Ecat 114 May 2013
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LIMITED EDITIONSPlease note that I cannot be sure how many copies of limited editions I will be allocated. Sometimes my order is scaled back at the last minute, so the earlier you order, the more likely you are to get a copy!
The Infatuations by Javier Marias
A limited edition of The Infatuations has been published by Tuskar Rock Press in association with Hamish Hamilton. The edition consists of 50 signed, numbered and pre-publication dated copies (of which I believe only 40 are for sale). The Hamish Hamilton sheets have been bound in full air-force grey leather and the books are contained in a dark blue cloth-covered slipcase. Copies are scarce and I cannot be sure how many I will be allocated, so they are offered on a first come, first served basis. Very few now remain. £260.00
Red Doc> by Anne Carson
Jonathan Cape are considering publishing a limited edition of Red Doc> by Anne Carson. Details are to be confirmed, but we're probably talking of 100 leather-bound signed copies contained in a slip case. Provisional price £125.00
Part One - New Acquisitions, Imminent Arrivals and Selections from Stock.
Unless stated otherwise, all books are hardbacks or paperback originals, in fine condition and are first impressions of first UK editions. A fuller description will gladly be supplied on request. Most titles in this section are on view at timkcbooks.com
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: Americanah. Fourth Estate 2013. Nigerian lovers end up separated, one in New York, the other in London. Signed and dated by the author. £20.00
"A brilliant exploration of being African in America...using an old-fashioned love story as her vehicle, Adichie has created a kaleidoscopic work that looks at race from all angles: the formal ingenuity of the blog posts cleverly licences her Kundera-like mini essays, each of which enriches the themes of the narrative, and her particular perspective on being black in America is full of new insight and great wisdom." David Annand, The Daily Telegraph.
"Adichie's writing always has an elegant, accessible shimmer to it. Even her shortest turns of phrase evoke a much larger, encompassing image". Daneet Stefens, The Independent.
"There are some novels that tell a great story and others that make you change the way you look at the world. Chimanda Ngozie Adichie's Americanah is a book that manages to do both". Elizabeth Day, The Observer.
Aslam, Nadeem: The Blind Man's Garden. Faber 2013. In the days after 9/11, two Pakistani boys enter Afghanistan to offer compassionate care, but are soon drawn into darker matters. An exceptionally well reviewed novel that considers what happened in the post 9/11 years. As the author puts it, in American eyes, all Afghanistan was a target - "there are no innocent people in a guilty nation". Signed by the author. £18.99
"By any measure the Blind Man's Garden is an impressive accomplishment: a gripping and moving piece of storytelling that gets the calamitous first act in the "War on Terror" on to the page with grace, intelligence and rare authenticity". James Lasdun, The Guardian.
"The devastation sparked by 11th September bursts on to the page as an explicit and bloody fulcrum...Aslam's painstaking writing progress - he writes in isolation and self-edits heavily - renders the prose breath-taking, describing sometimes beautiful, sometimes wretched landscapes. It is this hypnotic style that gives Aslam's imagined universe an other-worldly quality". Arifa Akbar, The Independent.
"Once or twice a year, a book stuns me, Nadeem Aslam's fourth novel has done just that. My expectations were high: Aslam has won a clutch of prizes. But the power of this extraordinary novel is still jarring...". Leyla Sani, The Independent on Sunday.
"In pages of fine-crafted prose, Aslam explores the Afghan war that followed the enormity of the Twin Towers assault, and its effect on neighbouring Pakistan...Aslam is a wonderful talent, and we are lucky to have him". Ian Thompson, The Daily Telegraph.
Atkinson, Kate: Life after Life. Doubleday 2013. Ursula Todd is born in 1910. Some would have it that she also died then, but if that were so, how come she could look back on the twentieth century? Signed by the author. £22.00
"Kate Atkinson's new novel is a marvel, a great confidence trick - but one that invites the reader to take part in the deception...Life after Life co-opts the family - its evolution over time, its exponentially multiplying characters and story lines, its silences and gaps in communication - and uses it to show how fiction works and what it might mean to us. But what makes Atkinson an exceptional writer - and this is her most ambitious and most gripping work to date - is that she does so with an emotional delicacy and understanding that transcend experiment or playfulness". Alex Clark, The Guardian.
"Atkinson's best book to date". Helen Brown, The Daily Telegraph.
Auster, Paul and Coetzee, J.M. Here and Now - Letters (2008 - 2011). he two world class authors started corresponding a few years ago, and this is the first tranche of their letters. £20.00. Signed copies of the trade edition are unlikely. The limited edition highlighted in the last Ecat has already sold out.---
Barnes, Julian: A Life with Books. Jonathan Cape 2012. A small pamphlet published for charity. Free to customers placing an order worth £10.00 or more, but please let me know if you want one!
Barnes, Julian: Levels of Life. Jonathan Cape 2013. A book that seems to straddle the genres of fiction and non-fiction, but concentrating on bereavement and grief. Signed by the author. £15.00
"...the extraordinary power of the final segment, in which Barnes writes with astonishing precision about mourning and grief, those areas of human experiences often camouflaged with evasion and silence. Its writing so intense that one has trouble meeting its gaze...".Tim Martin, the Daily Telegraph.
"It's an unrestrained, affecting piece of writing, raw and honest and more truthful for its dignity and artistry, every word resonant with its particular pitch. It defies objectivity...read this book, and re-read it, and re-read it". Martin Fletcher, The Independent.
"This little book has a purpose that is weightily monumental: it's a Taj Mahal made of paper not white marble". Peter Conrad, The Observer.
Binebine, Mahi: Horses of God. Granta 2013. A fictional account based on the true circumstances of a suicide bomber. Hoping for signed copies. £12.99
Boyd, William: Longing. Methuen Bloomsbury 2013. A play based on 2 short stories by Anton Chekhov. Signed and dated by the author. Paperback original. £18.00
Burnside, John: Something Like Happy. A collection of bleak short stories in search of hope. Signed and dated by the author. £18.00.
"Something Like Happy puts the read into familiarly unfamiliar territory, but in an unsettling way. For those unacquainted with his sublimely terrifying ouevre, this is the place to start". Stuart Kelly, The Guardian.
Byers, Sam: Idiopathy. Fourth Estate 2013. A mirror is pointed satirically towards the new generation. Due in shortly; will try for signed copies. £16.99
Corbett, Gavin: This is the Way. Fourth Estate 2013. The author's second novel, coming 10 years after his debut. Not currently in stock, but will look into signed copies. £14.99
"...will linger a long while with readers. This is a memorable work from a gifted writer whose next moves we should await with interest". Kevin Barry, The Guardian.
Crace, Jim: Harvest. Picador 2013. The esteemed novelist is planning to retire from fiction after this novel, but has kept the door ajar for non-fiction. Signed and dated by the author. £17.99
"Crace surely ranks among our greatest novelists". Rob Nixon, New York Times.
"Harvest is as finely written as it is tautly structured. Pungently flavoured with archaic words ("reasty", "turbary", "yellow manchet bread"), its language is exhilaratingly exact, sometimes poetic and sometimes stark...Magnificently resurrecting a pivotal moment in our history about which it is deeply knowledgeable, this simultaneously elegiac and unillusioned novel is an achievement worthy to stand alongside those of Crace's greatest fictional influence, William Golding". Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times.
De Kretser, Michelle: Questions of Travel. Allen & Unwin 2013. A new novel from a much respected writer. £12.99. Signed copies should be available shortly at a price to be confirmed.
"It is not possible to really describe, in a short space, the originality and depth of this long and beautifully crafted book. It isn't easy to read because the reader is always in danger of missing something significant.it has an extraordinary ending. It persists in the mind long after the last page". A.S. Byatt, The Guardian.
Extence, Gavin: The Universe versus Alex Woods. Hodder & Stoughton 2013. Signed by the author. £14.99
"Extence tells a great story that owes much to Vonnegut, but also something to Mark Haddon and John Irving". Susanna Rustin, The Guardian.
Hadley, Tessa: Clever Girl. Jonathan Cape 2013. A new novel from an author who is slowly but surely establishing herself as one of the very best. Signed and dated several weeks before publication. £22.00 (unsigned £16.99).
Flanery, Peter: Fallen Land. Atlantic. £12.99. Signed copies should be available at a price to be confirmed.
"In Fallen Land, Flanery has given us a gripping thriller, and a superb portrayal of how ordinary men can veer into madness, but its real power lies in its recognition of the tragic failure of an American dream that should have tried, at least, to live up to Francis Bellamy's principle of liberty and justice for all". John Burnside, The Guardian.
Forna, Aminatta: The Hired Man. Bloomsbury 2013. £16.99. Signed copies may be available in due course at a price to be confirmed.
"Tessa Hadley is a sorceress of small things, whose superbly perceptive novels unearth and sift the particles of human experience that elude writers less alert." Tim Martin, The Daily Telegraph.
"Hadley writes as a master illustrator might draw". Kate Kellaway, The Observer.
Hamid, Mohsin: How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Hamish Hamilton 2013. Rags to riches in a fast changing world. Signed by the author. £20.00
"Brevity and boldness are hallmarks of Mohsin Hamid's writing...Hamid's beautifully conceived and exquisitely executed novel demonstrates that in the right hands, narrational tricks can be a serious matter..."Adam Lively, The Sunday Times.
"Mohsin Hamid is one of the most talented and formally audacious writers of his generation". Edmund Gordon, The Daily Telegraph.
---Harsent, David: In Secret - Versions of Yannis Ritsos. Enitharmon 2012. Signed by the author. £15.00.
Hooper, Chloe: The Engagement. Jonathan Cape 2013. A third novel from the author of A Child's Book of True Crime. Power politics at play. Tipped to be a major novel. £16.99 (Signed copies may be available in due course at a price to be confirmed).
"Her first novel in 10 years gives us a story where, as in the best of Patricia Highsmith, it's not entirely clear whether a crime is being committed at all. Hooper has produced a sleek and sly two-hander...which sets everything out clearly for the reader and yet remains filled with uncertainty". John Self, The Guardian.
Kennedy, A.L. On Writing. Jonathan Cape 2013. A collection of essays and blog extracts show how the author accomplishes her craft. Signed by the author. £20.00
Krasznahorkai, Laszlo: Satantango. Tuskar Rock 2012. The first English edition of a novel written by one of the masters of contemporary central European literature. Praised by the Colm Toibin and the late W.G. Sebald. Signed by the author and also by George Szirtes, the translator. £18.00
"Satantango, first published in Hungary in 1985 and now regarded as a classic, is a monster of a novel: compact, cleverly constructed, and often exhilaratingly, and possessed of a distinctive, compelling vision - but a monster nevertheless. It is brutal, relentless and so amazingly bleak that it's often quite funny...Nevertheless, this is obviously a brilliant novel. Krasznahorkai is a visionary writer; even the strangest developments in the story convince, and are beautifully integrated within the novel's dance-like structure. It's a testament to Szirtes's translation, 10 years in the writing, that Krasznahorkai's vision leaps off the page. The grandeur is clearly palpable". Theo Tait, The Guardian.
Laird, Nick: Go Giants! Faber 2013. A new collection of poems. £12.99. Signed copies should be available in due course at a price to be confirmed.
"Go Giants, his third collection, is easily his most accomplished to date. The book's ambition is impressive. Laird is as unafraid of the "big" subjects - religion, astronomy, war - as he is of the "little one" - personal anecdotes, the minutiae of day-to-day life". Fran Beaton, The Guardian.
"There are moments when Laird's poetry is of its time. But at his frequent best, he finds the right voice to address and calm the fears of past and future times". Tom Payne, The Daily Telegraph.
Lasdun, James: Water Sessions. Jonathan Cape 2012. The American domiciled Scot's latest collection of poems. Signed by the author. £16.00
Lasdun, James: Give me Everything you Have: On Being Stalked. Jonathan Cape 2013. The author's account of being a stalkee. Signed by the author. £20.00
Le Carre, John: A Delicate Truth. Penguin Viking 2013. A new novel from one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. Signed by the author on a tipped in page. £18.99
"Le Carre is at full power with a book that draws on a career's worth of literary skills and international analysis...no other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times, from the second world war to the war on terror". Mark Lawson, The Guardian.
Maher, Kevin: The Fields. Little Brown 2013. £16.00. (Signed copies should be available at a price to be confirmed).
"The most enjoyable Irish novel since Skippy Dies". Justine Jordan, The Guardian.
Marias, Javier: The Infatuations. Hamish Hamilton 2013. Was a murder pointless? Signed by the author. £24.00. See above for details of a limited edition.
"Great Spanish novels don't come along too often, but they do sometimes find a place in the hearts of the British reading public. The full text of Don Quixote was first published as long ago as 1620. I wouldn't be surprised if The Infatuations soon acquired an equally devoted following". Robert McCrum, The Observer.
"The classical themes of love, death and fate are explored with elegant intelligence by Marias in what is perhaps his best novel so far". Alberto Manguel, The Guardian.
McCann, Colm: Transatlantic. Bloomsbury 2013. £18.99 Signed copies should be available at a price to be confirmed.
McGrath, Patrick: Constance. Bloomsbury 2013. £12.99. I'm trying to buy in signed copies at a price to be confirmed.
Moggach, Deborah: Heartbreak Hotel. Chatto & Windus 2013. It's all go for divorcees in rural Wales. Signed by the author. £14.99.
Moore, Alison: The Pre-War House and Other Stories. Salt 2013. £12.99. Signed copies should be available at a price to be confirmed.
Muldoon, Paul: The Word on the Street. Faber 2013. A collection of rock lyrics. £12.99
Niffenegger, Audrey: Raven Girl. Jonathan Cape 2013. £16.99. Signed copies should be available at a price to be confirmed.
O'Farrell, Maggie: Instructions for a Heatwave. Tinder Press 2013. Remember the British summer of '76? Signed by the author. £18.99
"There is a deliciousness to this novel, a warmth and readability that render it unputdownable and will surely make it a hit. She's done it again". Joanna Briscoe, The Guardian.
"All the hallmarks of an O'Farrell novel are here...This is an accomplished and addictive story told with real humanity, warmth and infectious love for the characters. Highly recommended". Viv Groskop, The Observer.
Robertson, Robin: Hill of Doors. Picador 2013. A new collection of poems. Signed by the author. £16.00.
"No doubt it will be in the running for prizes, and deservedly so". Adam Newey, The Guardian.
"Some poems are as satisfying as novels...but the fullness is always achieved through simplicity. Robertson has sound judgement about when less is more". Kate Kellaway, The Observer.
Rooney, Jennie: Red Joan. Chatto & Windus 2013. It takes 50 years for Joan to divulge her war-time secrets. £12.99.
Royle, Nicholas. First Novel. Jonathan Cape 2013. A novel set in the creative writing lecture theatres - all too familiar to Nicholas Royle in his day job as a lecturer. Signed by the author. £20.00
"If writing about creative writing is to risk a novel eating itself, we can be thankful that a writer of Royle's skills put himself in charge of the banquet". Gerard Woodward, The Guardian.
"Royle is not simply piecing a jigsaw together - his narratives slowly bleed together, offering illumination or muddying the waters. It's an intricate story with an unsettling nourish effect". Lucy Scholes, The Observer.
"It is a literary game, a commentary on the creative writing industry; and an intriguing mystery with a classic unreliable narrator. There are layers within layers, with Royle expertly and carefully drawing together many strands". Philip Womack, The Daily Telegraph.
Salter, James: All That Is. Picador 2013. £18.99. Signed copies may be available at a price to be confirmed.
Salter, James: Collected Stories. Picador 2013. £18.99. Signed copies may be available at a price to be confirmed.
Sebald, W.G. A Place in the Country. Hamish Hamilton 2013. Newly published in translation, a book that describes the influence on Sebald of six literary father-figures in his academic life, work and travels. £20.00. Published posthumously.
"These essays range far beyond literary criticism. They are an intimate anatomy of the pathos, absurdity and perverse splendour of trying to find patterns in the chaos of the world". Jane Shilling, The Daily Telegraph.---
Selasi, Taiye: Ghana Must Go. Penguin Viking 2013. Things go wrong for a high-flying African family. A first novel from an author who is a protege of Toni Morrison and Salman Rushdie. Signed and dated by the author. £14.99
"Selasi has the talent to go a long way, illuminating the Afro-American experience with feeling and insight". David Robson, The Daily Telegraph.
"This arresting first novel comes garlanded with mighty expectations; translated into umpteen languages already, the author mentored by no less than Toni Morrison, advance approval from Salman Rushdie and cover quotes from Penelope Lively and Teju Cole. Is this hype justified? The generous answer is yes...It is practically a dead cert there will be no stopping Taiye Selasi. Prize-winning material, I'll wager". Margaret Busby, The Independent.
"Here is a novel with a deep understanding of how our childhood experience of family defines to our own detriment our capacity for love in adulthood...Ghana Must Go is one of the most hyped debuts of recent times. It stands up to the hype. Taiye Selasi writes with glittering command, a sense of daring, and a deep emotional investment in the lives and transformations of her characters". Diana Evans, The Guardian.
Self, Will: Umbrella. Bloomsbury 2012. Back to the 1960's to a medical case who has spent nearly 50 years in a coma. Shortlisted for the 2012 MAN Booker Prize. Signed by the author. Part one of a proposed trilogy. £20.00.
"...it is refreshing to read a book that that makes demands rather than "unpacking" itself...The reader is snagged on moments of brilliance, and, most thrilling of all, left to make her own connections". Lucy Daniel, The Daily Telegraph.
"This novel presents an uncompromising vision that the more crowd-pleasing end of literary fiction certainly lacks, and that, while uncomfortable, is a necessary part of the range of contemporary literature". Scarlett Thomas, The Sunday Times.
"Read it. Then go and have a bit of a lie-down. It may not be his easiest, but I think this may be Will Self's best book". Sam Leith, The Observer.
"With this book. he reveals himself as the most determinedly literary novelist of his generation". Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday.
---Sheers, Owen: Calon. Faber 2013. Owen Sheers was author in residence in 2012 to the Welsh Rugby Union team. This is the result. £16.00. Signed copies should be available soon at a price to be confirmed.
Shriver, Lionel: Big Brother. Harper Collins 2013. Why has a pianist, and the narrator's brother, gained about 90 kilos in 4 years? Signed and dated before publication. £24.00.
"The conclusion is piercingly bleak in tone and formally original in execution". Elena Seymenliyska, The Daily Telegraph.
"this (book) is about love, loss, family - ordinary human beings struggling to do the right thing by one another. It's also possibly her very best." Julie Myerson, The Observer.
---Smith, Ali: Artful: Hamish Hamilton 2012. Ostensibly a series of 4 lectures, Ali Smith being Ali Smith has managed to turn non-fiction into fiction using a single narrator and a ghost to link the lectures together and adapting them into short stories. Signed and dated by the author. £20.00.
Symmons Roberts, Michael: Drysalter. Jonathan Cape 2013. A collection of 15 line poems. Paperback original. Signed and dated by the author. £16.00
Szirtes, George: Bad Machine: Bloodaxe 2013. A new collection of poems. Signed and dated by the author. £15.00.
Thomson, Rupert: Secrecy. Granta 2013. Zummo is commissioned to make a waxwork statue of Venus for the Medici's in Florence. Signed and dated by the author. £18.00.
"...Rupert Thomson's masterly new novel...all his considerable gifts - for binding an audience tight into his narrative, for rich characterisation, for originality of vision, for delicately intuiting a lost world as well as simply researching it - are exercised in parallel". Christobel Kent, The Guardian.
"Thomson is a writer of exceptional skill". Stephanie Merritt, The Observer.
Wood, James: The Fun Stuff and Other Essays. Jonathan Cape 2013. A collection of 25 critical essays covering Keith Moon, Cormac McCarthy, Ian McEwan and Laszlo Krasznahorkai among other subjects. Signed by the author. £25.00.
Part Two - Soon to Appear Books.
The following list is a round up of the main titles to be published in the UK in the next few months. Orders for these titles are now being taken.
The books will be first printings, signed (when available) and sold at cover price where possible. However, I often have to buy in books at full price from reputable sources including from literary festivals I attend, so please bear in mind that the prices below are for guidance and are subject to confirmation. Additionally, the cover price is often altered by the publisher before publication.
There may be a delay in obtaining signed copies of some titles, and in some cases signed copies may not be forthcoming.
Barry, Kevin (edits): Town and Country - New Irish Short Stories. Contributions from new and established Irish writers. Paperback original. £10.99. Signed copies should be available shortly at a price to be confirmed.
Bulawayo, NoViolet: We Need New Names. Darling, a young Zimbabwean girl and her friends including Godknows and Bastard live in a shanty town called Paradise and dream of lives elsewhere. The author won the 2011 Caine Prize for African writing and is currently on the staff at Stanford University. £14.99 Signed copies should be available shortly at a price to be confirmed
Gardam, Jane: Last Friends. The final instalment of the Filth trilogy - following on from Old Filth and the Man in the Wooden Hat. Can the outsider Veneering really be in love? £16.99 Signed copies should be available at a price to be confirmed.
Hage, Rawi. Carnival. Fly is a taxi driver who roams in search of fares rather than waiting at ranks. His passengers tell all. A new novel from one of the world's up and coming writers. Rawi Hage was born in Lebanon, but is now a Canadian citizen. £17.99.
Harwood, John: The Asylum. If it isn't Georgina Ferrars in the asylum, then who is it? A new novel from a specialist in Victorian literary horror. £14.99.
Kent, Hannah: Burial Rites. A first novel set in Iceland in 1829. An alleged murderer is sent to work on a farm while awaiting execution and tells her story to her fellow workers. £14.99.
Madden, Deidre: Time Present and Time Past (formerly titled The Trees are Moving). Fintan finds that old family photographs add a bit of intrigue and interest to his humdrum family life. £12.99
Mankell, Henning: A Treacherous Paradise. Hanna Lundmark decides on a new start and acquires a hotel in Mozambique, unaware that it doubles up as a brothel. Her efforts to improve conditions for "her" prostitutes lead to trouble. £17.99
Michaels, Anne: Correspondences. An exciting sounding publication from an established poet and past winner of the Orange Prize. A book length poem with equal space given to illustrations by Bernice Eisenstein. Described by the publisher as an accordion format book. £30.00
Robertson, James: The Professor of Truth. Alan Tealing is still searching for clues after his wife and daughter were killed in an aircraft explosion over Scotland 21 years ago. A terminally ill US intelligence officer now living in Australia may be able to help, but his testimony may not be reliable. £16.99
Wyld, Evie. All the Birds, Singing. Jake is an incomer and loner on a remote island. Something or someone is killing her sheep. Who? Why? £16.99
Barrett, A. Igoni. Love is Power or Something Like That. A first collection of stories from a Nigerian writer who has been winning prizes or American fellowships since 2005. The stories are honest, but generally unflattering to his native country. £14.99
Carson, Anne: Red Doc>. The poet's follow up to the prize winning "Autobiography of Red". £12.00 (See above for details of a limited edition)
Grimwood, Jonathan: The Last Banquet. An original take on the French Revolution seen through the eyes of Jean-Marie Charles d'Aumont who grows from a destitute orphan via a military career to the diplomatic corps. £14.99
Hildyard, Daisy: Hunters in the Snow. A young woman discovers her late grandfather's unfinished stories linking Edward IV, Tsar Peter the Great, an African slave and Lord Kitchener lying on his desk. She decides to complete the work. £16.99
House, Richard: The Kills. An unmanned staging post in the desert is turned into the largest military base in Iraq, bringing with it corruption, feuding mercenaries and attention from the enemy. £20.00
Joyce, Rachel: Perfect. Two seconds were added to time in 1972. What could the consequences have been? £14.99
McAdam, Colin: A Beautiful Truth. A chimpanzee's view of life, as told by Looee a chimp taken in by a childless couple. £12.99
McCleen, Grace: The Professor of Poetry. An academic seeks out to rediscover some rare Eliot papers given to her by a professor 30 years earlier. £17.99
Moggach, Lottie: Kiss Me First. A first novel from an author with a fine literary name. Just how far can you go when assuming someone else's online identity? £14.99
Sarkies, Duncan: The Demolition of the Century. The Century movie theatre is scheduled for demolition and Tom has lost his socks, not to mention his son, and is being pursued by the owner of an impotent horse. From these pieces, a complete picture emerges. £13.99
Scudamore, James: Wreaking. An accident at a derelict asylum has consequences for 3 disparate characters. The author has been longlisted for the MAN Booker, shortlisted for the Costa and Commonwealth Writers' Prizes among others and won the Somerset Maugham Award. A curious omission from the latest Granta list. £14.99
Seres, Francesc: Russian Stories. 21 short stories by a Catalan author writing in the voices of 5 imaginary Russian authors. Highly original - each story explores a different aspect of Russian life. £14.99
Atwood, Margaret: Maddaddam. The third instalment of the Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood series. A man-made plague has all but wiped out the human race. All that is left are a small group of people and the Crakers, a scientifically created species designed to replace the human race. £18.99
Finch, Tim: The House of Journalists. A privately owned home in a fashionable London street, called the House of Journalists is a place of sanctuary for exiled journalists and writers who have fallen foul of regimes in their home country. The author is well qualified - a former BBC journalist, now working for the Institute of Public Policy Research and a former director at the Refugee Council. £16.99
Greig, Andrew: Fair Helen. A novel set amid sixteenth century border squabbles between England and Scotland. The author uses the traditional song "The Ballad of Fair Helen" as his inspiration.£16.99
Hardach, Sophie: Of Love and Other Wars. Quakers and Jews meet up in London during the Second World War. £12.99
Le Carre, John: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold. A 50th anniversary edition with various tit-bits of archival information included. £20.00
Mendelson, Charlotte: Almost English. A Hungarian family move to London, but for teen-age Marina who is sent to a British boarding school, life is far from perfect being neither British nor Hungarian and she sees herself as just a misfit. Then the past catches up with her mother. £16.99
Mohamed, Nadifa: The Orchard of Lost Souls. The author brings her own experiences to a novel set in a violent Somalia. The author's last novel, Black Mamba Boy was well regarded and earned her a place on the latest Granta list. £12.99
Niven, John: Straight White Male. An Irish hell raiser is tamed during a spell with his family in England. £12.99
O'Flynn, Catherine: Mr. Lynch's Holiday. Family secrets unravel in ex-pat Spain. The author has knack of getting under the skin of domestic life. £14.99
Peace, David: Red or Dead. The author's second novel inspired by a British football manager. Following Brian Clough in the Damned Utd, step up Bill Shankly of Liverpool. £20.00
Thirlwell, Adam (edits): Multiples - 12 Stories in 18 Languages by 61 Authors. An international relay where Author 1 translates a story from their own language into English. Author 2 translates it back from English into their language and Author 3 brings it back into English. And so on, as if in a series of Chinese whispers. Authors involved in the project include Laurent Binet, Jeffrey Eugenides, Etgar Keret, Javier Marias, David Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Colm Toibin and Alejandro Zambra. £20.00
Wilson, D.W: Ballistics. In the Canadian Rockies, a search for a father leads in turn to a search for secrets from the past. Perhaps the secrets were best left alone. The author is an award winning short story writer. £12.99
Boyd, William: Solo: The new James Bond novel, set in 1969. £18.99
Bryson, Bill: America 1927. A year in the life of the author's home country. £20.00
Cartwright, Justin: Lion Heart. Richard Cathar tries to find out why he was named after Richard the Lionheart. £18.99
Catton, Eleanor: The Luminaries. A nineteenth century New Zealand gold rush attracts Walter Moody, but he finds rather more than gold as he comes across a group of men determined to get to the bottom of a series of unsolved crimes. £18.99
Coe, Jonathan: Expo 58. An experienced civil servant is volunteered to run the typically British pub for six months on the UK stand at the 1958 Brussels Trade Fair. An interesting look at where Britain fits in Europe. £18.99
Doyle, Roddy: The Guts. A return to The Commitments, a generation or two on. Jimmy Rabbitte is now 47. The baton has been passed on, and mortality is hovering about. £12.99
Lahiri, Jumpa: The Lowland. The Vietnam War reverberates into Calcutta. £16.99
Leigh Fermor, Patrick: The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos. The final part of the author's travels across Europe before World War 2. Published posthumously, partly written by the author and completed, using the author's notes, by Artemis Cooper and Colin Thubron. £25.00.
MacLeod, Alison: Unexploded. May 1940 and a family in Brighton are expecting the Germans...£16.99 (postponed from July)
McCabe, Patrick: Hello and Goodbye. Two horror novellas. £16.99
Reid, Christopher: Six Bad Poets. A farce in verse told by a group of would-be poets, possibly based on Christopher Reid's experience as a poetry tutor. £12.99
Sanghera, Sathnam: Marriage Material. A first novel, though his biography/memoir "The Boy with the Topnot: A Memoir of love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton" won plaudits in 2008. £14.99
Sinclair, Iain: American Smoke. An alternative chronicler takes on The Beats. £20.00
Sprackland, Jean: Sleeping Keys. A collection of poems linked by the theme of changes in life and circumstances. Her first collection since the Costa winning "Tilt". £10.00
Taylor, D.J: The Windsor Faction. In a new take on history, what would have happened had Edward VIII not abdicated but sought peace instead? £14.99
Ackroyd, Peter: Three Brothers. The author uses his sublime knowledge of the recent history of London to explore the stories of three brothers, all born in the same place but at different time as they take their paths in London life. £12.99
Acosta, Carlos: Pig's Foot. A first novel from the Cuban ballet dancer. A family tale of Cuban life over three generations neatly dovetails with the island's recent political and cultural history. £16.99
Harris, Robert: an Officer and a Spy. A novel set in France, using the Dreyfus affair as a backdrop. £18.99
Hunt, Rebecca: Everland. The story of two groups of Antarctic explorers, 97 years apart. The author's last book, Mr. Chartwell was very well received. £12.99 (delayed from May)
Nagra, Dalgit: Ramayana. A new version of a great Indian epic poem. £14.99
O'Brien, Edna: The Love Object. The collected short stories. £25.00
Toibin, Colm: Nora Webster. Brooklyn revisited - though this time the setting is the small town in rural Ireland from where Eilis Lacey set out. £17.99
Drabble, Margaret: The Pure Gold Baby. A novel exploring the life of a special child and the changing world in which she lives. £18.99
Franck, Julia: Back to Back. Winner of the German Book Prize, the story of a brother and sister trapped when the Berlin Wall is built. £12.99
Freeman, John: How to Read a Novelist. The author uses his position as possibly the world's most important and influential literary critic, plus until recently his editorship of Granta Magazine, to recall conversations with numerous authors such as Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, Doris Lessing, Salman Rushdie and John Updike. £12.99
Hollinghurst, Alan: Berenice/Bajazet. Two plays by Racine in new versions (Bajazet was previously published some time ago separately). £9.99
MacLaverty, Bernard: Collected Stories. Gathered together for the first time. £16.99
McCann, Maria: Ace, King, Knave. A novel set in 18th century London. Secrets and lies abound, but 1760 London seems uncannily like the London of today. "As Meat Loves Salt", the author's first novel published 12 years, ago established her reputation £14.99
Petterson, Per: Ash in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes. A translation of the author's first book, a novella, written before "Out Stealing Horses" launched him on the international scene. £8.99
Entries in green indicate that these titles are being shown for the first time or for the first time in Part One.
Part Three - Recent acquisitions of older titles.
The following titles are older books bought in in the past month or so. As they are not new, I have added a note on their condition.
de Bernieres, Louis: Birds Without Wings. Secker & Warburg 2004. Fine in fine dustjacket. £8.00
Boyd, William: Restless. Bloomsbury 2006. Winner of the 2006 Costa Novel Award. £12.00
Carey, Peter: History of the Kelly Gang. Faber 2001. Fine in fine dustjacket. £8.00
Deighton, Len: Len Deighton's Continental Dossier. Michael Joseph 1968. Fine in glossy pictorial boards as published. £8.00
Faulks, Sebastian: On Green Dolphin Street. Hutchinson 2001. Fine in fine dustjacket. £8.00
Forsyth, Frederick: The Odessa File. Hutchinson 1972. Fine in fine dustjacket. £28.00
Francis, Dick: Flying Finish. Michael Joseph 1966. Fine, but with an ownership inscription, in a near fine dustjacket. £24.00
Harris, Robert: Archangel. Hutchinson 2008. Signed by the author. Fine in fine dustjacket. £20.00
Harris, Robert: The Ghost. Hutchinson 2007. Fine in fine dustjacket. £10.00
Hollinghurst, Alan: The Stranger's Child. Picador 2011. Fine in fine dustjacket. £8.00
Di Lampedusa, Giuseppe: The Leopard. Collins and Harvill 1960. Very good, with a bump to the top of the spine and an ownership inscription in a very good dustjacket. £28.00
McEwan, Ian. Various unsigned titles, including - Amsterdam, Black Dogs, The Cement Garden, The Child in Time, On Chesil Beach, The Imitation Game, The Innocent, The Short Stories and Solar (leather bound edition) please check the "New to Stock" section under "Advanced Search" on the www.timkcbooks.com website.
Peace, David: GB84. Faber 2004. Signed by the author. Fine paperback original. £20.00
Rankin, Ian: Knots & Crosses. Orion 2007. No. 1355 from a limited edition of 1500 signed and cased copies published 20 years after the original publication. £24.00
Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea. Andre Deutsch 1966. Near fine in near fine dustjacket. £48.00
Rubinstein, Harold: Bernard Shaw in Heaven. Heinemann 1954. A slightly worn play script. Inscribed "For Evelyn Waugh with Christmas Greetings from Harold Rubinstein December 1954. Very good. £24.00
Seiffert, Rachel: The Dark Room. Heinemann 2001. Fine, but with page tanning, in fine dustjacket. £8.00
Sillitoe, Alan: Travels in Nihilon. W.H. Allen 1971. Fine in fine dustjacket. £8.00
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