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Tender and bittersweet, these stories by Truman Capote form a captivating tribute to the Christmas season Selected from across Capote's writing life, they range from nostalgic portraits of childhood to more unsettling works that reveal the darkness beneath the festive glitter. In the Deep South of Capote's youth, a young boy, Buddy, and his beloved maiden 'aunt' Sook forage for pecans and whiskey to bake into fruitcakes, make kites - too broke to buy gifts - and rise before dawn to prepare feasts for a ragged assembly of guests; it is Sook who teaches Buddy the true meaning of good will. In other stories, an unlikely festive miracle, of sorts, occurs at a local drugstore; an eccentric young girl dreams of Hollywood; and a lonely woman has a troubling encounter in wintry New York. Brimming with feeling, these sparkling tales convey both the wonder and the chill of Christmas time.
On a foggy winter's evening in Dieppe, after the arrival of the daily ferry from England, a railway signalman habitually scrutinizes the port from his tiny, isolated cabin. When a scuffle on the quayside catches his eye, he is drawn to the scene of a brutal murder and his once quiet life changes forever. A mere observer at first, he soon finds himself fishing a briefcase from the water and in doing so he enters a feverish and secret chase. As the murderer and witness stalk and spy on each other, they gain an increasingly profound yet tacit understanding of each other until the witness becomes an accomplice. Written in 1933, soon after the successful launch of the Inspector Maigret novels, this haunting, atmospheric novel soon became a classic and the inspiration for several film and TV adaptations.
One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand - whether train or elephant - overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.
A selection of the best of Dickens' Christmas stories and writings, in one beautiful edition. It is said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas, and within these pages you'll certainly find all the elements of a quintessential traditional Christmas brought to vivid life: snowy rooftops, gleaming shop windows, steaming bowls of punch, plum puddings like speckled cannon balls, sage and onion stuffing, miracles, magic, charity and goodwill. This beautifully produced Vintage Classics edition gathers together not only Dickens' Christmas Books ('A Christmas Carol', 'The Chimes', 'The Battle of Life', 'The Cricket on the Hearth' and 'The Haunted Man') but also stories that Dickens wrote for the special seasonal editions of his periodicals All the Year Round and Household Words, and a festive tale from The Pickwick Papers. A must-have for Christmas, this edition should be as necessary to your festivities as holly, mistletoe and silver bells.
On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax. Here, Virginia Woolf perfected the interior monologue and the novel's lyricism and accessibility have made it one of her most popular works.
F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, celebrated for his penetrating and moving depiction of the American Jazz Age. This beautiful hardback collection brings together some of Fitzgerald's finest and most iconic novels, novellas and short stories, presented in a beautiful hardback treasury. Includes: * The Great Gatsby * This Side of Paradise * The Beautiful and Damned * Flappers and Philosophers * The Curious Case of Benjamin Button & Other Tales of the Jazz Age
This deluxe box-set brings together selected novels, novellas and short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, contained in five clothbound volumes with gold-foil stamping. Fitzgerald is considered one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, celebrated for his penetrating and moving depictions of the American Jazz Age. This beautiful slipcased collection contains his most iconic works such as The Great Gatsby and The Beautiful and Damned alongside lesser-known gems including 'The Offshore Pirate' and 'Ice Palace'. Includes: * The Great Gatsby * This Side of Paradise * The Beautiful and Damned * Flappers and Philosophers * The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Tales of the Jazz Age Showcasing the variety and depth of Fitzgerald's genius, this luxurious art-deco inspired box set makes a wonderful collectible of gift for any literature lover.
The magnificent attitude of not giving a damn ... and to seek the moment's happiness as fervently and persistently as possible. It's New York during the Jazz Age. Anthony and Gloria Patch are a rich and beautiful couple who drink and dance away their days in glorious decadence as they wait for an inheritance to materialize. Gloria has always relied on her beauty to get her everything she wants (including a wealthy husband), while Anthony is Harvard-educated with a yen for the finer things of life. Blinded by the notion of future wealth, they push the boat out further and further until they find themselves far from shore and baling fast. This is a brilliant study of a marriage that begins to reel under the effects of too much booze as the doomed couple fall into indolence and out of love. First published in 1922, The Beautiful and Damned drew heavily on F. Scott Fitzgerald's own life and helped established his reputation as one of the great American novelists.
This deluxe clothbound hardback presents F. Scott Fitzgerald's debut novel, This Side of Paradise. It follows the story of protagonist Amory Blaine as he attends Princeton University and later serves in the army in World War 1, whilst exploring the themes of love corrupted by greed and status seeking. As a result of the success of this novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald successfully won over and consequently married his ex-lover Zelda Sayre. Featuring gold-foil embossing and an elegant art-deco inspired cover design, this collectible edition makes a wonderful gift for any lover of classic literature.
Benjamin Button is born as an old man, but as time passes, he gradually grows younger. As he grows up, he encounters prejudice, shock and delight as he seeks to live an ordinary live. Touching and profound, 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a uniquely moving meditation on the experience of growing up. This beautiful clothbound collection also includes several of F. Scott Fitzgerald's stories set in the Roaring Twenties, which he termed the 'Jazz Age', such as 'The Jelly Bean', 'May Day' and 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'. Ranging from the farcical to the insightful, Fitzgerald presents an enlightening portrait of 1920s America in these stories while always remembering that the first duty of a writer is to entertain.
This deluxe clothbound edition presents one of the most celebrated American novels of all time, The Great Gatsby, featuring gold-foil embossing and an art-deco inspired cover design. Jay Gatsby is a mystery to Nick. On the surface he is a man of wealth and excess - throwing wild, extravagant parties that run deep into the night. But cracks begin to show in this facade as we meet Daisy Buchanan, the lady across the lake who is the object of his quiet obsession. A paragon of the Great American Novel, The Great Gatsby is a tragic love story which perfectly captures the hollow decadence of the Jazz Age. This beautiful hardback edition makes a wonderful collectable or gift for any lovers of classic literature.