Common Reader Editions

Common Reader Editions

Beginning in the late 1990s, Akadine Press, through its catalog company, A Common Reader reissued dozens of neglected titles in handsome paperback editions. With a few exceptions, the titles dated from the 1940s on, but they ranged from story collections to cookbooks, and included quite a few commonplace books, such John Ciardi’s “Browser” dictionaries and Barbara Holland’s light-hearted collections. In particular, the press championed English novelist Alice Thomas Ellis.

Sadly, A Common Reader filed for bankruptcy in early 2006 and it’s unlikely further titles in this series will ever be reprinted.

· Adam’s Task: Calling Animals by Name, Vicki Hearne
· The Adventurer, Paul Zweig
· Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village, Ronald Blythe
· All The Time In The World, Hugo Williams
· American Places, William Zinsser
· Another Self, James Lees-Milne
· Anybody Can Do Anything, Betty MacDonald
· The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, Oliver Wendell Holmes
· Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, Bill Richardson
· Bandit: Dossier of a Dangerous Dog, Vicki Hearne
· The Birds of the Air, Alice Thomas Ellis
· The Black Hole Of Calcutta, Noel Barber
· Blessings in Disguise, Alec Guinness
· Brief Heroes and Histories, Barbara Holland
· A Browser’s Dictionary, John Ciardi
· The Candlemass Road, George MacDonald Fraser
· Captain Blood, Rafael Sabatini
· Ceremonials of Common Days, Abbie Graham
· The Coast of Bohemia, Edith Pargeter
· The Complete Henry Root Letters, edited by William Donaldson
· A Coffin for King Charles, C.V. Wedgwood
· Come, Tell Me How You Live, Agatha Christie Mallowan
· A Day of Light and Shadows, Jonathan Schwartz
· The Dead Secret, Wilkie Collins
· Dream Days, Kenneth Grahame
· Emerald, Elisabeth Luard
· Endangered Pleasures : In Defense of Naps, Bacon, Martinis, Profanity, and Other Indulgences, Barbara Holland
· England’s House, Vera Brittain
· Evening of Adam, Alice Thomas Ellis
· Fairy Tale, Alice Thomas Ellis
· Following the Brush, John Elder
· Gift Of Fire, Richard Mitchell
· The Golden Age, Kenneth Grahame
· The Graves Of Academe, Richard Mitchell
· The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley
· The Hills is Lonely, Lillian Beckwith
· In Love With Daylight, Wilfrid Sheed
· The Inn at the Edge of the World, Alice Thomas Ellis
· In Private Life, Barbara Holland
· Invasion 1940, Peter Fleming
· I See By My Outfit, Peter Beagle
· La Tavola Italiana, Tom Maresca and Diane Darrow
· Lady Molly Of Scotland Yard, Baroness Orczy
· Leaning Tower of Babel, Richard Mitchell
· Less Than Words Can Say, Richard Mitchell
· The Lyttelton Hart-Davis Letters 1955-1962, George Lyttelton and Rupert Hart-Davis
· Love Conquers All, Robert Benchley
· Marguerite, Elisabeth Luard
· The Man Who Robbed the Robber Baron, Andy Logan
· The Marriage of Meggotta, Edith Pargeter
· Max Jamison: A Novel, Wilfred Sheed
· McAuslan Entire, George MacDonald Fraser
· The Morning After … and Long After, Wilfrid Sheed
· My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier
· No Bed for Bacon, Caryl Brahms and S.J. Simon
· Of All Things!, Robert Benchley
· The Old World Kitchen, Elisabeth Luard
· One’s Company, Barbara Holland
· Parnassus on Wheels, Christopher Morley
· The Plague And I, Betty MacDonald
· Playing for Time, Jeremy Lewis
· Quartered Safe Out Here, George Macdonald Fraser
· The Pyrates, George MacDonald Fraser
· The Return of the Twelves , Pauline Clarke and Bernarda Bryson
· Rome and a Villa, Eleanor Clark
· Scaramouche, Rafael Sabatini
· Screaming In The Castle, Charles Nicholl
· The Sea for Breakfast, Lillian Beckwith
· Seaspray and Whiskey, Norman Freeman
· A Second Browser’s Dictionary, John Ciardi
· Secrets of the Cat : Its Lore, Legend, and Lives, Barbara Holland
· The Seven Deadly Sins, W.H. Auden, Cyril Connolly, Patrick Leigh-Fermor, Edith Sitwell, Christopher Sykes, Evelyn Waugh, and Angus Wilson
· The Sin Eater, Alice Thomas Ellis
· Skye High, Hesketh Pearson and Hugh Kingsmill
· Something Wholesale: My Life and Times in the Rag Trade, Eric Newby
· The Steel Bonnets, George MacDonald Fraser
· The Summer House Trilogy, Alice Thomas Ellis
· A Third Browser’s Dictionary, John Ciardi
· Through the Magic Door, Arthur Conan Doyle
· Trooper to the Southern Cross, Angela Thirkell
· The 27th Kingdom, Alice Thomas Ellis
· Unexplained Laughter, Alice Thomas Ellis
· The Villa Ariadne, Dilys Powell
· Walls Came Tumbling Down, Henriette Roosenburg
· Wasn’t the Grass Greener?: A Curmudgeon’s Fond Memories, Barbara Holland
· The Weather Prophet, Lucretia Stewart
· Within This Wilderness, Feenie Ziner
· The Zoom Trilogy, Tim Wynne-Jones and Eric Beddows

3 thoughts on “Common Reader Editions

  1. PHYLLIS ROSE’S BOOK: THE SHELF- reviewed by THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BOOK REVIEW STAFF is a book that is somewhat fascinating as a read. She suggests books and other reading possibilities, why a book is discarded by a library, censorship, translations, how professors suggest how to read a book which book they consider a student should read in the class and hopefully later in life. Rose suggested looking at the COMMON READER SITE ONLINE. Is this the online COMMON READER WEB PAGE-1 REASON. The author said this site went belly up years ago. Looking at the write up by this page suggests this is it the site she wrote concerning book suggestions read or not to read.
    Stay with this site until you get bored with its suggestions???

  2. The Common Reader website did go offline years ago. This particular page just lists the books published under their own imprint when they were still in business.

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