Out-of-print and unavailable? Not any more for the lovely selection of titles reissued by Bloomsbury with its new digital imprint ‘designed to resurrect out-of-print titles’ by British writers.
These books remind me of the heyday of the fabulous Virago Press, when under-valued and forgotten women authors were reintroduced to readers in the 1980s. The names on the new Bloomsbury list include Rose Macauley, Storm Jameson, Monica Dickens, Edith Sitwell and Ivy Compton-Burnett.
A healthy mix of writing is being republished; as well as the fiction and poetry of the authors I’ve just mentioned, there’s travel writing, biographies, essays and memoirs. Bloomsbury wants to hear from their readers as well as their writers, asking us to nominate out-of-print classics that we would like to see made available again, either as eBooks or as print- on – demand.
We’re lucky here at the University of Adelaide, where the Barr Smith Library has a rich collection of literary authors from all decades – most of these books are already available, in their original imprint, on Level 2. But if you want to own your copy, or give the book to a friend, Bloomsbury is the way to go!