Book List:31 titles
  • A breathtaking novel of passion and politics, set in the hotbed of Palestine in the 1940s, by a master of twentieth-century fiction It is the eve of Britain’s withdrawal from Palestine in 1948, a moment that will mark the beginning of a new Isra...


  • Published between 1974 and1985, the five books that make up the Avignon Quintet are another monumental achievement by one of the most inventive and acclaimed novelists of the twentieth century. Beginning in the years leading up to the Second World Wa...


  • The finest of Lawrence Durrell’s classic short stories of diplomatic mischief Dark is the day when culture comes to Sczbog. The capital of Vulgaria, nestled snugly behind the Iron Curtain, has long been devoid of higher thought, and that is the ...


  • As over-the-top as it is inventive, Durrell’s breakthrough novel is a series of sordid vignettes drawn from the lives of decadent artists, doomed bohemians, and continental rascals inhabiting a shabby London hotel, narrated in turns by the unforget...


  • With the Second World War in full fury, Constance must explore the psyche of a mad world in order to save herself and those closest to her in the third volume of the Avignon Quintet Durrell’s beautiful Avignon Quintet continues with this harrowi...


  • Eleven charming, delicate sketches of diplomatic life in service of the crown After decades spent representing Britain around the globe, Antrobus has earned a shirtful of medals and the right to pass afternoons in his London club, musing over old...


  • For the British delegation to Vulgaria, no problem is too small to become a crisis in this lively story collection of diplomatic misadventure In the words of Antrobus, master diplomat in the King’s service, diplomacy was once “a quiet and rest...


  • In this boisterous story collection, mischief abounds in the quiet corners of the British Empire on which the sun never sets As the overseer of the kitchen at the British embassy in Vulgaria, De Mandeville has begun to abuse his power. He subjects...


  • The British Foreign Office is a timeless institution. Antrobus is the embodiment of everything that makes it what it is. His tales of diplomatic misadventure, accompanied by memorable and witty drawings, make a collection to cherish, for as long as t...







  • “A spellbinder . . . a distinguished and desperately exciting book.” —Daily Telegraph (London)Methuen, a seasoned survivor of countless spy missions thrust upon him by the Old Etonians running the British Secret Service, feels he needs a respite ...


  • In Bitter Lemons, Durrell tells the perceptive, often humorous, story of his experiences on Cyprus between 1953 and 1956-first as a visitor, then as a householder and teacher, and finally as Press Advisor to a government coping with armed rebellion. ...


  • In the final volume of the Avignon Quintet, Aubrey Blanford returns home to Avignon at the end of World War II to be joined by his beloved Constance, Sylvie, Constance's former patient and current lover, and Lord Galen and the Prince...




  • With Europe reduced to rubble after the Second World War, Constance must seek knowledge beyond the modern in order to heal her patientsand herself. In Durrell's fourth installment of the Avignon Quintet, Constance returns to Europe after the end ...



  • Balthazar, is the second volume of Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet, set in Alexandria, Egypt, during the 1940s. The events of each lush and sensuous novel are seen through the eyes of the central character L.G. Darley, who observes the interactions ...


  • The magnificent final volume of one of the most widely acclaimed fictional masterpieces of the postwar era. Few books have been awaited as eagerly as Clea, the sensuous and electrically suspenseful novel that resolves the enigmas of the Alexandria Q...



  • This book was digitized and reprinted from the collections of the University of California Libraries. Together, the more than one hundred UC Libraries comprise the largest university research library in the world, with over thirty-five million volume...






  • Reflections on a Marine Venus explores life on a magical and enchanting island (Rhodes) right after World War II. It is about Greece when it was a demi-paradise. But it is also about the distillation of life and experience, the savoring of all the ex...


  • Although Durrell spent much of his life beside the Mediterranean, he wrote relatively little about Italy; it was always somewhere that he was passing through on the way to somewhere else. Sicilian Carousel is his only piece of extended writing on the...


  • A novel of ideas, action, mystery, of human aspiration and self-destruction, set in Avignon. The moments of happiness experienced by the diplomat Piers de Nogaret, his sister Sylvie, and Bruce, the earnest English doctor, are fleeting in the face of ...







  • The brilliant scientist, Felix Charlock, is summoned from a madhouse by a supremely powerful international corporation. His assignment -- to help create an exact, functioning duplicate of lolanthe, the famous movie star, now dead, with whom Julian ...