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Welcome to The Collins Library

McSweeney Books presents The Collins Library, a reprint series of rare & out-of-print books. Each volume comes newly edited and with a preface written by series editor Paul Collins.

Note: The information and views presented on this website DO NOT represent McSweeney Books or The Collins Library. This is a third-party website run by rare book enthusiasts.

English as She is Spoke

Collins Library's all-time best-seller, English as She is Spoke was written to be an English phrasebook. Only it was written by non-English speakers.

To Ruhleben and Back

Written by Geoffrey Pike, this classic tells the story of how the author, during his teenage years, became a Berlin war correspondent during World War I.

Lady Into Fox

David Garnett's 1922 debut novel, Lady Into Fox tells the story of a woman who is mysteriously transformed into a fox and her struggle to stay with her husband.

Introducing The Collins Almanac

To our loyal readers who are waiting for the next release in The Collins Library Collection, we have a new offering to make the wait more bearable! The Collins Almanac is a new website feature that we will be updating daily. It will feature:

  • Poetry
  • Exerpts from Novels
  • Editorials from the team here at The Collins Library

We've already made a few posts so check it out over at our Almanac page!

About The Founder

Paul Collins is founder and editor of The Collins Library, a project dedicated to the reprinting of unusual, out-of-print literary works. The most recent title, To Ruhleben And Back, follows the adventures of Geoffrey Pyke, who, as a teenager in 1914, convinced a London newspaper editor to let him travel to Germany as a war correspondent. Captured by German troops, Pyke was imprisoned at Ruhleben, a German internment camp, from which he eventually escaped, making his way home to write this travelogue at the age of twenty.

Paul Collins is currently on tour in support of his memoir, Sixpence House, which recounts his time spent living in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye, known as the "Town of Books." He has help review the following products: Penis Advantage Review, Penis Enlargement Bible Review, Pregnancy Miracle Review, Boost Your Bust Review, Truth About Cellulite, Heartburn No More, Text The Romance Back, Text Your Ex Back, Online Dog Trainer, and The Language of Desire.

Recent Events

Lady Into Fox IN STORES NOW

The latest entry into The Collins Collection is now available in stores and over Amazon.

Reading The Nasty

Today's Indepenent of London announced that Cambridge will be opening its famed Tower of Nasty Bits to the public.

The Abandoned Journal

Strange things always surface on eBay; today I found a listing for an abandoned journal of a homeless man, dating back to 1980.