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  • 120 DAYS OF SODOM
    120 DAYS OF SODOM
    DE SADE MARQUIS
    ISBN: 9780141394343
    Title: 120 DAYS OF SODOM
    Author: DE SADE MARQUIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new translation of Sade's most notorious, shocking and influential novel.

    This disturbing but hugely important text has influenced countless individuals throughout history- Flaubert and Baudelaire both read Sade; the surrealists were obsessed with him; film-makers like Pasolini saw parallels with twentieth-century history in his writings; and feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and Angela Carter clashed over him.
    This new translation brings Sade's provocative novel into Penguin Classics for the first time, and will reignite the debate around this most controversial of writers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 1984
    1984
    ORWELL GEORGE / WOOD CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781925355765
    Title: 1984
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE / WOOD CHARLOTTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Charlotte Wood.

    Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in what remains of a Britain ravaged by revolution. His every move is monitored by the Thought Police, who are responsible for detecting dissent against the Party and its leader, Big Brother-and eliminating it. When he meets Julia, Winston thinks he might have found love, and a fellow loather of the Party. But when the pair are arrested and sent to the sinister Room 101 for re-education, their bond-and commitment to their shared cause-will be tested to its limits.

    George Orwell's dystopian vision of a world enslaved by doublethink and thoughtcrime is as terrifying now as it was on its initial publication in 1949. One of the great classics of the twentieth century, 1984 is a startlingly original and arresting novel about tyranny and the universal struggle of the individual against the malevolent tendencies of the modern state.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
    ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
    TWAIN MARK
    ISBN: 9780141439648
    Title: ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
    Author: TWAIN MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tells the story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi on a raft that conveys the voice and experience of the American frontier. This is a satirical tale of childhood rebellion against hypocritical adult authority.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • AENEID
    AENEID
    VIRGIL
    ISBN: 9780140449327
    Title: AENEID
    Author: VIRGIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After half a century of civil strife in Rome and Italy, Virgil wrote The Aeneid to honour the emperor Augustus by praising Aeneas - Augustus' legendary ancestor. As a patriotic epic imitating Homer, The Aeneid also provided Rome with a literature equal to that of Greece. It tells of Aeneas, survivor of the sack of Troy, and of his seven-year journey- to Carthage, falling tragically in love with Queen Dido; then to the underworld, in the company of the Sibyl of Cumae; and finally to Italy, where he founded Rome. It is a story of defeat and exile, of love and war, hailed by Tennyson as 'the stateliest measure ever moulded by the lips of man'. David West's acclaimed prose translation is accompanied by his revised introduction and individual prefaces to the twelve books of The Aeneid.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGAINST NATURE  (A REBOURS)
    AGAINST NATURE (A REBOURS)
    HUYSMANS JORIS-KARL
    ISBN: 9780140447637
    Title: AGAINST NATURE (A REBOURS)
    Author: HUYSMANS JORIS-KARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A wildly original fin de siecle novel, Against Nature contains only one character. Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excess. Veering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and art, exotic jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), rich perfumes and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences. Against Nature, in the words of the author, exploded 'like a grenade' and has enjoyed a cult following to this day.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALADDIN : A New Translation
    ALADDIN : A New Translation
    HORTA PAULO LEMOS
    ISBN: 9781631495168
    Title: ALADDIN : A New Translation
    Author: HORTA PAULO LEMOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Long defined by film adaptations that have portrayed Aladdin as a simplistic rags-to-riches story for children, this work of dazzling imagination-and occasionally dark themes-now comes to vibrant new life. "In the capital of one of China's vast and wealthy kingdoms", begins Shahrazad, there lived Aladdin, a rebellious fifteen-year-old who falls prey to a double-crossing sorcerer and is ultimately saved by a princess.

    One of the best-loved folktales of all time, Aladdin has been capturing the imagination of readers, illustrators and filmmakers since an eighteenth-century French publication first added the tale to The Arabian Nights. Here is an elegant, eminently readable rendition of Aladdin in what is destined to be a classic for decades to come.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $35.95
    Price: $35.95
  • ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    CARROLL LEWIS
    ISBN: 9780141439761
    Title: ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    Author: CARROLL LEWIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Collecting Alice's complete adventures, a source of delight to children and adults alike for generations, the Penguin Classics edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is edited with an introduction and notes by Hugh Haughton.

    Conjured up one 'golden afternoon' in 1862 to entertain Alice Liddell, the daughter of the dean of Carroll's college, the dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom depict order turned upside-down. Following the white rabbit into his warren, Alice falls into a world where croquet is played with hedgehogs and flamingos, a baby turns into a pig, time runs amok at a the Mad Hatter's tea-party, a chaotic game of chess makes Alice a Queen and the Mock Turtle and Gryphon dance the Lobster Quadrille. But amongst the anarchic humour and sparkling wordplay, unforgettable characters, puzzles and riddles, are poignant moments of nostalgia for a lost childhood. Original and experimental, adapted into countless film and television versions as Alice in Wonderland, the Alice books give readers a window on both child and adult worlds.

    This is the most comprehensively annotated edition available and includes the manuscript version of Alice's Adventures Under Ground and Carroll's 1887 essay '"Alice" on the stage'.

    Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) was the pen-name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, Carroll was appointed lecturer in mathematics in 1855, where he spent the rest of his life. In 1861 he took deacon's orders, but shyness and a constitutional stammer prevented him from seeking the priesthood.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ALMAYERS FOLLY AND THE ROVER
    ALMAYERS FOLLY AND THE ROVER
    CONRAD JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9781840226645
    Title: ALMAYERS FOLLY AND THE ROVER
    Author: CONRAD JOSEPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the rain forests of Almayer's Folly to the Mediterranean coast of The Rover, Conrad's first and final completed novels are played out against contrasting backgrounds. Almayer, in Borneo, is hopelessly obsessed by his deluded dreams for himself and his daughter, which take no account of her falling in love with a handsome Balinese prince.

    Peyrol, the rover, returns to a France at war and finds the actions of those around him still overborne by memories of revolutionary terror. For the orphaned Lieutenant Réal and Arlette love offers release but their romance seems doomed by the demands of his naval duties.

    Conrad’s acute understanding of human psychology and its application across racial and ideological divides is the life-force of both stories.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • ANALECTS
    ANALECTS
    CONFUCIUS
    ISBN: 9780140443486
    Title: ANALECTS
    Author: CONFUCIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Analects are a collection of Confucius’s sayings brought together by his pupils shortly after his death in 497 BC. Together they express a philosophy, or a moral code, by which Confucius, one of the most humane thinkers of all time, believed everyone should live. Upholding the ideals of wisdom, self-knowledge, courage and love of one’s fellow man, he argued that the pursuit of virtue should be every individual’s supreme goal. And, while following the Way, or the truth, might not result in immediate or material gain, Confucius showed that it could nevertheless bring its own powerful and lasting spiritual rewards.

    This edition contains a detailed introduction exploring the concepts of the original work, a bibliography and glossary and appendices on Confucius himself, The Analects and the disciples who compiled them.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANCIEN REGIME AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
    ANCIEN REGIME AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
    DE TOCQUEVILLE ALEXIS
    ISBN: 9780141441641
    Title: ANCIEN REGIME AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
    Author: DE TOCQUEVILLE ALEXIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Ancien Régime and the Revolution is a comparison of revolutionary France and the despotic rule it toppled. Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–59) is an objective observer of both periods – providing a merciless critique of the ancien régime, with its venality, oppression and inequality, yet acknowledging the reforms introduced under Louis XVI, and claiming that the post-Revolution state was in many ways as tyrannical as that of the King; its once lofty and egalitarian ideals corrupted and forgotten. Writing in the 1850s, Tocqueville wished to expose the return to despotism he witnessed in his own time under Napoleon III, by illuminating the grand, but ultimately doomed, call to liberty made by the French people in 1789. His eloquent and instructive study raises questions about liberty, nationalism and justice that remain urgent today.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANNA KARENINA
    ANNA KARENINA
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9780140449174
    Title: ANNA KARENINA
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Their subsequent affair scandalizes society and family alike, and soon brings jealousy and bitterness in its wake. Contrasting with this tale of love and self-destruction is the vividly observed story of Levin, a man striving to find contentment and a meaning to his life - and also a self-portrait of Tolstoy himself.

    This translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky has been acclaimed as the definitive English version of Tolstoy's masterpiece.

    The volume contains an introduction and a preface by John Bayley.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ARABIAN SANDS
    ARABIAN SANDS
    THESIGER WILFRED
    ISBN: 9780141442075
    Title: ARABIAN SANDS
    Author: THESIGER WILFRED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Wilfred Thesiger spent five years wandering the deserts of Arabia, producing Arabian Sands, 'a memorial to a vanished past, a tribute to a once magnificent people'. The Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Rory Stewart.
    Wilfred Thesiger, repulsed by what he saw as the softness and rigidity of Western life - 'the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets' - spent years exploring in and around the vast, waterless desert that is the 'Empty Quarter' of Arabia. Travelling amongst the Bedu people, he experienced their everyday challenges of hunger and thirst, the trials of long marches beneath the relentless sun, the bitterly cold nights and the constant danger of death if it was discovered he was a Christian 'infidel'. He was the first European to visit most of the region, and just before he left the area the process that would change it forever had begun - the discovery of oil.

    This edition contains an introduction by Rory Stewart discussing the dangers of Thesiger's travels, his unconventional personality and his insights into the Bedouin way of life.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
    AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
    VERNE JULES
    ISBN: 9780140449068
    Title: AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
    Author: VERNE JULES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions 20,000 pounds that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days – and he is determined not to lose. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, the reserved Englishman immediately sets off for Dover, accompanied by his hot-blooded French manservant Passepartout. Travelling by train, steamship, sailing boat, sledge and even elephant, they must overcome storms, kidnappings, natural disasters, Sioux attacks and the dogged Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard – who believes that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England – to win the extraordinary wager. Around the World in Eighty Days gripped audiences on its publication and remains hugely popular, combining exploration, adventure and a thrilling race against time.

    Michael Glencross's lively translation is accompanied by an introduction by Brian Aldiss which places Jules Verne's work in its literary and historical context. There is also a detailed chronology, notes and further reading.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARSENE LUPIN OMNIBUS
    ARSENE LUPIN OMNIBUS
    LEBLANC MAURICE
    ISBN: 9781840226874
    Title: ARSENE LUPIN OMNIBUS
    Author: LEBLANC MAURICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by David Stuart Davies.

    Enter Arsene Lupin, Gentleman – Cambrioleur, the "Prince of Thieves", one of the most daring and dashing individuals who ever lifted a diamond necklace from under the noses of the authorities. Young and handsome, laughing his way through difficulties and danger, Lupin is also the master of disguise and languages. His sense of humour and conceit make life difficult for the police who attribute most of the major crimes in France to Lupin and his gang of ruffians and urchins.

    Maurice Leblanc's stories are lively and witty, occasionally taking on the air of burlesque, especially when Lupin pits his wits against the English detective named variously "Holmlock Shears" and "Herlock Sholmes’".

    These are significant tales in the history of crime fiction but, more importantly, they are great fun.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • ART OF THE SAMURAI
    ART OF THE SAMURAI
    TSUNETOMO YAMAMOTO
    ISBN: 9781627951289
    Title: ART OF THE SAMURAI
    Author: TSUNETOMO YAMAMOTO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    In today’s times, with it’s plethora of quick-fix self help books, which for the most part seem to excel in non-directive, mundane advice, it is a pleasure to read a book that reaches back through the centuries to offer sound advice on how to live your life. It is this particular aspect that places it above Sun Tzu’s ’Art of War’ and Musashi’s ’Book of Five Rings’, all fine books, but more designed for group or individual warfare tactics.

    This masterpiece of the former samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo is a treatise written 300 years ago, preserved for generations in northern Kyushu by warrior chiefs as moral and practical instruction for themselves and their samurai retainers. Closely guarded as secret teachings and shown only to a chosen few, the manuscript became generally available only in the postsamurai Meiji era (1868 onwards). The Hagakure offers a fascinating insight into Japanese ”warrior-ness”. This was a culture in which death was embraced rather than feared. Yamamoto tells his readers how to foster courage, how to serve selflessly, how to become a skilled master of your own destiny, and how to infuse life with beauty while acknowledging its transience. Yamamoto’s penetrating insights and profound aphorisms reflect important moral principles that still apply to us today. This illustrated edition of the ancient classic will enlighten anyone with an interest in Japanese culture and world literature.

    Imprint: SHELTER HARBOR PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF WAR
    ART OF WAR
    SUN TZU
    ISBN: 9780143105756
    Title: ART OF WAR
    Author: SUN TZU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For more than two thousand years, Sun-tzu's The Art of War has provided leaders with essential advice on battlefield tactics, managing troops and terrain, and employing cunning and deception. An elemental part of Chinese culture, it has also become a touchstone for the Western struggle for survival and success, whether in battle, in business or in relationships. Now, in this crisp, accessible new translation, John Minford brings this seminal work to life for today's readers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
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