Booklist - Writers and Poet's Lives and Works

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There are 184 books in this booklist - they are listed in order of year of publication. Newest titles are at the top. (We may not have all of them in stock right now, get in touch to find out)

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson, £9.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9781781255292

The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats by Allen Ginsberg, Edited by Bill Morgan, £11.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9780141399010

So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir by Michael Rosen, £9.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9781786633996

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle, £20.00 (hardback, 2018) ISBN 9781474610278

Devotion: Why I Write by Patti Smith, £6.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9780300240221

After Kathy Acker: A Biography by Chris Kraus, £9.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9780141986654

The Deaths of the Poets by Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley, £9.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9780099581321

The Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case by Michael Rosen, £9.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9780571312023

Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin, £9.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9781784161040

Hard to Be a Saint in the City: The Spiritual Vision of the Beats by Robert Inchausti, £13.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9781611804171

Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words: The Authorised Biography by Boel Westin, £14.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9781908745569

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography by Benjamin Zephaniah, £20.00 (hardback, 2018) ISBN 9781471168925

Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands by Stuart Hall, £9.99 (paperback, 2018) ISBN 9780141984759

Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography by Brendan King, £10.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9781472947338

Passage Across the Mersey by Robert Bhatia, £8.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9780008168889

The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography by Edmund Gordon, £10.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9780099575726

Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems by Audre Lorde, £12.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9780995716223

In Gratitude by Jenny Diski, £9.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9781408879948

Light The Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process by Joe Fassler (Editor), £12.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9780143130840

Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman, £25.00 (hardback, 2017) ISBN 9781910200964

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers by Various writers, edited by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates, £16.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9780143105992

Orwell's Nose: A Pathological Biography by John Sutherland, £9.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9781780238265

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole, £8.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9780571328062

Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas, £8.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9781781258682

This Is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature by Various writers, £16.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9781408884980

Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland by Lavinia Greenlaw, £9.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9781910749562

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, £9.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9781408866139

Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936 by Volker Weidermann, translated by Carol Brown Janeway, £8.99 (paperback, 2017) ISBN 9781782272977

Theodor Geisel: A Portrait of the Man Who Became Dr. Seuss by Donald E. Pease, £9.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9780190614522

Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, £14.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9781846559891

Frantumaglia: An Author's Journey Told Through Letters, Interviews, and Occasional Writings by Elena Ferrante, £16.99 (hardback, 2016) ISBN 9781609452926

Tove Jansson: Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen, £12.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9780141978826

Every Time a Friend Succeeds Something Inside Me Dies: The Life of Gore Vidal by Jay Parini, £10.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9780349139401

John Clare: The Trespasser by John Goodridge and R.K.R. Thornton, £6.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9781910170298

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, £8.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9781447238348

The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy by J M Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz, £9.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9780099598220

John le Carre: The Biography by Adam Sisman, £9.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9781408849460

Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS by Martin Duberman, £14.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9781620971925

On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks, £9.99 (paperback, 2016) ISBN 9781447264064

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, £8.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781784161811

Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography by Brendan King, £25.00 (hardback, 2015) ISBN 9781472908537

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks, £9.99 (hardback, 2015) ISBN 9781509822805

Long Time No See by Hannah Lowe, £9.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781859643969

Sylvia Townsend Warner: A Biography by Claire Harman, £9.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9780241964439

Percy Bysshe Shelley Poet and Revolutionary by Jacqueline Mulhallen, £12.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9780745334615

Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998 by Michael Palin, £12.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781780225326

Arguments Yard: Thirty Five Years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola by Attila the Stockbroker, £14.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781909454309

Sappho by Page duBois, £12.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781784533618

The Moth: This Is a True Story by Various writers, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman, £8.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781846689901

The Frood: The Authorised & Very Official History of Douglas Adams by Jem Roberts, £9.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9780099590767

The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies by Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud, £9.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9780857864215

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love by James Booth, £9.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781408851692

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff, £8.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781408833971

Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of to Kill a Mockingbird by Mary McDonagh Murphy (Editor), £7.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781784753054

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills, £12.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9780143127666

So, Anyway... The Autobiography by John Cleese, £7.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9780099580089

The Essential Ginsberg by Allen Ginsberg, £12.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9780141398990

The Pleasure of Reading: 43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books That Inspired Them by Antonia Fraser (Editor), £9.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781408859629

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy, £7.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781472222695

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry, £8.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781405918831

The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias by Jasmine Donahaye, £10.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781909983236

The Flaneur by Edmund White, £8.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781408864760

Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill, £9.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781408833896

Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris by Edmund White, £8.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781408837764

Dreams of the Good Life: The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford by Richard Mabey, £9.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9780141044811

The Boy in the Book by Nathan Penlington, £8.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9780755365708

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham, £9.99 (paperback, 2015) ISBN 9781784080730

Writing Home by Alan Bennett, £12.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9780571315727

A Theft / My Conman by Hanif Kureishi, £4.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9780571323197

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit, £9.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9781847085122

Walking the Literary Landscape: 20 Classic Walks for Book-Lovers in Northern England by Ian Hamilton & Diane Roberts, £12.95 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9781906148782

Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson, £9.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9780857205896

Pink Triangle: The Feuds and Private Lives of Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote... by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince, £15.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9781936003372

Meeting the Devil: A Book of Memoir by The London Review of Books, with a preface by Alan Bennett, £12.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9780099592327

I'm Not Here to Give a Speech by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, £9.99 (hardback, 2014) ISBN 9780241184264

Life, Love and the Archers: Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose by Wendy Cope, £16.99 (hardback, 2014) ISBN 9781444795363

Boyhood Island: My Struggle, Book 3 by Karl Ove Knausgaard, £8.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9780099581499

Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel García Márquez, £9.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9780241968772

Becoming a Londoner by David Plante, £9.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9781408840115

Springfield Road by Salena Godden, £8.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9781783520558

Spike Milligan: Man of Letters by Spike Milligan, £9.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9780241966921

Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration by Hannah Ellis, £20.00 (hardback, 2014) ISBN 9781472903099

The Art of Neil Gaiman: The Visual Story of One of the World's Most Vital Creative Forces by Hayley Campbell, £25.00 (hardback, 2014) ISBN 9781781571392

A Parallel Life by Bonnie Greer, £14.99 (hardback, 2014) ISBN 9781909807624

The Society of the Crossed Keys: Selections from the Writings of Stefan Zweig by Stefan Zweig, selected by Wes Anderson, £6.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9781782271079

A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar, £8.99 (paperback, 2014) ISBN 9781447221753

Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage of the 1980s by Kurt Vonnegut, £8.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780099583479

Tolstoy: A Russian Life by Rosamund Bartlett, £10.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9781781251911

Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie, £9.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780099563440

Oscar Wilde and His Circle by Simon Callow, £9.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9781855144781

A Death in the Family: My Struggle, Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Don Bartlett, £8.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780099555162

A Man In Love: My Struggle, Book 2 by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Don Bartlett, £8.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780099555179

Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor by Ruth Richardson, £10.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780199681280

Liberation: Diaries, Vol 3 by Christopher Isherwood, £16.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780099575474

Inventing the Enemy by Umberto Eco, £10.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780099553946

Artful by Ali Smith, £9.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780241959572

Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin, £20.00 (hardback, 2013) ISBN 9781781310779

Wilfred Owen by Jon Stallworthy, £16.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9781845952044

Rub Out the Words: Letters 1959-1974 by William E. Burroughs, £12.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780141189802

Virginia Woolf by Alexandra Harris, £9.95 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780500290866

Camp David by David Walliams, £7.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780241957721

The Expo Files: Articles by the Crusading Journalist by Stieg Larsson, edited by Daniel Poohl, translated Laurie Thompson, £8.99 (paperback, 2013) ISBN 9780857387066

The Red Sweet Wine of Youth: The Brave and Brief Lives of the War Poets by Nicholas Murray, £12.99 (paperback, 2012) ISBN 9780349121437

Arguably by Christopher Hitchens, £12.99 (paperback, 2012) ISBN 9780857892584

Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It by Howard Jacobson, £8.99 (paperback, 2012) ISBN 9781408822425

Bert: The Life and Times of A. L. Lloyd by Dave Arthur, £24.99 (hardback, 2012) ISBN 9780745332529

Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast by Clare Peake, £8.99 (paperback, 2012) ISBN 9781780333854

London Peculiar And Other Nonfiction by Michael Moorcock, introduction by Iain Sinclair, edited by Allan Kausch, £17.99 (paperback, 2012) ISBN 9781854251060

Stieg: From Activist to Author by Jan-Erik Pettersson, translated by Tom Geddes, £8.99 (paperback, 2012) ISBN 9781849165013

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World by Simon Callow, £16.99 (hardback, 2012) ISBN 9780007445301

Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor by Ruth Richardson, £16.99 (hardback, 2012) ISBN 9780199645886

Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin, £9.99 (paperback, 2012) ISBN 9780141036939

Why be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson, £9.99 (paperback, 2012) ISBN 9780099556091

Point to Point Navigation by Gore Vidal, £9.99 (paperback, 2012) ISBN 9780349139104

And The Bridge Is Love by Faye Moskowitz, £9.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9781558617704

Wolf: The Lives of Jack London by James L. Haley, £11.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9780465025039

The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives by Otto Penzler (Editor), £7.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9781849165228

Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica by Philip Larkin, edited by Anthony Thwaite, £12.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9780571239108

The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt, £8.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9780099555599

And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night by Jack Mapanje, £12.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9780956240170

My Animal Life by Maggie Gee, £8.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9781846590900

OxTravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers by Various authors, introduced by Michael Palin, £9.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9781846684968

William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (2nd revised edition) by E.P. Thompson, £18.95 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9780850366808

The Notebook by José Saramago, translated by Amanda Hopkinson, and Daniel Hahn, £8.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9781844677016

Hitch 22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens, £9.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9781843549222

Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man by Barbara Foley, £20.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9780822348290

Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon, £9.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9780007150410

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, £9.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9780099539551

The Fry Chronicles: A Memoir by Stephen Fry, £8.99 (paperback, 2011) ISBN 9780141039800

Orwell: Life and Art by Jeffrey Meyers, £17.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9780252077463

The Brontes by Juliet Barker, £14.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9780349122427

The South Bank Show: Final Cut by Melvyn Bragg, £8.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9781444705539

The Ballad of John Clare by Hugh Lupton, £9.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9781907650000

Small Memories by José Saramago, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, £8.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9780099520481

I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman by Joumana Haddad, £8.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9780863564277

Life Class: The Selected Memoirs of Diana Athill by Diana Athill, £12.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9781847081469

Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar by Colm Tóibín, £8.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9780330491389

A Warrior's Life: A Biography of Paulo Coelho by Fernando Morais, £12.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9780007281404

In Tangier by Mohamed Choukri, £9.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9781846590610

My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century by Adina Hoffman, £14.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9780300164275

Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th-Century Women Writers by Lesley McDowell, £16.99 (hardback, 2010) ISBN 9780715639092

A Fork in the Road by André Brink, £8.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9780099527039

An Angel at My Table by Janet Frame, £9.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9781844086238

Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon, £8.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9780007289875

Because You Died: Poetry and Prose of the First World War and After by Vera Brittain, edited and introduced by Mark Bostridge, £8.99 (paperback, 2010) ISBN 9781844084142

Isaac Rosenberg: The Making of a Great War Poet by Jean Moorcroft Wilson, £14.99 (paperback, 2009) ISBN 9780753825778

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, £8.99 (paperback, 2009) ISBN 9780099526155

Gertrude and Alice by Diana Souhami, £12.99 (paperback, 2009) ISBN 9781848851481

The Beats: A Graphic History by Text and art by Harvey Pekar and Ed Piskor, edited by Paul Buhle, £12.00 (paperback, 2009) ISBN 9780285638587

So Bright and Delicate: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne by John Keats, with an introduction by Jane Campion, £7.99 (paperback, 2009) ISBN 9780141442471

Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine by Raja Shehadeh, £8.99 (paperback, 2009) ISBN 9781846682506

A River Dies of Thirst: Diaries by Mahmoud Darwish, £10.99 (paperback, 2009) ISBN 9780863566349

Leviathan, or The Whale by Philip Hoare, £12.99 (paperback, 2009) ISBN 9780007230143

The Beat Generation: A Beginner's Guide by Christopher Gair, £9.99 (paperback, 2008) ISBN 9781851685424

P.S. Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening by Studs Terkel, £11.99 (paperback, 2008) ISBN 9781595584236

King of Shadows by Aaron Shurin, £12.99 (paperback, 2008) ISBN 9780872864900

For the Islands I Sing: An Autobiography by George Mackay Brown, £7.99 (paperback, 2008) ISBN 9781846970832

Dockers and Detectives by Ken Worpole, £8.99 (paperback, 2008) ISBN 9781905512379

How I Write: The Secret Life of Authors by Edited by Dan Crowe, £10.00 (hardback, 2007) ISBN 9780847829422

Noam Chomsky - Critical Lives by Wolfgang B. Sperlich, £11.99 (paperback, 2006) ISBN 1861892691

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, £8.99 (paperback, 2006) ISBN 9780007216857

Said and Done: The Autobiography by Roger McGough, £9.99 (paperback, 2006) ISBN 0099478757

Baghdad Burning: Volume 2 by Riverbend, £7.99 (paperback, 2006) ISBN 0714531332

Untold Stories by Alan Bennett, £12.99 (paperback, 2006) ISBN 0571228313

Istanbul: Memories of a City by Orhan Pamuk, £10.99 (paperback, 2006) ISBN 0571218334

Memoir by John McGahern, £9.99 (paperback, 2006) ISBN 0571228119

Wild Women and Books: Bibliophiles, Bluestockings, and Prolific Pens by Brenda Knight, £14.99 (paperback, 2006) ISBN 1573242713

The People on the Street: A Writer's View of Israel by Linda Grant, £11.99 (paperback, 2006) ISBN 1844082547

Anthem for Doomed Youth: Twelve Soldier Poets of the First World War by Jon Stallworthy, £12.99 (paperback, 2005) ISBN 9781845292218

A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz, £9.99 (paperback, 2005) ISBN 0099450038

Outwitting History: How a Young Man Rescued a Million Books and Saved a Vanishing Civilisation by Aaron Lansky, £12.99 (paperback, 2005) ISBN 0285637525

My Ear At His Heart: Reading My Father by Hanif Kureishi, £7.99 (paperback, 2005) ISBN 0571224040

Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel, £8.99 (paperback, 2004) ISBN 9780007142729

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction by Ritchie Robertson, £7.99 (paperback, 2004) ISBN 9780192804556

Moab is My Washpot by Stephen Fry, £9.99 (paperback, 2004) ISBN 9780099457046

Memoirs by Pablo Neruda, £12.99 (paperback, 2004) ISBN 9780285648111

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, £8.99 (paperback, 2002) ISBN 1860498507

The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers, with Erin Gruwell, £12.99 (paperback, 2001) ISBN 9780385494229

Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara: Difference, Homosexuality, Topography by Smith, Hazel, £18.50 (paperback, 2000) ISBN 0853235058

Out of Place: A Memoir by Edward Said, £9.99 (paperback, 2000) ISBN 1862073708

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, £8.99 (paperback, 2000) ISBN 1860497926

Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou, £9.99 (paperback, 1985) ISBN 9781844085026

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, £8.99 (paperback, 1984) ISBN 9780860685111

Sappho: Poems and Fragments by Balmer, Josephine. (translator), £9.95 (paperback, 1984) ISBN 1852242019