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  • 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
  • DE PROFUNDIS : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL AND OTHER WRITINGS
    DE PROFUNDIS : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL AND OTHER WRITINGS
    WILDE OSCAR
    ISBN: 9781840224016
    Title: DE PROFUNDIS : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL AND OTHER WRITINGS
    Author: WILDE OSCAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    De Profundis is Wilde's eloquent and bitter reproach from prison to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. He contrasts his behaviour with that of his close friend Robert Ross who became Wilde's literary executor. The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a deeply moving and characteristically generous poem on the horrors of prison life, which was published anonymously in 1898. This collection also includes the essay The Soul of Man under Socialism and two of his Platonic dialogues, The Decay of Lying and The Critic as Artist.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • DEAD SOULS
    DEAD SOULS
    GOGOL NIKOLAI
    ISBN: 9780140448078
    Title: DEAD SOULS
    Author: GOGOL NIKOLAI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the provincial town of 'N', visiting a succession of landowners and making each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these souls as collateral to re-invent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov. Dead Souls, Russia s first major novel, is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEATH OF IVAN IILICH AND OTHER STORIES
    DEATH OF IVAN IILICH AND OTHER STORIES
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9781840224535
    Title: DEATH OF IVAN IILICH AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Dr T.C.B.Cook.

    Count Leo Tolstoy is best known for 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina', commonly regarded as amongst the greatest novels ever written. He also, however, wrote many masterly short stories, and this volume contains four of the longest and best in distinguished translations that have stood the test of time.

    In the early story 'Family Happiness', Tolstoy explores courtship and marriage from the point of view of a young wife. In 'The Kreutzer Sonata' he gives us a terrifying study of marital breakdown, in The Devil a powerful depiction of the power of sexual temptation, and, in perhaps the finest of all, 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich', he portrays the long agony of a man gradually coming to terms with his own mortality.

    This volume also includes an Introduction and Notes written specially for this Wordsworth edition by Dr Tim Cook, formely lecturer in literature at the Universities of Kingston and Ulster. Previous work contributed by Dr Cook for Wordsworth includes an introduction and notes to Charles Dickens' 'Nicholas Nickleby'.

    Other Stories include:

    Family Happiness
    The Kreutzer Sonata
    Afterword by the Author
    The Devil

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • DEERSLAYER
    DEERSLAYER
    COOPER JAMES FENIMORE
    ISBN: 9781853265525
    Title: DEERSLAYER
    Author: COOPER JAMES FENIMORE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.

    'The Deerslayer' is the culmination of James Fenimore Cooper's "Leather-Stocking" novels, featuring Natty Bumppo (the deer-slaying young frontiersman) and the Mohican chief, Chingachgook. Cooper portrays the hubris of the conquest of a vast territory.

    The action takes place during the American wars of the 1740s. Natty and his friend Harry attempt to save a trapper and two young women, whose floating fort on Lake Glimmerglass is besieged by the ruthless Iroquois. The tension steadily increases to the point at which a cruel outcome seems inevitable.

    The exciting action, the romantic potentialities and the knowledgeable evocation of frontier life (with its moral and racial conflicts) have made this novel a perennial favourite. The courageous Natty, with his problematic values, has set the precedent for countless American heroes. Culturally, 'The Deerslayer' has proved to be a powerfully influential work.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA - ABRIDGED
    DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA - ABRIDGED
    TOCQUEVILLE ALEXIS DE
    ISBN: 9781853264801
    Title: DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA - ABRIDGED
    Author: TOCQUEVILLE ALEXIS DE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Abridged, with an Introduction by Patrick Renshaw.

    'Democracy in America' is a classic of political philosophy. Hailed by John Stuart Mill and Horace Greely as the finest book ever written on the nature of democracy, it continues to be an influential text on both sides of the Atlantic, above all in the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe.

    De Tocqueville examines the structures, institutions and operation of democracy, and shows how Europe can learn from American success and failures. His central theme is the advancement of the rule of the people, but he also predicts that slavery will bring about the 'most horrible of civil wars', foresees that the USA and Russia will be the Superpowers of the twentieth century, and is 150 years ahead of his time in his views on the position and importance of women.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • DEVILS
    DEVILS
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9781840220995
    Title: DEVILS
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by Constance Garnett with an Introduction by A.D.P. Briggs.

    In 1869 a young Russian was strangled, shot through the head and thrown into a pond. His crime? A wish to leave small group of violent revolutionaries, from which he had become alienated. Dostoevsky takes this real-life catastrophe as the subject and culmination of 'Devils', a title that refers the young radicals themselves and also to the materialistic ideas that possessed the minds of many thinking people Russian society at the time.

    The satirical portraits of the revolutionaries, with their naivety, ludicrous single-mindedness and readiness for murder and destruction, might seem exaggerated - until we consider their all-too-recognisable descendants in the real world ever since. The key figure in the novel, however, is beyond politics. Nikolay Stavrogin, another product of rationalism run wild, exercises his charisma with ruthless authority and total amorality. His unhappiness is accounted for when he confesses to a ghastly sexual crime - in a chapter long suppressed by the censor.

    This prophetic account of modern morals and politics, with its fifty-odd characters, amazing events and challenging ideas, is seen by some critics as Dostoevsky's masterpiece.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.99

    Price: $6.99
  • DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES
    DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES
    FITZGERALD F SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781853262128
    Title: DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: FITZGERALD F SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz' is an ominous fable about the pursuit of great wealth. Readers will be transported to a fabulous fantasy land of such opulence that its very existence has to remain a jealously guarded secret.

    Fatal consequences lie in store for 'bona fide' guests and uninvited visitors alike, while the sybaritic luxury of the place is evoked in an effortless prose style which is quintessentially F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    Also featured in this volume are 'The Cut-Glass Bowl', 'May Day', 'The Rich Boy', 'Crazy Sunday', 'An Alcoholic Case', 'The Lees of Happiness', 'The Lost Decade' and 'Babylon Revisited'.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI
    DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI
    MURASAKI LADY
    ISBN: 9780140435764
    Title: DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI
    Author: MURASAKI LADY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c. 973-c. 1020), author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi. Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace - the auspicious birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor's consorts, with sharp criticism of Murasaki's fellow ladies-in-waiting and drunken courtiers, and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, Michinaga. The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology - her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and pensive melancholy.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS
    DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS
    PEPYS SAMUEL
    ISBN: 9781841593791
    Title: DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS
    Author: PEPYS SAMUEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) began writing in 1660 he was a young clerk living in London, struggling to pay his rent. Over the next nine years as he kept his journal, he rose to be a powerful naval administrator. He became eyewitness to some of the most significant events in seventeenth-century English history, among them, the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 (he was in the ship that brought back Charles II from exile), the plague that ravaged the capital in 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666, described with poetry and horror. Pepys's diary gives vivid descriptions of spectacular events, but much of the richness of the diary lies in the details it provides about the minor dramas of daily life. While Pepys was keen to hear the King's views, he was also ready to talk with a soldier, a housekeeper, or a child rag-picker. He records with searing frankness his tumultuous personal and professional life- the pleasures and frustrations of his marriage, together with his infidelities, his ambitions, and his power schemes. All of this was set down in shorthand, to protect it from prying eyes. The result is a lively, often astonishing, diary and an unrivalled account of life in seventeenth-century London.

    Imprint: EVERYMAN HARDBACKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • DISCOURSES AND SELECTED WRITINGS
    DISCOURSES AND SELECTED WRITINGS
    EPICTETUS
    ISBN: 9780140449464
    Title: DISCOURSES AND SELECTED WRITINGS
    Author: EPICTETUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Epictetus, a Greek stoic and freed slave, ran a thriving philosophy school in Nicropolis in the early second century AD. His animated discussions were celebrated for their rhetorical wizardry and were written down by Arrian, his most famous pupil. Together with the Enchiridion, a manual of his main ideas, and the fragments collected here, The Discourses argue that happiness lies in learning to perceive exactly what is in our power to change and what is not, and in embracing our fate to live in harmony with god and nature. In this personal, practical guide to the ethics of stoicism and moral self-improvement, Epictetus tackles questions of freedom and imprisonment, illness and fear, family, friendship and love, and leaves an intriguing document of daily life in the classical world.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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