It’s been another great period for reprints, and this issue has a lovely variety of books. We’ve realised that sometimes a list of titles can be a little baffling, so here’s a quick introduction to the reprints of Issue 3…
A Lady of Quality by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Frances Hodgson Burnett is known and loved for her children’s stories, but fans of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess may not know about these equally-delightful books (adult and children’s respectively) with just the same heart.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Helen Rappaport reviews Rosamund Bartlett’s new translation of Tolstoy’s classic novel.
The British Library Crime Classics continue to impress, and this 1940 title is no different – and is closer Tough Crime than Golden Age.
Bed Manners by Dr Ralph Hopton and Anne Balliol
If you’ve never enjoyed the 1930s’ penchant for fake etiquette guides, then find out more about this spoof of polite society between the World Wars.
Desperate Games by Pierre Boulle
Originally published in 1971, this is (in the words of our reviewer) ‘a philosophical satire on science, politics, and psychology of the masses’. And the author wrote Planet of the Apes!
Facial Justice by L.P. Hartley
Did you know that the author of The Go-Between also wrote a (very good) dystopian fantasy?
Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
In these two books, Mary Renault writes a fictionalised account of the life of Alexander the Great, creating a character that it’s impossible not to love.
Iza’s Ballad by Magda Szabó
Exquisitely translated from Hungarian, this 1963 novel is ‘a heartrendingly beautiful novel, full of truth and tenderness’.
Love Insurance by Earl Derr Biggers
This 1914 comic romance has an unashamedly silly plot, and is very much from the same stable as P.G. Wodehouse – a delight from start to finish.
Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson
Rightly beloved around the world, this novel brings together two of Benson’s monstrous creations: women who are both determined to rule the polite society of their village.
Marrying Out by Harold Carlton
A touching, amusing, and fascinating memoir about growing up in a Jewish family when one of the family decides to ‘marry out’.
Old Friends and New Fancies
Imagine what would happen if characters from all of Jane Austen’s novels happened to meet each other? That’s what Sybil Brinton did, in the first ever Austen sequel in 1914.
The Buddha’s Return by Gaito Gazdanov
Not a reprint, but in this section for want of a better fit. Acclaimed by Maxim Gorky during his lifetime, and translated in the 1950s but subsequently forgotten, Pushkin Press are now commissioning brand new English translations.
The Forgotten Smile by Margaret Kennedy
Kennedy’s last novel, published in 1961, is a love letter to a Greek island, and the mysterious ways in which it unites unlikely people.
The Good Comrade by Una Silberrad
First published in 1907, our reviewer’s favourite thing about The Good Comrade was its wonderful heroine Julia Polkington – who decides to gain her independence by going on the hunt for a rare blue daffodil bulb…
The Love Child by Edith Olivier
A sublime 1920s novel about a lonely spinster who accidentally conjures her imaginary childhood friend into life. Charming, moving, and poignant.
The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley
Kingsley’s classic children’s story about an underwater world is probably best read by adults – particularly those fascinated by science and religion in Victorian England.
This Is The End by Stella Benson
A surreal story about a young woman who leaves home to become a bus conductor, and leads her family on a wild goose chase trying to find her. Benson’s quirky and witty style set this novel apart.
Under the Tripoli Sky by Kamal Ben Hameda
Another great new translation. The final book in Peirene Press’ Coming of Age series, this novel follows a young Jewish boy through his early exploration of sexuality.
Happy reading! Simon, Reprints Editor of Shiny New Books