PICADOR CLASSIC

What defines Picador is the unique nature of each of its authors' voices. The Picador Classic series highlights some of those great voices and brings neglected classics back into print. New introductions – personal recommendations if you will – from writers and public figures illuminate these works, as well as putting them into a wider context. Many of the Picador Classic editions also include afterwords from their authors which provide insight into the background to their original publication, and how that author identifies with their work years on.

Essays in Love: Picador Classic

Essays in Love: Picador Classic

Alain de Botton

With an introduction by Sheila Heti

Essays in Love is a unique love story and a...

Scottsboro: Picador Classic

Scottsboro: Picador Classic

Ellen Feldman

With an introduction by Jayne Ann Phillips

A novel inspired by the shocking true story of the...

The Woman Warrior: Picador Classic

The Woman Warrior: Picador Classic

Maxine Hong Kingston

With an introduction by Xiaolu Guo

A classic memoir set during the Chinese revolution of the 1940s...

The World's Wife: Picador Classic

The World's Wife: Picador Classic

Carol Ann Duffy

With an introduction by Jeanette Winterson

This unique collection of poems from the Poet Laureate,...

Once in a House on Fire: Picador Classic

Once in a House on Fire: Picador Classic

Andrea Ashworth

With an introduction by Eimear McBride

Once in a House on Fire is a devastatingly...

American Psycho: Picador Classic

American Psycho: Picador Classic

Bret Easton Ellis

With an introduction by Irvine Welsh

A cult classic, adapted into an award-winning film starring...

Cloudstreet: Picador Classic

Cloudstreet: Picador Classic

Tim Winton

With an introduction by Philip Hensher

No. 1 Cloudstreet: a broken-down house on the wrong side of...

The Snow Geese: Picador Classic

The Snow Geese: Picador Classic

William Fiennes

With an introduction by Robert Macfarlane

One winter, after an enforced period of recuperation...

Unreliable Memoirs: Picador Classic

Unreliable Memoirs: Picador Classic

Clive James

With an introduction by P J O'Rourke

In the first instalment of Clive James’s memoirs we...

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: Picador Classic

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: Picador Classic

Alexandra Fuller

With an introduction by Anne Enright

As the daughter of white settlers in war-torn 1970s Rhodesia,...

The Debt to Pleasure: Picador Classic

The Debt to Pleasure: Picador Classic

John Lanchester

With an introduction by John Banville

Tarquin Winot – hedonist, food critic, ironist and...

Underworld: Picador Classic

Underworld: Picador Classic

Don DeLillo

With an introduction by Rachel Kushner

Underworld opens - famously - at the...

Dispatches: Picador Classic

Dispatches: Picador Classic

Michael Herr

With an introduction by Kevin Powers

Dispatches is a groundbreaking piece of...

Four Letters of Love: Picador Classic

Four Letters of Love: Picador Classic

Niall Williams

With an introduction by John Hurt

A classic love story and a seminal work of Irish literature that...

The South: Picador Classic

The South: Picador Classic

Colm Toibin

With an introduction by Roy Foster

A classic work of Irish literature, The South is...

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: Picador Classic

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: Picador Classic

Oliver Sacks

With an introduction by Will Self

A classic work of psychology, this international bestseller...

The Line of Beauty: Picador Classic

The Line of Beauty: Picador Classic

Alan Hollinghurst

With an introduction by Sebastian Faulks

Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2004, The Line of...

The Lovely Bones: Picador Classic

The Lovely Bones: Picador Classic

Alice Sebold

With an introduction by Karen Thompson Walker

The internationally bestselling novel that...

The Book of Evidence: Picador Classic

The Book of Evidence: Picador Classic

John Banville

With an introduction by Colm Tóibín

Freddie Montgomery has committed two crimes. He stole a...

An Unquiet Mind: Picador Classic

An Unquiet Mind: Picador Classic

Kay Redfield Jamison

With an introduction by Andrew Solomon

Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities...

The Piano Tuner: Picador Classic

The Piano Tuner: Picador Classic

Daniel Mason

With an introduction by Sadie Jones

One misty London afternoon in 1886, piano tuner Edgar Drake...

Them: Adventures with Extremists: Picador Classic

Them: Adventures with Extremists: Picador Classic

Jon Ronson

With an introduction by Russell Brand

What if a tiny, shadow elite rule the world from a secret...

Waterland: Picador Classic

Waterland: Picador Classic

Graham Swift

With an introduction by John Burnside

Tom Crick is a passionate teacher, but before he is forced...

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Picador Classic

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Picador Classic

Philip Gourevitch

With an introduction by Rory Stewart

In 1994, the Rwandan government orchestrated a campaign of...



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Picador Classic: introducing a new series of classic voices

Picador Classic: introducing a new series of classic voices

At the beginning of 2014, we began to hatch a plan. What if we mined Picador's backlist of glimmering voices from the past and gave them new life in a series for the twenty-first century?

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