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  • ART OF WAR - THE BOOK OF LORD SHANG
    ART OF WAR - THE BOOK OF LORD SHANG
    TZU SUN
    ISBN: 9781853267796
    Title: ART OF WAR - THE BOOK OF LORD SHANG
    Author: TZU SUN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by Yuan Shibing and J.J.L.Duyvendak. With introductions by Robert Wilkinson.

    The two political classics in this book are the product of a time of intense turmoil in Chinese history. Dating from the Period of the Warring States (403-221BC), they anticipate Machiavelli's The Prince by nearly 2000 years.

    'The Art of War' is the best known of a considerable body of Chinese works on the subject. It analyses the nature of war, and reveals how victory may be ensured.

    'The Book of Lord Shang' is a political treatise for the instruction of rulers. These texts are anything but armchair strategy or ivory-tower speculation. They are serious, urgent and practical responses to the desperate situations in which they were written. They have been immensely influential both inside and outside China.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • AWAKENING AND SELECTED STORIES
    AWAKENING AND SELECTED STORIES
    CHOPIN KATE
    ISBN: 9780142437322
    Title: AWAKENING AND SELECTED STORIES
    Author: CHOPIN KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A daring novel of a woman's sexual and spiritual awakening

    The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers and reviewers with its treatment of sex and suicide. In a departure from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class convention are themes of this now-classic novel.

    The book was influenced by French writers ranging from Flaubert to Maupassant, and can be seen as a precursor of the impressionistic, mood-driven novels of Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes. Variously called 'vulgar,' 'unhealthily introspective,' and 'morbid,' the book was neglected for several decades, not least because it was written by a 'regional' woman writer.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $13.99

    Price: $13.99
  • BARNABY RUDGE
    BARNABY RUDGE
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780140437287
    Title: BARNABY RUDGE
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Offers a portrait of London's descent into anarchy, where 'King Mob' rules the streets, and innocent lives are swept up in the chaos. This is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAST WITHIN
    BEAST WITHIN
    ZOLA EMILE / WHITEHOUSE ROGER [TRAN
    ISBN: 9780140449631
    Title: BEAST WITHIN
    Author: ZOLA EMILE / WHITEHOUSE ROGER [TRAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    La Bete humaine (1890), the seventeenth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series, is one of Zola's most violent and explicit works. On one level a tale of murder, passion, and possession, it is also a compassionate study of individuals derailed by atavistic forces beyond their control. Zola considered this his 'most finely worked' novel, and in it he powerfully evokes life at the end of the Second Empire in France, where society seemed to be hurtling into the future like the new locomotives and railways it was building. While expressing the hope that human nature evolves through education and gradually frees itself of the burden of inherited evil, he is constantly reminding us that under the veneer of technological progress there remains, always, the beast within.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEL-AMI
    BEL-AMI
    DE MAUPASSANT GUY
    ISBN: 9780140443158
    Title: BEL-AMI
    Author: DE MAUPASSANT GUY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Guy de Maupassant's scandalous tale of an opportunistic young man corrupted by the allure of power, Bel-Ami is translated with an introduction by Douglas Parmée in Penguin Classics.

    Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his admirers as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie francaise and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives - the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses and wily financiers - and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, Bel-Ami is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life - depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle epoque with wit, sensitivity and humanity.

    Douglas Parmée's translation captures all the vigour and vitality of Maupassant's novel. His introduction explores the similarities between Bel-Ami and Maupassant himself and demonstrates the skill with which the author depicts his large cast of characters and the French society of the Third Republic.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BETWEEN THE ACTS
    BETWEEN THE ACTS
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241372500
    Title: BETWEEN THE ACTS
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Outwardly a novel about life in a country-house in whose grounds there is to be a pageant, Between the Acts is also a striking evocation of English experience in the months leading up to the Second World War.

    Through dialogue, humour and the passionate musings of the characters, Virginia Woolf explores how a community is formed (and scattered) over time. The pageant, a series of scenes from English history, and the private dramas that go on between the acts, are closely interlinked. Through the figure of Miss La Trobe, and author of the pageant, Virginia Woolf questions imperialist assumptions and, at the same time, re-creates the elusive role of the artist.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140449235
    Title: BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age.

    The work dramatically rejects the traditional of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. Nietzsche seeks to demonstrate that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. With wit and energy, he turns from this critique to a philosophy that celebrates the present and demands that the individual impose their own 'will to power' upon the world.

    This edition includes a commentary on the text by the translator and Michael Tanner's introduction, which explains some of the more abstract passages in Beyond Good and Evil.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BHAGAVAD GITA
    BHAGAVAD GITA
    ISBN: 9780140447903
    Title: BHAGAVAD GITA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Bhagavad Gita is an early epic poem that recounts the conversation between Arjuna the warrior and his charioteer Krishna, the manifestation of God. In the moments before a great battle, the dialogue sets out the important lessons Arjuna must learn to change the outcome of the war he is to fight, and culminates in Krishna revealing to the warrior his true cosmic form, counselling him to search for the universal perfection of life. Ranging from instructions on yoga postures to dense moral discussion, the Gita is one of the most important Hindu texts, as well as serving as a practical guide to living well.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BILLY BUDD BARTLEBY AND OTHER STORIES
    BILLY BUDD BARTLEBY AND OTHER STORIES
    MELVILLE HERMAN
    ISBN: 9780143107606
    Title: BILLY BUDD BARTLEBY AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: MELVILLE HERMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Though best-known for his epic masterpiece Moby-Dick, Herman Melville also left a body of short stories arguably unmatched in American fiction. In the sorrowful tragedy of Billy Budd,Sailor; the controlled rage of Benito Cereno; and the tantalizing enigma of Bartleby, the Scrivener; Melville reveals himself as a singular storyteller of tremendous range and compelling power. In these stories, Melville cuts to the heart of race, class, capitalism, and globalism in America, deftly navigating political and social issues that resonate as clearly in our time as they did in Melville's. Also including The Piazza Tales in full, this collection demonstrates why Melville stands not only among the greatest writers of the nineteenth century, but also as one of our greatest contemporaries.
    This Penguin Classics edition features the Reading Text of Billy Budd, Sailor, as edited from a genetic study of the manuscript by Harrison Hayford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr., and the authoritative Northwestern-Newberry text of The Piazza Tales.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
    BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140433395
    Title: BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling argument for the necessity for art in life, Nietzsche's first book is fuelled by his enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, for the philosophy of Schopenhauer and for the music of Wagner, to whom this work was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between its two central forces: the Apolline, representing beauty and order, and the Dionysiac, a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime. He believed the combination of these states produced the highest forms of music and tragic drama, which not only reveal the truth about suffering in life, but also provide a consolation for it. Impassioned and exhilarating in its conviction, The Birth of Tragedy has become a key text in European culture and in literary criticism.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BLACK BEAUTY
    BLACK BEAUTY
    SEWELL ANNA
    ISBN: 9781760651862
    Title: BLACK BEAUTY
    Author: SEWELL ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This enchanting story of the bravery of a horse in Victorian Britain has captivated and enthralled so many generations of readers. Step back in time and see the world through Black Beauty's gentle and patient eyes, as he enjoys the pleasures and endures the hardships that fell to horses living in the 19th Century. Christian Birmingham's stunning new colour edition of Anna Sewell's classic tale is complete and unabridged, and the narrative voice of Black Beauty as fresh as the day the story was first published in 1877. Meet the compassionate heroes and hard-hearted rascals who Beauty encounters during his life and, above all, experience what it is to be a horse – to gallop on the soft grass and to hear a kind word in a moment of great need. It is truly a story you will never forget.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BLEAK HOUSE
    BLEAK HOUSE
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780141439723
    Title: BLEAK HOUSE
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the interminable case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs; Esther Summerson, a ward of court, whose parentage is a source of deepening mystery; the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn; the determined sleuth Inspector Bucket; and even Jo, the destitute little crossing-sweeper. A savage, but often comic, indictment of a society that is rotten to the core, Bleak House is one of Dickens's most ambitious novels, with a range that extends from the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to the poorest of London slums. This edition follows the first edition in book form on 1853. Terry Eagleton's preface examines characterisation and considers Bleak House as an early work of detective fiction.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BOOK OF FIVE RINGS : A Definitive Translation of the Timeless Masterpiece of Japan's Greatest Samurai
    BOOK OF FIVE RINGS : A Definitive Translation of the Timeless Masterpiece of Japan's Greatest Samurai
    MUSASHI MIYAMOTO
    ISBN: 9784805314760
    Title: BOOK OF FIVE RINGS : A Definitive Translation of the Timeless Masterpiece of Japan's Greatest Samurai
    Author: MUSASHI MIYAMOTO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The culmination of 25 years of research, Alex Bennett's ground-breaking new English translation of The Book of Five Rings reveals the true meaning of the original.

    Miyamoto Musashi (1584–1645) is the most famous Samurai who ever lived. His magnum opus, the Go-Rin-Sho or Book of Five Rings is a classic that is still read by tens of thousands of people each year—Japanese and foreigners alike. Alex Bennett's groundbreaking new translation of The Book of Five Ringsreveals the true meaning of this text for the first time. Like Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Musashi's book offers unique insights not just for warriors but for anyone wanting to apply the Zen Buddhist principles of awareness and "no mind" to achieve success in their endeavors. This book sheds new light on Japanese history and on the philosophical meaning of Bushido—the ancient "code of the Japanese warrior."

    Imprint: TUTTLE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOOK OF RAM
    BOOK OF RAM
    PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    ISBN: 9780143424604
    Title: BOOK OF RAM
    Author: PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    He is Eka-vachani, a king who always keeps his word; Eka-bani, an archer who strikes his target with the first arrow; and Eka-patni, a husband who is eternally and absolutely devoted to a single wife. He is maryada purushottam Ram, the supreme upholder of social values, the scion of the Raghu clan, jewel of the solar dynasty, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, God who establishes order in worldly life. Hindus believe that in stressful and tumultuous times chanting Ram’s name and hearing his tale, the Ramayan, brings stability, hope, peace and prosperity. Reviled by feminists, appropriated by politicians, Ram remains serene in his majesty, the only Hindu deity to be worshipped as a king.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOOK OF TEA
    BOOK OF TEA
    OKAKURA KAKUZO
    ISBN: 9780141191843
    Title: BOOK OF TEA
    Author: OKAKURA KAKUZO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For a generation adjusting painfully to the demands of a modern industrial and commercial society, Asia came to represent an alternative vision of the good life: aesthetically austere, socially aristocratic, and imbued with spirituality. The Book of Tea was originally written in English and sought to address the inchoate yearnings of disaffected Westerners. In a flash of inspiration, Okakura saw that the formal tea party as practiced in New England was a distant cousin of the Japanese tea ceremony, and that East and West had thus 'met in the tea-cup.'



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
    BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780140449242
    Title: BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The murder of brutal landowner Fyodor Karamazov changes, the lives of his sons irrevocably: Mitya, the sensualist, whose bitter rivalry with his father immediately places him under suspicion for parricide; Ivan the intellectual, whose mental tortures drive him to breakdown; the spiritual Alyosha, who tries to heal the family's rifts; and the shadowy figures of their bastard half-brother Smerdyakov. As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky's dark masterwork evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil blur, and everyone's faith in humanity is tested.

    This powerful translation of The Brothers Karamazov features an introduction highlighting Dostoyevsky's recurrent themes of guilt and salvation, with a new chronology and further reading.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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