English Historical Fiction
The Noise of Time
The Noise of Time
Paperback      ISBN: 1101971185
A compact masterpiece dedicated to the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich: Julian Barnes’s first novel since his best-selling, Man Booker Prize–winning The Sense of an Ending. In 1936, Shostakovich, just thirty, fears for his livelihood and his life. Stalin, hitherto a distant figure, has taken a sudden interest in his work and denounced his latest opera. Now, certain he will be exiled to Siberia (or, more likely, executed on the spot), Shostakovich reflects on his predicament, his personal history, his parents, various women and wives, his children—and all who are still alive themselves hang in the balance of his fate. And though a stroke of luck prevents him from becoming yet another casualty of the Great Terror, for decades to come he will be held fast under the thumb of despotism: made to represent Soviet values at a cultural conference in New York City, forced into joining the Party and compelled, constantly, to weigh appeasing those in power against the integrity of his music. Barnes elegantly guides us through the trajectory of Shostakovich’s career, at the same time illuminating the tumultuous evolution of the Soviet Union. The result is both a stunning portrait of a relentlessly fascinating man and a brilliant exploration of the meaning of art and its place in society. From the Hardcover edition.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
Paperback      ISBN: 0802145396
Reimagines the life of Jesus based on considerations of his dual nature, key Gospel stories, and the formulation of Church tenets.
The American Agent
The American Agent
Hardcover      ISBN: 006243666x
Coordinating an effort between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Maisie Dobbs investigates the murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz.
Paris
Paris
Paperback      ISBN: 0345530764
A multigenerational saga set against a backdrop of the court of Versailles, the French Revolution and the Belle Époque era describes intimate and vivid tales about real and fictional characters as they interact in Paris. Original.
The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests
Paperback      ISBN: 1594633924
Forced to take in lodgers in economically challenged 1922 South London, widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter find their lives profoundly and disturbingly changed by the arrival of a modern young couple. By the best-selling author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith. Online reading-group guide. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Gillespie and I
Gillespie and I
Paperback      ISBN: 0062103202
Taking readers back in time to 1888 Glasgow during the world-famous International Exhibition, elderly Harriet Baxter reminisces about her friendship with Ned Gillespie, a talented artist who took his own life at the age of 36, never having achieved the fame and recognition she believes he deserved. Original. 30,000 first printing.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Paperback      ISBN: 0812976363
Dispatched to the influential Japanese port of Dejima in 1799, ambitious clerk Jacob de Zoet resolves to earn enough money to deserve his wealthy fiancâee, an effort that is challenged by his relationship with the midwife daughter of a samurai.
Across the Nightingale Floor
Across the Nightingale Floor
Paperback      ISBN: 1573223328
In a novel set in a land much like feudal Japan, a young boy named Takeo becomes a pawn in the ceaseless battles between rival warlord clans in a culture ruled by codes of honor and formal rituals.
So Much Life Left over
So Much Life Left over
Paperback      ISBN: 0525564411
Reverse of the Medal
Reverse of the Medal
Paperback      ISBN: 0393309606
When Jack Aubrey makes some bad investments which involve him with the London underworld, he must rely on Stephen Maturin, an intelligence officer on his ship, to get him out of trouble