Welcome to the Reprints section!

As always, this is the corner of Shiny New Books where the books may be shiny and new, but they are also rescued from the past – either from oblivion or otherwise. We’re experimenting with a slightly slimmer selection than previously (which I rather hope means I’ll get around to reading ALL of them.) By the way, this issue’s secondhand books picture comes from Capitol Hill Books in Washington DC – do send in your own pictures if you’d like them to feature in a forthcoming issue of Shiny New Books!

While each issue has a nice mix of reprints, this month seems to have been especially good for non-fiction. There are beautiful new editions of family/wildlife memoir My Family and Other Animals and two editions of Virginia Woolf’s essays, not to mention the biography of art dealer Duveen and Nairn’s London for lovers of the capital.

Fiction is provided by women writers across the century and the world: Persephone’s latest is The Happy Tree by Rosalind Murray, and of a similar ilk is The Small Widow by Janet McNeill. Jane Gardam, Irène Nemirovsky, and Patricia Highsmith could scarcely be more different as authors – but all of them have had work republished recently, and we’re keen to tell you more about them. Less well known than all three of these is the latest author to be discovered by Faber Finds, whom we’re sure will be a word-of-mouth favourite: Frances Vernon.

Anton Chekhov’s In the Twilight and Mikhail Bulgakov’s Notes on a Cuff offer some international literature, while OUP’s beautiful reprints of Anthony Trollope complete the section.


Happy reading!

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