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  • At the End of Darwin Roadby Fiona Kidman

    Penguin Random House New Zealand 2011; US$ 15.15

    An evocative memoir about the emergence of a pre-eminent writer in a changing world 'What I have to tell is largely a personal narrative about how I came to inhabit a fictional world' This absorbing memoir explores the first half of writer Fiona Kidman's life, notably in Kerikeri amid the 'sharp citric scent of orange groves, bright heat and . .... more...

  • My Life as Author and Editorby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 25.00

    H. L. Mencken stipulated that this memoir remain sealed in a vault for thirty-five years after his death. For good reason: My Life as Author and Editor is so telling and uproariously opinionated that is might have provoked a storm of libel suits. As he recounts his career as a critic, essayist, and editor of the ground-breaking magazine Smart Set... more...

  • Conan Doyleby Andrew Lycett

    Orion 2011; US$ 15.99

    Ground-breaking biography of the creator of fiction's best loved detective Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's name is recognised the world over, for decades he was overshadowed by his creation, Sherlock Holmes - one of literature's most enduring characters. Conan Doyle was a man of many contradictions. Romantic, energetic, idealistic and upstanding,... more...

  • Diaries, 1984-1997by James Lees-Milne; Michael Bloch

    Hodder & Stoughton 2011; US$ 18.99

    This final compilation from James Lees-Milne's celebrated diaries covers the last fourteen years of his life, when he was living on the Duke of Beaufort's Badminton estate. Old age and infirmity have not dimmed his sharpness, literary skill or interest in the world around him, and his reflection on people, places and experiences are as vivid as ever.... more...

  • Isaac B. Singerby Florence Noiville; Catherine Temerson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006; US$ 6.79

    Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991) is widely recognized as the most popular Yiddish writer of the twentieth century. His translated body of work, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978, is beloved around the world. But although Singer was a very public and outgoing figure, much about his personal life remains unknown. In Isaac... more...

  • James Joyceby Gordon Bowker

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 15.40

    A revealing new biography—the first in more than fifty years—of one of the twentieth-century's towering literary figures James Joyce is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, his novels and stories foundational in the history of literary modernism. Yet Joyce's genius was by no means immediately recognized, nor was his success easily... more...

  • A Second Windby Philippe Pozzo di Borgo

    Atria Books 2012; US$ 3.99

    Soon to be a major motion picture— The Upside— starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman. Born with wealth and privilege, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not generally someone in the habit of asking for help. Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis of a terminal illness, a paragliding accident left him a quadriplegic.... more...

  • The Life Of Margaret Laurenceby James King

    Knopf Canada 2012; US$ 18.00

    The magnificent and long-awaited biography of the beloved writer who gave us the Manawaka novels, including The Diviners and The Stone Angel . From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • Edmund Wilsonby Lewis M. Dabney

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 6.79

    From the Jazz Age through the McCarthy era, Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) stood at the center of the American cultural scene. In his own youth a crucial champion of the young Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wilson went on to write three classics of literary and intellectual history ( Axel's Castle , To the Finland Station , and Patriotic Gore... more...

  • 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...