Did you know that an assassin is a hashish-eater and a yokel a country woodpecker? That Dr Mesmer mesmerised patients back to health or that Samuel Pepys enjoyed a good game of handicap? While we’re at it, what have spondulics to do with spines or lawyers with avocadoes?
During the eighties, while working on a novel which had become 'stuck', Anthony Powell, one of the greatest of twentieth-century Enlgish novelists, began writing a journal. Gossipy, delightful, sometimes barbed, these journals give a fascinating insight into the writer's life: the people he met, the places her visited and the parties he went to. The acute intelligence and wit which has made A Dance to the Music of Time one of the best loved novels in English is ever-present in these papers, where the reader will encounter Osbert Lancaster, Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin, Lord Longford - all viewed with affection and a startling frankness.
An indelible portrait of one of the most famous and beloved authors in the canon of American literature – a collection of letters between Harper Lee and one of her closest friends that reveals the famously private writer as never before, in her own words.
A celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird; this book is a collection of interviews conducted by the Emmy Award-winning producer, Mary McDonagh Murphy. This book commemorates one of our most loved novels through compelling interviews with the likes of James Patterson, Anna Quindlen and Oprah Winfrey.
One of the most critically-acclaimed non-fiction titles of 2004, both fascinating and moving, award-winning journalist Mark Abley's story of his travels to visit the world's dying and threatened languages and the people who speak them.