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    The Queen of Spades has long been acknowledged as one of the world's greatest short stories. In this classic literary representation of gambling, Alexander Pushkin explores the nature of obsession. Hints of the occult and gothic alternate with scenes of St Petersburg high-society in the story of the passionate Hermann's quest to master chance and make his fortune at the card-table. Underlying the taut plot is an ironical treatment of the romantic dreamer and social outcast. This volume contains three other major works of Pushkin's fiction, moving from the witty parodies of sentimentalism and high melodrama in The Tales of Belkin to an early experiment with recreating the past in Peter the Great's Blackamoor. It concludes with the novel-length masterpiece The Captain's Daughter, which combines historical fiction in the manner of Sir Walter Scott with the colour and devices of the Russian fairy-tale in a narrative of rebellion and romance. These new translations, as well as being meticulously faithful to the original, do full justice to the elegance and fluency of Pushkin's prose. The Introduction provides insightful readings of the stories and places them in their European literary context. A chronology of the Pugachov Uprising illuminates the events in The Captain's Daughter. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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    Peter and Dan Snow, two of Britain's most popular historians, discuss the importance of 50 key documents in this incredibly informative hardback tome.

    Presented in eye-catching style, this book finds Peter and Dan offering an authoritative commentary explaining each document's criteria for selection and an examination of their pertinent details.

    From the Magna Carta to Hitler's letter to Chamberlain agreeing he'd never go to war and the official design for the FA Cup, these documents have been researched from the collections of The National Archives, The British Museum, The British Library and the National Records of Scotland.

    A must for all history enthusiasts!
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    Queen of baking Mary Berry offers up over 100 recipes for bakes that take minutes to make in Fast Cakes.

    This cake book finds Mary incorporating her 'all-in-one' method of preparation into as many recipes as possible and has step-by-step instructions for making tasty fruit cakes, buns, biscuits and more.

    Fully revised and updated from her 1981 cookbook of the same name, there are also ideas for family-friendly bakes including happy face biscuits and traffic lights. One of our favourite treats on offer is the honey and almond cake - just wait until you taste it!
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    Let Mary solve all your Christmas troubles with this fabulous collection of her favourite Christmas recipes. Mary Berry's Christmas Collection combines time-honoured festive favourites with a variety of new and exciting dishes to spice up the season. By taking the traditional Christmas fare and giving it a twist, Mary adds sparkle to every celebration. Simple yet reliable recipes and Mary's handy hints will take the pressure off entertaining, whether it's for the big day itself, a Boxing Day crowd or an intimate New Year family gathering. With an invaluable Christmas Day countdown, sample menus, shopping lists and ever-popular tips on preparing ahead and freezing, this is the must-have companion to the festive season.
  • BOIRT
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    In a sweeping narrative encompassing political intrigue, illicit love affairs and even a murder mystery, Nancy Goldstone tells the riveting story of a queen who lost her throne, and of her four defiant daughters. Elizabeth Stuart's marriage to a German count far below her rank was arranged with the understanding that her father, James I of England, would help his new son-in-law achieve the crown of Bohemia. The terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin 'the Winter Queen', as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved and launch a war that would last thirty years. Forced into exile, the Winter Queen found refuge for her growing family in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age formed the backdrop to her daughters' education. The eldest, Princess Elizabeth, counted the philosopher Rene Descartes as her closest friend. Louisa, whose lively manner would provoke heartache and scandal, was a gifted artist. Henrietta Maria, the beauty of the family, would achieve the dynastic ambition of marrying into royalty, although at great cost. But it was the youngest, Sophia, a heroine in the tradition of Jane Austen, with a ready wit and strength of character, who would fulfil the promise of her great-grandmother Mary, Queen of Scots, a legacy which endures to this day.
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    An epic tale of courage, betrayal and undying love, Courtney's War is the latest entry in Wilbur Smith's bestselling Courtney series.

    Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, struggling for their lives. Although opposed to the Nazi regime, Gerhard is fighting for the Fatherland hoping to one day rid Germany of Hitler, while Special Operations Executive Saffron is being hunted by Germany's most ruthless spymaster.

    As they encounter evil at every turn, the two lovers must make a hard decision: do they sacrifice themselves? Or do whatever they can to survive in the hope that they will one day be reunited?
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    Amidst a backdrop of Spanish plotting and Catholic disputes, Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering...

    The body of a small boy is found in London with strange marks on it that no one can explain... Idealist physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body just days after and this one is displaying the same marks... A serial killer must be on the loose. He's joined by the mysterious tavern keeper Bianca in his investigations but the duo soon find themselves caught up in a sinister plot.

    Set in Elizabethan London, S.W. Perry's debut novel The Angel's Mark is an intelligent and dark historical thriller full of sinister twists and turns...

    For fans of authors like C.J. Sansom, Rory Clements, S.G. MacLean
  • Susanna Gregory Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751573015
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    Head back to Medieval times and enjoy the rich world created by Susanna Gregory in these mystery books (with a little bit of magic thrown in) featuring the monk-cum-detective, Matthew Bartholomew.

    The Tarnished Chalice finds Bartholomew, Brother Michael and their book-bearer Cynric arriving in Lincoln where Michael is due to accept an honour from the cathedral. However, the friar is not as safe as they'd hoped. Within hours of arriving, a man has been murdered - and he was holding the Hugh Chalice. This is a Lincoln relic with so much bloody history and our heroes soon find themselves drawn into a world of murder, lies and suspicion...

    To Kill or Cure has a charismatic physician whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine threatening Bartholomew's professional reputation; and The Devil's Disciples has rumours of a plague threatening Cambridge...

    This collection contains books 14-16 in Susanna Gregory's Bartholomew and Chaloner series.
    Format: paperback
  • AUXKE
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    Drawing on the archives of Record Mirror staff photographer Steve Emberton and concert photographer Alan Perry, Visions of Queen, contains fabulous colour and monochrome images of the band taken between 1975, as 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was climbing up the charts, through to December 1979. The vast majority of these images, which have laid untouched since the day the photos were taken, have never been published before and have been scanned directly from the original negatives and digitally restored. Included in this collection are images taken near the beginning of the 1975 UK Night At The Opera Tour in Coventry, and at London's Hammersmith Odeon; Hyde Park in 1976; previously unseen images from the Day At The Races press launch at Kempton Park in September 1976; Wembley Arena on the News Of The World tour in 1978; and from Manchester and Liverpool on the 1979 Crazy Tour. With a foreword by Bruce Murray, Freddie Mercury's band mate from his first group The Hectics, along with personal anecdotes from the photographers make, Visions of Queen, an essential tome that documents Queen's ascendancy from theatres to arenas.
  • A.A. Milne Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509897292 - A.A. Milne
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    A.A. Milne may be best known as the author who brought Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin into the world but he was equally adept at writing charming adult tales and short stories. This collection will help you discover another side to this beloved and famous writer.

    Four Days' Wonder is a hilarious spoof on the detective novel in the vein of P.G. Wodehouse; Two People is a perceptive account of a marriage between a couple who realise they have nothing in common; and Mr Pim Passes By is a delightful comedy of manners.

    Chloe Marr is an entertaining novel about a young socialite; and A Table Near the Band is a collection of short stories about the foibles of everyday life. It takes in everything from a family reunion to a first dance and domestic disagreements.

    Format: paperback
  • Rennie Airth Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897247
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    Follow Detective Inspector John Madden as he attempts to solve a number of tricky cases in Rennie Airth's three novels inspired by the Golden Age of crime fiction.

    In River of Darkness, it's 1921 and there's been a terrible murder at a manor house in Surrey. The victims have all been stabbed and the lack of disturbance in the house suggests the attack was one of terrifying speed. While the police force are ready to put the murders down to robbery and violence, Madden sees things differently - he's sure this is the work of a psychopath...

    The Blood Dimmed Tide finds Madden on the trail of a killer who is a master of reinvention; and The Dead of Winter takes place in late 1944 when a young Polish girl who worked on Madden's farm winds up dead...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Rennie Airth's John Madden Mystery series
    Format: paperback
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    A stunning book that comes in a protective slipcase, this fully revised and updated edition of The Times: Concise Atlas of the World provides beautiful and comprehensive reference mapping for countries across the world.

    The atlas covers all the most important geographical issues we face and the populations of the major cities are also included. Historical maps show the political make-up of the world over the past 150 years and there are also plans for 41 of the world's major cities.

    The expanded satellite imagery section contains overview images of each continent, and they're all complemented by further detailed images. A wonderful addition to any household, the reference book helps you explore the world without even having to leave your armchair.
  • MPWR
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    A very poignant and powerful book, Maps of War is a visual survey of how conflict was recorded and planned. It uses archive maps to reveal how warfare and documentation has changed through the centuries.

    Covering the history of military mapping, the book looks at beginning and what impact the invention of printing and introduction of gunpowder had. In the 17th century, military commanders and strategists started to document wars by way of illustration.

    In the 18th century, they started to use maps to chart progress. This chapter reflects the spread of European power and transoceanic conflict and focuses on the American war of Independence. The book then moves on to the 19th and 20th centuries, covering everything from the American Civil War to the World War, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars.
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    A captivating story of love, betrayal, mysteries, secrets, war and adventure, Kate Mosse's latest novel will take you back to 16th century Languedoc.

    Teenager Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father's bookshop. It's sealed with a distinctive family crest and contains the words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE. Before Minou can even decipher what this means, she meets Piet Reydon, a a young Huguenot convert on a dangerous mission - and he's going to need Minou's help to complete it.

    It's not long before Minou and Piet find themselves trapped in Toulouse and they're in ever-increasing danger as sectarian tensions ignite across the city...
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    Who exactly was Queen Elizabeth I, when did she live and what was she like? What did she wear and who were her enemies? These and other questions are answered in this biography of one of England's most famous monarchs.
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    A fantastically fun-filled little book great for journeys, Sunday schools, awards, or a rainy day! All the puzzles and activities are based around stories about the kings and queens in the Bible. The activities include dot-to-dot, spot the difference, colouring, match the pairs, put the story in the right order, mazes, complete the drawing, spot the deliberate mistakes. At the bottom of the page the story that the activity is from is explained, and a Bible reference included. Sometimes there is a bonus question for more puzzling fun!
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    Mary, Queen of Scots is one of the great tragic figures of British history. Born in Scotland one December morning in 1542, she was to become Queen of Scots just six days later. Growing up mostly in France and marrying the sickly French king Francis II in 1559, she returned to Scotland on his death, a widow at the age of eighteen. Four years later she married Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, but their miserable union ended with his murder and her subsequent marriage to his alleged killer, the Earl of Bothwell. Forced by rebellion to flee south to England, she was confined by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I in various manor houses and castles before, eighteen years later, being executed on her cousin's orders. On the Trail of Mary, Queen of Scots takes the reader on a journey through the landscape of Mary's time. In her footsteps we will visit resplendent castles, towering cathedrals, manor homes, chapels and ruins associated with Mary. Each location is brought to life through an engaging narrative and a collection of photographs and works of art.
  • The Times: Complete History of the World - Hardback - 9780007950911
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    The most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible work on history available, this bestselling book takes readers from the origins of mankind right through to the technological advancements of the modern day.

    The book with all the answers, it is very visually enticing and covers everything from the cavemen to the Cold War and Alexander the Great to global warming.

    The ultimate work of historical reference, it also contains short biographies of 100 of the world's key figures from history.
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    Featuring four years worth of non-stop exhilarating, science fiction action-adventure as Flash battles a rogue's gallery of villainy to protect the innocent, the wronged and a bevy of beautiful women from the likes of Kang The Cruel, Queen Valker the Violent, giant birds, lizards, sea-beasts and rock men, as well as wolfmen and gas spiders! For Flash Gordon, the king of the cliff-hanger every Sunday is a day of action!
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    This is the familiar tale of the enmity between Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots, but retold by Scotland's unofficial Poet Laureate with a ferocious iconoclasm. Needless to say, the play ends when Mary Queen of Scots gets her head chopped off! A modern Scottish classic, first staged at the Edinburgh Lyceum in 1987, Liz Lochhead's "Mary Queen of Scots" is republished here in a revised version with a new introduction by the author. The play is enormously popular with Scottish schools and drama groups. It was originally published by Penguin.
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    * Dynamite's Savage Red Sonja mini-series from creators Frank Cho, Doug Murray, and Homs is collected in one deluxe hardcover! Queen of the Frozen Wastes delivers an action-packed story and incredibly art as Sonja battles the beautiful and deadly Ice Queen and her army of Yeti Warriors! * This hardcover collection features all four issues of the series, a complete gallery featuring Frank Cho's incredible covers, and more!
  • Elizabethan Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749015343 - Edward Marston
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    These three Elizabethan mysteries from Edward Marston, the bestselling author of the Railway Detective series, follow the life of Nicholas Bracewell as he attempts to solve a number of 'whodunit?' mysteries.

    Full of murder, mystery and mayhem, the wild romps are steeped in authentic Elizabethan detail and are near-impossible to put down!

    Please note that these are books 7, 8 and 9 in the Nicholas Bracewell series.
  • Maureen Lee Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781407251172
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    This collection contains eight powerful and compelling novels, all set in Liverpool, from acclaimed saga writer Maureen Lee. These stories are powerful, heartfelt and sure to leave you spellbound.

    Full of unforgettable characters, these rich stories contain everything from a journey to the past which includes a lost lover and secret child to a chance meeting with momentous repercussions.

    For fans of: Dilly Court, Lyn Andrews, Josephine Cox
    Format: paperback
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    Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong present their very own account of times gone by in A Pointless History of the World.

    Told with their trademark humour, this is a step-by-step journey that takes you from the Big Bang to the fall of the Roman Empire and from the evolution of language all the way through to Last of the Summer Wine.

    Taking you on a journey through time and space, the essays are interspersed with questions from Pointless, everyone's favourite TV quiz show.