The Pursued (Penguin, £12.99) is a lost crime thriller by C. S. Forester, the author of the Hornblower novels. It…
Jacques Bonnet is a distinguished French art historian and novelist who has amassed a private library of 40,000 volumes (around double the number contained in the average Waterstones).
Robert Silverberg is the great 20th-century pioneer of science fiction, the multiple Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning author of books such as Nightwings and Lord Valentine’s Castle.
On Snooker (2001) by Mordecai Richler
Here are two Alternative Reading Christmas gift ideas: books respect- ively by Gordon Brown and David Cameron.
Surprising literary ventures
The Benefit of Farting was published in pamphlet form in 1722, ostensibly by one Don Fartinando Puff-Indorst, Professor of Bumbast at the University of Crackow (a ‘crack’ being 18th-century slang for a fart).
William Tell Told Again was published by A & C Black in 1904 (‘Black’s Beautiful Books for Boys and Girls’), and is now extremely rare.
Love Letters of a Japanese begins: ‘These letters are real.
‘Recipe for a chic murder,’ runs the blurb on the back of Death Likes it Hot.
Ermyntrude and Esmeralda, by Lytton Strachey
Miranda the Panda is on the Veranda (1958) by Doris Sanders and Patricia Highsmith
James Patterson likes rape, torture, mutilation and death.
Willy and the Killer Kipper (1981) by Jeffrey Archer
On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco (1886), by Anton Chekhov
Amok: King of Legend, by Ken Follett