The thrill of reading Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is the feeling of looking into a whirlpool just as something utterly extraordinary materializes for the first time: an exhilarating hallucination of surreal and beautiful images that remain in memory long after you put the book down. Orlando has it all: life, death, imm…Read More »
Nine Little Goslings is a collection of short stories - of which there are nine - from the author of What Katy Did. Aimed very much at the young reader all will enthrall, and for those who are fans of Katy, the first story is about Johnnie (sister to Katy and Clover) and set a year after What Katy Did at School.
It is the early days of the French Republic, and Robespierre's revolutionaries find their wicked schemes repeatedly being thwarted. It appears that Sir Percy Blakeney–the cunning and heroic Pimpernel–is more than a match for them all. But Sir Percy's spy-catching archenemy, Chauvelin, has devised a plan. In this s…Read More »
A Spanish colonel and a dark secret make up the plot. Detective Paul Harvey and his trusted sidekick are brought in to solve the mystery, which includes voodoo rites, vampire bats, an Edgar Allen Poe-esque writer, and other bizarre developments.
Llano of Gathol is a collection of four novellas written in the Martian series of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Llano, the daughter of Gahan of Gothol, is the perfect damsel in distress. The first story, The Ancient Dead (originally The City of Mummies) followed by The Black Pirates of Barsoom, Escape on Mars and …Read More »
A Thief in the Night is the third collection of stories detailing the exploits and intrigues of gentleman thief A. J. Raffles in late Victorian England. In public a popular sportsman, in private a cunning burglar with a weakness for valuable jewelery, Arthur Raffles, with the help of his side-kick Bunny Manders, a…Read More »
The Door in the Wall, considered by both readers and critics, to be Wells's finest tale, examines an issue to which Wells returned repeatedly in his writing: the contrast between aesthetics and science and the difficulty of choosing between them. This collection also includes The Star, A Dream of Armageddon, _…Read More »
One of the great books of world literature–an unforgettable tale of jealousy, unrequited love, greed, and vengeance. Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend, and sheer human drama in telling of the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon sl…Read More »
Chilling in the extreme, The Lost Stradivarius is a classic tale of the supernatural. While practicing in his rooms in Oxford, gifted violinist John Maltravers notices a strange phenomenon: whenever a certain air is played, a mysterious presence seems to enter. Unable to rationalize this away, Maltravers becomes i…Read More »
The poetic style and sweeping grandeur of The King of Elfland's Daughter has made it one of the most beloved fantasy novels of our time, a masterpiece that influenced some of the greatest contemporary fantasists. The heartbreaking story of a marriage between a mortal man and an elf princess is a masterful tapestry…Read More »
Tomorrow is another day … Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's magnificent historical epic is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and a people forever changed. Above all, it is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O'Hara and the dash…Read More »
The Overcoat is a short story by author Nikolai Gogol, published in 1842. The story and its author have had great influence on Russian literature, thus spawning Fyodor Dostoyevsky's famous quote: "We all come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat'." The story has been adapted into a variety of stage and film interpretations …Read More »
An Episode in the Life of Mr. Thomas Betteron as told by His Friend John. "After that memorable Day, Mistress, we were like naughty Children who were being punished for playing truant out of School. For Weeks and Months our Lives went on with dreary monotony, with never a chance of seeing Something of that outside …Read More »
Twenty-two lesser-known short stories from Anton Chekhov including; The Horse-Stealers, Ward No. 6, The Petchenyeg, A Dead Body, A Happy Ending, The Looking-Glass, Old Age, Darkness, The Beggar, A Story Without a Title, In Trouble, Frost, A Slander, Minds in Ferment, Gone Astray, An Avenger, The Jeune Premier, A Def…Read More »
Rohmer's phenomenally popular tale of a 'Jewish Robin Hood'. Bablon's 'sins' were the blackmail, robbery and kidnap, he uses these techniques to force the rich to donate huge sums to good causes. An underlieing desire is his determination to improve people's impression of the Jews by making them give generously.
Shooting an Elephant is Orwell's searing and painfully honest account of his experience as a police officer in imperial Burma; killing an escaped elephant in front of a crowd 'solely to avoid looking a fool'. Opinionated, uncompromising, provocative and hugely entertaining, shows Orwell's unique ability to get to …Read More »
Tarzan finds himself in a strange country of stone-age savages and knee-high warriors who ride miniature African deer as though they were horses. But the Minunians are not so small that they cannot take the Ape Man captive, and put him to work in their underground quarries.
Once more Quatermain takes the hallucinogenic drug and gets to see a previous incarnation of himself–a life he lived thousands of years ago, when he was Wi, a tribal leader during the last great ice age.
Inspector Hanaud, Mason's cunning French detective, investigates a plot to steal a priceless pearl necklace belonging to the Rajah of Chitipur. A young opera singer is involved, along with her vanished accomplice. All is not as it appears and the many characters refuse to permit themselves to be moved about like paw…Read More »
Master gunslinger Hopalong Cassidy confronts his ultimate challenge, Slim Travennes, the head of the Sandy Creek Vigilante Committee and a super-fast gunfighter who has never been beaten.
Turgenev was the first writer who was able, having both Slavic and universal imagination enough for it, to interpret modern Russia to the outer world, and Virgin Soil was the last word of his greater testament. It was the book in which many English readers were destined to make his acquaintance about a generation …Read More »
Another adventure from Sabatini's remarkable and much-loved hero. In Scaramouche the Kingmaker, Andre Louis again dons his famous and much-admired disguise to embark upon a new adventure - and one full of the thrill and swashbuckling action that has earnt Sabatini his place in the hall of great writers.
A wounded German officer, Count Psanek, shares his philosophies on life and love with a local acquaintance, Lady Daphne, while interned in London during the final months of the First World War. Lady Daphne finds herself alternately attracted and repulsed by the Count, and when her husband returns home from the front…Read More »
A collection of short stories from the author of the What Katy Did series, for an audience ranging from younger to older children - and enjoyable for adults too! They vary in style - fairy tales, humorous sketches, stories of everyday life, romances, children's scrapes and practical advice - and include the Christma…Read More »
The Wood Beyond the World is a splendid tale, told in a romantic style and written in a pseudo-archaic English. The plot is full of tension, and the descriptions of the Wood, the characters, and the rustic scenery are all exquisitely painted. Morris was a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, and perh…Read More »
The Man Who Saw the Future is the tale of a man who traveled from the medieval past into the here and now. When here and now was 1930! Amazing, the scientific breakthroughs that used to happen in those isolated laboratories…
This 1894 comedy in three-acts was translated by Barrett Clark. Edmond Rostand later became famous with his writing of Cyrano de Bergerac. The Romancers is best produced with the late 18th century in mind and customs from the Louis XVI period. This light-hearted romance is about two young lovers discovering that l…Read More »
Probably McCulley's second most popular character (after Zorro), The Black Star is a criminal mastermind, what was once termed a 'gentleman criminal.' He does not commit murder, nor does he permit any of his gang to kill – not even the police or his arch enemy, Roger Verbeck. The Black Star does not threaten wome…Read More »
The Phoenix on the Sword begins with a middle-aged Conan of Cimmeria attempting to govern the turbulent kingdom of Aquilonia. Conan has recently seized the bloody crown of Aquilonia from King Numedides whom he strangled upon his throne; however, things have not gone well, as Conan is more suited to swinging a broa…Read More »