Well, if I thought Issue 1 had a great set of reprints, then I’m bowled over by Issue 2. As before, this is the corner of Shiny New Books for people who love the idea of books being shiny and new… but would quite like them to be old at the same time.

If you spend a lot of time in secondhand bookshops, revelling in literature of the past, then you are a kindred spirit. Perhaps the image for this post (which I took in a lovely bookshop in Wantage, Oxfordshire) made your heart jump a bit for joy? Well, shiny new books are still for the likes of us – this has been another brilliant period for reprints.

The past three months seem to have seen a large number of really wonderful non-fiction reprints – I’d like to point towards Ann Thwaite’s biography of A.A. Milne and Penelope Fitzgerald’s biography of Charlotte Mew – alongside the reliably wonderful fiction publications by Persephone, Virago, Hesperus et al.

Picking my highlight this month, I have to turn to one of my all-time favourite authors. Tove Jansson’s The Listener isn’t strictly a reprint – it’s never appeared in English before – but this new translation of the 1971 short story collection is abundantly welcome.  Indeed, we’ve included a few translations in this section, as they didn’t seem to fit properly in ‘new fiction’. Hopefully you will forgive our loose use of terminology!

Do let me know which reprints you’re excited about this quarter – and, as I’m always on the look-out for recommendations, which books you would love to see reprinted.


Happy reading! Simon, Reprints Editor at Shiny New Books.

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