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  • Aldous Huxleyby Nicholas Murray

    Little, Brown Book Group 2009; US$ 21.99

    The grandson of biologist T. H. Huxley, Aldous Huxley had a privileged background and was educated at Eton and Oxford despite an eye infection that left him nearly blind. Having learned braille his eyesight then improved enough for him to start writing, and by the 1920s he had become a fashionable figure, producing witty and daring novels like CROME... more...

  • The English Opium-Eaterby Robert Morrison

    Orion 2009; US$ 18.99

    Definitive life of the author of CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER, journalist, political commentator and biographer. Thomas De Quincey's friendships with leading poets and men of letters in the Romantic and Victorian periods - including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas Carlyle - have long placed him at the centre of 19th-century... more...

  • Uncommon Arrangementsby Katie Roiphe

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; US$ 13.99

    Drawing on the memoirs, letters and diaries of a group of British intellectuals writing between 1910 and the Second World War, UNCOMMON ARRANGEMENTS paints a witty and insightful portrait of seven 'marriages a la mode', each triumphantly casting off Victorian inhibitions and pursuing bohemian ideals of freedom and equality. But as well as love and... more...

  • Kafkaby Nicholas Murray

    Little, Brown Book Group 2009; US$ 15.99

    This gripping biography of the great Czech novelist, diarist and short story writer chronicles Kafka's entire (if tragically curtailed) life (1883-1924), but it focuses upon the writer's relationship to his father and his inheritance as a member of the Jewish mercantile bourgeoisie in Prague. Born into a German-speaking Jewish family, Kafka was a subject... more...

  • Stieg and Meby Eva Gabrielsson; Marie-Francoise Colombani

    Orion 2011; US$ 9.99

    The poignant account of the 30-year life shared together by Stieg Larsson and Eva Gabrielsson. There is only one person who can tell Stieg Larsson's story other than himself - his lifelong companion and muse, Eva Gabrielsson. Here she tells the story of their 30-year romance, of Stieg's upbringing and early years, and how this shaped his morals... more...

  • Anne Sextonby Arthur Furst

    St. Martin's Press 2001; US$ 6.79

    Striking photos of the alluring, defiant, and mesmerizing poet Anne Sexton-many published for the first time in this exclusive collection-taken during the last summer of her life, before her suicide on October 4, 1974 According to those who knew her best, Anne Sexton was always preparing for her death, almost like an Egyptian queen constructing... more...

  • Women of Mysteryby Martha Hailey DuBose

    St. Martin's Press 2000; US$ 6.79

    In this remarkable book, Martha Hailey DuBose has given those multitudes of readers who love the mystery novel an indispensable addition to their libraries. Unlike other works on the subject, Women of Mystery is not merely a directory of the novelists and their publications with a few biographical details. DuBose combines extensive research into... more...

  • Gigby Simon Armitage

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 14.09

    A poet is a rock star without the sex'n'drugs, or the rock'n'roll. But that never stopped Simon Armitage dreaming, and in Gig , he explores how music and the muse intertwine in work and in life. Crammed with stories, anecdotes, jokes, absurdities, the odd informal homily, pitfalls and pratfalls (not all the author's own), Yorkshire life and death,... more...

  • Beatrix Potterby Linda Lear

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 18.32

    Beatrix Potter's books are adored by millions, but they were just one aspect of an extraordinary life. This captivating biography brings us the passionate, unconventional woman behind the beloved stories: a gifted artist and shrewd businesswoman; a pioneering scientific researcher; a powerful landowner who conserved acres of Lakeland countryside;... more...

  • Virginia Woolfby Julia Briggs

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 15.50

    Virgina Woolf is the greatest of all British women writers and one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century writing. She was a novelist utterly immersed in books, wholly original, passionate, vivid and with a steely dedication to her art. Yet given that what we value about Woolf's life is her nine great novels, most writing about her tends... more...