As the weather gets colder and the nights get longer, you’ll want to spend more time curled up with a book – and there are (of course) some wonderful reprints to read alongside your mug of hot chocolate – or perhaps even mulled wine.
There’s a bumper load of Scottish classics this time: Paradise by A.L. Kennedy, Movern Callar by Alan Warner, The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway and Swing Hammer Swing! by Jeff Torrington. Going further afield, there is The Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov while Japanese literature is represented by Natsume Soseki’s The Miner, originally serialised over a century ago.
Speaking of serials, The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Stories by Joan Aiken is a magical collection for any family (or individual) – and if you’ve been charmed by the William stories of Richmal Crompton before, then why not explore the novels she wrote for adults, back in print for the first time in decades? Edith Wharton fans also now have the chance to read one of her lesser-known books: Summer.
It wouldn’t be an issue of Shiny New Books without another delight from the British Library Crime Classics series: we think Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon is up there with their best. Less cosily, Pushkin Vertigo have published a couple of crime reprints to kick off their new initiative, while Tom Drury’s The End of Vandalism is edgy and brilliantly observed.
But I’ve saved my favourite for last: Shirley Jackson’s previously uncollected essays and stories are put together in Let Me Tell You, which is a must for any Jackson fan and also wonderful for Jackson newbies.
Simon, Reprints Editor