• Year of Wonders (Collins Modern Classics)

    • May 20, 2021 •

    Introducing the Collins Modern Classics, a series featuring some of the most significant books of recent times, books that shed light on the human experience – classics which will endure for generations to come.

    In the spring of 1666, a bolt of infected cloth carries the plague from London to the quiet village of Eyam. The villagers elect to isolate themselves in a fateful quarantine, seen through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith. As death and superstition creep from household to household, she must confront loss and the lure of illicit love in an extraordinary Year of Wonders.

    This timeless and powerful novel, based on a true story, was the astonishing debut novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March.

  • No Logo (Collins Modern Classics)

    • May 20, 2021 •

    Introducing the Collins Modern Classics, a series featuring some of the most significant books of recent times, books that shed light on the human experience – classics which will endure for generations to come.

    When No Logo was first published, it became an instant bestseller and international phenomenon. Its riveting exposé of the branded and corporate world in which we live became a rallying cry for rebellion and self-determination.

    Engaging, humanising and inspiring, No Logo is a book that defined both a generation and its language of protest. Its analysis is as timely and powerful as ever.

  • All the Light We Cannot See (Collins Modern Classics)

    • May 20, 2021 •

    Introducing the Collins Modern Classics, a series featuring some of the most significant books of recent times, books that shed light on the human experience – classics which will endure for generations to come.

    Open your eyes, and see what you can with them before they close forever

    For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes: the miniature model of her Paris neighbourhood she traces with her fingers; the microscopic layers within the diamond in the Museum of Natural History; the unmapped future which brings her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, whose talents draw the attention of the Hitler Youth.

    A deeply moving novel about the ways people try to be good to one another, All the Light We Cannot See has touched the hearts of millions of readers across the world, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

    ‘Far more than a conventional war story, it’s a tightly focused epic … A bittersweet and moving novel that lingers in the mind’ Daily Mail

  • The Virgin Suicides (Collins Modern Classics)

    • May 20, 2021 •

    Introducing the Collins Modern Classics, a series featuring some of the most significant books of recent times, books that shed light on the human experience – classics which will endure for generations to come.

    That girl didn’t want to die. She just wanted out of that house. She wanted out of that decorating scheme.

    The five Lisbon sisters – beautiful, eccentric and, now, gone –had always been a point of obsession for the entire neighbourhood.

    Although the boys that once loved them from afar have grown up, they remain determined to understand a tragedy that has defied explanation. The question persists – why did all five of the Lisbon girls take their own lives?

    This lyrical and timless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life announced the arrival of one of the greatest American novelists of the last thirty years.

    ‘A flare from my own secret world, all the inchoate longings and obsessions of being a teenager somehow rendered into book form’ Emma Cline, author of The Girls

  • The Year of Magical Thinking (Collins Modern Classics)

    • May 20, 2021 •

    Introducing the Collins Modern Classics, a series featuring some of the most significant books of recent times, books that shed light on the human experience – classics which will endure for generations to come.

    A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty

    John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their daughter fall ill. At first they thought it was flu, then she was placed on life support. Days later, the Dunnes were sitting down to dinner when John suffered a massive and fatal coronary.

    This powerful book is Didion’s ‘attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness’. The result is a personal yet universal portrait of marriage and life, in good times and bad, from one of the defining voices of American literature.

    ‘Beautiful and devastating … Didion has always been a precise, humane and meticulously truthful writer, but on the subject of death she becomes essential’ Zadie Smith

  • Americanah (Collins Modern Classics)

    • May 20, 2021 •

    Introducing the Collins Modern Classics, a series featuring some of the most significant books of recent times, books that shed light on the human experience – classics which will endure for generations to come.

    How easy it was to lie to strangers, to create with strangers the versions of our lives we imagined.

    Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria. Self-assured Ifemelu heads for America. But quiet, thoughtful Obinze finds post-9/11 America closed to him, and plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London.

    Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion – for each other and for their homeland.

    Fearless, gripping and spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation in a globalised world.

    ‘Some novels tell a great story and other make you chane the way you look at the world. Americanah does both’ Guardian