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Finding the Trapdoor

by Adam Hochschild

The vivid, suspenseful history books for which Adam Hochschild has become well known are only a portion of his work. All his life he has also been writing shorter pieces: about the writers he loves, about his...


Fair Girls and Grey Horses

by Christine Pullein-Thompson, Diana Pullein-Thompson & Josephine Pullein-Thompson

‘Are your twins normal?’ Mrs Pullein-Thompson was asked. ‘Good God, I hope not,’ she retorted.

The twins were Diana and Christine who, with their elder sister, Josephine, wrote more than 150 books, which...


The Novel Life of Pg Wodehouse

by Roderick Easdale

Was PG Wodehouse really a traitor, a naive simpleton dominated by his wife and out of touch with the world around him? This book challenges many of the accepted wisdoms about PG Wodehouse and his work and skilfully...


101 Amazing Facts about Mary Shelley

by Jack Goldstein & Isabella Reese

Did you know that the idea for Frankenstein came to Mary Shelley in a vivid dream? Or that her many of her loved ones suffered tragic deaths? What are her most famous quotes? And what did she say when rejecting...


Trains of Thought: Memories of a Stateless Youth

by Victor Brombert

"A beautifully cadenced work of art—it will remind some readers of Nabokov's classic Speak, Memory."—Joyce Carol Oates Paris in the 1930s—melancholy, erotic, intensely politicized—provides the poetic...


The Life and Loves of Laurie Lee

by Valerie Grove

Millions of readers know and love him for his lyrical portraits of his life, from the moving and nostalgic tales of childhood and innocence found in the pages of Cider with Rosie, to the nomadic wanderings through...


Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

by Alexander Larman

He was 'THE WICKEDEST MAN ALIVE'.

He went to Oxford University at the age of 12

He slept with his first prostitute at 13

He was an alcoholic by 14

He was imprisoned in the Tower at 18

He was acclaimed a war hero...


A Childhood in Scotland

by Christian Miller

Introduced by Dorothy Parker. 'When I was a little girl, the ghosts were more real to me than the people.' In this perceptive and unpretentious autobiography Christian Miller recalls her privileged but at the...


Conversations with Jay Parini

by Michael Lackey

Jay Parini (b. 1948) is best known for his novel about Leo Tolstoy's last year, The Last Station, which has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and made into a Hollywood film. But he has also...


Conversations with William Gibson

by Patrick A. Smith

"After reading Neuromancer for the first time," literary scholar Larry McCaffery wrote, "I knew I had seen the future of [science fiction] (and maybe of literature in general), and its name was William Gibson."...


Conversations with Ken Kesey

by Scott F. Parker

Ken Kesey (1935-2001) is the author of several works of well-known fiction and other hard-to-classify material. His debut novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, was a critical and commercial sensation that...


Goodbye Twentieth Century

by Dannie Abse

Drawing upon his Welsh and Jewish heritage, Dannie Abse presents a rich autobiography that chronicles his life as both a doctor and an author. Humorous and poignant, this new edition not only includes the...


Querencia

by Stephen Bodio & Malcolm Brooks

Born in Boston, Stephen Bodio wandered into Magdalena, New Mexico, in the 1970s while on his way to Montana and never left. He was accompanied by Betsy Huntington, who was twenty years his senior; the couple...


The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

by Marja Mills

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists...


The Novels of Raymond Chandler: A Short Guide

by Tom Williams

This digital exclusive is an extract from 'A Mysterious Something in the Light', the biography of Raymond Chandler by Tom Williams. In it Tom writes about Chandler's most popular work, The Big Sleep - the novel...


Peter Orlovsky, A Life in Words: Intimate Chronicles of  a Beat Writer

by Peter Orlovsky & Bill Morgan

"The Peter Orlovsky you will meet in this book has only a slight resemblance to the wacky kid immortalized in Kerouac's sunny pages as 'the greatest man in San Francisco' or the silent companion in Ginsberg's...


Baudelaire in Chains: A Portrait of the Artist as a Drug Addict

by Frank Hilton

An acclaimed and most unusual biography of Baudelaire, showing him ensnared by his passions for poetry, prostitutes, and drugs.

A crucial link between romanticism and modernism, Charles Baudelaire is a pivotal...


A Brief Guide To Agatha Christie

by Nigel Cawthorne

Agatha Christie's 80 novels and short-story collections have sold over 2 billion copies in more than 45 languages, more than any other author. When Christie finally killed off her Belgian detective, Hercule...


Arnold Bennett: A Last Word

by Frank Swinnerton

�I have tried to depict Arnold Bennett as a man of character and integrity, a fundamentally innocent humorist, a superlative friend, and, to others, not myself, a difficult personality; but I have worked...


My Poets

by Maureen N. McLane

A thrillingly original exploration of a life lived under poetry’s uniquely seductive spell

“Oh! there are spirits of the air,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane...