Set on the tip of Cornwall, The Belle Chasse is a seedy, dishevelled and decaying hotel but, like the area in which it is built, with the germ of the ...

Marise Tomelty is a child-wife who dislikes sex and is terrified of open spaces. Ralph Shilling, a dealer in pesticides, lives in the flat above the Tomeltys'. One day, Marise ...

The Bohemian Girl (1988), Frances Vernon's fourth novel, transports us to 1890s London to meet the young Diana Blentham, whom Vernon first introduced to readers - as a celebrated grande ...

With <i>Old Acquaintance</i> (1962) David Stacton embarked upon his third literary triptych, this one on the theme of 'The Sexes.''Even in these one-worldly days of cultural colonies and jet-settlers, most ...

A Desirable Husband, first published in 1987, was the third novel by the prodigiously gifted Frances Vernon (1963-1991).

Finola Molloy - first introduced to readers as the daughter of the bohemian ...

Orhan Pamuk

The first novel to appear in English by Nobel Prize-winning Orhan Pamuk, originally published in 1990.

A young Italian scholar is captured by pirates in Italy and put up for ...

There was disaster coming; that was blindingly obvious. Life had been almost ridiculously easy, and now things were going to get worse. Much, much worse. I couldn't believe that ...

Eimear McBride's award-winning debut novel tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so ...

Gentleman and Players (1984) was the second novel by the prodigiously gifted Frances Vernon (1963-1991), and served confirmation of what the TLS called her 'highly original talent.'

Three sisters make ...

'Yes, it was a crusade. But just what was it the people out there  feared and hated so much? Not surely the candidate. He was a decent man.  Or was ...

This brilliant sequence of short stories, first published in 1995, sees James Hamilton-Patterson serving up fables and fictions on creativity, tradition and loss, all of them linked by the love ...

First published in 2001, Loving Monsters begins with a British writer, now living in Italy, being propositioned to write the biography of a strange near-neighbour, a man named Jebb whose ...

Nearing the end of his career, an impulsive Sir Edward Elgar decides to travel by ship to Brazil, where he encounters a woman from his past. Based on true events ...

Privileged Children, first published in 1982, was the brilliant debut fiction by the prodigiously gifted Frances Vernon (1963-1991), which earned her the Author's Club Award for Best First Novel ...

James Hamilton-Paterson describes Three Miles Down (first published in 1998) as 'the account of a treasure hunt in 1995 which I joined as the expedition's chronicler. A group of ...

Tips for parole officers:

Don't smuggle heroin into prison.
Don't drink vodka to relieve stress.
Don't French-kiss a colleague to get your boyfriend jealous.
Don't snort ...

Krissie Donald has no desire to 'settle down'. Committed men are hers for the taking, but she prefers explosive liaisons to any sort of full-blown relationship.

Krissie’s best friend ...

Robert Aickman, the supreme master of the supernatural, brings together eight stories where strange things happen that the reader is unable to predict. His characters are often lonely and middle-aged ...

When James proposes, it seems like an opportunity for Jane to leave her lonely past behind and become part of a family. But the presence of a woman in the ...

It is 1985, and Greta Wells wishes she lived in any time but this one: she has lost her brother to AIDS, her lover Nathan to another woman, and cannot ...