The World of Paperbacks. (Reviews)
New releases from PAN BOOKS cover a wide section of the literary waterfront: history, biography, memoirs, economics and popular science. The history titles are David Cordingly's Heroines and Harlots: Women at Sea in the Great Age of Sail ([pounds sterling]7.99) and The Last Days of Hitler by Hugh Trevor-Roper (now Lord Dacre), first published in 1947 and still essential reading. Following the order given above the other new releases are: Carola Hicks' Improper Pursuits: The Scandalous Life of Lady Di Beauclerk ([pounds sterling]7.99); George Clare's Last Waltz in Vienna ([pounds sterling]7.99), a moving memoir of Viennese life under the Nazis which was first published in 1981; Adair Turner's Just Capital: The Liberal Economy ([pounds sterling]10.00); and, finally, a new edition of Brenda Fowler's Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier ([pounds sterling]7.99) praised in Contemporary Review as 'a thoroughly engaging detective story' as well as a clear presentation of the scientific evidence and the manoeuvrings involved.
VINTAGE has brought out a variety of travel books. The first is Ma Jian's Red Dust: A Path Through China ([pounds sterling]7.99) translated by Flora Drew. This fascinating account traces the journeys of a young Chinese man who set out to find the truth about himself and his vast country. Moving westward we have Emma Tennant's A House in Corfu ([pounds sterling]7.99) and Michael Rips' Pasquale's Nose: Adventures in a Small Town in Italy ([pounds sterling]7.99) another in that long line of books that concentrate on one specific area, in this case the town of Sutri, near Rome as experienced by an American lawyer and his family, the Rips of Nebraska. Our last stop is John Gross' A Double Thread: A Childhood in Mile End and Beyond ([pounds sterling]7.99) the memoirs of a man of letters and of his Jewish upbringing in London's East End. In The Flame of Adventure ([pounds sterling]7.99) Simon Yates looks at a particular aspect of travel, the relationship between man's love of adventure and his love of repose as seen in his own mountaineering. In fiction Vintage carry on their republication of Graham Greene's novels with one of his most famous, Brighton Rock ([pounds sterling]6.99), first published in 1938. As part of the Vintage Classics series we also have two new titles by Richard Hughes: A High Wind in Jamaica and In Hazard each priced at [pounds sterling]6.99. A final new release is Don McCullin's Unreasonable Behaviour: An Autobiography ([pounds sterling]8.99), the memoirs of the world-famous photographer.
For centuries, now, JOHN MURRAY has been famous for its travel books and the house has now launched a new paperback series, 'John Murray Travel Classics'. Among the new titles we have Freya Stark's famous book, The Lycian Shore ([pounds sterling]8.99), first published in 1956 and as exciting as when it first appeared. The series also includes three other Murray classics: Robin Fedden's The Enchanted Mountains: A Quest in the Pyrenees ([pounds sterling]6.99); Penelope Chetwode's (aka Lady Betjeman) Two Middle-Aged Ladies in Andalusia ([pounds sterling]8.00); Peter Goullart's Forgotten Kingdom: Eight Years in Likiang ([pounds sterling]9.99). There are also two famous titles by Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Time of Gifts ([pounds sterling]9.99) and Between the Woods and the Water ([pounds sterling]9.99). None of these titles has lost its original flavour and all are nicely presented with good paper and good print.
From PIMLICO we have a reprint of Peter Gwyn's The King's Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey ([pounds sterling]15. …