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  • Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasureby John Cleland; Peter Wagner

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 11.27

    Forced by the death of her parents to seek her fortune in London, Fanny Hill is duped into prostitution by an old procuress. In Mrs Brown's bawdy-house the na´ve young woman begins her sexual initiation - progressing from innocence to curiosity and desire - and soon embarks on her own path in pursuit of pleasure, until she at last finds true love.... more...

  • Alone in Berlinby Hans Fallada; Michael Hofmann

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 11.27

    Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed... more...

  • Under the Volcanoby Malcolm Lowry; Michael Schmidt

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 11.27

    It is the Day of the Dead. The fiesta in full swing. In the shadow of Popocatepeti ragged children beg coins to buy skulls made of chocolate...and the ugly pariah dogs roam the streets. Geoffrey Firmin, HM ex-consul, is drowning himself in liquor and Mescal, while his ex-wife and half brother look on powerless to help him. As the day wears on, it becomes... more...

  • White Noiseby Don DeLillo

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 8.51

    ?An extraordinarily funny book on a serious subject, effortlessly combining social comedy, disaster, fiction and philosophy . . . hilariously, and grimly, successful? Daily Telegraph Jack Gladney is the creator and chairman of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill. This is the story of his absurd life; a life that is going well enough, until... more...

  • Between The Actsby Virginia Woolf; Jackie Kay; Lisa Jardine

    Random House 2012; US$ 5.99

    WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY JACKIE KAY AND LISA JARDINE A village pageant is to take place at Pointz Hall, the country home of the Oliver family for time beyond memory. Written and directed by the energetic Miss La Trobe, the pageant will take in the history of England from the Middle Ages. The past blends with the present and art blends with life in a... more...

  • Lord of the Fliesby William Golding

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 13.11

    A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed... more...

  • The Man in the High Castleby Philip K. Dick; Eric Brown

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 12.68

    NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES 'Truth, she thought. As terrible as death. But harder to find.' America, fifteen years after the end of the Second World War. The winning Axis powers have divided their spoils: the Nazis control New York, while California is ruled by the Japanese. But between these two states - locked in a cold war - lies a neutal... more...

  • The Strangerby Albert Camus

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 13.95

    Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward. more...

  • The Secret Houseby Edgar Wallace

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    What if the head honcho of one of the country's most lurid gossip rags was suspected of running a very lucrative sideline in extortion of the wealthy and powerful? That's exactly what appears to be the case in The Secret House, a satisfyingly complex tale of treachery, titillation and good, solid detective work. more...

  • An Unsuitable Attachmentby Barbara Pym

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 4.86

    Set in St Basil?s, an undistinguished North London parish, An Unsuitable Attachment is indeed full of the high comedy for which Barbara Pym is famed. There is Mark Ainger, the vicar, who introduces his sermons with remarks like ?Those of you who are familiar with the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.? His wife Sophia with her cat, ?I feel sometimes... more...