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The Autobiography of Henry VIII: A Novel


With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers

Margaret George


Pan 2012
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Described by the historical biographer Alison Weir as 'a stunning tour de force', this novel combines great storytelling with an extraordinary grasp oDescribed by the historical biographer Alison Weir as 'a stunning tour de force', this novel combines great storytelling with an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power to give a vivid portrait of Henry, 'with notes by his Fool, Will Somers'. ...more
 

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My Secret History


A Novel

Paul Theroux


Penguin 2011
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Roughly following the course of Theroux's own life, the greedy and self-centred Andre Parent progresses from gun-toting coming-of-age in MassachusettsRoughly following the course of Theroux's own life, the greedy and self-centred Andre Parent progresses from gun-toting coming-of-age in Massachusetts to teaching with the peace corps in Africa, then on to a duplicitous life of travel, writing and women. First published in 1989, when the Sunday Times's critic wrote 'Theroux's best fiction to date ... combines the surfaces of memoir and travelogue with cunning fiction'. ...more
 

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Father Brown set


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GK Chesterton


Penguin 2013
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GK Chesterton's improbable super-sleuth, the little Roman Catholic priest with wonderful powers of observation, intuition and reasoning, made his firsGK Chesterton's improbable super-sleuth, the little Roman Catholic priest with wonderful powers of observation, intuition and reasoning, made his first appearance in The Blue Cross, published The Story-Teller magazine in 1910. Chesterton condensed a world of paradox, profundity and surprises into his stories and 100 years later they are as entertaining as ever. This set contains all five collections: The Innocence ..., The Wisdom ..., The Incredulity ..., The Secret ... and The Scandal of Father Brown. This set of five books is exclusive to Postscript - set counts as one volume. ...more
 

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About Face



Donna Leon


Atlantic 2009
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This is the 18th of Donna Leon's popular crime novels featuring the kindly and scrupulous Commissario Guido Brunetti and his adventures in the opulentThis is the 18th of Donna Leon's popular crime novels featuring the kindly and scrupulous Commissario Guido Brunetti and his adventures in the opulent heights and forbidding depths of Venetian society. Brunetti tackles a suspicious death somehow linked to the illegal hauling of the garbage piled high in the city's streets. ...more
 

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The Cranford Chronicles



Elizabeth Gaskell


Vintage 2007
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Elizabeth Gaskell's stories of Cranford, a quiet northern village where the arrival of the railway and a new doctor are drama enough, have remained poElizabeth Gaskell's stories of Cranford, a quiet northern village where the arrival of the railway and a new doctor are drama enough, have remained popular since their first appearance in Household Words in 1851-3. This edition contains three 'chronicles': Mr Harrison's Confessions, Cranford, and My Lady Ludlow. ...more
 

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Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm



Stella Gibbons


Vintage 2011
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The Adventures of a Simpleton



Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen


Continuum 2007
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The Wreck of the Golden Mary



Charles Dickens


Hesperus 2006
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En route to California, the passengers and crew of the Golden Mary are shipwrecked. Dickens narrates the wreck, Wilkie Collins the rescue; the passengEn route to California, the passengers and crew of the Golden Mary are shipwrecked. Dickens narrates the wreck, Wilkie Collins the rescue; the passengers' stories ('The Beguilement in the Boats') are by other writers from Dickens's periodical, Household Words. This dark tale formed the Christmas issue, 1856. Foreword by Simon Callow. ...more
 

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The Vendetta



Honore de Balzac


Hesperus 2008
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First published in 1830, The Vendetta is the story of Bartolomeo di Piombo, his daughter and the vendetta that has driven them into exile. Set againstFirst published in 1830, The Vendetta is the story of Bartolomeo di Piombo, his daughter and the vendetta that has driven them into exile. Set against a backdrop of Napoleonic politics, the novel is one of Balzac's first works to use realism in its depiction of contemporary society. Translated by Howard Curtis. ...more
 

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The Trial



Franz Kafka


Hesperus 2005
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Kafka's nightmare story of helplessness in the face of bureaucracy gone mad is translated here by Richard Stokes. Foreword by Zadie Smith. Kafka's nightmare story of helplessness in the face of bureaucracy gone mad is translated here by Richard Stokes. Foreword by Zadie Smith. ...more
 

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Transformation



Mary Shelley


Hesperus 2004
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A macabre and sinister tale, Transformation is a masterpiece of Gothic writing. It is joined here by two more of Shelley's stories of the supernaturalA macabre and sinister tale, Transformation is a masterpiece of Gothic writing. It is joined here by two more of Shelley's stories of the supernatural - The Mortal Immortal and The Evil Eye. ...more
 

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The Topless Tower



Silvina Ocampo


Hesperus 2010
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On the arrival of a mysterious stranger laden with paintings, nine- year-old Leandro's quiet life is mysteriously disrupted. He wakes in a windowless On the arrival of a mysterious stranger laden with paintings, nine- year-old Leandro's quiet life is mysteriously disrupted. He wakes in a windowless room in a topless tower, the subject of one of the stranger's eerie paintings. Ocampo's fantastical tale is translated, with an introduction, by James Womack. ...more
 

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Tom Sawyer, Detective


As Told by Huck Finn

Mark Twain


Hesperus 2004
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Tom and Huck are en route to Tom's uncle's farm in Arkansas when a chance encounter on a river steamboat leads them into a complex plot of diamond heiTom and Huck are en route to Tom's uncle's farm in Arkansas when a chance encounter on a river steamboat leads them into a complex plot of diamond heists, mistaken identity and murder. ...more
 

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The Three-Cornered Hat



Pedro Antonio de Alarcon


Hesperus 2004
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One of the best-loved Spanish novels, The Three-Cornered Hat is the farcical tale of Don Eugenio and his passion for Senora Frasquita, set in 19th cenOne of the best-loved Spanish novels, The Three-Cornered Hat is the farcical tale of Don Eugenio and his passion for Senora Frasquita, set in 19th century Andalucia. First published in 1874. Translated by Peter Bush. ...more
 

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Three Tales



Gustave Flaubert


Hesperus 2009
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In this famous set of three stories - A Simple Heart, The Legend of St Julian the Hospitaller and Herodias - Flaubert reflects on the themes of death,In this famous set of three stories - A Simple Heart, The Legend of St Julian the Hospitaller and Herodias - Flaubert reflects on the themes of death, redemption and sanctity. With a Foreword by Margaret Drabble. ...more
 

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