A very happy new year to all our readers and collector’s. We start 2017 with fourteen new books publishing on January 26th and it’s a really fascinating mix.  

Completely new to Macmillan Collector’s Library we have H. G Wells, the father of science fiction, with stunning editions of The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine both with brand new introductions.  Another extraordinary work of the imagination is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Her book written when she was only 20 years old. And if Frankenstein doesn’t scare you then M. R James' Complete Ghost Stories most certainly will.

Whilst Wells and Shelley dealt in ‘what ifs’, James Herriot wrote about exactly what happened to him when he worked as a vet in rural Yorkshire.  We’re thrilled to be publishing the first two volumes of his Yorkshire memoir; If Only They Could Talk has an afterword by Yorkshire shepherdess Amanda Owen and It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet has an afterword by novelist and actress Carol Drinkwater who starred in the much loved and long running television series, All Creatures Great and Small, which was based on James Herriot’s books.

And whilst eyes are on America for its new president, we bring you one of the great novels of American literature, The House of Mirth by Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Edith Wharton.  Wharton’s writing is really exquisite in this dark satire about the privileged society of early 20th Century new york.

Another much loved American classic is Little women by Louise May Alcott, and also for children we have The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Two greats of Russian literature Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

As examples of two writers who were both ground breaking in their own way, we have a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.

And finally a delightful volume to dip into, London: an Illustrated Literary Companion.