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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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Gould's Book of Fish

Gould’s Book of Fish

Richard Flanagan

Once a upon a time that was called 1828, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that love is not safe. From the author of The sound of One Hand...

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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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God Bless You, Mr Rosewater

God Bless You, Mr Rosewater

Kurt Vonnegut

Eliot Rosewater is tortured by a fabulous inheritance he feels he does not deserve, so he devotes himself to drink, and to a life serving the dull, the ugly, the irrelevant and the useless. It is the story of a millionaire's...

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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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A Severed Head

A Severed Head

Iris Murdoch, Miranda Seymour

Martin believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. Then he meets a woman...

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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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Stamboul Train

Stamboul Train

Graham Greene, Christopher Hitchens

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS Carleton Myatt meets Coral Musker, a naive English chorus girl, aboard the Orient Express as it heads across Europe to Constantinople. As their relationship develops, they find...

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Loving, Living, Party Going

Loving, Living, Party Going

Henry Green

Party Going is a brilliant comedy of manners, presenting a party of wealthy travellers stranded by fog in a London railway hotel while throngs of workers await trains in the station below.

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Jacob's Room

Jacob’s Room

Virginia Woolf, Lawrence Norfolk, Elisabeth Bronfen

WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY LAWRENCE NORFOLK AND ELISABETH BRONFENJacob's Room is Virginia Woolf's first truly experimental novel. It is a portrait of a young man, tracing his life from childhood, to Cambridge University, and to his...

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A Gun For Sale

A Gun For Sale

Graham Greene

Raven is an assassin, a hired killer, and his brutal murder of the Minister raises the spectre of war across Europe. As the nation prepares for battle, Raven goes on the run, hunted by the police and hunting the man who paid him...

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A Burnt Out Case

A Burnt Out Case

Graham Greene, Giles Foden

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GILES FODENQuerry, a world famous architect, is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference: he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he is...

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So Long, See You Tomorrow

So Long, See You Tomorrow

William Maxwell, Ann Patchett

THIS ORANGE INHERITANCE EDITION OF So Long, See You Tomorrow IS PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTIONBooks shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other. The best books are timeless and...

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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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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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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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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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Birdsong

Birdsong

Sebastian Faulks

This tale of love and war features Stephen, a young Englishman, whose life spans a series of extreme experiences, from a traumatic clandestine love affair to the grim insanity of World War I.

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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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 Special priceThe Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Patch and Gloria Gibson are the golden children of the Jazz Age. They marry and embark on a life of glittering parties, lavish expenditure and scandalous revelry. When the money dries up their marriage founders. In this...

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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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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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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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Power Without Glory

Power Without Glory

Frank Hardy

John West rose from a Melbourne slum to dominate Australian politics with bribery, brutality and fear. His attractive wife and their children turned away from him in horror. Friends dropped away. At the peak of his power,...

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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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The Malayan Trilogy

The Malayan Trilogy

Anthony Burgess

'Like all good comic writers Mr Burgess lives his creations as much as he writes them. Through Crabbe's rise and fall and a series of wonderfully colourful characters, Burgess lays bare racial and social prejudices of post-war...

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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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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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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Jane Austen

Fanny Price's rich relatives offer her a place in their home so that she can be properly brought up. When her cousins befriend two glamorous new young people who have arrived in the area, Henry and Mary Crawford, Edmund starts to...

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The Second Sex

The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir

Of all the writing that emerged from the existentialist movement, Simone de Beauvoir's groundbreaking study of women will probably have the most extensive and enduring impact.

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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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Inferno

Inferno

Dante Alighieri, Steve Ellis

The ghost of Virgil offers to lead him to safety but the path lies through the terrifying kingdom of Satan, where Dante witnesses the strange and gruesome sufferings of the damned.

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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 Honorary Consul

The Honorary Consul

Graham Greene, Nicholas Shakespeare

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARECharley Fortnum is the 'Honorary Consul', a whisky-sodden figure of dubious authority taken by a group of rebels. As Eduardo Plarr, a local doctor, negotiates with revolutionaries and...

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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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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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Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Anna Akhmatova, Carol Ann Duffy

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CAROL ANN DUFFYAnna Akhmatova is one of the most accomplished and well loved poets Russia has ever produced. This selection, beautifully translated by poet and novelist D.M. It covers both her earlier work...

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The Rachel Papers

The Rachel Papers

Martin Amis

Charles Highway, a precociously intelligent and highly sexed teenager, is determined to sleep with an older woman before he turns twenty. Rachel fits the bill perfectly and Charles plans his seduction meticulously, sets the scene...

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Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

Catherine Morland is a young girl with a very active imagination. Her naivety and love of sensational novels lead her to approach the fashionable social scene in Bath and her stay at nearby Northanger Abbey with preconceptions...

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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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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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The Ascent of Rum Doodle

The Ascent of Rum Doodle

W. E. Bowman, Bill Bryson

Jungle the route finder (constantly lost), Constant the diplomat (constantly arguing) and 3,000 Yogistani porters, set out to conquer the highest peak in the Himalayas.

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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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Diaboliad

Diaboliad

Mikhail Bulgakov

The five, irreverant, satirical and imaginative stories contained in Diaboliad caused an uproar upon the book's first publication in 1925. Full of invention, they display Bulgakov's breathtaking stylistic range, moving at dizzying...

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The Heart of a Dog

The Heart of a Dog

Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrey Kurkov, Michael Glenny

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ANDREY KURKOVA rich, successful Moscow professor befriends a stray dog and attempts a scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Bleak House

Bleak House

Charles Dickens

'Jarndyce and Jardyce' is an infamous lawsuit that has been in process for generations. Nobody can remember exactly how the case started but many different individuals have found their fortunes caught up in it. Esther Summerson...

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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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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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The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, David Peace

Collects together Sherlock Holmes' intriguing cases, including adventures with mysterious masked strangers, ingenious heists, murderous plots and hidden jewels, which take the famous detective and his faithful sidekick Dr Watson...

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The Hound Of The Baskervilles

The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RUTH RENDELLINCLUDES 'THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND'The Baskerville family curse tells of how a terrifying, supernatural hound roams the moors around Baskerville Hall and preys on members of the family...

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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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Light In August

Light In August

William Faulkner

A landmark in American fiction, Light in August explores Faulkner's central theme: the nature of evil. Joe Christmas - a man doomed, deracinated and alone - wanders the Deep South in search of an identity, and a place in society....

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Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Graham Greene, J. M. Coetzee

COETZEEA gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold. Greene's gripping thriller, exposes a world of loneliness...

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The End of the Affair

Graham Greene, Monica Ali

The love affair between Maurice Bendix and Sarah, flourishing in the turbulent times of the London Blitz, ends when she suddenly and without explanation breaks it off. After a chance meeting rekindles his love and jealousy two...

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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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The Red House Mystery

The Red House Mystery

A. A. Milne

TRY A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYFar from the gentle slopes of the Hundred Acre Wood lies The Red House, the setting for A.A Milne's only detective story, where secret passages, uninvited guests, a sinister valet and a puzzling murder...

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Selected Stories

Selected Stories

Alice Munro

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** This first-ever selection of Alice Munro's stories sums up her genius. Her territory is the secrets that cackle beneath the facade of everyday lives, the pain and promises, loves and...

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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

Anna Karenina

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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Sophie's Choice

Sophie’s Choice

William Styron

In this extraordinary novel, Stingo, an inexperienced twenty-two year old Southerner, takes us back to the summer of 1947 and a boarding house in a leafy Brooklyn suburb. Ultimately, he arrives at the dark core of Sophie's past:...

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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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Under The Net

Under The Net

Iris Murdoch, Kiernan Ryan

Iris Murdoch's first novel is set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful bookies, and film starlets with frantic philosophers. Jake is captivated by a majestic philosopher, Hugo Belfounder,...

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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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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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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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Persuasion

Persuasion

Jane Austen

Eight years ago Anne Elliot bowed to pressure from her family and made the decision not to marry the man she loved, Captain Wentworth. In this, her final novel, Jane Austen tells the story of a love that endures the tests of time...

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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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A Good School

A Good School

Richard Yates

William Grove is a nervous teenager trying to fit in at his new boarding school. Edith Stone is the daughter of the English master who falls in love with the most popular boy in school. And them comes Pearl Harbor and suddenly...

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We: Introduction by Will Self

We: Introduction by Will Self

Yevgeny Zamyatin, Will Self, Natasha Randall

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY WILL SELFThe citizens of the One State live in a condition of 'mathematically infallible happiness'. D-503 decides to keep a diary of his days working for the collective good in this clean, blue city state...

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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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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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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque, Brian O. Murdoch

In 1914, a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the 'glorious war'. With the fire and patriotism of youth, they sign up. What follows is the story of a young...

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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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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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The Aerodrome: A love story

The Aerodrome: A love story

Rex Warner, Michael Moorcock

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MICHAEL MOORCOCKA model of efficiency and order, the aerodrome stands on the hill looking down on the village below. Roy, coming of age in the messy, violent and adulterous world of the villagers, is...

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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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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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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 Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea

The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Yukio Mishima

A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. They regard this disallusionment as an act of...

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Thirst for Love

Thirst for Love

Yukio Mishima

After the early death of her philandering husband, Etsuko moves into her father-in-law's house, where she numbly submits to the old man's advances. But soon she finds herself in love with the young servant Saburo. Tormented by his...

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Cakes And Ale

Cakes And Ale

W. Somerset Maugham, Nicholas Shakespeare

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARECakes and Ale is both a wickedly satirical novel about contemporary literary poseurs and a skilfully crafted study of freedom.

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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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Emma

Emma

Jane Austen

Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances' love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her...

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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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The Rape of the Lock

The Rape of the Lock

Alexander Pope, Sophie Gee, Aubrey Beardsley

A hideous crime is committed at a fashionable London society gathering. The victim is the beautiful, innocent Belinda, her attacker is the dastardly Baron, and his weapon of choice is a pair of scissors Pope s mock-epic is the...

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