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.
Mightier than the Sword
This fifth book in the Clifton Chronicles series opens with an IRA bomb exploding during MV Buckingham’s maiden voyage – with repercussions for Emma Clifton, chairman of Barrington Shipping. Meanwhile, Harry Clifton is campaigning to free a Russian dissident author. Jeffrey Archer’s cliffhanger is read here by Alex Jennings. Unabridged.
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 Brontë’s ‘Biographical Note of Ellis and Acton Bell’.
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.
Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett's epic The Century Trilogy follows the experiences of families across the globe during the 20th century's most tumultuous events, and this final novel explores the impact of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights movement and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Read by John Lee. Abridged.
The Happy Prince and Other Stories
Comprising three collections – The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories, and A House of Pomegranates – this volume presents 13 of Wilde’s entertaining, but often dark and intellectually challenging short fictions, fables and fairy stories for adults.
Poetry of the First World War
Edited and with a substantial introduction by Marcus Clapham, this anthology is arranged alphabetically by poet and includes both obscure soldier-poets and the great writers of the war years such as Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen. A final section provides brief biographical notes on the poets.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The story of a young hobo and an escaped slave who set off to find freedom, journeying by raft down the Mississippi, started out as a sequel to Tom Sawyer, but quickly became accepted as Mark Twain’s masterpiece and one of the great works of American literature. First published in 1884.
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.
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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.