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  • COLLECTED WORKS OF NATHANAEL WEST
    COLLECTED WORKS OF NATHANAEL WEST
    WEST NATHANAEL
    ISBN: 9781840226584
    Title: COLLECTED WORKS OF NATHANAEL WEST
    Author: WEST NATHANAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction and Notes by Henry Claridge, Senior Lecturer, School of English, University of Kent at Canterbury

    The four novels gathered here constitute the complete longer works of one the most brilliant and original American writers. West’s vision of American modernity is terrifyingly comical and diagnoses the tawdriness and meretriciousness of much of American popular culture. His greatest work, 'Miss Lonelyhearts', which begins this collection, is unique in modern literature. It describes New York in the early years of the Great Depression through the point of view of an "agony aunt" who corresponds with his suffering readers in the guise of "Miss Lonelyhearts: (Are you in trouble? – Do you need advice?)’" 'A Cool Million' is, as its subtitle suggests, the "dismantling" of a myth, here a caustic satire of the "rags to riches" story . West's final novel, "The Day of the Locust", is a comic, yet apocalyptic account of the fantasies of 1930s Hollywood. This volume concludes with West's parodic and surreal first venture into fiction, 'The Dream Life of Balso Snell'.

    Henry Claridge's introduction to this new edition of West's fictional writings contextualises his work in the United States of the Great Depression, in his evocation of 1930s Hollywood (where he worked as a writer of screenplays), and in the larger context of his Eastern European Jewish background, and, particularly, his reading of Dostoyesvky. The text comes with extensive annotations, a note on the textual history of West’s writings, and a guide to further reading for both the student and the general reader.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
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  • 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...

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  • COMPLETE MAPP AND LUCIA VOL 1
    COMPLETE MAPP AND LUCIA VOL 1
    BENSON E F
    ISBN: 9781840226737
    Title: COMPLETE MAPP AND LUCIA VOL 1
    Author: BENSON E F
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Contains: 'Queen Lucia', 'Miss Mapp' and 'Lucia in London'.

    With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury.

    Lucia is one of the great comic characters in English literature. Outrageously pretentious, hypocritical and snobbish, Queen Lucia, "as by right divine" rules over the toy kingdom of 'Riseholme' based on the Cotswold village of Broadway. Her long-suffering husband Pepino is "her prince-consort", the outrageously camp Georgie is her "gentleman-in-waiting", the village green is her "parliament", and her subjects, such as Daisy Quantock, are hapless would-be 'Bolsheviks'.

    In 'Lucia in London', the prudish, manically ambitious Lucia launches herself into the louche world of London society. Her earnest determination to learn all about "modern movements" makes her the perfect comic vehicle for Benson’s free-wheeling satire of salon society, and of the dominant fads and movements of the 1920s, including vegetarianism, yoga, palmistry, Freudianism, seances, Post-Impressionist art and Christian Science.

    In his insightful Introduction Keith Carabine shows that these books are excruciatingly funny because Benson, like Jane Austen, invites the reader to view the world through the self-deluded fabrications and day-dreams of Lucia and the self-deluded chronic anger and jaundiced suspicions of Elisabeth. Carabine also concentrates on the novels' disturbing, bitchy, "camp" humour whenever "that horrid thing which Freud calls sex" is raised.

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  • COMPLETE MAPP AND LUCIA VOL 2
    COMPLETE MAPP AND LUCIA VOL 2
    BENSON E F
    ISBN: 9781840226744
    Title: COMPLETE MAPP AND LUCIA VOL 2
    Author: BENSON E F
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Contains: 'Mapp and Lucia', 'Lucia's Progress' and 'Trouble for Lucia'.

    With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury.

    These three wonderful comic novels drolly record the battle between Lucia and Elisabeth Mapp for social and cultural supremacy in the village of Tilling (based on Rye). Their constant skirmishes ensure that every game of bridge, tea or dinner-party, church service, council meeting or art–exhibition are thrilling encounters that ensure Tilling is always on "a very agreeable rack of suspense". Both Elisabeth and Lucia are gross hypocrites, snobs and bullies, the huge differences in temperament and style ensure the battle is usually unequal. Elisabeth is incurably mean-spirited and Lucia suffers from splendid delusions of grandeur and personal prestige. Driven by demons of revenge, Elisabeth always acts impulsively, and therefore every revelation of her meanness allows Lucia, the consummate actress, to kill her ally with a sickening kindness.

    In his insightful Introduction Keith Carabine shows that these books are excruciatingly funny because Benson, like Jane Austen, invites the reader to view the world through the self-deluded fabrications and day-dreams of Lucia and the self-deluded chronic anger and jaundiced suspicions of Elisabeth. Carabine also concentrates on the novels' disturbing, bitchy, "camp" humour whenever "that horrid thing which Freud calls sex" is raised.

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  • CONCISE PEPYS
    CONCISE PEPYS
    PEPYS SAMUEL
    ISBN: 9781853264788
    Title: CONCISE PEPYS
    Author: PEPYS SAMUEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction by Stuart Sim.

    Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), pronounced 'Peeps', began his celebrated diary on 1st January 1660 immediately prior to the Restoration of Charles II to the throne and the subsequent loosening of the rigid moral and social code enforced during the Puritan Commonwealth. As variously Clerk to the Council, a Member of Parliament, a prisoner in the Tower of London, twice Secretary to the Admiralty and President of the Royal Society, Pepys was in a unique position to observe and record in detail a fascinating ten-year period of English history which included not only the Restoration, but the Great Plague of 1665 and the Fire of London the following year.

    However it was not only the affairs of State which took up the great diarist's interest, for he was a regular attendant at the King's Theatre, was a hearty eater and drinker and delighted in recording his fondness for women, especially his own and his friends' young servant girls.

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  • 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

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  • CONFESSIONS
    CONFESSIONS
    ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    ISBN: 9781853264658
    Title: CONFESSIONS
    Author: ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This translation first appeared in a privately printed edition in 1904 (the translator remains anonymous). With an Introduction by Derek Matravers.

    When it was first published in 1781, 'The Confessions' scandalised Europe with its emotional honesty and frank treatment of the author's sexual and intellectual development. Since then, it has had a more profound impact on European thought. Rousseau left posterity a model of the reflective life - the solitary, uncompromising individual, the enemy of servitude and habit and the selfish egoist who dedicates his life to a particular ideal.

    'The Confessions' recreates the world in which he progressed from incompetent engraver to grand success; his enthusiasm for experience, his love of nature, and his uncompromising character make him an ideal guide to eighteenth-century Europe, and he was the author of some of the most profound work ever written on the relation between the individual and the state.

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  • 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

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  • 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.



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  • CRACKED LOOKING GLASS
    CRACKED LOOKING GLASS
    PORTER KATHERINE ANNE
    ISBN: 9780241339626
    Title: CRACKED LOOKING GLASS
    Author: PORTER KATHERINE ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    She only wished to prove to herself she was once more on a train going somewhere'

    A tender story of devotion, resentment and ennui from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
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  • CRANFORD AND SELECTED SHORT STORIES
    CRANFORD AND SELECTED SHORT STORIES
    GASKELL ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781840224511
    Title: CRANFORD AND SELECTED SHORT STORIES
    Author: GASKELL ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Professor Emeritus John Chapple, University of Hull

    The sheer variety and accomplishment of Elizabeth Gaskell’s shorter fiction is amazing. This new volume contains six of her finest stories that have been selected specifically to demonstrate this, and to trace the development of her art.

    As diverse in setting as in subject matter, these tales move from the gentle comedy of life in a small English country town in 'Dr Harrison's Confessions', to atmospheric horror in far north-west Wales with 'The Doom of the Griffiths'. The story of 'Cousin Phillis', her masterly tale of love and loss, is a subtle, complex and perceptive analysis of changes in English national life during an industrial age, while the gripping 'Lois the Witch' recreates the terrors of the Salem witchcraft trials in seventeenth-century New England, as Gaskell shrewdly shows the numerous roots of this furious outbreak of delusion. Whimsically modified fairy tales are set in a French chateau, while an engaging love story poetically evokes peasant life in wine-growing Germany.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • CUSTARD HEART
    CUSTARD HEART
    PARKER DOROTHY
    ISBN: 9780241339589
    Title: CUSTARD HEART
    Author: PARKER DOROTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Only when the littler, kinder hours had succeeded noon could she bring herself to come forth and face the recurrent sorrows of living'

    A collection of satirical short stories set in New York from the master of scathing wit Dorothy Parker.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
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