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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott (Author)

Life in the March household is full of adventures and accidents as the four very different March sisters follow their varying paths to adulthood, always maintaining the special bond between them. Sensible Meg, impetuous Jo, shy Beth and artistic Amy each have to confront different challenges as they grow up together and attempt to learn how to be both happy and good.

The New York Stories

John O'Hara (Author)

‘You can binge on O’Hara’s collections in the way some people binge on Mad Men, and for some of the same reasons’ Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review

Seen through its whirl of speakeasies and highballs, social climbers and cinema stars, mistresses and power brokers, there is no greater chronicler of New York’s so-called Golden Age than John O’Hara and his short stories.

Unsparingly observed, brilliantly cutting and always on the edge of tragic epiphany, the stories collected here are among O’Hara’s finest work, and show why he still stands as the most-published short story writer in the history of The New Yorker.

Best Intentions

Ingmar Bergman (Author)

In 1909, Ingmar Bergman’s mother and father first meet. Anna is a nurse from a wealthy family; Henrik, a poor, trainee priest living with his lover. From the intensity of their courtship, to the difficult early years of their marriage, Bergman fictionalises his parent’s life before his birth, drawing the quiet, emotional sensitivity of his film-maker’s eye deep into the heart of his own family.

The Best Intentions is the first in renowned film-maker Ingmar Bergman’s loose trilogy of novels that plots the fractious marriage of his parents, continued in Sunday’s Children and Private Confessions.

Sunday's Children

Ingmar Bergman (Author)

Over the course of one summer, eight-year-old Pu Bergman makes the terrible realisation that his father and mother are no longer in love. Surrounded by the quiet idyll of the Swedish countryside, with its ponds, its rivers and woods, the daily chaos of the family’s ramshackle summer home threatens to bring to a close the bright, brilliant haze of Pu’s childhood world.

Based upon film-maker, Ingmar Bergman’s own family life, Sunday’s Children is the second part in Bergman’s loose trilogy of books that started with The Best Intentions, and closes with Private Confessions.

The Light of Common Day

Diana Cooper (Author)

This volume of Lady Diana Cooper's memoirs focuses on Diana’s life as a young married woman during the 1920s and the birth of her child John Julius Norwich. Almost every young man that she danced with pre-1914 was killed during the war. She married one of the few survivors, Duff Cooper, who went on to become an important minister under Churchill.

Trumpets from the Steep

Diana Cooper (Author)

This last volume of Lady Diana Cooper's memoirs is about her years as a sophisticated diplomat's wife during the 1940s and Second World War. We glimpse a world in turmoil as well as the lives of many fascinating contemporary characters from Churchill, de Gaulle and Rothschild to Noël Coward and Cecil Beaton.

The Rainbow Comes and Goes

Diana Cooper (Author)

A charming portrait of Lady Diana Cooper's traditional aristocratic childhood and young womanhood. From her sheltered upbringing Diana Cooper blossomed to become 'the greatest beauty of her age'.

Petals of Blood

Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Author)

After decades of British rule Kenya has declared its independence, but drought and poor harvests still govern the village of Ilmorog. Undeterred by nature, Munira, Karega, Wanja, and Abdulla, move to Ilmorog in search of a more provincial life, only to find themselves suspects in a crime that signals a sign of the times.

A modern classic of African literature, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s damning satire of politics and corruption in Kenya would prove the catalyst for his imprisonment by the Kenyan government.

Secret Lives & Other Stories

Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Author)

Ngugi wa Thiong'o is renowned for his political novels and plays, yet he honed his craft as a short story writer. First published in 1975, Secret Lives & Other Stories brings together a range of Ngugi wa Thiong'o's early and later political short stories. From tales of the meeting between magic and superstition, and the modernising forces of colonialism, to the pervasive threat of nature, this collection celebrates the storytelling might of one of Africa's best-loved writers.

War

Sebastian Faulks (Author)

Selected from the books of Sebastian Faulks.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Ghosts

M. R. James (Author)

Selected from the books of M R James.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Injustice

Richard Wright (Author)

Selected from the writings of Richard Wright.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Tales from a Master's Notebook

Various (Author)

When Henry James died he left behind a series of notebooks filled with ideas for novels and stories that he never wrote. Now ten of our best contemporary authors and James enthusiasts have written new short stories based on these 'germs' of ideas. Differing dramatically in setting and style, these stories are modern interpretations of the richly suggestive and enticing notes that Henry James left behind, offering a fresh and original approach to a canonical literary author.

Professor Philip Horne, a renowned authority on Henry James, has edited and introduced this collection, which also includes transcripts of James’s original jottings allowing readers to trace the raw ideas through to their modern-day interpretations.

Contains stories by Colm Toibin, Rose Tremain, Jonathan Coe, Paul Theroux, Amit Chaudhuri, Giles Foden, Joseph O'Neill, Lynne Truss, Susie Boyt and Tessa Hadley.

WITH A FOREWORD BY MICHAEL WOOD

‘Henry James is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare is in the history of poetry’ Graham Greene

Friendship

Rose Tremain (Author)

Selected from the novels of Rose Tremain.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Marriage

Jane Austen (Author)

Selected from the novels of Jane Austen.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Rave

Irvine Welsh (Author)

Selected from Irvine Welsh's novel Ecstasy.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Fashion

Grace Coddington (Author)

Selected from Grace by Grace Coddington.

Do you love fashion? For Grace it has been a life-long passion. Over fifty years in the fashion industry Grace has become one of the most influential stylists ever born. Through her ever-evolving personal style and hundreds of dazzling fashion shoots for Vogue, she has spent a lifetime creating stories out of good clothes. This is a book for anyone with a fascination with fashion – the history, the business, the glamour, and one of its greatest characters.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Dreams

Sigmund Freud (Author)

Selected from the writings of Sigmund Freud.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Freedom

Margaret Atwood (Author)

Selected from the books of Margaret Atwood.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Money

Yuval Noah Harari (Author)

Selected from Yuval Noah Harari's books Sapiens and Homo Deus.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

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