The English Spy
This first novel by Scottish playwright and storyteller, Donald Smith is set in 18th century Edinburgh, as Union between Scotland and England hung in the balance. Venturing into the ancient city, English propagandist and spy, Daniel Foe engages with a beautiful Jacobite agent and uncovers a nest of vipers.
Mapp and Lucia
The fourth novel in Benson's much-loved series is the first in which the indomitable Lucia meets the formidable Elizabeth Mapp. Lucia has moved to Tilling for the summer, lunching and holding musical soirees; but Miss Mapp has no intention of being socially outmanoeuvred by the newcomer.
The Castle of Otranto
When Conrad, heir to Otranto, dies on his wedding day, his father vows to marry the bride himself. Horrified, young Isabella must escape from the old prince and his gloomy castle. Walpole's 'Gothic story' was originally published in 1764, when it purported to be a translation of a medieval Italian text.
Comprising ten stories found by the Head Waiter in luggage left behind in his hotel, this was originally the 1862 Christmas issue of Dickens's All the Year Round. Four of the stories are by Dickens himself; others are by John Oxenford, Charles Allston Collins, Arthur Locker and Julia Cecilia Stretton. Foreword by Philippa Stockley.
The United States of McSweeney's
Ten Years of Accidental Classics
Since 1998, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern has been emerging from various kitchens, attics and an old laundromat roughly four times a year - or definitely at least three. In those ten years, almost 100,000 stories have been submitted, usually in manila envelopes, mostly from unknown names living in unfamiliar corners. Approximately 400 of those stories were selected for publication. Eighteen of them appear here, wildly diverse in style and subject, from some of the finest writers of today and tomorrow. Several typos have been removed.