I know what my first thought would be if I saw a new books newsletter – but what about all the old books? Well, don’t worry, I’m here to help – heading up the reprints reviewers. If you spend your free time (and daydream time) browsing secondhand bookshops, much like the one in the photo above (Richard Booth Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye) then you’re in luck.

There has never been a better time for reprint fiction. Some publishing houses are devoted to it, some dip their toes in now and then, but there has definitely been a vogue of late for finding the best of the past. Each quarter we’ll be telling you the most wonderful reprints of the season, and would love to hear suggestions from you in turn.

Which am I most excited about this issue? It’s got to be the Shirley Jackson reprints from Penguin – the hard-to-find works of a much-loved writer are now available to all, and they’re just as interesting as her best known books.  And I’ve not read the Cornish and Lake District detective novels by John Bude – which Harriet reviews for this issue – but I’m very keen to now!

Do let us know what you think, and which books you’d love to see reprinted.


Happy reading – Simon, Reprints Editor at Shiny New Books

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