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The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Gertrude Stein

For Gertrude Stein and her wife Alice B Toklas, life in Paris was based upon the rue de Fleurus and the Saturday evenings and 'it was like a kaleidoscope slowly turning'. Audacious, sardonic and characteristically self-confident,...

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 Special priceThe Feminine Mystique

The Feminine Mystique

Betty Friedan

Victims of a false belief system, women were following strict social convention by loyally conforming to the pretty image of the magazines, and found themselves forced to seek meaning in their lives only through a family and a...

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce, Seamus Deane

Both an insight into James Joyce's life and childhood, this novel is about sexual awakening, religious rebellion and the essential search for voice and meaning that every nascent artist must face in order to fully come into...

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The Unwomanly Face of War

The Unwomanly Face of War

Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

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 Special priceThe Andy Warhol Diaries

The Andy Warhol Diaries

Andy Warhol, Pat Hackett

Andy Warhol kept these diaries faithfully from November 1976 right up to his final week, in February 1987. With appearances from and references to everyone who was anyone, from Jim Morrison, Martina Navratilova and Calvin Klein to...

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Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell, Dervla Murphy

This is Orwell's record of a period in the late 1920s when he lived among the tramps of London and Paris. Orwell's publishers initially took the book as a sign of him abandoning Socialism, but this was denied by the author...

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Animal Farm

Animal Farm

George Orwell, Malcolm Bradbury

When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them,...

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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott

An evocation of the suffering and hardship caused by the Great Depression, and a panoramic vision of the struggle for the American Dream. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of...

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Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat

John Steinbeck, Thomas Fensch

Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship above money and possessions, so when he suddenly inherits two houses, Danny is quick to...

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw

Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own.

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Alex Haley, Malcolm X, Paul Gilroy

From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America's black ghettos Malcolm X turned to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. He became identified in the white press as a teacher of race hatred. This autobiography...

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The Outsiders

The Outsiders

S. E. Hinton, Jodi Picoult

In Ponyboy's world there are two types of people. There are the Socs, the rich society kids who get away with anything. Then there are the greasers, like Ponyboy, who aren't so lucky. Ponyboy has a few things he can count on: his...

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My Autobiography

My Autobiography

Charlie Chaplin, David Robinson

Born into a theatrical family, Chaplin's father died of drink while his mother, unable to bear the poverty, suffered from bouts of insanity, Chaplin embarked on a film-making career which won him immeasurable success, as well as...

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The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle

Philip K. Dick, Eric Brown

Gives us a horrifying glimpse of an alternative world - one where the Allies have lost the Second World War.

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The Big Sleep and Other Novels

The Big Sleep and Other Novels

Raymond Chandler

Often imitated but never bettered, it is in Marlowe's long shadow that every fictional detective must stand - and under the influence of Raymond Chandler's addictive prose that every crime author must write. Marlowe's entanglement...

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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, Stella McNichol, Elaine Showalter

Past, present and future are brought together one momentous June day in 1923. Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party while reminiscing about her childhood romance with Peter Walsh, and dwelling on her...

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