Books for The Political Animal

Confessions of a Heretic (revised edition)
Confessions of a Heretic (revised edition)

Roger Scruton Douglas Murray

A collection of twelve provocative essays by the philosopher and political thinker Roger Scruton. Each ‘confession’ reveals an aspect of the author’s thinking that his critics would probably have advised him to keep to himself. This diverse collection includes essays on art, music, architecture, government, social media, and culture.

Happy Half-Hours. Selected Writings of A. A. Milne
Happy Half-Hours. Selected Writings of A. A. Milne

A. A. Milne Frank Cottrell-Boyce

A delightful selection of writing from non-fiction books and articles by the ever-popular A.A. Milne, many of which haven’t been in print for decades. Introduced by the prize-winning children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce, this volume is an ideal gift book, bringing AA Milne’s brilliant non-fiction back to the spotlight.

Happy Half-Hours – Signed Copy
Happy Half-Hours – Signed Copy

A. A. Milne Frank Cottrell-Boyce

A delightful selection of writing from non-fiction books and articles by the ever-popular A.A. Milne, many of which haven’t been in print for decades. Introduced by the prize-winning children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce, this volume is an ideal gift book, bringing AA Milne’s brilliant non-fiction back to the spotlight.

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.

Exile
Exile

Three extraordinary writers – Oscar Wilde, Richard Sennett, and Kirsty Gunn – reflect on the condition of exile.

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.

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.

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.

Beautiful and Impossible Things: Selected Essays of Oscar Wilde
Beautiful and Impossible Things: Selected Essays of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Gyles Brandreth

This popular book of essays by Oscar Wilde is introduced by Gyles Brandreth. Making an ideal gift book for fans of his work, this collection showcases the aphorisms, genius and wit of Oscar Wilde.

All That Is Worth Remembering
All That Is Worth Remembering

William Hazlitt Duncan Wu

The first in the NHE Classic Collection – selected writings from celebrated essayists throughout time.

Why read Hazlitt today? Because no one celebrates better than he did the imaginative power of the mind as it invests itself in theatre, painting, literature, music and philosophy. But there is nothing fanciful or lightweight about him. He sees clearly into the darkness of the human heart, perceives ‘its various threads of meanness, spite, cowardice, want of feeling, and want of understanding, of indifference towards others and ignorance of ourselves’. That undeceived vision and love of life makes him as compelling as ever. Duncan Wu

The Road to Apocalypse: The Extraordinary Journey of Lewis Way
The Road to Apocalypse: The Extraordinary Journey of Lewis Way

Stanley Price Munro Price

In 1811 eccentric millionaire Lewis Way had an epiphany on the road to Exmouth. From that moment he devoted himself to one goal: the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, revealing a forgotten life story.

Wandering Jew: The Search for Joseph Roth
Wandering Jew: The Search for Joseph Roth

Dennis Marks

In this revealing ‘psycho-geography’, Dennis Marks makes a journey through the eastern border­lands of Europe to uncover the truth about Roth’s lost world. The result is a riveting and involving documentary that reunites Roth with his creative and spiritual landscape.

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