A murder mystery that enmeshes DI Archer of Scotland Yard in a high-level espionage drama, Len Deighton’s novel is set in Britain in 1941, nine months after British Command surrendered to the Nazis. Written in 1978, this compelling ‘alternative reality’ portrayal of Britain under Nazi rule became a BBC drama series in 2017. Reissued with a new introduction by Deighton.
Every Short Story
The five published collections of short stories by the Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray (b.1934) – Unlikely Stories Mostly, Lean Tales, Glaswegians, Ten Tales Tall and True, and The Ends of Our Tethers – are joined here by 16 new stories, Tales Droll and Plausible, drawings by Gray and his ‘Endnotes’, telling ‘more about my life as a fiction writer than I first intended’.
The Many Lives of Amory Clay
William Boyd's novel tells the life story of Amory Clay, whose career as a photographer starts in 1920s London and Berlin, and takes her to New York in the 1930s, through the Second World War as a war photographer, then on to other wars, lovers, husbands and children.
The Girl Who Would Be Queen
A classic of historical fiction, Young Bess was first published in 1944 and made into a film starring Jean Simmons in 1953. It tells the story of the young Princess Elizabeth, declared a bastard and banished from her father's court, yet facing even greater challenges after Henry VIII's death.
The Man Without a Shadow
Through the relationship between research scientist Margot Sharpe and her patient, the charismatic but tortured amnesiac Elihu Hoopes, this poignant, unsettling novel explores the line between science, ethics and obsession, and probes the darkest corners of the human psyche.