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  • UTOPIA
    UTOPIA
    MORE THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780141442327
    Title: UTOPIA
    Author: MORE THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thomas More's Utopia is a masterpiece of Renaissance political philosophy, responsible for introducing the term 'utopia' and spawning an entire genre of 'utopian' and 'dystopian' literature. This Penguin Classics edition is a major new translation from the Latin by Dominic Baker-Smith, and includes an introduction and notes on the text.

    'Even if you can't eradicate harmful ideas or remedy established evils, that's no reason to turn your back on the body politic'

    In Utopia, Thomas More gives us a traveller's account of a newly-discovered island where the inhabitants enjoy a social order based on natural reason and justice, and human fulfilment is open to all. As the traveller, Raphael, describes the island to More, a bitter contrast is drawn between this rational society and the custom-driven practices of Europe. So how can the philosopher try to reform his society? In his fictional discussion, More takes up a question first raised by Plato and which is still a challenge in the contemporary world. In the history of political thought few works have been more influential than Utopia, and few more misunderstood.

    Dominic Baker-Smith's introduction examines the conflicting voices and perspectives of More's masterpiece and relates them to the European context of his time. This new edition also includes a chronology, notes, appendices, glossary and suggested further reading.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • VANITY FAIR
    VANITY FAIR
    THACKERAY WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141439839
    Title: VANITY FAIR
    Author: THACKERAY WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin, devoted to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure. This edition follows the text of Thackeray's revised edition of 1853, John Carey's introduction identifies Vanity Fair as a landmark in the development of European Realism, and as a reflection of Thackeray's passionate love for another man's wife.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN
    VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN
    WOLLSTONECRAFT MARY
    ISBN: 9780141441252
    Title: VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN
    Author: WOLLSTONECRAFT MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792. Passionate and forthright, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman attacked the prevailing view of docile, decorative femininity, and instead laid out the principles of emancipation- an equal education for girls and boys, an end to prejudice, and for women to become defined by their profession, not their partner. Mary Wollstonecraft's work was received with a mixture of admiration and outrage - Walpole called her 'a hyena in petticoats' - yet it established her as the mother of modern feminism.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • VOYAGE OF ARGO
    VOYAGE OF ARGO
    APOLLONIUS OF RHODES
    ISBN: 9780140440850
    Title: VOYAGE OF ARGO
    Author: APOLLONIUS OF RHODES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Written in the third century BC in Alexandria, this is the only full surviving account of Jason's legendary quest for the Golden Fleece. It describes the thrilling adventures of the Argonauts on their voyage to Colchis to plead with king Aeetes for the fleece, his greatest treasure - and the Eros-inspired passion felt by his daughter, the beautiful witch-princess Medea, for the scheming Jason. Chronicling a journey that sees Jason and his crew traverse perilous seas, negotiate the treacherous Cyanean Rocks, and confront the lure of the Sirens' song, The Voyage of Argo is a masterful depiction of distinctly human heroism and betrayal caused by love. An eloquent marriage of romance and realism, it tells the definitive version of one of the greatest legends of the classical age: an epic tale of bravery, prophecy and magic.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE
    VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE
    DARWIN CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780140432688
    Title: VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When HMS Beagle sailed out of Devonport on 27 December 1831, Charles Darwin was twenty-two and setting off on the voyage of a lifetime. His journal, here reprinted in a shortened form, shows a naturalist making patient observations concerning geology, natural history, people, places and events. Volcanoes in the Galapagos, the Gossamer spider of Patagonia and the Australasian coral reefs – all are to be found in these extraordinary writings. The insights made here were to set in motion the intellectual currents that led to the most controversial book of the Victorian age: The Origin of Species.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WALDEN AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
    WALDEN AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
    THOREAU HENRY DAVID
    ISBN: 9780140390445
    Title: WALDEN AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
    Author: THOREAU HENRY DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.' Disdainful of America's growing commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods by Walden Pond. Walden, the classic account of his stay there, conveys at once a naturalist's wonder at the commonplace and a Transcendentalist's yearning for spiritual truth and self-reliance. But even as Thoreau disentangled himself from worldly matters, his solitary musings were often disturbed by his social conscience. 'Civil Disobedience', expressing his antislavery and antiwar sentiments, has influenced nonviolent resistance movements worldwide. Michael Meyer's introduction points out that Walden is not so much an autobiographical study as a 'shining example' of Transcendental individualism.

    So, too, 'Civil Disobedience' is less a call to political activism than a statement of Thoreau's insistence on living a life of principle. Introduction by MICHAEL MEYER

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WAR AND PEACE
    WAR AND PEACE
    TOLSTOY LEO / BRIGGS A [TRAN]
    ISBN: 9780140447934
    Title: WAR AND PEACE
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO / BRIGGS A [TRAN]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants, to soldiers and Napoleon himself. In War and Peace (1868-9), Tolstoy entwines grand themes - conflict and love, birth and death, free will and fate - with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WAR OF THE WORLDS
    WAR OF THE WORLDS
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9780141441030
    Title: WAR OF THE WORLDS
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London. At first, naive locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag only to be quickly killed by an all-destroying heat-ray, as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge. Soon the whole of human civilisation is under threat, as powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines, destroy all in their path with black gas and burning rays, and feast on the warm blood of trapped, still-living human prey. The forces of the Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they at first appear.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WAR WITH HANNIBAL
    WAR WITH HANNIBAL
    LIVY
    ISBN: 9780140441451
    Title: WAR WITH HANNIBAL
    Author: LIVY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The War with Hannibal, Livy (59 BC-AD 17) chronicles the events of the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage, until the Battle of Zama in 202 BC.

    In The War with Hannibal, Livy (59 BC-AD 17) chronicles the events of the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage, until the Battle of Zama in 202 BC. He vividly recreates the immense armies of Hannibal, complete with elephants, crossing the Alps; the panic as they approached the gates of Rome; and the decimation of the Roman army at the Battle of Lake Trasimene. Yet it is also the clash of personalities that fascinates Livy, from great debates in the Senate to the historic meeting between Scipio and Hannibal before the decisive battle. Livy never hesitates to introduce both intense drama and moral lessons into his work, and here he brings a turbulent episode in history powerfully to life.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WARD NO 6 AND OTHER STORIES 1892-1895
    WARD NO 6 AND OTHER STORIES 1892-1895
    CHEKHOV ANTON
    ISBN: 9780140447866
    Title: WARD NO 6 AND OTHER STORIES 1892-1895
    Author: CHEKHOV ANTON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tells stories from the middle period of the author's career - influenced by his own experiences as a doctor. In this title, all the stories feature characters who face madness, alienation and frustration before they experience brief, ephemeral moments of insight, often earned at great cost, where they confront the reality of their existence.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WAVES
    WAVES
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241372081
    Title: WAVES
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    Tracing the lives of a group of friends, this novel follows their development from childhood to middle age. While social events, individual achievements and disappointments form its narrative, the novel is most remarkable for the rich poetic language that expresses the inner life of its characters- their aspirations, their triumphs and regrets, their awareness of unity and isolation. Separately and together, they query the relationship of past to present, and the meaning of life itself.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99
    Price: $16.99
  • WE
    WE
    ZAMYATIN YEVGENY
    ISBN: 9780140185850
    Title: WE
    Author: ZAMYATIN YEVGENY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A seminal work of dystopian fiction that foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet Russia, Yevgeny Zamyatin's We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Russian with an introduction by Clarence Brown.

    In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor', the citizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity - until D-503, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul.

    Set in the twenty-sixth century AD, We is the classic dystopian novel and was the forerunner of works such as George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. It was suppressed for many years in Russia and remains a resounding cry for individual freedom, yet is also a powerful, exciting and vivid work of science fiction.
    Clarence Brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than sixty years' suppression.

    Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884-1937) was a naval engineer by profession and writer by vocation, who made himself an enemy of the Tsarist government by being a Bolshevik, and an enemy of the Soviet government by insisting that human beings have absolute creative freedom. He wrote short stories, plays and essays, but his masterpiece is We, written in 1920-21 and soon thereafter translated into most of the languages of the world. It first appeared in Russia only in 1988.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • WEALTH OF NATIONS : BOOKS I-III
    WEALTH OF NATIONS : BOOKS I-III
    SMITH ADAM
    ISBN: 9780140432084
    Title: WEALTH OF NATIONS : BOOKS I-III
    Author: SMITH ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" was the first comprehensive treatment of political economy. Originally delivered in the form of lectures at Glasgow, the book's publication in 1776 co-incided with America's Declaration of Independence. These volumes include Smith's assessment of the mercantile system, his advocacy of the freedom of commerce and industry, and his famous prophecy that "America will be one of the foremost nations of the world".

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WEALTH OF NATIONS : BOOKS IV-V
    WEALTH OF NATIONS : BOOKS IV-V
    SMITH ADAM
    ISBN: 9780140436150
    Title: WEALTH OF NATIONS : BOOKS IV-V
    Author: SMITH ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Smith's The Wealth of Nations was the first comprehensive treatment of political economy. Originally delivered in the form of lectures at Glasgow, the book's publication in 1776 co-incided with America's Declaration of Independence. These volumes include Smith's assessment of the mercantile system, his advocacy of the freedom of commerce and industry, and his famous prophecy that 'America will be one of the foremost nations of the world'.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHAT MAISIE KNEW
    WHAT MAISIE KNEW
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9780141441375
    Title: WHAT MAISIE KNEW
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After her parents' bitter divorce, young Maisie Farange finds herself shuttled between her selfish mother and vain father, who value her only as a means for provoking each other. Maisie - solitary, observant and wise beyond her years - is drawn into an increasingly entangled adult world of intrigue and sexual betrayal, until she is finally compelled to choose her own future. What Maisie Knew is a subtle yet devastating portrayal of an innocent adrift in a corrupt society. Part of a relaunch of three James titles.



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99
    Price: $14.99
  • WILL TO POWER
    WILL TO POWER
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780141195353
    Title: WILL TO POWER
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Will to Power contains some of Nietzsche's most fascinating and combative writings on nihilism, metaphysics and the future of Europe. Assembled by Nietzsche's sister after his death,
    The Will to Power is a collection of the philosopher's reflections and theories taken from his unpublished notebooks. Covering topics such as nihilism, Christianity, morality and the famous 'will to power', the book was controversially presented as Nietzsche's all-but-completed magnum opus containing his philosophical system. Including some of his most interesting metaphysical and epistemological thoughts, as well as some of his most disturbing ethical and political comments, the book would prove to have a significant influence on Nietzsche's contentious reception in the twentieth century.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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