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The Pregnant Widow

Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9598-8 (1-4000-9598-0)

A riotous, bitingly funny, and supremely clever novel from one of our most distinctive voices in the English language.

The year is 1970, and Keith Nearing, a twenty-year-old literature student, is spending his summer vacation in a castle on a mountainside in Italy. The Sexual Revolution is in full-swing—a historical moment... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Pregnant Widow

Written by Martin Amis


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4452-8 (1-4000-4452-9)

The year is 1970, and the youth of Europe are in the chaotic, ecstatic throes of the sexual revolution. Though blindly dedicated to the cause, its nubile foot soldiers have yet to realize this disturbing truth: that between the death of one social order and the birth of another, there exists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Rachel Papers

Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73458-1 (0-679-73458-9)

In Amis's first novel, he gives us one of the most noxiously believable--and curiously touching--adolescents ever to sniffle and lust his way through the pages of contemporary fiction. On the brink of twenty, Charles Highway preps desultorily for Oxford, cheerfully loathes his father, and meticulously plots the seduction of a girl... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Second Plane
September 11: Terror and Boredom
Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9600-8 (1-4000-9600-6)

A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Martin Amis here gathers fourteen pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time.

At the heart of this collection is the long essay “Terror and Boredom,” an unsparing analysis of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Success

Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73448-2 (0-679-73448-1)

In Success Amis pens a mismatched pair of foster brothers--one "a quivering condom of neurosis and ineptitude," the other a "bundle of contempt, vanity and stock-response"--in a single London flat. He binds them with ties of class hatred, sexual rivalry, and disappointed love, and throws in a disloyal girlfriend and a... Read more >
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Time's Arrow

Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73572-4 (0-679-73572-0)

In Time's Arrow the doctor Tod T. Friendly dies and then feels markedly better, breaks up with his lovers as a prelude to seducing them, and mangles his patients before he sends them home. And all the while Tod's life races backward toward the one appalling moment in modern history when... Read more >
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Vintage Amis

Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3399-7 (1-4000-3399-3)

“Amis throws off more provocative ideas and images in a single paragraph than most writers get into complete novels.” —The Seattle Times

Martin Amis’s brilliant wit and unique perceptions are fully displayed in an excerpt from his memoir, Experience; the “Horrorday” chapter from London Fields; the stories “State of England,” “Insight at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Yellow Dog

Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7727-4 (1-4000-7727-3)

Brilliant, painful, dazzling, and funny as hell, Yellow Dog is Martin Amis’ highly anticipated first novel in seven years and a stunning return to the fictional form.

When “dream husband” Xan Meo is vengefully assaulted in the garden of a London pub, he suffers head injury, and personality change. Like a spiritual... Read more >
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The Zone of Interest
A novel
Written by Martin Amis


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35349-6 (0-385-35349-9)

From one of England's most renowned authors, a riveting new novel that provides a searing portrait of life in a Nazi concentration camp.

Golo Thomsen, a young official with important relatives in Berlin, has recently arrived in "the Zone of Interest," the name given to the outer perimeter of the camp at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Blind Man's Garden

Written by Nadeem Aslam


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80285-9 (0-345-80285-3)

A Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Best Book of the Year

Growing up as brothers in a small town in Pakistan, Jeo and Mikal were inseparable; however as adults their paths have diverged sharply. Jeo is newly married and a dedicated medical student, while Mikal, in love with a woman he can’t have... Read more >
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Maps for Lost Lovers

Written by Nadeem Aslam


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7697-0 (1-4000-7697-8)

Jugnu and his lover, Chanda, have disappeared. Though unmarried, they had been living together, embracing the contemporary mores of the English town where they lived but disgracing themselves in the eyes of their close-knit Pakistani community. Rumors about their disappearance abound, but five months go by before anything certain is known... Read more >
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Season of the Rainbirds

Written by Nadeem Aslam


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80282-8 (0-345-80282-9)

From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Aslam’s exquisite first novel, the powerful story of a secluded Pakistani village after the murder of its corrupt and prominent judge.

Judge Anwar’s murder sets the people of the village on edge. Their anxieties are compounded... Read more >
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The Wasted Vigil

Written by Nadeem Aslam


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38874-2 (0-307-38874-3)

In The Wasted Vigil, Nadeem Aslam, the award-winning author of Maps for Lost Lovers, brilliantly knits together five seemingly unconnected lives to create a luminous story set in contemporary Afghanistan.

There’s Marcus, an English expat who was married to an outspoken Afghani doctor; David, a former American spy; Lara, from St. Petersburg... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Forewords and Afterwords

Written by W. H. Auden


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72485-8 (0-679-72485-0)

The essays in this collection were written as reviews, mainly for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, on books by or about Alexander Pope, Vincent van Gogh, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, and A. E. Housman, or as introductions to editions of the classical Greek writers... Read more >

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Longbourn

Written by Jo Baker


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80697-0 (0-345-80697-2)

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Title, a Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book, a Miami Herald Favorite Book, and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year

The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice. While Elizabeth Bennet and her... Read more >

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Longbourn

Written by Jo Baker


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35123-2 (0-385-35123-2)

Pride and Prejudice was only half the story •

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.

In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah... Read more >

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The Undertow

Written by Jo Baker


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94694-2 (0-307-94694-0)

The American debut of an enthralling new voice in fiction — a vivid, indelibly told novel that follows four generations of a family against the backdrop of a century of turmoil.

The Undertow traces the lives of the Hastings family, from the eve of the First World War to the present day... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life Class

Written by Pat Barker


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38780-6 (0-307-38780-1)

In the spring of 1914, a group of students at the Slade School of Art have gathered for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant is easily distracted by an intriguing fellow student, Elinor Brooke, but watches from afar when a well-known painter catches her eye. After World War I begins, Paul tends... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Toby's Room

Written by Pat Barker


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38781-3 (0-307-38781-X)

A New Yorks Times Notable Book

It is 1917, and Elinor Brooke, a young painter, is studying art in London while her beloved brother Toby serves on the front as a medical officer. When Toby goes missing and is presumed dead, the devastated Elinor refuses to accept it. Then she finds a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Arthur & George

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9703-6 (1-4000-9703-7)

As boys, George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, living in shabby genteel Edinburgh, find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire. Years later—one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the world’s most famous... Read more >

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Before She Met Me

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73609-7 (0-679-73609-3)

Barnes's novel about a mild-mannered historian, Graham Hendrick, who becomes obsessed with his wife's appearance from her earlier years in a low-budget film (which Graham considers "adultery") is a tautly plotted and fiendishly suspenseful application of the uncertainty principle to the domain of Eros.

"Few will be able to resist its easy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cross Channel

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 11, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76755-8 (0-679-76755-X)

In his first collection of short stories, Barnes explores the narrow body of water containing the vast sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies between England and France with acuity humor, and compassion. For whether Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, laborers, athletes, or aesthetes, what they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Flaubert's Parrot

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 27, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73136-8 (0-679-73136-9)

Which of two stuffed parrots was the inspiration for one of Flaubert's greatest stories? Why did the master keep changing the color of Emma Bovery's eyes? And why should these minutiae matter so much to Geoffrey Braithwaite, the crankily erudite doctor who is the narrator of this tour de force of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Flaubert's Parrot; A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

Written by Julian Barnes
Introduction by Sarah Churchwell


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96143-3 (0-307-96143-5)

An Everyman's Library hardcover omnibus edition of two of the Booker Prize-winning author's earliest and most admired novels, neither of which has been available in hardcover for more than two decades. With full-cloth binding, a silk ribbon marker, a chronology, and a new introduction.

Flaubert's Parrot
, Julian Barnes's breakthrough book—shortlisted for the... Read more >

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A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 27, 1990
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73137-5 (0-679-73137-7)

It's a hilariously revisionist account of Noah's ark, narrated by a passenger who doesn't appear in Genesis. It's a sneak preview of heaven. It encompasses the stories of a cruise ship hijacked by terrorists and of woodworms tried for blasphemy in sixteenth century France. In short, A History of the World... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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