A Year in Paperback

Literary editor's recommendations


John Banville: The Untouchable (Picador, £5.99)

Emmanuel Carrere: Class Trip, translated by Linda Coverdale (Quartet, £6)

Raymond Carver: Elephant and Other Stories (Harvill Press, £6.99)

Stella Duffy: Singling out the Couples (Sceptre, £6.99)

Patricia Duncker: Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees (Picador, £5.99)

John Fante: Ask the Dust (Rebel Inc, £6.99)

Sean French: The Dreamer of Dreams (Granta Books, £6.99)

David Goodis: The Moon in the Gutter (Serpent's Tail, £6.99)

Liz Jensen: Ark Baby (Bloomsbury, £6.99)

Yashar Kemal: Salman The Solitary (Harvill, £6.99)

David Leavitt: Arkansas (Abacus, £6.99)

John McGahern: The Collected Stories (Faber & Faber, £8.99)

Christopher Meredith: Sidereal Time (Seren, £7,95)

Anna McGrail: Mrs Einstein (Anchor, £6.99)

Walter Mosley: Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (Serpent's Tail, £5.99)

Joseph Olshan: Vanitas (Bloomsbury, £9.99)

Tom Petsinis: The French Mathematician (Penguin, £7.99)

Alan Sillitoe: Alligator Playground (Flamingo, £6.99)

Erica Wagner: Gravity (Granta Books, £6.99)

Fay Weldon: A Hard Time to Be a Father (Flamingo, £6.99)


British Medical Association: Human Genetics: choice and responsibility (Oxford, £7.99)

Frederick Burkhardt (ed): Charles Darwin's Letters: a selection, 1825-1859 (Canto, £9.95)

Guy Claxton: Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind (Fourth Estate, £7.99)

Gerald Edelman: Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: on the matter of mind (Penguin, £7.99)

James Gleick: Genius: Richard Feynman and modern physics (Abacus, £8.99)

Ivars Peterson: The Jungles of Randomness: mathematics at the edge of certainty (Penguin, £11.99)

Steven Rose: Lifelines: biology, freedom, determinism (Penguin, £8.99)

Robert B Silvers (ed): Hidden Histories of Science (Granta Books, £6.99)

History & Politics

Robert Blake: The Conservative Party from Peel to Major (Arrow, £10)

"Cato": Guilty Men (with a new introduction by Michael Foot) (Penguin, £6.99)

Saul David: The Homicidal Earl: the life of Lord Cardigan (Abacus, £10.99).

Eamon Duffy: Saints and Sinners: a history of the popes (Yale University Press, £12.95)

Ernest Gellner: Nationalism (Phoenix, £6.99)

John Gray: False Dawn: the delusions of global capitalism (Granta Books, £8.99)

Christopher Harvie: Scotland and Nationalism (Routledge, £15.99)

Patricia Hollis: Jennie Lee: a life (OUP, £ 6.99)

Bill Jordan: The New Politics of Welfare (Sage, £15.99)

Jane Kramer: The Last Cowboy (Pimlico, £9)

James Lydon: The Making of Ireland (Routledge, £14.99)

Noel Malcolm: Kosovo: a short history (Papermac, £10)

Benita Parry: Delusions and Discoveries: India in the British imagination (Verso, £13)

Edward Pearce: The Lost Leaders (Warner, £9.99)

John Reader: Africa: a biography of the continent (Penguin, £14.99)

Corinne Souza: So You Want to Be a Lobbyist? (Politico's, £15)

John Strawson: Churchill and Hitler (Constable, £12.99)


Paul Auster: The Art of Hunger (Faber & Faber, £9.99)

Digby Anderson and Peter Mullen (eds): Faking It: the sentimentalisation of modern society (Penguin, £7.99)

Anthony Barnett and Roger Scruton (eds): Town and Country (Jonathan Cape, £12.99)

James Buchan: Frozen Desire: an inquiry into the meaning of money (Picador, £7.99)

Sally Cline: Radclyffe Hall: a woman called John (John Murray, £15.99)

David Crystal: Language Play (Penguin, £7.99)

Freeman Dyson: Imagined Worlds (Harvard University Press, £8.50)

Suzanne Franks: Having None of It: women, men and the future of work (Granta Books, £12.99)

Sheryl Garratt: Adventures in Wonderland: a decade of club culture (Headline, £12.99)

Anthony Grafton: The Footnote (Faber & Faber, £7.99)

Kennedy Graham (ed): The Planetary Interest (UCL Press, £12.95)

Phillip Knightley: A Hack's Progress (Vintage, £7.99)

Sven Lindqvist: Exterminate All the Brutes, translated by Joan Tate (Granta, £5.99)

James McBride: The Color of Water (Bloomsbury, £6.99)

Joseph Mitchell: Joe Gould's Secret (Vintage, £6.99)

Joe Simpson: Dark Shadows Falling (Vintage, £7.99)

Frank J Sulloway: Born to Rebel (Abacus, £9.99)

Gore Vidal: Virgin Islands: essays 1992-97 (Abacus, £7.99)

Derek Walcott: What the Twilight Says (Faber & Faber, £9.99)

W L Webb and Rose Bell (eds): An Embarrassment of Tyrannies (Indigo, £10.99)


Paul Farley: The Boy From The Chemist Is Here To See You (Picador, £6.99)

W N Herbert: The Laurelude (Bloodaxe, £8.95)

Tobias Hill: Zoo (Oxford, £6.99)

Jackie Kay: Off Colour (Bloodaxe, £6.95)

August Kleinzhaler: Green Sees Things in Waves (Faber & Faber, £7.99)

Jack Mapanje: Skipping Without Ropes (Bloodaxe, £6.95)

Richard McKane: Poet for Poet (Hearing Eye, £10.99)

Paul Muldoon: Hay (Faber & Faber, £7.99)

Les Murray: Collected Poems (Carcanet, £12.95)

Jo Shapcott: My Life Asleep (Oxford, £6.99)

Adam Zagajewski: Mysticism for Beginners (Faber & Faber, £7.99)

This article first appeared in the 18 December 1998 issue of the New Statesman, A time for unadulterated tradition