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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
A Novel
Written by David Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7636-6 (0-8129-7636-3)

The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the Japanese Empire’s single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, and costly courtesans comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout young clerk who has five years... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
A Novel
Written by David Mitchell


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6545-5 (1-4000-6545-3)

In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the most influential novelists in the world. He has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. The New York Times Book Review called him simply “a genius.” Now David Mitchell lends fresh credence to The Guardian’s claim that “each of his books... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Written by Brian Moore
Afterword by Mary Gordon


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-349-7 (1-59017-349-X)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is an unflinching and deeply sympathetic portrait of a woman destroyed by self and circumstance. First published in 1955, it marked Brian Moore as a major figure in English literature (he would go on to be short-listed three times for the Booker Prize) and established... Read more >
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The Mangan Inheritance

Written by Brian Moore
Introduction by Christopher Ricks


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-448-7 (1-59017-448-8)

James Mangan is adrift. He has lived in the shadow of his brilliant movie-star wife for years and now she has finally dispensed with him. Then he comes across an old daguerreotype of a man bearing a remarkable resemblance to him. Is it in fact a photograph of the great 19th-century... Read more >
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Essays

Written by George Orwell


Format: Hardcover, 1416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41503-6 (0-375-41503-3)

The most generous and varied single volume selection available of the literary and political writings of one of our greatest essayists of the twentieth century. In these 240 plus essays, Orwell elevated political writing to the level of art, and his motivating ideas–his desire for social justice, his belief in universal... Read more >

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Essential Stories

Written by V.S. Pritchett
Edited by Jeremy Treglown


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7294-8 (0-8129-7294-5)

“In his daily walks through London,” notes Jeremy Treglown in his Introduction to this collection, “Pritchett watched and listened to people as a naturalist observes wild creatures and birds. He knew that oddity is the norm, not the exception.” This finely attuned sense, coupled with an understanding that nothing in life... Read more >
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Mr. Beluncle
A Novel
Written by V.S. Pritchett
Introduction by Darin Strauss


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7379-2 (0-8129-7379-8)

“Like most great comedy,” writes Darin Strauss in his Introduction, “Mr. Beluncle makes sport of the Stuffed Shirt, the Hypocritical Pious Gentleman, and the Tyrant, as well as the Big Spender–and all these descriptions fit a single character: Mr. Beluncle himself.” One of V. S. Pritchett’s most enduring characters, Mr. Beluncle... Read more >
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King Lear

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6911-5 (0-8129-6911-1)

King Lear is Shakespeare’s bleakest and profoundest tragedy, a searing dramatization of humankind at the edge of apocalypse that explores the family and the nature of being with passion, poetry, and dark humor.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a paperback.

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Samuel Pepys
The Unequalled Self
Written by Claire Tomalin


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72553-1 (0-375-72553-9)

For a decade, beginning in 1660, an ambitious young London civil servant kept an astonishingly candid account of his life during one of the most defining periods in British history. In Samuel Pepys, Claire Tomalin offers us a fully realized and richly nuanced portrait of this man, whose inadvertent masterpiece would... Read more >
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The Enchanted April

Written by Elizabeth von Arnim
Introduction by Cathleen Schine


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 3, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-225-4 (1-59017-225-6)

The four women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other–and the castle of their dreams–through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they don’t anticipate that... Read more >
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The Canterbury Tales
A Prose Version in Modern English
Written by David Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74353-4 (0-307-74353-5)

David Wright’s classic translation brings Chaucer’s masterpiece of Middle English storytelling into clear modern prose. The Canterbury Tales has entertained readers for centuries, with its comic animal fables, moral allegories, miniature epics of courtly love, and rollicking erotic farces that bring fourteenth-century England to life on every page. The gloriously varied... Read more >

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The Complete Fiction

Written by Francis Wyndham
Introduction by Alan Hollinghurst


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-312-1 (1-59017-312-0)

In his more than eighty years, Francis Wyndham has published very little—one novella and two collections of stories—but his is one of the most individual and compelling bodies of work by a contemporary English writer. As Alan Hollinghurst has said, Wyndham’s fiction stands in the tradition of social comedy that goes... Read more >
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