'Beautiful World, Where Are You is Rooney's best novel.' THE TIMES The *new* novel from the internationally bestselling author of Normal People. Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her.
From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.
Written by an upper class travel writer who was born in 1921, this stranger-than-fiction memoir about love, sex, war, tragedy and adventure traverses the whole of 20th century planet earth and features countless celebrities, politicians and royalty.
This mesmerising historical novel, set in the slave settlements of colonial Brazil, marks the long-awaited return of Gayl Jones, 'the best American novelist whose name you may not know' (Atlantic).
'It's a trip - engrossing, eye-opening, mind altering' New Statesman
'Fascinating. Pollan is the perfect guide ... curious, careful, open minded' The Guardian
From the international bestselling author of How to Change Your Mind comes a ground-breaking exploration of our relationship with natural drugs
Of all the many things humans rely on plants for, surely the most curious is our use of them to change consciousness: to stimulate, calm, or completely alter the qualities of our mental experience. In This Is Your Mind On Plants, Michael Pollan explores three very different drugs - opium, caffeine and mescaline - and throws the fundamental strangeness of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos.
In a unique blend of history, science, memoir and reportage, Pollan shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively. In doing so, he proves that there is much more to say about these plants than simply debating their regulation, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. This ground-breaking and singular book holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds and our entanglement with the natural world.
'Purgatory is rarely this much fun.' - Financial Times
From The Modern Master of Noir comes a novel about the malevolent monarch of the 1950s Hollywood underground - a tale of pervasive paranoia teeming with communist conspiracies, FBI finks, celebrity smut films and strange bedfellows.
Freddy Otash is the man in the know and the man to know in '50s L.A. He operates with two simple rules - he'll do anything but commit murder and he'll never work with the commies.
Freddy is an ex-L.A. cop on the skids. He snuffed a cop killer in cold blood - and it got to him bad. So Chief William H. Parker canned him. Now he's a sleazoid private eye, a shakedown artist, a pimp - and, most notably, the head strongarm goon for Confidential magazine. Confidential presaged the idiot internet - and delivered the dirt, the dish, the insidious ink and the scurrilous skank on the feckless foibles of misanthropic movie stars, sex-soiled socialites and potzo politicians. Freaky Freddy outs them all!
In Widespread Panic, we traverse the depths of '50s L.A. and dig on the inner workings of Confidential. You'll go to Burt Lancaster's lushly appointed torture den; you'll groove overhyped legend James Dean as Freddy's chief stooge; you'll be there for Freddy's ring-a-ding rendezvous with Liz Taylor; you'll be front and centre as Freddy anoints himself the 'Tattle Tyrant Who Held Hollywood Hostage'.
When he befriends Kim and Connie, his belief that the end justifies the means will be tested to the core.
Through her camera lens and memoirs, Leni is able to manipulate the truth about what happens when their fates collide at the Olympics.
The travel classic by intrepid explorer Freya Stark, relating her journeys through the infamous 'Valleys of the Assassins' alone in the 1930s. A John Murray Journey.
'What I have in common with Nico is the understanding of her furious frustration at not being recognised.' - Marianne Faithfull Over the course of her life, Nico was an ever-evolving myth, an enigma that escaped definition.
From the Wolfson Prize-winning author of God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain
Between the fall of the Bastille in 1789 and the opening of the Great Exhibition in 1851, history changed. The grand narratives of the Enlightenment, concerned with kings and statesmen, gave way to a new interest in the lives of ordinary people. Oral history, costume history, the history of food and furniture, of Gothic architecture, theatre and much else were explored as never before. Antiquarianism, the study of the material remains of the past, was not new, but now hundreds of men - and some women - became antiquaries and set about rediscovering their national history, in Britain, France and Germany.
The Romantic age valued facts, but it also valued imagination and it brought both to the study of history. Among its achievements were the preservation of the Bayeux Tapestry, the analysis and dating of Gothic architecture, and the first publication of Beowulf. It dispelled old myths, and gave us new ones: Shakespeare's birthplace, clan tartans and the arrow in Harold's eye are among their legacies. From scholars to imposters the dozen or so antiquaries at the heart of this book show us history in the making.
Discover the Booker Prize-shortlisted literary masterpiece of a family in crisis.
'Astonishing' Colm Toibin
The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria.
* THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER * 'Joan is an unforgettable anti-heroine. I don't think I'll ever stop thinking about her' Elizabeth Day 'So insanely good and true and twisted it'll make your teeth sweat' Olivia Wilde 'Like a series of grenades exploding' Marian Keyes I drove myself out of New York City where a man shot himself in front of me. He was a gluttonous man and when his blood came out it looked like the blood of a pig. That's a cruel thing to think, I know. He did it in a restaurant where I was having dinner with another man, another married man. Do you see how this is going? But I wasn't always that way. I am depraved. I hope you like me. ------------ A 2021 Highlight for: Guardian - Sunday Express - Independent - New Statesman - Evening Standard - Cosmopolitan - Red - Grazia - Daily Mail - Daily Express - The Week - Irish Times - i - The Sun
The bittersweet, sharply observed stories in Blue in Chicago introduce British readers for the first time to Bette Howland, a forgotten great of twentieth-century American fiction, perfect for fans of Lucia Berlin, Lydia Davis and Alice Munro.