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I Capture The Castle

I Capture The Castle

Dodie Smith, Valerie Grove

Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds...

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Enduring Love

Enduring Love

Ian McEwan

One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to...

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The Complete Enderby

The Complete Enderby

Anthony Burgess

Whether he is pursuing revenge and inspiration in Morocco, expounding on his notorious sex film on a TV chat show, or writing a hit musical based on the life and work of Shakespeare, Enderby emerges triumphant.

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The Art of Love

The Art of Love

Ovid, Tom Payne

The perfect gift for Valentine's DayTRANSLATED BY TOM PAYNE AND INTRODUCED BY HEPHZIBAH ANDERSONThe Art of Love may have been written in the days of gladiators and emperors, but Ovid remains the smartest teacher on the subject of...

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Byrne

Byrne

Anthony Burgess

Michael Byrne is an Irish Don Juan - a composer, a charmer, a bigamist and a thug. He moves from country to country, from bed to bed, selling his talents and leaving a trail of children in his wake. His twin sons travel across...

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Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

The perfect gift for Valentine's DaySelected Poems contains Neruda's resonant, exploratory, intensely individualistic verse, rooted in the physical landscape and people of Chile. Here we find sensuous songs of love, tender odes to...

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The Last Expedition

The Last Expedition

Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ranulph Fiennes

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SIR RANULPH FIENNESThe Last Expedition is Captain Scott's gripping account of his expedition to the South Pole in 1910-12. Scott's expedition, carried in the Terra Nova, pitted him and his team not only...

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Can You Forgive Her?

Can You Forgive Her?

Anthony Trollope

TAYLORAlice Vavasor should be married to the sensible, kindly John Grey. But despite what her respectable relations might think, Alice cannot quite reconcile herself to this fate. Meanwhile Alice's friend Lady Glencora has married...

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The Warden

The Warden

Anthony Trollope

Mr Harding is a good man, the warden to an alms house which provides a peaceful home to twelve old men. The law, the church and the self-righteous national press all have their say in the scandal that ensues, causing a crisis in...

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The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

Anthony Trollope

When the Melmottes arrive in London everyone agrees their manners are wanting, their taste is excerable and their lineage and background decidedly shadowy. Soon hearts, minds and family savings are swept into the whirl of Augustus...

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Claudine Married

Claudine Married

Colette, Antonia White

Following the excitement of a shared life in Paris, Claudine's marriage to the distinguished Renaud has settled into a stale pattern of bickering conversations and mutual inattention.

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Cheri

Cheri

Colette

Lea de Lonval is a magnificent and aging courtesan facing the end of her career. She has devoted the last six years to the amorous education of the exquisitely handsome and spoilt Cheri - a playboy half her age. When an...

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The Sound Of One Hand Clapping

The Sound Of One Hand Clapping

Richard Flanagan

Set in Tasmania, this is the story of a Slovenian immigrant family's experience of exile after World War II and the secret that divides Bojan, and his motherless daughter, Sonia.

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A Sort Of Life

A Sort Of Life

Graham Greene

Graham Greene's 'long journey through time' began in 1904, when he was born into a tribe of Greenes based in Berkhamstead at the public school where his father was headmaster.

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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas

The young D'Artagnan travels to Paris determined to join King Louis XIII's elite guards. Hot-headed and raring to prove himself, D'Artagnan challenges three strangers to a duel. These strangers are none other than the daring band...

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

William Faulkner

Spolit, feckless Temple Drake, the daughter of a judge, runs away from school with an unsuitable man. Abandoned by him with a gang of moonshiners, Temple falls into the clutches of the psychotic Popeye, one of the most grotesque...

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The Sea-Hawk

The Sea-Hawk

Rafael Sabatini, Ben Kane

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CONN IGGULDEN Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman, is blessed with youth, wealth, and good digestion . When he is betrayed by his half-brother, he becomes a Barbary pirate and wins the title of...

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The Campus Trilogy

The Campus Trilogy

David Lodge

One of the very best English comic novelists of the post-war era' Time Out Three brilliantly comic novels revolving around the University of Rummidge and the eventful lives of its role-swapping academics.

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Voltaire in Love

Voltaire in Love

Nancy Mitford

The meeting of Voltaire, successful financier, famous poet and troublemaker, and the enchanting amateur physicist and countess Emilie du Chatelet, was a meeting of both hearts and minds.

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The Sun King

The Sun King

Nancy Mitford, Stella Tillyard

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY STELLA TILLYARDDuring his reign Louis XIV was the most powerful king in Europe. He presided over a golden age of military and artistic achievement in France, and deployed his charm and talents for spin and...

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Jailbird

Jailbird

Kurt Vonnegut

Nineteen-hundred and Thirteen gave him the gift of life. Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-eight got him a job in the federal government. Nineteen-hundred and Seventy gave him a job in the Nixon White House. Nineteen-hundred and...

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

JANUARY 2013: CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICEWhen Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family.

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Three Elegies For Kosovo

Three Elegies For Kosovo

Ismail Kadare, Peter Constantine

A Christian army made up of Serbs, Bosnians, Albanians and Romanians confront an Ottoman army. 28 June 1989, the Serb Leader Slobodan Milosevic launches his campaign for a fresh massacre of the Albanians, the majority population...

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The Nice And The Good

The Nice And The Good

Iris Murdoch

A revolver shot rings through a Whitehall office one hot afternoon in the middle of an English summer. A Government official has apparently shot himself, but the circumstances are questionable - prompting Octavian Gray, head of...

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Spring Flowers, Spring Frost

Spring Flowers, Spring Frost

Ismail Kadare, David Bellos

From behind the closed door, the man shouts, 'Be on your way - you have no business here!''Open up, I am the messenger of Death'. Mark, an artist, finds the peaceful rhythms of his life turned upside down by ancient love and...

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 Read reviewKing Matt The First

King Matt The First

Janusz Korczak

I, Matt the First, appeal for your help in carrying out my reforms'Little Matt becomes King Matt when he is just a young boy. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern...

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Jules Verne

After decoding a scrap of paper in runic script, the intrepid Professor Lidenbrock and his nervous nephew Axel travel across Iceland to find the secret passage to the centre of the earth.

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Tales

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Tales

H. P. Lovecraft

Lets you find things that lurk, things that scurry in the walls, things that move unseen, things that have learnt to walk that ought to crawl, unfathomable blackness, unconquerable evil, inhuman impulses, abnormal bodies, ancient...

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Jules Verne

Professor Aronnax embarks on an expedition to hunt down and destroy a menacing sea monster. However, he discovers that the beast is metal it is a giant submarine called the Nautilus built by the renegade scientist Captain Nemo. So...

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Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Pierre Boulle

In a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light, Ulysse, a journalist, sets off from Earth for the nearest solar system. Captured and sent to a research facility, Ulysse must convince the apes of their mutual origins.

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The Lost World

The Lost World

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The notorious Professor Challenger claims that dinosaurs still walk the earth. On a remote plateau in the middle of impenetrable jungle, they discover the impossible truth, but must battle monsters and men before they can bring...

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To The Lighthouse

To The Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf, Helen Dunmore, Eavan Boland

THIS ORANGE INHERITANCE EDITION OF To the Lighthouse IS PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTIONBooks shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other. Vintage Classics asked the winners of...

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Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom!

William Faulkner

Quentin Compson and Shreve, his Harvard room-mate, are obsessed by the tragic rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen. As a poor white boy, Sutpen was turned away from a plantation owner's mansion by a negro butler. But in after the chaos...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Bored on a hot afternoon, Alice, a bright and inquisitive child, follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a very odd place indeed. This title mixes satire and puzzles, comedy and anxiety, Mock...

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Things: A Story of the Sixties with A Man Asleep

Things: A Story of the Sixties with A Man Asleep

Georges Perec

Things: A Story of the Sixties is the story of a young couple who want to enjoy life, but the only way they know how to do so is through ownership of 'things'.In A Man Asleep, a young student embarks upon a disturbing and...

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W or The Memory of Childhood

W or The Memory of Childhood

Georges Perec

Written in alternating chapters, W or the Memory of Childhood, tells two parallel tales, in two parts. The other story is about two people called Gaspard Winckler: one an eight-year-old deaf-mute lost in a shipwreck, the other a...

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

T.E. Lawrence, Robert Fisk

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT FISK Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an unusual and rich work. Seven Pillars of Wisdom provides a unique portrait of this extraordinary man and an insight into the birth of the Arab nation

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Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

D. H. Lawrence, Richard Eyre

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RICHARD EYREPaul Morel is the focus of his disappointed and fiercely protective mother's life. Their tender, devoted and intense bond comes under strain when Paul falls in love with Miriam Leivers, a local...

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Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge

Charles Dickens

'One of Dickens's most neglected, but most rewarding, novels'Peter AckroydBarnaby Rudge is a young innocent simpleton who is devoted to his talkative raven, Grip. Barnaby Rudge a powerful historical tale of treachery, forbidden...

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Flush

Flush

Virginia Woolf

First published in 1933, Flush is the lively story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cocker spaniel. Although Flush has adventures of his own, he is also the means of providing us with glimpses of the life of his owner and her days...

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Night And Day

Night And Day

Virginia Woolf

WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY ANGELICA GARNETT AND JO SHAPCOTTIn Night and Day, Virginia Woolf portrays her elder sister Vanessa in the person of Katharine Hilbery - the gifted daughter of a distinguished literary family, trapped in an...

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Between The Acts

Between The Acts

Virginia Woolf, Jackie Kay, Lisa Jardine

WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY JACKIE KAY AND LISA JARDINEA village pageant is to take place at Pointz Hall, the country home of the Oliver family for time beyond memory. The past blends with the present and art blends with life in a...

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Roger Fry

Roger Fry

Virginia Woolf, Frances Spalding

After his death, Woolf wrote a loving account of Roger Fry's passion for art and his challenging critical theories. Born in 1866, Fry was primarily responsible for introducing the post-Impressionists to Britain, and establishing...

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A Haunted House: The Complete Shorter Fiction

A Haunted House: The Complete Shorter Fiction

Virginia Woolf

Rich in fictional delights, this complete collection of Woolf's shorter fiction ranges from 1906 until the month before she committed suicide in 1941. It offers a valuable insight into the writer's development, demonstrating her...

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Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

Charles Dickens

When Nicholas's father dies he, his mother and sister are left penniless. To earn his keep, Nicholas becomes a tutor at Dotheboys Hall but soon discovers that the headmaster, Wackford Squeers, is a one-eyed tyrant who insists on a...

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Point Counter Point

Point Counter Point

Aldous Huxley

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAVID BRADSHAWThe dilettantes who frequent Lady Tantamount's society parties are determined to push forward the moral frontiers of the age. As they all engage in dazzling and witty conversation, the din of...

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

D. H. Lawrence

Clifford Chatterley returns from the First World War as an invalid. Constance nurses him and tries to be the dutiful wife. However, childless and listless she feels oppressed by their marriage and their isolated life. Partly...

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 Special priceTender is the Night

Tender is the Night

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nicole and Dick Diver are a wealthy, elegant, magnetic couple. A coterie of admirers are drawn to them, none more so than the blooming young starlet Rosemary Hoyt. When Rosemary falls for Dick, the Diver's calculated perfection...

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jay Gatsby is a self-made man, famed for his decadent champagne-drenched parties. Despite being surrounded by Long Island s bright and beautiful, Gatsby longs only for Daisy Buchanan. In shimmering prose, Fitzgerald shows Gatsby...

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Requiem for a Wren

Requiem for a Wren

Nevil Shute

The mysterious death of a young woman on an Australian farm reveals a heartrending story of doomed wartime romance Alan Duncan returns to his family home in Australia after the war and several years of study in England. After the...

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The Power And The Glory

The Power And The Glory

Graham Greene, John Updike

During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the 'whisky priest', is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and...

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The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories

The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories

Angela Carter, Helen Simpson

This title comes with an introduction by Helen Simpson. From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing...

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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

The perfect gift for Valentine's DayWuthering Heights is the tale of two families both joined and riven by love and hate. Cathy is a beautiful and wilful young woman torn between her soft-hearted husband and Heathcliff, the...

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee

When middle-aged Martha and her husband George are joined by the younger Nick and Honey for late-night drinks after a party, the stage is set for a night of drunken recriminations and revelations. Battle-lines are drawn as Martha...

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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

Raymond Carver

With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story.

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The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

Charles Dickens, Matthew Pearl

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MATTHEW PEARLThe story of the fate of Edwin Drood is a mystery within a mystery. Tragically, the mystery is destined never to be truly solved, as Dickens died before he could finish this novel - all that is...

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A Special Providence

A Special Providence

Richard Yates

Bobby is eighteen and lost on the battlefields of Europe, stumbling his way through World War II. Back home, his mother Alice puts all her hopes in her son, and dreams of his return and starting a new life for them both.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Raymond Carver

This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK.

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Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick

Herman Melville

When Ishmael sets sail on the whaling ship Pequod one cold Christmas Day, he has no idea of the horrors awaiting him out on the vast and merciless ocean. The ship's strange captain, Ahab, is in the grip of an obsession to hunt...

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin

INCLUDES A READING GUIDEToru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day.

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The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov, Will Self

The devil makes a personal appearance in Moscow accompanied by various demons, including a naked girl and a huge black cat. When he leaves, the asylums are full and the forces of law and order in disarray. Only the Master, a man...

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The Pickwick Papers

The Pickwick Papers

Charles Dickens

The Pickwick Papers was Dickens' first novel and was a huge success when it was first published. It tells the tale of the irrepressible Mr Pickwick and his fellow Pickwick Club members who travel around the English countryside...

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They Came Like Swallows

They Came Like Swallows

William Maxwell

Elizabeth Morison is an ordinary woman. And to James Morison, his wife is the foundation on which his family rests and life without her is unimaginable.William Maxwell's unique and moving family portrait confirms his reputation as...

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde, Irvine Welsh

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY IRVINE WELSHDorian is a good-natured young man until he discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deep into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently...

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A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice

Nevil Shute, Eric Lomax

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ERIC LOMAXJean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them...

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 Read reviewCollected Stories

Collected Stories

John Cheever, Hanif Kureishi

These outstanding stories of American award-winning novelist, John Cheever, show the power and range of one of the finest short story writers of the century. Stories of love and squalor, set in a world in which momentary glimpses...

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Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, Carol Ann Duffy, Valentine Cunningham

WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY VALENTINE CUNNINGHAM AND CAROL ANN DUFFY In this vivid portrait of one day in a woman's life, Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party she is to give that evening. As she readies...

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Slaughterhouse 5: The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death

Slaughterhouse 5: The Children’s Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death

Kurt Vonnegut

Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

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 Read reviewThe Book of Flights

The Book of Flights

J. M. G. Le Clezio

Young Man Hogan's journey begins in the dazzling streets of a nameless necropolis, and leads across fleeting landscapes - deserts, seas, mountains, islands, cities and great plains - to countless entertainments and adventures in...

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The Rings of Saturn

The Rings of Saturn

W. G. Sebald, Michael Hulse

A record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia.

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Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Boris Pasternak

Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Doctor Zhivago is the epic story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to shelter in the Ural Mountains, Yuri...

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 Read reviewRevolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates

Hailed as a masterpiece from its first publication, Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright young couple who are bored by the banalities of suburban life and long to be extraordinary.

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Disgrace

Disgrace

J. M. Coetzee

After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee...

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The Leopard

The Leopard

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

As the head of the aristocratic family, Don Fabrizio is accustomed to knowing his own place in the world and expects his household to run accordingly. He is aware of the changes which are rapidly making men obsolete but he remains...

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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function- to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state...

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On The Beach

On The Beach

Nevil Shute

After the war is over, a radioactive cloud begins to sweep southwards on the winds, gradually poisoning everything in its path. An American submarine captain is among the survivors left sheltering in Australia, preparing with the...

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Pied Piper

Pied Piper

Nevil Shute

However, during his stay the Nazis invade and he is forced to try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. During the Second...

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Jake's Thing

Jake’s Thing

Kingsley Amis

Jake Richardson, an Oxford don nearing sixty with a lifetime's lechery behind him, is in pursuit of his lost libido and heads off to the consulting room of a miniature sex therapist. As liberationists abuse him, a campus hostess...

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The Old Devils

The Old Devils

Kingsley Amis

Malcolm, Peter and Charlie and their Soave-sodden wives have one main ambition left in life- to drink Wales dry. But their routine is both shaken and stirred when they are joined by professional Welshman Alun Weaver (CBE) and his...

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A Country Doctor's Notebook

A Country Doctor’s Notebook

Mikhail Bulgakov

TRANSLATED BY MICHAEL GLENNYWith the ink still wet on his diploma, the twenty-five-year-old Dr Mikhail Bulgakov was flung into the depths of rural Russia which, in 1916-17, was still largely unaffected by such novelties as the...

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Flaubert's Parrot

Flaubert’s Parrot

Julian Barnes

Geoffrey Braithwaite is a retired doctor haunted by an obsession with the great French literary genius, Gustave Flaubert.

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Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Roland Barthes, Richard Howard

Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes...

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Mythologies

Mythologies

Roland Barthes, Annette Lavers

Taking subjects as diverse as wrestling, films, plastic and cars, Barthes elegantly deciphers the symbols and signs embedded deep in familiar aspects of modern life, unmasking the hidden ideologies and meanings which implicitly...

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Black Snow

Black Snow

Mikhail Bulgakov, Terry Gilliam

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY TERRY GILLIAMWhen Maxudov's bid to take his own life fails, he dramatises the novel whose failure provoked the suicide attempt.

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The White Guard

The White Guard

Mikhail Bulgakov

Drawing closely on Bulgakov's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, The White Guard takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans...

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Possession

Possession

A. S. Byatt

The perfect gift for Valentine's DayPossession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a triumphant love story. Following a trail of letters, journals and poems they uncover a web of...

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Adam, One Afternoon

Adam, One Afternoon

Italo Calvino

This collection of playful, deadly febles is populated with waifs and strays, a gluttonous thief and a mischievous gardener. The grimly comic story The Argentine Ant moved Gore Vidal to declare 'if this is not a masterpiece of...

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Difficult Loves

Difficult Loves

Italo Calvino, William Weaver

This dazzling collection of stories follows the individual adventures of a varied cast of characters and masterfully illustrates Calvino's unique perspective and narrative gifts. As well as the eleven tales from his Difficult...

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If On A Winter's Night A Traveller

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller

Italo Calvino

You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You try to track down the original book you were reading but end up with a different narrative again. This remarkable novel leads you through many...

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Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino, William Weaver

Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice.

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Marcovaldo

Marcovaldo

Italo Calvino

Marcovaldo is an enchanting collection of twenty stories that are both melancholy and funny, farce and fantasy. Calvino charts the struggles of an Italian peasant to reconcile country habits with urban life, combining comical...

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Mr Palomar

Mr Palomar

Italo Calvino

Mr Palomar is a delightful eccentric whose chief activity is looking at things. Whether contemplating a fine cheese, a hungry gecko, a woman sunbathing topless or a flight of migrant starlings, Mr Palomar's observations render the...

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Our Ancestors

Our Ancestors

Italo Calvino

Viscount Medardo is bisected by a Turkish cannonball on the plains of Bohemia; These three vivid images are the points of departure for Calvino's classic triptych of moral tales, now published in one volume and all displaying the...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll

CELEBRATE 150 YEARS OF ALICEAlice is one of the most beloved characters of English writing. At the bottom she finds herself in a bizarre world full of strange creatures, and attends a very strange tea party and croquet match.

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Cathedral

Cathedral

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver said it was possible 'to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language and endow these things - a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring - with immense, even...

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Elephant

Elephant

Raymond Carver

Among them is one of his longest, 'Errand', in which he imagines the death of Chekhov, a writer Carver hugely admired and to whose work his own was often compared. This fine story suggests that the greatest of modern short-story...

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Fires

Fires

Raymond Carver

Fires is the best introduction to the full range and humanity of Carver's writing. It contains four essays, including a moving memoir od his father's working life in the saw-mills of the Pacific Northwest, a tribute to his mentor...

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In Patagonia

In Patagonia

Bruce Chatwin

Beautifully written and full of wonderful descriptions and intriguing tales, In Patagonia is an account of Bruce Chatwin's travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and his encounters with the people whose...

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On The Black Hill

On The Black Hill

Bruce Chatwin

On the Black Hill is an elegantly written tale of identical twin brothers who grow up on a farm in rural Wales and never leave home. In depicting the lives of Benjamin and Lewis and their interactions with their small local...

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The Songlines

The Songlines

Bruce Chatwin

The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, ancient tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. In this magical account Chatwin recalls his travels across the length and breadth of...

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Utz

Utz

Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin's bestselling novel traces the fortunes of the enigmatic and unconventional hero, Kaspar Utz.

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What Am I Doing Here?

What Am I Doing Here?

Bruce Chatwin

In this collection of profiles, essays and travel stories, Chatwin takes us to Benin, where he is arrested as a mercenary during a coup; and to Nepal where he reminds us that 'Man's real home is not a house, but the Road, and that...

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The Letters Of John Cheever

The Letters Of John Cheever

John Cheever, Benjamin Cheever, Jay McInerney

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JAY MCINERNEYJohn Cheever's letters offer a tantalising glimpse into the life of a writer. They include correspondence with his contemporaries, such as Philip Roth, John Updike and Saul Bellow, his days as...

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Bullet Park

Bullet Park

John Cheever

Eliot Nailles loves his wife and son to distraction; Paul Hammer is a bastard named afer a common household tool. Neighbours in Bullet Park, the two become fatefully liked by the mysterious binding power of their names. Sharp and...

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The Journals

The Journals

John Cheever

John Cheever's journals reveal the inner life of this remarkable writer and the contradictions that drove him. He loved his wife and their children, but was acutely lonely; he loved women, but he also loved men; he was a great...

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Oh What A Paradise It Seems

Oh What A Paradise It Seems

John Cheever

In an idyllic American village, elderly romantic Lemuel Sears still has it in him to fall wildly in love with strangers of both sexes. But Sears's paradise is under threat; Can Sears thwart the monstrous aspects of...

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The Wapshot Chronicle

The Wapshot Chronicle

John Cheever

Meet the Wapshots of St Botolphs. There is Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea-dog and would-be suicide; Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, and partly based on Cheever's adolescence in New England, The Wapshot...

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The Wapshot Scandal: With an Introduction by Dave Eggers

The Wapshot Scandal: With an Introduction by Dave Eggers

John Cheever, Dave Eggers

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAVE EGGERSOnce upon a time the Wapshots of St. Botolphs were distinguished for their unshakeable good opinion of themselves.

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The Worst Journey In The World

The Worst Journey In The World

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Despite the horrors that Scott and his men eventually faced, Cherry-Garrard's account is filled with details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment, supported by diary excerpts and...

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The Moonstone

The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY AUDREY NIFFENEGGERWhen Rachel Verinder receives a gift of an astonishing yellow diamond from her bitter old uncle for her eighteenth birthday, she has no idea that the stone brings great danger with it.

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No Name

No Name

Wilkie Collins

After the tragic deaths of their parents, Magdalen and Norah discover the devastating news that they are both illegitimate and not entitled to any inheritance. Norah is forced to become a governess to earn her keep but Magdalen...

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The Woman in White

The Woman in White

Wilkie Collins

Marian and her sister Laura live a quiet life under their uncle's guardianship until Laura's marriage to Sir Percival Glyde. Marian and the girls' drawing master, Walter, have to turn detective in order to work out what is going...

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Heart of Darkness: And Youth

Heart of Darkness: And Youth

Joseph Conrad

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY TIM BUTCHERThe silence of the jungle is broken only by the ominous sound of drumming. But his decision to hunt down the mysterious Mr Kurtz, an ivory trader who is the subject of sinister rumours, leads him...

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The Secret Agent: With an Introduction by Giles Foden

The Secret Agent: With an Introduction by Giles Foden

Joseph Conrad, Giles Foden

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GILES FODENLondon is under threat. Frequent bomb threats and disturbances interrupt the lives of the city's inhabitants, who live in fear of the terrorists in their midst. He is the secret agent who is...

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The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

Charles Darwin

When the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin returned from South America on board the H.M.S Beagle in 1836, he brought with him the notes and evidence which would form the basis of his landmark theory of evolution of species by a...

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Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe

These are the fortunes and misfortunes of Moll Flanders: born in Newgate Prison, twelve years a prostitute, five times a wife (once to her own brother), twelve years a thief and eight years a transported felon in Her Majesty's...

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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe runs away from home to join the navy. After a series of adventures at sea, he is shipwrecked in a devastating storm, and finds himself alone on a remote desert island. He remains there many years, building a life...

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Bleak House

Bleak House

Charles Dickens

'The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself''Jarndyce and Jardyce' is an infamous lawsuit that has been in process for generations. But while the intricate puzzles of the lawsuit are being debated...

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

INCLUDES 'THE CHIMES' AND 'THE HAUNTED MAN'Ebenezer Scrooge is unimpressed by Christmas. Then, on the night of Christmas Eve, his life is changed by a series of ghostly visitations that show him some bitter truths about his...

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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Charles Dickens

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which will lead him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak and friendship and betrayal.

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Dombey and Son

Dombey and Son

Charles Dickens

Paul Dombey is an ambitious London merchant. He pins all his hopes for the future of his shipping firm on his fragile son whilst his daughter, Florence, goes unnoticed and neglected. It is only when the firm faces ruin, and Dombey...

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Pip's life as an ordinary country boy is destined to be unexceptional until a chain of mysterious events lead him away from his humble origins and up the social ladder. Pip's desire to improve himself is matched only by his...

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Hard Times

Hard Times

Charles Dickens

'Facts alone are wanted in life': the children at Mr Gradgrind's school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations and pay attention only to cold, hard reality.

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Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens

Amy Dorrit (known as Little Dorrit) was born in the Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. But Amy's fortunes are about to change: the arrival of Mrs Clennam's son Arthur, back from working in China, heralds the beginning of...

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Martin Chuzzlewit

Martin Chuzzlewit

Charles Dickens, Simon Callow

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SIMON CALLOWWealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit is surrounded by a host of grasping, unscrupulous relatives and suspects the family vices of selfishness and greed are already showing in his grandson.

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The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop

Charles Dickens

Gentle Nell Trent lives a simple, if solitary life with her doting grandfather in his curiosity shop. As their debts mount up Nell and her grandfather are forced to flee London, pursued by the vindictive Quilp and others who seek...

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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on. In Oliver Twist, Dickens graphically conjures up the capital's underworld, full of prostitutes, thieves and lost and homeless children,...

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Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend

Charles Dickens, Nick Hornby

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NICK HORNBYJohn Harmon returns to England after years in exile to claim his inheritance: a great fortune and a beautiful young woman to whom he is betrothed, but has never met.

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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

Lucie Manette has been separated from her father for eighteen years while he languished in Paris's most feared prison, the Bastille. Their story, which encompasses violence, revenge, love and redemption, is grippingly played out...

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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Roddy Doyle

Paddy Clarke is ten years old. Paddy Clarke's name is written in wet cement all over Barrytown, north Dublin. Paddy Clarke has a brother called Francis, but Paddy calls him Sinbad and hates him because that's the rule. Paddy...

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Kings in Grass Castles

Kings in Grass Castles

Mary Durack

When Patrick Durack left Western Ireland for Australia in 1853, he was to found a pioneering dynasty and build a cattle empire across the great stretches of Australia. This title presents the Durack saga.

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The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco

Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths. He collects evidence, deciphers secret...

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Middlemarch

Middlemarch

George Eliot

`If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life...' Dorothea is bright, beautiful and rebellious. But their stories do not proceed as expected and both they, and the other inhabitants of Middlemarch, must struggle...

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The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss

George Eliot, Marina Lewycka

Maggie and Tom Tulliver are both willful, passionate children, and their relationship has always been tempestuous. As they grow up together on the banks of the River Floss, Tom's self-righteous stubbornness and Maggie's emotional...

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The Collector

The Collector

John Fowles

When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is...

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

John Fowles

The perfect gift for Valentine's DayCharles Smithson, a respectable engaged man, meets Sarah Woodruff as she stands on the Cobb at Lyme Regis, staring out to sea. Charles falls in love, but Sarah is a disgraced woman, and their...

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Journey Without Maps

Journey Without Maps

Graham Greene, Paul Theroux

In 1935, Graham Greene set off to discover Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar West African republic founded for released slaves. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast at Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, he...

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The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

Graham Greene

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY IAN THOMSONThe Third Man is Graham Greene's brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a 'smashed dreary city' occupied by the four Allied powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless to...

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We Of The Never-Never

We Of The Never-Never

Mrs. Aeneas Gunn

In 1902, newly-married Jeannie Gunn left the security and comfort of her Melbourne home to travel to the depths of the Northern Territory, where her husband had been appointed manager of The Elsey , a large cattle station.

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Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure

Thomas Hardy

Jude Fawley is a young man who longs to better himself and go to Christminster University. When his wife leaves him Jude moves to Christminster determined to follow his dream.The novel caused outrage when it was published in 1895...

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich 'relatives', the D'Urbervilles, in hope that they might help her alleviate her own family's poverty. When she falls in love with another man, Angel Clare,...

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The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman. Everyone knows that her little daughter, Pearl, is the product of an illicit affair but no one knows the identity of Pearl's father. But she stands strong in the face of public scorn, even...

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A Farewell To Arms

A Farewell To Arms

Ernest Hemingway

In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the 'war to end all wars'. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experience came A Farewell to Arms.

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

High in the pine forests of the Spanish Sierra, a guerrilla band prepares to blow up a vital bridge. Robert Jordan, a young American volunteer, has been sent to handle the dynamiting. There, in the mountains, he finds the dangers...

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The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game

Hermann Hesse

In the remote Kingdom of Castalia, the scholars of the Twenty Third century play the Glass Bead Game. The elaborately coded game is a fusion of all human knowledge - of maths, music, philosophy, science, and art. Intrigued as a...

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Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

Bohumil Hrabal

This ebullient, gallivanting novel encapsulates the world vision of the Czech Republic's best-loved author in one tumbling, breathtaking sentence. Saints and sinners, emperors and embezzlers, barmaids and balalaikas all play their...

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo, Julie Rose, Adam Thirlwell

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ADAM THIRLWELLSensational, dramatic, packed with rich excitement and filled with the sweep and violence of human passions, Les Miserables is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told.

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The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

Henry James

Isabel Archer's main aim in life is to protect her independence. She is not interested in settling down and compromising her freedom for the sake of marriage. But, on a trip around Europe, she finds herself captivated by the...

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The Trial

The Trial

Franz Kafka

The terrifying tale of Joseph K, a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. A nightmare vision of the excesses of modern...

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Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Rudyard Kipling, Philip Pullman

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY PHILIP PULLMAN Have you ever wondered how the leopard got his spots? Or how the camel got his hump? Rudyard Kipling s witty and beautifully written stories explain these secrets and many more and introduce...

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The Giants

The Giants

J. M. G. Le Clezio

Upon an immense stretch of flat ground at the mouth of a river bathed in sunlight rises Hyperpolis. Each of us will see ourselves reflected in the characters who move mindlessly about Hyperpolis, but The Giants is a call to...

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Women in Love

Women in Love

D. H. Lawrence, Howard Jacobson

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HOWARD JACOBSONWomen in Love begins one blossoming spring day in England and ends with a terrible catastrophe in the snow of the Alps. The bonds between the couples quickly become intense and passionate but...

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The Monk

The Monk

Matthew Lewis

Noble and devout, Ambrosio is the abbot of a Spanish monastery and spends his days in prayer and preaching. Rosario attaches himself to the abbot and then one fateful night reveals that he is in fact a beautiful woman in...

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The Prince

The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli, Peter Constantine

Machiavelli made his name notorious for centuries with the Prince, his clever and cynical work about power relationships. The key themes of this influential, and ever timely, writer are that adaptability is the key to success and...

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The Tenth Man

The Tenth Man

Graham Greene

In a prison in Occupied France one in every ten men is to be shot. The prisoners draw lots among themselves - and for rich lawyer Louis Chavel it seems that his whole life has been leading up to an agonising and crucial failure of...

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Collected Short Stories Volume 1

Collected Short Stories Volume 1

W. Somerset Maugham

It includes the famous story 'Rain', the tragedy of a narrow-minded and overzealous missionary and a prostitute, and 'The Three Fat Women of Antibes,' an extravagantly sardonic tale of abstention and greed, as well as a host of...

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Collected Short Stories Volume 2

Collected Short Stories Volume 2

W. Somerset Maugham

The stories in this collection move from Malaya to America and England, and include some of Maugham's most famous tales; In this second volume of his collected stories, Maugham illustrates his characteristic wry perception of...

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Collected Short Stories Volume 4

Collected Short Stories Volume 4

W. Somerset Maugham

This final classic collection of stories reveals Somerset Maugham's unique talent for exposing and exploring the bitter realities of human relationships.

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The Gentleman In The Parlour

The Gentleman In The Parlour

W. Somerset Maugham, Paul Theroux

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY PAUL THEROUXSomerset Maugham's success as a writer enabled him to indulge his adventurous love of travel, and he recorded the sights and sounds of his wide-ranging journeys with an urbane, wry style all his...

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The Narrow Corner

The Narrow Corner

W. Somerset Maugham

On his way home from a remote Pacific island, Dr Saunders travels with two strangers: the treacherous Captain Nichols, and Fred, a handsome Australian with a shadowy past. Driven to shelter from a storm on the island of Banda, the...

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Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the Peace

Richard Yates

John Wilder is in his mid-thirties, a successful salesman with a place in the country, an adoring wife and a ten-year-old son.But something is wrong. Then one night, something inside John snaps and he calls his wife to tell her...

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

Impish, daring young Tom Sawyer is the bane of the old, the hero of the young. During one hot summer, Tom witnesses a murder, runs away to be a pirate, attends his own funeral, rescues an innocent man from the gallows, searches...

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Liza Of Lambeth

Liza Of Lambeth

W. Somerset Maugham

Down among the drab slums of Lambeth, eighteen-year-old Liza is the darling of Vere Street. Soon the streets are wise to their passionate affair and Liza's fall from grace is fast and fatal. Written while Maugham was a medical...

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General Of The Dead Army

General Of The Dead Army

Ismail Kadare, Derek Coltman, David Smiley

Twenty years after the end of the Second World War, an Italian general is despatched to Albania to recover his country's dead. Once there he meets a German general who is engaged upon an identical mission, and their conversations...

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Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round

W. Somerset Maugham

Looking out upon the backstreets, the suburbs and the high society haunts of Edwardian London, the delightfully witty and independent spinster Miss Ley surveys a tangled web of lives; Through Miss Ley's eyes we witness the brief...

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Short Stories

Short Stories

W. Somerset Maugham

Somerset Maugham is the acknowledged master of the short story, and his full range is represented in this collection.

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Christmas Holiday

Christmas Holiday

W. Somerset Maugham

At the age of twenty-three, Charlie Mason is endowed with good looks, good manners and a cheerful disposition. Following three years at Cambridge and one working in his father's business, he is looking forward to a jaunt in Paris...

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Points Of View

Points Of View

W. Somerset Maugham

Eclectic and illuminating, these essays are the last that Maugham published. Ranging from an appreciation of Goethe's novels, to an encounter with an Indian holy man, with a considered analysis of the form at which Maugham himself...

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Then And Now

Then And Now

W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham found a parallel to the turmoil of our own times in the duplicity, intrigue and sensuality of the Italian Renaissance. Then and Now enters the world of Machiavelli, and covers three important months in the career of that...

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe, Matthew Pearl

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MATTHEW PEARLEdgar Allan Poe invented detective fiction with these three mesmerising stories of a young eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin: 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Mystery of Marie Roget' and...

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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories

Edgar Allan Poe

This complete collection of all his short stories and novellas contains well-known tales 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart' alongside hidden gems that both unsettle and enthrall the reader.

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The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

W. Somerset Maugham

Kitty Fane is the beautiful but shallow wife of Walter, a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange and terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in...

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Anna Karenina (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Anna Karenina (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Leo Tolstoy, Louise Shanks Maude, Aylmer Maude

Set against the backdrop of Russian high society, this novel charts the course of the doomed love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer who pursues Anna after becoming infatuated...

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Slow Learner: Early Stories

Slow Learner: Early Stories

Thomas Pynchon

Slow Learner is a compilation of early stories written between 1959 and 1964, before Pynchon achieved recognition as a prominent writer for his 1963 novel, V and containing a revelatory essay on his early influences and writing.

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V.

V.

Thomas Pynchon

The quest for V. sweeps us through sixty years and a panorama of Alexandria, Paris, Malta, Florence, Africa and New York. Bawdy, sometimes sad and frequently hilarious, V. as become a modern classic.This is the first novel by the...

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Vineland

Vineland

Thomas Pynchon

A major political novel about what America has been doing to itself, to its children, all these many years...One of America's great writershas, after long wanderings down his uncharted roads, come triumphantlyhome' Salman Rushdie,...

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson, Jake Arnott

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ANDREW MOTION When young Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map in a pirate's chest in his parents' inn, he is drawn into a world of danger and adventure.

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Orlando

Orlando

Virginia Woolf, Peter Ackroyd, Margaret Reynolds

WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY PETER ACKROYD AND MARGARET REYNOLDSAs his tale begins, Orlando is a passionate young nobleman whose days are spent in rowdy revelry, filled with the colourful delights of Queen Elizabeth's court.

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 Special priceThe Waves

The Waves

Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson, Gillian Beer

WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY JEANETTE WINTERSON AND GILLIAN BEERThe Waves is an astonishingly beautiful and poetic novel.The Vintage Classics Virginia Woolf series has been curated by Jeanette Winterson, and the texts used are based on...

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 Read reviewArmageddon in Retrospect

Armageddon in Retrospect

Kurt Vonnegut

First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new writings - a fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace and...

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War and Peace

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

This translation will show that you don't read War and Peace, you live it' The TimesTolstoy's enthralling epic depicts Russia's war with Napoleon and its effects on the lives of those caught up in the conflict.

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Life: A User's Manual

Life: A User’s Manual

Georges Perec

Chapter by chapter, the narrative moves around the building revealing a marvellously diverse cast of characters in a series of every more unlikely tales, which range from an avenging murderer to an eccentric English millionaire...

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Restoration

Restoration

Rose Tremain

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHORRobert Merivel is a dissolute young medical student when an accident of fate leads him to the attention of King Charles II.

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I Served The King Of England: Featuring an introduction by Adam Thirlwell

I Served The King Of England: Featuring an introduction by Adam Thirlwell

Bohumil Hrabal, Adam Thirlwell

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ADAM THIRLWELLSparkling with comic genius and narrative exuberance, I Served the King of England is a story of how the unbelievable came true.

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Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained

Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained

John Milton

He fixes upon God's beloved new creations, Adam and Eve, as the vehicles of his vengeance. In this dramatic and influential epic, Milton tells the story of the serpent and the apple, the fall of man and the exile from paradise in...

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Remembering Babylon

Remembering Babylon

David Malouf

In the 1840s, a ship's boy cast ashore in northern Australia is taken in by Aborigines. Sixteen years later he steps out of the bush and inadvertently confronts the new white settlers with their unspoken terrors. A picture of...

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Victor Frankenstein's story is one of ambition, murder and revenge. As a young scientist he pushed moral boundaries in order to cross the final scientific frontier and create life. But his creation is a monster stitched together...

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War

War

J. M. G. Le Clezio

War - in the mind of the fragile Bea B., in the infinite icy landscape she journeys through, in Vietnam, in 10,000 years of human history. Under her searching gaze the most everyday objects - advertisements, cars, light bulbs -...

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The Voyage Out

The Voyage Out

Virginia Woolf, Frances Spalding, Erica Wagner

WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY FRANCES SPALDING AND ERICA WAGNERA party of English people board the Euphrosyne bound for South America. Among them is Rachel Vinrace, young, innocent and wholly ignorant of the world of politics and society....

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Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage is the first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in...

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Independent People

Independent People

Halldor Laxness

First published in 1946, this humane epic novel is set in rural Iceland in the early twentieth century. Bjartus is a sheep farmer determined to eke a living from a blighted patch of land. As she grows up, keen to make her own way...

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The Collected Stories of Richard Yates

The Collected Stories of Richard Yates

Richard Yates

Whether addressing the smothered desire of suburban housewives, the white-collar despair of Manhattan office workers or the heartbreak of a single mother with artistic pretensions, Yates ruthlessly examines the hopes and...

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The Aunt's Story

The Aunt’s Story

Patrick White

After her mother's death, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed of the trammels of convention, she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved with the residents of a small French...

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The Gormenghast Trilogy

The Gormenghast Trilogy

Mervyn Peake

Gormenghast is the vast, crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons (and his eccentric and wayward subjects) according...

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The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton, Lionel Shriver

Newland Archer and May Welland are the perfect couple. He is a wealthy young lawyer and she is a lovely and sweet-natured girl. All seems set for success until the arrival of May's unconventional cousin Ellen Olenska, who returns...

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The Crying Of Lot 49

The Crying Of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

Oedipa Maas, recent heiress, enquires into the nature of her inheritance- trying to understand her own life and the motivation of her dead lover, she is led on am ambiguous trail of clues. The moment of revelation hovers on the...

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Huck is a young, naive white boy fleeing from his drunken, dangerous Pap, and Jim is a runaway slave longing to be reunited with his family. Flung together by circumstance, they journey down the Mississippi together on a log raft,...

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A Void

A Void

Georges Perec, Gilbert Adair

Ransacking his Paris flat, a group of his faithful companions trawl through his diary for any hint as to his location and, insidiously, a ghost, from Vowl's past starts to cast its malignant shadow.

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Gulliver's Travels: and Alexander Pope's Verses on Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver’s Travels: and Alexander Pope’s Verses on Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift

In the course of his famous travels, Gulliver is captured by miniature people who wage war on each other because of religious disagreement over how to crack eggs, is sexually assaulted by giants, visits a floating island, and...

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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

Each must learn from the other after they are they are forced by their father's death to leave their home and enter into the contests of polite society. The charms of unsuitable men and the schemes of rival ladies mean that their...

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The Odyssey: Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

The Odyssey: Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

Homer, Robert Fitzgerald

Penelope has been waiting for her husband Odysseus to return from Troy for many years. Will he overcome the hideous monsters, beautiful witches and treacherous seas that confront him? This rich and beautiful adventure story is one...

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories

Robert Louis Stevenson

But gradually he begins to find that the journey back to goodness becomes more and more difficult, and the risk that Mr Hyde will break free entirely from Dr Jekyll's control puts all of London in grave peril.

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Broken April

Broken April

Ismail Kadare

From the moment that Gjorg's brother is killed by a neighbour, his own life is forfeit: for the code of Kanun requires Gjorg to kill his brother's murderer and then in turn be hunted down. After shooting his brother's killer,...

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The Palace Of Dreams

The Palace Of Dreams

Ismail Kadare, Barbara Bray

Translated by Barbara Bray from the French version of the Albanian by Jusuf VrioniAt the heart of the Sultan's vast empire stands the mysterious Palace of Dreams.

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Caledonia Australis

Caledonia Australis

Don Watson

After their military defeat in 1745, the Scottish Highlanders suffered a worse humiliation. They were displaced from their ancestral lands. This is a tale of their dispossession. It also tells the rout of another people, the...

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I Capture The Castle

I Capture The Castle

Dodie Smith, Valerie Grove

Cassandra Mortmain lives with her impoverished family in a crumbling castle. Her journal records her life with her bored sister Rose, her stepmother Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her novelist father who suffers from a...

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1915

1915

Roger McDonald

The tragedy and violence of Gallipoli provide the climax to this very personal, moving and surprisingly romantic story. This astonishing first novel, published to great critical acclaim in 1979, tells the story of two boys from...

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Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift

In the course of his famous travels, Gulliver is captured by miniature people who wage war on each other because of religious disagreement over how to crack eggs, is sexually assaulted by giants, visits a floating island, and...

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The Far Country

The Far Country

Nevil Shute

A young English woman leaves her ageing parents to visit friends living in the Australian outback. She falls in love, both with the country and with Carl, a doctor and Czech refugee. Brought together through dramatic encounters...

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Beloved

Beloved

Toni Morrison

Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for so many years until she escaped to Ohio. Her new life is full of hope but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe's...

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To The Lighthouse

To The Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf, Eavan Boland, Maud Ellmann

'To the Lighthouse' was Virginia Woolf's fifth novel, and was the first book to win her a large public. The story of an English middle class family in the years leading up to the First World War, it has remained the most popular...

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Selected Diaries

Selected Diaries

Virginia Woolf, Quentin Bell

Virginia Woolf turned to her diary as to an intimate friend, to whom she could freely and spontaneously confide her thoughts on public events or the joys and trials of domestic life. Between 1st January 1915 and her death in 1941...

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Selected Letters

Selected Letters

Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks, Hermione Lee

EDITED BY JOANNE TRAUTMANN BANKS, WITH A PREFACE BY HERMIONE LEEThe finest and most enjoyable of Virginia Woolf's letters are brought together in a single volume.

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A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas

A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas

Virginia Woolf, Hermione Lee

Why is it that men have always had power, influence, wealth and fame, while women have had nothing but children? In this essay, first published in 1929, Woolf exhorts young women to take advantage of the opportunities they have.

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Years,The

Years,The

Virginia Woolf, Susan Hill

Follows the lives of the Pargiters, a large middle-class London family, from an uncertain spring in 1880 to a party on a summer evening in the 1930s. We see them each endure and remember heart-break, loss, radical change and...

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Olivia

Olivia

Dorothy Strachey

When Olivia turns sixteen she is sent to a Parisian finishing school to broaden her education. Soon after her arrival, she finds herself falling under the spell of her beautiful and charismatic teacher. But Madamoiselle Julie s...

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No Highway

No Highway

Nevil Shute

Theodore Honey is a shy, inconspicous aircraft engineer whose eccentric interests in quantum mechanics and spiritualism are frowned upon in aviation circles. But when a passenger plane crashes in unexplained circumstances, Honey...

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What Happened to the Corbetts

What Happened to the Corbetts

Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute wrote this prophetic novel just before the start of the Second World War. In it he describes the devastation that results from an aerial bomb attack on Southampton that destroys the city's infrastructure and leaves the...

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Trustee from the Toolroom

Trustee from the Toolroom

Nevil Shute

Keith Stewart is an ordinary man. In order to save her from destitution he has to embark on a 2,000 mile voyage in a small yacht in inhospitable waters. His adventures and the colourful characters he meets on his journey make this...

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Stephen Morris

Stephen Morris

Nevil Shute

INCLUDES THE NOVEL PILOTAGEStephen Morris has just called off his engagement to the girl of his dreams because he is a penniless graduate with no prospects. In Pilotage, Stephen's navigator Peter Dennison is struggling with the...

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So Disdained

So Disdained

Nevil Shute

When Peter Moran picks up a man on the roadside while driving through a bitter rainy night on the South Downs, he embarks upon an adventure that will lead him into treasonous international plots, flying adventures and tests of...

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Slide Rule

Slide Rule

Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute was a power and a pioneer in the world of flying long before he began to write the stories that made him a bestselling novelist. This autobiography charts Shute's path from childhood to his career as a gifted...

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The Chequer Board

The Chequer Board

Nevil Shute

John Turner, a young man with a chequered past, has been told he has just one year to live. He decides to use his time in search of three very different men he met briefly during the war: an snobbish British pilot, a young...

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Landfall

Landfall

Nevil Shute

Jerry Chambers, a fresh-faced young pilot, mistakenly sinks a British submarine. He is reprimanded and sent to a remote posting to test an experimental new bomb, a dangerous mission far away from the girl he loves. While Jerry...

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Ruined City

Ruined City

Nevil Shute

Through a series of mishaps, Henry Warren, a recently divorced City financier, ends up in hospital in a Northern town ruined by the closure of its shipyard. Moved by the fate of the town's inhabitants, Warren risks his fortune and...

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Beyond the Black Stump

Beyond the Black Stump

Nevil Shute

If somewhere is 'beyond the black stump' it means it is in the deepest darkest wilds of the Australian outback. However, when Mollie travels to America to visit him the couple realise that their differences in background make...

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Round the Bend

Round the Bend

Nevil Shute

When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his air freight business, he little realises the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. As Cutter's business grows across Asia, so does Shaklin's fame, until he is...

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The Rainbow and the Rose

The Rainbow and the Rose

Nevil Shute

When Johnny Pascoe attempts to rescue a sick girl from the Tasmanian outback his plane crashes leaving him dangerously injured. As he waits overnight at Pascoe's house in order to try again the next day Clarke revisits the past of...

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In the Wet

In the Wet

Nevil Shute

It is the rainy season. Drunk and delirious, an old man lies dying in the Queensland bush. In his opium-hazed last hours, a priest finds his deserted shack and listens to his last words. Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man...

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Lonely Road

Lonely Road

Nevil Shute

A rich middle-aged man finds his lonely life turned upside down when he falls in love with a pretty dance hostess and becomes involved in exposing a conspiracy to sabotage the British General Election. But his dogged pursuit of...

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Marazan

Marazan

Nevil Shute

After Philip Stenning is involved in a near-fatal plane crash, he feels he owes a debt of gratitude to the man who rescued him. However, his mysterious saviour is an escaped convict, and his determination to help him leads...

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Most Secret

Most Secret

Nevil Shute

In their trusty fishing boat Genevieve, armed with a flame thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army after the fall of France in World War II.

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Pastoral

Pastoral

Nevil Shute

During the Second World War, Peter Marshall s crew become one of the most successful bombing teams in their Oxfordshire airbase. However, when Peter falls in love with a young WAAF officer, his concentration begins to suffer and...

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An Old Captivity

An Old Captivity

Nevil Shute

Young pilot Donald Ross has little in common with the Oxford don who has employed him on an expedition to the Arctic and still less with his beautiful but stubborn daughter, Alix.But once the three of them reach the treacherous...

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Midnight's Children

Midnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie

Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000...

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The L-Shaped Room

The L-Shaped Room

Lynne Reid Banks

While the social climate has changed drastically since publication, a transgressive frisson still crackles from the pages'The GuardianPregnant by accident, kicked out of home by her father, 27-year-old Jane Graham goes to ground...

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Complete Prose Tales

Complete Prose Tales

Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, Gillon R. Aitken

Beyond his perfect expression of Russian mood, Pushkin's universality of vision has made him a permanent place in the history of world literature. This translation contains his prose fiction, including some tales which remained...

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The Bell

The Bell

Iris Murdoch, A. S. Byatt

BYATTDora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to live with her husband in a a lay community encamped outside Imber Abbey, home to a mysterious enclosed order of nuns. Watched over by its devout director and the discreet authority of...

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The Moon And Sixpence

The Moon And Sixpence

W. Somerset Maugham

Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. Whilst his betrayal of family, duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness, his...

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Ashenden

Ashenden

W. Somerset Maugham

When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. The stories collected in Ashenden are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent,...

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The Summing Up

The Summing Up

W. Somerset Maugham

Autobiographical without being an autobiography, confessional without disclosing his private self, The Summing Up, written when Maugham was sixty-four, is an inimitable expression of a personal credo.

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Don Fernando

Don Fernando

W. Somerset Maugham

Considered by Graham Greene to be Maugham's best work, Don Fernando is a paean to a golden age of enormous creative energy. This vibrant assessment of a great people at their greatest hour is full of happy surprises, curious facts...

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On A Chinese Screen

On A Chinese Screen

W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham spent the winter months of 1919 travelling fifteen hundred miles up the Yangtze river. Maugham keenly observes, and gently ridicules, their dogged and oblivious persistence with the life they know.

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Ten Novels And Their Authors

Ten Novels And Their Authors

W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham's studies of the lives and masterpieces of ten great novelists are outstanding examples of literary criticism at its finest. Afforded here are some of the formulae of greatness in the genre, as well as the flaws and...

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Mrs Craddock

Mrs Craddock

W. Somerset Maugham

Bertha Ley comes of age, inherits her father's money and promptly marries a handsome, calm and unimaginative man. Bertha is wildly in love with Edward and believes she can be happy playing the role of a dutiful wife in their...

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

'Someone rare has written this very fine novel, a write with the liveliest sense of life and the warmest, most authentic humor. A touching book; and so funny, so likeable' Truman Capote

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