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While few poets make good novelists (and vice versa), those that do tend to write memorably beautiful prose. Amongst those who bridged the divide in style are Booker-shortlisted Gerard Woodward and Adam Foulds, Anne Michael's elegaic story of the relocation of some of Egypt's ancient monuments and John Burnside's menacing modern folk-tale The Devil's Footprints.
A student from Boston wins a guest editorship on a national magazine, and finds a new world at her feet. Her New York life is crowded with possibilities, so the...
Vladimir Nabokov; John Updike; ...
Discovering his prodigious gift in boyhood and rising to the rank of International Grandmaster, Luzhin develops a lyrical passion for chess. As he confronts the fiery, swift-swooping Italian Grandmaster Turati...
For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan war was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away...
Shows how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people.
A brilliant new novel from the author of Singling out the Couples, State of Happiness and Parallel Lies
An account of a young English undergraduate from the provinces, this portrait of Oxford during the war is now regarded by many critics as a classic of its kind.
Fleeing Hungary in 1938 as the German army approaches, the author journeys to Paris, where he finds a lover. When the French capitulate to the Nazis, Faludy travels to North...
An exhilarating, must-read novel from one of Latin America's pre-eminent writers, and author of the acclaimed masterpiece 2666.
One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, this uninhibited tale centres on the hapless members of a love triangle, and their sexual obsession and shared fascination with a...
After a lifetime's struggle with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, in 1840 the nature poet John Clare is incarcerated. The asylum, in London's Epping Forest, is run on the reformist...
The fifth suspense novel yet from critically acclaimed queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah.
Walter de la Mare
Miss M., a pretty and diminutive young woman with a passion for shells, fossils, flints, butterflies and stuffed animals, struggles to deal with her isolation from the rest of society...
In Sparta, a city that masks age-old secrets and private enmities, a close-knit group are excavating. When Ben, lost and aimless, comes to Greece to escape private failures, he is...
The women of a small Welsh farming community wake one morning to find that their husbands have gone. Soon after that a German patrol arrives in their valley.
So Abbie adopted at birth decides that if she can't have a child then she must at least discover whose child she is. Soon, she and Felix are caught up...
With a new introduction by Richard Bradford. Alan Sillitoe's classic novel of the 1950s, reissued to coincide with the 50th...