By Grapevine Books

Fiction can take you anywhere, anywhen. A selection of metropolitan masterpieces

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Olivia Laing

£10.99 £10.44

Laing finds salvation through art when she's cast adrift in the metropolis. Likely, her experiences will resonate strongly with many modern-day urbanites and maybe shine a light for those a little lost. ~B

Tales Of The City

Armistead Maupin

£9.99 £9.49

Counter-cultural soap opera at its comfiest. ~B

Goodbye to Berlin

Christopher Isherwood

£9.99 £9.49

Sketches of 1930s Berlin as it hurtles toward disaster. The novel being the basis for musical 'Cabaret'. ~B

A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway

£9.99 £9.49

A literary travel guide to 1920s Paris and the 'Lost Generation' who found themselves there. ~B

The Buenos Aires Quintet

Manuel Vazquez Montalban

£10.99 £10.44

Far more ambitious than your average detective novel, Montalban delves deep into the history and culture of Buenos Aires, expounding on the tango, food and of course taking on the '70s background of dictatorship and 'The Disappeared'. ~G

The New York Trilogy

Paul Auster

£9.99 £9.49

Following a thread of detection as the story stylistically unravels over the trilogy. An iconic work and a cult classic. ~B


James Joyce

£8.99 £8.54

A series of modernist and highly authentic vignettes capturing the lives of ordinary Dubliners. ~B

Fragrant Harbour

John Lanchester

£9.99 £9.49

The lives of four different characters illuminate the major periods of Hong Kong's 20th-century history until its return to the Chinese fold. Especially interesting given recent events. ~G

Petersburg Tales: New Translation: Newly Translated and Annotated / Includes the Diary of a Madman (Alma Classics Evergreens)

Nikolai Gogol

£6.99 £6.64

Absurd humour creeps the streets of the great St Petersburg in a choice pick of Gogol's short stories. ~B


Orhan Pamuk

£10.99 £10.44

Palace Walk: From the Nobel Prizewinning author

Naguib Mahfouz

£9.99 £9.49

The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit

Elias Canetti

£9.99 £9.49

Strange Weather in Tokyo

Hiromi (Y) Kawakami

£9.99 £9.49

A Fine Balance: The epic modern classic

Rohinton Mistry

£9.99 £9.49

A Far Cry From Kensington

Muriel Spark

£9.99 £9.49

1950s literary London. ~G

The Man Without Qualities: Picador Classic

Robert Musil

£16.99 £16.14

The City & The City

China Mieville


When you are very familiar with a genre, it's a please to see it explored so confidently. ~G

Lanark: A Life in Four Books

Alasdair Gray

£12.99 £12.34

Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino

£8.99 £8.54

The post-modern Travels of Marco Polo. ~G

The White Guard: New Translation

Mikhail Bulgakov

£7.99 £7.59

An ice-bound revolutionary Kiev. ~G

Open City

Teju Cole

£9.99 £9.49

The Dog

Joseph O'Neill

£8.99 £8.54

The Shadow of the Wind: The Cemetery of Forgotten Books 1

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

£10.99 £10.44

Shows that there is still new ground to discover within the gothic genre. ~G

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

£9.99 £9.49

Captures the intensity of childhood friendships, and explores the complications adulthood brings. ~G

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