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".
`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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'There are good books and there are great books and there may be a book that is something still more: it is the book of your life' New York Review of Books Bjartus is a sheep farmer determined to eke a living from a blighted patch of land.
The "disappearance" of the poet Rosemary Tonks in the 1970s was one of the literary world's most tantalising mysteries. All her published poetry is now available here for the first time in over 40 years, along with a selection of her prose. This second edition has an expanded introduction and an additional prose piece.
Set in the early decades of the twentieth century, Independent People is a masterly realist novel evoking in rich detail a family and a rural community struggling to survive in the starkest of landscapes.
When Therese Raquin is forced to marry the sickly Camille, she sees a bare life stretching out before her, leading every evening to the same cold bed and every morning to the same empty day. Escape comes in the form of her husband's friend, Laurent, and Therese throws herself headlong into an affair.
The family and their home life may be chaotic, but visitors fall into an enchantment, and the claims of respectable life or upbringing fall away.
When Sanger dies, his Circus must break up and each find a more conventional way of life.
What the people didn't, and perhaps never would, know, was that the day of their people was already over.
From the author of Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors is a startling recreation of the lost world of the Neanderthals, and a frightening vision of the beginnings of a new age.
Karoo is a professional fixer of other people's scripts and, by his own acknowledgement, he ruins them all. Calamity and comedy follows shambolic Saul Karoo as his life breaks down. He is a man prone to luck both good and bad, and when a young woman with a strange connection to his past shows up, the plot of his own life comes into sharp focus.
Tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hall of the Danish king Hrothgar, then with Grendel's avenging mother, and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland.
The story of Beowulf was written down eleven centuries ago. It is an enduring myth that has inspired storytellers in all genres from poetry to film to comic strips. Here it is retold powerfully for children with incredible illustrations from Charles Keeping.