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The darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer, shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize.
Colm Tóibín's debut novel The South, is a classic novel of art, sacrifice, and courage.
An international bestseller and true modern classic, American Psycho is a bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognize but do not wish to confront.
A definitive examination of manic depression
Tim Winton's great family drama.
Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award 1996
The classic book on love by the bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations of Philosophy.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2009
A ground-breaking memoir
A story of civil war; of a quixotic battle against nature and loss; and of a family's unbreakable bond with a continent which came to define, shape, scar and heal them
A life-affirming paean to human folly, to fate, and to the miracle of love
A haunting and heartbreaking novel narrated from heaven as a young girls watches over her family and killer.
A seminal piece of writing about emigration and identity
A modern classic of Irish fiction about troubled boys from dysfunctional families.
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Hawthornden Prize
A Sunday Times bestseller and the book that launched Jon Ronson's inimitable career.
A million-copy bestseller by the twentieth century's greatest neurologist.
A seminal classic of war reportage.
A first-hand account one of the defining outrages of modern history
A heart-warming, compassionate book about sudden illness and love under pressure
A poignant and uplifting memoir of life and love after death
Picador's second collection from one of the finest English poets of the last fifty years
Jim Crace's Booker-shortlisted masterpiece
The story of a mother, her son, a locked room and the outside world. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Filmed as a major motion picture, directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
In the glittering tradition of Edith Wharton, The Emperor's Children examines life in upper-crust Manhattan, and tells a compelling story of ambition, vanity and tragedy
A chaotically violent and hauntingly beautiful novel from one of the greatest American novelists, Pulitzer Prize-winning Cormac McCarthy.
'An exceptionally vivid and penetrating insight into Hollywood film-making . . . Qualifies for that exclusive niche reserved for film star memoirs that are worth much more than a casual flick on the bookshop shelf' Jonathan Coe, Observer
A hugely literate, intelligent evocation of the great heavyweight champion and sportsman of the twentieth century.
A classic from one of Britain's most loved and highly acclaimed novelists, and the subject of a critically acclaimed biography, The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne.
The international bestseller from a prize-winning poet and critic
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's multi-million copy bestseller in a Picador Classic edition, translated by Ros Schwartz, with an introduction by Kate Mosse.
A modern classic of enduring love, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize.
From the bestselling author of The Light Years and Marking Time comes a revealing portrait of a marriage.
Winner of both the Duff Cooper and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prizes, The Discovery of France is full of quirky anecdotes and sketches of people, places and customs.
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, A House for Mr Biswas is V. S. Naipaul's best-loved novel.
'Ambitious, exceptionally well informed and immensely engaging . . . Bate writes with unflagging energy, intelligence, with and enthusiasm' Daily Telegraph
The dark but witty The Patrick Melrose Novels charts the life story of the highly dysfunctional, upper-class Patrick, together in one volume
2666 is the epic novel that defined one of Latin America’s greatest writers and Roberto Bolaño's unique vision of the twentieth century.
'One of the most compelling, haunting and original thrillers I have ever read, by one of Britain's most visionary writers and film-makers' David Peace
'Every so often a novel comes along that is so ambitious in its intention and so confident of its voice that it reminds us what a singular and potent thing a novel can be' San Francisco Chronicle
Meet Bridget, the original Singleton, as she records her hopes, dreams and Chardonnay consumption.
An extraordinary post-modern detective novel from an author who remained a mystery for decades, now relaunched as a Picador Classic.
Part satire, part visionary epic, part intellectual tour de force
The seductive classic that established Salter's reputation as one of the finest prose stylists of our time
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2000, this is an extraordinary and heart-breaking novel set in Cardiff's Tiger Bay
‘The funniest and best-written novel I have seen for a very long time’ Auberon Waugh
From the Booker Prize-winning author comes the sparkling and lyrical predecessor to the bestselling The English Patient.
One of the classics of travel writing, this is a prescient exploration of the individual's relationship with urban living
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2001, The Idea of Perfection is a witty and tender romance.
A classic of Canadian literature and a vivid, moving story of the clash – and coming together – of cultures.
A fully annotated translation of the most complete text of Bulgakov’s exuberant comic masterpiece.
The UK number one hardback bestseller from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations.
A powerful story of two friends growing up in a world where blood and violence are conditions of life.
A memoir and soul-searching journey by Jackie Kay.
Bridget Jones is back! In The Edge of Reason Bridget discovers what it’s like when you have the man of your dreams actually living in your flat . . .
A disturbing portrayal of privileged and immoral LA teenagers, Less Than Zero is a cult classic.
A chilling and disturbing psychological thriller from the highly talented crime novelist Minette Walters.
From the bestselling author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2004, a remarkable novel about Henry James, the American-born novelist and a connoisseur of exile.
A genre-busting thriller from one of Britain's most widely acclaimed fantasy writers.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, The Road tells the story of a father and son as they journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape that has destroyed most of civilization.
A hard-hitting memoir from Alice Sebold, bestselling author of The Lovely Bones.
The true story of college graduate Chris McCandless, who decided to walk away from the only life he ever knew and enter the wild.
The internationally bestselling story of a young woman whose death in 1951 changed medical science for ever . . .
Inspired by true events, The Dead Girls is the story of the unexplained deaths of six young prostitutes, buried in the back yard of a small-town brothel.
The explosive international bestseller uncovering one of Naples’ most notorious organized criminal gangs.
A riveting and highly readable account of the Congo massacre, peopled by callous monarchs, corrupt adventurers and a handful of genuine heroes.
A fascinating and illuminating look at Proust’s most famous works by renowned philosopher Alain de Botton.
A ‘delightfully funny’ novel by ‘our first modernist novelist’ (according Alan Hollinghurst) – the story of a court on the eve of a royal wedding.
A pioneering, dazzling satire about a biracial black girl from Philadelphia searching for her Jewish father in New York City.
A great novel of Africa from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Winner of the Booker Prize in 1971, In a Free State is one of Sir V. S. Naipaul's best-loved works, a story of disenfranchisement and the search for belonging.
A moving and beautiful novel told with great dignity, compassion and candour.
India is the collection of three classic books by V. S. Naipaul, introduced by fellow traveller and writer Paul Theroux.