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 Unpublished at his death, these 15 razor-sharp stories date from those early years.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.
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’.
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.
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 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.
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. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
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 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).
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.
Echo's Bones was originally intended as an end-piece for More Pricks Than Kicks (1934); but although the publisher had requested the extra story, it was declared 'a nightmare' and remained unpublished. The story of Belacqua's resurrection in all its brilliant improbability is here edited, introduced and annotated by Mark Nixon.
Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples
with Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall
Following the success of Sketches by Boz, Dickens wrote these two short collections of 'sketches' anonymously; while Sketches of Young Ladies was written by 'Quiz', posthumously revealed to be Edward Caswall. They are reprinted here with the original illustrations by Phiz and an introduction by Paul Schlicke.
Field of Honour
A country lad on the streets of Barcelona in the months leading up to the Spanish Civil War, Rafael Lopez Serrador encounters the conflicts and ideals of revolutionaries and rogues that inform and echo his own troubled coming-of-age. First published in 1943, this is the first, self-contained novel in Max Aub's celebrated six-part epic of the Spanish Civil War, The Magic Labyrinth. Translated by Gerald Martin, with an introduction by Ronald Fraser.
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 Oneworld Classics edition includes a short biography of Stevenson and his own essay on Treasure Island, 'My First Book'.