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What Might Have Been
Civil war is brewing in Handheld Classic 1, an Edwardian speculative political thriller, between the Conservative resistance and a Labour government inflicting a socialist nightmare on British society. Ernest Bramah’s What Might Have Been (1907), abridged in 1909 as The Secret of the League, has been republished with 7000 words restored and a critical introduction by Jeremy Hawthorn.
The Runagates Club
Handheld Classic 2 is The Runagates Club, John Buchan’s last collection of short stories, and is a classic of British interwar short fiction. These twelve stories were written from 1913 to 1927, when he was at the peak of his powers, reprinted here with a critical introduction by Kate Macdonald.
Una L Silberrad
Handheld Classic 3 is Desire, the story of an Edwardian New Woman who finds fulfilment in work and love after rejecting high society. First published in 1908, Una L Silberrad’s novel of professional integrity and feminist aspirations for the right to work was praised by contemporary reviewers because ‘it satisfies the intelligence at the same time as it appeals to the emotions’. Introduction by Cornelia Wächter.
Handheld Classic 4 is Gerald O’Donovan’s novel Vocations (1921), set in a small town in late Victorian Ireland, and is a searing indictment of treating young women like commodities, in the marriage market or the market in nuns. Introduction by Chrissie Van Mierlo
Kingdoms of Elfin
Sylvia Townsend Warner
Handheld Classic 5 will be Sylvia Townsend Warner’s final collection of short stories, Kingdoms of Elfin. These stories were originally published in The New Yorker, and were published once only in book form in 1977. This reprint brings these sixteen sly and enchanting stories of Elfindom to a new readership, and shows Warner’s consummate mastery of realist fantasy that recalls the success of her first novel, the witchcraft classic Lolly Willowes (1926). Warner’s fans are legion, and include Neil Gaiman and Greer Gilman, both of whom have promised to endorse this edition with a few words. Publication 31 October 2018, ISBN 978-1-9999448-1-0.
To be published in 2019
Save Me The Waltz
Handheld Classic 6, January 2019
The Endless Earth. Journeys in 1920s China
J J Slauerhoff, translated by David McKay
Handheld Classic 7, summer 2019