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  • A Fableby William Faulkner

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    This novel won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 195. An allegorical story of World War I, set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment, it was originally considered a sharp departure for Faulkner. Recently it has come to be recognized as one of his major works and an essential part... more...

  • If On A Winter's Night A Travellerby Italo Calvino

    Random House 2010; US$ 12.68

    You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You like it. But alas there is a printer's error in your copy. You take it back to the shop and get a replacement. But the replacement seems to be a totally different story. You try to track down the original book you were reading but end up with a different narrative... more...

  • The Day of the Triffidsby John Wyndham

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 12.68

    'One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life' Sunday Times When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some ready to prey on those who can still see. But another menace... more...

  • The Good Soldierby Ford Madox Ford; David Bradshaw

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 12.68

    The Dowells, a wealthy American couple, have been close friends with the Ashburnhams for years. Edward Ashburnham, a first-rate soldier, seems to be the perfect English gentleman, and Leonora his perfect wife, but beneath the surface their marriage seethes with unhappiness and deception. Our only window on the strange tangle of events surrounding Edward... more...

  • The Dharma Bumsby Jack Kerouac; Ann Douglas

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 14.09

    THE DHARMA BUMS appeared just one year after the author's explosive ON THE ROAD had put the Beat Generation on the literary map and Kerouac on the best-seller list. The same expansiveness, humour and contagious zest for life that sparked the earlier novels sparks this one too, but through a more cohesive story. The books follow two young men engaged... more...

  • Cousin Ponsby Honoré de Balzac

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 18.32

    Mild, harmless and ugly to behold, the impoverished Pons is an ageing musician whose brief fame has fallen to nothing. Living a placid Parisian life as a bachelor in a shared apartment with his friend Schmucke, he maintains only two passions: a devotion to fine dining in the company of wealthy but disdainful relatives, and a dedication to the collection... more...

  • Chockyby John Wyndham

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 12.68

    Matthew's parents are worried. At eleven, he's much too old to have an imaginary friend, yet they find him talking to and arguing with a presence that even he admits is not physically there. This presence - Chocky - causes Matthew to ask difficult questions and say startling things: he speaks of complex mathematics and mocks human progress. Then,... more...

  • Hard Timesby Charles Dickens; Kate Flint

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 9.86

    Penguin Classics e-books give you the best possible editions of Charles Dickens's novels, including useful and informative introductions, the definitive, accurate text as it was meant to be published, a chronology of Dickens's life and notes that fill in the background to the book. In Hard Times Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas... more...

  • A Harlot High and Lowby Honoré de Balzac

    Penguin Books Ltd 1985; US$ 18.32

    Handsome would-be poet Lucien Chardon is poor and naive, but highly ambitious. Failing to make his name in his dull provincial hometown, he is taken up by a patroness, the captivating married woman Madame de Bargeton, and prepares to forge his way in the glamorous beau monde of Paris. But Lucien has entered a world far more dangerous than he realized,... more...

  • History of the Thirteenby Honoré de Balzac

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 18.32

    Passionate and perceptive, the three short novels that make up Balzac's History of the Thirteen are concerned in part with the activities of a rich, powerful, sinister and unscrupulous secret society in nineteenth-century France. While the deeds of 'The Thirteen' remain frequently in the background, however, the individual novels are concerned with... more...