Archive > Recent Publications #1 – August 2015
Hot off the press is Frederic Raphael’s latest novel Private Views. Raphael, who will be 84 on 14th August, is widely known as an award-winning writer for the screen. His credits include adapting Arthur Schnitzler’s novel Dream Story for Stanley Kubrick’s last completed film Eyes Wide Shut and Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd for the 1967 original and superior John Schlesinger film. Among many other successes Raphael won a Best Screenplay Oscar for Schlesinger’s 1965 film Darling. Raphael is also the author of numerous novels, short story collections and works of non-fiction, including his recent autobiography Going Up: To Cambridge and Beyond – A Writer’s Memoir. His new novel Private Views is a portrait gallery of smart society. Beautiful and cool-seeming artist Katya Lowell paints unnerving images in 1970s London. Enigmatic and alluring, she comes to the attention of aristocratic banker Charlie Marsden. Why does this elegant woman choose to spend time with such outsiders as former secret agent Harry Groves and suburban multi-millionaire Jarvis Green? This love story, at once superbly romantic and darkly erotic, guides our imagination towards savouring the ambiguous connection between life and art. Frederic Raphael’s new novel – something of a cross between The Story of O and The Portrait of a Lady – is both an original work of art and the portrait of a vanishing generation. To order from AmazonUK, click here: Private Views.
Also published recently is Rekha Kalindi’s The Strength To Say No, the true story of her fight against traditional forced marriage in Bengal. Kalindi defied parents and the illegal tradition of forced child marriage because she wanted to attend school – an act which emboldened and encouraged other girls. Written with Mouhssine Ennaimi and newly translated by Sarah Lawson, The Strength To Say No is an inspiring story that parallels Malala Yousafzai and other children who have become civil activists. Rekha Kalindi was widely lauded in India, and became the recipient of a National Bravery Award. To order from AmazonUK, click here: The Strength To Say No.
July has seen international celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. To celebrate, we’ve brought out a commemorative edition of Karoline Leach’s groundbreaking book In the Shadow of the Dreamchild – The Myth and Reality of Lewis Carroll. The book caused quite a stir when first published in 1999 and inaugurated new critical appraisals of the enigmatic author of the Alice books and the perverse mythology that grew up around him. The book was republished in a revised and updated edition in 2009, which is the basis for the commemorative edition. Read more about the book in our blog entry here: 150 Years of Alice In Wonderland. To order a copy of the 150th anniversary edition, click here: In the Shadow of the Dreamchild.
More about our recent titles in our next roundup.