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The Secret History

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The Secret History

Procopius

Literary essays; European history; Ancient history: to c 500 CE

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Portrays the 'great lawgiver' Justinian as a rampant king of corruption and tyranny, the Empress Theodora as a sorceress and... [more]

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The Three Musketeers

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The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Young d'Artagnan arrives in Paris to join King's Louis XIII's elite guards, but almost immediately finds he is duelling with... [more]

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Arabian Sands

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Arabian Sands

Wilfred Thesiger

Travel writing; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Wilfred Thesiger was born in Addis Ababa and educated at Eton and Oxford. In the spirit of TE Lawrence, Thesiger spent five... [more]

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War And Peace

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War And Peace

Leo Tolstoy

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. In this book,... [more]

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Selected Poems: Tennyson

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Selected Poems: Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Poetry

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Contains poems which epitomize the Victorian age. [more]

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The Master And Margarita

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The Master And Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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In Soviet Moscow, God is dead, but the devil - to say nothing of his retinue of demons, from a loudmouthed, gun-toting tomcat,... [more]

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Lord Jim

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Lord Jim

Joseph Conrad

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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An English boy in a simple town has dreams bigger than the outdoors and embarks at an early age into the sailor's life. The... [more]

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The Nature of Things

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The Nature of Things

Lucretius

Poetry by individual poets

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A poem that demonstrates to humanity that in death there is nothing to fear since the soul is mortal, and the world and everything... [more]

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Under Western Eyes

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Under Western Eyes

Joseph Conrad

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Razumov aims to overcome the denial of his noble birth by a brilliant career in the tsarist bureaucracy created by Peter the... [more]

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The Old Wives' Tale

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The Old Wives' Tale

Arnold Bennett

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Affirms the integrity of ordinary lives as it tells the story of the Baines sisters. This work traces the sisters' lives from... [more]

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The Republic

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The Republic

Plato

Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500; Political science & theory

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Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this book is an enquiry into the notion... [more]

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The Iron Heel

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The Iron Heel

Jack London

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The Iron Heel is a dystopian novel by American writer Jack London, first published in 1908. Generally considered to be the... [more]

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The Road to Oxiana

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The Road to Oxiana

Robert Byron

Travel & holiday; Travel writing

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In 1933, the author began a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Teheran to Oxiana - the country... [more]

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Where Angels Fear to Tread

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Where Angels Fear to Tread

E. M. Forster

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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When attractive English widow Lidia takes a holiday in Italy, she causes a scandal by marrying Gino, a highly unsuitable Italian... [more]

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Noli Me Tangere: (Touch Me Not)

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Noli Me Tangere: (Touch Me Not)

Jose Rizal

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The Noli, as it is called in the Philippines, was the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism.... [more]

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Purgatorio

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Purgatorio

Dante

Poetry; Poetry by individual poets

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Depicting a realm of intense sensation and physical experience, this poem transforms the traditional Christian idea of Purgatory... [more]

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Frogs and Other Plays

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Frogs and Other Plays

Aristophanes

Plays & playscripts

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Offers insight into one of the turbulent periods in Ancient Greek history. This book is written during the Peloponnesian War,... [more]

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Ten Days That Shook the World

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Ten Days That Shook the World

John Reed

History; European history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions; Revolutionary groups & movements

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Presents an account of the Russian revolution. This book describes the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and... [more]

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Tales from Shakespeare

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Tales from Shakespeare

Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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A collection of twenty of Shakespeare's stories which begins with The Tempest , that explores themes of magic, power and... [more]

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The Good Soldier

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The Good Soldier

Ford Madox Ford

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The Dowells, a wealthy American couple, have been close friends with the Ashburnhams for years. Edward Ashburnham, a first-rate... [more]

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The Garden Party and Other Stories

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The Garden Party and Other Stories

Lorna Sage, Katherine Mansfield

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Short stories; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Contains fifteen stories, many of which are set in the author's native New Zealand, and others in England and the French Riviera.... [more]

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The Rainbow

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The Rainbow

D. H. Lawrence

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow, Lydia Lensky, and adopts her daughter Anna as his own, he is unprepared for the... [more]

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A Room with a View

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A Room with a View

E. M. Forster, Malcolm Bradbury

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Visiting Florence with her cousin Charlotte as a chaperone, Lucy Honeychurch meets the unconventional, lower-class Mr Emerson... [more]

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The Pillow Book

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The Pillow Book

Sei Shonagon

Poetry by individual poets; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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A translation of the idiosyncratic diary of a C10 court lady in Heian Japan. Along with the Tale of Genji , it is one of... [more]

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Cold Comfort Farm

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Cold Comfort Farm

Stella Gibbons

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives... [more]

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