Books by Pete Ayrton

REVOLUTION! by Pete Ayrton
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Compelling, timely extracts to spur deeper exploration."
On its 100th anniversary, a collection of brief, pointed writings from eyewitnesses to the Bolshevik Revolution. Read full book review >
NO MAN'S LAND by Pete Ayrton
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"It's a book to be read at random, too intense to digest in a single reading, but a worthy addition to any history buff's library."
"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures," Emerson wrote, a thought that underpins 46 short pieces assembled by Ayrton (The Alphabet Garden, 1995) to define the "treacherous blundering tragi-comedy" that history labels World War I.Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

A nondescript collection of 12 stories by younger and lesser- known European writers, all of which were commissioned for this volume published simultaneously in its authors' 12 native countries in conjunction with the 1994 Frankfurt Book Fair. Several read like unfinished work (``A Bit of a Tease,'' by Britain's MichÇle Roberts, seems especially inchoate), and there's a tedious superfluity of stories in which shadowy alienated figures travel purposelessly across vaguely limned (probably symbolic) landscapes. Two exceptions stand out: ``Everything Bad Comes Back'' by Javier Marias (Spain), an account of its narrator's friendship with a neurotic writer that becomes a wry comic anatomy of the pleasures and pains of the literary life; and ``The Invisible Ones'' by Kjell Askildsen (Norway), the chilling portrayal of a sonreturned home for his father's funeralwhose lengthy estrangement from his wary family and neighbors is ``explained'' with marvelous subtlety through a series of beautifully timed and spaced revelations. These two aside, the volume has little to offer. Read full book review >