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A Roundabout Manner: Sketches of Life by W. M. Thackeray
A Roundabout Manner: Sketches of Life by W. M. Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray John Sutherland

This is the first ‘sampler’ which covers all of Thackeray’s versatile genius: his cartoons, his journalism, his carefully restrained sentimentality (much to Victorian taste), his cutting satire, his essayism and what one could grandly call the Thackerayan world view.

On Christmas: A Seasonal Anthology
On Christmas: A Seasonal Anthology

Gyles Brandreth

A seasonal anthology of Christmas-themed writings to savour during the highs and lows of Christmas Day, introduced by Gyles Brandreth. This delightful book offers a diverse array of classic and contemporary writers who have expressed their thoughts about Christmas over the centuries – with joy, nostalgia, grumpiness, and dazzling wit.

Found and Lost: Mittens, Miep, and Shovelfuls of Dirt
Found and Lost: Mittens, Miep, and Shovelfuls of Dirt

Alison Leslie Gold

Starting with supervision of her primary school’s ‘Lost and Found’ depot, Gold charts her need to save objects, stories, and people – including herself – that she sensed to be on a road to perdition. In this compelling memoir, Gold relates her descent into addiction, and the fateful meeting that ultimately led to her salvation.

The Russian Soul: Selections from a Writer’s Diary
The Russian Soul: Selections from a Writer’s Diary

Fyodor Dostoevsky Rosamund Bartlett

A new anthology of Dostoevsky’s remarkable work ‘A Writer’s Diary’. Brilliantly introduced by Rosamund Bartlett, distinguished scholar and writer, The Diary stands revealed as the work of a writer-activist and blogger avant la lettre, who sought to transform Russian society and humankind itself.

We Are Not Afraid
We Are Not Afraid

Gila Lustiger

Written in the wake of the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015, Gila Lustiger examines the deep-rooted motives behind the attacks, the rise of antisemitism in the banlieues, and the profound flaws at the heart of the French governing system. She argues that the question of how to deal with terrorism has become a question for the whole of civil society.

Five Ways of Being a Painting and other Essays
Five Ways of Being a Painting and other Essays

William Max Nelson Garret Keizer Karen Holmberg Dasha Shkurpela Patrick McGuinness Laura Esther Wolfson

This collection brings together the six international winners of the £20,000 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize 2017. Contributors: William Max Nelson (winner), Karen Holmberg, Garret Keizer, Patrick McGuinness, Dasha Shkurpela, Laura Esther Wolfson.

The Paradoxal Compass: Drake’s Dilemma
The Paradoxal Compass: Drake’s Dilemma

Horatio Morpurgo

The Paradoxal Compass is both historical narrative and environmental manifesto. Morpurgo compares our own tipping point with the ‘great unsettling’ faced by the Elizabethans more than four centuries ago. As the modern world continues to plunder the ‘infinite store’ of the earth’s riches, Morpurgo explores how our abusive relationship with the natural world began. He asks what the Age of Discovery might have to teach us in the current environmental crisis, as we too reappraise our place in the world.

Nairn’s Paris
Nairn’s Paris

Ian Nairn Andrew Hussey

Out of print since 1968, this is a unique guidebook from the late, great architectural writer, Ian Nairn. Illustrated with the author’s black and white snaps of the city, Nairn gives his readers an idiosyncratic and unpretentious portrait of the ‘collective masterpiece’ that is Paris.

Smoke
Smoke

John Berger Selçuk Demirel

John Berger, art critic, novelist and long-time smoker, joins forces again with Turkish writer and illustrator Selçuk Demirel. This charming pictorial essay reflects on the cultural implications of smoking, and suggests, through a series of brilliantly inventive illustrations, that society’s attitude to smoke is both paradoxical and intolerant.

Drawn From Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne
Drawn From Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne Tim Parks

The essays of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, the 16th-century French philosopher, are an obvious addition to the Notting Hill Editions ‘Classic Collection’ due to the masterful balance of intellectual knowledge and personal story-telling conveyed in his writing. He popularised the genre of the essay form, coining the term from the French verb ‘essayer’, translated literally as attempts or trials. This selection is introduced by Tim Parks and is from the M A Creech translation.

Alchemy: Writers on Truth, Lies and Fiction
Alchemy: Writers on Truth, Lies and Fiction

Iain Sinclair

We live in a world of docu-drama, in which the ‘real life’ story is held in higher regard than fiction. Where does that leave the imagination? Five writers grapple with reality and fiction, and the alchemical process of turning life into art.

The Mystery of Being Human: God, Freedom and the NHS
The Mystery of Being Human: God, Freedom and the NHS

Raymond Tallis

In his latest collection of essays, author, physician and humanist philosopher Raymond Tallis meditates on the wonder of human consciousness, free will, reality, God and eternity.

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