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  • 100 SELECTED STORIES
    100 SELECTED STORIES
    HENRY O
    ISBN: 9781853262418
    Title: 100 SELECTED STORIES
    Author: HENRY O
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This selection of a hundred of O. Henry’s succinct tales displays the range, humour and humanity of a perennially popular short-story writer.

    Here Henry gives a richly colourful and exuberantly entertaining panorama of social life, ranging from thieves to tycoons, from the streets of New York to the prairies of Texas.

    These stories are famed for their 'trick endings' or 'twists in the tail': repeatedly the plot twirls adroitly, compounding ironies. Indeed, O. Henry’s cunning plots surpass those of the ingenious rogues he creates. His style is genial, lively and witty, displaying a virtuoso’s command of language and allusion.

    This great collection offers delights for the mind, imagination and emotions.

    Stories include:

    The Gift of the Magi
    The Cop and the Anthem
    The Last Leaf
    The Duplicity of Hargreaves
    A Retrieved Reformation
    And many more...

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • 1984
    1984
    ORWELL GEORGE / WOOD CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781925355765
    Title: 1984
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE / WOOD CHARLOTTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Charlotte Wood.

    Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in what remains of a Britain ravaged by revolution. His every move is monitored by the Thought Police, who are responsible for detecting dissent against the Party and its leader, Big Brother-and eliminating it. When he meets Julia, Winston thinks he might have found love, and a fellow loather of the Party. But when the pair are arrested and sent to the sinister Room 101 for re-education, their bond-and commitment to their shared cause-will be tested to its limits.

    George Orwell's dystopian vision of a world enslaved by doublethink and thoughtcrime is as terrifying now as it was on its initial publication in 1949. One of the great classics of the twentieth century, 1984 is a startlingly original and arresting novel about tyranny and the universal struggle of the individual against the malevolent tendencies of the modern state.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • ADVENTURES AND MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
    ADVENTURES AND MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
    DOYLE ARTHUR CONAN
    ISBN: 9781853260339
    Title: ADVENTURES AND MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
    Author: DOYLE ARTHUR CONAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "My name is Sherlock Holmes. it is my business to know what other people don't know."

    'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' first introduced Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant detective the readers of The Strand Magazine. In these twenty three tales, collected here in one volume, you have some of the best detective yarns ever penned. In his consulting room at 221B Baker Street, the master sleuth receives a stream of clients all presenting him with baffling and bizarre mysteries to unravel. There is, for example, the man who is frightened for his life because of the arrival of an envelope containing five orange pips; there is the terrified woman who is aware that her life is in danger and cannot explain the whistling sounds she hears in the night; and there is the riddle of the missing butler and the theft of an ancient treasure. In the last story, there is the climactic battle between Holmes and his arch enemy, 'the Napoleon of Crime' Professor Moriarty. Holmes, with trusty Watson by his side, is equal to these and the other challenges in this splendid collection.

    This edition contains the original illustrations from Strand Magazine drawn by Sidney Paget.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • AENEID
    AENEID
    VIRGIL
    ISBN: 9780140449327
    Title: AENEID
    Author: VIRGIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After half a century of civil strife in Rome and Italy, Virgil wrote The Aeneid to honour the emperor Augustus by praising Aeneas - Augustus' legendary ancestor. As a patriotic epic imitating Homer, The Aeneid also provided Rome with a literature equal to that of Greece. It tells of Aeneas, survivor of the sack of Troy, and of his seven-year journey- to Carthage, falling tragically in love with Queen Dido; then to the underworld, in the company of the Sibyl of Cumae; and finally to Italy, where he founded Rome. It is a story of defeat and exile, of love and war, hailed by Tennyson as 'the stateliest measure ever moulded by the lips of man'. David West's acclaimed prose translation is accompanied by his revised introduction and individual prefaces to the twelve books of The Aeneid.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALADDIN : A New Translation
    ALADDIN : A New Translation
    HORTA PAULO LEMOS
    ISBN: 9781631495168
    Title: ALADDIN : A New Translation
    Author: HORTA PAULO LEMOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: January 2019 New Release

    Long defined by film adaptations that have portrayed Aladdin as a simplistic rags-to-riches story for children, this work of dazzling imagination-and occasionally dark themes-now comes to vibrant new life. "In the capital of one of China's vast and wealthy kingdoms", begins Shahrazad, there lived Aladdin, a rebellious fifteen-year-old who falls prey to a double-crossing sorcerer and is ultimately saved by a princess.

    One of the best-loved folktales of all time, Aladdin has been capturing the imagination of readers, illustrators and filmmakers since an eighteenth-century French publication first added the tale to The Arabian Nights. Here is an elegant, eminently readable rendition of Aladdin in what is destined to be a classic for decades to come.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $35.95
    Price: $35.95
  • ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
    ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
    CARROLL LEWIS
    ISBN: 9781921529023
    Title: ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
    Author: CARROLL LEWIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A newly illustrated edition of this classic tale by one of Australia s greatest children s book illustrators.

    A new edition of Lewis Carroll s classic book, Alice s Adventures in Wonderland, featuring illustrations by Robert Ingpen. It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    CARROLL LEWIS
    ISBN: 9780141439761
    Title: ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    Author: CARROLL LEWIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Collecting Alice's complete adventures, a source of delight to children and adults alike for generations, the Penguin Classics edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is edited with an introduction and notes by Hugh Haughton.

    Conjured up one 'golden afternoon' in 1862 to entertain Alice Liddell, the daughter of the dean of Carroll's college, the dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom depict order turned upside-down. Following the white rabbit into his warren, Alice falls into a world where croquet is played with hedgehogs and flamingos, a baby turns into a pig, time runs amok at a the Mad Hatter's tea-party, a chaotic game of chess makes Alice a Queen and the Mock Turtle and Gryphon dance the Lobster Quadrille. But amongst the anarchic humour and sparkling wordplay, unforgettable characters, puzzles and riddles, are poignant moments of nostalgia for a lost childhood. Original and experimental, adapted into countless film and television versions as Alice in Wonderland, the Alice books give readers a window on both child and adult worlds.

    This is the most comprehensively annotated edition available and includes the manuscript version of Alice's Adventures Under Ground and Carroll's 1887 essay '"Alice" on the stage'.

    Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) was the pen-name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, Carroll was appointed lecturer in mathematics in 1855, where he spent the rest of his life. In 1861 he took deacon's orders, but shyness and a constitutional stammer prevented him from seeking the priesthood.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ALMAYERS FOLLY AND THE ROVER
    ALMAYERS FOLLY AND THE ROVER
    CONRAD JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9781840226645
    Title: ALMAYERS FOLLY AND THE ROVER
    Author: CONRAD JOSEPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the rain forests of Almayer's Folly to the Mediterranean coast of The Rover, Conrad's first and final completed novels are played out against contrasting backgrounds. Almayer, in Borneo, is hopelessly obsessed by his deluded dreams for himself and his daughter, which take no account of her falling in love with a handsome Balinese prince.

    Peyrol, the rover, returns to a France at war and finds the actions of those around him still overborne by memories of revolutionary terror. For the orphaned Lieutenant Réal and Arlette love offers release but their romance seems doomed by the demands of his naval duties.

    Conrad’s acute understanding of human psychology and its application across racial and ideological divides is the life-force of both stories.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • ANNA KARENINA
    ANNA KARENINA
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9780140449174
    Title: ANNA KARENINA
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Their subsequent affair scandalizes society and family alike, and soon brings jealousy and bitterness in its wake. Contrasting with this tale of love and self-destruction is the vividly observed story of Levin, a man striving to find contentment and a meaning to his life - and also a self-portrait of Tolstoy himself.

    This translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky has been acclaimed as the definitive English version of Tolstoy's masterpiece.

    The volume contains an introduction and a preface by John Bayley.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ARSENE LUPIN OMNIBUS
    ARSENE LUPIN OMNIBUS
    LEBLANC MAURICE
    ISBN: 9781840226874
    Title: ARSENE LUPIN OMNIBUS
    Author: LEBLANC MAURICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by David Stuart Davies.

    Enter Arsene Lupin, Gentleman – Cambrioleur, the "Prince of Thieves", one of the most daring and dashing individuals who ever lifted a diamond necklace from under the noses of the authorities. Young and handsome, laughing his way through difficulties and danger, Lupin is also the master of disguise and languages. His sense of humour and conceit make life difficult for the police who attribute most of the major crimes in France to Lupin and his gang of ruffians and urchins.

    Maurice Leblanc's stories are lively and witty, occasionally taking on the air of burlesque, especially when Lupin pits his wits against the English detective named variously "Holmlock Shears" and "Herlock Sholmes’".

    These are significant tales in the history of crime fiction but, more importantly, they are great fun.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • ART OF THE SAMURAI
    ART OF THE SAMURAI
    TSUNETOMO YAMAMOTO
    ISBN: 9781627951289
    Title: ART OF THE SAMURAI
    Author: TSUNETOMO YAMAMOTO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In today’s times, with it’s plethora of quick-fix self help books, which for the most part seem to excel in non-directive, mundane advice, it is a pleasure to read a book that reaches back through the centuries to offer sound advice on how to live your life. It is this particular aspect that places it above Sun Tzu’s ’Art of War’ and Musashi’s ’Book of Five Rings’, all fine books, but more designed for group or individual warfare tactics.

    This masterpiece of the former samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo is a treatise written 300 years ago, preserved for generations in northern Kyushu by warrior chiefs as moral and practical instruction for themselves and their samurai retainers. Closely guarded as secret teachings and shown only to a chosen few, the manuscript became generally available only in the postsamurai Meiji era (1868 onwards). The Hagakure offers a fascinating insight into Japanese ”warrior-ness”. This was a culture in which death was embraced rather than feared. Yamamoto tells his readers how to foster courage, how to serve selflessly, how to become a skilled master of your own destiny, and how to infuse life with beauty while acknowledging its transience. Yamamoto’s penetrating insights and profound aphorisms reflect important moral principles that still apply to us today. This illustrated edition of the ancient classic will enlighten anyone with an interest in Japanese culture and world literature.

    Imprint: SHELTER HARBOR PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF WAR
    ART OF WAR
    TZU SUN / CLEARY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780877734529
    Title: ART OF WAR
    Author: TZU SUN / CLEARY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Compiled more than 2000 years ago, this text still aims to be relevant in modern times as a book of strategy. A study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, it applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international.

    Imprint: SHAMBALA
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • ART OF WAR - THE BOOK OF LORD SHANG
    ART OF WAR - THE BOOK OF LORD SHANG
    TZU SUN
    ISBN: 9781853267796
    Title: ART OF WAR - THE BOOK OF LORD SHANG
    Author: TZU SUN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by Yuan Shibing and J.J.L.Duyvendak. With introductions by Robert Wilkinson.

    The two political classics in this book are the product of a time of intense turmoil in Chinese history. Dating from the Period of the Warring States (403-221BC), they anticipate Machiavelli's The Prince by nearly 2000 years.

    'The Art of War' is the best known of a considerable body of Chinese works on the subject. It analyses the nature of war, and reveals how victory may be ensured.

    'The Book of Lord Shang' is a political treatise for the instruction of rulers. These texts are anything but armchair strategy or ivory-tower speculation. They are serious, urgent and practical responses to the desperate situations in which they were written. They have been immensely influential both inside and outside China.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ART OF WAR : The Quintessential Collection of Military Strategy
    ART OF WAR : The Quintessential Collection of Military Strategy
    ISBN: 9781631064180
    Title: ART OF WAR : The Quintessential Collection of Military Strategy
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Collected in this elegant volume are four of the most important and influential military and political treatises in history. Originally written for a specific purpose, the principles conveyed through these strategy texts are universal and timeless, and continue to illuminate and inspire.

    Whether you approach this reading for its historical significance or choose to apply this knowledge toward achieving success in your own life, you will be enriched. This stunning clothbound hardcover features a slipcase, ribbon marker, historical timeline, and comprehensive introduction providing the reader with enlightening information on the history of each text. Includes:

    The Art of War
    In the oldest and most influential strategy text in existence, Sun Tzu's teachings (c. 6th century BC) on how to successfully respond to and handle situations of conflict is a must-read for business leaders of today.

    The Prince
    Written during the Italian Renaissance, Niccolo Machiavelli's (1469-1527) astute observations on how to read people and situations, especially for acquiring and maintaining political power, is a classic primer for politicians and business leaders alike.

    On War
    Drawing on his experience in the Prussian military, General Carl von Clausewitz's (1780-1831) examination of the realities of warfare, including its moral and psychological aspects, is required reading at military academies.

    Instructions to His Generals
    Establishing Prussia as a major force by successfully defeating French, Russian, and Austrian armies during the Seven Years' War, Frederick the Great's (1712-1786) advice on leadership, strategy, tactics, and discipline continues to be relevant.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BARNABY RUDGE
    BARNABY RUDGE
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780140437287
    Title: BARNABY RUDGE
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Offers a portrait of London's descent into anarchy, where 'King Mob' rules the streets, and innocent lives are swept up in the chaos. This is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    DOEBLIN ALFRED
    ISBN: 9780141191614
    Title: BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    Author: DOEBLIN ALFRED
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The subject of this book is the life of the former cement-worker and haulier Franz Biberkopf in Berlin. As our story begins, he has just been released from prison, where he did time for some stupid stuff, and now he is back in Berlin, determined to go straight.

    To begin with, he succeeds. But then he gets involved in a set-to with an unpredictable external agency that looks an awful lot like fate.

    To see and hear this will be worthwhile for many readers who, like Franz Biberkopf, fill out a human skin, but, again like Franz Biberkopf, happen to want more from life than a piece of bread . . .

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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