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.
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'.
Roy Stolworthy's novel is a brutal portrayal of the realities of the First World War. It tells the story of 15-year-old Thomas Elkin who accepts the blame for his brother's accidental death, takes on his identity and goes to the trenches, aiming for a glorious death in his brother's name.
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 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.
Volume Five of The Cazalet Chronicles
As this fifth volume of The Cazalet Chronicles opens, the Cazalets' beloved matriarch is dying, and with her will go the last remnants of the old life of servants, class and tradition. The next generation of Cazalets is set to take over Home Place. The author provides a brief background for readers new to the Chronicles.