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  • Giving Up the Ghostby Hilary Mantel

    Henry Holt and Co. 2004; US$ 12.60

    In postwar rural England, Hilary Mantel is a fierce, self-possessed child, schooling herself in "chivalry, horsemanship, and swordplay" and convinced that she will become a boy at age four. Catholic school comes as a rude distraction from her rich inner life. At home, where fathers and stepfathers come and go at strange, overlapping intervals, the... 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...

  • CLINGING TO THE WRECKAGEby John Mortimer

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 14.09

    Clinging to the Wreckage is the first part of John Mortimer's acclaimed autobiography. Here he recounts his solitary childhood in the English countryside, with affectionate portraits of his remote parents - an increasingly unconventional barrister father, whose blindness must never be mentioned, battling earwigs in the mutinous garden, and a vague... more...

  • The Green Foolby Patrick Kavanagh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 18.32

    Time hardly mattered in the village of Mucker, the birthplace of poet and writer Patrick Kavanagh. Full of wry humour, Kavanagh?s unsentimental and evocative account of his Irish rural upbringing describes a patriarchal society surviving on the edge of poverty, sustained by the land and an insatiable love of gossip. There are tales of schoolboy skirmishes,... more...

  • Black Sunby Geoffrey Wolff; Geoffrey Wolff

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 22.95

    Includes an afterword by the author . Harry Crosby was the godson of J. P. Morgan and a friend of Ernest Hemingway. Living in Paris in the twenties and directing the Black Sun Press, which published James Joyce among others, Crosby was at the center of the wild life of the lost generation. Drugs, drink, sex, gambling, the deliberate derangement... more...

  • Here Be Dragonsby Peter C. Newman

    McClelland & Stewart 2011; US$ 21.95

    The #1 national bestseller now revised and updated with a new Epilogue. Now aged 75, Peter C. Newman at last tells the story of his stranger-than-fiction life. Try to keep up as we follow his many lives: as a pampered child in a Czech chateau; a Jewish kid in short pants being machine-gunned by Nazi fighter planes on the beach at Biarritz, en route... more...