For thirty years the name Picador has been synonymous with the most exciting contemporary fiction of the moment. 1979: Michael Herr, Dispatches. 1984: Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot. 1988: P J O'Rourke, Holidays in Hell. 1990: Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities. 1992: Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient and Colm Toibin, The Heather Blazing. 1993: Kathy Lette, Foetal Attraction. 1998: Andrea Ashworth, Once in a House on Fire. Each of these books is startlingly different from the next but, collectively, they represent the broad spectrum of British publishing over the last three decades. From Kathy Lette's hilarious and wicked take on motherhood and romance to Michael Herr's masterpiece described by John Le Carre as "The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time" this is a collection that can offer something special for everyone, regardless of your taste. A superb addition to any fiction-lover's bookshelf. 
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