New Books Autumn 2012 - Faber and Faber

New Books Autumn 2012 - Faber and Faber

New Books

Faber and Faber

July – December 2012


Original Fiction

6 The Dream of the Celt

8 Silent House

10 Havisham

11 The Devil I Know

12 The Ruins of Us

13 Kingdom Cons

14 Brooklyn Heights

15 How the Trouble Started

16 Time On My Hands

17 Kimberly’s Capital Punishment

18 Death Comes to Pemberley

20 Seventy Times Seven

21 Pierced

22 Playing Dead

23 Safe House

Original Non-Fiction

26 Country Girl

28 Winter Journal

30 Walking Home

32 Sandstorm

33 Unapologetic

34 Up the Republic!

35 Among the Hoods

36 The Pinecone

38 Ban This Filth!

39 Age of Assassins

40 Commander

41 The Graves are Walking

42 A History of the Arab Peoples

43 Positive Linking

44 Big Questions From Little People

. . . Answered By Some Very

Big People

45 TV Comedian

46 The Not Terribly Good Book

of Heroic Failures

47 New York Drawings

Original Poetry

50 Sylvia Plath

52 Nonsense

53 Love’s Bonfire

54 The Customs House

55 Out There

56 Go Giants

57 The World’s Two

Smallest Humans

58 Austerities

59 Thomas Wyatt

60 Selected Poems of Don Paterson

61 Collected Poems

of Samuel Beckett

62 Train Songs

63 Winning Words

Original Drama

66 Grief

67 The Country Girls

68 The Strange Undoing

of Prudencia Heart

68 The Monster in the Hall

69 The Sound of Heavy Rain

69 Reasons to Be Pretty

70 Britannicus

70 A Slow Air

71 The Wheel

71 Three Days in May

72 Lorca’s Yerma

72 One Day When We Were Young

73 The Heart of Robin Hood

73 Constellations

Original Music

76 Thomas Adès

78 Prokofiev Diaries 1924–33

79 Copendium

80 Trampled Under Foot

81 Prince

Original Film

84 The Dark Knight Trilogy

85 Nicolas Roeg

Original Children’s

88 Justin’s Annual

89 My First Justin’s Jokes

89 Justin’s Funny Face Sticker Book

90 Christmas According

to Humphrey

91 Atticus Claw Breaks the Law

92 The Grave Robber’s Apprentice

93 Crewel

94 The Legend of the Loch Ness Lilo

95 Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior

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Paperback Fiction

98 Death Comes to Pemberley

98 The Beautiful Indifference

98 The Revelations

98 Open City

99 Narcopolis

99 The Ruins of Us

99 Drifting House

99 Is Just a Movie

100 Childish Loves

100 Sudden Times

101 Siberian Red

101 Fear in the Sunlight

101 Voices of the Dead

101 Pierced

102 Death in the Sun

102 Hit and Run

Paperback Non-Fiction

103 The Queen’s Agent

103 City of Fortune

103 Where China Meets India

103 Nagaland

104 The Bend for Home

104 Ordinary Dogs

104 The Last Pre-Raphaelite

105 The Ultimate Book of Heroic


105 Comedy Rules

Paperback Poetry

106 The Death of King Arthur

106 Memorial

106 The Casual Perfect

106 Selected Poems

of Christopher Reid

Paperback Music

107 Mother, Brother, Lover

107 Manchester: Looking for the Light

through the Pouring Rain

107 Everybody Loves Our Town

107 Bob Dylan

108 The Everyday Dancer

108 A Singer’s Notebook

Paperback Children’s

109 The Windvale Sprites

International Editions

110 Death Comes to Pemberley

110 Siberian Red

110 The Invention of Solitude

110 The Ruins of Us

111 The Chemistry of Tears

111 The Dream of the Celt

111 The Expats

112 Faber Academy

113 Faber Finds

114 Extranet

116 Index

118 Contacts



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Vargas Llosa

The Dream of the Celt

In an epic and moving novel

spanning three continents, one of the

world’s greatest writers re-imagines

the life of Roger Casement, the

most controversial hero of Irish


As The Dream of the Celt opens, it

is the summer of 1916 and Roger

Casement awaits the hangman in

London’s Pentonville Prison. Dublin

lies in ruins after the disastrous

Easter Rising led by his comrades

of the Irish Volunteers. He has been

caught after landing from a German

submarine. For the past year he has

attempted to raise an Irish brigade

from prisoners of war to fight

alongside the Germans against the

British Empire that awarded him a

knighthood only a few years before.

And now his petition for clemency

is threatened by the leaking of his

private diary and his secret life as a

gay man.

Vargas Llosa, with his incomparable

gift for powerful historical narrative,

takes the reader on a journey back

through a remarkable life dedicated

to the exposure of barbaric

treatment of indigenous peoples by

European predators in the Congo

and Amazonia. Casement was feted

as one of the greatest humanitarians

of the age. Now he is about to die

ignominiously as a traitor.

Including unforgettable scenes of

horror in Africa and the Amazon, this

is a profound meditation on the costs

of empire and on individual moral




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978 0 571 275717



Mario Vargas Llosa was born

in Peru is 1936. He is the

author of some of the last

half-century’s most important

novels, including The War of

the End of the World, The Feast

of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the

Scriptwriter and Conversation

in the Cathedral. In 2010 he

was awarded the Nobel Prize in


‘Vargas Llosa has remarkable gifts . . .

He demonstrates the superabundant vitality

of the Latin American imagination in its

most challenging form.’

Sunday Times

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Orhan Pamuk

Silent House

Never before published in English,

Orhan Pamuk’s second novel is the

moving story of a family gathering in

the shadow of the impending military

coup of 1980.

In an old mansion in Cennethisar, a

former fishing village near Istanbul,

an old widow Fatma awaits the

annual summer visit of her

grandchildren. She has lived in

the village for decades, ever since

her husband, an idealistic young

doctor, first arrived to serve the poor

fishermen. Now mostly bedridden,

she is attended by her faithful

servant Recep, a dwarf – and the

doctor’s illegitimate son. They

share memories, and grievances, of

the early years, before Cennethisar

became a high-class resort.

Her visiting grandchildren are Faruk,

a dissipated failed historian; his

sensitive leftist sister, Nilgun; and

Metin, a high school student drawn

to the fast life of the nouveaux riches,

who dreams of going to America. But

it is Recep’s nephew Hassan, a highschool

dropout, lately fallen in with

right-wing nationalists, who will draw

the visiting family into the growing

political cataclysm issuing from

Turkey’s tumultuous century-long

struggle for modernity.



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978 0 571 275922



Orhan Pamuk, is the author

of many celebrated books,

including The White Castle,

Istanbul and Snow. In 2003 he

won the International IMPAC

Award for My Name is Red,

and in 2006 he was awarded

the Nobel Prize in Literature.

His most recent novel, The

Museum of Innocence, was

an international bestseller,

praised in the Guardian as

‘an enthralling, immensely

enjoyable piece of storytelling.’

Orhan Pamuk lives in Istanbul.

‘[Pamuk] exhibits all that near-hallucinatory

gift for ambience and atmosphere that places

him among the great urban novelists of

any age.’

Boyd Tonkin

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Ronald Frame

There was a delicate tracery of gold

foil on the back of the dress. How

strange that such a consummately made

garment should be worn for this one

day only. But, as every girl growing

up understood, her wedding day was

the most significant she would know: a

woman’s crowning glory.

Catherine Havisham was born into

privilege. Handsome, imperious, she

is the daughter of a wealthy brewer,

and lives in luxury in Satis House.

But she is never far from the smell

of hops and the arresting letters on

the brewhouse wall – HAVISHAM. A

reminder of all she owes to the family

name and the family business.

Sent by her father to stay with the

Chadwycks, Catherine discovers

literature, music and masquerades –

elegant pastimes to remove the taint

of new money. But for all her growing

sophistication Catherine is anything

but worldly, and when a charismatic

stranger pays her attention,

everything – her heart, her future, the

very Havisham name – is vulnerable.

In this post-facto prelude to Great

Expectations, Ronald Frame tells the

compelling story of Miss Havisham’s

early life, before heartbreak came to

define her entirely. It is a masterful

tribute to one of Dickens’s most

celebrated and iconic characters.



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978 0 571 288281



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Ronald Frame was born

in Glasgow in 1953. He

is the author of thirteen

internationally published works

of fiction, and is an awardwinning

television and radio

scriptwriter. His debut novel,

Winter Journey, was the joint

winner of the first Betty Trask

Prize for fiction. The Lantern

Bearers was longlisted for The

Man Booker Prize and won the

Saltire Award for Scottish Book

of the Year.

‘Scotland’s finest contemporary writer.’

Alexander McCall Smith


978 0 571 283422



Claire Kilroy

There was a crooked man and he

walked a crooked mile,

He made a crooked deal and he blew a

crooked pile,

He dug a crooked hole,

And he sank the crooked isle,

And they all went to hell in a stew of

crooked bile.

A charged and coruscating novel

about good and evil.

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The Devil I Know is a thrilling novel

of greed and hubris, set against the

backdrop of a brewing international

debt crisis. Told by Tristram, in the

form of a mysterious testimony,

it recounts his return home after

a self-imposed exile only to find

himself trapped as a middle man

played on both sides – by a grotesque

builder he’s known since childhood

on the one hand, and a shadowy

businessman he’s never met on the

other. Caught between them, as an

overblown property development

begins in his home town of Howth, it

follows Tristram’s dawning realisation

that all is not well.

From a writer unafraid to take risks,

The Devil I Know is a bold, brilliant

and disturbing piece of storytelling.

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The Devil I Know

‘Kilroy is a dazzlingly skilled writer.’

Mail on Sunday



Claire Kilroy’s debut novel All

Summer was described in The

Times as ‘compelling . . . a

thriller, a confession and a love

story framed by a meditation

on the arts’, and was awarded

the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish

Literature. Her second novel,

Tenderwire was shortlisted

for the 2007 Irish Novel of

the Year and the Kerry Group

Irish Fiction Award. It was

followed, in 2009, by the highly

acclaimed novel, All Names

Have Been Changed. Educated

at Trinity College, she lives in









978 0 571 282739



A sweeping debut novel of love and

betrayal, about a Saudi billionaire and

the turmoil that rocks his family after

his American wife discovers that he

has taken a second bride.

More than two decades after moving

to Saudi Arabia and marrying

Abdullah Baylani, Rosalie learns that

her husband has married a second

wife. The discovery plunges the

powerful family into chaos as Rosalie

grapples with leaving Saudi Arabia,

her life and her family behind.

Abdullah and Rosalie’s personal

entanglements also blind them to

the crisis approaching their sixteenyear-old

son Faisal, whose deepening

resentment towards their lifestyle

has led to his involvement with a

controversial sheikh. When Faisal

makes a choice that could destroy

everything his family holds dear, all

must confront difficult truths as they

fight to preserve what remains of

their love.

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The Ruins of Us

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Keija Parssinen was born in

Saudi Arabia and lived there

for twelve years as a third

generation expatriate. She

earned a degree in English

literature from Princeton

University and received her

MFA from the Iowa Writers’

Workshop, where she held

a Truman Capote fellowship

and a Teaching and Writing

fellowship. For The Ruins of Us,

her first novel, she received a

Michener-Copernicus award.

She lives with her husband in

Columbia, Missouri.

‘Keija Parssinen evokes the landscape of

Saudia Arabia with a deftness, precision

and lucidity which make for an utterly

absorbing read.’

Lucy Caldwell, author of The Meeting Point


978 0 571 275687



Yuri Herrera

Blood was one thing he knew, and he

could see that his was different. Could

see it in the way the man filled all the

space without any sense of urgency and

with an all-knowing air . . . Then he

saw the jewels that graced him and he

knew: he was a King.

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On the streets of a sprawling

Mexican city, the Artist plays his

accordion and sings: born into

begging, he earns a living by the

sweetness of his voice. Performing

for a drug baron and his bodyguard

one evening, the Artist recognises

the power of his audience, and sees

a way out. Swearing fealty at the

‘court’ of the King, he is allowed to

live on the drug lord’s compound, in

exchange for composing flattering

chronicles of the characters and lives

inside. But the reign of such a King is

often short, and the Artist is forced to

witness not only the dizzy successes,

but the inevitable crash of this fragile


Told in a heady mixture of baroque

imagery and contemporary street

slang, Kingdom Cons is a wild and

highly original take on the very real

tragedy of Mexico’s drug wars today.

World English Language



Kingdom Cons



Yuri Herrera is one of the most

acclaimed contemporary Latin

American authors. Born in

Actopan, Mexico in 1970, he

gained his doctorate in Hispanic

Language and Literature at

the University of California

in Berkley. He is editor of the

literary magazine El Perro

and a visiting professor at the

University of North Carolina,

Charlotte. Kingdom Cons

(original title Trabajos del reino)

was first published in Spanish

in 2003 and has won prizes on

both sides of the Atlantic.







A novel of displacement and

discovery from one of Egypt’s most

exciting new voices.


978 0 571 280025



Brooklyn Heights, the fourth novel

by award-winning Egyptian author

Miral Al-Tahawy, revolves around the

character of Hend, an Arabic teacher

and would-be writer in her late

thirties, who emigrates to the United

States from Cairo with her eight-yearold

son after the painful break-up of

her marriage.

Hend and her son arrive in Brooklyn

during the presidential elections of

2008. She dreams of change, selffulfillment

and the possibility of love.

She becomes involved in the lives

of other immigrant women in her

community and through their shared

experiences begins an odyssey

of self-discovery shaped by her

memories of childhood and of her

coming of age during a dramatically

changing political era in Egypt.

Recently awarded the 2010 Naguib

Mahfouz Medal for Literature, and

shortlisted for the International Prize

for Fiction, popularly known as the

Arabic Booker, Brooklyn Heights is

an insightful and mesmerising work

of fiction which describes afresh the

immigrant experience.

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Brooklyn Heights

‘A novel of displacement and exile

par excellence.’

Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature Judging Panel

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excluding US and Canada


Critically acclaimed Egyptian

author, Miral Al-Tahawy was

born in Sharqiya in the Egyptian

delta into a Bedouin family

of the al-Hanadi tribe. The

youngest of seven children, she

is now an Assistant Professor

in the Department of Foreign

Languages and Literature, and

Director of the Arabic program

at Appalachian State University

in North Carolina. Her previous

works The Tent (1998), Blue

Aubergine (2002), Gazelle

Tracks (2009) have collectively

been translated into many



978 0 571 288540





The police were involved over the

trouble. They had to be. ‘I was just

playing,’ I told them, but that wasn’t

enough. They wanted to know

what I understood by ‘intent’.

Donald Bailey is sixteen. He can’t

forget the trouble that happened

when he was eight, when the police

were called. His mother can’t forget

either and even leaving their home

town doesn’t help. Then Donald

befriends Jake, who is eight years

old and terrifyingly vulnerable. As

he tries to protect him, Donald fails

to see the most obvious danger. And

that the trouble might be closer than

he thinks . . .

Following Robert Williams’s prizewinning

debut Luke and Jon, How

the Trouble Started is a dark, gripping

novel about childhood, morality

and the loneliness of children and

adults. Told with Robert Williams’s

characteristic warmth, humanity

and deceptively light touch, it is a

story about how our best and worst

intentions can lead us astray, and the

moments we can never leave behind.

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How the Trouble Started

Robert Williams grew up in

Clitheroe, Lancashire and

currently lives in Manchester.

His first novel, Luke and Jon,

won a Betty Trask Award, was

translated into six languages

and called ‘a hugely impressive

debut’ in the Daily Telegraph.

He has worked in a secondary

school library, as a bookseller

for Waterstones, and has

written and released music

under the name The Library


‘A warm, dead-to-rights understanding of

the human heart, expressed in prose as clear

as a glass of water.’

Francis Spufford







Giorgio Vasta


978 0 571 272204



Palermo, Sicily, 1978. The Christian

Democrat leader Aldo Moro has just

been kidnapped in Rome by members

of the notorious Red Brigades. Two

months after his disappearance on

9 May, Moro is found dead in the

boot of a car.

A trio of eleven-year-old schoolboys,

Nimbo, Raggio and Volo, avidly

follow the news of the abduction

as their admiration for the brigatisti

grows. When the boys themselves

resolve to abduct a classmate and

incarcarete him in a makeshift

‘people’s prison’, the darkness within

their world, and the world of the

novel, becomes all-pervasive.

Time on my Hands was shortlisted

for the Italian Booker Prize, il

Premio Strega, in 2008 and has been

translated into many languages.

A vivid and hellish description of

Sicily in the late seventies and an

extraordinary journey into a world of

fierce absolutism, Time on my Hands

is an unforgettable novel from one

of the most arresting new voices to

arrive from Italy in the past decade.

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Time On My Hands

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Girogio Vasta was born in

Palermo and lives in Turin. This

is his first novel.

‘Without question one of the most

important novels to emerge from Italy

in the past ten years.’

Ian Thomson, Times Literary Supplement


978 0 571 288984





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Kimberly Clark was born to the

sound of cackling witches in 1984.

Having moved to London to follow

her heart’s dream, the sweet-but-slow

Stevie, she soon tires of him and

decides to destroy the relationship

from within by being as vile as is

humanly possible. When this tactic

leads to Stevie’s violent death by his

own hand, Kimberly’s soul hangs

in the balance – will she ultimately

spend eternity in the great Topshop

in the sky? Or will she be hurtled

into an abyss of endless physical

torture, sexual humilation and bad

stand-up comedy? This is the story

of Kimberly’s redemption, or possibly

the story of her damnation: it’s up to

you. There are six different endings

to choose between.

This is a shocking, laugh-out-loud,

nightmare-and-nausea-inducing book;

a wild narrative experiment that

recalls taboo-busting writers from

William Burroughs to Irvine Welsh to

Chuck Palahniuk.

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Kimberly’s Capital


Richard Milward was born

in 1984. His debut, Apples,

was published in 2007, and

his second novel, Ten Storey

Love Song, in 2009, to huge

critical acclaim. A Fine Art

graduate of Central St Martin’s

College, he currently lives in

Middlesbrough, where he

grew up.

‘Milward is a major talent, and his love for

his characters shines through any degrading

obstacles he forces them to encounter . . .

he possesses that scarcest quality: a highly

original and engaging voice.’

Irvine Welsh








P. D. James

Death Comes to Pemberley

The year is 1803, and Darcy and

Elizabeth have been married for

six years. There are now two

handsome and healthy sons in the

Pemberley nursery, Elizabeth’s

beloved sister Jane and her husband,

Bingley, live within seventeen

miles, the ordered and secure life

of Pemberley seems unassailable,

and Elizabeth’s happiness in her

marriage is complete. But their

peace is threatened and old sins and

misunderstandings are rekindled

on the eve of the annual autumn

ball. The Darcys and their guests

are preparing to retire for the night

when a chaise appears, rocking

down the path from Pemberley’s

wild woodland, and as it pulls up,

Lydia Wickham, an uninvited guest,

tumbles out, screaming that her

husband has been murdered.

P. D. James weaves a compelling

story, combining a sensitive insight

into the happy but threatened

marriage of the Darcys and the

excitement and suspense of a

brilliantly crafted detective novel.

Death Comes to Pemberley enshrines

the qualities her readers have

come to expect: psychological

and emotional richness of

characterisation, vivid evocation of

place, and a credible and superbly

structured plot, in a powerful and

distinguished work of fiction.



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978 0 571 283576



P. D. James was born in Oxford

in 1920. She is the author of

19 novels and 3 works of nonfiction.

She has won awards

for her crime writing in Britain,

America, Italy and Scandinavia,

including the Mystery Writers

of America Grandmaster Award

and The National Arts Club

Medal of Honor for Literature

(US). She was awarded an OBE

in 1983 and was created a life

peer in 1991. In 1997 she was

elected President of the Society

of Authors.

‘Dazzling . . . a book that combines the grace

of Jane Austen with the pace of a thriller . . .

as good as anything P. D. James has written

and that is very high praise indeed.’

Sunday Express

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J. G. Sinclair

All he knew was revenge, now he

needs the truth.

Danny McGuire doesn’t like his job,

but he’s good at it. Since his brother’s

murder eight years earlier he has

become a professional killer: a hit

man for hire, bent on retribution.


978 0 571 282760



The Job

Danny’s been contracted to eliminate

the ‘Thevshi’ – the ‘Ghost’ – the

most elusive informant that has ever

penetrated the Republican movement

in Northern Ireland. But there’s a

problem: the Thevshi claims to know

who’s responsible for his brother’s


Danny’s never killed someone he

needed to talk to first.

The Target

When Finn O’Hanlon (A.K.A. the

Thevshi) is attacked in a bar in

Alabama he realises that his past has

finally caught up with him. Forced

to flee, he embarks on a desperate

journey to find Danny McGuire

before it’s too late.

The Complication

What Danny McGuire and Finn

O’Hanlon don’t know is that they’re

up against someone who’s spent

years hiding a secret, and it’s a secret

they’ll go to any lengths to protect.

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Seventy Times Seven

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John Gordon Sinclair was born

in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved

to London in the early eighties

and now lives in Surrey with

his wife, Shauna, and their two

children. John’s first film won

him a BAFTA nomination for

Best Newcomer to a Leading

Film Role. His first outing in

London’s West End won him

an Olivier award for Best Actor.

Seventy Times Seven is his first




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The follow-up to Burned – the

acclaimed debut novel, starring

Henning Juul – Pierced is another

gripping and emotionally charged

slice of Nordic Noir.

Despite always maintaining his

innocence, Tori Pulli, once a powerful

player on Oslo’s underground crime

scene, has been found guilty of


Scarred reporter, Henning Juul, is

contacted by Pulli, who claims that

if Henning can help clear his name

he can give him details of who was

responsible for the fire which killed

his six-year-old son, Jonas.

Desperate to continue his own search

for justice, Henning realises that the

information Pulli promises is life

threatening, to both of them and to

others. As events take a deadly turn,

Henning finds himself on the trail of

two killers for whom the stakes have

never been higher . . .


978 0 571 288496




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Thomas Enger is the author

of Burned, the first novel of

the Henning Juul series which

led to him being described

as ‘one of the most unusual

and intense talents in the

field’ (Independent). As well

as writing, he also composes

music. He lives in Oslo and is

currently at work on Scarred,

the third of the Henning Juul


‘[Burned] has real strengths: the careful

language, preserved in the fine translation;

and its haunted journalist hero who is

returning to work after a domestic fire which

claimed his son . . . this could be

an intriguing series.’












What if your whole life was a lie?

The Letter

Just after her father’s death, Tommie

McCloud receives a letter in the

post from a stranger. The woman

claims that Tommie is her biological

daughter, kidnapped from her as a

baby over thirty years ago.

The Lies

She is approached by journalist Jack

Smith, who claims to know about

her past. But is he really who he says

he is?

The Truth

Not sure who to trust or what to

believe, Tommie sets out to discover

the truth about her identity and in

doing so uncovers explosive secrets

that threaten not only her life, but

also the lives of those she holds dear.


978 0 571 287680



For fans of Sophie Hannah and

Gillian Flynn comes a thrilling debut

from an exciting new voice. Playing

Dead is a captivating story of identity,

betrayal and family secrets that will

have you gripped from beginning to






Playing Dead

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excluding Canada


Julia Heaberlin is an awardwinning

journalist who has

worked for such newspapers as

the Fort Worth Star-Telegram,

the Detroit News and the Dallas

Morning News. She was inspired

to write her first thriller, Playing

Dead, after receiving a letter

from a stranger who wondered

if she was her daughter, who

had been kidnapped years

before. Julia lives in Texas near

Dallas/Fort Worth with her

journalist husband and a son.

She is currently at work on her

second book, Lie Still.


978 0 571 282203



Chris Ewan

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When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital

after a motorcycle crash on the Isle

of Man, he is told that Lena, the

woman he claims was travelling

with him, doesn’t exist. The woman

he describes bears a striking

resemblance to his recently deceased

sister, Laura, but has he really only

imagined her?

Convinced that Lena is real and

suspecting that someone took her

from the crash site, Rob sets out to

find the answers to who she is and

who is behind her disappearance. He

is aided in this by Rebecca Lewis, a

London-based PI, who has come to

the island at the behest of his parents

to investigate his sister’s suicide. But

who is Rebecca really and how did

she know his sister?

Together Rob and Rebecca follow

the clues to discover who kidnapped

Lena. In doing so they realise that

even on an island where most people

know each other, everyone hides a

secret, and that sometimes your best

option isn’t to hide but to stay and


Safe House

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excluding Canada, EU exclusive


Chris Ewan is the awardwinning

author of The Good

Thief’s Guide to . . . series of

mystery novels. His debut,

The Good Thief’s Guide to

Amsterdam, won the Long Barn

Books First Novel Award and is

published in 10 countries, and

Amsterdam, Paris and Vegas

have all been shortlisted for

CrimeFest’s Last Laugh Award.

Born in Taunton in 1976, he now

lives in the Isle of Man with his

wife, Jo. Safe House is his first

stand-alone thriller.

‘A high-revving tale of trust, betrayal and


Zoë Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox series














Edna O’Brien

Country Girl

I thought of life’s many bounties, to have

known the extremities of joy and sorrow,

love, crossed love and unrequited love,

success and failure, fame and slaughter,

to have read in the newspapers that as

a writer I was past my sell-by date, yet

regardless, to go on writing and reading,

to be lucky enough to live in these two

intensities that have buttressed my

whole life.

The publication of Edna O’Brien’s

memoir is one of the major literary

events of the season. Born in Ireland

in 1930 and driven into exile after

publication of her controversial first

novel, The Country Girls, O’Brien has

created a body of work which bears

comparison with the very best writing

of the twentieth century.

In Country Girl we come face to face

with a literary life of high drama and

contemplation. And along the way

there are encounters with Hollywood

giants, pop stars and literary titans

– all of whom lend this life, so

gorgeously, sometimes painfully

remembered, a terrible poignancy.

In prose which sparkles with the

effortless gifts of a master in her

ninth decade, Edna O’Brien has

recast her life with the imaginitive

insight of a poet. Country Girl is a

book of unfathomable depths and




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Since her debut novel The

Country Girls Edna O’Brien has

written over twenty works of

fiction along with biographies

of James Joyce and Lord Byron.

She is the recipient of many

awards including the Irish PEN

Lifetime Achievement Award,

the American National Arts Club

Medal of Honor and the Ulysses

Medal. Born and raised in the

west of Ireland she has lived in

London for many years.

‘She changed the nature of Irish fiction; she

brought the woman’s experience and sex and

the internal lives of those people onto the

page, and she did it with style, and she made

those concerns international.’

Andrew O’Hagan

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Paul Auster

Winter Journal

Paul Auster’s career was born

when The Invention of Solitude was

published, which is about his father.

Winter Journal is about his mother.

In Winter Journal, Auster presents

the abandonment of the family by

his father from his mother’s point of

view: her struggle as a single mother;

love found again late in life, a love

that was short-lived; her troubled

later years and, finally, her death –

and the subsequent anxiety attacks

Auster suffered in the face of her


In Winter Journal Auster moves

through the events of his life in a

random series of memories grasped

from the point of view of his life

now: playing baseball as a teenager;

participating in the anti-Vietnam

demonstrations at Columbia

University; almost killing his second

wife and child in a car accident;

falling in and out of love with his first

wife, and experiencing the epiphany

which gives birth to The Invention of


Auster’s signature prose makes

the events flow effortlessly from

one to the other, with page-turning

momentum that is uniquely his own.


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Paul Auster is the bestselling

author of Sunset Park, Invisible,

Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn

Follies, The Book of Illusions,

The New York Trilogy, among

many other works. In 2006

he was awarded the Prince of

Asturias Prize for Literature

and inducted into the American

Academy of Arts and Letters.

Among his other honours are

the Independent Spirit Award

for the screenplay of Smoke

and the Prix Medicis Etranger

for Leviathan. He has also

been shortlisted for both the

International IMPAC Dublin

Literary Award (The Book of

Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner

Award for Fiction (The Music

of Chance). His work has been

translated into more than thirty


He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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‘Paul Auster has been an unswerving voice no

matter what form he chooses, no matter what tale

he imagines and tells. A generous heart always.

A style of the high wire always.’

Michael Ondaatje







Walking Home

In summer 2010 Simon Armitage

decided to walk the Pennine Way.

The challenging 256-mile route is

usually approached from south to

north, from Edale in the Peak District

to Kirk Yetholm, the other side of

the Scottish border. He resolved to

tackle it the other way round: through

beautiful and bleak terrain, across

lonely fells and into the howling wind,

he would be walking home, towards

theYorkshire village where he was


Travelling as a ‘modern troubadour’

without a penny in his pocket, he

stopped along the way to give poetry

readings in village halls, churches,

pubs and living rooms. His audiences

varied from the passionate to the

indifferent, and his readings were

accompanied by the clacking of pool

balls, the drumming of rain and the

bleating of sheep.

Walking Home describes this

extraordinary, yet ordinary, journey.

It’s a story about Britain’s remote and

overlooked interior – the wildness

of its landscape and the generosity

of the locals who sustained him

on his journey. It’s about facing

emotional and physical challenges,

and sometimes overcoming them.

It’s nature writing, but with people at

its heart. Contemplative, moving and

droll, it is a unique narrative from one

of our most beloved writers.


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Simon Armitage was born

in West Yorkshire and is

Professor of Poetry at the

University of Sheffield. A

recipient of numerous prizes

and awards, he has published

ten collections of poetry,

including Selected Poems

(2001), Seeing Stars (2010),

his acclaimed translation of Sir

Gawain and the Green Knight

(2007) and more recently The

Death of King Arthur (2012).

A broadcaster and presenter,

he also writes extensively for

television and radio, is the

author of two novels and the

bestselling memoir All Points

North. In 2010 he received the

CBE for services to poetry.

‘A delight – high-spirited, light-footed, very

funny and wickedly observant.’

Jonathan Raban, TLS on All Points North

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Sandstorm is the best kind of

reportage: humane, historicallyinformed

and full of details that only

a writer close to the action could

have noticed. The overthrow of

Muammar Gaddafi has been one of

the twenty-first century’s defining

moments: the Arab world’s most

bizarre dictator brought down by his

own people with the aid of NATO


Lindsey Hilsum was in Libya when

Gaddafi met his squalid end. She

traces the history of his strange

regime from its beginnings – when

Gaddafi had looks, charisma and

popular appeal – to its paranoid,

corrupt final state. At the heart of her

book, however, is a brilliant narrative

of Libyan people overcoming fear

and disillusionment and finding the

strength to rebel. Hilsum follows five

of them through months of terror

and tragedy.

This is the Libyan revolution as it was

made and lived. Sandstorm will take

its place in a library of classic books

about turning points of history.



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Lindsey Hilsum is an

internationally respected and

admired communicator from

the world’s most dangerous

flashpoints. She is International

Editor for Channel 4 News. She

has covered the major conflicts

and international events of the

past two decades. She spent

most of 2011 covering the Arab

Spring, primarily in Libya but

also Egypt and Bahrain.

‘Lindsey Hilsum’s work illustrates storytelling

at its best . . . a masterclass in

challenging and provocative journalism.’

One World Broadcasting Trust citation, Journalist of the Year 2011


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Unapologetic is a brief, witty, personal,

sharp-tongued defence of Christian

belief, taking on Dawkins’s The God

Delusion and Christopher Hitchens’s

God is Not Great.

But it isn’t an argument that

Christianity is true – because how

could anyone know that (or indeed

its opposite)? It’s an argument that

Christianity is recognisable, drawing

on the deep and deeply ordinary

vocabulary of human feeling,

satisfying those who believe in it by

offering a ruthlessly realistic account

of the bits of our lives advertising

agencies prefer to ignore. It’s a book

for believers who are fed up with

being patronised, for non-believers

curious about how faith can possibly

work in the twenty-first century,

and for anyone who feels there

is something indefinably wrong,

literalistic, anti-imaginative and

intolerant about the way the atheist

case is now being made.

Fresh, provoking and unhampered

by niceness, this is the long-awaited

riposte to the smug emissaries of

New Atheism.

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Why, Despite Everything, Christianity

Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense

Francis Spufford’s first book,

I May Be Some Time, won the

Writers’ Guild Award for Best

Non-Fiction Book of 1996, the

Banff Mountain Book Prize and

a Somerset Maugham Award.

It was followed by The Child

That Books Built, Backroom

Boys, and most recently, Red

Plenty. In 2007 he was elected

a Fellow of the Royal Society of

Literature. He teaches writing

at Goldsmiths College and lives

near Cambridge.

‘I am not alone in thinking that [Francis

Spufford] has one of the most original

minds in contemporary literature.’

Nick Hornby









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In this important book, historians,

lawyers, economists and writers

come together to put a coherent case:

that although the Irish economic

collapse has resulted in national

humiliation, renewed emigration and

a decline in living standards for the

majority of the population, there is

still hope that the country can be

reformed and renewed.

Irish politicians offered the now

notorious blanket guarantee to all the

banks that had got in over their heads

during the great property bubble –

including one that had become little

more than a criminal enterprise. A

different set of politicians grimly

enforced the consequences of

that guarantee, locking an entire

generation of Irish men and women

into paying for the mistakes of greedy

bankers and their corrupt friends in


The energy of hope has to come from

elsewhere. These essays demonstrate

how simple measures and different

economic and social policies could

release that energy and fulfil the

promise of an educated, literate and

culturally vibrant people.

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Towards a New Ireland

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Fintan O’Toole is one of

Ireland’s most respected and

controversial political and

cultural commentators, and

an acclaimed biographer

and critic. His books include

White Savage, A Traitor’s Kiss,

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch,

Ship of Fools, which Terry

Eagleton called ‘a brilliant

polemic’ and Enough is Enough.

He lives in Dublin and is a

columnist for the Irish Times.

‘Good journalists like Fintan O’Toole are

the ones to look to if you want your lifelines

to the contemporary reopened or the jump

leads to your ethical sense connected up.’

Seamus Heaney


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The extraordinary true story of one

woman’s friendship with a South

London gang.





Harriet Sergeant’s three year

friendship with a South London

teenage gang, and in particular the

gang leader, Tuggy Tug, began when

she met them while researching a

report on why black Caribbean and

white working class boys fail. Harriet

was investigating fears that young

men like Tuggy Tug and his gang

were responsible for the majority of

crime in our inner cities.

Over the next three years all the

issues that Harriet had written about

– single mothers, absent fathers, lack

of education and social mobility and

the criminal justice system – took on

new meaning as she encountered the

reality of these very young mens’

lives. Her own ideas were profoundly

challenged as she tried to help the

gang members to help themselves.

She also saw how the State deals with

these young men through encounters

with their teachers, Jobcentre

workers, social workers and lawyers.

Tuggy Tug eventually admitted to

committing more than 100 robberies

and was sentenced to prison. By the

end of the book, three of the boys are

in prison, one is in a mental hospital,

and one appears to be a successful

criminal. In a remarkable and moving

book, Harriet Sergeant investigates

the forces that turned potentially

decent young men into misfits and


As Britain faces the first anniversary

of last summer’s riots, this book

should be required reading for all of


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My Three Years With a Teenage Gang




Harriet Sergeant writes for the

Daily Mail and is the author of

three previous books, Shanghai,

The Old Sow in the Back Room:

An Englishwoman in Japan

and Between the Lines, a book

about apartheid South Africa.

She lives in London.




Jenny Uglow

The Pinecone

The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine

Sarah Losh is a lost Romantic genius

– antiquarian, architect and visionary.

In the village of Wreay, near

Carlisle, stands the strangest and

most magical church in Victorian

England. This vivid, original book

tells the story of its builder, Sarah

Losh, strong-willed and passionate

and unusual in every way. Born into

an old Cumbrian family, heiress to an

industrial fortune, Sarah combined a

zest for progress with a love of the

past. In the church, her masterpiece,

she let her imagination flower – there

are carvings of ammonites, scarabs

and poppies; an arrow pierces the

wall as if shot from a bow; a tortoisegargoyle

launches itself into the air.

And everywhere there are pinecones,

her signature in stone. The church is

a dramatic rendering of the power of

myth and the great natural cycles of

life and death and rebirth.

Sarah’s story is also that of

her radical family – friends of

Wordsworth and Coleridge; of the

love between sisters and the life

of a village; of the struggle of the

weavers, the coming of the railways,

the findings of geology and the fate

of a young northern soldier in the

Afghan war. Above all, though, it is

about the joy of making and the skill

of local, unsung craftsmen. Intimate,

engrossing and moving, The Pinecone

brings to life an extraordinary

woman, a region and an age.


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Jenny Uglow grew up in

Cumbria and now works in

publishing. Her books include

prize-winning biographies

of Elizabeth Gaskell and

William Hogarth. The Lunar

Men, published in 2002, was

described by Richard Holmes

as ‘an extraordinarily gripping

account’, while Nature’s

Engraver: A Life of Thomas

Bewick, won the National Arts

Writers Award for 2007. A

Gambling Man: Charles II and

the Restoration was shortlisted

for the 2010 Samuel Johnson

Prize. She lives in Canterbury.

‘In all her books, she makes us feel the life

behind the facts.’

Frances Spalding

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The launch of Mary Whitehouse’s

‘Clean Up TV’ campaign (at

Birmingham Town Hall in 1964)

made this devoutly Christian

Shropshire school-teacher a media

star overnight. Over the next 37

years, her name became a byword for


All the hundreds of letters this

redoubtable campaigner sent,

and most of the many thousands

she subsequently received, were

preserved in the archives of her

National Viewers and Listeners

Association. Sifting through this

unique compendium of outrage and

affront, Ben Thompson uncovers a

startling new perspective on Mary

Whitehouse’s stand against a tsunami

of swearing and sexual license. Far

from the last of a dying breed, might

she actually have been the harbinger

– if not quite the agent – of a change

in the tide of cultural history?





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Ban This Filth!

Correspondence from the Mary Whitehouse Archive,


Ben Thompson is one of

Britain’s most respected cultural

critics. He currently contributes

to the Financial Times, Mojo,

and the Sunday Telegraph. As

well as two widely acclaimed

collections of rock journalism

(Seven Years of Plenty and

Ways of Hearing) and a

landmark history of British

comedy (Sunshine on Putty),

he has also co-written memoirs

with Vic Reeves (Me Moir), Phil

Daniels (Class Actor), Mike

Skinner (Turn The Page), Dizzee

Rascal (The Dirtee Truth), and

others who prefer to present

their number one bestsellers as

all their own work.

‘She was of serious intent, and was an

influence for good at a crucial stage in the

development both of the BBC and of ITV.

She was not, as the BBC seemed officially

to proclaim, a mere figure of fun.’

Mary Warnock, Dictionary of National Biography

‘She’ll be sadly missed, I imagine,

but not by me.’

Bernard Manning


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A record of the West’s love affair with

violence, Age of Assassins presents an

overarching history of assassination

in Europe and America, from

Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan.

These were the crimes that were

meant to change the world, and

sometimes did. The book connects

the killing of the Kennedys or the

murder that sparked the First World

War with less well-known stories,

such as the Berlin shooting of an

instigator of the Armenian genocide

or the attack on an American ‘robber

baron’. Taking in Malcolm X and

Queen Victoria, Adolf Hitler and

Andy Warhol, Charles Manson and

Emma Goldman, tsars, presidents,

and pop stars, Age of Assassins traces

the process that turned thought into

action and murder into an icon.

In tackling the history of political

violence, the book is unique

in its range and attention to

detail, summoning up an age of

assassination that is far from over.

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Age of Assassins

A History of Conspiracy and Political Violence



Michael Newton is the author

of Savage Girls and Wild Boys:

A History of Feral Children

and of a book on Kind Hearts

and Coronets for the BFI Film

Classics Series. He has also

edited Joseph Conrad’s Secret

Agent (Penguin Classics),

Edmund Gosse’s Father and

Son (Oxford World Classics)

and The Penguin Book of Ghost

Stories. He has taught at UCL,

Central St Martin’s College of

Art, and Princeton University;

he works at the University of

Leiden. He has written articles

and reviews for the Guardian,

TLS, THES and London Review

of Books.

‘Few would dispute the justice of plotting to

kill a Hitler. Yet is is saultory to remember

that for most of the assassins in this book,

all their intended victims were Hitlers.’





Edward Pellew, captain of the

legendary Indefatigable, was quite

simply the greatest frigate captain in

the age of sail.


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An incomparable seaman, ferociously

combative yet chivalrous, a master

of the quarterdeck and an athlete of

the tops, he was as quick to welcome

a gallant foe into his cabin as to dive

to the rescue of a man overboard. He

is the likely model for the heroic but

all-too-human Jack Aubrey in Patrick

O’Brian’s novels.

Pellew was orphaned at eight, but

fought his way from the very bottom

of the Navy to fleet command and

a viscountcy. Victories and eyecatching

feats won him a public

following. Yet as an outsider with a

gift for antagonizing his better-born

peers, he made powerful enemies.

Redemption came with his last

command, when he set off to do

battle with the Barbary States and

free thousands of European slaves.

Contemporary opinion held this to

be an impossible mission, and Pellew

himself, in leading from the front in

the style of his direct contemporary

Nelson, did not expect to survive.

Pellew’s humanity as much as his

gallantry, fondness for subordinates

and blind love for his family, and

the warmth and intimacy of his

letters, make him a hugely engaging

and sympathetic figure. In Stephen

Taylor’s magnificent new life he at

last has the biography he deserves.






The Life and Exploits of

Britain’s Greatest Frigate Captain

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Stephen Taylor grew up in

South Africa, and now works

for The Times. He is the author

of several celebrated books on

Africa, including The Mighty

Nimrod and Livingstone’s Tribe:

A Journey from Zanzibar to

the Cape. The Caliban Shore

was called ‘a wonderful book,

hugely satisfying on many

levels’ by Paul Theroux and his

most recent book, Storm and

Conquest, was called ‘a triumph

. . . a ripping yarn founded

on original research’ in the


‘For sheer excitement, what gripped me

most is [Stephen Taylor’s] Storm and

Conquest . . . As thrilling as anything

by Patrick O’Brian.’

Jeremy Paxman, Observer Books of the Year


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John Kelly

The Irish famine that began in 1845

was one of the nineteenth century’s

greatest disasters. By its end, the

island’s population of eight million

had shrunk by a third through

starvation, disease and emigration.

This is a brilliant, compassionate

retelling of that awful story for a new

generation – the first account for the

general reader for many years and a

triumphant example of narrative nonfiction

at its best.

The immediate cause of the famine

was a bacterial infection of the potato

crop on which too many of Ireland’s

poor depended. What turned a

natural disaster into a human disaster

was the determination of senior

British officials to use relief policy

as an instrument of nation-building

in their oldest and most recalcitrant

colony. Well-meaning civil servants

were eager to modernize Irish

agriculture and to improve the Irish

moral character, which was utterly

lacking in the virtues of the new

age of triumphant capitalism. The

result was a relief programme more

concerned with fostering change than

saving lives.

This is history that resonates

powerfully with our own times.

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John Kelly is the author of The

Great Mortality, an acclaimed

history of the Black Death. He

lives in New York.

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Revised and updated

by Malise Ruthven

In a bestselling work of profound

and lasting importance, the late

Albert Hourani told the definitive

history of the Arab peoples from

the seventh century, when the

new religion of Islam began to

spread from the Arabian peninsula

westwards, to the present day. It is a

masterly distillation of a lifetime of

scholarship and a unique insight into

a perpetually troubled region.

This updated edition by Malise

Ruthven adds a substantial new

chapter which includes recent events

such as 9/11, the US invasion of Iraq

and its bloody aftermath, the fall of

the Mubarak and Ben Ali regimes in

Egypt and Tunisia, and the incipient

civil war in Syria, bringing Hourani’s

magisterial history up to date.

Ruthven suggests that while Hourani

can hardly have been expected

to predict in detail the massive

upheavals that have shaken the Arab

world recently, he would not have

been entirely surprised, given the

persistence of the kin-patronage

networks he describes in his book

and the challenges now posed

to them by a new media-aware

generation of dissatisfied youth.

In a new biographical preface, Malise

Ruthven shows how Hourani’s

perspectives on Arab history were

shaped by his unique background as

an English-born Arab Christian with

roots in the Levant.





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A History of the Arab Peoples

New Edition

Albert Hourani was Director of

the Middle East Centre. He died

in 1993.

Malise Ruthven is the author of

Islam in the World and Islam: A

Very Short Introduction.

‘An eloquent and predominantly upbeat

account of Arab achievements over the





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Paul Ormerod

According to Paul Ormerod,

author of the bestselling Butterfly

Economics and Why Most Things

Fail, the mechanistic viewpoint

of conventional economics is

drastically limited – because it cannot

comprehend the vital nature of

networks. As our societies become

ever more dynamic and intertwined,

network effects on every level are

increasingly profound. ‘Nudge theory’

is popular, but only part of the

answer. To grapple successfully with

the current financial crisis, businesses

and politicians need to grasp the

perils and possibilities of Positive


Our social and economic worlds have

been revolutionised by a massive

increase in our awareness of the

choices, decisions, behaviours and

opinions of other people. For the first

time in human history, more than half

of us live in cities, and this, combined

with the Internet, has transformed

communications. Network effects –

the fact that a person can and often

does decide to change his or her

behaviour simply on the basis of

copying what others do – pervade the

modern world.

As Ormerod shows, network effects

make conventional approaches

to policy, whether in the public

or corporate sectors, much more

likely to fail. But they open up

the possibility of truly ‘Positive

Linking’ – of more subtle, effective

and successful policies, ones which

harness our knowledge of network

effects and how they work in practice.


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How Networks and Nudges

Can Revolutionise the World

Paul Ormerod is the author

of The Death of Economics,

Butterfly Economics and Why

Most Things Fail. He studied

economics at Cambridge and

his career has spanned the

academic and practical business

worlds, including working at

the Economist and as a director

of the Henley Centre for

Forecasting. He is a Fellow of

the British Academy of Social

Science and has been awarded

a DSc honoris causa for his

contribution to economics by

the University of Durham.

‘Engrossing and entertaining . . .

[Why Most Things Fail is] a careful,

comprehensible analysis of the limits

of human rationality’s ability to

control the world.’

Alasdair Palmer, Sunday Telegraph







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Who was the first person?

Do aliens exist?

How does fire get on fire?

We’ve all been asked awkward

‘meaning of the universe’ type

questions by our kids, godchildren,

nieces, nephews and their friends.

Rather than umm and ahh and

google, wouldn’t it be handy to be

able to call on some of the world’s

biggest brains to answer those

devilishly complex simple questions?

Imagine if you could turn to Alain de

Botton to answer ‘How are dreams

made?’. Or Heston Blumenthal for

‘Why do we cook?’ Or indeed Bear

Grylls for whether it’s ever ‘OK to eat

a worm’?

Conceived to raise money for the

NSPCC, Big Questions features over

150 real questions from primary

school children answered with bitesized

replies by some of our most

high-profile thinkers and experts.


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Big Questions From Little

People . . . Answered By

Some Very Big People

Gemma Elwin Harris is a

magazine editor and writer

who has worked in New York,

Sydney, Bologna, Milan, Paris,

London and Edinburgh. She has

written for Time Out London

& New York, The List, Gourmet

Traveller and many in-flight

titles. In a previous life she was

an advertising creative. Big

Questions from Little People is

her first book, inspired by two

curious nieces.


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Stewart Lee

The explosion of comedy into our

lives in recent years, with endless

panel games, stand-up shows and

high-priced national stadium tours by

the new generation of acts featured

therein leads Stewart Lee to ask the

question – what kind of material

fulfils the needs of these huge


Containing annotated transcripts of

his award-winning TV series Comedy

Vehicle, TV Comedian is the major

new book from the author of How I

Escaped My Certain Fate and The ‘If

You Prefer A Milder Comedian, Please

Ask For One’ E.P.

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TV Comedian

Stewart Lee began stand-up

in 1988 at the age of 20, and

won the Hackney Empire New

Act of the Year award in 1990.

In 2001 he was invited to cowrite

the libretto for Richard

Thomas’s Jerry Springer: The

Opera, which went on to win

four Olivier awards. His most

recent stand-up shows have

been Vegetable Stew (2010)

and Carpet Remnant World

(2011). In December 2011 he

won Best Male TV Comic and

Best Comedy Entertainment

Programme at the British

Comedy Awards.

‘The guy is a genius . . . I love the way he has

taken his stand-up and stretched it into new

areas, he’s right up there with Lenny Bruce

as far as I’m concerned.’

Jez Butterworth, Independent

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Stephen Pile

Last year Stephen Pile attempted to

deliver a daring blow to the success

ethic that so pervades Western

culture. To his dismay, The Ultimate

Book of Heroic Failures sold many

copies and even became the Sunday

Times ‘Humour Book of the Year’.

Nothing daunted, Stephen returns

with a new selection which brings

together the very best of his original

classic titles – The Book of Heroic

Failures and The Return of Heroic



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The heartwarming news that stays

news is that there really is no limit

to what humanity can achieve, as we

move onwards and downwards to

ever more immortal and breathtaking

feats of incompetence.

The Not Terribly Good Book of Heroic

Failures lovingly chronicles the alltime

heroes who have been so bad at

things that they shine as beacons for

future generations.

It is hard not to feel boundless

admiration, for example, for the fifty

Mexican convicts who dug an escape

tunnel out of their jail and came up

in the courtroom where many of

them had been sentenced. Or for the

world’s worst tourist, who spent three

days in New York believing he was

in Rome.





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The Not Terribly Good Book

of Heroic Failures

Stephen Pile was a journalist for

far too long and is the author

of The Book of Heroic Failures.

He is also the Founder and

President of the Not Terribly

Good Club of Great Britain and

was the Artistic Director of

the First International Nether

Wallop Arts festival in 1984,

which came about by accident.

The next week Stephen met

his wife, had three children,

became a television critic for

14 years and hasn’t been out of

the house since, which is why

Britain looks so strange and


‘The Ultimate Book of Heroic Failures

is magnificent . . . packed with lots of new,

wonderful true stories of disaster, idiocy and

sheer bad luck.’

Simon Hoggart, Guardian


978 0 571 289059





Classic illustrations from the New

Yorker cover artist (‘one of the

most masterful cartoonists of his

generation,’ Village Voice).





Two strangers, both reading the

same novel, share a fleeting glance

between passing subway cars. A

bookstore owner locks eyes with a

neighbor as she receives an Amazon

package. Strangers are united by

circumstance as they wait on the

subway stairs for a summer storm to


Instantly recognizable, Adrian

Tomine’s illustrations and comics

have been appearing for over a

decade in the pages (and on the

cover) of the New Yorker.

New York Drawings is a loving

homage to the city that Tomine, a

West Coast transplant, has called

home for the past seven years. This

lavish, beautifully-designed volume

collects every cover, comic and

illustration that he has produced for

the New Yorker to date, along with

an assortment of other rare and

uncollected illustrations and sketches.

Complete with notes and annotations

by the author, New York Drawings will

also feature an all-new introductory

comic (in the style of the final two

pages of Optic Nerve #12).

UK and Commonwealth

excluding Canada



New York Drawings

Born in Sacramento in 1974,

Adrian Tomine is the author

of the acclaimed series Optic

Nerve, which has been running

since 1991. His books include

Shortcomings – which was

awarded the Gold Medal at the

2008 IPPYS and was a 2007

New York Times Notable Book –

Summer Blonde, and Sleepwalk,

all of which are published by

Faber in the UK.

‘Adrian Tomine arrives in New York, and

we suddenly remember why we all love living

in the Big City – whatever the hassles may

be. Tomine’s wit is as sharp as his heart is

tender, and we relish his portrait of the city –

intellectually stimulating but also

emotionally and esthetically rewarding.

A must for all New Yorkers – and all

New Yorkers at heart.’

Françoise Mouly, art editor, the New Yorker







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Chosen by

Carol Ann


Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was one of the defining

voices of twentieth-century poetry,

and one of the most appealing: few

other poets have introduced as many

new readers to poetry. Though she

published just one collection in her

lifetime, The Colossus, and a novel,

The Bell Jar, it was following her

death in 1963 that her work began

to garner the wider audience that it


The manuscript that she left behind,

Ariel, was published in 1965 under

the editorship of her former husband,

Ted Hughes, as were two later

volumes, Crossing the Water and

Winter Trees in 1971, which helped to

make Sylvia Plath a household name.

Hughes’s careful curation of Plath’s

work extended to a Collected Poems

and a Selected Poems in the 1980s,

which remain in print today and stand

testimony to the ‘profound respect’

that Frieda Hughes said her father

had for her mother’s work. It was not

until the publication of a ‘restored’

Ariel in 2004 that readers were able

to appraise Plath’s own selection and

arrangement of her work.

This edition of the poems, chosen by

the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy,

offers a fresh selection of Sylvia

Plath’s poetry to stand in parallel

to the existing editions. Introduced

with an inviting preface, the book is

essential reading for those new to and

already familiar with the work of this

most extraordinary poet.


978 0 571 290437



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Sylvia Plath (1932–63) was born

in Boston, Massachusetts, and

studied at Smith College. In

1955 she went to Cambridge

University on a Fulbright

scholarship, where she met

and later married Ted Hughes.

She published one collection

of poems in her lifetime,

The Colossus (1960), and a

novel, The Bell Jar (1963).

Her Collected Poems, which

contains her poetry written

from 1956 until her death, was

published in 1981 and was

awarded the Pulitzer Prize for


Carol Ann Duffy was born

in Glasgow and grew up in

Stafford. She won the 1993

Whitbread Award for Poetry

and the Forward Prize for best

collection for Mean Time. The

World’s Wife received the E. M.

Forster Award in America, while

Rapture won the T. S. Eliot Prize

2005. She is currently Professor

of Contemporary Poetry at

Manchester Metropolitan

University. Her most recent

volumes are New and Collected

Poems for Children (2009) and

The Bees (2011). In 2009 she

was appointed Poet Laureate.

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excluding Canada, EU exclusive








978 0 571 281282



Christopher Reid’s new collection is

a quartet of works for voice, opening

with the brisk and brightly coloured

monologue of Professor Winterthorn

– recently widowed, soon to be

retired, who decides on impulse to

attend a conference (on ‘Nonsense

and the Pursuit of Futility as

Strategies . . .’) in California. He is a

mordant observer, alert to the anomie

of modern displacement – taxis,

lifts, airports, lounges, hotel rooms

– whose thin air seems at one with

the loose change of widowerhood,

the having nowhere really to go. But

adventure lies ahead, and sunshine,

and Winterthorn is debonair if

undeceived about the deceptions of

grief. His strange ride ends on a note

of recovery, with the world suddenly

in focus again and brimming before


‘Airs and Ditties of No Man’s Land

records a series of exchanges

between the skeletons of two soldiers

hanging on wire in the no man’s land

of the Somme – in which jaunty

recollections of horror alternate

with ‘memories and scraps of song,

wisps of rhyme’, mixing patriotism

and despair. The result is a blackly

humorous and brilliantly syncopated

sequence drawing on the idioms,

marches and sentimental ballads

of the period. Nonsense ends with

‘A Salute to the Moonlight’, a set

of brief urban hommages to the

everyday and its rituals, starting

at dawn and ending in the small

hours, whose lightness of touch and

undismayed lucidities contribute to

the book’s theme of renewal.






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Christopher Reid was born in

Hong Kong in 1949. He has

worked in publishing – notably

as poetry editor at Faber

and Faberand in university

education. His edition of Letters

of Ted Hughes appeared

in 2007. His collection A

Scattering (2009) won the

Costa Book of the Year, and his

poem The Song of Lunch was

made into a BBC film starring

Alan Rickman and Emma

Thompson. Faber published

Christopher Reid’s Selected

Poems in 2011.

‘. . . a poet who lives on in the mind,

becoming part of one’s own inner

vocabulary. In every poetic generation there

are not more than one or two like that.’

John Bayley


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Tom Paulin

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Tom Paulin’s first collection since The

Road to Inver (2004), Love’s Bonfire

sets poems about early life and

marriage alongside up-to-the-minute

and minutely registered perceptions

of post-settlement Ireland, scanning

the look of things – bypasses and

bridges, breezeblocks, bothies and

bungalows, ‘spruce new colours’,

sheds and warehouses.

Examining the ordinary, the poems

build their own improvisatory

procedures as reflections upon the

present, as of a tense in need of

explanation. At the book’s core are

delicately inward translations of

Paulin’s contemporary, the Palestinian

poet Walid Khazendar: versions

which resonate with the soundless

proximity of other lives, other exiles

and destinies, as of an autobiography

by other means.

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Love’s Bonfire

Tom Paulin was born in

Leeds in 1949 but grew up in

Belfast, and was educated at

the universities of Hull and

Oxford. He has published eight

collections of poetry, of which

the most recent is The Road to

Inver (2004), as well as several

critical works including The

Day-Star of Liberty: William

Hazlitt’s Radical Style (1998)

and Crusoe’s Secret: The

Aesthetics of Dissent (2005).

‘Who entered my room when I was out

and moved the vase on the mantelpiece just a tad?

who skewed that print – a Crusader – on the far wall?

and those pages loose on my desk

they’re a shade dishevelled aren’t they?’

[from ‘Belongings’]








978 0 571 288106



Andrew Motion’s new book opens

with a sequence of war poems

(first published as the pamphlet

Laurels and Donkeys on Armistice

Day 2010), drawing on soldiers’

experiences of war from 1914 until

today – beginning with a story about

Siegfried Sassoon and moving via

World War II and Korea to the recent

conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Many of the poems are in the voices

of combatants, others are based on

memories of the poet’s father, who

took part in the D-Day landings and

fought in France and Germany. The

poems combine understatement with

a clear-eyed and unswerving candour.

The Customs House has other rooms:

a group of topographies, mapping

moments in a marriage against the

contingencies of place and family

history; and several ‘found poems’

in which the poet collaborates with

his source, mixing what is there

already with what is about to be

there: whether a remarkable sonnet

sequence on the last days of the

baroque genius Francesco Borromini,

or in other poems a richly imagined

extrapolation from the silent premises

of a painting.





The Customs House

‘Compelling, simple and mysterious.’

Sean O’Brien

UK and Commonwealth

excluding Canada, EU exclusive


Andrew Motion was Poet

Laureate from 1999 to 2009;

he is Professor of Creative

Writing at Royal Holloway

College, University of London,

and co-founder of the online

Poetry Archive. He has received

numerous awards for his

poetry, and has published four

celebrated biographies. His

group study The Lamberts

won the Somerset Maugham

Award and his authorised

life of Philip Larkin won the

Whitbread Prize for Biography.

Andrew Motion’s novella The

Invention of Dr Cake (2003)

was praised for ‘brilliant and

almost hallucinatory vividness’

by the Sunday Telegraph. His

memoir, In the Blood (2006),

was described as ‘the most

moving and exquisitely written

account of childhood loss I have

ever read’ in the Independent

on Sunday. His most recent

collection of poems, The Cinder

Path (2009), was shortlisted for

the Ted Hughes Award for New

Work in Poetry. Andrew Motion

was knighted for his services to

poetry in 2009.


978 0 571 289110





The poems of Jamie McKendrick’s

sixth collection are concerned

with space, with thresholds and

displacements. The book begins with

the nothing – or something – of outer

space, and homes in on the places

where we try to live. Frail defences

such as gates and flood guards are

swept aside by elemental forces.

The natural world is as unstable as

the human realm (though its weeds

and trees are armed with spikes, its

animals with shells and clamping

jaws), and as prone to extinction

as the moa or the Bald Northern

Ibis. And principally, in the political

sphere, other displacements are

confronted: the inhabitants of a

Welsh valley flooded to create a

reservoir, or the perilous journey of

an Afghan refugee.

Dante in his Paradiso, looking down

at the earth from the Heaven of

Saturn, speaks of ‘L’aiuolo che ci fa

tanto feroci’ – the little patch which

makes us all so fierce. These poems

explore, with unsettling humour

and surprising shifts of scale and

perspective, the fragility of this small

patch of earth, and the ferocities with

which it is beset.

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Jamie McKendrick was born

in Liverpool in 1955 and has

published five books of poetry,

including The Marble Fly, which

won the Forward Prize, Ink

Stone (2003) and most recently

Crocodiles and Obelisks (2008).

A selected poems, Sky Nails,

was published by Faber in

2001. He has edited The Faber

Book of 20th Century Italian

Poems, (2004), and translated

a selection of Valerio Magrelli’s

poems, The Embrace, which

won the Oxford-Weidenfeld

Translation Prize and John

Florio Prize in 2010.

‘Where McKendrick scores is in his expert

salvaging of beauty from squalor, wit from

adversity, delicacy from grossness.’

Michael Hofmann

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Nick Laird

To a Fault, Nick Laird’s debut

collection, won the Rooney Prize

for Irish Literature and the Jerwood

Aldeburgh First Collection Prize;

On Purpose, his follow up, won a

Somerset Maugham award for travel

writing and the Geoffrey Faber

Memorial Prize. In Go Giants, his

third and most ambitious volume,

Nick Laird’s poetry travels yet further

afield, connecting the shores of his

native Northern Ireland with those

of the American east coast where he

spends increasing amounts of time.


978 0 571 288182



The result is an almost transatlantic

fusion, an inventive melding of Ulster

lyricism with proto-Beat rhythms and

phrase. The author’s gaze appears

longer and more penetrative than

before, casting back across the ocean

to find a fresh perspective on older

questions while vividly capturing

the vibrancy of the new. Nick Laird

writes with wit and candour, with

polemic and persuasion, with no

subject seemingly too large or too

small: weapons of mass destruction,

sectarian violence, religious faith,

Jonah and the Whale, marriage,

fatherhood, a daughter.

A profoundly versatile collection,

equally capable of public crescendo

and a more personal hum, Go Giants

is a daring and a thrilling endeavour

by a writer described by Colm Tóibín

as ‘an assured and brilliant voice in

Irish poetry’.





Go Giants

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Nick Laird was born in 1975 in

Co. Tyrone, and studied English

at the University of Cambridge,

where he won the Quiller-Couch

Award for creative writing. His

debut collection, To a Fault

(2005), won the Aldeburgh

Poetry Prize; his second, On

Purpose (2007), the Somerset

Maugham Award and the

Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.

He is the author of two novels

and lives in London.

‘What his poems share is a taut sense

of alertness, a trilling sensitivity to the

wider implications, to the passion and the

poignancy that are embedded in even the

most ordinary event. Laird reaches for the

meanings that lie beyond the mundane . . .

A subtle intelligence is resolutely at work.

And it is this that makes these poems as

sensitive as nerve endings.’

Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times


978 0 571 284573



Julia Copus

Julia Copus’s poems bring humanity

and light to some of our most

intimate and solitary moments,

repeatedly breathing life into loss.

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In two previous collections, she

has been feted as among the most

compelling poets to have emerged

in recent years; now, in The World’s

Two Smallest Humans, she is writing

at her most captivating yet. These

finely tuned poems are the fruit of

her upbringing in a musical family,

an affinity with the Classics, a

fascination with the arc of time, and

an unflinching scrutiny of love and

personal relationships. Born out

of a powerful sense of place, the

poems navigate through a sequence

of interior and exterior landscapes,

whether revisiting Ovid, negotiating

the perils of one composer’s attempt

to step into the shoes of another or

describing, from shifting perspectives,

a young girl’s escape from suburban


The book concludes with a moving

arrangement of pieces that explore

the author’s experience of IVF:

poems written with wry humour

and with grace, which celebrate the

mysteries of conception alongside

the sometimes surreal business of

medical intervention. The World’s Two

Smallest Humans is an unforgettable


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The World’s Two

Smallest Humans



Julia Copus was born in

London, near to the Young

Vic theatre, and now lives in

Somerset. Her two previous

collections, The Shuttered Eye

and In Defence of Adultery,

were both Poetry Book Society

Recommendations. She has

won First Prize in the National

Poetry Competition and the

Forward Prize for Best Single

Poem (2010). She also writes

for radio; her first play, Eenie

Meenie Macka Racka, was

awarded the BBC’s Alfred

Bradley prize. She is a Lector

for the Royal Literary Fund, and

in 2008 was made an Honorary

Fellow at the University of





Sam Riviere

All three-dimensional objects can be

experienced in two dimensions: it just

takes some careful unpicking of the



978 0 571 289035



Witty, comic, plaintive, touching,

acerbic, droll, cavalier, caffeinated,

irreverent, stringent: Austerities, the

mind-altering substantial debut from

Sam Riviere, seems to achieve the

impossible in being all things at once.

Initially conceived as a response to

the ‘austerity measures’ implemented

by the coalition government in 2011,

the poems quickly began taking on

a life in kind: ‘cutting’ themselves on

levels of sentiment, structure and

even subject matter.

Not content to merely build a

series of freethinking poems, these

remarkable pieces seem eagerly

and mischievously to analyse their

moment of creation, then weigh

their worth, then consign their

excess to the recycling bin thereafter.

Experience is speedy, the poems

seem to say, so dizzyingly fast that

the poetry will inevitably be running

to catch up – often arriving at a scene

the moment after the moment has


The effect is as funny as it is startling,

beguiling as it is surprising, and

makes Austerities a vivid reminder that

deprivation, as Leonard Cohen put it,

can be the mother of poetry.






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Sam Riviere began to write

poetry while at the Norwich

School of Art and Design,

and completed a Masters at

Royal Holloway. His poems

have appeared in various

publications and competitions

since 2005. He co-edits

the anthology series Stop

Sharpening Your Knives, and

is currently working towards a

PhD at the University of East

Anglia. He was a recipient of a

2009 Eric Gregory Award.

‘A brilliantly modern vision of boredom

and deprivation.’

Dazed & Confused


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Thomas Wyatt (1503?–1542) was

the first modern voice in English

poetry. ‘Chieftain’ of a ‘new company

of courtly makers’, he brought

the Italian poetic Renaissance to

England, but was also revered as

prophet-poet of the Reformation.

His poetry holds a mirror to the

secret, capricious world of Henry

VIII’s court, and alludes darkly

to events which it might be death

to describe. In the Tower, twice,

Wyatt was betrayed and betrayer.

Aspiring to honesty, he was driven

to secrets and lies as an agent of

Henry’s crooked diplomacy, and

forced to live with the moral and

mortal consequences of his complex


This remarkable new biography

is more – and less – than a Life,

for Wyatt is so often elusive, in

flight, like his Petrarchan lover,

into the ‘heart’s forest’. Rather, it is

an evocation of Wyatt among his

friends, and enemies, at princely

courts in England, Italy, France and

Spain, or alone in contemplative

retreat. Wyatt’s life provides a way

of examining a deep questioning at

the beginning of the Renaissance

and Reformation in England. His

dissonant voice and broken lyre, the

paradox within him of inwardness

and the will to ‘make plain’ his heart,

make him exceptionally difficult to

know – and fascinating to explore.

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Thomas Wyatt

The Heart’s Forest



Susan Brigden, Fellow and

Tutor of Lincoln College and

Reader at the University of

Oxford, is author of London

and the Reformation (Oxford,

1989) and New Worlds, Lost

Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors

1485–1603 (Penguin, 2000).


Don Paterson








Since his debut, Nil Nil, won

the Forward Prize for Best First

Collection in 1993, Don Paterson has

lit up the poetry scene in the U.K. His

dazzling, intensely lyric and luminous

verse has delighted readers ever

since, and won many awards along

the way. God’s Gift to Women took

the T. S. Eliot Prize in 1997, Landing

Light won it again in 2003 and the

Whitbread Award besides, and Rain

(2009), his most recent collection,

won the Queen’s Gold Medal for


This selection, drawn from twenty

years of work, is made by the author

himself and includes not only

those poems from his four single

volumes, but his thrilling and original

adaptations of the poems of Antonio

Machado and Rainer Maria Rilke.

For any readers unfamiliar with Don

Paterson’s work, Selected Poems offers

the perfect introduction to this most

captivating of writers; and for fans,

it is an essential gathering from a

master craftsman.





Selected Poems

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‘Don Paterson is simply the most

interesting mid-career poet at work

in the U.K.’

Paul Muldoon

Don Paterson was born in

Dundee in 1963. He is the author

of Nil Nil (1993), God’s Gift to

Women (1997) – winner of both

the T. S. Eliot Prize and the

Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

and Landing Light (2003),

which won both the T. S. Eliot

Prize and the Whitbread Prize

for Poetry. Rain, his most recent

collection, won the Forward

Prize for Best Collection in

2009, the same year that he

was awarded the Queen’s Gold

Medal for Poetry. Find out more

about Don Paterson at


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Edited by

Seán Lawlor and

John Pilling





It was as a poet that Samuel Beckett

launched himself in the little reviews

of 1930s Paris, and as a poet that he

ended his career.

The Collected Poems is the most

complete edition of Beckett’s poetry

and verse translations ever to be

published, as well as the first critical

edition. It establishes a significant

new canon, and the commentary

draws on a wide range of published

sources, manuscripts and Beckett’s

extensive correspondence.

The notes place each poem in

context, detailing the history and

circumstances of its composition;

they indicate significant variants and

help explain obscure turns of phrase

and allusions (frequently sourced

to Beckett’s notebooks); they also

identify resonances between poems

and across Beckett’s work as a whole.

The commentary is written in a lively

and engaging style and is intended

equally for the general reader, the

student of modernism and the

Beckett specialist alike.

UK and Commonwealth,

EU exclusive



Collected Poems

‘The best of it speaks, or

rather whispers, to the inner

ear. Like the prose, with

which they have so much

else in common, the poems

are instantly striking and

mysteriously persistent in the

mind and even the nerves.’

Derek Mahon



Samuel Beckett was born

in Dublin in 1906. He was

educated at Portora Royal

School and Trinity College,

Dublin, where he graduated

in 1927. His made his poetry

debut in 1930 with Whoroscope

and followed it with essays

and two novels before World

War II. He wrote Waiting for

Godot, in 1949 but it wasn’t

published in English until 1954.

Waiting for Godot brought

Beckett international fame

and firmly established him as

a leading figure in the Theatre.

He received the Nobel Prize

for Literature in 1961. Beckett

continued to write prolifically

for radio, TV and the theatre

until his death in 1989.

Seán Lawlor who died in 2011,

was a research fellow at the

the Beckett International

Foundation at the University of

Reading. His Making a Noise to

Drown an Echo: quotation and

allusion in Samuel Beckett’s

Early Poetry 1929–35 will be

published by Continuum in


John Pilling is Emeritus

Professor of English and

European Literature at the

University of Reading, and

former Editor of the Journal

of Beckett Studies. His books

include Beckett Before Godot

(1997) and A Samuel Beckett

Chronology (2006).


Edited by

Don Paterson


Sean O’Brien




Wordsworth was the first laureate

of locomotives: in fact he railed

against them, and against the

consequent opening up of the Lakes

to holiday hordes (‘On the Projected

Kendal and Windermere Railway’).

His dismay was echoed down the

decades by disturbed ruralists, and

yet the train has become part of

our psychic landscape: some of the

best-loved English poems – Edward

Thomas’s ‘Adlestrop’, or Philip

Larkin’s ‘Whitsun Weddings’ – have

celebrated carriages, platforms and

waiting rooms, while locomotion

has inspired some of the most

characteristic poetry of Dante

Gabriel Rossetti and Stevenson,

Hardy and MacNeice, Betjeman

and Auden (whose ‘Night Mail’

was written to accompany a 1930s

GPO documentary about the postal

express from Euston to Glasgow).


978 0 571 217762



Co-edited by two of our most

distinguished poets, Train Songs offers

a round tour – from Wordsworth to

Hugo Williams and beyond – starting

from the poetry of departures and

brief encounters, but taking in the

American Blues, the troop trains of

two world wars, and the addiction

to speed which characterised the

European revolutions. Trains have

carried the freight of history from

the Industrial Revolution onwards

– the Armistice in 1918 was signed

in a railway carriage, the Nazi death

camps were organised around train

timetables – and this new anthology

shows how the train in all its forms

has exercised a unique hold upon our

collective unconscious.





Train Songs

An Anthology

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Don Paterson was born in

Dundee in 1963. He is the author

of Nil Nil (1993), God’s Gift to

Women (1997) – winner of both

the T. S. Eliot Prize and the

Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

and Landing Light (2003),

which won both the T. S. Eliot

Prize and the Whitbread Prize

for Poetry. Rain, his most recent

collection, won the Forward

Prize for Best Collection in

2009, the same year that he

was awarded the Queen’s Gold

Medal for Poetry. Find out more

about Don Paterson at www.

Sean O’Brien is a poet, critic,

broadcaster, editor and

professor of creative writing

at Newcastle University. His

many books include a verse

version of Dante’s Inferno, a

novel, Afterlife, and six prizewinning

poetry collections.

The Drowned Book, won both

the 2007 Forward and T. S.

Eliot Prizes, his most recent,

November, was shortlisted for

the Costa Poetry Award, the

T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward

Prize for Best Collection.

‘This is the night mail crossing the border,

Bringing the cheque and the postal order…’

W. H. Auden


978 0 571 290123



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Faster, higher, stronger: winning

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Olympian goals.

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everything that’s in it.

Whether you are looking for

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Winning Words

Inspiring Poems for Everyday Life

Published to coincide with

the Olympic Games in 2012.



Winning Words is a public art

project designed to create new

encounters with poetry during

the London 2012 Olympic and

Paralympic Games and to create

a legacy of inspiring words for

future generations. It is a major

project of the Forward Arts

Foundation, one of the UK’s

leading organisations for poetry

and aims to ‘carpet the nation

in poetry’, engaging millions of

people with the written word

in new and unique contexts.

The Forward Arts Foundations’

other major projects include the

prestigious Forward Prize for

poetry and National Poetry Day.




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Mike Leigh

‘This exquisitely observed,

profoundly quiet slice of 1950s

suburban life circles around grief

of the concealed, Rattigan variety

. . . Leigh meticulously shows us

a group of people trapped by

middle-class gentility, without ever

condescending to them . . . Be

warned, it will take you almost

beyond what’s bearable.’

Sunday Times

‘When the two hours of gradual

revelation is up, you wish you

could rewind and rewatch. Leigh

makes you laugh and laugh –

until you cry.’

Time Out



‘A haunting portrait of loss and


Financial Times

‘Be warned: brilliant though it

often is, Grief casts a potent pall

of desolation that lingers long

after the show itself is over.’

Daily Telegraph

Date TBC

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Grief by Mike Leigh premiered at the

National Theatre, London, in October







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Mike Leigh’s plays include Bleak

Moments, Wholesome Glory,

The Silent Majority, Babies Grow

Old, Abigail’s Party, Ecstasy,

Goose-Pimples, Smelling a Rat,

Greek Tragedy, It’s a Great Big

Shame!, Two Thousand Years.

TV films: Hard Labour, Nuts in

May, The Kiss of Death, Who’s

Who, Grown-Ups, Home Sweet

Home, Meantime, Four Days in

July and A Sense of History. TV

studio plays: The Permissive

Society, Knock for Knock and

Abigail’s Party. Radio play: Too

Much of a Good Thing. Feature

films: Bleak Moments, The Short

and Curlies, High Hopes, Life is

Sweet, Naked, Secrets and Lies,

Career Girls, Topsy-Turvy, All or

Nothing, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-

Lucky and Another Year.


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Edna O’Brien

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Edna O’Brien’s wonderful, wild and

moving novel shocked the nation on

its publication in 1960. Adapted for

the stage by the author, The Country

Girls, the play, is a highly theatrical

and free-flowing telling of this classic

coming-of-age story.

‘A real triumph.’

Sunday Independent

‘Will both satisfy fans and engage

newcomers . . . The Country

Girls is a world apart but provides

a welcome peek at the past.’

Financial Times

‘This is a great play by a great



‘The Country Girls captures

Edna O’Brien’s celebration of

youthful innocence and her

lamentation that with such

innocence and idealism coexists

an extraordinary vulnerability.

O’Brien’s adaptation transforms

the novel dynamically. The play

. . . is physical, sensual and


Irish Theatre Magazine

The Country Girls premiered at the

Garter Lane Theatre, Waterford, in

October 2011, in a production by

Red Kettle Theatre Company, in

association with the Garter Lane Arts

Centre, Waterford, Ireland.

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The Country Girls



Edna O’Brien wrote her first

novel, The Country Girls, in

1960. Since then she has written

more than twenty-five books.

Her plays include A Pagan

Place (Royal Court, London),

Virginia (Haymarket, London),

Iphigenia (Crucible, Sheffield),

Our Father (Almeida, London),

Family Butchers (Magic Theatre,

San Francisco), Triptych

(Southwark Playhouse, London)

and Haunted. Awards include

Yorkshire Post, Los Angeles

Times, Writers’ Guild of Great

Britain, Irish PEN, the European

Prize for Literature, Ulysses

Medal from University College

Dublin and the American

National Arts Gold Medal.

David Greig

‘Loved the play, and the script is a

joy on its own.’

Andrew Greig, Herald Books of the Year

One wintry morning academic

Prudencia Hart sets off to a

conference in the Scottish Borders.

Stranded there by snow, she is swept

off on a dream-like journey of selfdiscovery,

complete with magical

moments, devilish encounters and

wittily wild music.

‘You shouldn’t miss this for

the world . . . Rambunctiously

life-affirming and touchingly



David Greig


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Duck Macatarsney cares for her biker

dad, Duke – a spliff-smoking, bikeriding,

horror-movie-loving, pizzaeating

widower – whose MS is getting

worse. But the two of them are just

about surviving until one morning

Duke wakes up blind, and Duck hears

Social Services are coming to take

her away.

‘Passionate, playful and yet

serious, gripping us one minute,

cracking us up the next, before

melting our hearts.’








The Strange Undoing

of Prudencia Hart

‘More vibrantly alive than any

piece of theatre I’ve seen in

Scotland for years.’


Inspired by the Border Ballads, The

Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

toured throughout Scotland in 2011

in a production by the National

Theatre of Scotland.





The Monster in

the Hall

‘A jewel of a “young people’s”


What’s On Stage

The Monster in the Hall premiered

at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow,

in autumn 2010 and was staged at

the Traverse Theatre as part of the

Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Neil LaBute

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Cabaret singer Foxie O’Hara vanished

two weeks ago from Mrs Whistle’s

Lodge. That very same night, Foxie’s

friend Maggie Brown announced her

engagement to local businessman

Dougal Cheese. Desperate to find her

missing friend, Maggie seeks the help

of private eye Dabrowski. To unravel

the mystery of Foxie’s disappearance,

Dabrowski must try to uncover both

women’s darkest secrets and, in so

doing, confront some demons of his


‘An exciting writer for many

reasons, not least because every

play she writes is markedly

different in tone. This is very much





Greg is overheard admitting that his

girlfriend Steph is no beauty, but he

wouldn’t change her for the world.

She is devastated; he can’t see what

he’s done wrong. Meanwhile, Greg’s

friend Kent alternates between

boasting about his wife and chasing

after a hot colleague.

‘Reasons to Be Pretty is Neil

LaBute at his best. It says things

about love and betrayal that are

rarely put on stage . . . It’s a play

of dark words and bright light.’


The Sound of

Heavy Rain

Reasons to Be


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an exercise in style: a pastiche

of a familiar genre that defies

expectation and has a pleasing

English eccentricity about it as

it explores illusion and reality,

and the lies we believe to make

ourselves feel better. Nobody is

quite what they seem, especially



Penelope Skinner won both the

George Devine Award and Charles

Wintour Evening Standard Most

Promising Playwright Award for 2011.

The Sound of Heavy Rain premiered

at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield, in

November 2011.

UK and Commonwealth

excluding Canada, EU exclusive


‘Potent and deftly constructed. We

see his sharp understanding of

the relationship between language

and power. This is smart, funny

and humane.’

Evening Standard

The final part of Neil LaBute’s

‘beauty trilogy’ (following The Shape

of Things and Fat Pig), Reasons to

Be Pretty premiered in the UK at

the Almeida Theatre, London, in

November 2011.



Impetuous Nero has lost all restraint:

bored with being loved, he wants to

be feared.

‘An excellent new translation.’







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‘Timberlake Wertenbaker’s

beautifully distilled adaptation . . .

Exhilarating theatre.’

Time Out (Critic’s Choice)

‘An astute, gripping evening.’

Sunday Telegraph

David Harrower

Morna, a cleaner in Edinburgh,

and her brother Athol, a smalltime

businessman who lives near Glasgow

airport, haven’t spoken in fourteen

years. When Morna’s son Joshua

travels to see his uncle, he sets off a

remarkable and life-changing series

of events.


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‘A glimpse of sheer perfection . . .

This short, magnificent play – so

profound in its local sense of

place, so global in its reach and its

humanity – will leave your sense

of the country we live in subtly

shaken and changed, for good.’








‘At once a thriller, a study of

jealousy, and a treatise on power

and its responsibilities.’

Independent on Sunday



Jean Racine’s classic play Britannicus

is a chilling study of the emergence

of a monster, as Emperor Nero

begins to take Rome in his grip.

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s translation

premiered at Wilton’s Music Hall,

London, in October 2011.

A Slow Air





‘A compelling slow-burner . . . An

elegant, deceptively complex piece

of writing.’

The Times

A Slow Air premiered at the Tron

Theatre, Glasgow, in April 2011 and

transferred to the Traverse Theatre

as part of the Edinburgh Fringe


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Zinnie Harris


978 0 571 282999



Ben Brown

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Joint winner of the Amnesty

International Freedom of Expression

Award 2011.

When Beatriz sets out to reunite

a child with her father, a banished

soldier, she begins a treacherous

journey across continents and in

and out of war zones. In their need

to survive, the woman and the child

are transformed in ways that become


‘Thrillingly audacious . . .

A powerful and compelling

indictment of neglect.’






Ben Brown’s political drama takes us

behind the doors of Number 10 in

May 1940 during the pivotal days in

British history when, extraordinarily,

giving in to Hitler was seriously

considered and Churchill was

required to make a monumental

decision, that would shape the future

of the free world.

‘The play proves both riveting

and moving . . . One of those all

too rare evenings of theatre that

make one feel genuinely proud to

be British.’

Daily Telegraph

The Wheel

Three Days

in May

‘As gripping as it is inspiring.’


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‘It’s impossible not to salute the

fierce sincerity of the play’s need

to get to grips with the evil of



The Wheel premiered at the Traverse

Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2011 in

a production by the National Theatre

of Scotland.

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‘Ben Brown is British theatre’s

history man.’


Three Days in May premiered at

Theatre Royal, Windsor, in August

2011 and transferred to Trafalgar

Studios in London’s West End in






Anthony Weigh

Desperate to begin a family, Yerma

undertakes a journey of discovery

only to uncover a secret held deep

within her husband’s heart. Haunted

by children, Yerma’s awakening ends

in an unspeakable act.

Nick Payne


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Lorca’s Yerma

‘Anthony Weigh has stripped

Lorca’s text down, jettisoning a

number of characters en route,

but for me this earthy, accessible

rendering does the work great

service, by getting straight to the

heart of the woe of a childless

peasant woman in a fecund land.’

Evening Standard

Anthony Weigh’s version of Lorca’s

Yerma premiered at Hull Truck in

October 2011, in a co-production

with the Gate Theatre, London.





One Day When

We Were Young

Leonard and Violet, young, restless

and in love, spend their first night

together knowing it may also be their

last. It’s 1942 and, in a hotel room in

Bath, they dream of their future while

preparing for Leonard’s departure to

war. But the bombs begin to fall and

their world will never be the same

again. In the year 2002, the couple

look back at what might have been.

One Day When We Were Young

premiered at the Crucible Studio,

Sheffield, in October 2011 in a

Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres


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978 0 571 283552



David Farr


978 0 571 289073



Nick Payne

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The Heart of

Robin Hood


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The notorious Robin Hood and

his band of outlaws steal from the

rich, creating a fearsome reputation

amongst those who dare to travel

through the mighty forest of

Sherwood. But they do not share their

spoils and are unloved by the people.

In this time of chaos and fear, it is

down to Marion to protect the poor

and convince Robin that he must

listen to his heart if they are to save

the country.

The Heart of Robin Hood, David Farr’s

spirited new version of the great

English legend, was premiered by

the RSC at the Royal Shakespeare

Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in

November 2011.

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One relationship. Infinite possibilities.

Let’s go for a drink. I don’t know what

I’m doing here anyway. One drink. And

if you never want to see me again you

never have to see me again.

Nick Payne’s Constellations is a play

about free will and friendship; it’s

about quantum multiverse theory,

love and honey.

Constellations premiered at the Royal

Court Theatre, London, in January






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Tom Service

Thomas Adès


Thomas Adès is fêted from Los

Angeles to London, from New York to

Berlin, as the musician who has done

more than any other living composer

to connect contemporary music

with wider audiences. His operas,

orchestral pieces and chamber

works have already stood the test of

repeated performances, productions

and continued critical acclaim.

But this celebrated composer,

conductor and pianist is notoriously

secretive about his creative

process, about what lies behind his

compositional impulse. The poetry,

technique and biography that fuel his

most successful and shattering works,

such as his operas Powder Her Face

and The Tempest, or his orchestral

works, Asyla and Tevot, have

remained hidden and unexplained.

Until now.

In conversation with Tom Service

– the writer with whom he has had

the closest relationship in his career –

Adès opens up for the first time about

how he creates his music, where it

comes from, and what it means. In

these provocative and challenging

interviews, Adès connects his music

with influences from a huge historical

and cultural spectrum – from

Sephardic Jewish folk music to 80s

electronica, from the films of Luis

Buñuel and pre-Columbian art to the

soundtracks of Al-Qaeda training

videos – and offers a unique insight

into the crucible of his composition.


978 0 571 278978







Tom Service writes about music

for the Guardian, where he was

Chief Classical Music Critic,

and broadcasts for BBC Radio

3. He has presented Radio 3’s

flagship magazine programme,

Music Matters, since 2003. He

was the inaugural recipient of

the ICMP/CIEM Classical Music

Critic of the Year Award, and

was Guest Artistic Director of

the Huddersfield Contemporary

Music Festival. After years

practising in the mirror, he once

conducted Bruckner’s Ninth


‘Even as the UK is brimming with wonderful

young composers, I think few would

dispute that Tom Adès may be the most

extravagantly gifted of them all.’

Sir Simon Rattle, Gramophone

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Translated and

annotated by

Anthony Phillips


978 0 571 234059



The third and final volume of

Prokofiev’s Diaries covers the years

1924 to1933 when he was living

in Paris. Intimate accounts of the

successes and disappointments of a

great creative artist at the heart of

the European arts world between

the two World Wars jostle with witty

and trenchant commentaries on the

personalities who made up this world.

The Diaries document the complex

emotional inner world of a Russian

exile uncomfortably aware of the

nature of life in Stalin’s Russia yet

increasingly persuaded that his

creative gifts would never achieve full

maturity separated from the culture,

people and land of his birthplace.

Since even Prokofiev knew that the

USSR was hardly the place to commit

inner reflections to paper, the Diaries

come to an end after June 1933

although it would be another three

years before he, together with his

wife and children, finally exchanged

the free if materially uncertain life

of a cosmopolitan Parisian celebrity

for Soviet citizenship and the credo

of Socialist Realism within which it

struggled to straitjacket its artists.

Volume three continues the

kaleidoscopic impressions and the

stylish language – Prokofiev was

almost as gifted and idiosyncratic a

writer as he was a composer – of its






Diaries 1924–1933

Prodigal Son

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Sergey Prokofiev (1891–1953)

returned to his native Russia in

1933, having established himself

as one of the leading twentieth

century composer-pianists.

His works include the ballet

Romeo and Juliet and the music

for Eisenstein’s film Alexander

Nevsky, and he remains one

of the most performed and

popular composers worldwide.

As a music administrator

Anthony Phillips worked

with many leading Soviet

era musicians, orchestras

and ensembles, and became

General Manager of London’s

South Bank Concert Halls. Story

of a Friendship, his translation

of Shostakovich’s letters to

Isaak Glikman, was published by

Faber in 2000; Anton Chekhov:

A Life in letters (with Rosamund

Bartlett) by Penguin Classics

in 2004. The first volume of

Prokofiev’s Diaries, Prodigious

Youth, was published by Faber

in 2006, followed in 2008 by

Behind the Mask.

‘I have not felt as passionately engaged with

a book as I have with this one for as long

as I remember . . .You do not have to be

musical to enjoy these diaries. I am sure

that in time they will come to be ranked

among the great classic diaries of

European literature.’

Alexander Waugh, Literary Review on Volume Two


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Julian Cope

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A collection of album reviews and

themed track samplers that lays out

an alternative history of the last six

decades of popular music, written by

the visionary musician, antiquarian

and musicologist Julian Cope.

Eschewing the usual criteria of

chart success or acknowledged

influence, the Copendium takes

energy, originality and heaviness as

its bearings. The result is a feast of

obscure and neglected masterworks

that together form a surprising but

entirely credible new tradition.

Krautrock, motorik and post-punk,

stoner and doom metal, occasionally

even jazz, spoken word and hair

metal: they are all represented in a

wholly persuasive sequence.

Cope is the perfect guide to this

novel terrain: impeccably informed,

passionate, insightful and deeply

funny. The Copendium is his

reimagining of a useful canon of

popular music, and it is set to become

required reading.

The Copendium is unlike anything you

have read before.

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Julian Cope is one of Britain’s

most influential and revered

songwriters. He is a leading

authority on Neolithic

culture, a committed political

activist, a much respected

musicologist and critic, and

an experimental occultist. His

many books include Head On,

The Modern Antiquarian and

Japrocksampler. Julian lives

in Wiltshire with his wife and


‘But, while I rant and rave about the epic

quality of this music, lay back awhile and let

The Insurrections burn a few holes on your

inner carpet.’






It’s an old story, you might say, but one

rarely told on such a scale of success or

excess. For the better part of a decade,

Led Zeppelin was the greatest group on

the planet . . .

From highly acclaimed biographer

Barney Hoskyns, whose most recent

subject was Tom Waits, comes

Trampled Under Foot, a brilliant and

revealing new study of one of rock’s

most extraordinary bands.

A unique look at the history,

adventures, myths and realities of

this most legendary and powerful

of bands, it is a labour of love

based on hours of first-hand and

original interviews. What emerges

is a compelling portrait of the four

musicians themselves, as well as

a fresh insight into the close-knit

entourage that protected them, from

Peter Grant to Richard Cole to Ahmet

Ertegun, giant figures from the longvanished

world of 1970s rock.

Featuring rare and never before

seen photographs, it is also the first

book on Led Zeppelin to cover such

recent events as their triumphant

2007 O2 Arena gig and Robert Plant’s

Grammy-winning resurgence of

recent years.



World excluding US. Canada,

Germany and Spain


978 0 571 259359



Trampled Under Foot

The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin

Export Trade Paperback

978 0 571 259373


Barney Hoskyns is the cofounder

and editorial director

of online rock-journalism

library Rock’s Backpages


and author of several books

including Across the Great

Divide: The Band & America

(1993), Waiting for the Sun:

Strange Days, Weird Scenes,

& the Sound of Los Angeles

(1996), Hotel California: Singer-

Songwriters & Cocaine Cowboys

in the LA Canyons (2005) and

Lowside of the Road: A Life of

Tom Waits (2009). A former

US correspondent for MOJO,

Hoskyns writes for Uncut and

other UK publications, and has

contributed to Vogue, Rolling

Stone and GQ.

‘Hoskyns’ guile, dogged work, and Hornbyesque

likability place him a notch above the

average rock biographer.’

New York Times


978 0 571 273492



Matt Thorne

Matt Thorne’s epic Prince represents

the first attempt to unravel the

mysteries behind more than three

working decades in the life of a true

musical genius.

Legendarily reticent, perverse and

misleading, Prince is one of the few

remaining eighties superstars who

still, perhaps, remains unexplained.

Now a firm fixture of the pop canon,

where such classics as ‘Purple Rain’,

‘Sign o’ the Times’ and ‘Parade’

regularly feature in Best Ever Album

polls, Prince is still, as he ever was,

an enigma. His live performances

are legendary (21 Nights at the O2 in

2007) and while recent releases have

been modestly succesful at best, his

influence on urban music, and R‘n’B

in particular, has never been more

evident. The Minneapolis Sound can

now be heard everywhere.

Matt Thorne’s Prince, through years

of research and interviews with

ex-Revolution members such as

Wendy and Lisa, is an account of a

pop maverick whose experiments

with rock, funk, techno and jazz

revolutionised pop. With reference to

every song, released and unreleased,

over 35 years of recording, Prince will

stand for years to come as the go-to

book on the Great Man.

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Matt Thorne has published five

adult novels to widespread

critical acclaim, co-edited

the anthology All Hail the

New Puritans and is a regular

reviewer for the Independent

on Sunday.




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Jonathan Nolan


David S. Goyer

With The Dark Knight Rises,

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight

Trilogy reaches its climax.


978 0 571 287789



The trilogy commenced with Batman

Begins, which traced the origins of

how Bruce Wayne took on the role

of the masked crusader to fight the

forces of evil. In the second film.

The Dark Knight, Batman found

himself battling the forces of anarchy

unleashed by The Joker. Physically

and psychologically depleted by the

events at the end of The Dark Knight,

in The Dark Knight Rises, Batman must

marshal all his forces to meet the

threat to Gotham City posed by the

masked villain Bane.

These three films form a trilogy

unique in the history of cinema – and

express a dark imaginative vision

that reflects the uncertainties of the

twenty-first century.

Trade Paperback




UK, US and Canada



The Dark Knight Trilogy

Batman Begins: Screenplay by Christopher Nolan and

David S. Goyer, Story by David S. Goyer.

The Dark Knight: Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and

Christopher Nolan, Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.

The Dark Knight Rises: Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and

Christopher Nolan, Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.

Cover Not Final

The Dark Knight Rises and all

related characters and elements

are trademarks of and © DC




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Nicolas Roeg

Nicolas Roeg is one of the most

distinctive and influential filmmakers

of his generation. The

generation of film-makers who

define contemporary movie-making

– Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire),

Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of

Scotland), Christopher Nolan (The

Dark Knight), James Marsh (Man on

Wire) and Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s

Labyrinth), all acknowledge their debt

to the work of Nicolas Roeg.

Roeg began as a cameraman,

working for such masters as

Francois Truffaut and David Lean.

His explosive debut as a director

with Performance, established an

approach to film-making that was

unconventional and ever-changing,

creating works such as Don’t Look

Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bad

Timing, Eureka, Insignificance, and,

more recently, Puffball.

Having now reached 80 years of age,

Roeg has decided to pass on to the

next generations the wealth of wisom

and experience he has garnered over

50 years of film-making.

Trade Paperback




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Nicolas Roeg

Nicolas Roeg has a career

in film that has stretched

across fifty years. He has

produced works of profound

originality such as Performance,

Walkabout, Don’t Look Now,

The Man Who Fell to Earth,

Bad Timing, Eureka, and, most

recently, Puffball.

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978 0 571 288250



Children’s TV superstar Justin

Fletcher brings out his first annual,

including all your favourite characters

from his live shows – Engelbert the

dog, Jollywobbles the car and many


Justin’s Annual is filled with puzzles,

games, activities, stories and jokes,

and comes complete with with






Justin’s Annual

The Official Justin Fletcher Annual 2013

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Justin Fletcher has worked as

an actor, children’s television

presenter and voice-over artist

for the past fifteen years. His

hugely popular TV shows for

CBeebies include Something

Special, Gigglebiz and Justin’s

House. He has won many

awards including a Bafta and

an MBE for his services to

children’s television and the

charity sector.


978 0 571 288236



Justin Fletcher


978 0 571 280445



Justin Fletcher

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My First

Justin’s Jokes

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What clothes do you wear when it rains?

– Thunderpants.

What do gorillas sing at Christmas?

– ‘Jungle bells!’

Hands up if you like laughing!

Children’s TV superstar Justin

Fletcher shares his favourite jokes for

young fans in My First Justin’s Jokes.

Fun-filled, full-colour spreads include

hilarious scenes on the farm, at a

festival and going to bed – perfect for

ages 2+.

Warning! This book will make you

laugh out loud!

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Justin’s Funny Face

Sticker Book

Kids will love making funny faces

with Justin. Complete with two

sheets of brightly coloured stickers,

this is perfect for ages 3+.





Betty G.


Dear Friends,

Jingle bells and dancing snowflakes,

Christmas was coming and suddenly

my life as a classroom hamster became

unsqueakably exciting!


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The music teacher, Miss Lark, spent a

lot of time in Room 26, preparing our

class for Longfellow School’s Winter

Wonderland show so there was plenty

of FUN-FUN-FUN. But my classmates

were also having some BIG-BIG-BIG

problems. Could one small hamster solve

them on his own?

Luckily, the spirit of the season managed

to shine through and in the end it was

definitely a Christmas to remember.

Season’s squeakings to all,


P.S. I even got to see a jolly fat man in

a red suit!





Christmas According

to Humphrey

UK and Commonwealth,

excluding Canada


Betty G. Birney worked

at Disneyland for many

years, has written several

children’s television shows

and is the author of over

twenty-five books, including

the bestselling The World

According to Humphrey,

which won the Richard and

Judy Children’s Book Club,

Friendship According to

Humphrey, Trouble According

to Humphrey, Surprises

According to Humphrey, More

Adventures According to

Humphrey, Holidays Accordings

to Humphrey and School

According to Humphrey, as well

as new series Humphrey’s Tiny

Tales. Her work has won many

awards, including an Emmy

and three Humanitas Prizes.

She lives in America with her



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Jennifer Gray

Introducing Atticus Cattypus

Grammaticus Claw – the world’s

greatest cat burglar!

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When Atticus receives an anonymous

message summoning him to a

meeting in a sleepy English coastal

town, he packs his bags and sets

off. The world’s greatest cat burglar

likes a good mystery and this time

curiosity has got the better of him.

The writer of the message, it turns

out, is none other than Jimmy

Magpie, gang leader. He is morning

the death of his friend Beaky, who

has been run over by a Rolls Royce.

Now he wants Atticus to steal all

the jewels in town and leave the

humans baffled. What could be more

straightforward? But when Atticus

moves in with Inspector Cheddar and

his family, he starts to wonder if a life

of crime is really for him . . .

Featuring a colourful cast of

characters, this hilarious, madcap

animal adventure is the first in a purrfectly

fabulous new series.

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Atticus Claw Breaks

the Law



Jennifer has been writing

children’s comedy for a couple

of years. A former barrister, she

knows how to spot a cat burglar

when she sees one, especially

when he’s a large tabby with a

chewed ear and a handkerchief

round his neck with Atticus

Claw written on it. Jennifer’s

other books for children include

Guinea Pigs Online, co-written

with Amanda Swift and

published by Quercus. Jennifer

lives in London and Scotland

with her husband and four

children, and of course Henry, a

friendly but enigmatic cat.



Allan Stratton

All is not well in the kingdom of

Waldberg . . .

The orphan Hans is desperate

to escape his master, the grave

robber Knobbe the Bent. The young

countess Angela von Schwanenberg

must rescue her parents from the

mad archduke.

But when fate flings them together,

they find themselves on a daring

quest, hurtling through haunted

forests, racing down mountains

in a coffin and sneaking along

underground passageways with a

travelling circus. And at every turn,

the archduke’s Necromancer is there

to thwart their progress.

Will Angela save her parents? Will

Hans escape his past and find out

who he truly is? Or will the evil

Necromancer capture them first?

The Grave Robber’s Apprentice is

a world of highwaymen, hermits

and dancing bears. Get ready for

swashbuckling, epic adventure on

the grandest scale.


978 0 571 284078







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Allan Stratton is the

internationally acclaimed

author of Chanda’s Secrets

(winner of the Michael L. Prinz

Award). Other titles for young

adults include Chanda’s Wars,

Borderline and Leslie’s Journal.

Allan has safaried in Africa,

hiked the Great Wall of China,

explored pyramids in Egypt

and flown over Cappadocia

in a balloon. He lives with his

partner in Toronto with four

cats and lots of fish.

‘Bursting with breakneck action, daring

quests and heart-stopping near misses,

The Grave Robber’s Apprentice is an

exhilerating adventure full of humour

and heart.’

Jospeh Delaney, author of the Spooks books


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Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

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That’s what the other girls whisper

behind her back. But sixteen-year-old

Adelice Lewys has a secret –

she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time

and matter, Adelice is exactly what

the Guild is looking for, and in the

world of Arras, being chosen as a

Spinster is everything a girl could

want. It means privilege, power and

beauty, the ability to embroider the

very fabric of life. It also means

entering a world of secrets and lethal


But unlike the others, Adelice isn’t

interested in controlling what people

eat, where they live and how many

children they have and will do

anything to hide her talent from the

Guild. But when she slips up during

her final test, her gift is identified.

Now she has one hour to eat her

mum’s overcooked dinner. One hour

to listen to her sister’s school gossip

and laugh at her dad’s stupid jokes.

One hour to pretend everything is

OK. And one hour to escape. Because

once you become a Spinster, there’s

no turning back . . .

A perfect blend of sci-fi, romance

and thrilling suspense, Crewel mixes

elements of The Hunger Games, The

Handmaid’s Tale and Elsewhere. It

is completely original and utterly



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Gennifer Albin has a masters

degree in English from

the University of Missouri,

where she was an editor for

Pleiades and The Missouri

Review. She is the founder of

the popular parenting blog

and blogs about writing at Crewel

was inspired by a painting by

the Spanish surrealist painter,

Remedios Varo. It is her first







978 0 571 272617



Want to know a secret? There is

something very, very strange living in

the trees behind my house. If you tiptoe

slowwwwly and quietly (ssh!) to the

bottom of my garden, you might hear it

rustling and rootling and ‘peh!’ing in the

dark undergrowth, on the other side of

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the wall – holding your breath – there’s

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eyes blinking out of a strangely

square opening in the tree roots . . .

Ruby and Jackson get the surprise

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gets a bit ARRGHH! And that’s when

the trouble starts. Like the time he

goes to a pool party, and Ruby and

Jackson find themselves face-to-face

with an enormous inflatable monster!

The third in a hilarious new series by

bestselling author Karen McCombie,

illustrated throughout with irresistible

black-and-white line art by Alex T.






The Legend of the

Loch Ness Lilo

You, Me and Thing 3

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Karen McCombie is the

bestselling author of numerous

children’s and teenage books,

including the series Ally’s

World, Stella Etc, Indie Kidd and

novels An Urgent Message of

Wowness and The Raspberry

Rules. Before becoming an

author she worked for teen

magazines such as J17 and

Sugar. Originally from Scotland,

she lives in London with her

husband, young daughter and

assorted cats, who all give

her inspiration for her books,

whether they like it or not.

‘I loved this warm and funny story, full of

giggles and magic – sit back and enjoy!’

Jeremy Strong, author of The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog


978 0 571 273539



Andy Briggs

The world’s greatest eco-warrior

is back for another white-knuckle


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When a baby gorilla is snatched

from its family by the world’s most

infamous hunter, Tarzan will stop at

nothing to track him down – crossing

the wild jungle and hostile African

savanna to bring him to justice.

Meanwhile, Jane is trying to learn

more about Tarzan’s past, and must

decide whether reuniting him with

his lost Greystoke family is the right

thing to do. But Robbie has ideas of

his own. He has formed a plan that

will get rid of Tarzan for good, and

keep the secrets of his own past safe.

Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior is a lionroaring

read that brings the classic

story bang into the 21st century, and

will be published to coincide with the

Tarzan centenary year.

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Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior

Andy began his writing career

working on Hollywood movie

projects, such as Freddy Vs

Jason and Foreverman for

Spider-Man creator Stan Lee

and legendary producer Robert

Evans. He has written several

graphic novels, including the

horror-thriller Ritual and Kong:

King of Skull Island. His first

children’s books were the eight

part and

series for Oxford University

Press. He’s currently working

on several exciting TV and

feature projects in between

his books. Tarzan has been a

passion from childhood and

he’s thrilled now to be writing

and updating the legendary


‘Tarzan is back with a bloodcurdling roar!

An epic re-book of the classic series.’

Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl




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P. D. James

Death Comes

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Teju Cole

Open City

Sarah Hall

The Beautiful


Alex Preston

The Revelations


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‘Dazzling . . . a book that combines the grace of

Jane Austen with the pace of a thriller ... as good

as anything P. D. James has written and that is very

high praise indeed.’

Sunday Express





‘My favourite novel of the year, dreamlike and

meandering, like the best of W. G. Sebald.’

Alain de Botton, New Statesman





‘Each story is a gem, but together they form a

collection of astonishingly sensuous power . . .

Hall is a writer of both rare vision and talent.’

Sunday Times





‘Money, sex, religion . . . Preston embraces all three

in his compelling new work.’


Trade Paperback


978 0 571 283606


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978 0 571 282180



Keija Parssinen

The Ruins of Us


978 0 571 276202



Krys Lee

Drifting House


978 0 571 275786



Jeet Thayil



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Earl Lovelace

Is Just a Movie

















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‘Parssinen evokes the landscape of Saudia Arabia

with a deftness, precision and lucidity which make for

an utterly absorbing read.’

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‘A sublime debut collection spanning both Korea and

America . . . reminiscent of the best of Katherine

Anne Porter and Carson McCullers.’

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‘Jeet Thayil takes Mumbai out of Bollywood cliché

and into an underworld that blends the best of

Trainspotting with the wild comedy of Goya and

the gorgeous yearnings of Keats. A guaranteed topkarat


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Winner of the Caribbean Literary Grand Prize

‘Lovelace has chronicled the racial and cultural

diversity of his birthplace with affection and a

sharp-eyed humour . . . Is Just A Movie confirms

Lovelace as a master story-teller of the West Indies.’

Financial Times








Childish Loves

Dermot Healy

Sudden Times


978 0 571 233373




978 0 571 281862







‘Markovits is an exceptional ventriloquist, effortlessly

distinguishing the voices of Byron at three different

ages and an array of modern teachers, publishers

and grieving relatives, each of them establishing their

personality in a few phrases . . . perfect period detail.’

Mark Lawson, Guardian





‘A disturbing, funny, mad and beautifully

human novel.’

Roddy Doyle

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978 0 571 260683



Sam Eastland

Siberian Red


978 0 571 246373



Nicola Upson

Fear in the



978 0 571 271504



Peter Leonard

Voices of the



978 0 571 272464



Thomas Enger


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September 1939. In the third outing of this celebrated

historical Russian crime series, Inspector Pekkala returns

to the same Gulag where he spent years as a prisoner

in order to solve a murder and find the Tsar’s missing


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excluding Canada,

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The fourth novel in this historical detective series

featuring Josephine Tey sees Tey travel to the holiday

village of Portmeirion, where she meets Alfred Hitchcock

and then becomes caught up in the murder of a

Hollywood actress.

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The first of a two-hander from the much-loved Peter

Leonard, Voices of the Dead is a classic cat-and-mouse

thriller about a good man who is forced to revisit to the

horrors of his past.

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excluding Canada,

EU Exclusive

Reporter Henning Juul returns for the second novel in

this internationally bestselling Norwegian crime series, as

he investigates a murder which may also lead him to the

truth about the tragic death of his son.







Doug Johnstone

Hit and Run

Adam Creed

Death in the Sun


978 0 571 270477




978 0 571 274994







You hit someone. You run. But what if you have to go

back? Another pitch-black psychological thriller from the

author of the highly acclaimed Smokeheads.





Nursing himself back from the brink of death in a Spanish

village, DI Staffe is drawn into a local murder investigation

and comes closer than ever to the man who murdered his

parents, in the fourth outing for Adam Creed’s gritty police

procedural series.

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978 0 571 218271



John Cooper

The Queen’s


Francis Walsingham

at the Court of Elizabeth I


978 0 571 245956



Roger Crowley

City of Fortune

How Venice Won and Lost

a Naval Empire


978 0 571 239641



Thant Myint-U

Where China

Meets India

Burma and the

New Crossroads of Asia


978 0 571 221493






A Journey to India’s

Forgotten Frontier

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‘A superb new account of Walsingham and the

Tudor age, paints a John le Carré-like world

of double dealing and intrigue . . . With vivid

storytelling, The Queen’s Agent brilliantly recreates

Elizabethan England in all its cloak-and-dagger

intrigue and glory.’

Sunday Telegraph

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‘One of the best narrative historians currently

writing . . . The rise and fall of Venice’s empire is

an irresistible story and Crowley, with his rousing

descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail, is its

perfect chronicler.’

Financial Times

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‘Thant . . . becomes a sort of time traveller, wise

and solitary, as he takes in the glass storefronts and

plasma screens but also reflects on the world that has


Siddhartha Deb, Guardian

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excluding Canada


‘Glancey recounts the area’s history, politics and

nature. In exquisite prose he describes leopards on

hilltops, the songs of flying lizards and villages

approached by sunken paths.’

Condé Nast Traveller








Fiona MacCarthy

The Last


Edward Burne-Jones and the

Victorian Imagination

Eileen Battersby

Ordinary Dogs

Dermot Healy

The Bend for



978 0 571 228621




978 0 571 277841




978 0 571 281886







‘Wonderful … This is the perfect coming together of

biographer and subject.’

Michael Holroyd, Guardian Books of the Year





‘It is a wonderful book, cleanly and honestly

written, funny, wise and valiant, and entirely free of


John Banville, Guardian Books of the Year





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‘Probably the finest memoir . . . written in Ireland in

the last fifty years.’

Patrick McCabe

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978 0 571 277315



Stephen Pile

The Ultimate

Book of

Heroic Failures


978 0 571 277964



Jonathan Lynn

Comedy Rules

From the Cambridge Footlights

to Yes Prime Minister

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‘Packed with lots of new, wonderful true stories of

disaster, idiocy and sheer bad luck.’

Simon Hoggart, Guardian

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‘A terrific read, a masterclass in comedy . . . a very

engaging memoir of such a productive, creative, and

successful career. Finally, perhaps most importantly, it

is absolutely hilarious. Terribly funny.’

Robbie Coltrane






Simon Armitage

The Death of

King Arthur

Alice Oswald


Lavina Greenlaw

The Casual


Christopher Reid

Selected Poems


978 0 571 249480




978 0 571 274185




978 0 571 260287




978 0 571 273287







Simon Armitage’s new translation restores a neglected

masterpiece of story-telling, bringing to life its entirely

medieval mix of ruthlessness and restraint.





‘A very beautiful, enlightening and bold reworking of

The Iliad.’

Andrew Motion, Daily Telegraph





‘Absorbing ... with The Casual Perfect, Lavinia

Greenlaw has come into her own.’

Sean O’Brien, Guardian





‘Our most jaunty, disturbing poet . . . poems at once

quietly canny in their verbal simplicity, and wildly

ambitious in their reach’


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World English Language



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978 0 571 281916



Jarvis Cocker

Mother, Brother,



978 0 571 283385



Kevin Cummins


Looking for the Light

through the Pouring Rain


978 0 571 249879




978 0 571 254491















Mark Yarm

Everybody Loves

Our Town

A History of Grunge

Greil Marcus

Bob Dylan

Writings 1968–2010





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‘Song lyrics may not be poetry but that does not

mean they should not be taken seriously: Jarvis

Cocker is one of our finest songwriters and in

Mother, Brother, Lover he provides the evidence in

black and white.’


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‘An intimate glimpse of incipient genius; that precise

fabulous moment when subject, shooter and zeitgeist

combine to create a truly iconic image.’

Philip Hoare, Esquire

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excluding Canada


‘Brilliant and full of vivid observations . . . The rise

of grunge was a part of the music industry’s last

hurrah and this book skilfully documents the inside

story of that one final, fantastically excessive thrash

before the wheels came off for ever.’

Rob Fitzpatrick, Sunday Times

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excluding Canada


‘Marcus neatly articulates the excitement of being

a young man in the Sixties watching Dylan and

realising that “limits have been trashed.’

Independent on Sunday







Deborah Bull

The Everyday


Ian Bostridge

A Singer’s



978 0 571 238934




978 0 571 252466







‘If you really want to know what a dancer’s life is

like, don’t go to Degas. Read instead The Everyday

Dancer . . .This is the real dance world: tough,

sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes triumphant,

but always vibrant and alive.’

The Lady





‘A consistently lively, learned, urbane and passionate

book, once opened not likely to be closed until you

have read it all.’

BBC Music Magazine

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EU Exclusive



978 0 571 240722







Mackenzie Crook

The Windvale


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A timeless, enchanting tale of secrets and sprites written

and illustrated by Pirates of the Caribbean actor Mackenzie

Crook. A must-have treasure for every child’s bookcase.

‘[A] charming, finely produced little treasure, told

with clarity, wit and lightness.’

Sunday Times






P. D. James

Death Comes

to Pemberley

Keija Parssinen

The Ruins of Us

Paul Auster

The Invention

of Solitude

Sam Eastland

Siberian Red


978 0 571 288175




978 0 571 282722




978 0 571 284207




978 0 571 278312







‘Dazzling . . . a book that combines the grace of

Jane Austen with the pace of a thriller . . . as good

as anything P. D. James has written and that is very

high praise indeed.’

Sunday Express





‘Parssinen evokes the landscape of Saudia Arabia

with a deftness, precision and lucidity which make for

an utterly absorbing read.’

Lucy Caldwell, author of The Meeting Point





A repackage to mark the 30th anniversary of Paul Auster’s

memoir, The Invention of Solitude, published alongside his

new memoir Winter Journal and for the 25th anniversary

of The New York Trilogy.





September 1939. In the third novel of this celebrated

historical Russian crime series, Inspector Pekkala returns

to the same Gulag where he spent years as a prisoner

in order to solve a murder and find the Tsar’s missing


UK and Commonwealth

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EU Exclusive

UK and Commonwealth,

excluding Canada


UK and Commonwealth,

excluding Canada


World excluding US




978 0 571 280001



Peter Carey

The Chemistry

of Tears


978 0 571 275748




Vargas Llosa

The Dream of

the Celt


978 0 571 279159



Chris Pavone

The Expats

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An automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet,

a secret love story, and the fate of the warming world are

all brought to incandescent life in this hauntingly moving

novel from one of the finest writers of our time.

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Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In an epic

and moving novel spanning three continents, one of

the world’s greatest writers re-imagines the life of

Roger Casement, the most controversial hero of Irish


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‘I often thought I was reading the early works of

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Smart, clever suspense, skilfully plotted – The

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Age of Assassins, Michael Newton, 39

Gennifer Albin, Crewel, 93

Among the Hoods, Harriet Sergeant, 35

Simon Armitage, The Death of King Arthur, 106, Walking Home, 30

Atticus Claw Breaks the Law, Jennifer Gray, 91

Paul Auster, The Invention of Solitude (OME), 110,Winter Journal, 28

Austerities, Sam Riviere, 58


Ban This Filth!, Ben Thompson (ed), 38

Eileen Battersby, Ordinary Dogs, 104

The Beautiful Indifference, Sarah Hall, 98

Samuel Beckett, Collected Poems, 61

The Bend for Home, Dermot Healy, 104

Big Questions From Little People . . . Answered By Some Very Big

People, Gemma Elwin Harris (ed), 44

Betty G. Birney, Christmas According to Humphrey, 90

Bob Dylan, Greil Marcus, 107

Ian Bostridge, A Singer’s Notebook , 108

Susan Brigden, Thomas Wyatt, 59

Andy Briggs, Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior, 95

Britannicus, Timberlake Wertenbaker, 70

Brooklyn Heights, Miral Al-Tahawy, 14

Ben Brown, Three Days in May, 71

Deborah Bull, The Everyday Dancer, 108


Peter Carey, The Chemistry of Tears (OME), 111

The Casual Perfect, Lavinia Greenlaw, 106

The Chemistry of Tears (OME), Peter Carey, 111

Childish Loves, Benjamin Markovits, 100

Christmas According to Humphrey, Betty G. Birney, 90

City of Fortune, Roger Crowley, 103

Jarvis Cocker, Mother, Brother, Lover, 107

Teju Cole, Open City, 98

Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett, Samuel Beckett;

Seán Lawlor and John Pilling (eds), 61

Comedy Rules, Jonathan Lynn, 105

Commander, Stephen Taylor, 40

Constellations, Nick Payne, 73

John Cooper, The Queen’s Agent, 103

Julian Cope, Copendium, 79

Copendium, Julian Cope, 79

Julia Copus, The World’s Two Smallest Humans, 57

Country Girl, Edna O’Brien, 26

The Country Girls, Edna O’Brien, 67

Adam Creed, Death in the Sun, 102

Crewel, Gennifer Albin, 93

Mackenzie Crook, The Windvale Sprites, 109

Roger Crowley, City of Fortune, 103

Kevin Cummins, Manchester: Looking for the Light

through the Pouring Rain, 107

The Customs House, Andrew Motion, 54


The Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan,

Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer, 84

Death Comes to Pemberley, P. D. James, 18, (PB), 98, (OME), 110

Death in the Sun, Adam Creed, 102

The Death of King Arthur, Simon Armitage, 106

The Devil I Know, Claire Kilroy, 11

The Dream of the Celt, Mario Vargas Llosa, 6, (OME), 111

Drifting House, Krys Lee, 99

Carol Ann Duffy (ed), Sylvia Plath, 50


Sam Eastland, Siberian Red, 101, (OME), 110

Thomas Enger, Pierced, 21, (PB), 101

Everybody Loves Our Town, Mark Yarm, 107

The Everyday Dancer, Deborah Bull, 108

Chris Ewan, Safe House, 23

The Expats (OME), Chris Pavone, 111


David Farr, The Heart of Robin Hood, 73

Fear in the Sunlight, Nicola Upson, 101

Justin Fletcher, Justin’s Annual, 88, Justin’s Funny Face

Sticker Book, 89, My First Justin’s Jokes, 89

Ronald Frame, Havisham, 10


Jonathan Glancey, Nagaland, 103

Go Giants, Nick Laird, 56

David S. Goyer, The Dark Knight Trilogy, 84

The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, Allan Stratton, 92

The Graves are Walking, John Kelly, 41

Jennifer Gray, Atticus Claw Breaks the Law, 91

Lavinia Greenlaw, The Casual Perfect, 106

David Greig, The Monster in the Hall, 68, The Strange Undoing

of Prudencia Heart, 68

Grief, Mike Leigh, 66


Sarah Hall, The Beautiful Indifference, 98

Gemma Elwin Harris (ed), Big Questions From Little People . . .

Answered By Some Very Big People, 44

Zinnie Harris, The Wheel, 71

David Harrower, A Slow Air, 70

Havisham, Ronald Frame, 10

Julia Heaberlin, Playing Dead, 22

Dermot Healy, Sudden Times, 100, The Bend for Home, 104

The Heart of Robin Hood, David Farr, 73

Yuri Herrera, Kingdom Cons, 13

Lindsey Hilsum, Sandstorm, 32

A History of the Arab Peoples, Albert Hourani

and Malise Ruthven, 42

Hit and Run, Doug Johnstone, 102

Barney Hoskyns, Trampled Under Foot, 80

Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples, 42

How the Trouble Started, Robert Williams, 15


The Invention of Solitude (OME), Paul Auster, 110

Is Just a Movie, Earl Lovelace, 99


P. D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley, 18, (PB), 98, (OME), 110

Doug Johnstone, Hit and Run, 102

Justin’s Annual, Justin Fletcher, 88

Justin’s Funny Face Sticker Book, Justin Fletcher, 89


John Kelly, The Graves are Walking, 41

Claire Kilroy, The Devil I Know, 11

Kimberly’s Capital Punishment, Richard Milward, 17

Kingdom Cons, Yuri Herrera, 13


Neil LaBute, Reasons to Be Pretty, 69

Nick Laird, Go Giants, 56

The Last Pre-Raphaelite, Fiona MacCarthy, 104

Seán Lawlor (ed), Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett, 61

Krys Lee, Drifting House, 99

Stewart Lee, TV Comedian, 45

The Legend of the Loch Ness Lilo, Karen McCombie, 94

Mike Leigh, Grief, 66

Peter Leonard, Voices of the Dead, 101

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Richard Milward, Kimberly’s Capital Punishment, 17

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Andrew Motion, The Customs House, 54

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Michael Newton, Age of Assassins, 39

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Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Trilogy, 84

Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight Trilogy, 84

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Edna O’Brien, Country Girl, 26, The Country Girls, 67

Sean O’Brien (ed), Train Songs, 62

Fintan O’Toole, Up the Republic!, 34

One Day When We Were Young, Nick Payne, 72

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Paul Ormerod, Positive Linking, 43

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Orhan Pamuk, Silent House, 8

Keija Parssinen, The Ruins of Us, 12, (PB), 99, (OME), 110

Don Paterson, Selected Poems, 60, Train Songs, (ed), 62

Tom Paulin, Love’s Bonfire, 53

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Nick Payne, Constellations, 73, One Day When We Were Young, 72

Anthony Phillips (ed), Prokofiev Diaries 1924–33, 78

Pierced, Thomas Enger, 21, (PB), 101

Stephen Pile, The Not Terribly Good Book of Heroic Failures, 46,

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John Pilling (ed), Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett, 61

The Pinecone, Jenny Uglow, 36

Playing Dead, Julia Heaberlin, 22

Positive Linking, Paul Ormerod, 43

Alex Preston, The Revelations, 98

Prince, Matt Thorne, 81

Sergey Prokofiev, Diaries 1924–33, 78

Prokofiev Diaries 1924–33, Sergey Prokofiev;

Anthony Phillips (ed), 78


The Queen’s Agent, John Cooper, 103


Reasons to Be Pretty, Neil LaBute, 69

Christopher Reid, Nonsense, 52, Selected Poems, 106

The Revelations, Alex Preston, 98

Sam Riviere, Austerities, 58

Nicolas Roeg, Nicolas Roeg, 85

The Ruins of Us, Keija Parssinen, 12, (PB), 99, (OME), 110

Malise Ruthven, A History of the Arab Peoples, 42


Safe House, Chris Ewan, 23

Sandstorm, Lindsey Hilsum, 32

Selected Poems, Christopher Reid, 106

Selected Poems, Don Paterson, 60

Harriet Sergeant, Among the Hoods, 35

Tom Service, Thomas Adès, 76

Seventy Times Seven, J. G. Sinclair, 20

Siberian Red, Sam Eastland, 101, (OME), 110

William Sieghart (ed), Winning Words, 63

Silent House, Orhan Pamuk, 8

J.G. Sinclair, Seventy Times Seven, 20

A Singer’s Notebook , Ian Bostridge, 108

Penelope Skinner, The Sound of Heavy Rain, 69

A Slow Air, David Harrower, 70

The Sound of Heavy Rain, Penelope Skinner, 69

Francis Spufford, Unapologetic, 33

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Heart, David Greig, 68

Allan Stratton, The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, 92

Sudden Times, Dermot Healy, 100

Sylvia Plath, Carol Ann Duffy (ed), 50


Miral Al-Tahawy, Brooklyn Heights, 14

Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior, Andy Briggs, 95

Stephen Taylor, Commander, 40

Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis, 99

Thomas Adès, Tom Service, 76

Thomas Wyatt, Susan Brigden, 59

Ben Thompson (ed), Ban This Filth!, 38

Matt Thorne, Prince, 81

Three Days in May, Ben Brown, 71

Time On My Hands, Giorgio Vasta, 16

Adrian Tomine, New York Drawings, 47

Train Songs, Don Paterson and Sean O’Brien (eds), 62

Trampled Under Foot, Barney Hoskyns, 80

TV Comedian, Stewart Lee, 45


Jenny Uglow, The Pinecone, 36

The Ultimate Book of Heroic Failures, Stephen Pile, 105

Unapologetic, Francis Spufford, 33

Up the Republic!, Fintan O’Toole, 34

Nicola Upson, Fear in the Sunlight, 101


Mario Vargas Llosa, The Dream of the Celt, 6, (OME), 111

Giorgio Vasta, Time On My Hands, 16

Voices of the Dead, Peter Leonard, 101


Walking Home, Simon Armitage, 30

Anthony Weigh, Lorca’s Yerma, 72

Timberlake Wertenbaker, Britannicus, 70

The Wheel, Zinnie Harris, 71

Where China Meets India, Thant Myint-U, 103

Robert Williams, How the Trouble Started, 15

The Windvale Sprites, Mackenzie Crook, 109

Winning Words, William Sieghart (ed), 63

Winter Journal, Paul Auster, 28

The World’s Two Smallest Humans, Julia Copus, 57


Mark Yarm, Everybody Loves Our Town, 107

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