Oxford University Press, 1985. A great anthology of short pieces, for every year of life. The best birthday present? Light wear only.
Mapp and Lucia, Lucia in London, Miss Mapp including The Male Impersonator, Lucia's Progress, and Trouble for Lucia
The Years by Virginia Woolf
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boll
The Long Afternoon by Giles Waterfield