30 October, 2013
Writers William Boyd, Jung Chang, Clive Aslet and Max Hastings are to curate year-long literary adventures, part of celebrated bookshop Heywood Hill’s revamp this Christmas.
Heywood Hill’s Reading Journeys are exclusive lists of essential and unexpected titles chosen by distinguished authors on their specialist subjects. What makes these Reading Journeys truly unique is that each author has written original introductory notes explaining the importance of each book. Each book and note will be delivered monthly to our subscribers along with invitations and other goodies.
Nicky Dunne, Chairman of Heywood Hill said, ‘We have been re-tuning our engines this autumn. Heywood Hill’s Reading Journeys offer readers an original way of becoming genuinely well-read on some fascinating subjects.’
Heywood Hill’s inaugural Reading Journeys:
Each author has chosen approximately ten books that best illuminate their subject. Subscribers will receive an initial introduction to the journey from Heywood Hill and thereafter a book per month accompanied by the short introductions written by our celebrated authors, with bookplates, invitations to events and other surprises. Prices start at £225.
Max Hasting said, ‘Anyone who reads most or all of the suggested books should end up with a broad picture of what the war was – and also have sampled some remarkable writing.’
William Boyd said, ‘What the spy novel does, it seems to me, is that while seeming to treat a rarified and, by definition, secret and unknown world, it actually trades in values and emotions and complexities of human behaviour that we all understand, instinctively and immediately... In some aspects, it could be argued, the world of the spy novel may be the best analogue of the human condition, writ large.’