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  • BLEAK HOUSE
    BLEAK HOUSE
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780141439723
    Title: BLEAK HOUSE
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the interminable case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs; Esther Summerson, a ward of court, whose parentage is a source of deepening mystery; the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn; the determined sleuth Inspector Bucket; and even Jo, the destitute little crossing-sweeper. A savage, but often comic, indictment of a society that is rotten to the core, Bleak House is one of Dickens's most ambitious novels, with a range that extends from the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to the poorest of London slums. This edition follows the first edition in book form on 1853. Terry Eagleton's preface examines characterisation and considers Bleak House as an early work of detective fiction.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BOOK OF FIVE RINGS : A Definitive Translation of the Timeless Masterpiece of Japan's Greatest Samurai
    BOOK OF FIVE RINGS : A Definitive Translation of the Timeless Masterpiece of Japan's Greatest Samurai
    MUSASHI MIYAMOTO
    ISBN: 9784805314760
    Title: BOOK OF FIVE RINGS : A Definitive Translation of the Timeless Masterpiece of Japan's Greatest Samurai
    Author: MUSASHI MIYAMOTO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The culmination of 25 years of research, Alex Bennett's ground-breaking new English translation of The Book of Five Rings reveals the true meaning of the original.

    Miyamoto Musashi (1584–1645) is the most famous Samurai who ever lived. His magnum opus, the Go-Rin-Sho or Book of Five Rings is a classic that is still read by tens of thousands of people each year—Japanese and foreigners alike. Alex Bennett's groundbreaking new translation of The Book of Five Ringsreveals the true meaning of this text for the first time. Like Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Musashi's book offers unique insights not just for warriors but for anyone wanting to apply the Zen Buddhist principles of awareness and "no mind" to achieve success in their endeavors. This book sheds new light on Japanese history and on the philosophical meaning of Bushido—the ancient "code of the Japanese warrior."

    Imprint: TUTTLE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $69.00

    Price: $69.00
  • BOOK OF RAM
    BOOK OF RAM
    PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    ISBN: 9780143424604
    Title: BOOK OF RAM
    Author: PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    He is Eka-vachani, a king who always keeps his word; Eka-bani, an archer who strikes his target with the first arrow; and Eka-patni, a husband who is eternally and absolutely devoted to a single wife. He is maryada purushottam Ram, the supreme upholder of social values, the scion of the Raghu clan, jewel of the solar dynasty, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, God who establishes order in worldly life. Hindus believe that in stressful and tumultuous times chanting Ram’s name and hearing his tale, the Ramayan, brings stability, hope, peace and prosperity. Reviled by feminists, appropriated by politicians, Ram remains serene in his majesty, the only Hindu deity to be worshipped as a king.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
    BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780140449242
    Title: BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The murder of brutal landowner Fyodor Karamazov changes, the lives of his sons irrevocably: Mitya, the sensualist, whose bitter rivalry with his father immediately places him under suspicion for parricide; Ivan the intellectual, whose mental tortures drive him to breakdown; the spiritual Alyosha, who tries to heal the family's rifts; and the shadowy figures of their bastard half-brother Smerdyakov. As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky's dark masterwork evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil blur, and everyone's faith in humanity is tested.

    This powerful translation of The Brothers Karamazov features an introduction highlighting Dostoyevsky's recurrent themes of guilt and salvation, with a new chronology and further reading.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CALL OF THE WILD WHITE FANG AND OTHER STORIES
    CALL OF THE WILD WHITE FANG AND OTHER STORIES
    LONDON JACK
    ISBN: 9780140186512
    Title: CALL OF THE WILD WHITE FANG AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: LONDON JACK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The biting cold and the aching silence of the far North become an unforgettable backdrop for Jack London's vivid, rousing, superbly realistic wilderness adventure stories featuring the author's unique knowledge of the Yukon and the behavior of humans and animals facing nature at its cruelest.

    Includes Batard, The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Love of Life



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99
    Price: $12.99
  • CANDIDE OR OPTIMISM
    CANDIDE OR OPTIMISM
    VOLTAIRE FRANCOIS-MARIC
    ISBN: 9780140455106
    Title: CANDIDE OR OPTIMISM
    Author: VOLTAIRE FRANCOIS-MARIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world. And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them - earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder - sorely testing the young hero's optimism.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9781840220964
    Title: COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    Author: MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an introduction by Dr. Laurence Marlow.

    A spectre is haunting Europe (and the world). Not, in the twenty-first century, the spectre of communism, but the spectre of capitalism. Marx's prediction that the state would wither away of its own accord has proved inaccurate, and he did not foresee the tyrannies which have ruled large parts of the globe in his name. Indeed, he would have been appalled if he had witnessed them. But his analysis of the evils and dangers of raw capitalism is as correct now as when it was written, and some of his suggestions (progressive income tax, abolition of child labour, free education for all children) are now accepted with little question.

    In a world where capitalism is no longer held in check by fear of a communist alternative, 'The Communist Manifesto' (with Socialism Utopian and Scientific, Engels's brief and clear exposition of Marxist thought) is essential reading.

    'The Condition of the Working Class in England' is Engels's first, and probably best-known, book. With Henry Mayhew's 'London Labour and the London Poor', it was and is the outstanding study of the working class in Victorian England.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • COMPLETE ESSAYS
    COMPLETE ESSAYS
    DE MONTAIGNE MICHEL / SCREECH [TRAN
    ISBN: 9780140446043
    Title: COMPLETE ESSAYS
    Author: DE MONTAIGNE MICHEL / SCREECH [TRAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1572 Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and thinking. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'assays', inspired by ideas he found in the books of his library and his own experience. He discussed subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. But, above all, Montaigne studied himself as a way of drawing out his own inner nature and that of men and women generally. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature, and provide an engaging insight into a wise Renaissance mind, which continue to give pleasure and enlightenment to modern readers.

    With its extensive introduction and notes, M. A. Screech's edition of Montaigne is widely regarded as the most distinguished of recent times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
    CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
    ATTAR FARID UD-DIN
    ISBN: 9780140444346
    Title: CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
    Author: ATTAR FARID UD-DIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The paths of God are intricate and strange' Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvellous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism - a system concerned with the search for truth through God - it describes the conference of the birds of the world when they meet to begin the search for their ideal king, the Simorgh bird. On hearing that to find him they must undertake an arduous journey, the birds soon express their reservations to their leader, the hoopoe. With eloquence and insight, however, the hoopoe calms their fears, using a series of riddling parables to provide guidance in the search for spiritual truth. By turns witty and profound, worldly and spiritual, The Conference of the Birds transforms deep belief into magnificent poetry. This edition has been updated to include translations of the poem's Prologue and Epilogue for the first time. A new introduction by Dick Davis outlines Attar's life and beliefs, discusses the poem's themes and influence, and places it in the context of Medieval literature.


    Translated by AFKHAM DARBANDI and DICK DAVIS With a new introduction by DICK DAVIS

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CONQUEST OF GAUL
    CONQUEST OF GAUL
    CAESAR JULIUS
    ISBN: 9780140444339
    Title: CONQUEST OF GAUL
    Author: CAESAR JULIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Between 58 and 50BC Caesar conquered most of the area now covered by France, Belgium and Switzerland, and twice invaded Britain. This is the record of his campaigns.

    Caesar's narrative offers insights into his military strategy & paints a fascinating picture of his encounters with the inhabitant of Gaul and Britain, as well as offering lively portraits of a number of key characters such as the rebel leaders and Gallic chieftains. This can also be read as a piece of political propaganda, as Caesar sets down his version of events for the Roman public, knowing that he faces civil war on his return to Rome.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
    COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
    DUMAS ALEXANDRE
    ISBN: 9780140449266
    Title: COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
    Author: DUMAS ALEXANDRE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialised in the 1840s. Robin Buss's lively English translation remains faithful to the style of Dumas's original. This edition includes an introduction, explanatory notes and suggestions for further reading.



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780140449136
    Title: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.

    This vivid translation by David McDuff has been acclaimed as the most accessible version of Dostoyevsky's great novel, rendering its dialogue with a unique force and naturalism.

    This edition also includes a new chronology of Dostoyevsky's life and work.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CRYSTAL EGG AND OTHER STORIES
    CRYSTAL EGG AND OTHER STORIES
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9781840227390
    Title: CRYSTAL EGG AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This volume contains a generous selection of the tales of H. G. Wells, some of them famous, some forgotten. They demonstrate his immense imaginative energy, his originality, his prophetic genius, and his mastery of a range embracing Gothic horror, social satire, lyrical reverie and Utopian fantasy. Here Wells predicts the use of the tank, the aeroplane, the parachute and the bathysphere; he depicts the arrival of monsters from the deep, and envisages the destruction of life on our planet. Nevertheless, in social comedy, Wells anticipates E. M. Forster. We also see why Wells proved to be a provocation and inspiration not only to numerous science-fiction writers but also to such eminent authors as Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges and William Golding. Entertaining, disturbing, astonishing and thought-provoking, these tales constitute a Wellsian cornucopia.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • DAISY MILLER AND OTHER STORIES
    DAISY MILLER AND OTHER STORIES
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9781853262135
    Title: DAISY MILLER AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Pat Righelato, University of Reading.

    Daisy Miller is one of Henry James's most attractive heroines: she represents youth and frivolity. As a tourist in Italy, her American freedom and freshness of spirit come up against the corruption and hypocrisy of European manners. From its first publication, readers on both sides of the Atlantic have quarrelled about her, defending or attacking the liberties that Daisy takes and the conventions that she ignores. All three tales in this collection, 'Daisy Miller', 'An International Episode' and 'Lady Barbarina', express James's most notable subject, "the international theme", the encounters, romantic and cultural, between Americans and Europeans.

    His heroes and heroines approach each other on unfamiliar ground with new freedoms, yet find themselves unexpectedly hampered by old constraints. In 'An International Episode', an English lord visiting Newport, Rhode Island, falls in love with an American girl, but their relationship becomes more complicated when she travels to London.

    In the light-hearted comedy 'Lady Barbarina', a rich young American seeks an English aristocratic bride. The unusual outcomes of these three tales pose a number of social questions about marriage and the traditional roles of men and women. Is an international marriage symbolic of the highest cultural fusion of values or is it an old style raid and capture? Is marriage to remain the feminine destination?

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DAVID COPPERFIELD
    DAVID COPPERFIELD
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780140439441
    Title: DAVID COPPERFIELD
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This is the novel Dickens regarded as his 'favourite child' and is considered his most autobiographical. As David recounts his experience from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist, Dickens draws openly and revealingly on his own life. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters are Rosa Dartle, Dora, Steerforth, and the 'umble Uriah Heep, along with Mr Micawber, a portrait of Dickens's own father which evokes the mixture of love, nostalgia and guilt.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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