’ Mark Townsend, Observer

The Universe Speaks in Numbers How Modern Maths

Reveals Nature’s Deepest Secrets

The Rise of the Ultra Runners A Journey to the Edge

of Human Endurance

Graham Farmelo

Adharanand Finn

The blossoming relationship between mathematics and physics is responsible for huge advances in our understanding of space and time – and could redefine reality as we know it. Here, Graham Farmelo directs the reader through the most thrilling and controversial developments in contemporary thought. Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how physicists are attempting, in Stephen Hawking’s words, to ‘know the mind of God’.

The brutal and challenging sport of ultra running is one of the fastest-growing in the world. But is it an antidote to modern life, or a symptom of a modern illness? Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out, offering an unforgettable insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.

‘A superbly written, riveting book.’ Martin Rees ‘A rich survey . . . Farmelo has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious research centres and spoken to many leading theorists.’ Literary Review ‘A rich history [and] a wellinformed account.’ Irish Times

‘Finn has written the definitive book on ultra running today. I couldn’t put it down.’ Dean Karnazes ‘A tale of transcending boundaries and facing one’s frailties head on.’ Financial Times ‘Taking part in various ultras, he encounters many of the scene’s top athletes who each offer their unique insights into these often torturous events.’ Athletics Weekly

Walter Gropius

Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus

Fiona MacCarthy In this riveting book, Fiona MacCarthy draws on new research to re-evaluate Gropius’s work and life. From his shattering experiences in World War I to his turbulent marriage to the notorious Alma Mahler, MacCarthy leads us through Gropius’s disorientating years in London, to his final peaceful and productive life and late starring role in twentieth-century architecture and design in America. ‘A masterpiece.’ Edmund de Waal ‘A commanding, intelligent, gripping biography.’ The Times ‘Engrossing . . . Hard to beat.’ Rowan Moore, Observer







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Pocket Money Gordon Burn

Michael Broers

1985: following ‘that’ final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis, Britain found itself in the grip of a new sporting obsession. Snooker was big business, and with TV looking to cash in, 1986 was to be a crucial year, a year that Gordon Burn spent travelling with the snooker circus. With unprecedented access to the leading personalities, Pocket Money offers a unique snapshot of 1980s Britain.

The Spirit of the Age Napoleon’s life reached its most extraordinary stage between 1805 and 1810. At war with Britain, Russia and Austria, he unleashed his magnificent Grande Armée. Its first resounding victory at Austerlitz was followed by a whirlwind of campaigns. Volume two of Michael Broers’ masterly biography illustrates in vivid detail the five years in which Napoleon appeared to be invincible. ‘Probably the most important and accomplished account of the early years of Napoleon’s reign as emperor to be published in a century.’ Literary Review

The Lark Ascending

The Music of the British Landscape

‘A classic.’ Frank Keating, Guardian ‘Unputdownable.’ The Face ‘Funny, incisive and hugely entertaining.’ Time Out

‘Broers is well on his way to producing the finest biography of Napoleon yet written, a wonderful amalgam of deep knowledge, elegant prose and compelling argument.’ Daily Telegraph

Richard King

On a journey that takes us from post-war poets and artists to the late twentieth century and the free party scene, Richard King explores how Britain’s history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature. ‘Excellent . . . Riveting.’ Louise Gray, The Wire ‘Illuminating, idiosyncratic and never less than fascinating.’ Melissa Harrison ‘Deftly woven artistic and political ley lines map and connect the figurative landscape of the psyche and the literal landscape of the British countryside.’ Andrew Weatherall

The Wichita Lineman

Searching in the Sun for the World’s Greatest Unfinished Song

Dylan Jones

Written in 1968 by Jimmy Webb, ‘Wichita Lineman’ is a heartbreaking torch ballad still celebrated for its mercurial songwriting genius fifty years later. Dylan Jones mixes close-listening, interviews and travelogue to explore the legacy of a record that has entertained and haunted millions. ‘Americana in the truest sense: evocative and real.’ Bob Stanley ‘It’s not just the perfect pop song, it’s almost perfect as an idea, existing outside of the song itself.’ Stuart Maconie

Then It Fell Apart Moby In the summer of 1999, Moby released the album Play, which captured the mood of the millennium and catapulted him to superstardom overnight. Then It Fell Apart charts a journey into the black hole of fame, a place where sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll seem to fasten the whole thing together – until it all begins to fall apart. ‘Elevated by Moby’s impressively vivid turn of phrase and his post-recovery willingness to show himself in the harshest of lights . . . this book is compelling testimony.’ Sunday Times ‘Often squawk-out-loud funny and unexpectedly lyrical.’ Observer

‘I don’t really think of “Wichita Lineman” as easy listening, I just think it’s a great song.’ Paul Weller

‘A pick-me-up holiday read.’ Irish Times

This searing light, the sun and everything else Joy Division: The Oral History

Jon Savage

The definitive version of the Joy Division story, assembled from three decades’ worth of interviews with the principal players, This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else tells of how the band came together in accidental and extraordinary circumstances, how they came to galvanise a generation of fans, artists and musicians with their music, and of how illness and inner demons robbed the world of a visionary singer and lyricist. ‘A definitive insider’s view of what happened.’ The Wire ‘Illuminating . . . A precious archive.’ New Statesman ‘Devastating . . . Lets the life back into the story.’ Sunday Times







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CLASSI AL MUS Classical Music Spring 2020



STEPHEN JOHNSON is a writer and composer, and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service. He also writes for the Independent, the Guardian, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone. He is the author of Bruckner Remembered (Faber, 1998) and How Shostakovich Changed My Mind (Notting Hill Editions, 2018).

The Eighth Mahler and the World in 1910 Stephen Johnson

Indian Sun The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar Oliver Craske

The compelling story of Mahler’s titanic Eighth Symphony.

The first biography of one of the twentieth century’s most significant musicians.

The world premiere of Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Munich in 1910 was the artistic breakthrough for which the composer had yearned all his adult life, filling Munich’s huge Neue Musik-Festhalle on two successive evenings, to tumultuous applause. Stephen Johnson recounts its far-reaching effect on composers, conductors and writers of the time – Berg and Schoenberg, the teenage Korngold, Bruno Walter and Klemperer, and the writers Zweig and Mann (the character of Gustav von Aschenbach in Mann’s Death in Venice was partly based on the impression Mahler made on him in 1910). Johnson’s story of the work, and of the fate of the man who created it, makes for the most absorbing reading. ‘Stephen Johnson . . . for many, is the authoritative British voice of classical music.’ Glasgow Herald

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Over eight decades, Ravi Shankar was India’s greatest cultural ambassador, who took Indian classical music to the world’s leading concert halls and festivals, charting the map for those who followed. Renowned for his association with The Beatles, Shankar also helped reshape jazz and Western classical music, and wrote many film scores, including Pather Panchali and Gandhi. Benefiting from unprecedented access to family archives, Oliver Craske paints a vivid picture of a captivating, restless workaholic, who lived a passionate and extraordinary life – from his childhood in his brother’s dance troupe, through intensive study of the sitar, to his revival of the music scene in India, and from the 1950s, a pioneering international career that ultimately made his name synonymous with India. ‘Ravi Shankar is probably the person who’s influenced my life the most.’ George Harrison 65

OLIVER CRASKE is the leading expert on the life of Ravi Shankar. Alongside a career as a book publisher, he has a longstanding interest in Indian music. He worked with Shankar on his autobiography (Raga Mala, 1997) and was encouraged by him to write his full story after his death.

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Fryderyk Chopin A Life and Times Alan Walker Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times is the most comprehensive biography of the great composer to appear in English in more than a century. Walker illuminates Chopin and his music with unprecedented clarity, bringing to life one of the nineteenth century’s most confounding, beloved and legendary artists. ‘At last, the definitive biography of Chopin has arrived . . . A masterpiece, indispensable to specialists and general music lovers alike.’ Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year ‘A stunning achievement.’ Stuart Isacoff, Literary Review ‘A magisterial portrait of a composer who fascinated and puzzled contemporaries and whose music came to define the Romantic piano.’ Corinna de Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times 02/01/20 PB | 978 0 571 34856 5 | 768pp | £20.00 UK C/Wealth EXcan OpenEU

MARK MORRIS was born in 1956 in Seattle, USA. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) in 1980 and has since created close to 150 works for the company. From 1988 to 1991, he was director of dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. WESLEY STACE has published four novels, including the international bestseller Misfortune.

Out Loud Mark Morris and Wesley Stace From the most brilliant and audacious choreographer of our time, the exuberant tale of a young dancer’s rise to the pinnacle of the performing arts world. Mark Morris grew up in Seattle. A gifted dancer from an early age, he moved to New York at nineteen, arriving to one of the great booms of dance in America, which included legendary choreographers such as Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharp. Morris founded a group of like-minded artists who danced, travelled and slept together and became the famed Mark Morris Dance Group. Celebrated by the New Yorker’s critic as one of the great young talents, with androgynous beauty, he and his company made a fast ascent. With unusual candour and disarming wit, Morris’s memoir captures the life of a performer who broke the mould, a brilliant misfit who found his home in the collective and liberating world of music and dance.

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Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians Steven Isserlis Robert Schumann was forward-thinking in his attitude to young people, writing Advice to Young Musicians in 1848. In this volume, celebrated cellist Steven Isserlis has taken Schumann’s words of wisdom and set them in a modern context with his own extensive commentary. By turns practical, humorous and profound, this book is a must for aspiring musicians and music-lovers of all ages. ‘No musician or music lover should be without it.’ BBC Music Magazine ‘How much musical wisdom can be packed into one slim volume? . . . Humorous [and] down-to-earth.’ Financial Times Books of the Year ‘Isserlis [offers] explanation and commentary that let Schumann talk directly to us, in an open and somehow contemporary manner. The advice is all superb.’ Times Literary Supplement

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‘The absorbing story of an uncompromising genius of the dance, as revelatory and intense as his extraordinary choreography.’ Salman Rushdie

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Poetry y Poetr oetry Po Poetry

Spring 2020


© Simon Harsent


DAVID HARSENT has published twelve collections of poetry. Night (2011), a Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the Costa, Forward and T. S. Eliot poetry prizes and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Fire Songs (2014) won the T. S. Eliot Prize. The most recent, Salt, was published in 2017.

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Loss David Harsent

Wing Matthew Francis

A sequence of intricately patterned verses that capture the lyrical, dreamlike intensity of a mind at night.

Adventurous and illuminating, Matthew Francis’s new poetry collection is full of flight, air and possibility.

A man sits at a window through the dead hours of night, his sleep broken by troubling dreams of a figure in a white landscape. This fragmentary vigil anchors a series of narrative sections in which a dramatic voice – which might well be an interior monologue – gives, first, an account of the man, then addresses him directly. We learn of a conflicted childhood, of love lost to circumstance, of the press of death on the protagonist’s waking thoughts. He is a man afflicted by personal loss, but also a man of his time, all too aware of the troubled world in which he lives. In this powerful sequence, Harsent’s breathtaking formal skills are always in evidence. Intense, lyrical and passionate, Loss makes for enthralling reading.

Wing celebrates the richness of nature and of our responses to it. The pleasures of summer are emblazoned in the colourful wings and evocative names of butterflies, while a nocturnal encounter with an earwig becomes a joyous incantation to the ‘witchy-beetle, forkin-robin’ of dialect. Francis’s love of history, embodied in his acclaimed Mandeville and The Mabinogi, gives rise to a sequence based on Robert Hooke’s microscopic observations. There are tributes to the poets Bashō, Dafydd ap Gwilym and W. S. Graham, to fireworks, apple varieties and hot toddies. And, in a moving elegy for a friend killed in a parachute accident, Francis shows us a vertiginous vision of a world where even the dead ‘sleep on the wing’.

‘[Salt is] one of the most daringly inventive experiments with sound in contemporary poetry . . . a truly remarkable book.’ Kit Fan, Poetry Review

‘The Mabinogi in Matthew Francis’s poetic retelling (Faber) blazes with fresh and exciting strangeness.’ Marina Warner, TLS Books of the Year

‘A masterpiece.’ John Burnside, New Statesman

MATTHEW FRANCIS is the author of five Faber collections, most recently The Mabinogi (2017). He has twice been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, and in 2004 was chosen as one of the Next Generation poets. He lives in West Wales and is Professor in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University.

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DON PATERSON has published seven poetry collections, three books of aphorisms, translations of Machado and Rilke, several works of literary criticism and an ambitious ars poetica, The Poem. His poetry has received many awards. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews and poetry editor at Picador Macmillan; he also works as a jazz musician. He lives in Edinburgh.

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Zonal Don Paterson

Postcolonial Love Poem Natalie Diaz

A classic television series, The Twilight Zone, sets off a genrebending experiment in science fiction, autobiography and all the spaces in-between.

This transformative collection of poetry is an anthem of desire against erasure.

Don Paterson’s new collection starts from the premise that the crisis of mid-life may be a permanent state of mind. Zonal is an experiment in science-fictional and fantastic autobiography, with all of its poems taking their imaginative cue from the first season of The Twilight Zone (1959–60), playing fast and loose with both their source material and their author’s own life. Narrative and dramatic in approach, genre-hopping from horror to Black Mirror-style sci-fi, ‘weird tale’ to metaphysical fantasy, these poems change voices constantly in an attempt to get at the truth by alternate means. Occupying the shadowlands between confession and invention, Zonal takes us to places and spaces that feel endlessly surprising, uncanny and limitless. ‘Dynamic, interrogative and unsettling; crafted yet open-ended; fiercely smart, savage and stirring – from the get-go, Paterson’s poetry has been essential reading.’ Guardian

Postcolonial Love Poem is a thunderous river of a book. It demands that every body carried in its pages – bodies of language, land, suffering brothers, enemies and lovers – be touched and held. Here, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dune fields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality. Diaz defies the conditions from which she writes, a nation whose creation predicated the diminishment and ultimate erasure of bodies like hers and the people she loves. Her poetry questions what kind of future we might create, built from the choices we make now. ‘[Diaz] is a capacious linguist . . . She takes her experiences, distils them into English, Mojave, or Spanish, then twists the resultant moment with wit and grace.’ Adrian Matejka, for Poetry Society of America

NATALIE DIAZ is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, won an American Book Award. She is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. Diaz teaches at Arizona State University.

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HOPE MIRRLEES (1887–1978) was a British translator, poet and novelist. She published three novels in her lifetime, Madeleine: One of Love’s Jansenists (1919), The Counterplot (1922) and the fantasy novel Lud-in-the-Mist (1926) and two collections of poetry, Poems (1963) and Moods and Tensions (1976).

Paris A Poem Hope Mirrlees

The Fall of a Sparrow

Marking one hundred years since first publication of this modernist masterpiece of ‘psychogeography’.

Ann Pasternak Slater

Paris: A Poem is a daring and experimental long poem written by the British writer Hope Mirrlees. Offering a snapshot of post-war Paris, it describes a journey through the city from day to night by means of innovative and playful typography, collage and fragmentation. This centenary edition reproduces the original design and setting of the very first, which was published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press in 1920. ‘Modernism’s lost masterpiece, a work of extraordinary energy and intensity, scope and ambition, written in a confidently experimental and avant-garde style.’ Julia Briggs

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Vivien Eliot’s Life and Writings

The first ever edition to combine an impartial biographical account of T. S. Eliot’s first wife Vivien alongside her original writings. T. S. Eliot and Vivien Haigh-Wood were married in 1915 and separated in 1933. Vivien died in 1947 in a private mental hospital in Finsbury Park, London. It was an unhappy marriage – the source of subsequent myth, unbridled speculation, malicious gossip and partisanship. To this contentious area, Ann Pasternak Slater brings clarity and understanding. Here is the first cogent account of Vivien’s ailments, physical and mental. Part One of The Fall of a Sparrow is a meticulous biography of Vivien, which also details the most eventful and formative years of Eliot’s life. Part Two is a scholarly collection of Vivien’s writings: they are evidence of talent, of collaboration, and reveal poignant, autobiographical trace-elements of a troubled, difficult life.

VIVIEN HAIGH-WOOD ELIOT (1888–1947) was the wife of T. S. Eliot from 1915 until their effective separation in 1933. Her marriage brought friendship with many including Bertrand Russell, Dorothy and Ezra Pound, Ottoline Morrell, and others in the Bloomsbury group. ANN PASTERNAK SLATER is a literary scholar, translator and Senior Research Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She has written books on Shakespeare and Evelyn Waugh, edited the works of George Herbert and Evelyn Waugh, and translated Leo Tolstoy and Alexander Pasternak. 07/05/20 HB | 978 0 571 33403 2 | 608pp | £35 Ebook | 978 0 571 33404 9

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ANDREW MOTION was UK Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. In 2015 he was appointed Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University; he lives in Baltimore.


Randomly Moving Particles Andrew Motion

After Fame Sam Riviere

In this new poetry collection, histories – both real and imagined – meet with the present day to create a richly layered portrait of contemporary life.

This ambitious and resonant engagement with the Latin epigrams of Martial completes the loose trilogy of Sam Riviere’s process-derived works.

Andrew Motion’s expansive new collection is built from two long poems. The title poem, in a kaleidoscope of compelling scenes, engages with subjects that include migration, placement, loss, space exploration and current British and American politics. The more straightforwardly narrative poem, ‘How Do the Dead Walk’, while reaching back to immemorial stories of brutality, addresses issues of contemporary violence. The book is direct in its emotional appeal, ambitious in its scope, all the while retaining the cinematic vision and startling expression that so freshly lit the lines of his last, Essex Clay.

After Fame is a discursive rendering of the Roman epigrammatist Martial’s Book I. Its 118 poems, on themes such as work, friendship and public life, are modelled after the source material through a variety of ‘treatments’ – most notably machine translation (for which Latin still presents near-insurmountable difficulties), employing the results as scaffolding for poems that quickly improvise their way clear of their originals. As it progresses, the book is increasingly interrupted by reflections on authorship, technology, cultural complicity and the privileged, mediating role of the poet: all fixations of Martial’s work that still resonate today. Pitched between translation and new writing, After Fame challenges the integrity of both categories, dramatising the obscurity of its source, refraining from easy equivalences, while insisting on its contemporary relevance.

‘Motion is a beautiful lyricist, unpretentiously and precisely describing those things worth having even as he casts unsettling shadows across them.’ Guardian

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‘The sharpest and funniest satirist to have emerged in Britain in many years.’ Literary Review

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SAM RIVIERE is the author of the poetry collections 81 Austerities (2012) and Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (2015). Safe Mode (2017) is his first work of fiction. He runs the micropublisher If a Leaf Falls Press.

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RICHARD HAMER was a tutor in medieval English literature at Christ Church, Oxford, for forty years, retiring in 2002. His translation of all the most famous shorter Anglo-Saxon poems was published in 1970 as A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse, and in a revised and expanded version in 2015.

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Beowulf Richard Hamer A highly readable and natural-sounding blank verse translation of one of the most important works of English literature. The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf tells the story of the hero’s slaying of three fabulous monsters, set against the historical background of sixth-century Scandinavian wars and dynasties. Its alliterative and metrical rules are complex, and many previous translators have attempted to replicate them. Here, blank verse has been used, as being more suitable for the less inflected and freer syntax of modern English, and therefore offering a more familiar and neutral form – less likely to distract from the interest and subtleties of the poem. Staying close to the original throughout, Richard Hamer’s translation is ideal for contemporary readers to fully enjoy this early masterpiece. ‘Hamer writes in straightforward and unpretentious blank verse. Never straying far from the original meaning, he imitates the alliteration of Old English poetry only when it does not detract from a translation’s clarity and accuracy.’ TLS

Reading Walter de la Mare Walter de la Mare and William Wootten A selection of de la Mare’s greatest poems presented alongside insightful, reader-friendly commentaries. Walter de la Mare was one of the best-loved English poets of the twentieth century, his verse admired by contemporaries including Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost, W. H. Auden and T. S. Eliot. This volume presents a new selection of de la Mare’s finest poems – including perennial favourites such as ‘Napoleon’, ‘Fare Well’ and ‘The Listeners’ – for a twentyfirst-century audience. The poems are accompanied by commentaries by William Wootten, which build up a portrait of de la Mare’s life, loves and friendships with the likes of Hardy, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas and Katherine Mansfield. They also point out the fascinating references to literature, folklore and the natural world that embroider the verse. ‘De la Mare is one of the best of the best.’ Robert Frost

WALTER DE LA MARE (1873–1956) was born in Charlton, Kent. The Listeners (1912) and the children’s volume Peacock Pie (1913) established him as one of the foremost poets of his time. De la Mare also published novels, short stories, children’s books, literary criticism and a series of celebrated anthologies. WILLIAM WOOTTEN is a poet, critic and journalist. He lectures at the University of Bristol.

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The Built Moment Lavinia Greenlaw

Girlhood Julia Copus

The Built Moment explores what we build out of the provisional: beginnings and endings, arrivals and departures, and the moments we fix as memories, fixing too their joy and pain. The first section is a sequence of poems about Lavinia Greenlaw’s father’s dementia, while the second looks towards possibility and proposes new frameworks in the face of loss.

Girlhood is a book of transgressed boundaries and seductive veneers. Restlessly inquisitive, it exposes the shifting power balance between things on the verge of becoming and the forces that threaten to destroy them. The collection concludes with a sequence set in a psychiatric hospital that powerfully reimagines Jacques Lacan’s treatment of his most famous case study, Marguerite Pantaine.

‘Here’s a subtlety and an intellectual curiosity . . . that belies the wrench and rawness of the material.’ Guardian ‘Lavinia Greenlaw’s coolly intellectual poems have a wide range of reference and an underlying urgency.’ FT ‘A volume of poetry that cuts to the most vital part of what it means to be human.’ Sarah Ditum

‘One of the many pleasures of this phenomenal collection . . . is that you cannot predict the varied ways in which these poems will fly.’ Observer ‘An immersive experience from which we return changed and shaken.’ Irish Times

New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore Marianne Moore During her lifetime, Marianne Moore was that rarest of combinations, a genuine leader in the art of poetry, as well as a bona fide celebrity. With an inviting introduction and meticulous notes, this is the first definitive text of the celebrated writer whose poems form part, as T. S. Eliot declared, of ‘the small body of durable poetry written in our time’. ‘A fresh perspective on the legacy of Marianne Moore.’ Washington Post ‘Editor Heather Cass White has done a remarkable, clarifying job.’ Irish Times ‘Any excuse is a good excuse to discover her – and this edition may be the best we get.’ New York Times




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The Death of King Arthur


Written around the year 1400, the Alliterative Morte Arthure was part of a medieval Arthurian revival. It tells a story of warfare and politics – more specifically the ever-topical matter of Britain’s relationship with continental Europe and her military interests overseas. The Poet Laureate’s translation expertly restores the detail and drama of this epic English story.

Pearl is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love, as the narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved, Pearl. Retaining all the alliterative music of the Middle English original, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life in the care of one of the finest poets writing today.

‘An entertaining modern translation.’ Sunday Times

‘Armitage decorates his faithful translation freely with bold flourishes.’ Sunday Times

‘Armitage, on top form, renders [Arthur] expertly.’ Independent ‘[It should] go straight on the school curriculum, as literature, as history or as both.’ Sunday Express

‘His Pearl has reanimated a strange, marvellous work.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘[Armitage conveys] the feeling that can make medieval art at once eerie and wonderful.’ New Yorker



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Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has been involved in an astonishing assortment of projects, commissions, collaborations, residencies and events over the course of his writing career. The resulting poems stand outside of his mainstream publications but are collected together here, representing his role as poet of public engagement and his belief in poetry as an act of communication. ‘A reminder that few poets are so consistently good when writing to order.’ Telegraph ‘These poems . . . come alive off the page.’ Evening Standard ‘Skilful, original writing.’ Sunday Times 07/05/20 PB | 978 0 571 33497 1 | 216pp | £10.99 UK C/Wealth + EU ex Can


The Poem Don Paterson

The Poems of Basil Bunting Lines Off Basil Bunting Hugo Williams

Part polemic, part technical treatise and part meditation, The Poem is an ambitious contemporary ars poetica. Paterson looks at the writing, transmission and reading of poetry with wit and scholarly flair, drawing together linguistics, literary analysis, metaphysics, psychology and cognitive science in a thorough exploration of how and why poems are composed.

The first critical edition of the complete poems of Basil Bunting, one of the most important British poets of the twentieth century. Don Share annotates Bunting’s often complex and allusive verse with illuminating quotation from his prose writings, interviews and correspondence. This important work of literary scholarship offers an edition commensurate with the achievement of this neglected modernist master.

‘A tremendous achievement.’ TLS

‘Lines off’ is a term used for lines spoken from the wings of a theatre, or off-camera in a film. It was while Hugo Williams was out of circulation following transplant surgery that he wrote these poems. Autobiographical, psychological, remedial, Lines Off heralds the return of this acclaimed poet, back to the stage of the page, offering us ‘the performance of a lifetime’.

‘Patiently and splendidly edited.’ The Times Book of the Year 2016

‘A rare combination of candour, tenderness and sardonic selfreflection.’ Independent

‘An intimidatingly exhaustive virtuoso performance.’ Irish Times

‘Nearly everything that could be considered to have a bearing on the poems is there.’ TLS

‘[Williams] belongs on “that special shelf near your chair”.’ LA Review of Books

‘Share’s judicious annotations . . . illuminate the poem’s embroidery of references.’ New Yorker

‘His hospital poems rate as a great human achievement.’ Spectator




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‘The perfect polymath to write a book on how we read poetry.’ Scotsman


DRAM Drama Spring 2020



ZINNIE HARRIS’s plays include Further than the Furthest Thing (Peggy Ramsay Award, John Whiting Award, Edinburgh Fringe First), How to Hold Your Breath (Berwin Lee Award), The Wheel (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award), Nightingale and Chase, Midwinter, Solstice, Fall, By Many Wounds, This Restless House. Versions: A Doll’s House, Miss Julie and The Duchess (of Malfi). She is Professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting at the University of St Andrews.

Zinnie Harris: Plays 1

Further than the Furthest Thing; Midwinter; How to Hold Your Breath; Meet Me at Dawn

Zinnie Harris

With an introduction by director Dominic Hill. In this first collection by Zinnie Harris, Further than the Furthest Thing evokes the fragility of an island community as their way of life is threatened and they must determine their future, while Midwinter opens as a woman steals a dead horse to feed to a child. How to Hold Your Breath tells the story of a woman who sleeps with the devil and defends her belief in love, even as her world collapses around her, and Meet Me at Dawn offers a compelling, allegorical love story that explores the desolating effects of grief. Further than the Furthest Thing: ‘Already has the status of a modern classic.’ Guardian Midwinter: ‘A stunning metaphor for our time.’ Herald

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How to Hold Your Breath: ‘Dizzyingly bold . . . pressingly topical and admirably ambitious.’ Financial Times Meet Me at Dawn: ‘A twenty-first-century classic full of its own passionate poetry, its own love, and its own despair’ Scotsman 86

Polly Stenham Plays 1

That Face; Tusk Tusk; No Quarter; Hotel

Polly Stenham

Polly Stenham’s explosive That Face, written at the age of nineteen, was staged at the Royal Court Theatre before transferring to London’s West End. Tusk Tusk and No Quarter followed, also for the Royal Court. Her fourth play, Hotel, opened at the National Theatre. All four are contained in Plays 1, together with an introduction from the author. That Face: ‘One of the most astonishing debuts I have seen in more than 30 years of theatre reviewing . . . In every respect this is a remarkable and unforgettable piece of theatre.’ Daily Telegraph

POLLY STENHAM’s plays include That Face, for which she was awarded the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright 2008, Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright 2007 and TMA Best New Play 2007. Also at the Royal Court: Tusk Tusk and No Quarter. Hotel and Julie: after Strindberg premiered at the National Theatre, London.

Tusk Tusk: ‘A cracking confirmation of Stenham’s talent . . . [A] gripping, witty, sad play.’ Financial Times No Quarter: ‘Stenham is that rare thing, a truly exciting writer . . . It is hard to envisage anything providing this kind of mainlining thrill.’ Evening Standard Hotel: ‘At its core, Hotel is about civilisation peeled down to savagery. And that is where Stenham is at her brutal, universal best.’ Independent

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Peter Gynt David Hare after Henrik Ibsen

Hansard Simon Woods

In this radical new version of Peer Gynt, David Hare kidnaps Henrik Ibsen’s most famous hero and runs away with him into the twenty-first century.

Hansard; noun The official report of all parliamentary debates.

Stripped of fretwork and greenery, the play is projected into a freewheeling modern world of music, dance, poetry, weddings, coronations, trolls and two-headed children as Peter steals a bride and embarks on an extraordinary lifetime’s journey before returning home, finally, to Scotland. David Hare’s Peter Gynt posits the same fundamental question the great Norwegian asked in 1867: does a belief in individualism help or hinder us in trying to live purposefully in the present day?

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Simon Wood’s debut play premieres at the National Theatre, London, in August 2019.

Peter Gynt opened at the National Theatre, London, in July 2019 and transferred to the Festival Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Uncle Vanya Anton Chekhov Adapted by David Hare

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks Sarah Hanly

Russia, late summer at the close of the nineteenth century. Vanya and his niece Sonya have worked for years to manage the country estate. Into this ordered and regular household come two new visitors, Sonya’s father, an irritable professor, and his young wife Elena, who, in the space of a few months, cause chaos, one by their selfishness and the other by their sexual allure. Between them, they manage to have most of the inhabitants questioning their purpose in life, their happiness and, at times, their sanity.

The habit creeps up on me out of nowhere. Like a sheep on a country road in Limerick.

David Hare’s version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya opened at Theatre Royal Bath in July 2019. Praise for Young Chekhov: 18/07/19 PB | 978 0 571 35670 6 | 96pp | £9.99 World English Language

‘There’s rather brilliant; brilliant; and landmark-brilliant. I have no hesitation whatsoever in assigning to the last category David Hare’s inexhaustibly rich and game-changing adaptations of three of Chekhov’s early plays.’ Independent


Sinéad Murphy can orgasm with an electric toothbrush; she’s getting together with boys in car parks at church discos; and she’s doing so well in exams, her teachers think she’s cheating. But she’s struggling to manage a big secret, and there’s only one person she can talk to about it. Written and performed by Sarah Hanly, Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks premieres at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in June 2020. ‘This year’s recipient is a writer of extraordinary potential. She has a completely distinctive theatrical voice and engages with the darkness in our world in a fiercesome way.’ Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, on awarding Sarah Hanly the 2019 Pinter Commission.


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It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of thirty years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring turns to blood sport.

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A German Life Christopher Hampton

We’ve got no money but we’re still in Waitrose twice a day. Because going to Tesco just makes life not even worth living. Viv has lost a shoe. They’re her work shoes, her weekend shoes, her only pair of shoes, and she doesn’t know what to do. The curtains are falling, her foot is bleeding, and she’s starting to feel a little overwhelmed. But all will be well once she finds that missing shoe.

Brunhilde Pomsel’s life spanned the twentieth century. She worked as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation and, eventually, Joseph Goebbels. Christopher Hampton’s play is drawn from the testimony Pomsel gave when she broke her silence to a group of Austrian film-makers shortly before she died.

Funny, unnerving and precise, E. V. Crowe’s Shoe Lady premieres at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in March 2020.

A German Life, performed by Maggie Smith, premiered at the Bridge Theatre, London, in April 2019.

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Shoe Lady E. V. Crowe

‘A triumph for the playwright Christopher Hampton . . . Get a ticket if you can. This is unforgettable.’ The Times ‘Hampton has orchestrated his script to replicate all the frailties of human thought and speech . . . one of the most astonishing things I’ve ever seen in the theatre.’ Spectator



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In Lipstick Annie Jenkins

Eleutheria Samuel Beckett

Maud, a woman on the run from her own damaged past, has protected Cynthia from the outside world. Cynthia is a recluse, living for the pair’s dressing-up box, their fairy tales and Shirley Bassey on YouTube. And then Maud meets Dennis. As Cynthia clings, Maud dreams of escape.

Written in French in the late forties before Waiting for Godot, Eleutheria is about a young man at odds with his middleclass family, living alone in a bedsit and refusing to take part in ‘normal’ life while accepting handouts from his mother. Often richly comic, it contains elements of high farce and draws on the traditions of French boulevard comedy and melodrama.

Annie Jenkins’s debut play premiered at the Pleasance, London, in January 2019. ‘Isolation is gilded in glitter in Annie Jenkins’s tender debut . . . She has an ability for writing care within her characters, and we feel the ache.’ Guardian ‘A strong and surprising show, and Jenkins’s writing is the star . . . a memorable and entertaining debut from a writer full of promise.’ Exeunt Magazine

This new edition includes the notice by Jérôme Lindon, in its original French, which accompanied the first edition in 1995, explaining the circumstances in which the play was first published.



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An Enemy of the People Henrik Ibsen in a version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Tartuffe, the Imposter Molière in a version by John Donnelly

The Duchess (of Malfi) Zinnie Harris after John Webster

When Dr Stockmann discovers the town’s famous spa waters are poisoned, she expects to be treated as a hero for averting an environmental catastrophe. Instead, she’s accused by her brother, the mayor, of threatening the town’s livelihood. Public and media opinion divides and the community splits into factions.

Orgon is the man who has everything. Money, power, family. But when he invites Tartuffe into his household, everything he holds dear comes under threat.

You should know: I sing at parties, I wear colourful dresses, I am headstrong, I won’t wear my hair up because you say I should, or do this because you prefer it, in fact I might do the other just to be contrary, but I am utterly and always myself.

Tackling fake news, whistleblowers and the corruption of power, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s contemporary take on Henrik Ibsen’s classic premieres at the Nottingham Playhouse in September 2019.

‘Donnelly has adapted Tartuffe to today to suggest that a reckoning will ultimately be paid for society’s grotesque inequalities and . . . the message comes across loud and clear.’ Guardian

John Donnelly’s Tartuffe, the Imposter opened at the National Theatre, London, in February 2019. ‘Modern Molière that’s wickedly good fun.’ The Times

‘Donnelly’s smart, witty new version . . . often laugh-a-minute stuff . . . It resonates, it detonates.’ Daily Telegraph

The Duchess, a young widow with money, sexual desire and youth, is a threat to the status quo. Her brothers seek to destroy her. The results are horrifying. The Duchess (of Malfi), Zinnie Harris’s radical take on Webster’s great revenge tragedy, premiered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in May 2019. ‘A bloody and brilliant piece of work.’ Herald ‘In a classy production, Harris wrestles intelligently and provocatively with Webster in a plea for balance and sanity.’ Guardian ‘Acutely right for our times.’ The Times




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Macavity | 978 0 571 31212 2 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

Mr Mistoffelees | 978 0 571 32222 0 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

Skimbleshanks | 978 0 571 32483 5 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

The Hug | 978 0 571 34001 9 Eoin McLaughlin | Polly Dunbar

Not Yet, Zebra | 978 0 571 32976 2 Lou Kuenzler | Julia Woolf

Calm Down, Zebra | 978 0 571 35171 8 Lou Kuenzler | Julia Woolf

The Old Gumbie Cat | 978 0 571 35280 7 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer 978 0 571 32486 6 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

Cat Morgan | 978 0 571 34582 3 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

Space Tortoise | 978 0 571 33105 5 Ross Montgomery | David Litchfield

Kitchen Disco | 978 0 571 30788 3 Clare Foges | Al Murphy

Planet Awesome | 978 0 571 34544 1 Stacy McAnulty | David Litchfield

My Bed is an Air Balloon | 978 0 571 34771 1 Julia Copus | Alison Jay

Fixer the Robot | 978 0 571 33637 1 John Kelly

My Hair | 978 0 571 34687 5 Hannah Lee | Allen Fatimaharan

The Goat Café | 978 0 571 32869 7 Francesca Simon | Leo Broadley

Daddy’s Sandwich | 978 0 571 31183 5 Pip Jones | Laura Hughes

Mummy’s Suitcase | 978 0 571 32753 9 Pip Jones | Laura Hughes







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Snow | 978 0 571 30557 5 Walter de la Mare | Carolina Rabei

Silver | 978 0 571 31470 6 Walter de la Mare | Carolina Rabei

Millions of Cats | 978 0 571 35020 9 Wanda Gág

The Story of Ferdinand | 978 0 571 33596 1 Munro Leaf | Robert Lawson

Santa’s New Beard | 978 0 571 33654 8 Caroline Crowe | Jess Pauwels

Once Upon a Snowstorm 978 0 571 33929 7 | Richard Johnson


Squishy McFluff: Tea with the Queen 978 0 571 33728 6 Pip Jones | Ella Okstad Choo Choo | 978 0 571 33751 4 Virginia Lee Burton Lily and the Polar Bears | 978 0 571 33776 7 Jion Sheibani

Ballerina Dreams | 978 0 571 32973 1 Michaela and Elaine DePrince | Ella Okstad

Piggy Handsome | 978 0 571 32754 6 Pip Jones | Adam Stower

Dave Pigeon | 978 0 571 32330 2 Swapna Haddow | Sheena Dempsey

The Great Reindeer Disaster 978 0 571 34898 5 Kate Saunders | Neal Layton

Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat! 978 0 571 30250 5 Pip Jones | Ella Okstad

Sasha and the Wolfcub | 978 0 571 33705 7 Ann Jungman | Gaia Bordicchia

Hayley the Hairy Horse 978 0 571 33780 4 Gavin Puckett | Tor Freeman

Picklewitch and Jack | 978 0 571 33518 3 Claire Barker | Teemu Juhani


Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest 978 0 571 33215 1 Harry Heape | Rebecca Bagley



Letters from the Lighthouse 978 0 571 32758 4 | Emma Carroll

Max and the Millions | 978 0 571 33348 6 Ross Montgomery

Secrets of a Sun King 978 0 571 32849 9 | Emma Carroll

My Mum’s Growing Down 978 0 571 33506 0 Laura Dockrill | David Tazzyman

When We Were Warriors 978 0 571 35040 7 | Emma Carroll The Somerset Tsunami 978 0 571 33281 6 | Emma Carroll Chester Parsons is Not a Gorilla 978 0 571 33223 6 | Martyn Ford Rooftoppers | 978 0 571 28059 9 Katherine Rundell Five Children on the Western Front 978 0 571 34232 7 | Kate Saunders The Land of Neverendings 978 0 571 33656 2 | Kate Saunders Fire Girl, Forest Boy | 978 0 571 34943 2 Chloe Daykin Child I | 978 0 571 33783 5 Steve Tasane


Matt Millz | 978 0 571 33249 6 Harry Hill | Steve May Matt Millz Stands Up! | 978 0 571 33251 9 Harry Hill | Steve May Matt Millz On Tour! | 978 0 571 34567 0 Harry Hill | Steve May The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club 978 0 571 33254 0 Alex Bell | Tomislav Tomić Explorers on Witch Mountain 978 0 571 33256 4 Alex Bell | Tomislav Tomić Explorers on Black Ice Bridge 978 0 571 33258 8 Alex Bell | Tomislav Tomić


The Legend of Podkin One-Ear 978 0 571 34020 0 Kieran Larwood | David Wyatt The Gift of Dark Hollow 978 0 571 32842 0 Kieran Larwood | David Wyatt The Beasts of Grimheart 978 0 571 32845 1 Kieran Larwood | David Wyatt Uki and the Outcasts 978 0 571 34279 2 Kieran Larwood | David Wyatt The Children of Castle Rock 978 0 571 32356 2 | Natasha Farrant Survivors | 978 0 571 33966 2 David Long | Kerry Hyndman Heroes | 978 0 571 34629 5 David Long | Kerry Hyndman Rescue | 978 0 571 34632 5 David Long | Kerry Hyndman



Rebel of the Sands | 978 0 571 32525 2 Alwyn Hamilton

Pet | 978 0 571 35511 2 Akwaeke Emezi

The Bell Jar | 978 0 571 22616 0 Sylvia Plath

Traitor to the Throne 978 0 571 32541 2 | Alwyn Hamilton

In Paris With You | 978 0 571 33972 3 Clémentine Beauvais Sam Taylor (translator)

Hope in a Ballet Shoe | 978 0 571 31447 8 Michaela and Elaine DePrince

Hero at the Fall | 978 0 571 32543 6 Alwyn Hamilton The Graces | 978 0 571 35291 3 Laure Eve The Curses | 978 0 571 32804 8 Laure Eve Highly Illogical Behaviour 978 0 571 33044 7 John Corey Whaley Bone Gap | 978 0 571 33275 5 Laura Ruby


The Chaos of Now | 978 0 571 31747 9 Erin Lange The Monstrous Child 978 0 571 33027 0 | Francesca Simon The Smell of Other People’s Houses 978 0 571 31495 9 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock Long Way Down | 978 0 571 33512 1 Jason Reynolds | Chris Priestley The Boy in the Black Suit 978 0 571 35612 6 | Jason Reynolds


Wuthering Heights | 978 0 571 33711 8 Emily Brontë Pride and Prejudice | 978 0 571 33701 9 Jane Austen Tess of the d’Urbervilles 978 0 571 33703 3 | Thomas Hardy Jane Eyre | 978 0 571 33709 5 Charlotte Brontë



A Christmas Carol | 978 0 571 35586 0 Charles Dickens | Liberty London The Happy Prince and Other Tales 978 0 571 35584 6 Oscar Wilde | Liberty London Treasure Island | 978 0 571 33116 1 Robert Louis Stevenson The Children of Green Knowe Collection | 978 0 571 30347 2 Lucy M. Boston Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats 978 0 571 25248 0 T. S. Eliot | Axel Scheffler

The Iron Man | 978 0 571 34859 6 Ted Hughes | Andrew Davidson

The Secret Garden | 978 0 571 32339 5 Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Iron Man | 978 0 571 34886 2 Ted Hughes | Chris Mould

A Little Princess | 978 0 571 33111 6 Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Tigerboy | 978 0 571 32062 2 Ted Hughes

The Midnight Fox | 978 0 571 31033 3 Betsy Byars

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats 978 0 571 31308 2 T. S. Eliot | Nicholas Bentley

How the Whale Became and Other Tales of the Early World 978 0 571 34885 5 | Ted Hughes

Moondial | 978 0 571 32290 9 Helen Cresswell

Peacock Pie | 978 0 571 31389 1 Walter de la Mare

The Iron Wolf | 978 0 571 34939 5 Ted Hughes

The Iron Woman | 978 0 571 34858 9 Ted Hughes | Andrew Davidson

Season Songs | 978 0 571 35022 3 Ted Hughes

Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs 978 0 571 33409 4 Christopher Reid | Elliot Elam Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats 978 0 571 32126 1 T. S. Eliot | Edward Gorey


The It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit 978 0 571 31464 5 Sylvia Plath | David Roberts Black Beauty | 978 0 571 32337 1 Anna Sewell Marianne Dreams | 978 0 571 31327 3 Catherine Storr

The Railway Children | 978 0 571 33113 0 E. Nesbit

The Land of Green Ginger 978 0 571 32134 6 Noel Langley | Edward Ardizzone

Five Children and It | 978 0 571 31476 8 E. Nesbit

Tales of Troy and Greece 978 0 571 33350 9 | Andrew Lang


The Jungle Book | 978 0 571 33490 2 Rudyard Kipling The Wind in the Willows 978 0 571 32341 8 | Kenneth Grahame The Mouse and His Child 978 0 571 30755 5 | Russell Hoban The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler 978 0 571 31391 4 | Gene Kemp Tamworth Pig Stories | 978 0 571 35664 5 Gene Kemp | Carolyn Dinan

With a final set of ten titles – including classic and rare stories from Anna Burns, Marianne Moore, Milan Kundera, Barbara Kingsolver and Adrian Tomine – Gaby Wood completes her selection for the acclaimed and hugely 9780571356881





popular Faber Stories, a landmark series of gemlike volumes, bringing together Faber’s past, present and future.


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