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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

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Classic Cat Stories

Classic Cat Stories

Author: Various Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Cats, be they much loved pets or inscrutable creatures, lend themselves to stories and literary invention. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning pocket size classics. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is edited by Becky Brown. Classic Cat Stories is a beautiful anthology that includes fairy tales and fables from the likes of Rudyard Kipling and Charles Perrault as well as comic tales from Saki and E. F. Benson. Cats of course have always had a dark and mysterious side which is explored to chilling effect by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe in The Black Cat and H. P. Lovecraft in The Cats of Ulthar. But above all, we love them and you'll find here stories about all kinds of cats that tug at the heartstrings and which celebrate their curious ways.

Classic Dog Stories

Classic Dog Stories

Author: Various Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

From the grit of a frontier man's dog, from pampered lapdog to wayward mongrel, from faithful guard dog to strong willed pet they're all here in Classic Dog Stories - the perfect gift for dog lovers everywhere. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning pocket size classics. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is edited by Ned Halley. In this entertaining collection, dogs of all kinds are brought to life. Working dogs, dogs who are mistreated by humans, dogs who save lives and the ones that make us laugh; they all leap and bound on the page in stories by our most accomplished writers, including Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Jack London and Jerome K. Jerome.

Bad Girl

Bad Girl

Author: Vina Delmar, Simon Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Picture the 1920s in America and the first thing that comes to mind might well be Gatsby gazing at a light, or befeathered flappers hanging out in speakeasies. The glitz and glamour version of the 1920s has captivated our imagination for almost a century but, of course, plenty of women living at the time weren't enjoying a life of cocktail-strewn liberation. While moral standards were changing for many young people on both sides of the Atlantic, Vina Delmar's 1928 novel Bad Girl suggests from the title onwards that the risks associated with a bad reputation could still be alive and well. A bestseller in its day, the novel explores the realities and risks of the urban 'whirl' taking place around the novel's main protagonist Dot and her life in 1920s Harlem. Delmar debates the question, in increasingly ironic terms, of what constitutes a 'bad girl' and in doing so presents a cautionary tale about attitudes to class, premarital sex, pregnancy and childbirth in 1920s New York.

Men Like Gods

Men Like Gods

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Stephen King Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Frankenstein's Monster lives on-and so does legendary artist Bernie Wrightson's legacy-in this landmark illustrated edition of Mary Shelley's classic novel, featuring an introduction by Stephen King. Few works by comic book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson's illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983. A generation later, this magnificent pairing of art and literature is still considered to be one of the greatest achievements made by any artist in the field. This book includes the complete text of the original groundbreaking novel, and approximately fifty original full-page illustrations by Bernie Wrightson-created over a period of seven years-that continue to stun the world with their monumental beauty and uniqueness.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: Norman Rockwell Collector's Edition

Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: Norman Rockwell Collector's Edition

Author: Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/09/2020

A great American novelist, illustrated by a great American artist-now available in a collectible two-volume set In 1936, the Heritage Press, a publisher of fine editions, commissioned Norman Rockwell to illustrate Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer; four years later, they asked him to illustrate The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well. For each book, Rockwell created eight full-color paintings and numerous pen-and-ink drawings, the product of extensive on-the-ground research in Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Famously, Rockwell even tried to buy some Hannibal residents' old clothes, to dress his models in. For years, the Rockwell editions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have been unavailable in stores. Now, Abbeville Press is proud to reissue them as a handsome new clothbound set. The color plates are reproduced from new photography of Rockwell's original paintings, the typesetting has been done anew to a high standard, and new introductions-illustrated with Rockwell's rarely seen preliminary sketches-examine this unique encounter between two legendary chroniclers of America.

Soldiers' Pay

Soldiers' Pay

Author: William Faulkner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2020

Faulkner's debut novel, Soldiers' Pay (1926), is among the most memorable works to emerge from the First World War. Through the story of a wounded veteran's homecoming, it examines the impact of soldiers' return from war on the people-particularly the women-who were left behind.

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2020

Exam board: OCR, Eduqas Level & Subject: GCSE English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017 This edition of The War of the Worlds is perfect for GCSE-level students, with the complete novel, engaging introduction written by a teacher and a handy glossary at the back of the book. * Fantastic value for H G Wells The War of the Worlds book * Easy to read font in an accessible format * A new introduction provides context * Bespoke glossary explains key terms

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens, Lesley Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2020

Exam board: AQA B, Cambridge Assessment International Education Level & Subject: AS and A Level English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017, June 2021 This edition of Oliver Twist provides depth and context for A Level students, with the complete novel in an easy to read format, and a detailed introduction and bespoke glossary written by an experienced A Level teacher with academic expertise in the area. * Affordable high quality complete text of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist * Perfectly pitched introductions provide the depth and demand required by AS and A Level English * Explore the contemporary context, Charles Dickens' writing, the novel's critical reception and subsequent interpretations for a deeper reading of the text * Expand your further reading with a list of key articles and critical and theoretical texts * Improve your understanding of the novel with unfamiliar concepts and culturally-specific terms defined in the glossary

This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald, James L. W. West III Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

F. Scott Fitzgerald's romantic and witty first novel-written when he was only twenty-three years old and catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame-is now available in a beautifully designed special collector's edition. This Side of Paradise is F. Scott Fitzgerald's debut novel. The book's critical success was driven in part by the enthusiasm of reviewers, and it catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. H. L. Mencken wrote that is was the best American novel that I have seen of late. An examination of the lives and morality of post-World War I youth, this semiautobiographical story of the handsome, indulged, and idealistic Princeton student Amory Blaine brilliantly captures the rhythms and romance of Fitzgerald's university days and offers a poignant portrait of the Lost Generation.

Passing

Passing

Author: Nella Larsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Nella Larsen's distinctive and revealing novel about racial identity set in New York in 1929. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga and Alexander Skarsgard. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition of Passing features an introduction by writer and academic, Christa Holm Vogelius. Irene Redfield, married to a successful physician, enjoys a comfortable life in Harlem, New York. Reluctantly, she renews her friendship with old school friend, Clare Kendry. Clare, who like Irene is light skinned, 'passes' as white and is married to a racist white man who has no idea about Clare's racial heritage. Even though Irene knows that reigniting her friendship with Clare will lead to trouble, she can't resist allowing Irene into her world. Irene in turn wants to rekindle her bonds with the African American community of her youth. As tensions mount between friends and between couples, this taut and mesmerizing narrative spins towards an unexpected end.

Henrik Ibsen: Nine full-cast BBC radio dramatisations

Henrik Ibsen: Nine full-cast BBC radio dramatisations

Author: Henrik Ibsen Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/09/2020

Often described as 'the father of realism', Henrik Ibsen was a pioneer of modernist drama. He influenced playwrights as diverse as George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, and is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare. Included in this collection are adaptations of his tragicomic masterpiece The Wild Duck, his complex and compelling play Rosmersholm, the epic drama Brand and the tragedy John Gabriel Borkman. Ibsen's A Doll's House is relocated to 1879 India in Tanika Gupta's Audio Drama Award-winning dramatisation, while the provocative and scandalous Ghosts is adapted by Richard Eyre, with the cast of his Olivier Award-winning Almeida Theatre production. Also featured are vibrant dramatisations of Hedda Gabler, whose desperate heroine is trapped in a suffocating marriage; The Lady from the Sea, about a woman torn between security and passion; and An Enemy of the People, in which a whistleblower reveals an inconvenient truth and is vilified for it. The casts of these stunning dramas include David Threlfall, Nicholas Farrell, Helen Baxendale, Indira Varma, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter.