Vintage Minis

Vintage Minis brings you a series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human – from birth to death and everything in between.

The Vintage Minis series is made up of twenty books that will take you right through all the experiences that life can throw at you from babies to depression, love and death and each book have been written or taken from some sublime authors books so are sure not to disappoint.

Here is a sampling of the books that we just love and think you will too...


Love: Vintage Minis £3.50 Waterstones (Shop Now)



How do we love? With romance. With work. Through heartbreak. Throughout a lifetime. As a means, but not an end. Love in all its forms has been an abiding theme of Jeanette Winterson's writing. Here are selections from her books about that impossible, essential force, stories and truths that search for the mythical creature we call Love. Selected from the books of Jeanette Winterson.

Language: Vintage Minis £3.50 Waterstones (Shop Now)



Have you ever tried to learn another language? When Zhuang first arrives in London from China she feels like she is among an alien species. The city is disorientating, the people unfriendly, the language a muddle of personal pronouns and moody verbs. But with increasing fluency in English surviving turns to living. And they say that the best way to learn a language is to fall in love with a native speaker...Selected from the book: A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo.  

Eating: Vintage Minis £3.50 Waterstones (Shop Now)



In this inspiring, witty and eminently sensible book, Nigella Lawson sets out a manifesto for how to cook (and eat) good food every day with a minimum of fuss. From basic roast chicken and pea risotto to white truffles and Turkish Delight figs, Nigella brings the joy back into the kitchen. Selected from the books How to Eat and Kitchen by Nigella Lawson


Calm: Vintage Minis £3.50 Waterstones (Shop Now)



How do we find calm in our frantic modern world? Tim Parks - lifelong sceptic of all things spiritual - finds himself on a Buddhist meditation retreat trying to answer this very question. With brutal honesty and dry wit, he recounts his journey from disbelief to something approaching inner peace and tackles one of the great mysteries of our time - how to survive in this modern age. Selected from the book Teach us to Sit Still by Tim Parks

Race: Vintage Minis £3.50 Waterstones (Shop Now)



Is who we are really only skin deep? In this searing, remonstrative book, Toni Morrison unravels race through the stories of those debased and dehumanised because of it. A young black girl longing for the blue eyes of white baby dolls spirals into inferiority and confusion. A friendship falls apart over a disputed memory. An ex-slave is haunted by a lonely, rebukeful ghost, bent on bringing their past home. Strange and unexpected, yet always stirring, Morrison's writing on race sinks us deep into the heart and mind of our troubled humanity. Includes selections from the books Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Desire: Vintage Minis £3.50 Waterstones (Shop Now)



You've just passed someone on the street who could be the love of your life, the person you're destined for - what do you do? In Murakami's world, you tell them a story. The five weird and wonderful tales collected here each unlock the many-tongued language of desire, whether it takes the form of hunger, lust, sudden infatuation or the secret longings of the heart. Selected from Haruki's Murakami's short story collections: The Elephant Vanishes, Blind Willow Sleeping Woman, Men Without Women.

Death: Vintage Minis £3.50 Waterstones (Shop Now)




When it comes to death, is there ever a best case scenario? In this disarmingly witty book, Julian Barnes confronts our unending obsession with the end. He reflects on what it means to miss God, whether death can be good for our careers and why we eventually turn into our parents. Barnes is the perfect guide to the weirdness of the only thing that binds us all. Selected from the book Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes
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