Welcome to Issue 5’s reprints! We’re experimenting with highlighting slightly fewer books this issue, to make sure that you don’t miss anything wonderful by not being able to see the wood for the trees – so we’re very excited about everything listed below!
If you’ve been watching the TV series, make sure you explore Ross Poldark by Winston Graham. Also renowned for works appearing on the screen is Patricia Highsmith, and Gill writes glowingly about her short stories collected in Little Tales of Misogyny. Alice Munro’s second book Lives of Girls and Women may be considered a novel, but it reads like a series of the short stories for which she is rightly famous.
The British Library Crime Classics always prove popular, and are represented in this issue by the excellent Capital Crimes and The Hog’s Back Mystery. Mysteries of the neurological variety (sorry for the appalling segue) take centre stage in the reprint of Oliver Sacks’ classic The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
Looking for a classic from further back? Stefanie turns her attention to two Virginia Woolf classics, The Waves and Orlando, and Hayley gives George Gissing’s The Whirlpool a hearty thumbs-up. Going several centuries further into the past, we look at The Book of Margery Kempe, in a new translation by Anthony Bale. Speaking of translation, Pushkin Press have published a new translation of Paul Morand’s 1940s novel The Man in a Hurry.
The Book of Margery Kempe is often thought of as the first autobiography – rather more recent is the latest Slightly Foxed reprint: Michael Holroyd’s 1999 memoir/biography Basil Street Blues. Other non-fiction in this issue is represented by The Reluctant Hostess, a 1950s guide to being a domestic goddess.
Simon, Reprints Editor