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Animal Gazer
Animal Gazer
A novel about the 20th century's greatest animal sculptor - a sensitive artist destroyed by the cruelties of the First World War.

Rembrandt Bugatti was the brother of the famous builder of luxury sports cars, Ettore. He made stunningly beautiful bronzes of wild animals that he spent days and weeks observing in the Paris and Antwerp Zoos. Sometimes he took the animals to live in his Paris apartment while he worked on his pieces. Edgardo Franzosini's haunting short novel recreates the eccentric, orderly life of this strange genius, a gentle man who loved animals and created some of the most memorable sculptures of our time. HIs short life was ruined by the declaration of war in August 1914. As the Germans drew closer to Paris and Antwerp, the zoos in both cities were closed. Then, in fear and panic, the decision was taken to shoot the captive creatures. Firing squads of soldiers massacred the wild cats, elephants and eagles. Bugatti, by then working in a military hospital, killed himself, unable to live in a world that allowed such horrors to be visited on man and beast.

Title: Animal Gazer
Author: FRANZOSINI EDGARDO
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Price: $35.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781788549394
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Any Human Heart
Any Human Heart
"Any Human Heart" is William's Boyd's classic, bestselling novel - now a major Channel 4 drama. Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness. Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full - and a journey deep into a very human heart. "Any Human Heart" will be enjoyed by readers of Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel, as well as lovers of the finest British and historical fiction around the world. It was recently adapted for a major Channel 4 four-part drama series scripted by William Boyd and starring Kim Cattrall, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hollander. "Astonishing, touching, extremely funny. A brilliant evocation of a past era and an immensely readable story".
("Sunday Telegraph"). "Superb, wonderful, enjoyable". ("Guardian"). "A terrific journey through the twentieth century. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable". (Jeremy Paxman). William Boyd was born in Ghana, where his father was a doctor, and was educated there and in Scotland. His first novel "A Good Man in Africa" won both the Whitbread First Novel and Somerset Maugham Prizes, and his subsequent novels have gone onto win many awards. His books include: "On the Yankee Station and Other Stories", "An Ice-Cream War", "Stars and Bars", "School Ties", "The New Confessions", "Brazzaville Beach", "The Blue Afternoon", "The Destiny of Natalie 'X' and Other Stories", "Armadillo", "Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-1960", "Any Human Heart", "Restless", "The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth", "Ordinary Thunderstorms", "Fascination", "Bamboo" and "Waiting for Sunrise". He divides his time between London and south-west France.

Title: Any Human Heart
Author: BOYD WILLIAM
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 26/10/2009
Price: $29.00
RRP: $29.00
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141044170
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Apeirogon
Apeirogon
CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF 2020 BY THE SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, GUARDIAN, i PAPER, FINANCIAL TIMES, NEW STATESMAN, SCOTSMAN, IRISH TIMES, BBC.COM, WATERSTONES.COM

'Nothing like any book you've ever read' MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

'An essential hymn to peace and forgiveness' independent.co.uk

The novel of a lifetime about two men and their daughters: divided by conflict, yet united in grief.

Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another - yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Rami's license plate is yellow. Bassam's license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam takes an hour and a half.

Both men have lost their daughters. Rami's thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends. Bassam's ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member of the border police outside her school. There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn't had time to eat yet.

The men become the best of friends.

In this epic novel - named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides - Colum McCann crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature and politics into a tapestry of friendship, love, loss and belonging. Musical, muscular, delicate and soaring, Apeirogon is the novel for our times.

'A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart' KAMILA SHAMSIE

Title: Apeirogon
Author: MCCANN COLUM
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 25/02/2020
Price: $33.00
RRP: $33.00
Imprint: Bloomsbury
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526607911
Available stock: 2
Price: $33.00
Arctic Summer
Arctic Summer
In this literary tour de force, twice Booker shortlisted novelist Damon Galgut evokes the life and work of EM Forster, his travels to India, and the freedom and inspiration he found there. In 1912, the SS Birmingham approaches India. On board is Morgan Forster, novelist and man of letters, who is embarking on a journey of discovery. As Morgan stands on deck, the promise of a strange new future begins to take shape before his eyes. The seeds of a story start to gather at the corner of his mind: a sense of impending menace, lust in close confines, under a hot, empty sky. It will be another twelve years, and a second time spent in India, before A Passage to India, EM Forster's great work of literature, is published. During these years, Morgan will come to a profound understanding of himself as a man, and of the infinite subtleties and complexity of human nature, bringing these great insights to bear in his remarkable novel.
At once an exploration of the life and times of one of Britain's finest novelists, his struggle to find a way of living and being, and a stunningly vivid evocation of the mysterious alchemy of the creative process, Arctic Summer is a literary masterpiece, by one of the finest writers of his generation.

Title: Arctic Summer
Author: GALGUT DAMON
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9780857897190
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Artist of Disappearance
Artist of Disappearance
Set in modern India, where history still casts a long shadow, "The Artist of Disappearance" gives us glimpses into three very different lives. The first sees a government official inspecting a faded mansion of forgotten treasures and coming across the final, shocking gift which is bleeding the museum dry. In the second, a middle-aged woman meets a former friend at a school reunion - a meeting which sets in motion the unravelling of all her desires and achievements. The final story is of Ravi, living hermit-like in the burnt-out shell of his family home high up in the Himalayan mountains. He cultivates not only silence and solitude but a secret hidden away in the woods, concealed from sight. Rich and evocative, remarkable in their clarity and sensuous in their telling, these stories remind us of the extraordinary yet delicate power of this pre-eminent writer.

Title: Artist of Disappearance
Author: DESAI ANITA
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 02/08/2012
Price: $25.00
RRP: $25.00
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780099553953
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Asymmetry
Asymmetry
'A scorchingly intelligent first novel' - New York Times
'Spellbinding' - New Yorker
'Thrilling' - Guardian

In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer.

At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, is detained by immigration. Somehow their lives are connected, in this unconventional love story that has things to say about all of contemporary life.

Title: Asymmetry
Author: HALLIDAY LISA
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 15/11/2018
Price: $23.00
RRP: $23.00
Imprint: Granta
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783783625
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Auschwitz Violin
Auschwitz Violin
Title: Auschwitz Violin
Author: ANGLADA MARIA ANGELS
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/10/2011
Price: $23.00
RRP: $23.00
Imprint: Text Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781921758874
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Avenue of Mysteries
Avenue of Mysteries
As we grow older - most of all, in what we remember and what we dream - we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but his dreams and memories will travel with him; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. 'An aura of fate had marked him,' John Irving writes. 'The chain of events, the links in our lives - what leads us where we're going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we don't see coming, and what we do - all this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious.' Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past - in Mexico - collides with his future.

Title: Avenue of Mysteries
Author: IRVING JOHN
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/01/2016
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: DoubleDay
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857521156
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Aviator
Aviator
From award-winning author Eugene Vodolazkin comes this poignant story of memory, love and loss spanning twentieth-century Russia



A man wakes up in a hospital bed, with no idea who he is or how he came to be there. The only information the doctor shares with him is his name: Innokenty Petrovich Platonov.



As memories slowly resurface, Innokenty begins to build a vivid picture of his former life as a young man in Russia in the early twentieth century, living through the turbulence of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath. Soon, only one question remains: how can he remember the start of the twentieth century, when the pills by his bedside were made in 1999?



Reminiscent of the great works of twentieth-century Russian literature, with nods to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Bulgakov's The White Guard, The Aviator cements Vodolazkin's position as the rising star of Russia's literary scene.

Title: Aviator
Author: VODOLAZKIN EUGENE
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Price: $33.00
RRP: $33.00
Imprint: Oneworld
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786072719
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Aviator
Aviator
From award-winning author Eugene Vodolazkin comes this poignant story of memory, love and loss spanning twentieth-century Russia



A man wakes up in a hospital bed, with no idea who he is or how he came to be there. The only information the doctor shares with him is his name: Innokenty Petrovich Platonov.



As memories slowly resurface, Innokenty begins to build a vivid picture of his former life as a young man in Russia in the early twentieth century, living through the turbulence of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath. Soon, only one question remains: how can he remember the start of the twentieth century, when the pills by his bedside were made in 1999?



Reminiscent of the great works of twentieth-century Russian literature, with nods to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Bulgakov's The White Guard, The Aviator cements Vodolazkin's position as the rising star of Russia's literary scene.

Title: Aviator
Author: VODOLAZKIN EUGENE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Price: $23.00
RRP: $23.00
Imprint: Oneworld
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786074843
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Price: $23.00
Babylon
Babylon
Elisabeth, a pensive, memory-laden science professional in a long and tender marriage, has barely befriended their touching younger neighbor when in a fit of blind pain over a scornful scolding the man kills his beloved and appealing wife. Elisabeth is drawn, out of sympathy, to help her sad friend cover up his crime. Her account of her unaccountable impulse moves into a quick-moving, canny police procedural--humor and sorrow, life. An absorbing tale from the skilled hand of playwright/novelist Yasmina Reza.

Title: Babylon
Author: REZA YASMINA
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/05/2018
Price: $40.00
RRP: $40.00
Imprint: Seven Stories Press
Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781609808327
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Price: $40.00
Bad Boy of Athens Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
Bad Boy of Athens Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
Over the past three decades, Daniel Mendelsohn's essays and reviews have earned him a reputation as `our most irresistible literary critic' (The New York Times).

This striking new collection exemplifies the way in which Mendelsohn - a classicist by training who writes extensively for popular publications - uses the classics as a lens to think about urgent contemporary debates.

There is much to surprise here. Mendelsohn invokes the automatons featured in Homer's epics to help explain the AI films Ex Machina and Her, and perceives how Ted Hughes sought redemption by translating a play of Euripides (the `bad boy of Athens') about a wayward husband whose wife returns from the dead. There are essays on Sappho's sexuality and the feminism of Game of Thrones; on how Virgil's Aeneid prefigures post-World War II history and why we are still obsessed by the Titanic; on Patrick Leigh Fermor's final journey, Karl Ove Knausgaard's autofiction, and the plays of Tom Stoppard, Tennessee Williams, and Noel Coward. The collection ends with a poignant account of the author's boyhood correspondence with the historical novelist Mary Renault, which inspired his ambition to become a writer.

In The Bad Boy of Athens, Mendelsohn provokes and dazzles with erudition, emotion, and tart wit while his essays dance across eras, cultures, and genres. This is a provocative collection which sees today's master of popular criticism using the ancient past to reach into the very heart of modern culture.

Title: Bad Boy of Athens Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
Author: MENDELSOHN DANIEL
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Price: $53.00
RRP: $53.00
Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007545155
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Price: $53.00