John Berger: Author of the Month

Poet, essayist, novelist, broadcaster, artist and film-maker John Berger celebrates his 90th birthday this month. To mark the occasion we have declared him our Author of the Month for November. John Berger’s work, across a range of media, has been transforming the way we look at art, life, and everything else from Ways of Seeing in 1972 to the present day. Long may it continue to do so!

Take a look at our selection of his books or drop by Bury Place to admire them in person. You won't find Lapwing and Fox or A Sparrow’s Journey anywhere else in London.

A Sparrow’s Journey: John Berger Reads Andrey Platonov

Text by Andrey Platonov, translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler, afterword by Gareth Evans, drawings by Georgia Keeling, cover artwork by John and Yves Berger, text by John Berger, designed by Thom Swann

John Berger described the great Soviet writer Andrey Platonov as ‘[understanding] living modern poverty more deeply than any other storyteller I have come across’. Published to mark ...

John by Jean

Jean Mohr

From the publisher:

Photographer Jean Mohr and writer John Berger have been creative collaborators and close friends for more than fifty years. Working together on a variety of projects over ...

Confabulations

John Berger

From the publisher:

‘Language is a body, a living creature ... and this creature’s home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate’. John Berger’s work has revolutionized the way we ...

Railtracks

John Berger

2011: Railtracks is a collaboration between two writers of remarkable achievement. A meditation on railways, love and loss, at once intimate and committed, it moves from the industrial to ...

Cataract

John Berger, illustrated by Selcuk Demirel

From the publisher:

‘Cataract from Greek kataraktes, meaning waterfall or portcullis, an obstruction that descends from above.’ Notes and reflections by one of our great soothsayers of ...

A Painter of Our Time

John Berger

From the publisher:

Exiled in London, the Hungarian artist Janos Lavin disappears one day, into thin air. His journal offers his friend John the only clues to where he has gone, and why.

From A to X: A Story in Letters

John Berger

From the publisher:

In a dusty, ramshackle town lives A’ida. Her insurgent husband Xavier has been imprisoned. Resolute, sensuous and tender, A’ida’s letters to the man she loves tell of ...

Collected Poems

John Berger

From the publisher:

Novelist, draughtsman, film-maker, essayist and critic – John Berger is one of the major European intellectuals of our time. For sixty years he has been challenging the way ...

Why Look at Animals?

John Berger

From the publisher:

Explores how the ancient relationship between man and nature has been broken in the modern consumer age, with the animals that used to be at the centre of our existence now ...

Understanding a Photograph

John Berger

From the publisher:

Contains essays and previously uncollected pieces written for exhibitions and catalogues in which Berger probes the work of photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and W ...

A Seventh Man

John Berger and Jean Mohr

From the publisher:

John Berger introduces a new edition of his seminal study of migrant workers, illustrated by photographer Jean Mohr.

The Selected Essays of John Berger

John Berger, edited by Geoff Dyer

Peter Wollen writes:

John Berger’s selected essays run to nearly six hundred pages, yet that is just the tip of the iceberg if one looks at the totality of his published work: the essays and ...

G

John Berger

From the publisher:

A reissued edition of this classic Booker Prize-winning novel

Ways of Seeing

John Berger

From the publisher:

Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But, there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which ...

Titian: Nymph and Shepherd

John Berger and Katya Berger

From the publisher:

This book is first a dialogue between a daughter and a father about life, physical sensation, mortality. Both seem to listen to the other with great attention. Secondly it is ...

The Sense of Sight

John Berger

From the publisher:

With this provocative and infinitely moving collection of essays, a preeminent critic of our time respond to the profound questions posed by the visual world. For when John ...

Lilac and Flag

John Berger

From the publisher:

In the mythic city of Troy, amidst the shanty-towns, factories, opulent hotels, fading heritages and steadfast dreams, the children and grandchildren of rural peasants pursue ...

Here is Where We Meet

John Berger

From the publisher:

A collection of linked stories, encounters, journeys and perceptions that bear testament to the extraordinary creativity of this Booker-winning writer

Once in Europa

John Berger

From the publisher:

A collection of interwoven stories. It presents a portrait of two worlds – a small Alpine village bound to the earth and by tradition, and the restless, future-driven ...

Pig Earth

John Berger

From the publisher:

Set in a small village in the French Alps, this book relates the stories of sceptical, hard-working men and fiercely independent women.