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Penelope Fitzgerald
A Life
Written by Hermione Lee


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-35234-5 (0-385-35234-4)

The acclaimed biographer of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf gives us a vivid, intimate, and critically acute portrait of one of the finest and most understated novelists of the twentieth century.

Penelope Fitzgerald was a great English writer-many say the greatest in recent years-whose career didn't begin until she was nearly sixty... Read more >
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Penelope Fitzgerald
A Life
Written by Hermione Lee


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-35235-2 (0-385-35235-2)

The acclaimed biographer of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf gives us an intimate portrait of one of the most quietly brilliant novelists of the twentieth century.

Penelope Fitzgerald was a great English writer whose career didn't begin until she was nearly sixty. She would go on to win some of the most... Read more >
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Briefing for a Descent Into Hell

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39061-5 (0-307-39061-6)

In this ambitious novel of madness and release, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Doris Lessing imagines the fantastical "inner-space" life of an amnesiac.

Charles Watkins, a Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, has suffered a breakdown, confined to a mental hospital as his friends and doctors attempt to bring him back to... Read more >

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The Fifth Child

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72182-6 (0-679-72182-7)

A self-satisfied couple intent on raising a happy family is shocked by the birth of an abnormal and brutal fifth child.

Doris Lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality. Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of... Read more >
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The Good Terrorist

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38996-1 (0-307-38996-0)

The Good Terrorist follows Alice Mellings, a woman who transforms her home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. As Alice struggles to bridge her ideology and her bourgeois upbringing, her companions encounter unexpected challenges in their quest to incite social change against complacency... Read more >
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The Memoirs of a Survivor

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75759-9 (0-394-75759-9)

In a beleaguered city where rats and roving gangs terrorize the streets, where government has broken down and meaningless violence holds sway, a woman — middle-aged and middle-class — is brought a twelve-year-old girl and told that it is her responsibility to raise the child. This book, which the author has... Read more >

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Shikasta
Re, Colonised Planet 5
Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1981
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74977-8 (0-394-74977-4)

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Stories

Written by Doris Lessing
Introduction by Margaret Drabble


Format: Hardcover, 696 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26988-1 (0-307-26988-4)

This wide-ranging collection of the stories by the renowned Nobel Laureate—spanning more than two decades of her astonishing career—highlights her singular gifts for portraying the complex lives of men and women in a modern, often alienating world.

Included are seminal stories like “To Room Nineteen,” in which a woman reacts against the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Stories

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1980
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74249-6 (0-394-74249-4)

All of Doris Lessing's short fiction other than the stories set in Africa. Read more >
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The Summer Before the Dark

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39062-2 (0-307-39062-4)

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's classic novel of the pivotal summer in one woman's life is a brilliant excursion into the terrifying gulf between youth and old age.

As the summer begins, Kate Brown—attractive, intelligent, forty-five, happily married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children—has no reason to expect... Read more >
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Too Beautiful for You
A Novel
Written by Rod Liddle


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7813-4 (1-4000-7813-X)

An ambitious fiction debut filled with lust, longing, and moral depravity.

The tales in Too Beautiful for You, Rod Liddle’s dazzling debut, sweep readers into the lives of characters whose sexual frustrations and deviant desires lead them to the very edge of acceptable behavior—and sometimes way beyond.

In a mischievous, macabre tale about... Read more >
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The Last Detective

Written by Peter Lovesey


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: May 31, 2011
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-61695-081-1 (1-61695-081-1)

A nude female corpse has been found floating in a large reservoir just south of Bristol. In order to solve the mystery of the “Lady in the Lake,” Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must locate two missing letters attributed to Jane Austen and defy his superiors on the force to save a... Read more >
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History of a Pleasure Seeker

Written by Richard Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94928-8 (0-307-94928-1)

Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. When his mother dies, Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe's leading hotelier—a child who refuses to leave his family’s mansion on one of Amsterdam’s grandest canals. As Piet enters this... Read more >
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Natural Elements

Written by Richard Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38732-5 (0-307-38732-1)

In this moving, layered novel of memory and family, celebrated author Richard Mason tells the story of a mother and daughter, one caught in the past, one racing toward the future.

Joan is eighty years old, a gifted amateur pianist who can no longer play because of her arthritic hands. Joan’s daughter... Read more >
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In the Country of Men

Written by Hisham Matar


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: February 26, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34043-4 (0-385-34043-5)

Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Europe and South Asia

2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

2006 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

On a white-hot day in Tripoli, Libya, in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman is shopping in the market square with his mother. His father is away on business except that he is sure that... Read more >
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The Skeptical Romancer
Selected Travel Writing
Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Edited by Pico Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27212-6 (0-307-27212-5)

W. Somerset Maugham was one of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, and his travel writing has long been considered among his finest work. Now, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer maps out a masterful tour of these vivid, evocative pieces that are collected here for the first time.

Maugham worked as... Read more >
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The Glass Room

Written by Simon Mawer


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 20, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-396-5 (1-59051-396-7)

A 2009 Best Book by The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, London Evening Standard, The Observer, and Slate.com

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Honeymooners Viktor and Liesel Landauer are filled with the optimism and cultural vibrancy of central Europe of the 1920s when they meet modernist architect Rainer von... Read more >
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Trapeze

Written by Simon Mawer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-527-3 (1-59051-527-7)

Barely out of school and doing her bit for the British war effort, Marian Sutro has one quality that makes her stand out–she is a native French speaker. It is this that attracts the attention of the SOE, the Special Operations Executive, which trains agents to operate in occupied Europe. Drawn... Read more >
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Anything Considered
A Novel
Written by Peter Mayle


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 3, 2013
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-79193-1 (0-307-79193-9)

Bennett is an English expatriate living in France with a champagne taste and a beer bankroll. Happy-go-lucky and a bit roguish, he places an ad in the International Herald Tribune offering his services—any services. He pursues a response from a wealthy Englishman named Julian Poe who has developed a means of... Read more >
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Chasing Cezanne
A Novel
Written by Peter Mayle


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 3, 2013
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-79196-2 (0-307-79196-3)

Hanky-panky on the international art scene is the source of the hilarity and fizz in Peter Mayle's new novel. He flies us back to the south of France (a region some readers of his irresistible best-sellers believe him to have invented), on a wild chase through galleries, homes of prominent collectors... Read more >
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Hotel Pastis
A Novel of Provence
Written by Peter Mayle


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 3, 2013
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-79191-7 (0-307-79191-2)

Having delighted millions of Americans with A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence, Peter Mayle treats us to a wonderfully entertaining novel of escape, romance and adventure. played in the landscape he has made so irresistible.

Simon Shaw, a forty-two-year-old advertising tycoon, worn down by insatiable clients and a rapacious ex-wife, wants... Read more >
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The Spoiler

Written by Annalena McAfee


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80388-7 (0-345-80388-4)

A deft and impressive debut novel—a dark hyper-comedy—set in London in the late 1990s during the height of the newspaper wars just before the dot-com tidal wave.

Honor Tait, a legendary prize-winning war correspondent (called in her day "The Newsroom Dietrich" because of her luminescent beauty) is now in her eighties and... Read more >
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44 Scotland Street
A 44 Scotland Street Novel (1)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7944-5 (1-4000-7944-6)

Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below... Read more >
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At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances
A Professor Dr von Igelfeld Entertainment Novel (3)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9509-4 (1-4000-9509-3)

A deliciously entertaining new series by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

The many fans of Precious Ramotswe will find further cause for celebration in the protagonist of Alexander McCall Smith’s irresistibly funny trilogy, the eminent (if shamefully under-read) philologist Professor Dr. Mortiz-Maria von Igelfeld of the... Read more >
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Bertie Plays the Blues
A 44 Scotland Street Novel (7)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94849-6 (0-307-94849-8)

The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring seven-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.

If you haven’t met the residents of 44 Scotland Street yet, there is no better time... Read more >
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