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The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses

The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses

A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson

$16.99

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ABBEY'S CHOICE AUGUST 2014 ----- These books were originally published in 1914 as a 'pocket edition for the trenches', designed for soldiers to slip into their back pockets and carry with them through their war days.

Probably purchased by wives, girlfriends and mothers, they were a little piece of Australia to relish amongst the horrors of war. The 47 poems in the book include all the favourites: A Bush Christening, A Mountain Station, Black Swans, Clancy of the Overflow, Conroy's Gap, In the Droving Days, Over the Range, Our New Horse, Saltbush Bill, The Man from Snowy River, and The Daylight is Dying.

The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Aitch Factor: Adventures in Australian English

The Aitch Factor: Adventures in Australian English

Susan Butler

$24.99

Living languages change all the time, but many of us wish they didn't. For thirty years, Macquarie Dictionary editor Susan Butler has been in the front row watching Australians alternatively defend, reject, embrace and argue heatedly about every aspect of language usage. She has witnessed crusades against 'youse', ducked the missiles over the phrase 'man boobs', pondered the changing pronunciation of 'Beijing', recorded - controversially - the evolving meaning of 'misogyny' and wondered why on earth we still cling to the grammarian's flourish known as the apostrophe. 

Drawing on her own depth of experience, community consultation and the odd letter of outrage, Butler chronicles her unique adventures with the wonderfully malleable but strangely resilient beast known as the English language, and pays particular attention to the way Australians have trained it to fit their circumstances.

Entertaining, insightful and occasionally irreverent, The Aitch Factor is the perfect book for word warriors, punctuation pedants and everyday lovers of language.
Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation

Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation

Ammon Shea

$29.99

The author of Reading the OED presents an eye-opening look at language mistakes and how they came to be accepted as correct--or not. English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Whether you consider yourself a stickler, a nitpicker, or a rule-breaker in the know, Bad English is sure to enlighten, enrage, and perhaps even inspire. Filled with historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes, and features some of our most common words and phrases, including: Decimate Hopefully Enormity That/which Enervate/energize Bemuse/amuse Literally/figuratively Ain't Irregardless Socialist OMG Stupider Lively, surprising, funny, and delightfully readable, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers--and it's sure to start a few, too.
If This isn't Nice, What is? Advice to the Young

If This isn't Nice, What is? Advice to the Young

Kurt Vonnegut

$35.00

A collection of graduation speeches by acclaimed author Kurt Vonnegut, offering his heartfelt and humourous advice for young people about to enter the world. After the publication of his novel Slaughterhouse-Five brought him worldwide acclaim in 1969, Kurt Vonnegut became one of America's most popular graduation speakers. Vonnegut was a very, very funny graduation speaker. At the same time, he conveys in these speeches something of the seriousness, of the momentousness of life too. He tells stories and jokes, invokes the figures who inspire him the most-Jesus, Eugene Debs, Bertrand Russell, Jazz historian Albert Murray, and Vonnegut's friend Joseph Heller among many others. Perhaps most importantly, he acts like the young people he is speaking to are going to go out into the world and make a difference. These nine college commencement addresses have never been collected before in a book. Together, they show us a side of Vonnegut - personable, brave, provocative, intimate, loving - that is consistent with but different from the Vonnegut of his books.
The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

Kevin Birmingham

$39.99

The Most Dangerous Book tells the painful, heartbreaking, exhilarating story of how Joyce's novel was conceived, written, published, burned, acclaimed and excoriated before taking its place as a masterpiece of world literature. Joyce's book ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel forever. But, for more than a decade, Ulysses was illegal to own, sell, advertise or purchase. Joyce himself was a penniless outcast, reliant on his faithful supporters to keep both himself and his family going. After decades of research, Kevin Birmingham brings this remarkable story to life: from the first stirrings of inspiration in 1904 to the landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933.
Grammar for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know But Never Learnt in School

Grammar for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know But Never Learnt in School

Craig Shrives

$19.99

Do you know how to use semicolons, where to put your apostrophes and when to use commas? Do you know the difference between affect and effect, if and whether, or who and whom? Do you know why this stuff matters? If you've reached a stage in your career or education where your writing needs to be high quality, Grammar for Grown-ups is a must for your top drawer. Vocational rather than academic, Grammar for Grown-ups is packed with real-life examples and keeps you engaged with a wealth of great quotations from Homer the Greek to Homer the Simpson. Straight talking and methodical, Craig Shrives draws on his years as an intelligence officer as well as over a decade spent compiling his popular grammar website to present a comprehensive but light-hearted and easily digestible grammar reference guide.
Oxford Guide to Effective Argument and Critical Thinking

Oxford Guide to Effective Argument and Critical Thinking

Colin Swatridge

$26.95

How do you approach an essay or discussion question? How do you review what claims others have made and offer counter-claims? And how do you weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of your own argument before putting together a persuasive conclusion? This accessible book takes you step by step through the art of argument, from thinking about what to write and how you might write it, to how you may strengthen your claims, and how to come to a strong conclusion. Engagingly written and featuring useful summaries at the end of each chapter, this new book offers easily transferable practical advice on assessing the arguments of others and putting forward effective arguments of your own. The book's strength lies in its clear guidance and the use of real-life arguments - both contemporary and historical - and real-life essay questions from a variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. These interesting, relevant, and often entertaining, examples are used not to illustrate, but to make essential points about what can be learnt, what techniques can be borrowed, and what pitfalls to avoid in the area of analytical thinking and writing. The Oxford Guide to Effective Argument and Critical Thinking is sure to improve the written work of any student required to demonstrate the key skills of critical writing and thinking. It is equally as valuable for professionals needing these skills (e.g. journalists, lawyers, researchers, politicians) as well as for anyone who has a case to put forward and would like to do so convincingly.
Get Started in Writing for Children: Teach Yourself

Get Started in Writing for Children: Teach Yourself

Lisa Bullard ,  Stephen May

$21.99

Get Started in Writing for Children will help you at the very beginning of the creative journey to gain confidence and find inspiration, and then support you in the completion of your first piece of children's literature, whether it's a picture book, a middle-grade story or a young adult novel. Each chapter includes a central writing exercise and four shorter ones, while key quotes, key ideas and focus points will be clearly signposted and will summarise important concepts and advice. At the heart of each chapter is the 'Workshop'. The Workshop is a key exercise in which you will gain a deeper insight into the craft of writing for children. In addition to coverage of the key categories and their conventions, this book includes substantial information on getting established in the writing community, gathering a fan base and pitching your work to publishers. What are you waiting for? This book has all you need to get started.
Masterclass: Get Your Book Published: Teach Yourself

Masterclass: Get Your Book Published: Teach Yourself

Katherine Lapworth

$24.99

Do you have a completed manuscript ready for submission? Are you looking to successfully publish or self-publish your work? Do you have the level of understanding of the publishing industry? Whether you want to take a traditional route into print or want to digitally self-publish, this book will give you the advice you need on everything from submitting manuscripts to garnering reviews and promoting your work. It covers everything from polishing a final draft to managing your finances, and is also full of case studies, advice and tips from industry insiders from both traditional publishing and successful self-publishing backgrounds.
The Chambers Dictionary

The Chambers Dictionary

Chambers

$79.99

The Chambers Dictionary is the most useful and diverting single-colume word-hoard available. Telegraph First published in 1872, The Chambers Dictionary contains more words, phrases and meanings than any other single-volume English dictionary. Yet it remains lighter and easier to hold, and now has an even more durable jacket so that it will be a beautiful hardback reference for many years to come. This 13th edition, new for 2014, retains the much-loved features of The Chambers Dictionary, including the unique quirky definitions for certain words. There are over 1,000 new words and meanings, and there is also a brand new two-colour Word Lover's Ramble at the back of the Dictionary, showing how English words and definitions have changed over the history of The Chambers Dictionary. The Chambers Dictionary is now the UK's number 1 selling hardback dictionary. It is regarded as the dictionary of choice for crossword setters and solvers, and is popular with players of wordgames such as Scrabble(R) and Words With Friends(R). It is famous for its Scottish heritage, its thorough coverage of obscure words and its unique personality that comes across in a definition style that is both useful and witty. Chambers stands out like a baroque mansion in a city of faceless concrete. Melvyn Bragg
Macquarie Little Dictionary

Macquarie Little Dictionary

Macquarie Dictionary

$6.99

This edition of the Macquarie Little Dictionary is based on the acclaimed Fifth Edition of the full Macquarie Dictionary. With over 30,000 definitions, it offers a completely up-to-date coverage of the core vocabulary of Australian English in a very handy format. Many new words and meanings have been added, reflecting the ever-changing nature of our language. A few examples are: chia, cloud computing, precycle and pocket-dial. The Macquarie Little Dictionary offers valuable usage notes on words which can cause problems for writers of Australian English. For example, there is a note pointing out the common confusion between allusion (a reference to something) and illusion (something that is not real). Notes also suggest more common words for rather formal words, and give information to clarify other usage dilemmas. For clarity and ease of access, these usage notes are highlighted with shading. Appendixes listing prefixes and suffixes are a handy addition to an essential portable language resource, the Macquarie Little Dictionary Fifth Edition.
Daily Mail: Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords

Daily Mail: Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords

Daily Mail

$12.99

This bumper collection will have you flexing your analytical skills for hours on end with 200 brilliant but tormenting puzzles. Perfect for shocking your brain into gear, Daily Mail Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords 5 is an absorbing source of entertainment for any spare moments which will provide you with hours of fun.
My First Chess Book: 35 Easy and Fun Chess-based Activities for Children Aged 7 Years +

My First Chess Book: 35 Easy and Fun Chess-based Activities for Children Aged 7 Years +

Jessica E. Prescott

$22.95

Learn how to play chess - the world's most popular board game! Chess is easy to learn, and anyone can play it. Jessica E Prescott teaches you how you can get good at it - and start winning. This isn't a boring textbook about the rules of the game; you can improve your skills through 35 fun activities. Why not have a game of Pawn Football (pawns line up at their starting rank and race to the other side), or do the Queen Dance (make a checkmate using only a queen and king)? Try Scholar's Mate - the four-move mate every beginner needs to know - and when you're really good, play Bughouse, a crazy four-person game with two chess sets on the board. All the activities have clear, colourful artworks so you can see exactly where pieces should be on the chess board. There are also helpful hints and tips throughout, and if you've ever forgotten how a piece moves or need to brush up on a rule, check out the Starting Out section for a reminder.
The New Complete Book of Bridge

The New Complete Book of Bridge

Albert Dormer ,  Ron Klinger

$35.00

This book gives a full account of modern Acol and of the whole range of defensive and competitive bidding. It is suitable for players up to a high standard but will readily be understood by less experienced players as each topic starts with the fundamentals. The play of the cards is covered in all important aspects, with an emphasis on mental approach and on principles of wide application. Deals are presented in a way that allows the reader to develop his thoughts and arrive at solutions. There are many hints of practical value that will stay in the mind.
The Telegraph: All New Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords

The Telegraph: All New Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords

The Telegraph

$12.99

Cryptic crosswords from the Telegraph are the most popular around. This bumper collection of the nation's favourite puzzle will delight and frustrate in equal measure. They are perfect for a spare hour at home, but be warned: they are addictive! The unbeatable brainteasers in The Telegraph Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords 3 are guaranteed to test your puzzling skills to the limit.
Bronte Parsonage Museum

Bronte Parsonage Museum

Ann Dinsdale ,  Kathryn White ,  Professor Ann Summer

$22.99

One of the great British literary shrines, the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth was home to Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte and their brother Branwell. Here the sisters wrote their remarkable novels, including Jane Eyre,Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and the parsonage became a focus of literary tourism even during Charlotte's lifetime. This new all-colour room-by-room guide follows a major refurbishment of the parsonage, based on historical research and scientific investigation to produce an historically accurate reflection of the Bronte's lives, their work and the natural surroundings that so influenced them throughout their careers.
Jane Austen's Letters

Jane Austen's Letters

Deirdre Le Faye

$32.95

Jane Austen's letters afford a unique insight into the daily life of the novelist: intimate and gossipy, observant and informative, they bring alive her family and friends, her surroundings and contemporary events with a freshness unparalleled in biography. Above all we recognize the unmistakable voice of the author of Pride and Prejudice, witty and amusing as she describes the social life of town and country, thoughtful and constructive when writing about the business of literary composition. R. W. Chapman's ground-breaking edition of the collected Letters first appeared in 1932, and a second edition followed twenty years later. A third edition, edited by Deidre Le Faye in 1997, added new material, re-ordered the letters into their correct chronological sequence, and provided discreet and full annotation to each letter, including its provenance, and information on the watermarks, postmarks, and other physical details of the manuscripts. This fourth edition incorporates the findings of new scholarship to enrich our understanding of Austen and give us the fullest and most revealing view yet of her life and family. There is a new preface, the biographical and topographical indexes have been amended and updated, a new subject index has been created, and the contents of the notes added to the general index.
Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays

Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays

Norman Mailer

$29.99

This is the definitive Norman Mailer collection, as he writes on Marilyn Monroe, culture, ideology, boxing, Hemingway, politics, sex, celebrity and - of course - Norman Mailer. From his early 'A Credo for the Living', published in 1948, when the author was twenty-five, to his final writings in the year before his death, Mailer wrestled with the big themes of his times. He was one of the most astute cultural commentators of the postwar era, a swashbuckling intellectual provocateur who never pulled a punch and was rarely anything less than interesting. Mind of an Outlaw spans the full arc of Mailer's evolution as a writer, including such essential pieces as his acclaimed 1957 meditation on hipsters, 'The White Negro'; multiple selections from his wonderful Advertisements for Myself; and a never-before-published essay on Freud. The book is introduced by Jonathan Lethem.
Tim Winton: Critical Essays

Tim Winton: Critical Essays

Lyn McCredden

$34.99

Why is it that Tim Winton, one of Australia's most popular and literary novelists, has received little sustained critical attention? This collection of essays examines the impact of Winton's work on our understanding of what it is to be Australian, to be human, to make and question meaning. His novels and short stories are vernacular and lyrical, optimistic and dark, holding up a peculiarly 'Wintonesque' mirror through which Australians - and international readers, differently - can see themselves, refracted.
The Special

The Special

David Stavanger

$24.95

A roof is a roof as long as it's over your head even the sky will do if it is above you. Beginning with a joyful and terrifying image of freefall then rippling outwards into reflection and surprise, this collection of curious wisdoms harnesses the risk and courage of the leap to chart imaginative flight.
In Parenthesis: Introduction by T.S. Eliot

In Parenthesis: Introduction by T.S. Eliot

David Jones

$24.99

No poetry has touched readers' hearts more deeply than the soldier poets of the First World War. Published to commemorate the centenary of 1914, this stunning set of books, with specially commissioned covers by leading print makers, is an essential gathering of our most beloved war poets introduced by leading poets and biographers of our present day. In Parenthesis was first published in London in 1937. I am proud to share the responsibility for that first publication. On reading the book in typescript I was deeply moved. I then regarded it, and still regard it, as a work of genius...Here is a book about the experience of one soldier in the war of 1914-18. It is also a book about War, and about many other things also, such as Roman Britain, the Arthurian Legend, and divers matters which are given association by the mind of the writer. (T.S. Eliot). 'This writing has to do with some things I saw, felt, and was part of ': with quiet modesty, David Jones begins a work that is among the most powerful imaginative efforts to grapple with the carnage of the First World War. Fusing poetry and prose, gutter talk and high music, wartime terror and ancient myth, Jones, who served as an infantryman on the Western Front, presents a picture at once panoramic and intimate of a world of interminable waiting and unforeseen death. And yet throughout he remains alert to the flashes of humanity that light up the wasteland of war. (W.S. Merwin).
The New Oxford Book of War Poetry

The New Oxford Book of War Poetry

Jon Stallworthy

$34.95

There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. Jon Stallworthy's classic and celebrated anthology spans centuries of human experience of war, from Homer's Iliad, through the First and Second World Wars, the Vietnam War, and the wars fought since. This new edition, published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, includes a new introduction and additional poems from David Harsent and Peter Wyton amongst others. The new selection provides improved coverage of the two World Wars and the Vietnam War, and new coverage of the wars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
The Poetical Works

The Poetical Works

Rupert Brooke ,  Geoffrey Keynes

$24.99

No poetry has touched readers' hearts more deeply than the soldier poets of the First World War. Published to commemorate the centenary of 1914, this stunning set of books, with specially commissioned covers by leading print makers, is an essential gathering of our most beloved war poets introduced by leading poets and biographers of our present day. The reputation of Rupert Brooke has survived many changes of literary fashion since his death in the Aegean in 1915, aged twenty-eight. This standard edition of his poems was edited and arranged by his great friend Geoffrey Keynes. It includes a considerable number of early pieces, among them two of his longest poems, 'The Pyramids' and 'The Bastille'.
Selected Poems of Edward Thomas

Selected Poems of Edward Thomas

Matthew Hollis ,  Edward Thomas

$24.99

No poetry has touched readers' hearts more deeply than the soldier poets of the First World War. Published to commemorate the centenary of 1914, this stunning set of books, with specially commissioned covers by leading print makers, is an essential gathering of our most beloved war poets introduced by leading poets and biographers of our present day. When Edward Thomas was killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917 his poems were largely unpublished. But in the years since his death, his work has come to be cherished for its rare, sustained vision of the natural world and as 'a mirror of England' (Walter de la Mare). This edition, drawn from Thomas' manuscripts and typescripts as well as from his published works, offers an accessible introduction to this most resonant - and relevant - of poets.
Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Robert Graves

$24.99

No poetry has touched readers' hearts more deeply than the soldier poets of the First World War. Published to commemorate the centenary of 1914, this stunning set of books, with specially commissioned covers by leading print makers, is an essential gathering of our most beloved war poets introduced by leading poets and biographers of our present day. Robert Graves was one of our most fascinating poets of the last century. Born in London in 1895, he served in the First World War and was mistakenly reported killed in action at the Battle of the Somme, as he vividly recounted in his memoir, Goodbye To All That (1929). While serving in France, he befriended Siegfried Sassoon, and would be instrumental in saving Sassoon from the threat of court-martial that followed his declaration against the prolonging of the war. When Graves visited Sassoon at Craiglockhart Hospital he met Wilfred Owen, and for a time the three poets began to work closely in what Michael Longley, this volume's editor, calls 'a momentous coincidence of talent'. Robert Graves died in 1985 and is commemorated Poets' Corner at in Westminster Abbey.
The War Poems

The War Poems

Siegfried Sassoon

$24.99

No poetry has touched readers' hearts more deeply than the soldier poets of the First World War. Published to commemorate the centenary of 1914, this stunning set of books, with specially commissioned covers by leading print makers, is an essential gathering of our most beloved war poets introduced by leading poets and biographers of our present day. 'In later years', Sir Rupert Hart-Davis writes in his Introduction, 'when Siegfried Sassoon had written much else in prose and verse, he was annoyed at always being referred to simply as a war poet, but it was the Great War that turned him into a poet of international fame, and I feel sure that his ghost will forgive me for thus bringing together these magnificently scarifying poems.' The poems are arranged as far as possible in the order of their composition, and the reader can compare them with the poet's movements by means of the Biographical Table which is included. Fourteen of the poems in this volume were published for the first time in the 1983 edition of this work. Sassoon's stature is now assured and recognised. This volume contains the poetry on which his reputation rests.
Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

Jon Stallworthy ,  Wilfred Owen

$24.99

No poetry has touched readers' hearts more deeply than the soldier poets of the First World War. Published to commemorate the centenary of 1914, this stunning set of books, with specially commissioned covers by leading print makers, is an essential gathering of our most beloved war poets introduced by leading poets and biographers of our present day. Dying at twenty-five, a week before the end of the First World War, Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) has come to represent a generation of young men sacrificed - as it seems to the next generation, one in unprecedented rebellion against its fathers - by guilty old men: generals, politicians, profiteers. Owen has now taken his place in literary history as perhaps the first, certainly the quintessential, war poet.
Leaves of Grass and Selected Poems and Prose

Leaves of Grass and Selected Poems and Prose

Walter Whitman ,  Jessica Hische ,  Jessica Hische

$24.99

W is for Whitman. When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of poetry while describing the soul of the American character. Throughout his life, Whitman continuously revised and expanded the book, but the 1855 original marked Whitman's fresh and bold arrival, greeted by Ralph Waldo Emerson as 'the beginning of a great career.'
Penguin's Poems for Weddings

Penguin's Poems for Weddings

$35.00

This is a wonderful anthology of wedding poems, filled with surprising, curious, unorthodox and charming poems about love and the public commitment to love. For the many thousands of readers who have been delighted by Laura Barber's earlier anthologies, this wonderful new book is filled with surprising, curious, unorthodox and charming poems about love and the public commitment to love. It is a book to be referred to constantly and, like Penguin's Poems for Love, it belongs on the short shelf of truly essential anthologies. For the many thousands of readers who each year go through the complex mix of thrill and trauma that is the planning of a marriage ceremony, Laura Barber's anthology is the answer to a prayer, with a wonderfully generous and unusual selection of poems suitable for reading out loud and which celebrate and encapsulate in all our bewildering diversity how we wish to express our deepest feelings.
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam

$19.99

Edward FitzGerald's much-loved, often-quoted, bestselling 1859 translation of the RUBAIYAT, with Attar's charming narrative poem, BIRD PARLIAMENT. Also featuring an extensive new introduction with notes and chronology. Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night Has flung the Stone that put the Stars to Flight: And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught The Sultan's Turret in a Noose of Light.
Love Sonnets of Shakespeare

Love Sonnets of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

$7.99

William Shakespeare pays tribute to our most beautiful emotion in this timeless collection. In addition to his plays Shakespeare was also well-known for love poetry, his sugared sonnets among his private friends. This faux leather bound mini includes introduction, biography, and Shakespeare's best-known sonnets to read and share with the one you love.
Edgar Allan Poe: The Selected Works

Edgar Allan Poe: The Selected Works

Running Press

$7.99

This entertaining anthology includes four of Edgar Allan Poe's most popular tales of terror (The Masque of the Red Death, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Black Cat) and a selection of his haunting poetry reprinted in full, along with an introduction and biography on the Master of the Macabre.
Cranford

Cranford

Elizabeth Gaskell ,  Patricia Ingham

$19.99

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Gaskell's best known work is set in a small rural town, inhabited largely by women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty. But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster, imagined burglaries, tragic accidents, and the reappearance of long-lost relatives.
Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover

D. H. Lawrence ,  Doris Lessing

$19.99

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Constance Chatterley feels trapped in her sexless marriage to the invalid Sir Clifford. Unable to fulfil his wife emotionally or physically, Clifford encourages her to have a liaison with a man of their own class. But Connie is attracted instead to her husband's gamekeeper and embarks on a passionate affair that brings new life to her stifled existence. Can she find a true equality with Mellors, despite the vast gulf between their positions in society? One of the most controversial novels in English literature, Lady Chatterley's Lover is an erotically charged and psychologically powerful depiction of adult relationships.
The Double

The Double

Fyodor Dostoyevsky ,  Robert Louis Jackson

$19.99

This is an official tie-in edition to accompany Richard Ayoade's brilliant new film based on Dostoyevsky's deliciously dark and slyly funny novel. The Double stars Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre) with support from Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Tim Key and Chris Morris.

A lonely government clerk - shy, awkward, blundering - finds himself pursued by a mysterious stranger. Somehow he looks familiar. In fact, he realizes, he looks exactly like him. He even has the same name. But, unlike him, he is charming and confident. Soon the stranger starts insinuating himself into his life. He works at his office, stays at his apartment, ingratiates himself with his colleagues. No one seems surprised. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a double, or something darker altogether? Moscow-born Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) served time in a convict prison in Siberia for his political alliances, and in his later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. His many brilliant novels include Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.

Ronald Wilks has translated numerous Russian volumes for Penguin Classics, including works by Chekhov, Sologub, Tolstoy and Gogol. If you enjoy this novel, you may want to read more by Dostoyevsky - his major novels and stories are all available in Penguin Classics, including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Gambler and Other Stories, The Idiot, Demons, Netochka Nezvanova, The Brothers Karamazov, Poor Folk and Other Stories, The House of the Dead and The Village of Stepanchikovo.
Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy ,  Kyril Zinovieff ,  Jenny Hughes

$11.99

Leo Tolstoy's most personal novel, Anna Karenina scrutinizes fundamental ethical and theological questions through the tragic story of its eponymous heroine. Anna is desperately pursuing a good, moral life, standing for honesty and sincerity. Passion drives her to adultery, and this flies in the face of the corrupt Russian bourgeoisie. Meanwhile, the aristocrat Konstantin Levin is struggling to reconcile reason with passion, espousing a Christian anarchism that Tolstoy himself believed in.
Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe

Sir Walter Scott

$12.99

It is the dark days of King Richard's reign, when the beloved king is fighting in far-off lands, leaving his corrupt brother John in charge of his kingdom. Tensions between Saxon and Norman lords erupt in bouts of bloodshed or foul play; good men are banished, forced to turn outlaw and serve the true king in secrecy and disguise. In this dangerous world, the brave Wilfred of Ivanhoe must grapple with the claims of family, crown, truth and justice if he is ever to win the hand of his true love, the beautiful Lady Rowena.
The Water-babies

The Water-babies

Charles Kingsley

$15.95

'this is all a fairy tale...and, therefore, you are not to believe a word of it, even if it is true' The Water-Babies (1863) is one of the strangest and most powerful children's stories ever written. In describing the underwater adventures of Tom, a chimney-sweeper's boy who is transformed into a water-baby after he drowns, Charles Kingsley combined comic fantasy and moral fable to extraordinary effect. Tom's encounters with friendly fish, curious lobsters, and characters such as Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby are both an exciting fairy tale and a crash course in evolutionary theory. They also reflect the quirky imagination of one of the great Victorian eccentrics. Tom's adventures are constantly interrupted by Kingsley's sideswipes at contemporary issues such as child labour and the British education system, and they offer a rich satiric take on the great scientific debates of the day. This edition reprints the original complete version of the story, and includes a lively introduction, detailed explanatory notes, and an appendix that reprints Kingsley's first attempt to describe the mysterious creatures that live under the sea.
Waverley

Waverley

Sir Walter Scott

$12.99

King George is on the throne, but there are those in Scotland who swear loyalty to the Stuart heir, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and are prepared to stake his claim in conflict and bloodshed. Young Edward Waverley is caught in the middle: son of a Hanoverian yet nephew and heir to a Jacobite, a captain in the King's army yet drawn to the brave Highlanders and their romantic history. Edward must choose where his loyalties lie, even as his heart is torn between gentle Rose Brawardine, and the passionate, principled Flora Mac-Ivor.
Emma

Emma

Jane Austen ,  Fiona Stafford

$19.99

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.
           
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