Reprints (Issue 12)

As the nights are drawing in (or the opposite, depending upon which hemisphere you’re in), why not curl up with a reprint or two? In this issue, they range across the decades and even centuries, and there is plenty to entertain, surprise, and value.

If you’re in the mood for something Victorian, then why not turn to Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now?  For something equally classic but for children, you can’t go wrong with The Railway Children by E. Nesbit – while noted children’s author Antoine de Saint-Exupery might surprise with Night Flight, a novella about delivering post by plane in South America.

While you’re in a French mood, enjoy Paris Street Tales – and see France from an entirely different perspective, with the wartime memoir Sword of Bone by Anthony Rhodes, which gives an unusual vantage on D-Day. Hop over to Berlin for Vicki Baum’s 1929 classic Grand Hotel.

More recent offerings include Turkish author Orhan Pamuk’s The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist and a beautiful new edition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s moving first novel, Purple Hibiscus.

Adichie looks at an abusive and complex father in 21st-century Nigeria; a similar dynamic is seen in 20th-century Ireland in Benedict Kiely’s The Captain With The Whiskers. Turning to 1970s America, the dynamic is anything but normal in the curious but excellent novella The Men’s Club by Leonard Michaels.

Finally, enjoy the twists and turns of detection in the 1930s novel The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor by Cameron McCabe and Gil North’s 1961 The Methods of Sergeant Cluff, continuing the popular series – or if spies are more your thing, explore Mich Heron’s much-loved novel Slow Horses.

Happy reading!

SimonSimon