The Great Adventure Collection
Tracking Magua with Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans; travelling into the Heart of Darkness in search of Kurtz; or entering an extinct volcano on a Journey to the Centre of the Earth ... This set of eight novels could be described as the A-list of adventure stories: the other five are The Man Who Would Be King, Robinson Crusoe, The Odyssey, Gulliver’s Travels and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a ninth book is a journal to record your own exploits.
Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru
In this reimagined mystery, Poe and his fictional detective Dupin are friends who solve crimes together. Among anti-immigrant upheaval in Philadelphia in 1844, they are mystified by the arrival of a package of mummified bird parts and a young heiress in distress.
Described by Mary Beard as ‘A satisfyingly alternative look at Caligula’, Turney’s novel is narrated by the emperor’s sister Livilla, who tells of a quiet, cautious younger brother transformed into the most powerful man in the Roman world; and of Rome itself, a city of bloodshed and betrayal.
A Different Kind of Evil
Agatha Christie becomes the investigator in Wilson’s historical thriller: while aboard a ship bound for the Canary Islands in 1927, and under instructions from the British Secret Service to investigate an agent’s mysterious death in Tenerife, she witnesses a young heiress falling from the ship. Was it suicide or murder? Agatha must use her crime writer’s talents to link the two deaths and outwit the perpetrator.
Or the Adventures of a Social Castaway
Press-ganged into the Navy, John Orrason began a life of adventure at sea before returning to Scotland to marry his childhood sweetheart and solve the mystery of his birth. Based on a true story, this 1897 newspaper serial is only now available in book form. Slightly off-mint.
Love Without End
A Story of Heloise and Abelard
Brilliant young scholar Heloise falls in love with her tutor Abelard in medieval Paris, but their romance turns to tragedy. Reimagining their true story, Melvyn Bragg explores its moral complexity, and the lovers’ journey from erotic excess to sublime mysticism.
Blackberry and Wild Rose
When Esther Thorel, the wife of a Huguenot silk weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel, she is too preoccupied with her passion for silk design to notice Sara's disgruntled attitude to her new role as lady's maid. Before long, a toxic mix of ambition and betrayal taints everyone living in the elegant house in Spitalfields.
Bracewell Mysteries - 7 Books
Nicholas Bracewell is the book-holder – the stage manager and mainstay – of Lord Westfield’s Men, a theatre troupe in Elizabethan London, whose actors and performances are bedevilled by tricksters, murderers, political intrigue, fire and the plague, all of which require Nicholas’s constant vigilance and investigations. The seven titles included in this set are: The Vagabond Clown (Read more...) The Roaring Boy (Read more...) The Princess of Denmark (Read more...) The Nine Giants (Read more...) The Mad Courtesan (Read more...) The Fair Maid of Bohemia (Read more...) The Devil's Apprentice (Read more...)
The Three Musketeers
The adventures of d'Artagnan and his dare-devil companions, Athos, Aramis and Porthos, amid the intrigues of the French ancien régime, was a sensation when it first appeared in 1844 and has never lost its swashbuckling appeal. This abridged version is published in the Macmillan Collector’s Library. Gilt-edged pages and silk marker.
Death on Lindisfarne
The Second Volume in the Aidan Mysteries
Aidan, a photographer and accidental detective, is at a retreat centre on Holy Island with his young daughter when a body is found on the beach. Suspicion falls on the guests; but would the tides have allowed the murderer to cross the causeway?
A Novel Without a Hero
With the Napoleonic Wars as backdrop, Thackeray's great satire of materialistic society follows the fortunes of two young ladies from Miss Pinkerton's Academy: the orphaned, penniless, yet ruthless Becky Sharp; and Amelia Sedley, her less worldly friend, brought up in comfort and wealth and destined for neither. Slightly off-mint.
Fugitive from the Grave
This Bow Street Rivals mystery, set in 1817, sees bounty hunter twins Peter and Paul Skillen simultaneously tracking a charming gentleman thief, a missing aristocrat and a wicked highwayman, while encountering kidnapping, grave robbing and theatrical peccadilloes in the underworlds of London and Bath.
The Whistlers' Room
Three Great War soldiers with throat wounds are the patients in ‘the Whistlers’ room’: their stories are told by the German novelist and poet Paul Alverdes, who sustained the same kind of war wound. Translated by Basil Creighton. Introduction by Emily Mayhew. First published 1929.
Ron Embleton's Wulf the Briton
The Complete Adventures
In competition with Dan Dare in the Eagle, Wulf the Briton was the star of rival comic Express Weekly and enjoyed his heyday in the hands of artist Ron Pembleton between 1957 and 1960. The complete Pembleton-era adventures of the ancient-world hero are reproduced at full size in this large-format volume, which also includes stories from the Express Weekly Annuals and features about the strip and its celebrated artist.
Sensational Tales of Terror
Beginning with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this collection of twenty 19th-century ‘sensation stories’ includes some of the most famous Gothic, supernatural or grisly tales, among them Edgar Allen Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum and James Malcolm Rymer’s The String of Pearls; or, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Off-mint.
The Whole Art of Detection
Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
Lyndsay Faye, a lifelong fan and author of Dust and Shadows (in which Sherlock pursues Jack the Ripper), presents fifteen new stories featuring the classic sleuth, recreating Conan Doyle's style while delving deeper into the psychology of Holmes and Watson. Slightly off-mint.
The Unauthorized Biography
In pursuit of the man behind the stories, this investigation of the life and times of Sherlock Holmes treats the character as a real person. Nick Rennison interweaves detailed period research with clues from Arthur Conan Doyle's tales to place the famous Consulting Detective at the heart of some of Victorian London's most notorious criminal investigations, noted historical events and intellectual social circles.
A Christmas Railway Mystery
In December 1860, an employee at the Swindon Locomotive Works is found dead, his head missing. It proves to be a complex, baffling case for Inspector Colbeck, the Railway Detective, and finding the killer becomes urgent when Colbeck learns that another railway worker has been abducted.
Rivals of the Republic
A Blood of Rome Novel
Following two suspicious deaths, Hortensia, the daughter of Rome’s most celebrated lawyer, investigates a trail of murders amid the high political drama of 70 BCE. Why have the authorities turned a blind eye and why are key witnesses being silenced? Young adult.
The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse
A Wartime Romance
Valerie, a wartime Land Girl, meets and falls in love with an American pilot; meanwhile, her cousin has rescued a mistreated border collie named Peter Woodhouse. Together, Val, Mike and Peter Woodhouse do their bit for love, the war and international relations.