Volume 3 of the Cazalet Chronicle
Volume three of Elizabeth Jane Howard's absorbing saga opens in 1942, with the country at war and the Cazalet family in turmoil following Sybil's death and Rupert being posted as ‘missing’ in France. With a 'catch-up' Foreword for those who have not read volumes one and two.
In 1453, Luca Vero, a member of the secret Order of Darkness tasked with searching out signs of the end of the world, finds himself and his companions, including Isolde, in a small harbour town where a children’s crusade would seem to have found a miracle. This is the second book in the Order of Darkness series. Young Adult.
The witty observations of animal and human behaviour and the wise aphorisms of Aesop's tales have entertained children and adults over millennia. This Collector’s Library edition brings together 284 Fables, translated by VS Vernon-Jones and with Arthur Rackham’s illustrations, hand coloured by Barbara Frith. This pocket-sized hardback is bound in linen, with gilt-edged pages, a silk marker and dust jacket.
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, first published in 1874.
The Genius and the Goddess
In conversation with the novel’s narrator, John Rivers remembers his time as lab assistant to the great physicist, Henry Maartens, and reflects on Maarten’s beautiful wife and a love affair that caused Rivers to question everything he once revered. First published in 1955.
Stella Rimington’s compelling thriller tells the story of MI5 officer Liz Carlyle who is posted to Northern Ireland, where she uncovers a plot against the resident security forces. As the intrigue unravels, Carlyle finds that all the obvious suspects, as well as her partner, are vanishing.
A Story of Crime by
The most famous novel by Hugh Conway, Called Back was first published in 1883 and later summarized by one critic as ‘a sensational novel of murder, amnesia, Siberian exile, political assassination and detection’. Set in the 1860s, the story begins as a blind man stumbles upon a terrible murder, and hears everything. Reprinted in a The Detective Story Club edition.
The Riddle of Sphinx Island
Antonia Darcy and Major Hugh Payne, the husband-and-wife detective duo, travel to Devon to prevent a country house murder on Sphinx Island, suspecting it is really a ‘Murder Weekend’ planned as a surprise anniversary present - then a sinister letter arrives, signed ‘The Riddler’.
All for Nothing
In January 1945, as the German army retreats from the Russian advance in East Prussia, a wealthy family seal themselves into their manor house. They are cut off from the chaos around them - until they decide to shelter a stranger for the night. Kempowski’s atmospheric novel powerfully conveys the delusions and indecision of the last days of the Third Reich.
Death Comes to Pemberley
A much-acclaimed sequel to Pride and Prejudice, PD James’s bestselling thriller is set in 1803, six years after Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage. Their orderly world at Pemberley is shattered when Elizabeth’s sister, Lydia Wickham, arrives in distress, screaming that her husband has been murdered.
Death in Devon
The Country 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.
Biggles in France
Johns was a bomber pilot during the First World War and was shot down over Germany in 1918, ending up a prisoner of war. These experiences enabled the author to give the adventures of fictional flying ace Squadron Leader James 'Biggles' Bigglesworth authentic detail and drama, as seen in this collection of short stories originally published in 1935.
Biggles and the Rescue Flight
The heroic pilot and adventurer James Bigglesworth appeared in countless novels and short stories during the lifetime of his creator WE Johns (1893-1968). In this tale, first published in 1939 though set during the First World War, Biggles and his comrades in 266 Squadron help teenagers Peter and Dick search for Peter's brother, who has been shot down in France.
Set in Victorian London, where a young artists' model, Eliza Dunlop, meets the illusionist Hector Crumhall, aka Devil Wix, and his companions at the run-down Palmyra Theatre, this is the story of one woman and four men and the dark threads that entangle them. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and slightly off-mint.
The Madagaskar Plan
In 1953, a victorious Nazi Germany has consolidated power in Africa; and Madagaskar is to become the site of the Final Solution: the place where European Jews are to be resettled. Saville’s alternative history is a terrifying thriller, the more disturbing for being based on the Nazis’ actual plans prior to the Holocaust.
A Banquet of Consequences
In another ingeniously plotted case, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and DI Thomas Lynley investigate the causes behind the suicide of William Goldacre. The young man leapt from a cliff in Dorset, but is there a link between his death and an horrific poisoning in Cambridge?
The Liz Carlyle novels draw on Rimington's own experience as a former head of MI5 and are much-acclaimed for their authenticity and pace. Here, Ms Carlyle's Counter Terrorism unit in MI5 is charged with watching the international arms trade after an agent is attacked in a Middle Eastern souk.
Jean Plaidy Set
An extraordinarily prolific novelist, Eleanor Hibbert (1906-1993) had several pen names, each for a different genre: the most celebrated of them, Jean Plaidy, was one of the 20th century's pre-eminent writers of historical fiction. This set contains ten books of The Tudor Saga - from Murder Most Royal (1949) to Uneasy Lies the Head (1982) - plus Defenders of the Faith (1971), a single novel set in Tudor times.
The Fifth Heart
In the Great Hiatus (after the Reichenbach Falls incident), Sherlock Holmes is in America with Henry James investigating the 'suicide' of Clover, wife of Henry Adams. James is disturbed by a deeply troubled Sherlock as the great detective questions what is real and what is not in Dan Simmons's literary hall of mirrors.
A Detective Sergeant Best Mystery
It is 1874 and an explosion has killed boatmen and wrecked the villa of the artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Investigating the cause of the explosion and the identity of a body in the Regent's canal, Best negotiates the conflicting worlds of art, wealth and privilege and poor canal boatmen.
The Beautiful and Damned
The love affair of Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert and their pleasure-seeking life in 1920s New York closely reflects that of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. It is an intimate love story, which Ned Halley in his afterword describes as 'building on psychological insight, and the ability to articulate it, of a very remarkable kind'.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
With tales such as The Pit and the Pendulum and The Fall of the House of Usher,this collection brings together the best of Poe's unnerving fiction, along with some of the first modern detective stories, including The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter.
Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
This companion volume to Tales of Mystery and Imagination demonstrates the range of Poe's work. As well as tales of mystery and the macabre, there are darkly comic stories, parodies, fantasies and science fiction (Mesmeric Revelation), and Poe's influential verse, including The Raven and more personal poems such as Annabel Lee and For Annie.
The First Murder
A Historical Mystery by the Medieval Murderers
When, in 1154, the first performance of The Play of Adam at Oseney Priory ends in tragedy, the playwright issues a grim warning for generations to come: 'beware the sins of envy and vainglory, else foul murder ends your story'. In four acts, a prologue and an epilogue, the Medieval Murderers trace Prior Wigod's curse, from medieval Oxfordshire to Surrey, 1944.
Elizabeth Taylor: Three Novels
Memorably described by fellow novelist Paul Bailey as 'reports from the chintz-bedecked battlefields', the novels of Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) are subtle, sophisticated portraits of English domestic life, its cruelties and its inadvertent comedy. Our three are A View of the Harbour (1947), set in a small coastal community; Angel (1957), the life of a writer of very bad novels; and Taylor's penultimate book, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1971). With introductions by Sarah Waters, Hilary Mantel and Paul Bailey.
Jonathan Coe: Three Novels
This set of three novels by the award-winning author of What a Carve Up! comprises his first book, The Accidental Woman (1987); The Dwarves of Death (1990), in which a small-time rock-band musician becomes embroiled in a murder mystery; and Coe's funny and painfully honest story of boys growing up in the 1970s, The Rotters' Club (2001).
The Many Lives of Amory Clay
William Boyd's novel tells the life story of Amory Clay, whose career as a photographer starts in 1920s London and Berlin, moves to New York in the 1930s, through the Second World War as a war photographer, then on to other wars, lovers, husbands and children.
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.
Theodore Boone: The Activist
Theodore Boone, the 13-year-old lawyer, is campaigning to stop his friend's house being bulldozed to make way for a bypass; but things become complicated when he stumbles upon a terrible secret about the corrupt developers - a secret it is illegal for him to know. Age 9+
Before the History You Know... A Novel of Louis XIV
Set in the French court at Fontainebleau, Karleen Koen's meticulously researched novel imagines the young Louis XIV in 1661, about to take control of France on the death of Cardinal Mazarin, and falling in love with the wrong woman.