Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
An Underwater Tour of the World
Jules Verne's tale of the underwater voyage of Captain Nemo in his ship Nautilus is one of the earliest and most influential science fiction novels, first published in French in 1869. This edition reprints the 1870 translation by FP Walter. Collector’s Library.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
After translating an ancient manuscript that tells of a passageway to the very centre of the earth, Professor Liedenbrock and his nephew set off through the crater of a volcano and find themselves in a prehistoric land of fearsome beasts. This trail-blazing work of science fiction was first published in 1864. Collector’s Library.
The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Story of a Man of Character
While drunk at a fair, hay-trusser Michael Henchard sold his wife and child to a sailor for five guineas. The next morning he vowed to mend his ways; and eventually, by hard work and good judgement, he became mayor of Casterbridge. Then, 18 years after being sold, his wife returns and Henchard finds he cannot escape his past. Collector’s Library.
One of the world’s best-loved children’s books, Heidi tells the story of a little orphaned girl who goes to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. When she is sent to live with a family in Frankfurt, Heidi is homesick for the mountains and her grandfather. First published in 1880. Collector’s Library.
The Little Prince
The classic French tale of an aviator learning life lessons from an extraterrestrial visitor, a parable about the importance of seeing the world through a child's eyes, is presented in a new translation by Ros and Chloe Schwartz in this pocket-sized hardback. Gilt-edged pages and silk marker.
The Mysteries of Udolpho
A Mystery Story
Stranded in a forbidding medieval fortress, an orphaned heroine battles the devious schemes of her guardians as well as her own melancholy fancies. First published in 1794, the story of Emily St Aubert remains one of the most popular - and most frightening - of the early Gothic novels.
One of the best-loved adventure stories ever written, here is Stevenson's tale of pirates, lost treasure maps, mutiny and derring-do, in a reprint of the first-edition text (1883). This edition from the Adlard Coles Maritime Classics series has a biographical note on Stevenson and foreword by the actor Mackenzie Crook.
The Sunne in Splendour
Presenting Richard III as a man more sinned against than sinning, Sharon Penman’s classic novel was written from the conviction that ‘history is rewritten by the victors’, and it served Henry Tudor’s purpose to have Richard portrayed as a soulless monster. Set amid the Wars of the Roses, the novel follows Richard from childhood, through battles, love and the treachery of court politics, to his death on Bosworth Field. This 30th-anniversary edition includes some revisions and a new author’s note.
Returning home to Liverpool in 1805, William King’s determination to speak out against slavery brings him into direct conflict with his father. Interweaving politics, romance and the fortunes of war, this novel reflects the turmoil that preceded the end of British involvement in the slave trade. (Contains material previously published in Ice King.)
Village Life in the Middle Ages
Based on years of research and imaginatively presented, Ann Baer’s book follows the course of a year in the life of a peasant woman in medieval England. Evoking the hardships of life in feudal England, it tells the story of Marion, a carpenter’s wife, her extended family and the neighbours living in the outlying hamlet ‘down the common’. The book is illustrated with drawings by the author.
A Very British Ending
Often compared to Le Carré, Edward Wilson’s series of intelligent, skilfully plotted Cold War thrillers follows the career of MI6 officer William Catesby. In this book, his task is to outwit agents on both sides of the Atlantic as they plot to remove the British PM – Harold Wilson – from power.
The Whitehall Mandarin
In Wilson’s critically acclaimed Cold War thriller, MI6 agent William Catesby is given the job of finding – then burying – a secret from the past of Lady Somers, who is the new head of the Ministry of Defence; but the search takes a dangerous turn, even confronting him with the enigma of China’s emergence as a superpower.
Where My Heart Used to Beat
A well-established psychiatrist, his curiosity piqued by a letter from a First World War veteran, goes to visit the very aged neurologist on his secluded French island, and unleashes his own bottled-up memories of the Second World War and the fleeting love of his life. American-cut pages.
A dual collection of erotic literature, Agent Provocateur can be read from both ends: the Pink Side with erotic short stories, articles and poems; or the Dark Side, also made up of stories and poems, but with a wilder, sadomasochistic streak. The book is illustrated with drawings by David Bray. Bound in black and pink embossed covers, with a black silk marker. Sexually explicit.
Death in Devon (The County Guides)
Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, sets off for Devon to continue The County Guides, his history of England; but when he arrives at All Souls School, he hears that a pupil has died in mysterious circumstances. Cue another adventure in the dark heart of 1930s England for Morley, Sefton and Miriam - the trio first encountered in The Norfolk Mystery.
The Waters of Eternal Youth
Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal, almost drowned and suffered brain damage. Her rescuer was a passing alcoholic who claimed he saw her pushed into the water; yet next day he could remember nothing. Brunetti re-opens this old case – but is there a case to investigate?