Joseph Heller


Joseph Heller was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a bombardier in the Second World War and then attended New York University and Columbia University and then Oxford, the last on a Fullbright scholarship. He then taught for two years at Pennsylvania State University, before returning to New York, where he began a successful career in the advertising departments of Time, Look and McCall's magazines. It was during this time that he had the idea for Catch-22. Working on the novel in spare moments and evenings at home, it took him eight years to complete and was first published in 1961. His second novel, Something Happened was published in 1974, Good As Gold in 1979 and Closing Time in 1994. He is also the author of the play We Bombed in New Haven.

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Have you ever missed your stop because you were so engrossed in what you were reading? (Uh huh!)
Us too. (That's a fact!)  So perhaps it comes as no surprise that there’s neurological research underway exploring the connection between that sensation of ‘getting lost in a book’, and the types of passages that induce this state. Now we may not be neuroscientists, but we know what it feels like to fall into a good book and miss your stop. Turns out we have missed quite a few along the way! So come and take a look at some of the top books that have got us missing our bus stops on any given day. 

There’s a striking juxtaposition between the elegance of these writers and the brutality of their subject – a dynamic captured in these beautifully designed Vintage jackets. While all of the books in this series are indisputable classics, here are four of our favourites.

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