The World of Paperbacks
VIRAGO has recently brought out paperback editions of Raynes Minns' 1980 title, Bombers and Mash: The Domestic Front 1939-45 ([pounds]10.99. 206 pages. ISBN 1-86049-794-2), a fascinating recollection of life in England during the Second World War. The second new title is Caitlin Thomas's Double Drink Story: My Life with Dylan Thomas ([pounds]6.99. 174 pages. ISBN 1-86049-725-X) in which she recalled her life with the alcoholic Welsh writer.
HARRY N. ABRAMS, the famous American art publisher, have now released a paperback edition of their 1994 Edith Wharton: An Extraordinary Life by Eleanor Dwight ([pounds]12.95. 296 pages. ISBN 0-8109 2795-0). This illustrated biography -- there are some 335 black and white illustrations -- captures all the charm and sophistication of the novelist and her life.
Readers interested in Edwardian fiction will be pleased to know that the PHOENIX GIANT series has published a paperback version of John Hammond's edition of The Complete Short Stories of H. G. Wells ([pounds]14.99. 883 pages. ISBN 0-75380-872-2), first published in 1998.
From ROBINSON PUBLISHING, which recently amalgamated with Constable, we have a reprint of Sir Ernest Shackleton's The Heart of the Antarctic: Bring the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 ([pounds]l2.99. 452 pages. ISBN 1-84119-135-3). This is a reprint of the original, 1909, edition and the typeset adds to the period flavour of the story and its large size also makes it more pleasurable to read.
PENGUIN BOOKS have published two books on twentieth-century disasters, both man-made. The first is Niall Ferguson's highly praised study of the Great War, The Pity of War ([pounds]9.99. 624 pages. ISBN 0-14-027523-1). The second is Titanic, edited by John Wilson Foster ([pounds]9.99. 364 pages. ISBN 0-141-18082-X), in which the tragedies, heroisms and mistakes are all brought to life. In addition, the prolific presses of the Penguin empire have recently released numerous literary titles in its 'Penguin Classics' and 'Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics' series.
New titles in the 'Penguin Classics' series include: Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Minister's Wooing ([pounds]7.99. 349 pages. ISBN 0-14-043702-9), Thomas Hardy's Two on a Tower ([pounds]4. …