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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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The Winshaw Legacy
or, What a Carve Up!
Written by Jonathan Coe


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 1996
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75405-3 (0-679-75405-9)

If Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie had ever managed to collaborate, they might have produced this shamelessly entertaining novel, which introduces readers to what may be the most powerful family in England—and is certainly the vilest. A tour de force of menace, malicious comedy, and torrential social bile, this book marks... Read more >

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The Letters of Noel Coward

Written by Noel Coward
Edited by Barry Day


Format: Trade Paperback, 804 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39100-1 (0-307-39100-0)

Lavishly illustrated and annotated, this definitive collection of letters to and from Noël Coward provides a portrait of an age, from the Blitz to the Ritz and beyond.

Granted unlimited access to the Coward archive, Barry Day gathers correspondence between the incomparable Noël and his friends and enemies, the famous and infamous... Read more >
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The Noel Coward Reader

Written by Noel Coward
Edited by Barry Day


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47487-2 (0-307-47487-9)

The Noël Coward Reader offers a wonderfully wide-ranging selection—the first of its kind—of the best of the Master’s oeuvre, entertainingly annotated and abundantly illustrated, and including material that has never before been published.

Here are scenes from Coward’s famous plays, from Private Lives to Blithe Spirit, and his screenplays, from Brief Encounter... Read more >

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All that Follows

Written by Jim Crace


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27896-8 (0-307-27896-4)

Critically acclaimed author Jim Crace returns with a masterful and tender new novel that explores the improvisational power of jazz and the complexities of love and violence.

Leonard Lessing is a British jazz musician whose life has become largely predictable and stagnant. While watching the news one night he recognizes a... Read more >

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Harvest

Written by Jim Crace


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 20, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27897-5 (0-307-27897-2)

Shortlisted for the Man-Booker Prize

On the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner's table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.

One smoke column... Read more >
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In a Dark Wood
A Novel
Written by Amanda Craig


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72117-2 (0-385-72117-X)

Thirty-nine, recently divorced, jobless, Benedick Hunter is an actor heading in the exact opposite direction of happily ever after: everything from spending time with his own children to the prospect of dating brings him down. So when he comes across a children's book his mother Laura wrote, he decides that her... Read more >
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The Best of Roald Dahl

Written by Roald Dahl


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72991-4 (0-679-72991-7)

This collection brings together Dahl's finest work, illustrating his genius for the horrific and grotesque which is unparalleled.

"Dahl has the mastery of plot and characters possessed by great writers of the past, along with a wildness and wryness of his own. One of his trademarks is writing beautifully about the... Read more >

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Collected Stories

Written by Roald Dahl


Format: Hardcover, 888 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26490-9 (0-307-26490-4)

The only hardcover edition of Roald Dahl’s stories for adults, the Collected Stories amply showcases his singular gifts as a fabulist and a born storyteller.

Later known for his immortal children’s books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG, Dahl also had a genius for... Read more >

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Tales of the Unexpected

Written by Roald Dahl


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72989-1 (0-679-72989-5)

This collection of stories showcases Roald Dahl’s vivid imagination as he introduces readers to a new sense of what lurks beneath the ordinary. Read more >

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Birds Without Wings

Written by Louis de Bernieres


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7932-2 (1-4000-7932-2)

Birds Without Wings traces the fortunes of one small community in southwest Turkey (Anatolia) in the early part of the last century — a quirky community in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully over the centuries and where friendship, even love, has transcended religious differences.

But with the... Read more >

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Corelli's Mandolin
A Novel
Written by Louis de Bernieres


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76397-0 (0-679-76397-X)

Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, Corelli's Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from his... Read more >
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A Partisan's Daughter

Written by Louis de Bernieres


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38914-5 (0-307-38914-6)

England, late 1970s. Forty-something Chris is trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. Roza, in her twenties, the daughter of one of Tito’s partisans, has only recently moved to London from Yugoslavia. One evening, Chris mistakes her for a prostitute and propositions her. Instead of being offended, she gets into his car... Read more >
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Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord

Written by Louis de Bernieres


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70014-9 (0-375-70014-5)

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The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts

Written by Louis de Bernieres


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 29, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70013-2 (0-375-70013-7)

This rambunctious first novel by the author of the bestselling Corelli's Mandolin is set in an impoverished, violent, yet ravishingly beautiful country somewhere in South America. When the haughty Dona Constanza decides to divert a river to fill her swimming pool, the consequences are at once tragic, heroic, and outrageously funny.

"Walks... Read more >
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The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Movie Tie-in Edition)
An Adventure with Scientists & An Adventure with Ahab
Written by Gideon Defoe


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80248-4 (0-345-80248-9)

Adventure? Yes, more than one! Derring-do? Yes! Storms? Sea monsters? Rival pirates? Of course! Cameos by frequently anachronistic historical figures? You betcha! All that and more.

Not since Moby-Dick. . . . No, not since Treasure Island. . . . Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a group... Read more >
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The Pirates! An Adventure with Scientists & An Adventure with Ahab

Written by Gideon Defoe


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 20, 2006
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7750-2 (1-4000-7750-8)

The first two books in Gideon Defoe’s laugh-out-loud series The Pirates! are now combined, back-to-back, in a specially designed paperback.

In an Adventure with Scientists
, featuring the greatest sea-faring hero of all time, the immortal Pirate Captain, while searching for some major pirate booty, mistakenly attacks the young Charles Darwin's Beagle... Read more >

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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists
A Novel
Written by Gideon Defoe


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27491-5 (0-307-27491-8)

London, 1840: Wagner's latest opera plays to packed houses while disgruntled workers gather in crowded pubs to eat ice cream and plan the downfall of the bourgeoisie. Meanwhile, the Pirate Captain finds himself incarcerated at Scotland Yard, in a case of mistaken identity.

Discovering that his doppelgänger is none other than Karl... Read more >
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The Last Werewolf

Written by Glen Duncan


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74217-9 (0-307-74217-2)

Glen Duncan delivers a powerful, sexy new version of the werewolf legend, a riveting and monstrous thriller brilliance—with a profoundly human heart.

Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf. Now just over 200 years old, Jake has an insatiable appreciation for good scotch, books, and the pleasures of the flesh, with a voracious... Read more >

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Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Written by Geoff Dyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39030-1 (0-307-39030-6)

In Venice, Jeff Atman, a jaded, bellini-swigging journalist meets a beautiful woman at the Bienalle and embarks on a drug-soaked, sex-filled, life-changing affair.

In Varanasi, an unnamed journalist (who may or may not be Jeff) joins thousands of pilgrims on the banks of the holy Ganges. He intends to stay for... Read more >
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The Siege of Krishnapur, Troubles

Written by J.G. Farrell
Introduction by John Sutherland


Format: Hardcover, 728 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95784-9 (0-307-95784-5)

Two stunning, Booker Prize-winning historical novels that vividly chronicle the crumbling edges of the British Empire in India and Ireland—in one Contemporary Classics hardcover.

Inspired by historical events, The Siege of Krishnapur is the mesmerizing tale of a British outpost, under siege during the Indian Mutiny of 1857, whose residents find their... Read more >

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Birdsong
A Novel of Love and War
Written by Sebastian Faulks


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77681-9 (0-679-77681-8)

Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and enters the dark, surreal... Read more >
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Charlotte Gray

Written by Sebastian Faulks


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 11, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70455-0 (0-375-70455-8)

From the bestselling author of Birdsong comes Charlotte Gray, the remarkable story of a young Scottish woman who becomes caught up in the effort to liberate Occupied France from the Nazis while pursuing a perilous mission of her own.

In blacked-out, wartime London, Charlotte Gray develops a dangerous passion for a battle-weary... Read more >
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