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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.

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.

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'.

Modern Nature

Derek Jarman (Author)

Derek Jarman's garden at Dungeness draws thousands of visitors every year. It is a weird and windswept place, a small garden beside a humble cottage. But between the pebbles of the beach Jarman grew all manner of plants – some were burnt by wind and sea-spray, whilst others flourished creating brilliant, unexpected beauty in the wilderness. A filmmaker, writer and icon of his day, Jarman explores through this exquisite diary of his garden the nature of art, politics, life and death.

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

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.

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

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

Austerity

Yanis Varoufakis (Author)

Selected from the books of Yanis Varoufakis.

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

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

Fashion

Grace Coddington (Author)

Selected from Grace by Grace Coddington.

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

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

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

Manual of Painting and Calligraphy

José Saramago (Author)

H. is a struggling artist with a commission to paint a portrait of a well-known industrialist. Whilst the industrialist sits for the portrait, H. begins an affair with his subject’s secretary. Meanwhile the painting starts to fail. For inspiration H. takes a trip to Italy to contemplate the works of the great artists, but when his friend back home is arrested by the secret police of Salazar’s regime, H. is pulled back to Portugal. Art, sexuality and politics collide in Saramago’s first novel.

Cradle to Cradle

Michael Braungart (Author) , William McDonough (Author)

PATTERNED PLANET: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS

This book proposes a new vision for modern industry. Instead of our current wasteful and polluting methods of manufacturing, we could be taking nature as a model for making things. With the right redesign, objects that have come to the end of their useful lives should provide the basis for something new. In designing and producing products we need to stop worrying about being ‘less bad’ and start finding ways of actually being good. Find here a radical manifesto and a plan for our planet in which all waste can be put to good use.

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