Postcard From The Past
The postcard shows charming views of the Yorkshire Dales, but the sender writes, 'Huge hordes of wild sheep, cows and rabbits ready to attack at any time'; and on the back of four views of Weymouth, one word: 'Murder'. Tom Jackson describes this book of holiday postcards, with captions taken from their messages, as 'a collection of very short and cryptic stories set in that drowned Atlantis of the sixties and seventies'.
Letters to the Lady Upstairs
No. 102 Boulevard Haussmann is an elegant address in the eighth arrondissement of Paris. Upstairs lives Madame Williams, with her second husband and her harp; downstairs, Marcel Proust is trying to write In Search of Lost Time. Between 1909 and 1919, a correspondence that starts with a request for silence develops into a touching friendship, discussing books, music, domestic arrangements, illness, and the sadness of losing friends in the war.
Death in Devon (The County Guides)
Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, sets off for Devon to continue The County Guides, his history of England; but when he arrives at All Souls School, he hears that a pupil has died in mysterious circumstances. Cue another adventure in the dark heart of 1930s England for Morley, Sefton and Miriam - the trio first encountered in The Norfolk Mystery.
The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva
Growing up in the Kremlin, Svetlana Stalin knew nothing of her father’s tyranny, but could not escape tragedy: her mother’s suicide, the loss of two brothers, and the exile of her lover to Siberia. With access to FBI, CIA and Russian state archives, this biography charts her growing awareness of Stalin’s crimes, her defection to the West, her struggle to escape his terrible legacy – and her horrified realization, with the rise of Putin, that ‘they haven’t changed a bit’.
Dataclysm: Who We Are*
*When We Think No One's Looking
OkCupid founder Christian Rudder mines the big data of social media to reveal how age, beauty, gender, race and numerous other ‘tick-box’ signifiers influence our decision-making during the myriad of interactions that shape our lives online and beyond.
The Poetry of a People
Over many centuries, from Caedmon to Carol Ann Duffy, Britons have recorded their joys and sorrows, their loves and losses, in verse. In this anthology, which accompanied Radio 4's celebration of National Poetry Day in 2015, Andrew Marr tells the story of the country through the words of its poets. Alongside the work of such acclaimed writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth are many lesser-known gems, offering us a glimpse of people's lives and experiences in every era.
The Lost Landscape
A Writer's Coming of Age
In this candid and moving memoir, one of America’s most acclaimed novelists recounts her tough rural upbringing in upstate New York. Through the eyes of her younger self, the book evokes the emotions of childhood and adolescence, from early friendships to her first encounters with death. Recalling her burgeoning desire to tell stories about the world and the people she meets, Oates reveals how those experiences coloured her later writing.
Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today
For over two centuries, Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet has been the pride of Russian culture, a source of national prestige under tsars and communists alike; yet the shocking acid attack on its artistic director Sergei Filin in 2015 was but the latest in a long line of scandals. Here, the musicologist Simon Morrison charts the Bolshoi’s history of political manipulation and artistic rivalry, with the focus always on the ballet, ‘the cruellest and most wondrous of the arts’.
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.
Riverford Farm Cook Book
Tales from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen
Guy Watson started the Riverford veg-box scheme and Jane Baxter set up the Riverford Field Kitchen, and both businesses influence the content of this cookbook. Each section features a different vegetable, providing an introduction, recipes and suggestions for how to use it. From Beetroot Haters’ Soup or Kale, Chorizo and Potato Hash to Chocolate Courgette Cake, the authors show that local, seasonal veg can be just as exciting as exotic varieties found on supermarket shelves.
A Journey Through Birds
From hen harriers nesting on Orkney, Lockhart travels south through Caithness and Sutherland, across to the Outer Hebrides and south again, bird-by-bird, until he reaches his home in Devon – and the sparrowhawks. He is driven by a lifelong passion to explore the habitats of the raptors, and celebrates the birds themselves while reflecting on the ornithologists of the past, including his own great grandfather, Seton Gordon. Raptor received the Royal Society of Literature’s Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction in 2011.
The New English Kitchen
How to Make Your Food Go Further
First published in 2005, when it was described by the Observer as ‘Mrs Beeton’s 21st-century equivalent’, The New English Kitchen presents over 280 easy recipes, using cheaper cuts of better-quality meat and leftovers and, as far as possible, UK-grown ingredients. Much of the emphasis is on ‘rolling food into more than one meal’, but there are also chapters on store-cupboard food, making the most of gluts of fruit and vegetables, and ethical dairy shopping.
The Poetry of a People
Over many centuries, from Caedmon to Carol Ann Duffy, Britons have recorded their joys and sorrows, their loves and losses, in verse. In this anthology, which accompanied Radio 4's celebration of National Poetry Day in 2015, Andrew Marr tells the story of the country through the words of its poets. Alongside the work of such acclaimed writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth are many lesser-known gems, offering us a glimpse of people's lives and experiences in every era. Silk marker.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
In collaboration with the novelist, Mike Poulton reimagined Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning novels for the stage. In this incarnation, Wolf Hall takes the story of Thomas Cromwell up to the coronation of Anne Boleyn, and Bring Up the Bodies ends with her execution. The scripts of the plays are accompanied by Poulton's introduction and Mantel's notes on the characters.
The Kraus Project
Essays by Karl Kraus
Karl Kraus (1874–1936) was an Austrian satirist, the editor of the influential magazine Die Fackel (The Torch) and a central figure in the intellectual life of fin-de-siécle Vienna. For Franzen, he was a prophet whose writings, though notoriously difficult, speak to 'our own media-saturated, technology-crazed, apocalypse-haunted historical moment'. In this book, he presents the first English translation of Kraus' Heine and the Consequences (1911) and elucidates its context and meaning in copious footnotes.