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  • 40 Years of Original Writing

    Abacus 40th Anniversary Collection

    A collection of 18 titles that celebrate Abacus's 40 year history of publishing influential, unique and trailblazing books that have shaped the reading landscape.
Forty Years of Original Writing


In 2013 Abacus celebrated forty years of publishing, with the reissue of 18 of our classic books with new introductions by the authors. They include a wonderfully diverse range of books - from Douglas Coupland's Generation X to Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory and from Tom Holland's Rubicon to Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
One of the leading historians of the 20th century

Eric Hobsbawm: 1917 - 2012

We were saddened to learn of the passing away of Eric Hobsbawm, one of the leading historians of the 20th century, earlier today at the age of 95.
Chapter One

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

by Alexander McCall Smith
Read the first chapter of the latest book in Alexander McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club series. The victim of an important art theft appeals to Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and sleuth, for help.
Introducing When The Devil Drives

Chris Brookmyre

Beryl Bainbridge's 18th novel, although interrupted by her death, shows her at her dark and mischievous best.

The Guardian

Girl In The Polka Dot Dress


Worse Than War

By Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen brings us now an original and important study of genocide that reconceives its very nature. He does so not by examining a series of genocides but by exploring the nature of mass killing itself. Our failure to clearly describe, explain, and understand the mechanisms of genocide has made it difficult to prevent, and this book will change that.

Through exhaustive research, he brilliantly lays out the roots and motivations of mass slaughter, exploring such questions as: Why do genocides occur? What makes people willing to slaughter others? Based on his thoroughgoing reconceptualization of genocide, Goldhagen proposes novel, sensible, and effective measures to put an end to this scourge of humanity, which is worse, even, than war.

** 'What no one can deny him is the range and depth of his knowledge or the courage involved in many of his judgements . . . his book is masterful** 'Impressive, scholarly and thoroughly unsettling** 'Disturbing and impassioned . . .A powerful and affecting study of man's inhumanity to man (and woman and child)** 'Worse Than War makes a compelling and brave argument that our world must heed if we are to see sanity restored . . . Magnificent [and] inspiringA landmark book about genocide from the prize-winning author who brought us the explosive Number 1 international bestseller Hitler's Willing ExecutionersUntil deciding to devote himself full-time to writing, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen taught political science for many years at Harvard University. He is also the the prize-winning author of Hitler's Willing Executioners and A Moral Reckoning and contributes to major newspapers and magazines around the world

In this original and important study of genocide, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen explores the nature of mass killing itself. Our failure to describe, explain and understand the mechanisms of genocide has made it difficult to prevent; with this book, Goldhagen proposes novel and effective measures that aim to help us comprehend and bring an end to this scourge of humanity.

With the unflinching moral and analytical clarity for which he is internationally known, Goldhagen leaves no stone unturned in this groundbreaking book that will transform our understanding of genocide.

'A compelling and brave argument that our world must heed if we are to see sanity restored . . . Magnificent and inspiring' Michael Gove, Daily Mail

'Disturbing and impassioned . . . A powerful and affecting study of man's inhumanity to man (and woman and child)' Ian Pindar, Guardian

'A magisterial and profoundly disturbing "natural history" of mass murder' New York Times

Long-awaited, path-breaking book on genocideWORSE THAN WAR is the basis for a feature length documentary of the same name that was produced in the United States and internationallyHITLER'S WILLING EXECUTIONERS has sold over 120,000 copies with LB and Abacus

The Glass Room

By Simon Mawer

Cool. Balanced. Modern. The precisions of science, the wild variance of lust, the catharsis of confession and the fear of failure - these are things that happen in the Glass Room.

High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child.

But the house's story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian, both the best and the worst of the history of Eastern Europe becomes somehow embodied and perhaps emboldened within the beautiful and austere surfaces and planes so carefully designed, until events become full-circle.

** 'THE GLASS ROOM is a fiction of many remarkable qualities . . . Mawer's control of his themes of language, desire, memory and the power of place is extraordinary - as haunting and mysterious as the effect of sunlight on the wall of golden onyx that survives all the convulsions by which his characters are engulfed** '[THE GLASS ROOM'S] poetic success is to remind us of two great gilt-edged ironies: that whatever is held to be the height of modernity is already en route to the museum, and that even "cold" art is the embodiment of its maker's passion - one that can** 'Mawer creates a passionately detailed portrait of individuals struggling to snatch order and happiness from frightening, irrational times . . . THE GLASS ROOM achieves a rare feat of being truly enjoyable to read.** 'Love triangles litter Mawer's story. They bear witness to his great talent for grasping the non-linear nature of desire.* Inspired by a real house, an amazing modernist symbol, Simon Mawer has written his best novel yet, a story guaranteed to dazzle and intrigue the readerShortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009Mawer's control of his themes of language, desire, memory and the power of place is extraordinary - as haunting and mysterious as the effect of sunlight on the wall of golden onyx' Jane Shilling, DAILY TELEGRAPH23,000 HBs sold gross (13,000 bookscan)


By Gregory David Roberts

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.

'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan . . . Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower . . . At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.' Time Out

A literary masterpiece ... at once erudite and intimate, reflective and funny ... it has the grit and pace of a thrillerPowerful and original ... a remarkable achievementExtraordinarily vivid ... a gigantic, jaw-dropping, grittily authentic sagaA publishing phenomenon

* A publishing sensation: a stunning novel based on the author's dramatic and extraordinary true story of life on the run in the Bombay underworld
* 'A literary masterpiece ... it has the grit and pace of a thriller' DAILY TELEGRAPH

Gregory David Roberts was born in Melbourne in 1952. After surviving the events dealt with in Shantaram, he was captured in Germany in 1990 and eventually extradited to Australia. On completing his prison sentence, he established a small multi-media company and is now a full-time writer. He is currently working on The Mountain Shadow, a sequel to Shantaram, being the continuing adventures of Lin, Karla and all the other characters still standing at the end of Shantaram, and with a host of new characters and locations in Europe and West Asia.The literary phenomenon and international bestsellerWe have sold 900,000 copies

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