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Visitors
A Novel
Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78147-9 (0-679-78147-1)

The extraordinary Anita Brookner, praised by The New York Times as "one of the finest novelists of her generation," gives us a brilliant novel about age and awakening. In Visitors, Brookner explores what happens when a woman's quiet resignation to fate is challenged by the arrogance of youth.

Dorothea May is most... Read more >
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The Devil's Footprints

Written by John Burnside


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38582-6 (0-307-38582-5)

A novel of mysterious beauty, The Devil's Footprints explores the elemental forces of everyday life: love, fear, grief, and the hope of redemption.

Michael Gardiner has lived in Coldhaven all his life yet still feels like an outsider. Married but distant from his wife, he discovers that a school friend, Moira Birnie... Read more >
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The Glister

Written by John Burnside


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45533-8 (0-307-45533-5)

Acclaimed author John Burnside delivers a profound, page-turning novel about innocence, evil, morality, and the dark corners of the human psyche.

Mysterious illnesses affect the inhabitants of the post-industrial village of Innertown, and a pervasive sense of malaise hangs everywhere. So when teenage boys disappear into the poisoned woods surrounding the... Read more >
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Angels & Insects
Two Novellas
Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75134-2 (0-679-75134-3)

In these breathtaking novellas, A.S. Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession: the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion. Angels and Insects is "delicate and confidently ironic... Byatt perfectly blends laughter and sympathy [with] extraordinary... Read more >
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Babel Tower

Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1997
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73680-6 (0-679-73680-8)

At the heart of Babel Tower are two law cases, twin strands of the Establishment's web, that shape the story: a painful divorce and custody suit and the prosecution of an "obscene" book. Frederica, the independent young heroine, is involved in both. She startled her intellectual circle of friends by marrying... Read more >
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The Biographer's Tale
A Novel
Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72508-1 (0-375-72508-3)


From the Booker Prize—winning author of Possession comes this erotic, playful, and provocative novel about the collision of art and truth.

Phineas G. Nanson, a disillusioned post-graduate student, decides to leave his abstract studies and pursue a seemingly concrete task: to write a biography of a great biographer. But Phineas quickly... Read more >
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The Children's Book

Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47306-6 (0-307-47306-6)

From the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of Possession: a deeply affecting story of a singular family.

When children’s book author Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a runaway named Philip sketching in the basement of a museum, she takes him into the storybook world of her family and friends. But the joyful bacchanals... Read more >
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The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye

Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76222-5 (0-679-76222-1)

The magnificent title story of this collection of fairy tales for adults describes the strange and uncanny relationship between its extravagantly intelligent heroine--a world renowned scholar of the art of story-telling--and the marvelous being that lives in a mysterious bottle, found in a dusty shop in an Istanbul bazaar. As A.S... Read more >
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The Game
A Novel
Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 10, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74256-2 (0-679-74256-5)

The Game is a lush and disturbing novel portraying a sibling rivalry, which compels the reader to reconsider the uses and misuses of imagination. When they were little girls, Cassandra and Julia played a game in which they entered an alternate world modeled on the landscapes of Arthurian romance. Now the... Read more >
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Little Black Book of Stories

Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7560-7 (1-4000-7560-2)

Like Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, Isak Dinesen and Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt knows that fairy tales are for grownups. And in this ravishing collection she breathes new life into the form.

Little Black Book of Stories offers shivers along with magical thrills. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark... Read more >
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The Matisse Stories

Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76223-2 (0-679-76223-X)

These three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its unexpected proximity to the heart. For if each of A.S. Byatt's narratives is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse, each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling--about the ways in which a glance... Read more >
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Possession

Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73590-8 (0-679-73590-9)

Winner of the Booker Prize

Winner of England's Booker Prize, Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals... Read more >
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Sugar and Other Stories

Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 10, 1992
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74227-2 (0-679-74227-1)

A.S. Byatt's short fictions, collected in paperback for the first time, explore the fragile ties between generations, the dizzying abyss of loss and the elaborate memories we construct against it, resulting in a book that compels us to inhabit other lives and returns us to our own with new knowledge, compassion... Read more >
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Vintage Byatt

Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7745-8 (1-4000-7745-1)

Representing a wide spectrum of some of our most significant modern and contemporary authors, the Vintage Readers offer an attractive, accessible sampling of writing that matters/

“Byatt has . . . a roving imagination; an uncanny ability to create ageless, read-aloud prose . . . and a fascination with the variety and... Read more >
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The Virgin in the Garden
A Novel
Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73829-9 (0-679-73829-0)

The Virgin in the Garden is a wonderfully erudite entertainment in which enlightenment and sexuality, Elizabethan drama and contemporary comedy, intersect richly and unpredictably. Read more >
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A Whistling Woman

Written by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77690-1 (0-679-77690-7)

A Whistling Woman portrays the antic, thrilling, and dangerous period of the late ‘60s as seen through the eyes of a woman whose life is forever changed by her times.

Frederica Potter, a smart, spirited 33-year-old single mother, lucks into a job hosting a groundbreaking television talk show based in London. Meanwhile... Read more >
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Observatory Mansions
A Novel
Written by Edward Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70923-4 (0-375-70923-1)

In this stunning debut novel, English playwright Edward Carey crafts a modern Gothic tale around the crumbling Observatory Mansions and its reclusive, eccentric tenants.

Francis Orme earns his livelihood as a living statue. When not practicing “inner and outer stillness,” Francis steals the cherished possessions of others to add to... Read more >
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The Children's War

Written by Monique Charlesworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3207-5 (1-4000-3207-5)

It is 1939 and thirteen-year-old Ilse, half-Jewish, has been sent out of Germany by her Aryan mother to a place of supposed safety. Her journey takes her from the labyrinthine bazaars of Morocco to Paris, a city made hectic at the threat of Nazi invasion. At the same time in Germany... Read more >
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The Everyman Chesterton

Written by G.K. Chesterton
Edited by Ian Ker
Introduction by Ian Ker


Format: Hardcover, 952 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59497-6 (0-307-59497-1)

The first one-volume reader of the best of G. K. Chesterton’s writing in the full range of genres he mastered.

Chesterton was a towering literary figure of the early twentieth century, accomplished and prolific in many literary forms. A forceful proponent of Christianity and a critic of both conservatism and liberalism, he... Read more >

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A Colossal Wreck
A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, And American Culture
Written by Alexander Cockburn


Format: Hardcover, 498 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-119-0 (1-78168-119-8)

Alexander Cockburn was without question one of the most influential journalists of his generation, whose writing stems from the best tradition of Mark Twain, H.L. Menchken and Tom Paine. Colossal Wreck, his final work, finished shortly before his death in July 2012, exemplifies the prodigious literary brio that made Cockburn’s name.

Whether... Read more >
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The Closed Circle

Written by Jonathan Coe


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71395-8 (0-375-71395-6)

The characters of The Rotters’ Club–Jonathan Coe’s beloved novel of adolescent life in the 1970s–have bartered their innocence for the vengeance of middle age in this incisive portrait of Cool Britannia at the millennium.



“Wonderfully witty and compulsively readable. . . . Often laugh-out-loud funny–but Coe has also fashioned a movingly... Read more >
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The House of Sleep

Written by Jonathan Coe


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70088-0 (0-375-70088-9)

Winner of the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Award in England and the Prix Médicis in France

Like a surreal and highly caffeinated version of The Big Chill, Jonathan Coe's new novel follows four students who knew each other in college in the eighties. Sarah is a narcoleptic who has dreams so vivid... Read more >

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The Rain Before It Falls

Written by Jonathan Coe


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38816-2 (0-307-38816-6)

As a young girl, Rosamond is sent to Shropshire to escape the Blitz. Here, in the countryside, she forms a close bond with her older cousin, Beatrix, a young woman haunted by anger and resentment.

Sixty years later, just before her death, Rosamond records her memories on cassettes, addressing them to a... Read more >
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The Rotters' Club

Written by Jonathan Coe


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71312-5 (0-375-71312-3)

Birmingham, England, c. 1973: industrial strikes, bad pop music, corrosive class warfare, adolescent angst, IRA bombings. Four friends: a class clown who stoops very low for a laugh; a confused artist enthralled by guitar rock; an earnest radical with socialist leanings; and a quiet dreamer obsessed with poetry, God, and the... Read more >
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The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

Written by Jonathan Coe


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74215-5 (0-307-74215-6)

Maxwell Sim can’t seem to make a single meaningful connection. He maintains an e-mail correspondence with his estranged wife, though under a false identity; his incomprehensible teenage daughter prefers her BlackBerry to his conversation; and his childhood best friend refuses to return his calls. In an attempt to get out of... Read more >
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