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  • The Rules of Perspectiveby Adam Thorpe

    Henry Holt and Co. 2013; US$ 7.99

    On April 3, 1945, the advancing American army shells the historic town of Lohenfelde, and the Kaiser-Wilhelm museum. Within the museum's vaults, Heinrich Hoffer is hiding from the bombardment, and trying to keep a priceless Van Gogh from falling into the hands of a rogue Nazi. After the shelling, an American corporal, Neal Parry, finds a beautiful... more...

  • Stillby Adam Thorpe

    Random House 2011; US$ 12.78

    ' outwardly the unfilmable script of a would-be English cineste, one Richard Arthur Thornby currently lecturing in Texas on the cinema. He airs a hypothetical movie of both his own American present and his middle-class English families past. . ' John Fowles more...

  • Pieces Of Lightby Adam Thorpe

    Random House 2011; US$ 11.18

    Hugh Arkwright's remote childhood in the Central African bush, and its sudden disruption, leaves him with a legacy of magic, mystery, and tragic loss. Late in his life, he returns to the gaunt house in Ulverton where he was brought up by his eccentric uncle, and finds that the old ghosts still walk. The more he excavates his own past, the deeper he... more...

  • From The Neanderthalby Adam Thorpe

    Random House 2011; US$ 11.18

    The poems in Adam Thorpe's latest collection are concerned with the continuum between two worlds: the lived present and the felt past. With the attentive care of an archaeologist he uncovers and examines fragments - from a personal history or the historic past - and rebuilds the narrative: a fossil in Hitler's stadium, a wedding photograph, marks... more...

  • Ulvertonby Adam Thorpe

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.38

    At the heart of this novel lies the fictional village of Ulverton. It is the fixed point in a book that spans three hundred years. Different voices tell the story of Ulverton: one of Cromwell's soldiers staggers home to find his wife remarried and promptly disappears, an eighteenth century farmer carries on an affair with a maid under his wife's... more...

  • Voluntaryby Adam Thorpe

    Random House 2012; US$ 15.98

    From an abandoned rowing boat in Estonia full of wild flowers to a swimming pool in the Congo full of drowned insects, Adam Thorpe's new collection takes us on a wide-ranging journey through states of gain and loss, alienation and belonging. In the title poem, the poet disturbs a flock of geese by his mere presence, and one goose takes the wrong... more...

  • Flightby Adam Thorpe

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.38

    Bob Winrush was a freight dog, flying consignments of goods and sometimes people to all the corners of the world.Until, one day, he walked away from a deal that didn't smell right - something a 'freight dog? should never do. Now working as a private pilot for an Emirate prince in Dubai, he finds that moment of refusal catching up with... more...

  • Nine Lessons From The Darkby Adam Thorpe

    Random House 2013; US$ 14.38

    Adam Thorpe's fourth collection continues his engagement with history: the living continuum that connects us with our near and distant past, nourishing and illuminating our present. Here are traces left of presence: Indian scratchings on rock, the nail-marks of destroyed frescoes, spoken fragments of war memories - petroglyphs that function as both... more...

  • Is This The Way You Said?by Adam Thorpe

    Random House 2010; US$ 12.78

    Celebrated as a novelist of breathtaking historical range and depth, Adam Thorpe is also an accomplished and celebrated writer of short fiction, and the stories collected here show his deftness with character, his enormous versatility of voice. In the title story, an expectant first-time novelist meets the publisher who has asked him to... more...

  • Birds With A Broken Wingby Adam Thorpe

    Random House 2010; US$ 14.38

    Adam Thorpe's fifth collection finds purpose in the discarded, the secretive, the failed. Juxtaposing creation and destruction, hope and grief - a small boy deep down a lead mine; an unlit, nocturnal path set against the 'insomniac' motorway; industrialised apples against wrinkled windfalls - his poems argue for bewilderment and 'the slight bruise... more...