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  • Philip Larkin, the Marvell Press and Meby Jean Hartley

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 20.41

    First published in 1989 Philip Larkin, the Marvell Press, and Me is the story of how this small publishing company became a chapter in literary history when, in 1955, the then novice publishers, of which Jean Hartley was one, were entrusted with the manuscript of Larkin's The Less Deceived . The Less Deceived , Larkin's second collection, contained... more...

  • W. H. Audenby Humphrey Carpenter

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 21.87

    W. H. Auden disapproved of literary biography. Or did he? The truth is far more equivocal than at first seems apparent. There is no denying he delivered himself of such unambiguous pronouncements as 'Biographies of writers are always superfluous and usually in bad taste.'; and that he asked for his friends to burn his letters at his death, but, against... more...

  • Autobiographies IIIby Sean O'Casey

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 16.03

    'I thought that no man liveth and dieth to himself, so I put behind what I thought and what I did the panorama of the world I lived in - the things that made me.' Sean O'Casey, 1948 Sean O'Casey's six-part Autobiography, originally published between 1939 and 1955, is an eloquently comprehensive self-portrait of an artist's life and times, unsurpassed... more...

  • Charles Bukowskiby Howard Sounes

    Canongate Books 1999; US$ 13.29

    Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life is the classic biography of Charles Bukowski, the hard-drinking barfly whose semi-autobiographical books about low-life America made him a cult figure across the globe. Extensive original research and unique contributions from friends, family and associates ? including Mickey Rourke, Robert Crumb, Sean Penn, Norman... more...

  • Searching For The Secret Riverby Kate Grenville

    Canongate Books 2007; US$ 14.13

    Kate Grenville's The Secret River was one of the most loved novels of 2006. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize and awarded the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the story of William Thornhill and his journey from London to the other side of the world has moved and exhilarated hundreds of thousands of readers. Searching for the Secret River tells the story... more...

  • A Childhood In Scotlandby Christian Miller

    Canongate Books 2010; US$ 9.96

    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 same time deprived upper-class childhood in a castle in Scotland.Through the eye and ears of a 1920s child who seems to have seen and heard everything... more...

  • The Quivering Treeby S. T. Haymon

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 7.43

    In The Quivering Tree , Sylvia Haymon continues the poignant and perceptive memoirs she began in her acclaimed Opposite the Cross Keys. Following her father?s death and her mother?s subsequent decision to move from East Anglia to London, twelve-year-old Sylvia discovers independence for the first time when she becomes a boarder at the home of two... more...

  • Opposite the Cross Keysby S. T. Haymon

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 7.43

    ?I stood outside the Cross Keys feeling the way I imagine the Pope feels when he arrives in a new country and the first thing he does is go down on his kneeds and kiss the ground: humble and at the same time triumphant.? Great writing about childhood can do much more than evoke a particular time and place; it can illuminate the universal experience... more...

  • Subterranean Kerouacby Ellis Amburn

    St. Martin's Press 1999; US$ 6.79

    Drawing upon original interviews and his own relationship with Kerouac, Ellis Amburn reveals an inner man who has not appeared in any previous biography-a man torn by his conflicting desires and beliefs. Subterranean Kerouac has been singled out as one of the most significant biographies to appear in years, and it shows how Kerouac struggled throughout... more...

  • Amis & Sonby Neil Powell

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 12.40

    Two of the most successful British novelists of the last fifty years, Kingsley and Martin Amis are both known for their savage wit and their indifference to causing controversy. In his critical biography, Neil Powell looks at the careers of these two very divisive, and hugely talented writers: how they were formed by their upbringings, developed... more...