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  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • 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: November 2018 New Release

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HIS LAST BOW
    CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HIS LAST BOW
    DOYLE ARTHUR CONAN
    ISBN: 9781853260704
    Title: CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HIS LAST BOW
    Author: DOYLE ARTHUR CONAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With a new Introduction by David Stuart Davies.

    'Surely no man would take up my profession if it were not that danger attracts him.'

    In 'The Casebook', you can read the final twelve stories that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about his brilliant detective. They are perhaps the most unusual and the darkest that he penned. Treachery, mutilation and the terrible consequences of infidelity are just some of the themes explored in these stories, along with atmospheric touches of the gothic, involving a bloodsucking vampire, crypts at midnight and strange bones in a furnace. The collection His Last Bow features some of Sherlock Holmes' most dramatic cases, including the vicious revenge intrigue connected with 'The Red Circle' and the insidious murders in 'The Devil's Foot'. The title story recounts how Sherlock Holmes is brought out of retirement to help the government foil a German plot on the eve of the First World War. These two fascinating sets of stories make a glorious farewell to the greatest detective of them all and his erstwhile companion, Dr Watson.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • 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
  • COMPLETE FATHER BROWN STORIES
    COMPLETE FATHER BROWN STORIES
    CHESTERTON G K
    ISBN: 9781853260032
    Title: COMPLETE FATHER BROWN STORIES
    Author: CHESTERTON G K
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Father Brown, one of the most quirkily genial and lovable characters to emerge from English detective fiction, first made his appearance in The Innocence of Father Brown in 1911. That first collection of stories established G.K. Chesterton's kindly cleric in the front rank of eccentric sleuths.

    This complete collection contains all the favourite Father Brown stories, showing a quiet wit and compassion that has endeared him to many, whilst solving his mysteries by a mixture of imagination and a sympathetic worldliness in a totally believable manner.

    Stories include:

    The Blue Cross
    The Queer Feet
    The Flying Stars
    The Invisible Man
    The Honour of Israel Gow
    The Wrong Shape
    The Sins of Prince Saradine
    The Hammer of God
    The Eye of Apollo
    The Absence of Mr Glass

    and many more...

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • 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
  • CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER
    CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER
    DE QUINCEY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781853260964
    Title: CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER
    Author: DE QUINCEY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by David Ellis, University of Kent at Canterbury.

    In the first part of this famous work, published in 1821 but then revised and expanded in 1856, De Quincey vividly describes a number of experiences during his boyhood which he implies laid the foundations for his later life of helpless drug addiction.

    The second part consists of his remarkable account of the pleasures and pains of opium, ostensibly offered as a muted apology for the course his life had taken but often reading like a celebration of it. 'The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater' is thus both a classic of English autobiographical writing - the prose equivalent, in its own time, of Wordsworth's 'The Prelude or Growth of a Poet's Mind '- and at the same time a crucial text in the long history of the Western World's ambivalent relationship with hard drugs.

    Full of psychological insight and colourful descriptive writing, it surprised and fascinated De Quincey's contemporaries and has continued to exert its powerful and eccentric appeal ever since.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
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