This summer at VINTAGE we are enjoying books which celebrate storytelling and are rooted in a sense of place. We have the perfect prize for book lovers who are staying at home or want to relax with a good read this summer, a bundle of 12 VINTAGE books which are immersive, gripping and page-turning. These are:
- There, There by Tommy Orange – One of Barack Obama's best books of 2018, the New York Times bestselling novel about contemporary America is from a bold new Native American voice, and set in a close-knit community in Oakland, California.
- Stranger in the Shogun's City by Amy Stanley – A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman in Edo – now known as Tokyo – and a portrait of a great city on the brink of momentous change.
- Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah, translated by Deborah Smith – A hypnotic, disorientating story of parallel lives unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summer.
- Djinn Patrol by Deepa Anappara – This heartrending tale is set in a fictional city in India, where nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, and when a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use his crime-solving skills to find him.
- Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o – In this compelling classic of modern African Literature, Petals of Blood explores the scepticism of change after Kenya's liberation from the British Empire.
- Italian Life by Tim Parks – Thought-provoking, surprising and always entertaining, Italian Life is a behind-the-scenes look at a paradoxical country: a gripping account of how Italy really happens.
- Mud & Stars by Sara Wheeler – A wonderfully original book about contemporary Russia as seen on journeys in search of Pushkin, Tolstoy, Lermontov, Chekhov, Gogol and Turgenev.
- The Parisian by Isabella Hammad – An elegant novel illuminating the tangled politics and personal tragedies of a turbulent era – the Palestinian struggle for independence, the strife of the early twentieth century, and the looming shadow of the Second World War.
- The Travelers by Regina Porter – Covering more than six decades of sweeping change in America – from the struggle for civil rights and the chaos of Vietnam to Obama's first year as President – James and Agnes's families will come together in unexpected, intimate and profoundly human ways.
- Magdalena by Wade Davis – Explores Colombia's complex past through the story of the great Río Magdalena.
- Braised Pork by An Yu – This is a cinematic and beautiful exploration of myth-making, connection, and a young woman's search deep into her past which takes her from the city of Beijing to the mountains of Tibet.
- Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman, translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler – A magnificent novel not only of war but of human life, a panoramic history which moves from Berlin to Moscow to the boundless Kazakh steppe.
This competition has now closed.
Terms and conditions apply. The competition ends on 1 September 2020