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It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter 'J'accuse' and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of his time in exile.

It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter 'J'accuse' and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of his time in exile.

Novelist Xiaolu Guo writes the extraordinary story of her childhood in rural China, her young adulthood in the Beijing underground and her move to the West in search of freedom of expression.

Novelist Xiaolu Guo writes the extraordinary story of her childhood in rural China, her young adulthood in the Beijing underground and her move to the West in search of freedom of expression.

Travelling across four continents, six countries and 400 years, Andrew Dickson takes us on a personal journey of countless surprises in an attempt to understand how and why Shakespeare became the truly global phenomenon he is.

Travelling across four continents, six countries and 400 years, Andrew Dickson takes us on a personal journey of countless surprises in an attempt to understand how and why Shakespeare became the truly global phenomenon he is.

Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper – review | Books | The Guardian

Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper – review | Books | The Guardian

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made by Richard Rhodes

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made by Richard Rhodes

'The Pigeon Tunnel', John le Carre's memoir and his first work of non-fiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women, who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author's extraordinary engagement with the last half-century.

'The Pigeon Tunnel', John le Carre's memoir and his first work of non-fiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women, who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author's extraordinary engagement with the last half-century.

An intimate yet frank biography of Gore Vidal, one of the most accomplished, visible and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century.

An intimate yet frank biography of Gore Vidal, one of the most accomplished, visible and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century.

Amazon.com: The Man from Beijing (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (9780307472847): Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson: Books

Amazon.com: The Man from Beijing (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (9780307472847): Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson: Books

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky If you can get past all the Russian names, it is a very good read.

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky If you can get past all the Russian names, it is a very good read.

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