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Under the volcano

Paperback, 13/07/1990, £8.99
It is the fiesta Day of the Dead in Mexico and Geoffrey Firmin - ex-consul, ex-husband, an alcoholic and a ruined man - is living out the last day of his life, watched by his former wife and half-brother. Other books by the author include "Ultramarine".

Beyond Black

Paperback, 25/11/2005, £8.99
A comically sinister tale of wicked spirits and suburban mediums from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of `Wolf Hall' and `Bring Up the Bodies'.

Party going

Paperback, 16/02/1996, £8.99
A fogbound London railway terminus is the arena wherein a group of bright young things attend to their amorous pursuits and evasions.

Desperate Characters

Paperback, 01/06/2003, £9.99
A Great American Novel - from the author of `Borrowed Finery'.

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon

Paperback, 07/04/2008, £9.99
When Warren Zevon died in 2003, he left behind a rich catalog of dark, witty rock 'n' roll classics, including "Lawyers, Guns and Money," "Excitable Boy," and the immortal "Werewolves of London."

Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero

Paperback, 07/02/2013, £9.99
`A devoted and luminously romantic history of swimming' GuardianHaunts of the Black Masseur is a dazzling introduction to the great swimming heroes, from Byron leaping into the surf at Shelley's funeral to Hart Crane diving to his death in the Bay of Mexico.

Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

Paperback, 01/02/2018, £9.99

Look At Me

Paperback, 02/06/2016, £8.99

Adventures in the Screen Trade

Paperback, 07/03/1996, £12.99
From the writer of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "All the President's Men" and "Marathon Man", Oscar-winning screen writer William Goldman presents his memories and views of movie-making, and of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman and Hoffman.

Human Voices

Paperback, 30/11/1988, £8.99
From the Booker Prizewinning author of 'Offshore' and 'The Blue Flower'; a funny, touching, authentic story of life at Broadcasting House during the Blitz.

All The Devils Are Here

Paperback, 18/01/2018, £10.00


Paperback, 04/09/2008, £9.99
How can one writer hurt another where it really counts? This is the problem facing novelist Richard Tull, contemplating the success of his friend and rival Gwyn Barry. Revenger's tragedy, comedy of errors, contemporary satire, The Information is an extraordinary novel of dark humour and piercing insight.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Paperback, 01/09/2012, £9.99
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY STELLA RIMINGTON'He was a man with years of dirty, dangerous memories - a spy.'James Bond has had enough. But Blofeld is back - older, leaner and more dangerous than ever, with a deadly secret at the heart of his luxury ski resort. Bond must rediscover his passion for what he does best, in Fleming's eleventh 007 novel.

To Serve Them All My Days

Paperback, 05/12/2005, £9.99
The classic story of an English public school between the wars and an inspirational teacher, repackaged as a Hodder Great Read.

Alma Cogan

Paperback, 04/03/2004, £8.99
Fictional characters jostle for space with real life stars - from John Lennon to Doris Day and Sammy Davis Jnr - as Burn, in a breathtaking act of appropriation, reinvents the popular culture of the post-war years.

Town House

Paperback, 01/02/2009, £7.99
A novel about the inhabitants of a country house in Suffolk from the late fourteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. It begins with the story of Martin Reed, a serf existing under the control of a universally accepted and supported hierarchy.


Paperback, 07/06/2010, £9.99


Paperback, 01/12/2001, £9.99

Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives

Paperback, 30/01/1997, £10.99
In the last months of his 29-year life, he fought a ravening opium addiction to succeed in claiming a place in history of English painting. He begged to be allowed to return to flying, and died mysteriously in a night training operation, aged 23.

Dud Avocado

Paperback, 03/05/2018, £9.99
A hugely entertaining novel of sex, lies and Americans in Paris, dripping with the sarcasm those Americans are not supposed to have. Published as part of a beautifully designed series to mark the 40th anniversary of the Virago Modern Classics.


Paperback, 03/10/2019, £9.99
A powerful, influential novel, praised by writers including Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and Maya Angelou. Long out of print, this searing tale is republished for a new generation.

Girl in Winter

Paperback, 03/03/2005, £9.99
This story of Katherine Lind and Robin Fennel, of winter and summer, of war and peace, of exile and holidays.

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

Paperback, 10/02/2005, £9.99
The striking debut short story collection introducing an arresting and unforgettable new voice

Old Man And Me

Paperback, 04/07/2005, £8.99
* Black comedy in the style of The Dud Avocado * 'Definitely demonic, exquisitely carved, deadly murderous comedy' Dawn Powell, Book Week

Dud Avocado

Paperback, 26/08/1993, £9.99
* Hugely entertaining novel of sex, lies and Americans in Paris * Dripping with the sarcasm those Americans are not supposed to have

Moominvalley in November

Hardback, 25/10/2018, £10.99

Autumn Journal

Paperback, 07/02/2008, £10.99
Written between August and December 1938, Autumn Journal is still considered one of the most valuable and moving testaments of living through the thirties by a young writer.


Paperback, 09/01/2013, £18.95

Tortoise And The Hare

Paperback, 07/02/1983, £8.99
* This exquisite novel tells a love story with a difference. * 'One of my favourite classics' Carmen Callil


Paperback, 03/12/1998, £8.99
Bruce Chatwin's bestselling novel traces the fortunes of the enigmatic and unconventional hero, Kaspar Utz.

Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

Paperback, 01/11/1995, £13.99
The definitive biography of Elvis and an excellent slice of social history.

Book Of Ebenezer Le Page

Paperback, 01/08/2007, £11.99

Vertigo & Ghost

Paperback, 03/01/2019, £10.00

Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Paperback, 03/01/1998, £8.99
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HELEN SIMPSON From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.

Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life

Paperback, 23/04/2015, £8.99
A working father whose life no longer feels like his own discovers the transforming powers of great (and downright terrible) literature in this laugh-out-loud memoir.

Jacob's Room

Paperback, 02/12/2004, £7.99
A portrait of a young man, tracing his life from childhood, to Cambridge University, and to his early adult life in artistic London. Jacob always yearns for something greater, and embarks on a voyage to the Mediterranean before the war begins and his fate is forever altered.


Paperback, 01/12/2001, £10.99

Lolly Willowes

Paperback, 01/03/2012, £9.99
Sylvia Townsend Warner's first novel, published in 1926, is magical and subversive, anticipating the ficton of writers like Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.

Absolute Beginners

Paperback, 13/06/2011, £8.99
London, 1958. In the jazz clubs of Soho and the coffee bars of Notting Hill the young and the restless - the absolute beginners - are forging a new lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. Moving through this world is MacInnes' young photographer, whose wit and honest views remain definitive of 1950s London and what it means to be a teenager.

Red Shift

Paperback, 07/10/2002, £6.99
A disturbing exploration of the inevitability of life.

Great Fire

Paperback, 06/05/2004, £8.99
The sweeping story of men and women struggling to reclaim their lives in the aftermath of world conflict by 'one of the greatest writers working in English today' (Michael Cunningham) and Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.

Vet's Daughter: A Virago Modern Classic

Paperback, 04/07/2013, £8.99
Barbara Comyns' witty and touching classic The Vet's Daughter tells the story of Alice, a young woman from Edwardian south London who is gripped by strange and mysterious powers.


Paperback, 02/09/2004, £8.99
Here John Turner Was Cast Away In A Heavy Snow Storm In The Night In Or About The Year 1755 The Print Of A Woman's Shoe Was Found By His Side In The Snow Where He Lay Dead This enigmatic memorial stone, high on the bank of a prehistoric Pennine track in Cheshire, is a mystery that lives on in the hill farms today.


Paperback, 03/06/2004, £8.99
Venetia Lanyon has never been further than Harrogate. Then, in one extraordinary encounter, she meets a neighbour she only knows by reputation, the infamous Lord Damerel, and before long is egging on a libertine in his scandalous behaviour.

Cold Hand in Mine

Paperback, 03/07/2014, £8.99
Contains eight stories that show off author's powers as a 'strange story' writer to the full, being more ambiguous than standard ghost stories.


Paperback, 10/09/2015, £8.99
A true modern classic, DARKNESS FALLS FROM THE AIR is a seminal novel of the Second World War.

Memento Mori

Paperback, 04/02/2010, £8.99
A brilliant, daring and darkly funny novel by Muriel Spark, 'mistress of the highest high comedy' (The Times)

Voice That Thunders

Paperback, 31/08/2010, £9.99
Alan Garner is an exceptional lecturer and essayist. Alan Garner's account of his mental illness will become a classic, and each strand of the book will be a source of fascination to anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of an Alan Garner story, as also to all who concern themselves with the craft of writing.

State of Denmark

Paperback, 18/01/2007, £8.99
It is the 1960s. England has become a dictatorship, governed by a sly, ruthless politician called Jobling. All non-whites have been deported, "The English Times" is the only newspaper, and ordinary people live in dread of nightly curfews and secret police. Richard Watt used all his journalistic talents to expose Jobling before he came to power.

Transit of Venus

Paperback, 05/10/1995, £9.99
Reissue of this highly acclaimed Virago title, a 'finely written, beautiful and tragic novel' - Hermione Lee, FT
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