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The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica
Maxim Jakubowski declares ‘Mere titillation is never enough’ as he presents his choice of literary erotica: 41 inventive, provocative, sensual and, above all, intelligent pieces by writers including Stella Duffy, Matt Thorne, Kristina Lloyd and Justine Elyot.Sexually explicit
Coming Home to Island House
In August 1939, after a tour across Europe promoting her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and her beloved Jack, to find him seriously ill. His estranged family from a previous marriage are summoned, forced by Jack’s illness to accept their young stepmother and bury their resentments.
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.
Flappers and Philosophers
Published in 1920 following the success of the novel This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald's first collection of short stories includes many of his finest. 'The Offshore Pirate', 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair', 'The Ice Palace' and 'Benediction' present his archetypal Jazz Age heroines, the beautiful and wilful young women who became a hallmark of his fiction. Part of the Cambridge Edition series, this volume includes notes and details of the stories' composition and publication history.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
And Other Stories
In Stevenson’s famous tale, Dr Henry Jekyll develops an elixir that allows him to explore the hidden depths of his psyche and transfer evil traits to another personality. The result – the repulsive Edward Hyde – proves to be unstoppable. The novel is accompanied by four short and sinister stories: The Body-Snatchers, Markheim, Olalla and The Suicide Club.
The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty
37 Short Stories about the Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes's Nemesis
In 37 short stories, leading crime writers of today fill the gaps in the Conan Doyle canon and bring to life Sherlock Holmes’s nemesis, the secretive and super-intelligent Professor Moriarty and his devious schemes.
and Other Stories
This collection of six stories, first published in 1988, offers an introduction to the fiction of Boris Pilnyak (1894–1937), whose work – revolutionary in both style and subject matter – eventually led to his death sentence in Stalin’s USSR. Translated by Vera T Reck and Michael Green.
An Anthology of Russian Literature Under Gorbachev
First published in 1990, this anthology brings together fiction by ten writers active during the Russian literary renaissance that began with Gorbachev’s reforming policies in the 1980s. The selection comprises four novellas and seven stories by writers including Mikhail Kuraev, Vladimir Makanin, Valery Popov and Tatyana Tolstaya. With an introduction and brief profiles of the authors.
The Petty Demon
This decadent and very provocative novel by the symbolist writer and poet Fyodor Sologub (1863–1927) narrates the lurid story of Peredonov, a sadistic and generally repellent schoolmaster, descending into madness in his provincial town. Translated and introduced by SD Cioran, along with short critical essays. Slightly off-mint.
The Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll
With the White Rabbit blowing his trumpet on the front cover, this volume holds all the wonders of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (with their original drawings by John Tenniel), but also Sylvie and Bruno, Phantasmagoria, The Hunting of the Snark and miscellaneous stories, verses and puzzles. With a introduction by Alexander Woolcott. Bound in gold-embossed blue linen.