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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.
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.
The Great Commanders Set brings together four books that cover the military giants of the ancient, medieval, early modern and modern world. The books describe the tactics Julius Caeser employed to defeat Pompey at Pharsalus, the qualities that made Atilla the Hun a strategist of genius and how the farmer Oliver Cromwell created an army that overthrew the king and changed the course of British history. The brilliant analysis in all four books also answers many other questions about the world's greatest military commanders.
The Medieval Murderers are a group of talented authors who are among the best-known names in well-written historical crime fiction. Within each book you'll find linked short stories from the individual authors - Bernard Knight, Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Ian Morson and Philip Gooden to name a few. The individual stories are brilliantly woven around a central theme, resulting in clever and inventive tales that evoke an authentic air of medieval mystery and murder, teeming with monks, mists and madness. Included in this collection you'll find an investigation into the secret of King Arthur's final resting place, a series of deaths linked to a relic said to be a piece of the True Cross and the strange tale of a sword that brings bad luck to its owners. The novels are fantastic introductions to the authors.
Follow six detectives as they embark on their first cases in this enthralling contemporary crime collection. From Sue Grafton's wisecracking private investigator Kinsey Milhone to Peter Robinson's no-nonsense copper DCI Banks, this set contains many strong and complex characters that are bound to intrigue you. The dark thrillers offer plot twists, dramatic landscapes and disturbing insights into those whose lives revolve around solving crimes. Available for a fantastic price, this is an unputdownable set that is sure to appeal to any fans of crime fiction.
From Alexander the Great to Frank Zappa, Elizabeth 1 to Barack Obama, anyone who is- or was- anyone has a place in this very useful book. Whether you're helping the kids with their homework, or swotting up for a pub quiz or just want to read more about someone mentioned on the news, you'll find that once you dip in to this compendium, you'll find it hard to put down.
101 Poems Collection - 5 Books (collection)
The Classic Faber Poetry Collection contains five books that see some of today's finest contemporary poets choose a wonderful selection of poetry. Each book offers 101 poems and all have been carefully selected and themed. Wendy Cope has chosen the poems that amused her the most, Christopher Reid has selected poems that illustrate the function of sound in poetry, Don Paterson concentrates on sonnets while Simon Armitage demonstrates how short poems can be packed with passion and wisdom and Ted Hughes offers a selection of his personal favourites for the reader to remember.