A prolific writer acclaimed by the likes of Philip Larkin, Gladys Mitchell created mystery crime thrillers that were full of surprises, sometimes a little odd or bizarre, but always immensely readable. This marvellous eight-book collection showcases some of her strongest work, including classics such as Death at the Opera and The Saltmarsh Murders. The creator of polymathic psychoanalyst Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, better known as Mrs Bradley, these books are sure to delight anyone with an interest in crime thrillers and also offer strong views on the society of the time in which they were written.
The Dodie Smith set brings together three fantastic stories from the author of I Capture the Castle and 101 Dalmations. Set against the backdrop of a London theatre world, It Ends with Revelations is an unconventional love story in which loyalty may prove more important than love. The Town in Bloom finds a young Lancashire girl arrive in London intent on a stage career, although she has to make do with a role as theatre secretary. When she does have the chance to act, she makes an unforgettable impression, but not the one she'd hopes. She soon falls in love for the first time. The New Moon with the Old is an unusual novel about a family full of eclectic characters. When the widower father Rupert flees the country under the threat of prosecution for fraud, he asks new secretary-housekeeper to not only break the news to the family, but also look after them.
The Barbara Pym Collection brings together five highly readable social comedies from an author who was much acclaimed. Every book contains a group of unforgettable characters and moments of comedy that will make you smile and chuckle. The collection contains her 1958 novel A Glass of Blessings, one that was respected by Philip Larkin. It tells the story of the bored housewife Wilmet Forsyth, a good-looking woman who finds solace in a nearby church - especially in the company of three unmarried priests and a very different character in Piers Longridge. The books come with introductions from the likes of Mavis Cheek, Jilly Cooper and Kate Saunders.
A set of ten legendary novels from the history of literature, the Oneworld Classics Collection is a brilliant and varied assortment of books to immerse yourself in. Including action-packed, thrilling and evocative reads, there truly is something for everyone within this set, although with each book being as captivating as the next, you’ll surely want to read them all! Highlights include Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but we highly recommend all ten of these terrific tales!
Edmund Crispin's Gervase Fen novels are perfect for all fans of classic crime writing and will appeal to those who enjoy the likes of Agatha Christie and Colin Dexter. The stories will delight and perplex in equal measure. Join the Oxford professor of Language and Literature as he pursues increasingly convoluted paths in search of the truth. Intelligent, witty, fast paced and often tongue-in-cheek, this is perfect crime writing that mixes murder, true love, opera, church music, chemistry labs and a heroic, if homicidal, bloodhound!
Best known for his popular Rumpole series, John Mortimer is a much revered British author who was known for his sharp wit ? a quality that is very much on display in The Titmuss Trilogy, these three amusing stories of British politics. Starting with the brilliant Paradise Postponed, a satirical tale of a Tory MP who is left a fortune by a socialist clergyman ? much to the mirth of his two sons ? this entertaining and smartly written trio also includes Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets.
Carola Dunn Collection - 12 Books (collection)
The Daisy Dalrymple Collection features twelve mystery books from Carola Dunn's brilliant series - all packed with witty dialogue and well-rounded, unforgettable characters. The well-heeled Daisy Dalrymple is a freelance reporter who just cannot stop herself getting involved in attempting to solve crime investigations. This collection is full of cracking good country house mysteries!
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Molly Keane was widely heralded as the mistress of wicked comedy as her observations were so deliciously accurate and her humour decidedly black. The five wickedly sharp stories in this collection are riveting and the elegant writing fits perfectly as sadness and pathos lie close to the glittering surface. The books include the likes of Time After Time and Devoted Ladies and contain some extremely cleverly conceived characters. Although the books will make you chuckle and laugh out loud, there are also genuine shocks and twists that were her trademarks throughout every story.
Discover the phenomenal talent of the late Ira Levin with this three-book set that includes the infamous and utterly thrilling novel the Stepford Wives, as well as powerful classics A Kiss Before Dying and Rosemary’s Baby. With a fantastic ability for creating a dark and sinister underbelly to his novels that loiters beneath the surface, Levin was highly regarded for his writing style and his work is sure to live on for many years. Chilling and unsettling, these are three truly captivating and timeless reads from the author of Sliver and The Boys from Brazil.
A fantastic introductory collection to an inimitable comic ? Weekend Wodehouse is a fascinating chronicle of a certain type of Englishness that has rarely been captured so sharply and with such great comic farce. Containing some of P.G Wodehouse?s finest work, such as the Drones Club stories, Mr Mullinger stories and stories of Jeeves, Lord Amsworth and Ukbridge, this collection captures the generation in a way that made it required reading at country house parties in the late 1930s.
Mary Stewart has had a long and acclaimed writing career. Her novels have been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic and she has attracted devoted followers since Madam, Will You Talk? was first published in 1955. This introductory set features ten adventures - from a mysterious ritual murder on the beautiful island of Skye to a legend that becomes frighteningly real in a crumbling palace in the Lebanon. Expect romance, intrigue and plenty of escapism and join a throng of fans as you follow the author’s deliciously dangerous path from the idyllic depths of the British countryside to the exotic shores of foreign lands. You're in for a real treat this summer!
Starring a fine cast of characters from Bulldog Drummond and Carruthers to Sherlock Holmes and Gabriel Syme, fans of crime fiction will be delighted to get their hands on this fabulous set of classics. In addition to household names, like Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe, you'll also find lesser known - but equally worthy - inclusions, such as Mary Elizabeth Braddon's classic Victorian spine-tingler Lady Audley's Secret and G.K. Chesterton's chilling classic The Man Who Was Thursday. Definitely ten of the best books ever published in this genre, miss it at your peril!