Picador Classic

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In a Free State

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.

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Bend in the River

A great novel of Africa from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Master and Margarita

A fully annotated translation of the most complete text of Bulgakov’s exuberant comic masterpiece.

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How Proust Can Change Your Life

A fascinating and illuminating look at Proust’s most famous works by renowned philosopher Alain de Botton.

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A hard-hitting memoir from Alice Sebold, bestselling author of The Lovely Bones.

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The explosive international bestseller uncovering one of Naples’ most notorious organized criminal gangs.

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King Leopold's Ghost

A riveting and highly readable account of the Congo massacre, peopled by callous monarchs, corrupt adventurers and a handful of genuine heroes.

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I Heard the Owl Call My Name

A classic of Canadian literature and a vivid, moving story of the clash – and coming together – of cultures.

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Dead Girls

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.

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Border Trilogy

Two young cowboys come of age in the dying days of the American frontier – across this award-winning trilogy, loyalty, love and the brutality of this landscape will determine the course of their lives.

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Flower Beneath the Foot

A ‘delightfully funny’ novel by ‘our first modernist novelist’ (according Alan Hollinghurst) – the story of a court on the eve of a royal wedding.

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A pioneering, dazzling satire about a biracial black girl from Philadelphia searching for her Jewish father in New York City.

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Idea of Perfection

Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2001, The Idea of Perfection is a witty and tender romance.

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In the Skin of a Lion

From the Booker Prize-winning author comes the sparkling and lyrical predecessor to the bestselling The English Patient.

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History Man

A funny satire of academic life in the 1970s.

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Man Without Qualities

Part satire, part visionary epic, part intellectual tour de force

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Sport and a Pastime

The seductive classic that established Salter's reputation as one of the finest prose stylists of our time

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Soft City

One of the classics of travel writing, Soft City is an exploration of the individual's relationship with urban living.

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Face on the Cutting-Room Floor

An extraordinary post-modern detective novel from an author who remained a mystery for decades, now relaunched as a Picador Classic.

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Psalm Killer

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

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Boy's Own Story

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

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Genius of Shakespeare

Ambitious, exceptionally well informed and immensely engaging . . . Bate writes with unflagging energy, intelligence, with and enthusiasm' Daily Telegraph

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Long View

From the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles, this is a profound, heartbreaking portrait of a marriage at its end.

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A modern classic of enduring love, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize.

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Discovery of France

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.

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Liars' Club

The international bestseller from a prize-winning poet and critic

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With Nails

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

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King of the World

A hugely literate, intelligent evocation of the great heavyweight champion and sportsman of the twentieth century.

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Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's multi-million copy bestseller in a Picador Classic edition, translated by Ros Schwartz, with an introduction by Kate Mosse.

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Emperor's Children

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

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My Year Off

A heart-warming, compassionate book about sudden illness and love under pressure

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Drowned Book

Picador's second collection from one of the finest English poets of the last fifty years

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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families

A first-hand account one of the defining outrages of modern history

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A seminal classic of war reportage.

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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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

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Four Letters Of Love

A life-affirming tribute to human folly, to fate, and to the miracle of love

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Once in a House on Fire

A ground-breaking memoir

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Butcher Boy

A modern classic of Irish fiction about troubled boys from dysfunctional families.

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Lovely Bones

A haunting and heartbreaking novel narrated from heaven as a young girls watches over her family and killer.

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Woman Warrior

A seminal piece of writing about emigration and identity

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Tim Winton's great family drama.

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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2009

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Debt To Pleasure

Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award 1996

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Snow Geese

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Hawthornden Prize