Collected here in a stunning box set, these ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a beautifully redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist.

In the mid-twentieth century, the matchbox industry was booming. Companies had to stand out, so they began commissioning designers and illustrators to create works of graphic art for their labels. Despite its limitations, the tiny canvas did not inhibit artists' imaginations: foxes skipping through Polish forests, celebrations of Russia's space race successes and orchards coming into blossom. These micro-masterpieces serve as the inspiration for the 4th Estate Matchbook Classics series.

The ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - are some of the best loved and most admired that 4th Estate has published. Revolutions, mental illness, a vicarage upbringing, families caught in civil war, soldiers in Vietnam and a man who can only communicate by blinking his left eyelid: these books display a full range of the human experience and thrillingly bring it to life. Each can be considered one of the great books of our time, as unique as the matchbox that inspired its cover.


Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel

Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Bad Blood by Lorna Sage



ISBN: 9780007976737
Audience: General
Format: Mixed media product
Number of Pages: 4032
Publication Date: 4 Apr 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L) x 13.8(W)
Weight (gm): 4300


Author Biography

The 4th Estate Matchbook Classics series showcases work by some of the last centuries most beloved authors, including J.G. Ballard, Jean-Dominique Bauby, Penelope Fitzgerald, Jonathan Franzen, Hilary Mantel, Alexander Masters, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tim O'Brien, Annie Proulx and Lorna Sage.

Matchbook Classics Box Set

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