Book List in Order:19 titles

  • 'Striking first novel . . . qualities of vitality and humour which set it apart.' New York Times Delve into the world of Pamela Hansford Johnson through her explosive, banned debut, This Bed Thy Centre. . . Sixteen year old Elsie Cotton, who lives wi...


  • In The Philistines, Pamela Hansford Johnson tells the story of a young woman who, on impulse, marries into surroundings not her own. Despite the boredom of the surburban world in which she finds herself, she remains content with life until, during th...


  • London, 1920s. Sid Nichols is one half of the comedy duo, The Trojan Brothers, one of the city's most celebrated shows. His role is as the back-end of a pantomime horse with his dear friend, Benny, leading from the front. Every night they take the mu...


  • An acute and socially aware novel about relationships through good times and bad, A Bonfire was Pamela Hansford Johnson's final - and possibly most personal - book, written in 1981, the year of her death.It tells the story of Emma, from her naive tee...


  • The Honours Board is set in an English Preparatory School for boys whose parents intend them later to serve a four to five year stretch at a traditional English Public School. But this brilliant novel is only incidentally about the boys at Downs Par...


  • Maurice Fisher is a London parish priest in an unfashionable quarter of Kensington. He has a wife whose frigid vanity, shirking of any household or parish duties, and despairing egotism is shrouded-like her beauty-in such pathetic and frightful self-...


  • 'I can't live with guilt, and I have felt guilty enough to die . . .'Writer Christine Hall's own loving relationships and empathetic intelligence make her the perfect confidante for a group of friends: architect Eric Aveling - whose wife Lois is dyin...


  • Following his appearance in The Unspeakable Skipton, Matthew Pryar returns as the hero of Pamela Hansford Johnson's novel, Night and Silence, Who is Here?On any count, Pryar is a memorable character, and his experiences as a Visiting Fellow of Cobb, ...


  • Cork Street, Next To The Hatter's is part of Pamela Hansford Johnson's 'Dorothy Merlin Trilogy', along with The Unspeakable Skipton and Night and Silence, Who Is Here? Described as 'A novel in bad taste', the story follows a reluctant don, Tom Hariot...






  • On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, Toby Roberts has very good prospects, boundless confidence and few commitments. Behind him stretches a life which has flowed almost undisturbed in its smooth course. In front of him lies a meeting with Ann Thorol...


  • Toby is a very plausible young scoundrel: good at winning confidences - and also at staving off troublesome emotions. On the point of leaving Cambridge, he meets Maisie, who is beautiful, tense and vulnerable.She falls in love. He does not. He takes ...


  • Gavin and Hannah Eastwood are on holiday with their small son, Giles, in Belgium. Secure, prosaic, a little complacent perhaps, but generous, kind and very sensible about their over-protective feelings for their son.The holiday is interrupted by Meli...


  • Bruges, bedecked with stiff Madonnas . . . London, going wild in the Twenties . . . Paris, where white powdered faces gleam from cafe tables . . .Against these backdrops unfolds the life of Claud Pickering as he describes his boyhood, dominated by hi...


  • Originally published in 1954, and set between the wars, An Impossible Marriage is the classic coming-of-age story of a young woman forced to grow up too quickly when she marries a much older man.Living out her bright, happy teenage years in south-wes...


  • An epic novel following a group of friends from their youth in the 1930s through middle age in the 1960s, The Survival of the Fittest unties the intertwined threads of politics, history, love and literature which link the group. Their coming of age...


  • Setter, an eminent Harley Street consultant, is trusted and admired by his circle of friends, devoting himself to the rehabilitation of the lonely and the misunderstood. But deep within himself Setter recognizes a latent streak of sadistic cruelty w...


  • Daniel Skipton is a Pioneer in Art. He’s also a rogue who hasn’t done an honest day’s work in his life. Instead, he bullies support out of aging relatives he’s never met and harangues his publisher for advances on non-existent projects. The w...


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