It's Jake's birthday. He has lost his wife, his son is in prison and he is about to lose his past.As the disease takes hold of him, the key events of his life shift, and what until recently seemed solid fact melts into surreal imaginings. And why exactly is his son in prison?From the first sentence to the last, The Wilderness holds us in its grip.
Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely short-sighted, dressed in colourful clothes, Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange. But he was none the less a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children, irresistibly attractive to women - and avidly read by generations of readers. This title tells his story.
William Golding was born in 1911 and educated at his local grammar school and Brasenose College, Oxford. He published a volume of poems in 1934 and during the war served in the Royal Navy. Afterwards he returned to being a schoolmaster in Salisbury. This title introduces Golding.
Christmas is coming and DI Staffe is trying to make a go of it with his on-off girlfriend, Sylvie, when a murdered woman is discovered in a swanky City hotel room. Staffe becomes obsessed with Elena Danya, the dead, blonde and beguiling, high-end prostitute.
Bobby - young, black and happily in love with Hispanic girlfriend Maria - lives in a cramped Bronx apartment with his mother, his younger siblings and walls full of rats. But when Bobby and Maria are brutally attacked by a Hispanic gang, leaving the couple severely injured, everything changes.
Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are the author's earliest novels. They follow the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. In this title, the rat goes on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he had enjoyed playing years earlier: the three-flipper Spaceship.
An international children's classic, The Wind in the Willows grew from the author's letters to his young son, yet it is concerned almost exclusively with adult themes. This new edition explores a profoundly English book with a world following; a book for adults adopted by children; a timeless masterpiece and a vital portrait of an age.
'It was a dark night, with only occasional scattered lights glittering like stars on the plain' The aviator and author of The Little Prince describes vast, otherworldly landscapes, crash landings and magical encounters in his transcendent account of flying over the Sahara and the Andes. Ten new titles in the colourful, small-format, portable new Pocket Penguins series
Toru Okada's cat has disappeared. His wife is growing distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has been receiving. In this title, as the story unfolds, the suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer are truned inside out.
Enter the surreal and enchanting world of Haruki MurakamiToru Okada's cat has disappeared.'Mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original' The Times Part of the VINTAGE JAPANESE CLASSICS series - five masterpieces of Japanese fiction in gorgeous new gift editions.