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Isherwood's candid memoir of his life in 1930s Berlin. A seminal book of gay liberation which made him the grand old man of the movement.

In November 1929, Christopher Isherwood - determined to become a 'permanent foreigner' - packed a rucksack and two suitcases and left England on a one-way ticket for Berlin. With incredible candour and wit, Isherwood recalls the decadence of Berlin's night scene and his route to sexual liberation. As the Nazis rise to power, Isherwood describes his dramatic struggle to save his partner Heinz from persecution.


Pepys of the bohemian quarter

New York Sun

The best prose writer in English

Gore Vidal

Indispensable for admirers of this truly masterly writer

New York Times

Christopher and His Kind is written with the lucidity, the intelligence, and the wit that we have come to expect from Isherwood at his best

New Statesman

Christopher Isherwood is back in vogue


That young man holds the future of the English novel in his hands

Somerset W. Maugham

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    January 16, 2013

    Vintage Classics

    384 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook


    November 1, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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My Guru and His Disciple
The Condor and the Cows
Kathleen and Frank
Lions and Shadows
Down There on a Visit
The World in the Evening
A Meeting by the River
Prater Violet
All the Conspirators
The Memorial
The Sixties
A Single Man
Lost Years
Christopher Isherwood Diaries Volume 1
Goodbye To Berlin
Lions & Shadows
The Berlin Novels
Mr Norris Changes Trains


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Pride And Prejudice
Brave New World
The Princess Diarist
The Handmaid's Tale
Bon: The Last Highway
Finding My Virginity
The Boy Behind the Curtain
Everything to Live For
Logical Family
The House on the Hill
The Choice
When Breath Becomes Air
Young Hitler
The First Casualty
Lion: A Long Way Home