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  • The Tell-Tale Heartby Edgar Allan Poe

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 1.28

    'Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was a groan of mortal terror ... the low stifled sound that arises from the bottom of the soul.' Stories about murder, mystery and madness, portraying the author's feverish imagination at its creative height. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little... more...

  • A Hippo Banquetby Mary Kingsley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 1.28

    'While engaged on this hunt I felt the earth quiver under my feet, and heard a soft big soughing sound, and looking round saw I had dropped in on a hippo banquet...' Told with verve and self-mocking wit, the adventures of doughty female Victorian explorer Mary Kingsley describe stumbling upon five hippos by night, dodging elephants and fighting... more...

  • The Gate of the Hundred Sorrowsby Rudyard Kipling

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 1.28

    'Mind you, it was a pukka, respectable opium-house, and not one of those stifling, sweltering chandoo-khanas that you can find all over the City.' Kipling first became famous for his pungent, harsh and shocking stories of northwest India, where he grew up. This is just a small selection from his inexhaustibly contentious and various early... more...

  • Miss Brillby Katherine Mansfield

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 1.28

    'And again, as always, he had the feeling he was holding something that never was quite his - his. Something too delicate, too precious, that would fly away once he let go.' Three sharp and powerful short stories from Katherine Mansfield, one of the genre's all-time masters. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th... more...

  • The Reckoningby Edith Wharton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 1.28

    'If marriage was the slow life-long acquittal of a debt contracted in ignorance, then marriage was a crime against human nature.' Two moving stories of love, loss, desire and divorce, from one of the great chroniclers of nineteenth-century New York life. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black... more...

  • The Figure in the Carpetby Henry James

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 1.28

    'Did she know and if she knew would she speak?' The story of an unsolved literary mystery that explores what James referred to as "troubled artistic consciousness" Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around... more...

  • The Noseby Nikolay Gogol

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 1.28

    'Strangely enough, I mistook it for a gentleman at first. Fortunately I had my spectacles with me so I could see it was really a nose.' more...

  • How Much Land Does A Man Need?by Leo Tolstoy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 1.28

    'Although he feared death, he could not stop. 'If I stopped now, after coming all this way - well, they'd call me an idiot!' A pair of short stories about greed, charity, life and death from one of Russia's most influential writers and thinkers. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics... more...

  • Love on the Road 2015by Sam Tranum; Lois Kapila

    Liberties Press 2015; US$ 4.36

    Twelve authors, twelve tales of love and travel some sweet and touching, some bleak and disturbing. This collection includes stories by writers from Australia, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, New Zealand, the UK, the USA and Zimbabwe. The authors have won or been nominated for prizes and awards including the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Frank... more...

  • A Simple Heartby Gustave Flaubert

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 1.28

    She decided she would teach him to speak and he was very soon able to say, 'Pretty boy!', 'Your servant, sir!' and 'Hail Mary!' more...