Forgotten Memoirs: Life is Never Ordinary

Many memoirs, highly rated at the time of publication, slip into obscurity and fade away. We have dusted off a selection from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s that deserve to be revisited. Penned by the famous and the not-so-famous, these memoirs explore everything from WWI and colonial life to days spent at Eton and Oxford.

The Buried Day: A Personal Memoir by Cecil Day Lewis The House of Elrig: An Autobiography of Childhood by Gavin Maxwell Museum Piece, or the Education of an Iconographer by James Laver With Love by Maurice Chevalier Two Under the Indian Sun by Jon & Rumer Godden

June's Most Expensive Sales

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

Last month's big ticket sales include a rare book about Paris’ great opera house, a fourth edition of Adam Smith's defining work on classic economics, and yet another copy of Luigi Serafini's bizarre art book, Codex Seraphinianus.

J.K. Rowling's Alter Ego Returns

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith has a new book, but this time everyone knows who's really holding the pen. The Silkworm is J.K. Rowling's second novel under her masculine pseudonym and stars everyone's favorite detective, Cormoran Strike.

The Best Brand New Books

England and Other Stories by Graham Swift

Our latest selection of new books features short stories, non-fiction, and literature by today's biggest authors. Explore our Best Buys page for huge discounts on the latest and greatest new releases.

Remembering Nadine Gordimer

A World of Strangers by Nadine Gordimer

Author Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of 90. The South African writer’s works depicted the drama of human life in a society troubled by racial segregation. She won the Nobel prize in 1991. She leaves behind an epic legacy of novels and stories.

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July 2014 Top 10 Bestselling Signed Books


  1. Unbroken
    by Laura Hillenbrand
  2. The Giver
    by Lois Lowry
  3. Codex Seraphinianus
    by Luigi Serafini
  4. The Fault In Our Stars
    by John Green
  5. Devil at my Heels
    by Louis Zamperini & David Rensin
  6. Black Eyed Blonde
    by Benjamin Black
  7. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
    by Joshua Ferris
  8. California
    by Edan Lepucki
  9. The Miniaturist
    by Jessie Burton
  10. The Temporary Gentleman
    by Sebastian Barry