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Essential Shakespeare Handbook (Other)
Enrich your experience of the Bard's work on page, stage and screen with The Essential Shakespeare Handbook! Unravelling the history, themes and language of the plays and sonnets that changed literature around the world, the book will help you get to grips with the likes of Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet.
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Act-by-act plot summaries sit alongside character profiles and are even put in the context of William Shakespeare's life and the world of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, while Shakespeare's global influence is also examined. Whether you prefer his romances, comedies or tragedies, or are writing an essay or going to see a play, this is the Shakespeare book for you!
Roald Dahl Complete Short Stories Set - 2 Books (Collection)
Roald Dahl may be world famous for his children's novels, but his short stories for grown-ups were just as well written - and far more sinister! This two-book collection, featuring stories chosen as part of World Book Night 2014, chronologically collects all his published adult short stories and gives a glimpse into his personal life. Using his experiences of war and his delightfully dark imagination, these stories are once read, never forgotten. Lamb to the Slaughter finds a wife murdering her husband and then, as the police close in on her, putting them off in a novel and unique fashion, while The Sound Machine reveals the horrific truth about plants. Parson's Pleasure is about a piece of furniture that becomes the subject of a deceitful bargain, while Royal Jelly sees a couple of new parents finding an unusual and unsettling way to give their newborn a start in life. Inventive, deviously wicked and highly addictive.
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Vintage Poetry Collection - 3 books (Collection)
Featuring 'a visionary genius', 'the greatest poet since Shakespeare' and some of the best poetry from the Bard himself, this three-book collection offers up some of the best poetry from William Blake, W. B. Yeats and William Shakespeare.
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Shakespeare's sonnets were haunting, lyrical and often breathtakingly beautiful, and the anthology featured here showcases everything from his most famed work - 'Shall I compare three to a summer's day' - to his lesser-known poems that deserve more exposure. With an introduction from Germaine Greer, this is a must-have for anyone who appreciates one of the masters of the English language.
Selected and introduced by Patti Smith, the eccentric William Blake is another genius who specialised in powerful and symbolic poetry, while the extensive W. B. Yeats collection reflects the turmoil, fervour, traditions and revolutions around the turn of the 20th century.
Echo's Bones (Hardback)
After a wait of 80 years, Echo's Bones, Samuel Beckett's intended end-piece to his debut collection of short stories, More Pricks than Kicks, is published for the first time.
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Originally requested - and subsequently rejected - by his editor, it continues the story of Belacqua, the protagonist of More Pricks than Kicks' ninth story Yellow, as he enters the afterlife. Covering themes of science, philosophy, religion and literature, the text offers a darkly humorous take on human nature.
A gothic fairy tale that shows the development of Beckett as a writer, this hardback edition belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who wants to find out more about the evolution of Samuel Beckett's writing.
Edith Wharton Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
Often acclaimed as one of America's finest novelists, delve into or rediscover the works of Edith Wharton with this great value three-book set. Featuring the masterpiece The Age of Innocence, later adapted into a hit film by Martin Scorsese, every novel is compelling and captivating from start to finish. The Age of Innocence is set during turn-of-the-century New York and finds Newland Archer torn between his respect for family traditions and his burgeoning attraction to his wife-to-be's cousin... The Children finds bachelor Martin Boyne befriending some precocious kids on a cruise ship between Algiers and Venice Martin Boyne, while The House of Mirth portrays the moral, social and economic restraints on a woman's attitude to marriage in the early 1900s.
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Dodie Smith Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
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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.
Elizabeth Taylor Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most acclaimed novelists of her time and this three-book collection will introduce you to some of her best work. Angel is the story of a shy fifteen-year-old author on the cusp of becoming a publishing sensation, while Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont follows an unlikely friendship between the title's character and handsome young writer Ludo. A View of the Harbour is based around the faded coastal village of Newby, a place where everyone looks for - and in on - each other. These editions come with introductions from the likes of Hilary Mantel, Sarah Waters and Paul Bailey, the real-life inspiration for Ludo.
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Barbara Comyns Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
Barbara Comyns was a very talented author who lived an extraordinary life and wrote a number of unique and witty novels that will have fans of cosy crime and murder mysteries hooked. Having received acclaim from the likes of Sarah Waters and Graham Greene, the books are set in Edwardian London and are heaving with quirky characters, strange events, love affairs and mysteries to solve. We hope that this three-book set, featuring The Vet's Daughter, Sisters By A River and Our Spoons Came from Woolworths, will help bring her talent to a whole new audience.
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P. G. Wodehouse Collection - 9 Books (Collection)
Lord Emsworth is delightfully dotty and his bone-headed son the Hon is just as hilarious. They both live in Blandings Castle, where there is always an imposter or two on the premises. Brilliantly farcical, the books in this collection will have you laughing throughout and introduce you to some truly unforgettable characters. Nothing ever goes quite according to plan, but this is part of the joy of P.G. Wodehouse's writing. A nine-book collection to make you chuckle time and time again.
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Vintage Dickens Collection - 16 Books (Collection)
This collection brings together 16 of Charles Dickens' most celebrated novels for one great price. The likes of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities are packed full of unforgettable characters and brilliant narratives that show just why Dickens is still regarded as the nation's favourite storyteller. The collection also contains books that may be less familiar, but are no less captivating, including the novel he was working on when he died: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This 16-book collection enables you to discover the original books full of observations that remain relevant in today's society. The books come in stylish, vintage-style sleeves too.
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Wimbledon Trilogy Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
This collection brings together all three of the hilarious books that made up Nigel Williams' highly acclaimed Wimbledon trilogy. All based in the SW19 region, The Wimbledon Poisoner follows the story of 40-year-old Henry Farr, a conventional man who is desperate to be rid of his wife Elinor. Inspired by a famous moment in Wimbledon's history, Henry concocts a plan for the perfect murder... but everything goes wrong. They Came from SW19 finds 14-year-old ufologist caught between his belief in aliens and his widowed mother's new religion, while East of Wimbledon is about Robert Wilson, and Englishman who has passed himself off as a Muslim to secure a job at the new Wimbledon Independent Islamic Boys' Day School.
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Rumer Godden Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
This three-book collection will act as the perfect introduction to the highly acclaimed author Rumer Godden. Including Black Narcissus, the novel that inspired an Academy Award-winning film in 1947, the books are all full of high emotion, intensity and drama. Black Narcissus is the story of a sisterhood of nuns on a mission in Himalayan India, while Breakfast with the Nikolides is a coming-of-age story set in post-colonial East Bengal and Kingfishers Catch Fire tells the story of a young English woman's dramatic and disturbing experiences in Himalayan Kashmir. Stories that will stay with you long after you've finished reading them, this is a collection not to be missed!
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Muriel Spark Collection - 5 Books (Collection)
Highly acclaimed for her ability to mix the macabre and absurd with the dastardly funny, this five-book Muriel Spark collection is the perfect introduction to a wonderful and bestselling author. Featuring Memento Mori, Symposium and Loitering with Intent, the books are all extremely captivating and showcase her uniquely wicked sense of humour. All brilliantly written, the collection includes her debut novel The Comforters, the original and inspirational story of Caroline Rose - a lady who realises her life is part of a novel.
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South Riding Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
This trio of titles from Winifred Holtby all evoke memories from times gone by - and provide you with an insightful account of the communities of the 1930s. South Riding is widely heralded as a classic by many and is based around the fictional town of South Riding in Yorkshire, home to the forward-thinking Sarah Burton. In a town blighted by recession and devastated by the loss of the war, she will have to help the community come to terms with significant social change too. Anderby Wold tells how the once sleepy and calm village is changed forever after a radical young man arrives and The Land of Green Ginger is a charming tale of first love.
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Gervase Fen Mystery Collection - 6 Books (Collection)
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.
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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!
Douglas Adams Collection - 8 Books (Collection)
Don't panic! Pack your dressing gown and towel and prepare to find out about Life, the Universe and Everything with this 8-book collection celebrating the work of the much-loved and much-missed Douglas Adams. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a classic novel that finds everyman Arthur Dent's house being demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. A trilogy of five, all the books about Arthur's unlikely adventures are featured here, while the collection also includes The Salmon of Doubt, a distinctive and inimitable collection of Adams' writing that reveal the warmth, enthusiasm and intelligence behind this talented comic writer, as well as eleven chapters of an unfinished Dirk Gently novel. The collection also includes Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
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John Mortimer Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
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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.
Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries Collection - 12 Books (Collection)
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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 Collection - 5 Books (Paperback)
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.
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Weekend Wodehouse (Hardback)
P. G. Wodehouse
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 and humorous farce. Containing some of P.G Wodehouse's finest work, such as the Drones Club stories, Mr Mulliner stories and stories of Jeeves, Lord Emsworth and Ukridge, this collection captures the generation in a way that made it required reading at country house parties in the late 1930s.
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Mary Stewart Collection - 10 Books (Collection)
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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!
A Moveable Feast (Paperback)
Published posthumously in 1964, "A Moveable Feast" remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. Since Hemingway's personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now this new special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published. Featuring a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's sole surviving son, and an introduction by the editor and grandson of the author, Sean Hemingway, this new edition also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son Jack and his first wife, Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of other luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Madox Ford, and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. Sure to excite critics and readers alike, the restored edition of "A Moveable Feast" brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomised.
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The Driver's Seat (Paperback)
Lise has been driven to distraction by working in the same accountants' office for sixteen years. So she leaves everything behind her, transforms herself into a laughing, garishly-dressed temptress and flies abroad on the holiday of a lifetime. But her search for adventure, sex and the obsessional experience takes on a far darker significance as she heads on a journey of self-destruction. Infinity and eternity attend Lise's last terrible day in an unnamed southern city, as she meets her fate.
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When Ishmael sets sail on the whaling ship Pequod one cold Christmas Day, he has no idea of the horrors awaiting him out on the vast and merciless ocean. The ship's strange captain, Ahab, is in the grip of an obsession to hunt down the famous white whale, Moby Dick, and will stop at nothing on his quest to annihilate his nemesis.
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