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  • An Historical Mysteryby Honore de Balzac; Katharine Prescott Wormeley

    The Floating Press 2010; US$ 3.99 US$ 3.47

    Step back in history through the eyes of one of the masters of European realism. This keenly observed and utterly absorbing account of the period after Napoleon Bonaparte fell from power in nineteenth-century France is both an interesting historical document and an engrossing mystery. more...

  • The Grand Inquisitorby Fyodor Dostoevsky; Charles Guignon; Constance Garnett

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 1993; US$ 8.50

    This new edition presents The Grand Inquisitor together with the preceding chapter, Rebellion, and the extended reply offered by Dostoevsky in the following sections, entitled The Russian Monk. By showing how Dostoevsky frames the Grand Inquisitor story in the wider context of the novel, this edition captures the subtlety and power of Dostoevsky's... more...

  • The Count of Monte Cristoby Alexandre Dumas

    Random House 2011; US$ 6.99

    Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Edmond Dantès spends fourteen bitter years in a dungeon. When his daring escape plan works he uses all he has learnt during his incarceration to mastermind an elaborate plan of revenge that will bring punishment to those he holds responsible for his fate. No longer the naïve sailor who disappeared into the dark... more...

  • A Legacyby Sybille Bedford

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 15.50

    On the marriage of Julius von Felden and Melanie Merz, the fortunes of two families are somewhat fatally entwined. In A Legacy, Sybille Bedford depicts their vastly different worlds - the wealthy bourgeois life of the Merzes in Berlin and the aristocratic eccentricity of the von Felden dynasty in rural Baden. Portrayed with exquisite wit and acute... more...

  • Chessby Stefan Zweig

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 4.21

    '... a human being, an intellectual human being who constantly bends the entire force of his mind on the ridiculous task of forcing a wooden king into the corner of a wooden board, and does it without going mad!' A group of passengers on a cruise ship challenge the world chess champion to a match. At first, they crumble, until they are helped by... more...

  • Riceyman Stepsby Arnold Bennett

    Penguin Books Ltd 1999; US$ 9.86

    In the work that has been judged the finest of his later novels, (printed here in Bennett's corrected version) Arnold Bennett gives us an unfogettable portrait of a miser and his wife. Henry Earlforward is a second-hand bookseller with a passion for money. He marries Violet Arb, a widow with a fortune of her own, yet he is eaten up by fear and greed.... more...

  • Sketches from a Hunter's Albumby Ivan Turgenev; Richard Freeborn; Richard Freeborn

    Penguin Books Ltd 1990; US$ 14.09

    Turgenev's first major prose work is a series of twenty-five Sketches: the observations and anecdotes of the author during his travels through Russia satisfying his passion for hunting. His album is filled with moving insights into the lives of those he encounters - peasants and landowners, doctors and bailiffs, neglected wives and bereft mothers -... more...

  • Northanger Abbeyby Jane Austen; Marilyn Butler

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 7.04

    During an eventful season at Bath, young, naïve Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine's love of Gothic romance and horror, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father's mysterious house,... more...

  • Humphry Clinkerby Tobias Smollett; Angus Ross; Jeremy Lewis; Shaun Regan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 14.09

    Matthew Bramble, a gout-ridden misanthrope, travels Britain with his nephew, niece, spinster sister and man-servant, the trusty Humphry Clinker. In poor health, Bramble sees the world as one of degeneracy and raucous overcrowding, and will not hesitate to let his companions know his feelings on the matter. Peopled with pimps, drunkards, decadents... more...

  • Decline and Fallby Evelyn Waugh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 12.68

    Sent down from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. Hi colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day... more...