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Illustrator Abigail Larson's brilliant imagining of Mary Shelley side-by-side with her legendary creation, Frankenstein's Monster

Now available for order in Finds are:
FICTION
The Stories of William Sansom
A Solitary War, Lucifer Before Sunrise, and The Gale of the World by Henry Williamson
All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams
NON-FICTION
Mary Shelley by Miranda Seymour
One Man and His Plot by Michael Leapman
Gerard Manley Hopkins by Robert Bernard Martin
Old Men Forget by Duff Cooper
Diana Cooper by Philip Ziegler
Founder by Amos Elon
Writing at the Kitchen Table by Artemis Cooper
Sir Robert Peel by Norman Gash

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I hope to say a little more of some of these exceptional titles in due course; but let me first say quickly that as of now all are available to order in Finds:
FICTION
Scenes of Childhood by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Power of the Dead and The Phoenix Generation by Henry Williamson
Lucy Carmichael and The Feast by Margaret Kennedy
Mockery Gap and Innocent Birds by T.F. Powys
NON-FICTION
The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire by Alan Palmer
Marshal Pétain by Richard Griffiths
We Come Unseen: The Untold Story of Britain’s Cold War Submariners by Jim Ring
The Memsahibs: The Women of Victorian India by Pat Barr
The Great Violinists and The Great Cellists by Margaret Campbell
The Art of Happiness by John Cowper Powys

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We’ve been away a while – busy times at Faber Towers, not least in respect of big new plans for the Finds list – and so news updates around this parish have been in short supply. But here is the roll-call of the titles just reissued this month (with another batch to follow!)
FICTION
I’m All Right Jack by Alan Hackney
The Papers of A. J. Wentworth, B.A. by H. F. Ellis
The Killing of Cinderella by Christopher Lee
Fables by T. F. Powys
It Was the Nightingale by Henry Williamson
NON-FICTION
A Curious Life for a Lady by Pat Barr
Lloyd George (Volume 4: War Leader 1916-18) by John Grigg
A Pre-Raphaelite Circle by Raleigh Trevelyan
Riviera by Jim Ring
Mr Secretary Peel by Norman Gash
Studies in Russian Music by Gerald Abraham

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Here is a roll-call of the most recently reissued titles in Finds, now available to order from our site and on Amazon:
The Deer Cry Pavilion: A Story of Westerners in Japan 1868-1905 by Pat Barr
The pavilion in question, the Rokumeikan, became a symbol of Japan’s westernisation during the Meiji period of the late 1800s/early 1900s: designed by English architect Josiah Conder for the housing of government guests and the hosting of grand parties. The Rokumeikan made for one sort of lightning-rod amid the rush of foreigners into newly-‘enlightened’ Japan, but Pat Barr tells the tales of umpteen others in this richly fascinating study.
The Double Bond – Primo Levi: A Biography by Carole Angier
The anguished life of Primo Levi is explored with uncommon acuity in this powerful biography which was lauded on first publication in the Independent (Lesley Chamberlain) and Guardian (Blake Morrison).
Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origin of His Evil by Ron Rosenbaum
The meditative work that, inter alia, inspired Norman Mailer’s final novel The Castle in the Forest – Mailer saying of Rosenbaum’s work that it “stimulated the hell out of me, absolutely knocked me out…”
“Personal without being self-indulgent, erudite without being pedantic, written with passion and a moral engagement worthy of its momentous subject, ‘Explaining Hitler’ is an exemplary work of intellectual journalism, an idiosyncratic classic.” Gary Kamiya, Salon.
Science in History: Volume 4, The Social Sciences by J. D. Bernal
The concluding volume of Bernal’s exceptional survey.
The East End: Four Centuries of London Life by Alan Palmer
Palmer’s homage to a vanished quarter of the capital.
Erskine Childers by Jim Ring
Authoritative study of the prominent Irish nationalist and author of Riddle of the Sands.
Queen Victoria by Giles St Aubyn
Masterly biography of the great British monarch.
Essays on Russian and East European Music by Gerald Abraham
A set of essays including the first publication of “The Opera of Stanislaw Moniuszko”.
Follow My Black Plume by Geoffrey Trease
Rip-roaring fiction for young readers, about an English lad getting caught up in Giuseppe Garibaldi’s fight for Italian independence.
The Innocent Moon by Henry Williamson
Volume 9 of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight
The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams
Another of Williams’ unsettling supernatural fictions, this one deriving its threat from the Tarot.
The Killing of Sally Keemer by Christopher Lee
The second of Lee’s ‘Bath Detective’ series
Da Silva Da Silva’s Cultivated Wilderness and Genesis of the Clowns by Wilson Harris
A fictional diptych from the great Guyanan novelist

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The classic novel by Jean Rhys, whose definitive biography is now in Finds

It’s my pleasure to unveil another strong, diverse and enticing selection of titles newly reissued in Finds as of this month. The nominees for your reading pleasure are:

FICTION

A Spirit Rises – Sylvia Townsend Warner
Our second offering of stories from this brilliant and versatile author, much admired by (inter alia) Sarah Waters and Ali Smith. Dovegreyreader also offers a recent appreciation here.

A Test to Destruction – Henry Williamson
The eighth of the fifteen titles in the Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight sequence, the numbers of whose readers in Finds appear to be growing daily…

The Bath Detective – Christopher Lee
The first in a thriller trilogy by the acclaimed novelist, historian and broadcaster whose own website is here.

Mark Only – T. F. Powys
The latest in our restoration to print of extraordinary works by the more austere of the prodigious Powys boys (see previous post here)…

NON-FICTION

Jean Rhys: Life and Work – Carole Angier
The definitive study of the melancholy author whose glorious final novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, confirmed Al Alvarez in calling her “the best living English novelist.”

The Embattled Mountain – F. W. D. Deakin
Bill Deakin’s scintillating account of his WWII mission into Yugoslavia to locate and assess Tito and his Partisans. Our earlier post on Deakin is here, and Mark Wheeler’s tremendous New Introduction here.

Secret Classrooms: An Untold Story of the Cold War – Geoffrey Elliott & Harold Shukman
A gem of an insight into how certain bright young scholars of the 1950s (among them A. Bennett, M. Frayn and DM Thomas) sidestepped National Service so as to be instructed in Russian for the betterment of the Cold War effort. Fine Spectator review here, and more to come on this blog…

Enid Bagnold – Anne Sebba
Our latest from Anne Sebba, a marvellous study of the brilliant and controversial woman who wrote National Velvet and The Chalk Garden. See Anne’s personal author site here.

Lloyd George: From Peace to War, 1912-1916 – John Grigg
We continue to reissue Grigg’s magisterial sequence, hailed by the Telegraph as overall “one of the most brilliant biographies of recent times”, this third volume the winner of the Wolfson Prize.

East End My Cradle – Willy Goldman
An unforgettable, affectionate evocation of 1930s London life from an author hailed in his time as “a sort of Proust of the Whitechapel Road.” Longer appreciation to follow on this blog v soon…

The Coming of the Barbarians: A Story of Western Settlement in Japan 1853-1870 – Pat Barr
An evocative and apt title for Pat Barr’s indispensable account of the opening to Japan first forged by US Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry – a story that inspired, inter alia, Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures

Paddy and Mr Punch: Connections in Irish and English History – Roy Foster
An inspired collection of thematically-linked essays praised in the LRB by Colm Toibin as ‘important and original’. (Toibin also hailed Foster as ‘the most brilliant and courageous Irish historian of his generation’, and his fascinating essay is fully available here.)

How the English Made the Alps – Jim Ring
An exciting anecdotal study of how 19th-century English poets, Christians and natural scientists sought out the highest peaks of Alpine glory, driven – as E.S. Turner put it in his LRB review – by “lust for adventure, scientific curiosity, vanity, national pride, the need for spiritual uplift, the geological urge to disprove Genesis, the expansion of railways, the tourist mania, the deathly pilgrimages of the tubercular and, finally, the primitive and irresistible joys of the piste…” Phew!

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The young Elizabeth David, whose last work is reissued in Finds this month (see left)

Precisely what, you may ask, is Finds making available to readers this month? Answer, as ever: a grand assortment of outstanding fiction and non-fiction titles that deserve renewed attention, and these are they:
FICTION
Margaret Kennedy, The Midas Touch
Siegfried Lenz, The Heritage
T.F. Powys, God’s Eyes A-Twinkle
William Sansom, Bed of Roses
Sylvia Townsend Warner, Winter in the Air and Other Stories
Henry Williamson, Love and the Loveless
NON-FICTION
J.D. Bernal, Science in History vol.3: The Natural Sciences in Our Time
Elizabeth David, Harvest of the Cold Months: The Social History of Ice and Ices
F.W. Deakin, The Brutal Friendship: Mussolini, Hitler, and the Fall of Italian Fascism
Amos Elon, Jerusalem: City of Mirrors
John Grigg, Lloyd George: The People’s Champion, 1902-1911
Timothy Mowl, Stylistic Cold Wars: Betjeman Versus Pevsner
John Cowper Powys, In Defence of Sensuality
Notes and perspectives on a few of these will follow.

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