Or the Adventures of a Social Castaway
After being press-ganged into the Navy, John Orrason’s adventures included involvement in the Battle of Algiers and pursuing slave traders on the West African coast, before he returned to Scotland to marry his childhood sweetheart and solve the mystery of his birth. This edition is a tribute to Daniel Thomson, who first told Orrason’s story in a newspaper serial in 1897. 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.
An Edwardian Housewife's Companion
A Guide for the Perfect Home
Written from a first person perspective and drawing on contemporary advertisements and photographs, this light-hearted study of the lifestyle of affluent Edwardian women offers insights into their complicated garments, their questionable, even dangerous, health and beauty regimes and their household management, shopping and entertainment habits.
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.
The Snake Stone
A Yashim the Eunuch Mystery
In 1838, Maximilien Lefèvre, a French archaeologist, arrives in Istanbul to excavate a Byzantine treasure, but rumours about his real motives abound and Yashim is hired to investigate him. Then Lefèvre’s mutilated body is discovered, and in his second case, Yashim himself becomes the suspect. Read by Andrew Sachs. Abridged.
The Janissary Tree
Istanbul 1836: ten years after the Janissaries, the Sultan’s elite guard, had been disbanded and slaughtered, men from the New Guard go missing; while in the palace, a young concubine has been murdered. These first, mysterious cases for Yashim, the eunuch detective, are read by Andrew Sachs. Abridged. 4 CDs: 4hrs
The Pharmacist's Wife
When Alexander Palmer opened his pharmacy in Victorian Edinburgh, Rebecca, his new wife, looked forward to a prosperous and genteel future. Instead, Alexander’s infidelities, sexual desires, greed and his invention – heroin – leads them both into a world of dark passions and addiction.
A Place Called Armageddon
For 1,000 years Constantinople had ruled its Byzantine empire; now Mehmet’s 100,000-strong army of Turks is at the gates and the city’s survival lies in the hands of one tortured and long-exiled man – Gregoras. CC Humphreys’s novel tells the story of one of history’s greatest battles.