Novels about writers

Writers & Lovers

Writers & Lovers

Lily King

Funny and heartbreaking, Writers & Lovers is the bitingly clever story of Casey, a young writer who has lost her direction in life, until two men step into her world and offer her two very different futures...   ...

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Indelicacy

Amina Cain

A ghostly feminist fable, Amina Cain's Indelicacy is the story of a woman navigating between gender and class roles to empower herself and fulfill her dreams.

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Hamnet

Maggie O'Farrell

Told in Maggie O'Farrell's unique voice, Hamnet reveals for the first time in fiction the story of heartbreaking loss which inspired Shakespeare's most celebrated play

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A Theatre for Dreamers

A Theatre for Dreamers

Polly Samson

Burning with the heat and light of Greece, A Theatre for Dreamers is a spellbinding novel about utopian dreams and innocence lost - and the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius.

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Outline

Outline

Rachel Cusk

Shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2015, this book is all about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which that desire finds its universal...

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The Friend

The Friend

Sigrid Nunez

Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion. 

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Conversations with Friends

Sally Rooney

Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first...

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Asymmetry

Lisa Halliday

A major publishing event: a dazzling, provocative, hand-grenade of a novel introducing a remarkable new writer

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Very Nice

Marcy Dermansky

From the acclaimed author of The Red Car, a comic novel of race, money, sex, liberalism, and bad behavior in our post-Obama, era featuring a wealthy Connecticut divorcee, her college-age daughter, and the famous Pakistani-American...

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

Laura Zigman

Gleefully irreverant and genuinely touching, Separation Anxiety is a novel that celebrates the 'squeezed generation'; a book filled with heart and humour for anyone fumbling their way towards happiness.   

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Motherhood

Motherhood

Sheila Heti

Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of early adulthood - whether or not to have children - with the intelligence, wit and originality that have won Sheila Heti international acclaim.

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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Adelle Waldman

Nathaniel Piven is a rising star in Brooklyn's literary scene. After several lean, striving years and an early life as a class-A nerd, he now (to his surprise) has a lucrative book deal, his pick of plum magazine assignments, and...

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Less

Less

Andrew Sean Greer

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, Less is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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Misery (Halloween edition)

Misery (Halloween edition)

Stephen King

Halloween 2019: King returns with retro-classic editions of four powerful novels, featuring strong female characters. The nostalgia-inducing covers are perfect for the collector and eye-catching to readers new to his work. ...

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The Marriage Plot

Jeffrey Eugenides

The new novel from the bestselling author of Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides.

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The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

Anne Tyler

As Macon's life falls apart, he tries to tie it back together with routine and habit. But sometimes life just doesn't work like that.

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Little Women

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in mid-nineteenth-century New England. Includes movie stills from the 2019 feature film directed by Greta Gerwig.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

Gloriously honest, enchanting and funny, this is a moving tale of post-war friendship, love and books, a captivating and completely irresistible novel of enormous depth and heart.

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The Book of Chocolate Saints

The Book of Chocolate Saints

Jeet Thayil

The Book of Chocolate Saints follows the unforgettable character Francis Newton Xavier and his journey towards salvation - or damnation - or perhaps both.

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The Master

The Master

Colm Toibin

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2004, a remarkable novel about Henry James, the American-born novelist and a connoisseur of exile.

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The Angel’s Game

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves

Prequel to the bestselling The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game is a tale of lost souls and haunting shadows set amid the winding alleyways of Barcelona during the turbulent 1920s. It is a masterful tale and spellbinding love...

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The Hours

The Hours

Michael Cunningham

The Hours is a novel inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf.

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The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

A novel, that was originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. It is partially based on the author's own life and descent into mental illness. It presents a portrait of the 1950s society.

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The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale

Diane Setterfield

A beautiful new edition of Diane Setterfield's bestselling gothic mystery.      

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Possession

Possession

A. S. Byatt

Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a triumphant love story. Following a trail of letters, journals and poems they uncover a web of passion, deceit and tragedy, and their...

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Atonement

Atonement

Ian McEwan

A story that begins with three young people in the garden of a country house on the hottest day of 1935, and ends with three profoundly changed lives. A depiction of love and war, class, childhood and England, that explores shame...

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Orlando

Orlando

Virginia Woolf, Brenda Lyons, Sandra Gilbert

Virginia Woolf's seductive, provocative masterpiece is a whirlwind adventure through time, gender and identity. Introduced by Tilda Swinton

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The End of the Affair

Graham Greene

The love affair between Maurice Bendix and Sarah, flourishing in the turbulent times of the London Blitz, ends when she suddenly and without explanation breaks it off. After a chance meeting rekindles his love and jealousy two...

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 Special priceThe World According To Garp

The World According To Garp

John Irving

The iconic coming-of-age novel that made John Irving a household name       

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Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go...

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Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy

Louise Fitzhugh

First published by HarperCollinsUS in 1964, this classic children's novel has sold over 4 million copies and was awarded the New York Times Outstanding Book Award.

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Daddy-Long-Legs

Daddy-Long-Legs

Jean Webster

New edition of one of the greatest children's classics of American literature which Includes extra material for young readers, including a section on the book, information about the author and a test-yourself quiz.

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