Set during the Ancien Régime, this famous epistolary novel of 1792 exposes the depravity of the French aristocracy through the story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont and their cynical plot to seduce a virtuous married woman and ruin her daughter. Translated by Thomas Moore (1779–1852).
The First Men in the Moon
A businessman and a scientist, Mr Bedford and Mr Cavor, use a gravity-defying substance to travel to the Moon, where they discover a race of intelligent creatures; then at least one of the travellers returns to Earth to tell of their fantastic adventure. First published in 1900.
The Classic Science Fiction Collection
Fantastic Tales From Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Jules Verne, HG Wells, Miles J Breuer, Austin Hall
This anthology draws on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Jules Verne and HG Wells were experimenting with ideas suggested by technology. These 41 tales by 21 authors feature robots, dystopian societies and time travel and set the scene for the genre’s success.
The Will to Succeed
Lady Anne Clifford's Battle for her Rights
This historical novel recounts Lady Anne Clifford’s decades-long battle to regain her stolen family inheritance. Drawing on her diaries, which detail life at home and at Court in the early 17th century, it tells of a woman defying family, law courts and even King James I in pursuit of what is hers by right.
Shadow of the Hangman
Bow Street Rivals 1
Two American prisoners of war escape the 1815 massacre of their comrades at Dartmoor Prison and are determined to take revenge by assassinating the Home Secretary. Against a backdrop of political machination, thief-takers Peter and Paul Skillen are hired to stop them.
The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home
Night Vale is a fictional southwest American desert town where macabre, paranormal events are commonplace. This book, developed from a series of podcasts, tells a ghost story about the eponymous woman, and her interactions with the town’s living residents.
Chilling Supernatural Tales
From the pitter-patter footsteps of a haunted porcelain doll to a shadowy spectre slumped by the fireside, the eerie apparitions conjured from the imaginations of writers including MR James, Edith Wharton and Charles Dickens provide an unsettling reminder that there are things beyond our understanding.
Ann Cleeves - 7 Books
DI Jimmy Perez, created by bestselling British crime author Ann Cleeves, has featured in eight novels since 2006, investigating suspicious deaths in the close-knit communities of the Shetland islands. The award-winning series inspired the popular BBC drama Shetland. The seven titles included in this set are: Cold Earth (Read more...) Thin Air (Read more...) Dead Water (Read more...) Blue Lightning (Read more...) Red Bones (Read more...) White Nights (Read more...) Raven Black (Read more...)
Mitch Albom Collection - 2 Books
This bestselling novel and its sequel tell the story of Eddie, who died saving a girl called Annie in an amusement park accident. As he travels through different levels of heaven Eddie encounters people he was connected to in his life, before being reunited with Annie and learning about the life she led. The two titles are The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Next Person You Meet in Heaven.
Muriel Spark Collection - 5 Books
Muriel Spark (1918–2006) is recognised as one of the most significant 20th-century British novelists, noted for handling serious themes with a light touch. This collection of five titles includes The Bachelors, which deals with blackmail and fraud; Memento Mori, with its sinister phone calls; and The Ballad of Peckham Rye, capturing a London suburb on the cusp of social change; as well as The Abbess of Crewe and A Far Cry from Kensington.
Vicki Beeby Collection - 2 Books
In 1939 young Evie’s hopes for an Oxford education are dashed by a death in the family and the onset of war. Joining the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, she and two new friends, Jess and May, experience whirlwind wartime romances and find themselves far closer to the front lines than they ever expected. This collection includes books one and three in the series: The Ops Room Girls and Victory for the Ops Room Girls.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Anne Brontë’s masterpiece of epistolary fiction, widely regarded as one of the first feminist novels, boldly depicts Helen Huntington's experience of marital breakdown and her daring (by the standards of the day) response to it, including the challenges of raising her son on her own.
The Girl Who Would Be Queen
A classic of historical fiction, Young Bess was first published in 1944 and made into a film starring Jean Simmons in 1953. It tells the story of the young Princess Elizabeth, declared a bastard and banished from her father's court, yet facing even greater challenges after Henry VIII's death.
A Death in the Night
Book 4 in the Hampstead Murders
When the team from the Hampstead police station investigate the murder of a lawyer’s wife at an exclusive members’ club, they uncover serial adultery and upper-class feuding in this contemporary mystery that subtly references the Golden Age of detectives.
Inspector Montalbano Collection
With his instinct for spotting details and solving enigmatic crimes in the fictional town of Vigàta, Sicily, the sardonic Inspector Montalbano quickly became Andrea Camilleri’s most popular character. The long-running series, which was adapted for screen in 1999, has been translated into 32 languages and achieved worldwide success. The first four titles are included in this collection: The Shape of Water, The Terracotta Dog, The Snack Thief and The Voice of the Violin.
Tess Gerritsen Volumes 7 – 12 - 6 Books
Tess Gerritsen (b.1953) has a degree in anthropology, trained as a doctor and, since 1986, has been a best-selling author. Written with first-hand knowledge of trauma and autopsy, her books featuring the detective Jane Rizzoli and forensic pathologist Dr Maura Isles are tense, chilling and gory thrillers. The six titles included in this set are: Keeping the Dead (Read more...) The Killing Place (Read more...) The Silent Girl (Read more...) Last to Die (Read more...) Die Again (Read more...) I Know a Secret (Read more...)
Nick Louth Collection - 2 Books
An award-winning freelance journalist, Nick Louth has been delighting thriller and mystery fans since releasing his bestseller Bite in 2007. Ten year later he began writing the fast-paced stories of the DCI Craig Gillard series, to which these two novels belong. Seventh and eighth in the series, the titles are The Body on the Moor and The Bodies at Westgrave Hall.
Edward Marston Collection - 3 Books
Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret are royal commissioners for William the Conqueror, charged with settling land disputes arising from Domesday Book, but often finding themselves embroiled in more violent altercations: arriving in Exeter they discover a key witness murdered; an Earl has been summarily executing poachers in the Forest of Delamere; and in Warwick, another noble lord is about to hang an innocent blacksmith. The three titles are The Foxes of Warwick, The Hawks of Delamere and The Wildcats of Exeter.
Anna Jacobs Collection - 3 Books
These romantic historical novels follow the residents of Greyladies, a 16th century house some consider to be haunted, from the turn of the century into the First World War. Harriet and Phoebe each progress from humble lives as servants to becoming lady of the manor, as the house is requisitioned, first as a hospital and then as a home for German internees. The three titles in this collection are Mistress of Greyladies, Heir to Greyladies and Legacy of Greyladies.
Anton Du Beke Collection - 2 Books
Penned by Anton de Beke of Strictly Come Dancing fame, these historical romances, set in the 1930s, focus on the lives and loves of the staff and guests of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel, Mayfair – where the grand ballroom forms the backdrop to passionate affairs and dark secrets. The two titles are One Enchanted Evening and Moonlight Over Mayfair.
Game of Thrones
A Song of Ice and Fire
Winter is coming to Westeros as the struggle for power in the Seven Kingdoms gains momentum, the Others threaten from beyond the ice Wall and, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen, with her dragons, looks to reclaim the Iron Throne. The whole dark, yet magical epic of ancient lands of ice and fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons, is contained in this boxed set, along with a wall map of Westeros and the Free Cities.
Sketches of Young Ladies, Young Gentlemen and Young Couples
The success of Edward Caswall’s 1837 Sketches of Young Ladies prompted the young Dickens to write two companion pieces, which also paint satirical portraits of early Victorian character-types. All three sets are collected here, with the original illustrations by ‘Phiz’.
The Valley of Fear
After receiving a cryptic letter, Sherlock Holmes sets off to warn a wealthy American ex-pat that he is in danger, only to find John Douglas already murdered. Investigating, Holmes uncovers the dead man’s past as a Pinkerton agent – and the hand of the arch-criminal Moriarty.
From squalid origins on the streets of Paris, Nana trades on her sexuality to find fame and fortune as a high-class prostitute, advancing her career while destroying the lives of others. Nana (1880) is the ninth novel in Zola’s epic of French life in the Second Empire, the Rougon-Macquart series.
At the Mountains of Madness
And Other Stories
Set in the Antarctic, where a group of explorers make sinister discoveries, this is one of Lovecraft's most successful – and most chilling – works. In this edition, the novella is accompanied by two short stories: ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’ and ‘The Thing on the Doorstep’.