Peter Straub called Robert Aickman 'this century’s most profound writer of what we call horror stories'. Aickman's 'strange stories' (his preferred term for them) are a subtle exploration ...

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A Very Personal War, first published in 1971, was James Hamilton-Paterson's first non-fiction book, and though out of print for many years it retains its force and relevance today ...

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The Bell-Boy was James Hamilton-Paterson's third novel, first published in 1990.

'Somewhere on my tropical travels I encountered a rickety hotel on whose roof an ancient servant lived in ...

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'I wrote my thesis because it seemed incredible that a nineteenth-century cleric could believe that paintings had the power to civilise his community of London's poorest. Yet that is ...

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'Pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked,' Jane Austen wrote to her niece Fanny Knight a few months before she died. Yet most traditional accounts of Austen's life ...

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David Nokes presents a gripping and authoritative portrait of Swift in his multifarious roles as satirist, politician, churchman and friend. Drawing on the most recent scholarship, he seeks in particular ...

Cold Hand in Mine was first published in the UK in 1975 and in the US in 1977. The story ‘Pages from a Young Girl’s Journal’ won the Aickman ...

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Joseph Hone's The Paris Trap, first published in 1977, saw him step aside from his sequence of 'Peter Marlow' novels to offer a different kind of political thriller.

Jim ...

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The Flowers of the Forest (1980) was the second of Joseph Hone's quartet of 'Peter Marlow' spy novels, all now reissued as Faber Finds.

It is an idyllic setting ...

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There were few more controversial British politicians of the twentieth-century than Enoch Powell. There were few more brilliant, and yet, whilst being an MP for thirty-seven years, his ministerial career ...

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Eric Ambler, John Buchan, Erskine Childers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, Len Deighton, Ian Fleming, Frederick Forsyth, Graham Greene, Geoffrey Household, John le Carre, Robert Ludlum and Joseph Hone. What ...

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In prison his name had been Peter Marlow. When British Intelligence released him to impersonate a dangerous KGB agent, he became George Graham, a man with an incredible past, and ...

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Though he once worked with British Intelligence, Peter Marlow now believes he has left behind the insane world of espionage, and found a haven in the Cotswolds with his wife ...

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A tweedy purveyor of folklore; too many larks ascending and too much Linden Lea: no composer’s work has ever been more cruelly stereotyped than that of Ralph Vaughan Williams ...

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'This is the only book from the Second World War comparable with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves ... When the battle of El Alamein began, the poet Keith ...

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'There is an old saying, 'Murder will out.' I am really unable to see why this should be so ...'

Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal (1907) inspired the classic ...

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Paul Ableman’s modern masterpiece was published in Paris in 1958 to instant acclaim.

The narrator of I Hear Voices is a young schizophrenic who transports himself, and the reader ...

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Tornado Pratt is the last of the old-style American tycoons who has lived his life with ferocious vigour through the vacillating fortunes of twentieth-century America. The novel finds him in ...

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Vilp’s hero, Clive Witt, is a novelist in search of a hero for his new novel. He advertises for suitable applicants. From 73 replies he selects three: Professor Guthrie ...

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'This book seems to be about us. Within a day or two of starting it I devised a title: VAC ... The subtle idea was to fuse the suggestion of holiday ...

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