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.
A Time of Love and Tartan
A 44 Scotland Street Novel
The world’s longest-running serial novel continues apace: starting with Pat Macgregor’s meeting with her ex-boyfriend and the colossal embarrassment that followed, here are further adventures of Stuart and Irene, young Bertie, the Duke of Johannesburg and resident anthropologist Domenica Lordie (née MacDonald).
The Wisdom of Bones
In an attempt to improve the fortunes of his troupe of 'Remarkables', Victorian showman Percy Unusual George acquires the skeleton of an infamous 18th-century French court dwarf. Entwining the two men's stories, this epistolary novel explores themes of love, ambition and what it means to be different.
Based on a True Story
In 1965, six climbers died while attempting to climb Mount Poroshiri in Japan's northern island. One climber, Odagiri, is known to have survived four days longer than his companions. This stream-of-consciousness novel imagines his thoughts as the cold and sleepiness start to overwhelm him and his death approaches. Slightly off-mint.
Heart of Darkness
And Tales of Unrest
Joseph Conrad's dark and profoundly influential novel is narrated by Marlow, a mariner who recalls his journey up-river into the densely forested depths of Africa on a mission to find the enigmatic trading company agent, Kurtz. In this edition, it is accompanied by the Tales of Unrest (1898), including Conrad’s ‘best story’, An Outpost of Progress.
The Randolph Carter Tales
The recurring character Carter, presumed to be Lovecraft’s alter ego, is an obscure author with magical ancestry who faces unnameable monsters and nightmares. This collection of stories describes his encounters with and philosophical musings about the dreamworld, mummies and aliens.
Pretty Guilty Women
Investigating the murder of a man during a wedding celebration at a Californian resort, Detective Ramone is perplexed when four guests – harassed mother Ginger, serial divorcee Lulu, borderline alcoholic Emily and wealthy lawyer Kate – confess their guilt, each insisting she acted alone. Slightly off-mint.
With the publication of the explosive biography of a media business tycoon at stake, this thriller follows literary agent Isabel Reed, CIA Station chief Hayden Gray and book editor Jeffrey Fielder through 24 crucial hours as the politically connected magnate tries to suppress its release.
Someone Like Me
Part taut psychological thriller, part terrifying ghost story, this novel weaves together the stories of Liz Kendall, a devoted mother-of-two who is in the thrall of a malicious alter-ego named Beth, and Fran, a teenaged survivor of childhood trauma who is protected by Jinx, an imaginary fox.
Dewey Lambdin - 2 Books
When fun-loving Londoner Alan Lewrie is caught in flagrante he escapes the consequences by going to sea. This series of naval adventures follows his rise through the Royal Navy ranks during the French and American Revolutions and the Napoleonic Wars. The two titles included in this set are: A King’s Commander (Read more...) Jester’s Fortune (Read more...)
Lynda La Plante - 2 Books
Created by the award-winning screenwriter and novelist Lynda La Plante, Jane Tennison was a good-looking, intelligent, yet naive young woman when she joined the Met in 1973. Posted to one of the roughest areas of London, she has to toughen up; but being a woman in the 1970s police force presents its own challenges. The two titles included in this set are: Murder Mile (Read more...) Good Friday (Read more...)
His Dark Materials - 3 Books
The epic adventure of Lyra Belacqua and her friend Will Parry, wandering through parallel worlds in search of knowledge about the enigmatic Dust, is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of storytelling that is both thrilling and profound. As well as awards, there have been controversies, but Pullman refuses to be drawn on the ‘meaning’ of His Dark Materials; as he writes on his webpage, ‘I’m not in the message business. I’m in the “Once upon a time” business’. Young Adult The three titles included in this set are:Northern Lights (Read more...) Subtle Knife (Read more...)Amber Spyglass (Read more...)
And Other Stories
Edith Wharton’s novella, the story of young Mattie Silver, who goes to keep house at the remote Massachusetts farm belonging to Etham Frome and his wife, Mattie’s cousin Zeena, is accompanied in this edition by four short stories, including two from Wharton’s Tales of Men and Ghosts (1910).
Far from the Madding Crowd
As a young, independent woman taking over the running of a rural estate, Bathsheba Everdene attracts the attentions of three very different men: a respectable local farmer, a dashing soldier, and a devoted young shepherd, Gabriel Oak, who works on her land. This was the first of Hardy’s great novels, originally published in 1874.
Jude the Obscure
A self-taught young stonemason whose ambition is to go to university, Jude Fawley has his hopes dashed when he is tricked into a bad marriage. Once free again, he finds a soul-mate, but society and class conspire to deny them happiness. Hardy described his novel as the story of a ‘deadly war waged between flesh and spirit’.
The Good Soldier
‘This is the saddest story I have ever heard’: so begins John Dowell, the unreliable narrator of this dark and intriguing tale of two disintegrating marriages – his own and that of the ‘good soldier’, Capt Edward Ashburnham. Set in the years before the First World War, and published in 1915, The Good Soldier is acknowledged as one of finest novels of the 20th century.
Autobiography of a Female Slave
Martha Griffith Browne, a Southern slave-owner who became wedded to the cause of emancipation, wrote this ‘autobiography’ of Ann, a woman born into slavery, to raise the money to liberate those she had inherited from her father. Published in 1856, it was written in the style of contemporary narratives, and although a fiction, draws on Browne’s own experience to describe the horrors of slavery.
Having been found not guilty of infanticide by reason of insanity, Melisandre Dawes fled the country, leaving her surviving daughters with their father. Twelve years later, back in Baltimore under the reluctant protection of private detective Tess Monaghan, she becomes prime suspect in a murder enquiry.
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
Set in France, this psychological thriller is told through the voices of an extraordinary boy, locked in a coma after falling off a cliff, and the doctor treating him. Gradually the truth about Louis, his shocking accident and what happened to his parents is revealed. Slightly off-mint.
The One Inside
Against a backdrop of a bygone America an ageing actor reflects on the experiences that shaped him. Memories blend with visions of his late father as an airman; and his father’s girlfriend, with whom he would become tragically involved. Foreword by Patti Smith. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Slightly off-mint
Alex Gough - 4 Books
The Imperial Assassin novels follow the adventures of the military scout Silus after he is recruited into the Arcani, an elite group of spies and killers, in the troubled Roman Empire of the early 3rd century AD. The four titles included in this set are: Emperor's Sword (Read more...) Emperor's Knife (Read more...) Emperor's Axe (Read more...) Emperor’s Spear (Read more...)
Karin Slaughter - 3 Books
Karin Slaughter’s tough, visceral thrillers pit Special Agent Will Trent and other detectives against a range of brutal killers across the prosperous suburbs and stark housing projects of Atlanta, Georgia. The three titles included in this set are: Cop Town (Read more...) Triptych (Read more...) Fractured (Read more...)
Lord of the Flies
The story of a group of boys marooned on a tropical island after a plane crash, Lord of the Flies, the first novel by William Golding (1911–1993), was published in 1954 and is now a modern classic. For all its adventure and excitement, the book is a profound exploration of the human potential for evil: at first, the boys elect leaders and organize themselves, but very soon rivalry, fear and violence erupt and a descent into savagery begins.
A study of conflict between father and daughter, this is the story of Catherine, the plain, obedient daughter of Dr August Sloper of Washington Square, New York. When Morris Townsend, a handsome man-about-town, proposes to Catherine, her father forbids the marriage, believing Townsend to be after his daughter’s inheritance.
Franz Kafka’s strange tale of Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a monstrous bug, is open to many interpretations – probably as many as it has readers. Metamorphosis was written in 1912. Translated from the German, with a short introduction, by William Aaltonen.
Confessions of an English Opium Eater
Thomas De Quincey's powerful autobiographical study describes his addiction to opium and its psychological effects: childhood experience is turned into dreams that are at first euphoric, but become horrific as his dependence on the drug deepens. Published in 1822, the book brought De Quincey literary fame and became an important influence on later writers.
In the final years of the Trojan War, the Achaeans, led by Agamemnon and joined eventually by a reluctant Achilles, are fighting to reclaim Helen from Hector of Troy. This great epic is presented in Samuel Butler’s 1898 prose translation, with black and white illustrations based on Greek vase painting.
In the aftermath of the Trojan War, Odysseus makes his ten-year journey from Troy to Ithaca, overcoming the Cyclops, the Sirens and the Shades of the Dead, only to meet suitors vying for his wife's hand at home in Ithaca. This edition presents Alexander Pope’s classic translation, with illustrations after John Flaxman.
The Kahlil Gibran Collection
The Prophet and His Other Finest Writings
This selection of the finest works by the Lebanese-born American poet Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931) begins with the 26 fables of ‘The Prophet’ (1923), and presents seven more works in their entirety, including ‘Jesus, Son of Man’, ‘Sand and Foam’, and Gibran’s final prose poem, ‘The Earth Gods’.
Hamlet | Othello| King Lear | Macbeth
Four of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, the tragedies of Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth, are presented here in texts from the 1890s Temple Shakespeare, with the original glossaries and notes by Israel Gollancz. There is a substantial, new introduction by Dr Catherine MS Alexander and illustrations based on those of an 1833 edition.
The Shop Girls of Harpers
Sally, Beth, Margaret and Rachel meet when they become sales assistants at the newly opened Harpers Emporium on Oxford Street in 1911. Rich with historic detail, the story records their growing friendship as they manage their work at the store and the demands of their personal lives.
The Seventh Cross
Seven prisoners escape from a concentration camp, so the commandant prepares crosses for their punishment: as they strive to reach asylum the prisoners encounter a cross-range of ordinary Germans. Published in 1942, this novel highlighted the horrors of the Nazi regime, which the author had escaped.