The World of Paperbacks
VINTAGE BOOKS lead this issue's releases with a wide range of new titles. First we have the two volumes of Jerry White's history of London: London in the Nineteenth Century: A Human Awful Wonder of God and London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People. Each is priced [pounds sterling]10.99 and the two together give a comprehensive history of the capital in all its splendour and horror. Carrying on the history theme we have Jessie Childs' Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey ([pounds sterling]9.99) while on the literary side we have Hermione Lee's Edith Wharton ([pounds sterling]10.99), a well-researched and nicely written biography, and Rosemary Ashton's 142 Strand: A Radical Address in Victorian London ([pounds sterling]9.99) which tells the story of the publisher, John Chap man, and his place in Victorian literary life. On the non-literary side we have Adrian Tinniswood's The Verneys, whose sub-title, A true story of love, war and madness in seventeenth-century England tells all one needs to know, and Druin Burch's Digging Up the Dead: The Life and Times of Astley Cooper, an Extraordinary Surgeon ([pounds sterling]8.99), the biography of one of the more unusual physicians in eighteenth and early nineteenth century British medical history. Finally, we have a reprint of Len Deighton's Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain ([pounds sterling]8.99), first published in 1977.
In the Vintage Classics series we have a wide range of attractively presented new titles which we shall list in alphabetical order: Emily Bronte's always popular Wuthering Heights ([pounds sterling]5.99): Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White ([pounds sterling]5.99), with the power to enthral readers after almost 150 years; Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton ([pounds sterling]6.99) and North and South ([pounds sterling]5.99) which look at life in an industrialising England (the latter title has an introduction buy Jenny Uglow); Thomas Hardy's less of the D' Urbervilles ([pounds sterling]5.99), the novel which shocked Victorian Britain (with Hardy's note to the first edition and preface to the fifth and later editions); Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady ([pounds sterling]5.99), a love story set against the American discovery of Europe; Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence ([pounds sterling]5.99), another look at the influence of European values on American life (with an introduction by Lionel Shriver); and, finally, Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway ([pounds sterling]6.99), her 1925 'stream of consciousness' novel (with introductions by Carol Ann Duffy and Valentine Cunningham).
From EBURY PRESS we have four military studies: Charles Rolling's Prisoner of War: Voices from Behind the Wire in the Second World War ([pounds sterling]8.99), a study of POW life as described by the men themselves, Forgotten Voices of the Falklands ([pounds sterling]7.99) by Hugh McManners, a riveting investigation into the Falklands War, from the incompetence of Foreign Office officials to the bravery of HM Forces, as told in their own words, and finally another in the 'Forgotten Voices' series, Joshua Levine's Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle for Britain ([pounds sterling]7.99). This valuable collection, compiled in association with the Imperial War Museum, begins with Dunkirk and carries on through the Battle of Britain. It gives readers a unique insight into daily life as recorded in the words of those who survived. Finally we have Dr Christian G. Appy's Vietnam: The Definitive Oral History Told from All Sides ([pounds sterling]14.99). In this title, first published in the US the author interviewed hundreds of people both in the US and in Vietnam to give an unpolished and disturbing first-hand account of the US's greatest military blunder up to the invasion of Iraq.
There is an equally stimulating range of titles from the Penguin Classics range published by PENGUIN BOOKS. Cambridge's Prof. …