Charlie Martz and Other Stories
One of the most admired and most prolific American novelists, Elmore Leonard (1925–2013) was a copywriter in a Detroit ad agency during the 1950s, writing his fiction before and after work. Unpublished at his death, these 15 razor-sharp stories date from those early years. With a foreword by Peter Leonard, the writer’s son.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, hitchhiking around the galaxy after the demise of Earth, are in trouble: the Improbability Drive fails in their host’s ship, Arthur has jammed the computer by asking it for a cup of tea and the restaurant is 576,000 million miles away. Part two of the five-part Hitchhiker trilogy.
Julian Fellowes, the writer of Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, tells a story that begins with the young and beautiful Sophie Trenchard at the Duchess of Richmond’s ball in Brussels before Waterloo, and rejoins the Trenchard family 25 years later, as Sophie begins to feel the repercussions of the fateful ball.
First published in 1847, the incomparable story of Cathy, Heathcliff and their passionate but doomed love, played out on the windswept Yorkshire moors, has lost none of its romance and power. This reprint of the 1850 edition is prefaced by Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Biographical Note of Ellis and Acton Bell’.
And Some Fell on Stony Ground
A Day in the Life of an RAF Bomber Pilot
Leslie Mann was a tail gunner in a Whitley bomber, shot down and taken prisoner in 1941. After the war, reflecting on his stressful and traumatic experiences, he wrote this fictionalized memoir, which only recently came to light. The book is introduced by historian Richard Overy.
The Kingmaker's Daughter
The Cousins' War
Daughter of the most powerful noble in 15th-century England, Warwick the ‘Kingmaker’, Anne Neville finds herself alone, widowed at 14, fatherless and stripped of her inheritance. Even when she marries Richard of Gloucester – the future Richard III – danger follows her.
Jack of Spades
A Tale of Suspense
Andrew Rush’s 28 mystery novels have had great critical and commercial success, yet he has a secret: under the pseudonym ‘Jack of Spades’ he writes violent, lurid potboilers. When he is accused of plagiarism by a self-published author, his reputation and his secret start to unravel.
This final volume in Adler’s Shoah trilogy (following The Journey and Panorama) tells the story of Arthur Landau, the survivor of a wartime atrocity who struggles with nightmares and his memories as he tries to make a new life for himself and reconcile past and present. This highly acclaimed novel was first published in Austria in 1989. Translated by Peter Filkins. American-cut pages and Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Sebastian Faulks’s emotionally charged story of love, death, sex and survival follows a young Englishman from his arrival in Amiens in 1910, where he stays with the Azaire family and falls in love with a married woman, Isabelle, to the trenches of the Western Front. First published in 1993.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Described by Sir Walter Scott as having 'that exquisite touch which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting', the novels of Jane Austen are now among the best-loved works of English literature, renowned for their sharp observation and gentle satire. All six completed novels - Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey - are presented together in this magnificent edition, with illustrations by Hugh Thomson (1860-1920). Linen bound, with gilt top edges and marbled endpapers.
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.
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.