I have to thank my housemate Kirsty – also a reviewer in this issue – for lending her bookshelves for the reprints cover photo this issue. It sets the tone for the sort of books we love in this corner of Shiny New Books: old’uns. Particularly when they’re repackaged as shiny new books that we can read and love and tell our friends about.
British Library Crime Classics are back in fine form, with Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm by Gil North, Passage of Arms by Eric Ambler, and Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton. It seems that this publishing house can do no wrong! For something a bit more noir, try the excellently-titled The Girl With a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson – and you can also read the first-novel The Night of Wenceslas (now reprinted, of course, but originally from 1960) by thriller-writer Lionel Davidson.
Something even more classic than a crime classic is surely Dostoyevsky’s The Adolescent – while the term ‘cult classic’ was more or less invented for Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls. And that’s quite enough of the word ‘classic’ for one paragraph.
Some translated gems have also made their way to English-speaking shores: now you can join millions of Turkish fans of Sabahattin Ali’s Madonna in a Fur Coat, and the Francophile’s who’ve loved Madeleine Bourdouxhe’s Marie. And what could be better loved than a children’s favourite? The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson by Selma Lagerlöf has delighted generations of Swedish children, and can now delight you too.
You might know M.F.K. Fisher as a famous food writer, particularly if you’re from the US, but did you know she wrote a novel? We love The Theoretical Foot, and it’s deservedly now in print.
Finally, turning to our only non-fiction title this issue, John Moore’s Brensham Village continues the great titles from Slightly Foxed Editions.