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.
Mapp and Lucia
The fourth novel in Benson's much-loved series is the first in which the indomitable Lucia meets the formidable Elizabeth Mapp. Lucia has moved to Tilling for the summer, lunching and holding musical soirees; but Miss Mapp has no intention of being socially outmanoeuvred by the newcomer.
The Castle of Otranto
When Conrad, heir to Otranto, dies on his wedding day, his father vows to marry the bride himself. Horrified, young Isabella must escape from the old prince and his gloomy castle. Walpole's 'Gothic story' was originally published in 1764, when it purported to be a translation of a medieval Italian text.
Comprising ten stories found by the Head Waiter in luggage left behind in his hotel, this was originally the 1862 Christmas issue of Dickens's All the Year Round. Four of the stories are by Dickens himself; others are by John Oxenford, Charles Allston Collins, Arthur Locker and Julia Cecilia Stretton. Foreword by Philippa Stockley.
The Owl Service
50th Anniversary Edition
Gwyn and Alison investigate strange noises in the attic, and discover a dinner service covered in droppings. Their subsequent adventure, largely told in dialogue, is intertwined with Welsh mythology. This special edition of the award-winning novel, first published in 1965, is introduced by Philip Pullman. Age 9+
The United States of McSweeney's
Ten Years of Accidental Classics
Since 1998, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern has been emerging from various kitchens, attics and an old laundromat roughly four times a year - or definitely at least three. In those ten years, almost 100,000 stories have been submitted, usually in manila envelopes, mostly from unknown names living in unfamiliar corners. Approximately 400 of those stories were selected for publication. Eighteen of them appear here, wildly diverse in style and subject, from some of the finest writers of today and tomorrow. Several typos have been removed.
Now We Are Dead
Inspired by his mugging-up on Winnie the Pooh for Celebrity Mastermind, Stuart McBride describes his book as ‘the story of what happens to Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel after she was caught being Very, Very Naughty in In the Cold Dark Ground’. Now, the man she was accused of fitting up is freed and back on the streets of Aberdeen – but Roberta knows he is guilty.
The Blood Road
Now working in Professional Standards and policing fellow officers, Logan McRae must investigate the death of DI Bell after his body is found in the driver’s seat of a crashed car – although Bell died, and they buried him two years previously. The deeper McRae digs into his former colleague’s past, the more sinister the case becomes.