For over 2000 years, philosophy has been our best guide to the experience of being human, and the true nature of reality. From Aristotle, Plato, Epicurus, Confucius, Cicero and Heraclitus in ancient times to 17th century rationalists Descartes, Leibniz and Spinoza, from 20th-century greats Jean-Paul Sar ...Show more
84, Charing Cross Road with introduction by Anne Bancroft. 'A charmer. Will beguile an hour of your time and put you in tune with [humankind].'
Set in an unnamed African country, V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the Riveris narrated by Salim, a young man from an Indian family of traders long resident on the coast. He believes The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.So he has taken the i ...Show more
Originally published in 1986, A Bird in the Hand announced Ann Cleeves, now the bestselling author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series, as a brilliant new voice in contemporary crime fiction.Who could have known birdwatching was such a dangerous sport?Young Tom French has been found dead in a marsh ...Show more
"There was an Old Derry down Derry, Who loved to see little folks merry;So he made them a Book, And with laughter they shookAt the fun of that Derry down Derry." First published in 1846 under the pseudonym "Old Derry down Derry," A Book of Nonsense is a collection adapted from the limericks and ...Show more
'Bah ' said Scrooge, 'Humbug 'Ebenezer Scrooge is unimpressed by Christmas. He has no time for festivities or goodwill toward his fellow men and is only interested in money. Then, on the night of Christmas Eve, his life is changed by a series of ghostly visitations that show him some bitter truths about ...Show more
In this nightmare vision of a not-too-distant future, fifteen-year-old Alex and his three friends rob, rape, torture and murder - for fun. Alex is jailed for his vicious crimes and the State undertakes to reform him - but how and at what cost?
'What's it going to be then, eh?' This special edition of A Clockwork Orangerestores the text of Anthony Burgess' novel as he originally wrote it, and includes a glossary of his teen slang 'Nadsat', pages from the original typescript, explanatory notes, interviews, articles and reviews, shedding light o ...Show more
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtBy Mark TwainAn extravagant but cleverly planned burlesque that works as a condemnation of Chivalry, one of Twain's chief aversions...
For Dorothea Cassidy, Thursdays were special. Every week she would look forward to the one day she could call her own, and would plan to visit people she wanted to see as a welcome respite from the routine duties that being a vicar's wife entailed. But one Thursday in June was to be more special than an ...Show more
A semi-autobiographical story of a writer who fails to sell his novel and fails to commit suicide. When his play is taken up by the theatre, literary success beckons, but he has reckoned without the grotesquely inflated egos of the actors, directors and theatre managers.