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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

Enderby is a poet, social critic and Catholic. He may be found hiding in the lavatory where much of his best work is composed, or perhaps in Rome, brainwashed into respectability by a glamorous wife, aftershave and the dolce...

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The Art of Love

The Art of Love

Ovid, Tom Payne

Written in the days of gladiators and emperors, this book covers all you need to know about where to meet a new beau, how to handle illicit affairs and how to maintain your allure. It also contains the companion volume The Cure...

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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 journey takes him from...

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Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

Contains resonant, exploratory, intensely individualistic verse, rooted in the physical landscape and people of Chile. In this book, we find sensuous songs of love, tender odes to the sea, melancholy lyrics of heartache, fiery...

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The Last Expedition

The Last Expedition

Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Captain Scott's expedition, carried in the Terra Nova, pitted him and his team not only against the elements but also against the Norwegian explorer, Amundsen. Ultimately, Scott was beaten by both. This title provides an account...

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Can You Forgive Her?

Can You Forgive Her?

Anthony Trollope

Alice 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. Once upon a time she was engaged to her wild cousin...

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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 young and zealous John Bold is also a good man, but he believes he sees in Harding's comfortable existence an injustice...

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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 execrable and their lineage and background decidedly shadowy. But their money is far from revolting, and city society quickly makes...

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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 Tree of Man

The Tree of Man

Patrick White

At the turn of the century, Stan Parker takes a wife and makes a home as a small farmer in the wilderness of Australia. Amy bears his children and time brings him a procession of ordinary events - achievements, disappointments,...

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A Sort of Life

A Sort of Life

Graham Greene

Recalls the author's schooldays and Oxford, adolescent encounters with psychoanalysis and Russian roulette, his marriage and conversion to Catholicism, and how he rashly resigned from The Times when his first novel, The Man...

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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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The Sea-Hawk

The Sea-Hawk

Rafael Sabatini, Ben Kane

Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman, is blessed with 'youth, wealth, and good digestion'. He is betrayed by his half-brother and becomes a renegade and Barbary corsair winning the title of Sakr-el-Bahr - hawk of the sea.

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Selected Stories

Selected Stories

John O'Hara

These are refreshingly frank, sparely written stories that expose the world of bartenders and 'b-girls', car washers and criminals. John O'Hara dissects the subtleties that bind humans together and the pressures that separate...

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Starlight

Starlight

Stella Gibbons

Gladys and Annie Barnes are impoverished sisters who have seen better times. They live in a modest cottage in the backstreets of Highate with Mr Fisher, a mild but eccentric old man living secretively in the attic above them....

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The Sun King

The Sun King

Nancy Mitford, Stella Tillyard

During 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 intrigue to hold his court and country...

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The Man within

The Man within

Graham Greene

Andrews is a young man who has betrayed his fellow smugglers and fears their vengeance. Fleeing from them, with no hope of pity or salvation, he takes refuge in the house of a young woman, also alone in the world. She persuades...

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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.

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Conference at Cold Comfort Farm

Conference at Cold Comfort Farm

Stella Gibbons, Alexander McCall Smith, Libby Purves

Robert Poste's child is back at Cold Comfort Farm. But all is not well. Flora finds the farm transformed into a twee haven filled with Toby jugs and peasant pottery, and rooms labeled'Quiete Retreate' and 'Greate laundrie'. It is,...

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The Captain and the Enemy

The Captain and the Enemy

Graham Greene

A young boy, Victor, is collected from school by a stranger in a bowler hat - the stranger says he has won Victor in a game of backgammon with Victor's father. The stranger, known as the Captain, takes Victor to live with the...

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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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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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King Matt the First

Janusz Korczak

Little Matt becomes King Matt when he is just a young boy. He can barely even read or write and he certainly doesn't know anything about governing a country. But ruling turns out to be a much trickier business than Matt ever...

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Loving, Living, Party Going

Loving, Living, Party Going

Henry Green

Brings together three of the author's original novels. He explores class distinctions through the medium of love. This book presents a comedy of manners, presenting a party of wealthy travellers stranded by fog in a London railway...

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Jacob's Room

Jacob’s Room

Virginia Woolf, Lawrence Norfolk, Elisabeth Bronfen

A portrait of a young man, tracing his life from childhood, to Cambridge University, and to his early adult life in artistic London. Jacob always yearns for something greater, and embarks on a voyage to the Mediterranean before...

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A Gun for Sale: An Entertainment

A Gun for Sale: An Entertainment

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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To Sir with Love

To Sir with Love

Edward R. Braithwaite

In 1945, Rick Braithwaite, a smart, highly educated ex-RAF pilot, looks for a job in British engineering. He is deeply shocked to realise that, as a black man from British Guiana, no one will employ him because of the colour of...

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Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog!

Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog!

Jerome K. Jerome, Vic Reeves

Follows the misadventures of three Victorian-era bachelors on a rowing excursion up the Thames. Their disastrous struggles with camping equipment, meal preparation, and rampant hypochondria are filled with simple truths.

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To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf, Helen Dunmore, Eavan Boland

From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, this title constructs an examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life, and the conflict between male and female principles.

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Eugenie Grandet

Eugenie Grandet

Honore de Balzac

Monsieur Grandet is a very rich man whose chief care is his gold. He runs his household with exacting miserly attention and his wife and daughter suffer a Spartan existence. On the evening of his daughter Eugenie's twenty third...

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Mrs Dalloway's Party: A Short Story Sequence

Mrs Dalloway’s Party: A Short Story Sequence

Virginia Woolf

A collection of seven short stories, including The New Dress and Together and Apart . In The New Dress , a nervous young woman frets that her fellow guests are laughing at her yellow silk dress while Together and Apart ...

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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

A 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'.

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W or The Memory of Childhood

W or The Memory of Childhood

Georges Perec

Tells two parallel tales, in two parts - one is a story created in childhood and about childhood; and 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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Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

D. H. Lawrence, Richard Eyre

Paul 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 girl his mother disapproves of.

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Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge

Charles Dickens

Barnaby Rudge is a young innocent simpleton who is devoted to his talkative raven, Grip. When he gets caught up in the mayhem of the Gordon riots and a mysterious unsolved murder, his life is put in jeopardy.

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Night and Day

Night and Day

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf portrays her elder sister Vanessa in the person of Katharine Hilbery - the gifted daughter of a distinguished literary family, trapped in an environment which will not allow her to express herself. This title deals...

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Between the Acts

Between the Acts

Virginia Woolf, Jackie Kay, Lisa Jardine

One of the author's works was published shortly after her death in 1941. The story takes place at Pointz Hall, the country home of the Oliver family for 120 years. Its central focus is the performance of a village pageant, written...

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Roger Fry: A Biography

Roger Fry: A Biography

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' 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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The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment

The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment

Graham Greene

Once a lecturer in medieval French, now a confidential agent, D is a scarred stranger in a seemingly casual England, sent on a mission to buy coal at any price. Initially, this seems to be a matter of straightforward negotiation,...

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 Special priceAntic Hay

Antic Hay

Aldous Huxley

When Theodore Gumbril hits upon the notion of designing a type of pneumatic trouser to ease the discomfort of a sedentary life, he decides the time has come to leave his position as housemaster in a boys' public school and seek...

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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, he 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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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

Cathy is a beautiful and wilful young woman torn between her soft-hearted husband and Heathcliff, the passionate and resentful man who has loved her since childhood. The power of their bond creates a maelstrom of cruelty and...

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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please

Raymond Carver

Shows how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people.

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Some Prefer Nettles

Some Prefer Nettles

Jun'ichiro Tanizaki

The marriage of Kaname and Misako is disintegrating. Misako's father believes their relationship has been damaged by the influence of a new and alien culture, and attempts to heal the breach by educating his son-in-law in the...

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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. He has turned out to be the heroic soldier he imagined and his experience of battle principally involves fear and confusion. Back...

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The Malayan Trilogy

The Malayan Trilogy

Anthony Burgess

Victor Crabbe is a well meaning, ineffectual English man in the tropics, keen to teach the Malays what the West can do for them. Through Crabbe's rise and fall and a series of characters, this title lays bare racial and social...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Raymond Carver

A 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.

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Earthly Powers

Earthly Powers

Anthony Burgess

Kenneth Toomey is an eminent novelist of dubious talent; Don Carlo Campanati is a man of God, a shrewd manipulator who rises through the Vatican to become the architect of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood. In this...

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin

Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving.

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Master and Margarita

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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Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut

In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum of American society, releasing some of...

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They Came Like Swallows

They Came Like Swallows

William Maxwell

Elizabeth Morison is an ordinary woman. Yet to eight-year-old Bunny, his mother is the centre of his universe. To his older brother, Robert, she is someone he must protect against the dangers of the outside world. And to James...

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

Slaughterhouse: 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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Travels with My Aunt

Travels with My Aunt

Graham Greene

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at his mother's funeral. Accompanying his aunt, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies,...

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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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The Honorary Consul

The Honorary Consul

Graham Greene, Nicholas Shakespeare

Graham Greene's gripping tragicomedy of a bungled kidnapping in a provincial Argentinian town is considered one of his finest. It tells of Charley Fortnum, the 'Honorary Consul', a whisky-sodden figure of dubious authority taken...

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Patrick White: A life

Patrick White: A life

David Marr

A biography of Patrick White, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, author of a dozen novels and many other books, and a spokesman for (and against) an Australia he both hated and loved. The author secured White's co-operation...

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 Read reviewRevolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates

Tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple whose empty suburban life is held together by the dream that greatness is only just round the corner. The author shows how Frank and April...

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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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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

With the ink still wet on his diploma, the twenty-five-year-old Dr Mikhail Bulgakov was flung into the depths of rural Russia in 1916-17. This book show how his alter-ego copes (or fails to cope) with the new and often appalling...

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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. As Geoffrey investigates the mystery of a stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Museum of Rouen to help...

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Mythologies

Mythologies

Roland Barthes, Annette Lavers

A collection of essays that explores the myths of mass culture. It deciphers the symbols and signs embedded deep in familiar aspects of modern life, unmasking the hidden ideologies and meanings which implicitly affect our thought...

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

As an orphan, Jane's childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess, for a passionate man she grows more and...

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Black Snow: A Theatrical Novel

Black Snow: A Theatrical Novel

Mikhail Bulgakov, Terry Gilliam

A satire by the author of The Master and Margarita on his ten-year love-hate relationship with Stanislavsky, Method-acting and the Moscow Arts Theatre.

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Diaboliad

Diaboliad

Mikhail Bulgakov

Contains five satirical stories.

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The Heart of a Dog

The Heart of a Dog

Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrey Kurkov, Michael Glenny

A 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. A distinctly worryingly human animal is now on the...

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The White Guard

The White Guard

Mikhail Bulgakov

Drawing on the author's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, this title takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans fight for...

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A Dead Man in Deptford

A Dead Man in Deptford

Anthony Burgess

Poet, lover and spy, Christopher Marlowe must negotiate the pressures placed upon him by theatre, Queen and country. This title re-imagines the riotous life and suspicious death of Christopher Marlowe. It brings this dazzling...

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Difficult Loves: Smog - A Plunge into Real Estate

Difficult Loves: Smog - A Plunge into Real Estate

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

Leads you through many different books including a detective adventure, a romance, a satire, an erotic story, a diary, and a quest.

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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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Cathedral

Cathedral

Raymond Carver

Presents a story in which a blind man guides the hand of a sighted man as together they draw the cathedral the blind man can never see.

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Elephant

Elephant

Raymond Carver

Covers seven stories including Errand , in which the author imagines the death of Chekhov, a writer whom the author hugely admired and to whose work his own was often compared.

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Fires

Fires

Raymond Carver

Contains four essays, including a memoir of the author's father's working life in the saw-mills of the Pacific Northwest, a tribute to his mentor John Gardner, and an essay about the influences on his writing life; fifty poems;...

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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

A tale of identical twin brothers who grow up on a farm in rural Wales and never leave home. They till the rough soil and sleep in the same bed, touched only occasionally by the advances of the twentieth century.

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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. This is an account which recalls the authors' travels across the length and breadth of...

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What am I Doing Here?

What am I Doing Here?

Bruce Chatwin

Presenting a collection of profiles, essays and travel stories, the author takes us to Benin, where he is arrested as a mercenary during a coup; to Boston to meet an LSD guru who believes he is Christ; to India with Indira Gandhi...

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The Worst Journey In The World

The Worst Journey In The World

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Presents an account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. This book details scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment, supported by diary excerpts and accounts from explorers.

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The Moonstone

The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins

When 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. When the diamond goes missing during the...

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The Origin of Species: and, The Voyage of the Beagle

The Origin of Species: and, The Voyage of the Beagle

Charles Darwin, Ruth Padel

Presents the author's landmark theory of evolution of species by a process of natural selection, the Origin of Species which is the basis of modern biology and the concept of biodiversity.

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Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens

Amy Dorrit was born in the Marshalsea debtors' prison and has lived there with her family for all of her twenty-two years, only leaving during the day to work as a seamstress for the forbidding Mrs Clennam. The arrival of Mrs...

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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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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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Medea

Medea

Euripides, Robin Robertson

Medea's husband Jason has left her for a younger woman. He has forgotten all the promises he made and is even prepared to abandon their two sons. But Medea is not a woman to accept such disrespect passively. Strong-willed and...

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

John Fowles

Charles 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 romance will defy all the stifling...

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Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Graham Greene, J. M. Coetzee

A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Seventeen-year-old Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold....

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Dr Fischer of Geneva

Dr Fischer of Geneva

Graham Greene

Doctor Fischer despises the human race. When the notorious toothpaste millionaire decides to hold the last of his famous parties - his own deadly version of the Book of Revelations - Greene opens up a powerful vision of the...

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Monsignor Quixote

Monsignor Quixote

Graham Greene

With Sancho Panza, a deposed Communist mayor, his faithful Rocinate, an antiquated motorcar, Monsignor Quixote roams through modern-day Spain in a brilliant picaresque fable. Like Cervantes' classic, Monsignor Quixote offers...

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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 Quiet American

The Quiet American

Graham Greene, Zadie Smith

Pyle is a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'. As his naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside...

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The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

Graham Greene

Tells the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games that adults play. Left in the care of the butler and his wife whilst his parents go on a fortnight's holiday, Philip realises too late the danger of lies and deceit....

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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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Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy

Bathsheba Everdene arrives in the small village of Weatherbury and captures the heart of three very different men; Gabriel Oak, a quiet shepherd, the proud, obdurate Farmer Boldwood and dashing, unscrupulous Sergeant Troy.

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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. However, poverty forces him into a job as a stonemason and an unhappy marriage. When his wife leaves him Jude moves to Christminster...

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The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge is a man haunted by his past. In his youth he betrayed his wife and baby daughter in a shocking incident that led him to swear never to touch alcohol again for twenty-one years. He has since risen from...

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Return of the Native

Return of the Native

Thomas Hardy

Proud, passionate Eustacia Vye marries Clym Yeobright in the hope that he will help her escape her cramped rural existence. But when their relationship falters Eustacia turns to her old lover Damon Wildeve, leading to a disastrous...

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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. Her encounter with her manipulative cousin, Alec, leads...

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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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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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Ape and Essence

Ape and Essence

Aldous Huxley

In February 2108, the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition reaches California at last. It is over a century since the world was devastated by nuclear war, but the blight of radioactivity and disease still gnaws away at the...

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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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Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters

Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters

John Keats, Jane Campion

A collection of John Keats' poems.

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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 Monk

The Monk

Matthew Lewis

Noble and devout, Ambrosio is the abbot of a Spanish monastery and spends his days in prayer and preaching. However his monastery is harboring a malevolent force in the form of a young monk called Rosario. Rosario attaches himself...

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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 agonizing and crucial failure...

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The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

Peter Matthiessen

One September, the author set out with a field biologist to journey 250 miles through the Himalayas to the Crystal Mountain on the Tibetan plateau. They wanted to study the wild blue sheep, the bharal, but also hoped to see the...

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Collected Short Stories

Collected Short Stories

W. Somerset Maugham

The second of four volumes of short stories which reflect Somerset Maugham's wry perception of human foibles and gift for evoking drama from a sense of time and place. Set in Malaya, America and England, they include Flotsam and...

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Collected Short Stories

Collected Short Stories

W. Somerset Maugham

This final, classic collection of stories reveals Maugham's unique talent for exposing and exploring the bitter realities of human relationships. Included are: The Lotus Eater , The Outstation and The Back of Beyond .

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The Gentleman in the Parlour

The Gentleman in the Parlour

W. Somerset Maugham, Paul Theroux

Somerset 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 own. This book presents an account...

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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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Young Hearts Crying

Young Hearts Crying

Richard Yates

Young, newly married and intensely ambitious, Michael Davenport is trying to make a living as a writer. His adoring wife, Lucy, has a private fortune that he won't touch in case it compromises his art. She in turn is never quite...

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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. Vibrant and bewitching, she is adored by the steady, loyal Tom. But then Liza meets Jim Blakeston, charming and worldy, new to the area,...

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The Merry-go-round

The 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; she sympathetically observes the struggle...

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Short Stories

Short Stories

W. Somerset Maugham

A collection of short stories such as Rain , The Letter , The Vessel of Wrath and The Alien Corn .

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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

Includes stories of a young eccentric named C Auguste Dupin: 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Mystery of Marie Roget' and 'The Purloined Letter'.

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The Red House Mystery

The Red House Mystery

A. A. Milne

Tells a detective story, where secret passages, uninvited guests, a sinister valet and a puzzling murder lay the foundations for a classic crime caper.

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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. Unsatisfied by her marriage, she starts an affair with charming, attractive and exciting Charles Townsend. But when Walter discovers...

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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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Slow Learner: Early Stories

Slow Learner: Early Stories

Thomas Pynchon

A compilation of five short stories which include: The Small Rain , Lowlands , Entropy , Under the Rose , and The Secret Integration .

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Orlando: A Biography

Orlando: A Biography

Virginia Woolf, Peter Ackroyd, Margaret Reynolds

Orlando is a passionate young nobleman whose days are spent in rowdy revelry, filled with the colourful delights of Queen Elizabeth's court. By the close, he will have transformed into a modern, thirty-six-year-old woman and three...

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The Waves

The Waves

Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson, Gillian Beer

A title that begins with six children playing in a garden by the sea and follows their lives as they grow up and experience friendship, love and grief at the death of their beloved friend Percival.

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Life: A User's Manual

Life: A User’s Manual

Georges Perec

Serge Valene wants to create an elaborate painting of the building he has made his home for the last sixty years. As he plans his picture, he contemplates the lives of all the people he has ever known there.

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Restoration

Restoration

Rose Tremain

Robert Merivel is a dissolute young medical student when an accident of fate leads him to the attention of King Charles II. Finding favour with the King, Merivel embarks on the time of his life, enthusiastically enjoying the...

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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

Ditie is a hotel waiter who rises to become a millionaire and then loses it all again against the backdrop of events in Prague from the German invasion to the victory of Communism.

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Paradise Lost: And Paradise Regained

Paradise Lost: And Paradise Regained

John Milton

Satan is out for revenge. His rebellion has failed, he has been cast out from heaven and is doomed to spend eternity in hell. Somehow he must find a way to prove his power and wound his enemies. He fixes upon God's beloved new...

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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: Or the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus

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. The war of the title is not merely a war of arms but a generalised state of violence...

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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. Now, circumstances have conspired to bring him back into her social circle and Anne finds her...

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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, Richard Yates examines the hopes and...

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Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor

Richard Yates

Evan Shepard is a young man with a chequered past when he first meets the Drakes, after his car breaks down outside their house. Behind him, he has a troubled adolescence, a failed marriage and a little daughter, but his meeting...

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The Easter Parade

The Easter Parade

Richard Yates

Even as little girls, Sarah and Emily are very different from each other. Emily looks up to her wiser and more stable older sister and is jealous of her relationship with their absent father, and later her seemingly golden...

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The Aunt's Story

The Aunt’s Story

Patrick White

With the death of her mother, 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 in the residents of a small French...

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Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

Alan Paton

Tells the story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. This work talks about love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of...

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The Gormenghast Trilogy

The Gormenghast Trilogy

Mervyn Peake

Gormenghast is the vast, crumbling castle to which Titus Groan, is lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons, and his subjects, according to age-old rituals, but things are changing in...

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The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

Oedipa Maas discovers that she has been made executrix of a former lover's estate. The performance of her duties sets her on a strange trail of detection, in which bizarre characters crowd in to help or confuse her. But gradually,...

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Liars in Love

Liars in Love

Richard Yates

A collection of seven short stories themed around troubled relations.

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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. Jack Draper is a teacher whose wife is cheating on him. Edith Stone is the daughter of the English master who falls in love with the most popular boy...

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Sabbath's Theater

Sabbath’s Theater

Philip Roth

Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Micky Sabbath at sixty-four is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his long-time mistress - an erotic free spirit whose adulterous daring exceeds...

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A Void

A Void

Georges Perec, Gilbert Adair

Anton Vowl is missing. 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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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. Little does she know that his path back to her has been blocked by astonishing and terrifying trials. Will he overcome the hideous monsters,...

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Broken April

Broken April

Ismail Kadare

After shooting his brother's killer, young Gjorg is entitled to thirty days' grace - not enough to see out the month of April. Then a visiting honeymoon couple cross the path of the fugitive. The bride's heart goes out to Gjorg,...

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Caledonia Australis: Scottish Highlanders on the Frontier of Australia

Caledonia Australis: Scottish Highlanders on the Frontier of Australia

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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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

Whether bemoaning some domestic travail, commenting publicly on the state of the nation, or discussing cultural, artistic or personal concerns, this volume displays the author's courage and brilliance, her generosity and love of...

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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

With an introduction, notes and references, this title combines two books which were among the greatest contributions to feminist literature this century, which together form a brilliant attack on sexual inequality. It argues...

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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 Bell

The Bell

Iris Murdoch, A. S. Byatt

Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to live with her husband in 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 the...

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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...

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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. This title collects stories that are rooted in author's own experiences as an agent,...

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The Summing Up

The Summing Up

W. Somerset Maugham

Presents an avowal of a professional author's ideas about style, literature, art, drama and philosophy, and also an illuminating insight into this great writer's craft.

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Don Fernando

Don Fernando

W. Somerset Maugham

Discusses the writings of St. Teresa and the paintings of El Greco, and comments with sagacity and wit on such illustrious figures as Cervantes, Velazquez and the creator of Don Juan. This title is full of happy surprises, curious...

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On a Chinese Screen

On a Chinese Screen

W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham spent the winter months of 1919 travelling 1500 miles up the Yangtze river. He noted down crafted sketches of those he met on scraps of paper. This collection features Western missionaries, army officers and company...

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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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