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Human Stain

Paperback, 04/05/2001, £9.99
It is 1998, the year America is plunged into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town a distinguished classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues allege that he is a racist. The charge is unfounded, but the truth about Silk would astonish even his most virulent accuser.

I Married a Communist

7, 01/07/1999, £9.99
In his heyday as a star - and as a zealous, bullying supporter of 'progressive' political causes - Ira marries Hollywood's beloved leading lady, Eve Frame. This book charts the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, an American roughneck who begins life as a ditchdigger in 1930s New Jersey, becoming a big-time radio hotshot in the 1940s.

Portnoy's Complaint

Paperback, 03/01/1998, £8.99
Portnoy's Complaint is a disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. In this book, the author states that many of the symptoms can be traced to the bonds obtaining in the mother-child relationship.


Paperback, 06/10/2005, £8.99
A book about people living their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter their destinies. Wherever they find themselves, the characters are tempted by the prospect of an alternative existence.


Paperback, 06/08/2009, £8.99
During the second year of the Korean War in 1951, studious Marcus Messner is beginning his sophomore year on the conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College. Marcus has fled from his hometown of Newark, New jersey, trying to escape his father's oppressive love - a love that is also a mad fear of the dangers of adult life soon to face his son.


Paperback, 02/09/2010, £8.99
Simon Axler is one of America's leading classical stage actors, but his talent - his magic - has deserted him. Overwhelmed, Axler's wife promptly leaves him, and Axler checks into a psychiatric hospital. It is only when he begins an affair with Pegeen - formerly a lesbian of 17 years - that Axler's regeneration can begin.


Paperback, 17/01/1998, £8.99
He is a middle-aged American writer called Philip; she is an articulate, well-educated Englishwoman trapped in a loveless and humiliating marriage. In Philip's London studio, this play of voices - sharp, tender and inquiring - reveals both their past lives with startling clarity.

Reading Myself and Others

Paperback, 04/10/2007, £10.99
The author's writing career spans five decades, a period that has seen him rise to become one of the greatest chroniclers of post-war American life. In this book, he collects some of the finest interviews, essays and articles discussing his own fiction and the range of controversies that it sparked, including his interview with the Paris Review.

Shop Talk

Paperback, 01/10/2002, £9.99
In a sequence of intimate conversations with some of the most influential and insightful writers of the twentieth century, the author explores the importance of region, politics and history in their work and that of their predecessors.

Dying Animal

Paperback, 05/04/2002, £8.99
David Kepesh, white-haired, and now in his sixties, is a formidable lecturer at a New York college. For years he's been casually, almost habitually, sleeping with the more spirited of his female students, though with an aesthete's critical distance. But now he's met Consuela Castillo, a twenty-four-year-old Cuban student....