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BRITISH 1945-PRESENT

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Written by JULIAN BARNES

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/13/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97118-5

1936: Dmitri Shostakovich, just thirty years old, reckons with the first of three conversations with power that will irrevocably shape his life. Stalin, hitherto a distant figure, has suddenly denounced the young composer’s latest opera. Certain he will be exiled to Siberia (or, more likely, shot dead on the spot), Shostakovich reflects on his predicament, his personal history, his parents, his daughter—all of those hanging in the balance of his fate. And though a stroke of luck prevents him...

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A NOVEL
Written by IAN MCEWAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/30/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-43194-7

New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oprah.com

Trudy has been unfaithful to her husband, John. What’s more, she has kicked him out of their marital home, a valuable old London town house, and in his place is his own brother, the profoundly banal Claude. The illicit couple have hatched a scheme to rid themselves of her inconvenient husband forever. But there is a witness to their plot: the...

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A NOVEL
Written by HARI KUNZRU

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/14/2017

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-451-49369-9

White Tears is a ghost story, a terrifying murder mystery, a timely meditation on race, and a love letter to all the forgotten geniuses of American music.

Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America's great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach for the future. Carter is slipping back into the past. When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out...

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A ROMANCE
Written by GRAHAM SWIFT

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97172-7

On an unseasonably warm spring day in 1924, twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild, a maid at an English country house, meets with her secret lover, the young heir of a neighboring estate. He is about to be married to a woman more befitting his social status, and the time has come to end the affair—but events unfold in ways Jane could never have predicted. 
 
As the narrative moves back and forth across the twentieth century, what we know and understand about Jane—about the way she loves, thinks,...

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(PENGUIN CLASSICS DELUXE EDITION)
Written by WILLIAM GOLDING
Introduction by STEPHEN KING
Foreword by LOIS LOWRY
Contribution by E. M. FORSTER, JENNIFER BUEHLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 11/15/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-12940-0

William Golding’s unforgettable classic of boyhood adventure and the savagery of humanity comes to Penguin Classics in a stunning Graphic Deluxe Edition with a new foreword by Lois Lowry
 
As provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, Lord of the Flies continues to ignite passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary boys marooned on a coral island has been labeled a parable, an...

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A NOVEL
Written by ROBERT HARRIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94813-7

Imperium . . . Conspirata . . . and now Dictator—the long-awaited final volume of Robert Harris’s magnificent Ancient Rome Trilogy
 
At the age of forty-eight, Cicero—the greatest orator of his time—is in exile, separated from his wife and children, tormented by his sense of failure, his great power sacrificed on the altar of his principles. And yet, in the words of one of his most famous aphorisms, “While there is life, there is hope.”

By promising to support Caesar—his political enemy—he is...

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A NOVEL
Written by DAN VYLETA

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 05/24/2016

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-54016-2

England. A century ago, give or take a few years. 
 
An England where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours forth from their bodies, a sign of their fallen state. The aristocracy do not smoke, proof of their virtue and right to rule, while the lower classes are drenched in sin and soot. An England utterly strange and utterly real.
 
An elite boarding school where the sons of the wealthy are groomed to take power as their birthright. Teachers with mysterious...

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Written by HARRY PARKER

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-94663-3

Anatomy of a Soldier is a stunning first novel—of patriotism, heroism, and profound humanism—that will immediately take its place on the shelf of classics about what it truly means to be at war. 

Let’s imagine a man called Captain Tom Barnes, aka BA5799, who’s leading British troops in the war zone. And two boys growing up together there, sharing a prized bicycle and flying kites before finding themselves estranged once foreign soldiers appear in their countryside. And then there’s the man...

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Written by GRAHAM SWIFT

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87238-3

In these beautifully crafted stories, Graham Swift—author of the Booker Prize-winning Last Orders—presents a vision of a country, England, that is both a crucible of history and a maze of contemporary confusions. Moving from the seventeenth century to the present day, from world-shaking events to domestic dramas and frequently mixing tragedy with comedy, England and Other Stories is bound together by an underlying instinct for the story of us all: an evocation of that mysterious thing, a...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17241-7

The summer after university, Emma Woodhouse returns home to live with her widowed father and launch her interior design business. Apart from cultivating grand career plans and managing her father’s hypochondria, Emma busies herself with the two things she does best: matchmaking and offering advice on everything from texting etiquette to first date destinations. 

Happily, this summer presents abundant opportunities for both, as old and new friends are drawn into the sphere of Emma’s counsel:...

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Written by IRIS MURDOCH
Introduction by SARAH CHURCHWELL

Format: Hardcover, 696 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90766-5

These two major novels—by one of the most influential British writers of the twentieth century—are ferociously dark comedies that combine playfulness with profundity.

A Severed Head (1961) is one of Iris Murdoch’s most entertaining works, tracing the turbulent emotional journey of Martin Lynch-Gibbon, a smug, prosperous London wine merchant and unfaithful husband, whose life is turned inside out when his wife leaves him for her psychoanalyst. The story takes bedroom farce to a new level of...

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Written by RICHARD ADAMS

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97069-0

Rowf, a shaggy black mongrel, and Snitter, a black-and-white fox terrier, are among dozens of animals being cruelly held in a testing facility in North West England. When one of the handlers fails to close Rowf’s cage properly, the two dogs make a daring escape into the English countryside, where they befriend a red fox who helps them survive in the wild. But as rumors circulate that the dogs may have been the test subjects for biological weapons and could be carrying a terrible plague, they...

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