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  • Philip Larkin: Letters to Monicaby Philip Larkin; Anthony Thwaite

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 18.94

    Philip Larkin met Monica Jones at University College Leicester in autumn 1946, when they were both twenty-four; he was the newly-appointed assistant librarian and she was an English lecturer. In 1950 Larkin moved to Belfast, and thence to Hull, while Monica remained in Leicester, becoming by turns his correspondent, lover and closest confidante, in... more...

  • Enlightening: Letters 1946 - 1960by Isaiah Berlin

    Random House 2012; US$ 28.22

    'People are my landscape', Isaiah Berlin liked to say, and nowhere is the truth of this observation more evident than in his letters. He is a fascinated watcher of human beings in all their variety, and revels in describing them to his many correspondents. His letters combine ironic social comedy and a passionate concern for individual freedom. His... more...

  • Neglected Geniusby John Jolliffe

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 20.40

    The journal of Benjamin Haydon was, Max Beerbohm reported to Siegfried Sassoon, the best diary Beerbohm had ever read. Harold Acton declared Haydon 'a more exciting figure than Ruskin.' H.H. Asquith compared him favourably with Rousseau, while Aldous Huxley declared that 'Never was anyone more clearly cut out to be an author.' Today Haydon's portraits... more...

  • Here and Nowby Paul Auster; J. M. Coetzee

    Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 13.99

    ?[A] civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men. . . . It?s a pleasure to be in their company.? ?Michael Dirda, The Washington Post After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might... more...

  • Marblesby James Guida

    Turtle Point Press 2009; US$ 14.95

    This young author revives an old form, the aphorism, in ways sardonic, topical, and thought-provoking. more...

  • The Yage Lettersby Allen Ginsberg; Oliver Harris; William S Burroughs

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    William Burroughs closed his classic debut novel, Junky , by saying he had determined to search out a drug he called 'Yage' which he believed transmitted telepathic powers, a drug that could be 'the final fix'. In The Yage Letters - a mix of travel writing, satire, psychedelia and epistolary novel - he journeys through South America, writing to... more...

  • Notes to my Mother-in-Lawby Phyllida Law

    HarperCollins Publishers 2009; Not Available

    ?My mother-in-law Annie lived with us for 17 years and was picture-book perfect.? more...

  • The Lost Diariesby Craig Brown

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; Not Available

    The Lost Diaries is a wide-ranging anthology of the world's greatest diarists, each of them channelled onto paper through the considerable psychic force that is Craig Brown. more...

  • Oscar Wilde: A Life in Lettersby Merlin Holland; Oscar Wilde

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; Not Available

    Wilde the writer is known to us from his plays and prose fiction, but apparently it was in his conversation that his genius reached its summit. His talk is lost and his autobiography was never written, but his letters reveal him at his spontaneous, sparkling best. more...

  • Kenneth Williams Unseen: The private notes, scripts and photographsby Wes Butters; Russell Davies

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; Not Available

    To mark the 20th anniversary of Kenneth Williams? death, a beautiful coffee table book celebrating his life, including never-before-seen photographs, sketches and personal testimony from Williams? closest friends, for the very first time. more...