The World of Paperbacks

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The World of Paperbacks


GRANTA BOOKS has issued a paperback edition of Malise Ruthven's A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America. Of the many studies written on this subject this must stand as the most incisive and this edition, labelled as 'revised and updated' has a new Afterword by Dr Ruthven. Granta Books have also brought out Elizabeth Speller's Athens: A New Guide which shows that there is more to the capital of modern Greece than just the ruins of an ancient civilisation. The author's fascination for this often underrated city shines through every page. Both new titles are priced at [pounds sterling]9.99. Finally, Granta carries on its paperback editions of Joseph Roth's works with What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1923 ([pounds sterling]8.99) translated and edited by Michael Hofman. This latest volume gives the Austro-Hungarian novelist's newspaper articles written in the early twenties and is a translation of a German edition published in 1996.

ARROW BOOKS has brought out Dominic Green's The Double Life of Doctor Lopez: Spies, Shakespeare and the Plot to Poison Elizabeth I ([pounds sterling]7.99) in which the author uses the tragic history of Roderigo Lopez to open a door onto the wonders and horrors of Elizabeth I's world. He has produced a book that reads like a Shakespearean tragedy.

From the U.S. publisher, SIMON & SCHUSTER we have a compilation of extracts from the writings of Henry Kissinger: Ending the Vietnam War: A History of America's Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War ([pounds sterling]12.99) to which the author has added a short epilogue.

PIMLICO has brought out a paperback edition of Alan Stewart's highly praised biography, The Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I ([pounds sterling]8.99) which appeared in hardback last year and, in a rather different vein, Bryan Magee's memoirs of childhood life in working-class Hoxton, Clouds of Glory: A Hoxton Childhood ([pounds sterling]7.99).

New paperback titles from JOHN MURRAY include Margaret Shennan's Out in the Midday Sun: The British in Malaya 1880-1960 ([pounds sterling]9.99), in which the author mingles family memories with historical insight to explore a corner of Empire often ignored by modern writers, and Jonathan Brent and Valdimnir P. Naumov's Stalin's Last Crime: The Doctors' Plot ([pounds sterling]8.99). In this horrifying story the authors unravel one of the dictator's last bizarre enterprises in which he urged on the discovery of a 'conspiracy' among Jewish doctors to assassinate leading Communist officials. A third new title is Richard Woodman's Arctic Convoys 1941-1945 ([pounds sterling]9.99), a moving account of British conveys sent at enormous risk to supply Stalin's armies in the war against Hitler. It serves as a timely reminder of the bravery and determination of the Royal Navy and merchant seamen. Lastly there is a paperback edition of Susan Whitfield's Life Along the Silk Road ([pounds sterling]8.99) which examines the famous central Asian trade route through the life of ten separate individuals.

METHUEN has released a paperback version of Peter Earle's The Pirate Wars ([pounds sterling]8.99) which separates myth from reality in this history of piracy and of the Royal Navy's work to eradicate it between 1600 and 1830.

SUTTON PUBLISHING has brought out five historical titles.

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