Spring paperbacks

Literary editor's recommendations


Ronan Bennett: The Catastrophist (Review, £6.99)

Justin Cartwright: Leading the Cheers (Sceptre, £6.99)

Candida Clark: The Last Look (Vintage, £5.99)

Julia Darling: Crocodile Soup (Anchor, £6.99)

Kiran Desai: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (Faber & Faber, £6.99)

Giles Foden: The Last King of Scotland (Faber, £6.99)

Alex Garland: The Tesseract (Penguin, £5.99)

Woody Haut: Neon Noir: contemporary American crime fiction (Serpent's Tail, £9.99)

John Helmer: Mother Tongue (Quartet Books, £10)

Andrew Martin: Bilton (Faber, £6.99)

David Nobbs: The Reginald Perrin Omnibus (Arrow, £10)

Leonardo Sciascia: The Council of Egypt (Carcanet, £9.95)

W G Sebald: The Rings of Saturn (Harvill, £6.99)

Ludmila Ulitskaya: Sonechka and Other Stories:

new writing from Russia (GLAS Publishing, £8.99)


John Diamond: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too . . . (Vermilion, £6.99)

Jonathan Dollimore: Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture (Penguin, £9.99)

Henry Hobhouse: Seeds of Change: six plants that transformed mankind (Papermac, £12)

Dan Jacobson: Heshel's Kingdom (Penguin, £7.99)

Stephen Kuusisto: Planet of the Blind (Faber & Faber, £6.99)

David Landes: The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (Abacus, £10.99)

Liberty (ed): Liberating Cyberspace: civil liberties, human rights and the Internet (Pluto Press, £18.65)

Russell Miller: Magnum: 50 years at the front line of history(Pimlico, £12.50)

Josef Piefer: Leisure: the basis of culture (St Augustine's Press, £7.99)

Mpho 'M'atsepo Nthunya: Singing Away the Hunger: a memoir of South Africa (Souvenir Press, £9.99)

John O'Farrell: Things Can Only Get Better (Black Swan, £6.99)

Don Oberdorfer: The Two Koreas: a contemporary history (Warner Books, £9.99)

Steven Pinker: How the Mind Works (Penguin, £9.99)

George Plimpton: Truman Capote (Picador, £7.99)

Robert Ross: A Concise History of South Africa (CUP, £10.99)

Sheila Rowbotham: Threads Through Time: writings on history and autobiography (Penguin, £8.99)

Marion Shoard: A Right To Roam: should we open up Britain's countryside? (OUP, £8.99)

Richard Appignanesi & Chris Garratt: Introducing: postmodernism (Icon Books, £8.99)

D M Thomas: Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Abacus, £10.99)

Dmitri Volkogonov: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire (HarperCollins, £12.99)

Robert Winder: Hell for Leather: a modern cricket journey (Indigo, £7.99)

Jason Cowley is editor of the New Statesman. He has been the editor of Granta, a senior editor at the Observer and a staff writer at the Times.