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readings that celebrate life and express grief and sorrow. Here is a beautiful treasury of poems, song lyrics and readings from plays, novels and religious extracts dealing with sorrow, love, life and death. With thoughtful quotations. 192pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £3.50


Complete Illustrated Works by Lewis Carroll

Although Lewis Carroll is best known for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was in actuality a prolific author of fantasy and nonsense verse and much, much more besides. Here, in an extremely smartly, stoutly bound volume, are

all his works, all with the original illustrations chosen by Carroll himself from Sir John Tenniel, Henry Holiday and Harry Furniss. Along with the two above-mentioned classics, the collection presents the complete Sylvie and Bruno and The Hunting of the Snark together with his early verse, Puzzles from Wonderland, Prologues to Plays, Phantasmagoria, College Rhymes and Notes, Acrostics, Inscriptions and Other Verse, plus a great number of miscellaneous articles, letters and more. Would make a great replacement for old copies, or to give to a youngster unfamiliar with the work of one of our best- loved writers. 536pp with fairly small print, over 100 contemporary b/w woodcut illus, index of first lines and red satin bookmark. £25 NOW £10

68616 BODLEIAN LIBRARY: A Subject Guide to the Collections edited by Gregory Walker,

Mary Clapinson and Lesley Forbes This is the first guide to the holdings of the oldest and largest academic library in Great Britain. It offers a systematic outline of the Library’s present resources, relating them to the growth of the collections over 400 years and giving particular attention to holdings as special or unique strengths. Each of the book’s 29 chapters examines a particular subject, geographic area or special type of material contained covering such themes as English Literature, Music, North America, East Asia, Near and Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe, Italian Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Science, Technology and Medicine, Music, Economics, Politics and International Relations, Theology and more. They also feature a specific bibliography of publications, catalogues and other research resources on the particular subjects. Lists more than 400 principal special collections in the library. First edition, 2004. Colour illus, 240 large pages. £19.99 NOW £11

68620 A CONTINENTAL SHELF by The Bodleian Library, Oxford Subtitled ‘Books Across Europe From Ptolemy to Don Quixote’, this book was published for an exhibition to mark the reopening of the Bodleian Exhibition Room in 1994 and is a first edition. Sir Thomas Bodley opened his library in 1602 and here experts from the staff and their colleagues have selected, annotated and displayed some 57 items. The highlights are from cartography and navigation, pilgrim maps of the Holy Land, the classics and Christendom, monastic copies of the classics, Spain and the Roman Emperors, the Bible in Latin and Greek, the Gutenberg Bible, the production of printed books and printings for bishops, devotional pictures for collectors, international learning including law, medicines, science, mathematics, Aristotle, theology and the Bible, vernaculars across Europe, troubadours and courtly love, illustrating Dante, and the language of architecture, marvels of the East, Arabic medicine, translating Islam, crusading, translating Christianity, astrology and mapping the moon. Hundreds of colour illus in 140 page large softback on glossy paper. £25 NOW £17.50


edited by Peter Boxall and Peter Ackroyd Provides brief 300-word library of reviews of over 1001 classic works of world literature. Most of them are illustrated by a photo or portrait of the author, a reproduction of a book cover or an illustration. Old favourites make their appearance - Clarissa, Rebecca, Dracula, Jane Eyre, The Water Babies, Crime and Punishment, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, Foucault’s Pendulum, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Trainspotting - and also less frequently read works such as The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade, Oroonoko by Aphra Behn, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway and Inside Mr Enderby by Anthony Burgess. 960pp, illus, 22 x 16cm.

$34.95 NOW £9

68722 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall This novel is undoubtedly the most stirring sea adventure ever told. For more than 50 years, millions of readers have thrilled to the story of an historic voyage in 1788-1789 which culminated in Fletcher Christian’s mutiny against the tyrant Captain Bligh. Those who chose not to sail with Christian and the mutineers enjoyed a brief idyll on Tahiti, before being captured and returned to England for court-martial. Roger Byam, by turns a midshipman on the Bounty, a chieftain by adoption in Tahiti, a mutineer condemned to death and a sea captain under Nelson, tells a narrative few can forget. With foreword from 1932 by Ellery Sedgwick. 379 paperback pages. £8.99 NOW £4.75


Translated and with an introduction by John R. Williams, this selection of Kafka’s shorter prose writings includes one of the few works published during his lifetime - the harrowing story of Gregor Samsa’s overnight transformation into a verminous insect, his record on the effect of his sudden metamorphosis on himself, and the reaction of his family. It conveys with an unsettling mixture of subjective involvement and objective detachment the complex feelings of guilt, affection, responsibility and self-doubt that characterise Kafka’s writing. These themes that are continued in the quasi- fictional story The Judgement and the quasi- autobiographical Letter to his Father. Dark, quirkily humorous and enigmatic fables. 158pp in new Wordsworth paperback. ONLY £4

100415 MOONSTONE by Wilkie Collins The Moonstone, a priceless Indian diamond which had been broguht to England as spoils of war, is given to Rachel Verrinder on her 18th birthday. That very night, the stone is stolen. Suspicion then falls on a hunchbacked housemaid, an Rachel’s cousin Franklin Blake, on a troupe of mysterious Indian jugglers, and on Rachel herself. The phlegmatic Sergeant Cuff is called in, and with the help of Betteredge, the Robinson Crusoe-reading loquacious steward, the mystery of the missing stone is ingeniously solved. 448pp. ONLY £2

23775 ISLAND OF SHEEP by John Buchan In this, his final adventure, Buchan’s hero Richard Hannay becomes embroiled in one of the most hazardous escapades of his life. Two men are honour bound to help the tormented Valdemar Haraldsen, and a third decides to mastermind the whole affair out of sheer love of adventure and a dislike of villains. In the final event, the fate of Haraldsen and his three redoubtable defenders rests on the undaunted bravery of two children. This thriller reflects a fundamental faith in the magnanimity of human nature. 208pp. Paperback. ONLY £2


introduced by Andrew Motion Commenting on the decline of the City of Bath, the Great Western or Metropolitan railways, late flowering lust or a Pot Pourri from a Surrey garden, John Betjeman was the best loved English poet whose ‘Collected Poems’ first appeared in 1958. No player of a local life was too small to be at the centre of his poems. As for his friend Philip

Larkin, a formal conservatism was the foil for some of the most pointed and memorable commentaries on his age. With an introduction by Andrew Motion, the volume also includes the modern classic ‘Summoned by Bells’. 498pp, paperback. £14.99 NOW £5

24279 BEST SHORT STORIES KIPLING by Rudyard Kipling

Traffics and Discoveries contains three tales in which the subject matter ranges from unexplained mystery and the supernatural to an other-worldly house full of elusive but charming children. The Maltese Cat is Kipling’s well- loved story about a polo pony. Life’s Handicap reflects his experiences of India. A super selection of his most famous short stories in Wordsworth paperback. 210pp. ONLY £2



‘Jane Eyre’ ranks as one of the greatest and most popular works of English fiction. Although Charlotte Brontë’s heroine is outwardly plain, she possesses an indomitable spirit, and great courage. ‘Villette’ is based on Charlotte Brontë’s personal experience as a teacher in Brussels. ‘Wuthering Heights’ is Emily Brontë’s wild, passionate tale of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. ‘Agnes Grey’, Ann Brontë’s deeply personal novel, is a trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally starved conditions under which many governesses worked in the mid-19th century. ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ shows Ann Brontë’s bold, naturalistic and passionate style. Also includes ‘The Professor’ full text. Very attractive bound volume of 1488 pages with tipped in front cover illus. and gold tooling. ONLY £12



This Side of Paradise tells the story of Amory Blaine, the only child of wealthy parents, whose journey from adolescence to adulthood follows him from prep school through to Princeton University, where his literary talents flourish, in contrast to his academic failure. A sequence of love affairs with beautiful young women are fatally damaged by the collapse of his family’s fortune, and the novel ends with him poised to face the challenge of making his own way in the world. The novel is a rich fusion of satiric and romance idioms, and found a captivated audience on its publication in1920. It made Fitzgerald rich and famous overnight. Anthony Patch, is heir to a huge fortune, whose marriage to the beautiful and indolent Gloria is increasingly shadowed by Anthony’s fall into alcoholism. Though he wins a lawsuit to gain his inheritance of millions of dollars, it is a pyrrhic victory, for he is now a physically and morally broken man. 606 page paperback. ONLY £2

65534 ALMAYER’S FOLLY & THE ROVER by Joseph Conrad

From the rain forests of Almayer’s Folly to the Mediterranean coast of The Rover, Conrad’s first and final completed novels are played out against contrasting backgrounds. Almayer, in Borneo, is hopelessly obsessed by his deluded dreams for himself and his daughter, which take no account of her falling in love with a handsome Balinese prince. Peyrol, the rover, returns to a France at war and finds the actions of those around him still overborne by memories of revolutionary terror. For the orphaned Lieutenant Réal and Arlette love offers release but their romance seems doomed by the demands of his naval duties. 351 page paperback. ONLY £2


by Anthony Hope

In The Prisoner of Zenda, Rudolf Rassendyll’s close resemblance to the King of Ruritania leads him into intrigue, romance and perilous escapades. Enmeshed in a plot by the villainous Duke of Strelsau to depose the King, Rudolf is entranced by the beautiful Princess Flavia, and finds that both his life and his honour are imperilled. The sequel, Rupert of Hentzau, tells how Rupert (‘who feared neither man nor devil’) seeks to ruin Flavia’s reputation and wreak vengeance on Rudolf. Events accelerate to a dramatically violent climax. Both these swashbuckling novels offer the appeal of romantic adventure in a land now legendary. Numerous adaptations on screen and stage have extended the fame of Anthony Hope’s Ruritania. 363 page paperback, new from Wordsworth. ONLY £2

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65633 RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM translated by Edward Fitzgerald The Rubaiyat is a poem that resonates, simultaneously hedonistic and reflective, sensual and philosophical, it translates the contradictions of human nature into succinct, lyrical verse. Khayyam (1044-1123) was born in Persia and became a famous mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. He is best remembered for the ‘Ruba’ or quatrains which together form the Rubaiyat. Simple, eloquent and uplifting rhymes in this gift edition with satin bookmark and beautiful Persian page decorations. 128pp. £6.99 NOW £3.50


Days of Literary Classics by Hallie Ephron Enjoy a book lover’s adventure. From your armchair chill to a cold winter’s day on the heath with Jane Eyre (January 5th), a freewheeling ‘On the Road’ trip with Jack Kerouac (August 18th), from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (February 23rd) to Huxley’s Brave New World (August 30th), Dracula (October 31st) and Pride and Prejudice (November 26th) to The French Lieutenant’s Woman on December 9th and Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales on of course December 25th. A wide, wild world of literature, one great book at a time. Slightly US biased. 392pp with roughcut pages. £13.99 NOW £3

66712 CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE by Bertolt Brecht

One of the translators is W. H. Auden of this of this epic saga of greed and motherhood. Written when Brecht was living in exile in the US during WWII, the play is borrowed from an ancient Chinese tale, echoed in the biblical account of the Judgement of King Solomon. Two women both claim the same child. Thanks to the rascally judge Azdak, natural though not biological justice is rendered and the peasant Grusha, rather than the mother, gets to keep the child she loves. 128pp in softback. $10.95 NOW £2

66861 MASTER OF BALLANTRAE by Robert Louis Stevenson

Set in mid 18th century Scotland, this brooding historical romance finds two brothers ominously divided during the Jacobite Rebellion. The struggle between good and evil begins in the old Scottish castle of Durrisdeer where James Durie, Master of Ballantrae, persists in his lifelong rivalry with a younger brother to acquire the family fortune. Encompasses sea voyages, encounters with pirates, intrigue at the French court, exotic life in India and an attempt to recover buried treasure near New York, all before the story comes to a shocking end in the American wilderness. Unabridged facsimile reprint of the 1889 original. 168pp in paperback. £3 NOW £1

66864 NANA by Emile Zola

We first meet Nana in the Variety Theatre where the captivating 18 year old is appearing in the lead role of the musical, even though she can’t act or sing. ‘Nana has something that makes up for everything else’, the theatre owner explains, and he is right. The crowd hails with admiration. She has disrobed by the third act, and her career as a femme fatale is off to a sensational start. Nana crawls out of the gutter to ascend the heights of Parisian society, devouring men and squandering fortunes along the way. Zola begins the story of French realism’s most beguiling siren in 1867, amid the decadence and moral decay of France’s Gilded Age. 334 page paperback facsimile reprint. £5 NOW £1.50

67504 CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer

Burton Raffel’s magnificent translation brings Chaucer’s poetry back to life ensuring that none of the original’s wit, wisdom or humanity is lost to the modern reader. It is presented in a new unabridged translation with an Introduction by the widely influential medievalist John Miles Foley that discusses Chaucer’s life and times. Chaucer has gathered 29 of literature’s most indelible archetypes from the exalted Knight to the bawdy Wife of Bath, the besotted Miller to the humble Ploughman in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of late-medieval English society. Includes the General Prologue. A heavy, beautifully produced hardback edition, 263pp with roughcut pages. £29.99 NOW £8


Traditional Japanese Ko-Uta are the musical embodiment of the geisha in the intoxicating ‘flower and willow world.’ Literally these are ‘little songs’ sung by a geisha who accompanies herself on the three-stringed instrument called the shamisen. Liza Dalby, fully trained in the arts of the geisha and fluent in Japanese, is a magnificent guide to this delightful musical form. She presents beautiful calligraphy and vivid translations of 25 Ko-Uta and lively notes explaining the puns and Japanese literary references and devices. With an appendix with traditional musical notations. 104pp in paperback. £12.50 NOW £2.75


‘DAFFODILS’ AND OTHER POEMS selected by Dominique Enright Chiefly remembered as one of the Lake Poets, William Wordsworth was also one of the founders of English Romanticism and a revolutionary fervour imbued his verse and his ideals. Here is a selection of the best of his verse from brilliant sonnets and some of his famous Lyrical Ballads to extracts from his longer works. Includes I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils), Imitations of Immortality, Character of the Happy Warrior, The Solitary Reaper, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge and extracts from The Prelude. 126 page pocket sized paperback. £3.99 NOW £1

67634 OSCAR’S BOOKS: A Journey Around

the Library of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright Oscar Wilde’s bookish passions were as well known as his other quirks. He devoured books, talked books, luxuriated in books and lavished books on his friends. They too played a vital part in his seductions of young men. Our book tells the story of his life through his reading, from his childhood in Dublin where he was nurtured on Celtic myth, Romantic poetry and Irish folklore, through his undergraduate years in which he built his intellect out of books, to prison, where his friends supplied him with literature which saved his sanity. Finally there are his years in Paris where he consoled himself with old favourites such as Flaubert and Balzac. 370pp in paperback with photos and illus. £8.99 NOW £4


Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of this great author.

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67245 CHARLES DICKENS COLLECTION: The Masterpiece Library

by Charles Dickens David Copperfield, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist are the four beautifully produced paperbacks in bottle green slipcase. The story of David Copperfield (1850) began as a memoir of Dickens’ boyhood

experiences in a blacking factory. Creepy Uriah Heap and the cruel Murdstones are here, with faithful Peggoty and David’s formidable aunt Betsy Trotwood. With original illustrations by Phiz, 765pp in paperback. Great Expectations (1861) has an endearing hero called Pip, a blacksmith’s boy, desperate to escape his humble background. 445pp in paperback with original woodcut illus. A Tale of Two Cities (1859) moves between London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The Revolution threatens to destroy the happiness of exiled French nobleman Thomas Darnay and his beautiful wife. 364pp in paperback. Oliver Twist (1838) is the story of a half- starved orphan hero. A parade of memorable characters include Fagin who runs a den of child thieves, the Artful Dodger, Nancy the prostitute and her lover, the brutal Bill Sikes. 428pp in paperback. New box set. ONLY £10


by Charles Dickens This collection brings together perhaps the finest of Dickens’ shorter novels, filled with event, character, and the unsurpassed brilliance of his story-telling. ‘Oliver Twist’ enhanced and strengthened Dickens’ reputation and contains classic Dickensian themes - grinding poverty, desperation, fear, temptation and

the eventual triumph of good in the face of great adversity. ‘Hard Times’ was attacked by Macaulay for its ‘sullen socialism’. ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ (1859), Dickens’ greatest historical novel, traces the lives of a group of people caught up in the cataclysm of the French Revolution and the Terror. ‘Great Expectations’ traces the life of Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man of character - the story abounds with memorable characters. 1312 pages. Paperback. ONLY £7

67693 ARE WE RELATED?: The New Granta Book of the Family by Liz Jobey

Right from the earliest issues of the literary magazine Granta, writing about the family, whether as fiction or personal memoir, has been one of its magazine’s strongest elements. This volume brings together extracts from 1995 on. Here is Robyn Davidson on her unexpected ‘marriage’ to Eddie, an Aborigine, David Goldblatt attempting to cope with the aftermath of his father’s murder and A. M. Holmes on finally meeting her biological father. Here too are stories by Hilary Mantel, Blake Morrison, Graham Swift, Raymond Carver and many others - all of them teeming with life. 408 pages illus.

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by Evelyn Waugh

The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh’s novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back at the golden age before the Second World War. It tells the story of Charles Ryder’s infatuation with the Marchmains and the rapidly disappearing world of privilege they inhabit. Enchanted first by Sebastian at Oxford, then by his doomed Catholic family, in

particular his remote sister, Julia, Charles comes finally to recognise only his spiritual and social distance from them. A lush and evocative novel which expresses the profundity of change. Penguin paperback Modern Classics edition, 331pp with 1959 Preface and facsimile reprint of the 1945 original. £8.99 NOW £3

67944 AGAMEMNON’S DAUGHTER: A Novella and Stories by Ismail Kadare

In Agamemnon’s Daughter the narrator is waiting to meet his lover, Suzana, and gradually realises that she

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