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  • 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
  • BEN HUR
    BEN HUR
    WALLACE LEWIS
    ISBN: 9781853262838
    Title: BEN HUR
    Author: WALLACE LEWIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An immediate best-seller on publication, Ben Hur remains a dazzling achievement by any standards. A thoroughly exhilarating tale of betrayal, revenge and salvation, it is the only novel that ranks with Uncle Tom's Cabin as a genuine American folk possession.

    This was the book that finally overcame the inherent suspicion of fiction that still prevailed in much of America in the late nineteenth century.

    Wallace writes with a freshness and immediacy that brings every action-packed scene to life and vividly illuminates the geography, ethnology and customs of the ancient world.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • 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
  • BEST OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
    BEST OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
    DOYLE ARTHUR CONAN
    ISBN: 9781853267482
    Title: BEST OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
    Author: DOYLE ARTHUR CONAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Best of Sherlock Holmes' is a collection of twenty of the very best tales from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fifty-six short stories featuring the arch sleuth. Basing his selection around the author's own twelve personal favourites, David Stuart Davies has added a further eight sparkling stories to Conan Doyle's 'Baker Street Dozen', creating a unique volume which distils the pure essence of the world's most famous detective.

    Within these pages the reader will encounter the greatest collection of villains and the weirdest and most puzzling mysteries ever seen in print. And there at the centre, in a London swathed in eddies of fog and illuminated by gaslight, is to be found the remarkable character of Sherlock Holmes and his staunch companion, Doctor John H. Watson. Few will be able to resist this invitation to step aboard the waiting hansom cab and rattle off along cobbled streets into unimagined dangers and intrigues.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • BEST SHORT STORIES
    BEST SHORT STORIES
    DE MAUPASSANT GUY
    ISBN: 9781853261893
    Title: BEST SHORT STORIES
    Author: DE MAUPASSANT GUY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.

    Guy de Maupassant was a master of the short story. This collection displays his lively diversity, with tales that vary in theme and tone, ranging from tragedy and satire to comedy and farce. In a lucidly direct style, he provides unflinching realism and sceptical irony. He depicts the deceptions, hypocrisies and vanities at different levels of society. Prostitution is frankly described, while the harshness of war is deftly exposed.

    His tales have been televised and have influenced films, operas and rock music. Disillusioned but humane, Maupassant remains our contemporary.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • BEST SHORT STORIES - RUDYARD KIPLING
    BEST SHORT STORIES - RUDYARD KIPLING
    KIPLING RUDYARD
    ISBN: 9781853261794
    Title: BEST SHORT STORIES - RUDYARD KIPLING
    Author: KIPLING RUDYARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The diverse tales selected for this volume display the astonishing virtuosity of Rudyard Kipling's early writings. A Nobel prize-winner, Kipling was phenomenally productive and imaginative, displaying a literary mastery of idioms, technology and technical terms, exotic locations, and social range. He gained immense popularity, becoming (as these stories indicate) the knowledgeable spokesman for a wide public.

    Later, although Kipling's right-wing views increasingly incurred hostility, his creativity remained formidable. In this rich collection, we encounter bold realism, poignant nostalgia, dark comedy, the vividly horrific, the exuberantly fanciful and the disturbingly uncanny.

    Stories include:

    The Courting of Dinah Shadd / On Greenhow Hill / At the End of the Passage
    The Limitations of Pambe Serang / The Disturber of Traffic / The Finest Story in the World
    The Record of Badalia Herodsfoot / The Ship that Found Herself / The Maltese Cat
    Wireless / They / Mrs Bathurst / Below the Mill Dam

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140449235
    Title: BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age. The work dramatically rejects the traditional of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. Nietzsche seeks to demonstrate that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. With wit and energy, he turns from this critique to a philosophy that celebrates the present and demands that the individual impose their own 'will to power' upon the world.

    This edition includes a commentary on the text by the translator and Michael Tanner's introduction, which explains some of the more abstract passages in Beyond Good and Evil.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
    BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140433395
    Title: BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A compelling argument for the necessity for art in life, Nietzsche's first book is fuelled by his enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, for the philosophy of Schopenhauer and for the music of Wagner, to whom this work was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between its two central forces: the Apolline, representing beauty and order, and the Dionysiac, a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime. He believed the combination of these states produced the highest forms of music and tragic drama, which not only reveal the truth about suffering in life, but also provide a consolation for it. Impassioned and exhilarating in its conviction, The Birth of Tragedy has become a key text in European culture and in literary criticism.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BLACK BALL
    BLACK BALL
    ELLISON RALPH
    ISBN: 9780241339220
    Title: BLACK BALL
    Author: ELLISON RALPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Belonging and estrangement intertwine in these four lyrical short stories from the the author of Invisible Man.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
  • BLEAK HOUSE
    BLEAK HOUSE
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781853260827
    Title: BLEAK HOUSE
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Doreen Roberts, University of Kent at Canterbury. Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz).

    'Bleak House' is one of Dickens' finest achievements, establishing his reputation as a serious and mature novelist, as well as a brilliant comic writer. It is at once a complex mystery story that fully engages the reader in the work of detection, and an unforgettable indictment of an indifferent society. Its representations of a great city's underworld, and of the law's corruption and delay, draw upon the author's personal knowledge and experience.

    But it is his symbolic art that projects these things in a vision that embraces black comedy, cosmic farce, and tragic ruin. In a unique creative experiment, Dickens divides the narrative between his heroine, Esther Summerson, who is psychologically interesting in her own right, and an unnamed narrator whose perspective both complements and challenges hers.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES LEGENDS AND MYTHS
    BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES LEGENDS AND MYTHS
    HANSEN WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780691170152
    Title: BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES LEGENDS AND MYTHS
    Author: HANSEN WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Captured centaurs and satyrs, talking animals, people who suddenly change sex, men who give birth, the temporarily insane and the permanently thick-witted, delicate sensualists, incompetent seers, a woman who remembers too much, a man who cannot laugh--these are just some of the colorful characters who feature in the unforgettable stories that ancient Greeks and Romans told in their daily lives. Together they created an incredibly rich body of popular oral stories that include, but range well beyond, mythology--from heroic legends, fairy tales, and fables to ghost stories, urban legends, and jokes. This unique anthology presents the largest collection of these tales ever assembled. Featuring nearly four hundred stories in authoritative and highly readable translations, this is the first book to offer a representative selection of the entire range of traditional classical storytelling.


    Set mostly in the world of humans, not gods, these stories focus on figures such as lovers, tricksters, philosophers, merchants, rulers, athletes, artists, and soldiers. The narratives range from the well-known--for example, Cupid and Psyche, Diogenes and his lantern, and the tortoise and the hare--to lesser-known tales that deserve wider attention. Entertaining and fascinating, they offer a unique window into the fantasies, anxieties, humor, and passions of the people who told them.


    Complete with beautiful illustrations by Glynnis Fawkes, a comprehensive introduction, notes, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology will delight general readers as well as students of classics, fairy tales, and folklore.

    Imprint: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRES
    RRP: $78.00

    Price: $78.00
  • BREAKTHROUGH
    BREAKTHROUGH
    DU MAURIER DAPHNE
    ISBN: 9780241339206
    Title: BREAKTHROUGH
    Author: DU MAURIER DAPHNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Dispatch the maimed, the old, the weak, destroy the very world itself, for what is the point of life if the promise of fulfilment lies elsewhere?

    On the windswept coast of rural Suffolk, a deranged scientist attempts to extract the essence of life itself.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50
    Price: $2.50
  • CALL OF THE WILD AND WHITE FANG
    CALL OF THE WILD AND WHITE FANG
    LONDON JACK
    ISBN: 9781853260261
    Title: CALL OF THE WILD AND WHITE FANG
    Author: LONDON JACK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Call of the Wild' (1903) and 'White Fang'(1906) are world famous animal stories.

    Set in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s, 'The Call of the Wild' is about Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Stolen from his pampered life on a Californian estate and shipped to the Klondike to work as a sledge dog, he triumphs over his circumstances and becomes the leader of a wolf pack. The story records the "decivilisation" of Buck as he answers 'the call of the wild', an inherent memory of primeval origins to which he instinctively responds.

    In contrast, 'White Fang' relates the tale of a wolf born and bred in the wild which is civilised by the master he comes to trust and love. The brutal world of the Klondike miners and their dogs is brilliantly evoked and Jack London's rendering of the sentient life of Buck and White Fang as they confront their destiny is enthralling and convincing. The deeper resonance of these stories derives from the author's use of the myth of the hero who survives by strength and courage, a powerful myth that still appeals to our collective unconscious.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • CANDIDE AND OTHER WORKS
    CANDIDE AND OTHER WORKS
    VOLTAIRE
    ISBN: 9781840227307
    Title: CANDIDE AND OTHER WORKS
    Author: VOLTAIRE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by James Fowler, Senior Lecturer in French, University of Kent.

    Voltaire is held to be one of the three greatest French writers of the eighteenth century. He fought against religious persecution, bigotry and injustice throughout his life, and has often been seen as one of the thinkers who prepared the way for the French Revolution. This volume contains: 'Zadig' (1748), the story of a young man who becomes king of Babylon; 'Candide' (1759), Voltaire’s most famous tale of all; and (in a new translation) 'The Ingenu' (1767), in which the hero, raised by Huron Indians, discovers the ways of Europe. The heroes of these tales are young, handsome, talented, and naïve. All three are animated by Voltaire’s sparkling wit, but also by his dark satire of ancien regime society.

    The volume closes with a new translation of 'Nanine', Voltaire’s three-act comedy which was seen, first as dangerously meritocratic, then as anti-revolutionary. The hero falls in love with a servant girl: but will he overcome society’s prejudice and marry her?

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • CANTERBURY TALES
    CANTERBURY TALES
    CHAUCER GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9781840226928
    Title: CANTERBURY TALES
    Author: CHAUCER GEOFFREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    During his life, Geoffrey Chaucer (born c.1340) was courtier, diplomat, revenue collector, administrator, negotiator, overseer of building projects, landowner and knight of the shire. He was servant, retainer, husband, friend and father. Whilst he was doing and ‘being’ all of these things, he was writing. Not only did he write in English - for princes, friends, family and, presumably, for his own pleasure – but his knowledge of French and Italian enabled him to engage with the works of notable French poets such as Eustache Deschamps, and also with the Italian works of Petrarch, Dante and Boccaccio, an understanding which he used to enrich and develop his own language.

    It was Boccaccio's Decameron which inspired Chaucer, in the 1390s, to begin work on 'The Canterbury Tales', which was still unfinished at his death in October 1400. It tells the story of a group of 30 pilgrims who meet at the Tabard Inn in Southwark, on the south bank of the Thames opposite the city of London, and travel together to visit the then famous shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury cathedral. The tavern host, who accompanies them, suggests that they amuse one another along the way by telling stories. There will be a prize for this: the best storyteller will get a free meal in the tavern on their return. The stories told by the pilgrims range from bawdy comedies through saints' lives and moral tracts to courtly romances, but are always delivered with a generous helping of Chaucer’s own sly wit and ironic humour. Although based on the stereotypes of ‘estates satire’, his pilgrims appear as individuals who can be recognised by their audience. Chaucer succeeds in his aim of producing an overview of his times and their culture, for posterity, in the manner of Italian, proto-Renaissance, writers. In the decades after his death, Chaucer was recognised and elevated by a new generation of writers to a position of prominence in the emerging canon of English writing, from which he ultimately became known as ‘the Father of English Literature’.

    This transcription and edition is taken from British Library MS Harley 7334, produced within ten years of Chaucer’s death. The aim of this edition, with on-page notes and glosses, is to enable readers with little or no previous experience of Medieval English to read and enjoy this landmark in English Literature.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • CAPITAL : A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production: Volume One and Two
    CAPITAL : A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production: Volume One and Two
    MARX KARL
    ISBN: 9781840226997
    Title: CAPITAL : A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production: Volume One and Two
    Author: MARX KARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Mark G. Spencer, Brock University, Ontario, Canada. This edition includes both Volumes One and Two.

    Few writers have had a more demonstrable impact on the development of the modern world than has Karl Marx (1818-1883). Born in Trier into a middle-class Jewish family in 1818, by the time of his death in London in 1883, Marx claimed a growing international reputation. Of central importance then and later was his book DAS KAPITAL, or, as it is known to English readers, simply CAPITAL.

    Volume One of CAPITAL was published in Paris in 1867. This was the only volume published during Marx's lifetime and the only to have come directly from his pen.

    Volume Two, published in 1884, was based on notes Marx left, but written by his friend and collaborator, Friedrich Engels (1820-1895).

    Readers from the nineteenth century to the present have been captivated by the unmistakable power and urgency of this classic of world literature. Marx's critique of the capitalist system is rife with big themes: his theory of 'surplus value', his discussion of the exploitation of the working class, and his forecast of class conflict on a grand scale. Marx wrote with purpose. As he famously put it, 'Philosophers have previously tried to explain the world, our task is to change it.'

    Imprint: WORDS & MUSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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