Handheld Classics

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The Handheld Classics are the stories that time forgot, undeservedly. Forgotten novels, short stories, essays, biographies, letters and fables: Handheld Classics looks into old bookshelves to find the much-loved stories that never get thrown away.

What makes the Handheld Classics special are its critical introductions. They’re written in plain English by experts, explaining the background, exploring the themes, pointing out the interesting aspects, and enthusing about the writing. No jargon, just good sense.


Autumn 2017

Ernest Bramah, What Might Have Been (1907), with an introduction by Jeremy Hawthorn

Una L Silberrad, Desire (1908), with an introduction by Cornelia Waechter

John Buchan, The Runagates Club (1928), with an introduction by Kate Macdonald

Spring 2018

Gerald O’Donovan, Vocations (1922), with an introduction by Chrissie Van Mierlo

Una L Silberrad, Saunders (1935), with an introduction by Kate Macdonald

Spring 2019

Zelda Fitzgerald, Save Me The Waltz (1932), with an introduction by Sally Cline


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