I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

World Literature

H is for Hawk

Follows Helen Macdonald's quest to tame a hawk in the aftermath of her father’s death, as well as offering a biography of the novelist, T.H. White, who inspired her obsession with falconry.


The Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson returns to the town of Gilead in a new novel telling the story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.

Poets and the Peacock Dinner

Through examining letters, diaries, unknown poems and more, Lucy McDiarmid offers a new view of the literary friendships of major writers: Yeats and Ezra Pound, Lady Gregory and Yeats, and the hidden romantic affair of Lady Gregory and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt.

Some Luck

Jane Smiley’s new novel following the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. Each chapter in Some Luck covers a single year, beginning in 1920.

The Bone Clocks

A kaleidoscopic novel from David Mitchell, following and combining stories from the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future.

Grimm Legacies

Literary scholar Jack Zipes explores the legacy of the Brothers Grimm in Europe and North America, from the nineteenth century to the present, revealing how they came to play a pivotal and unusual role in the evolution of Western folklore and in the history of the fairy tale.

Loving Literature

A cultural investigation into our view of books as objects of affection and its roots in late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century publishing, reading habits, and domestic history, as well as the expectation that professional literary scholars should not just study, but love literature, and inculcate that love in generations of students.

Poetry Notebook: 2006–2014

Critic and writer Clive James presents a distillation of all he's learned about the art form of poetry, offering close readings of individual poems and poets (from Shakespeare to Larkin, Keats to Pound), and in some case second readings or re-readings late in life.

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz

In this intelligent and deeply moving book, Göran Rosenberg returns to his childhood in order to tell the story of his father who survived the Lodz ghetto in Auschwitz

Where Have You Been

Michael Hofmann is one of the keenest critics of contemporary literature. In these thirty essays, Hofmann brings his signature wit and sustained critical mastery to a poetic, penetrating, and candid discussion of the writers and artists of the last hundred years.

Powers of Possibility

Powers of Possibility explores how American experimental writers since the 1960s have set about presenting exactly that while engaging with specific issues of social power. The book covers a range of writers, literary genres, and political issues, including: Allen Ginsberg's anti-Vietnam War poems, Black Power theatre and the Space Programmes.

Odysseus Abroad

It’s 1985. 22-year-old Ananda has been a student in London for two years, practicing at being a poet. Over the course of one day, we follow Ananda and his eccentric uncle Radhesh on one of their weekly forays about town. Weaving back and forth in time, Chaudhuri gradually reveals the background to the two men’s lives.