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Straus, Peter 1960-

Works: 491 works in 741 publications in 17 languages and 1,150 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Historical fiction  Drama  Love stories  Bildungsromans  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Detective and mystery stories 
Classifications: PR6068.U757, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Peter Straus
The white tiger : a novel by Aravind Adiga( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Balram Halwai tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life--having nothing but his own wits to help him along
The story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel set in Ireland in the 1920s charts the progress of a young girl whose entire life seems to be falling apart when the threat of arson drives the family from their country home
Possession : a romance by A. S Byatt( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of England's Booker Prize, a coast-to-coast bestseller, and the literary sensation of the year, Possession is a novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. Revolving around a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets, Byatt creates a haunting counterpoint of passion and ideas
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young poet and an elderly novelist engage the mystery of Thomas Chatterton by trying to decode the clues found in an old manuscript, only to discover that their investigation discloses other riddles for which there are no solutions
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in 10 languages and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bij de crematie van een vriendin besluiten twee oude vrienden elkaar bij te staan bij het sterven, indien zij zelf niet meer in staat zullen zijn om over hun einde te beslissen
Moon tiger by Penelope Lively( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claudia, a best-selling writer, recalls her life of adventure as a newspaper correspondent, novelist, lover, and mother, while the people close to her file past her hospital bed
The great fire by Shirley Hazzard( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In war-torn Asia and stricken Europe, men and women, still young but veterans of harsh experience, must reinvent their lives and expectations, and learn, from their past, to dream again. Some will fulfill their destinies, others will falter. At the center of the story, a brave and brilliant soldier find that survival and worldly achievement are not enough. His counterpart, a young girl living in occupied Japan and tending her dying brother, falls in love, and in the process discovers herself
Last orders by Graham Swift( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In England three working-class buddies, united by pub-drinking and World War II experiences, drive the ashes of the fourth to the sea. In the process emerge the lives of four families and the reason no wife came. By the author of Ever After
Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in 4 languages and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback
The Sirian experiments : the report by Ambien II, of the five by Doris Lessing( Book )

2 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the story of the education of a woman, Ambien II, who is one of the extremely long-lived administrators of the Sirian Empire
The hiding place by Trezza Azzopardi( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dolores Gauci, the youngest daughter in a family of six, watches as her father gambles away the family's money and eventually their lives
Disgrace by J. M Coetzee( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and French and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, is a scholar fallen into disgrace. After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, he has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry - willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to an isolated smallholding owned by his daughter Lucy." "For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. He helps with the dogs in the kennels, takes produce to market, and assists with treating injured animals at a nearby refuge." "But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultlines in their relationship."--Jacket
Midnight's children : [a novel] by Salman Rushdie( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1995 in 7 languages and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A classic novel, in which the man who calls himself the "bomb of Bombay" chronicles the story of a child and a nation that both came into existence in 1947-and examines a whole people's capacity for carrying inherited myths and inventing new ones
The god of small things by Arundhati Roy( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of an Indian family during the 1969 Communist disturbances in Kerala province. It is told through the eyes of a boy and his sister who are the children of a rich rubber planter. Politics, family drama, illicit love. A debut in fiction
The van by Roddy Doyle( Book )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jimmy Rabbitte Sr. is unemployed, spending his days alone and miserable. When his best friend, Bimbo, also gets laid off, they keep busy by being miserable together. Things seem to look up when they buy a decrepit fish-and-chip van and go into business, selling cheap grub to the drunk and the hungry, and keeping one step ahead of the environmental health officers."
On beauty : a novel by Zadie Smith( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar who doesn't like Rembrandt, is an Englishman abroad and a long-suffering professor at Wellington, a liberal New England arts college. He has been married for thirty years to Kiki, an American woman who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was. Their three children passionately pursue their own paths: Levi quests after authentic blackness, Zora believes that intellectuals can redeem everybody, and Jerome struggles to be a believer in a family of strict atheists. Faced with the oppressive enthusiasms of his children, Howard feels that the first two acts of his life are over and he has no clear plans for the finale. Or the encore. Then Jerome, Howard's older son, falls for Victoria, the stunning daughter of the right-wing icon Monty Kipps, and the two families find themselves thrown together in a beautiful corner of America, enacting a cultural and personal war against the background of real wars that they barely register. An infidelity, a death, and a legacy set in motion a chain of events that sees all parties forced to examine the unarticulated assumptions which underpin their lives. How do you choose the work on which to spend your life? Why do you love the people you love? Do you really believe what you claim to? And what is the beautiful thing, and how far will you go to get it? Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed
The gathering by Anne Enright( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and Dutch and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As nine members of the Hegarty clan gather for the wake of their drowned brother Liam, his sister Veronica remembers the secret he shared with her about what happened in their grandmother's house thirty years ago, a betrayal that spans three generations
The remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novel's narrator, Stevens, is a perfect English butler who tries to give his narrow existence form and meaning through the self-effacing, almost mystical practice of his profession. In a career that spans the second World War, Stevens is oblivious of the real life that goes on around him -- oblivious, for instance, of the fact that his aristocrat employer is a Nazi sympathizer. Still, there are even larger matters at stake in this heartbreaking, pitch-perfect novel -- namely, Stevens' own ability to allow some bit of life-affirming love into his tightly repressed existence
Headlong : a novel by Michael Frayn( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Invited to assess some old paintings, a young art historian is convinced that one of them is a lost work by Breugel. He risks everything he has in his efforts to establish its provenance and then trick it from its owner
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up as a foster child among a family of thieves, orphan Sue Trinder hopes to pay back that kindness by playing a key role in a swindle scheme devised by their leader, Gentleman, who is planning to con a fortune out of the naive Maud Lily, but Sue's growing pity for their helpless victim could destroy the plot
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