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  • WAR OF THE WORLDS AND THE WAR IN THE AIR
    WAR OF THE WORLDS AND THE WAR IN THE AIR
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9781840227420
    Title: WAR OF THE WORLDS AND THE WAR IN THE AIR
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In these two compelling novels H.G. Wells imagines terrifying futures in which civilisation itself is threatened.

    The narrator of 'The War of the Worlds' is quick to discover that what appeared to be a falling star was, in fact, a metallic cylinder landing from Mars. Six million people begin to flee London in panic as tentacled invaders emerge and overpower the city. With their heat-ray, killing machines, black gas, and a taste for fresh human blood, is there anything that can be done to stop the Martians?

    In 'The War in the Air', naive but resourceful Bert Smallways is thrilled by speed and fascinated by the new flying machines. His curiosity sweeps him away by accident into a German plan to conquer America, beginning with the destruction of New York. The ease of movement in aerial warfare means that nothing and nobody is safe as Total War erupts, civilisation crumbles, and Bert's hopes of getting back to London to marry his love seem impossibly distant.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • WASHINGTON SQUARE
    WASHINGTON SQUARE
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9781840224276
    Title: WASHINGTON SQUARE
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Washington Square' marks the culmination of James's apprentice period as a novelist. With sharply focused attention upon just four principal characters, James provides an acute analysis of middle-class manners and behaviour in the New York of the 1870's, a period of great change in the life of the city. This change is explored through the device of setting the novel's action during the 1840s, similarly a period of considerable turbulence as the United States experienced the onset of rapid commercial and industrial expansion.

    Through the relationships between Austin Sloper, a celebrated physician, and his sister Lavinia Penniman, his daughter Catherine, and Catherine's suitor, Morris Townsend, James observes the contemporary scene as a site of competing styles and performances where authentic expression cannot be articulated or is subject to suppression.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • WAVES
    WAVES
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9781840224108
    Title: WAVES
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "I am writing to a rhythm and not to a plot", Virginia Woolf stated of her eighth novel, 'The Waves'. Widely regarded as one of her greatest and most original works,it conveys the rhythms of life in synchrony with the cycle of nature and the passage of time. Six children - Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny and Louis - meet in a garden close to the sea, their voices sounding over the constant echo of the waves that roll back and forth from the shore.

    The subsequent continuity of these six main characters, as they develop from childhood to maturity and follow different passions and ambitions, is interspersed with interludes from the timeless and unifying chorus of nature. In pure stream-of-consciousness style, Woolf presents a cross-section of multiple yet parallel lives, each marked by the disintegrating force of a mutual tragedy.

    'The Waves' is her searching exploration of individual and collective identity, and the observations and emotions of life, from the simplicity and surging optimism of youth to the vacancy and despair of middle-age.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • WAY WE LIVE NOW
    WAY WE LIVE NOW
    TROLLOPE ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781853262555
    Title: WAY WE LIVE NOW
    Author: TROLLOPE ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The tough-mindedness of the social satire in and its air of palpable integrity give this novel a special place in Anthony Trollope's Literary career.

    Trollope paints a picture as panoramic as his title promises, of the life of 1870s London, the loves of those drawn to and through the city, and the career of Augustus Melmotte. Melmotte is one of the Victorian novel's greatest and strangest creations, and is an achievement undimmed by the passage of time. Trollope's 'Now' might, in the twenty-first century, look like some distant disenchanted 'Then', but this is still the yesterday which we must understand in order to make proper sense of our today.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.99

    Price: $6.99
  • WEALTH OF NATIONS
    WEALTH OF NATIONS
    SMITH ADAM
    ISBN: 9781840226881
    Title: WEALTH OF NATIONS
    Author: SMITH ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Adam Smith (1723-1790) was one of the brightest stars of the eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the 'Wealth of Nations' was his most important book. First published in London in March 1776, it had been eagerly anticipated by Smith's contemporaries and became an immediate bestseller. That edition sold out quickly and others followed. Today, Smith's 'Wealth of Nations' rightfully claims a place in the Western intellectual canon. It is the first book of modern political economy, and still provides the foundation for the study of that discipline. But it is much more than that. Along with important discussions of economics and political theory, Smith mixed plain common sense with large measures of history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and much else. Few texts remind us so clearly that the Enlightenment was very much a lived experience, a concern with improving the human condition in practical ways for real people. A masterpiece by any measure, 'Wealth of Nations' remains a classic of world literature to be usefully enjoyed by readers today.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • WELL BELOVED WITH THE PURSUIT OF THE WELL BELOVED
    WELL BELOVED WITH THE PURSUIT OF THE WELL BELOVED
    HARDY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781840224054
    Title: WELL BELOVED WITH THE PURSUIT OF THE WELL BELOVED
    Author: HARDY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Introduction and Notes by Jane Thomas, University of Hull.

    'The Well-Beloved' completes the cycle of Hardy's great novels, reiterating his favourite themes of man's eternal quest for perfection in both love and art, and the suffering that ensues. Jocelyn Pierston, celebrated sculptor, tries to create an image of his ideal woman - his imaginary Well-Beloved - in stone, just as he tries to find her in the flesh.

    Powerful symbolism marks this romantic fantasy that Hardy has grounded firmly in reality with a characteristically authentic rendering of location, the Isle of Slingers, or Portland as we know it. Overt exploration of the relationship between erotic fascination and creativity makes this novel a nineteenth-century landmark in the persistent debate about art, aesthetics and gender.
    This volume breaks new ground by including in full the1892 serialised version of the novel – 'The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved'.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • WHAT MAISIE KNEW
    WHAT MAISIE KNEW
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9781840224122
    Title: WHAT MAISIE KNEW
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Pat Righelato, University of Reading

    The child of parents who divorce, remarry and then embark on adulterous affairs, Maisie Farange survives by her intelligence and spirit. For all its sombre theme of childhood innocence exposed to a corrupted adult world, this novel is one of James' comic masterpieces. The outrageous behaviour of the characters on the seedy fringes of the English upper class is conveyed with wit and relish. The dual perspective of a sophisticated narrator richly appreciative of the absurdities of the adult sexual merry-go-round and the candid vision of Maisie, 'rebounding' from one parent to another like a 'shuttlecock', together create an 'associational magic'.

    Strangely, unexpectedly, from so much that is tawdry, comes a tale of moral energy and subtlety. James' foresight was in understanding the modernity of his subject, which is even more relevant today in the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • WHY DO YOU WEAR A CHEAP WATCH
    WHY DO YOU WEAR A CHEAP WATCH
    FALLADA HANS
    ISBN: 9780241339244
    Title: WHY DO YOU WEAR A CHEAP WATCH
    Author: FALLADA HANS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'It was what we call in the trade a potato...'

    Tales of low-lifes and grifters trying to make ends meet in pre-War Germany.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
  • WHY I AM NOT GOING TO BUY A COMPUTER
    WHY I AM NOT GOING TO BUY A COMPUTER
    BERRY WENDELL
    ISBN: 9780241337561
    Title: WHY I AM NOT GOING TO BUY A COMPUTER
    Author: BERRY WENDELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Do I wish to keep up with the times? No. My wish simply is to live my life as fully as I can.'

    The great American poet, novelist and environmental activist argues for a life lived slowly.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
  • WINGS OF THE DOVE
    WINGS OF THE DOVE
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9781840221817
    Title: WINGS OF THE DOVE
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Wings of the Dove' is a tale of desire and possession, of love and death. It is in essence a simple story, but one that opens up the great subject of art: life itself. To tackle this, James moves between fairytale storylines and the startlingly modern techniques of his testing late style. An unspeakable subtext lies beneath the silence. Distinct points of view and different centres of consciousness betray the dislocation of the social facade from the desolation beneath. For all the familiar signs, there is a gulf between glamour and the underlying threat of loss.

    The eternal triangle of romance is played out here like a game on an international stage for the very highest stakes. It centres on 'the dying girl who wants to live - to live and love'. But those closest to her are in competition for what she can leave behind. Milly Theale, "the heiress of all the ages", is imaged as a dove, a princess, a Renaissance beauty, but these symbols come at a dreadful cost. By the end of the novel we know, "We shall never be again as we were!".

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • WIVES AND DAUGHERS
    WIVES AND DAUGHERS
    GASKELL ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781840224160
    Title: WIVES AND DAUGHERS
    Author: GASKELL ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction and Notes by Dinny Thorold, University of Westminster

    Gaskell's last novel, widely considered her masterpiece, follows the fortunes of two families in nineteenth century rural England. At its core are family relationships – father, daughter and step-mother, father and sons, father and step-daughter – all tested and strained by the romantic entanglements that ensue.

    Despite its underlying seriousness, the prevailing tone is one of comedy. Gaskell vividly portrays the world of the late 1820s and the forces of change within it, and her vision is always humane and progressive.

    The story is full of acute observation and sympathetic character-study: the feudal squire clinging to old values, his naturalist son welcoming the new world of science, the local doctor and his scheming second wife, the two girls brought together by their parent’s marriage…

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • WOMEN IN LOVE
    WOMEN IN LOVE
    LAWRENCE D H
    ISBN: 9781853260070
    Title: WOMEN IN LOVE
    Author: LAWRENCE D H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lawrence's finest, most mature novel initially met with disgust and incomprehension. In the love affairs of two sisters, Ursula with Rupert, and Gudrun with Gerald, critics could only see a sorry tale of sexual depravity and philosophical obscurity. 'Women in Love' is, however, a profound response to a whole cultural crisis. The "progress" of the modern industrialised world had led to the carnage of the First World War.

    What, then, did it mean to call ourselves "human"? On what grounds could we place ourselves above and beyond the animal world? What are the definitive forms of our relationships - love, marriage, family, friendship - really worth? And how might they be otherwise? Without directly referring to the war, Women in Love explores these questions with restless energy. As a sequel to 'The Rainbow', the novel develops experimental techniques which made Lawrence one of the most important writers of the Modernist movement.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • WOODLANDERS
    WOODLANDERS
    HARDY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781853262937
    Title: WOODLANDERS
    Author: HARDY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Educated beyond her station, Grace Melbury returns to the woodland village of little Hintock and cannot marry her intended, Giles Winterborne. Her alternative choice proves disastrous, and in a moving tale that has vibrant characters, many humorous moments and genuine pathos coupled with tragic irony, Hardy eschews a happy ending.

    With characteristic derision, he exposes the cruel indifference of the archaic legal system off his day, and shows the tragic consequences of untimely adherence to futile social and religious proprieties.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.99

    Price: $6.99
  • WORKS AND DAYS
    WORKS AND DAYS
    HESIOD
    ISBN: 9780241310939
    Title: WORKS AND DAYS
    Author: HESIOD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PUBLICATION DELAYED

    A new verse translation of one of the foundational ancient Greek works by the award-winning poet Alicia Stallings.

    The ancient Greeks revered Hesiod, believing he had beaten Homer in a singing contest and that after his dead body was thrown to sea, it was brought back by dolphins. His Works and Days is one of the most important early works of Greek poetry. Ostensibly written by the poet to chide his lazy brother, it recounts the story of Pandora's box and humanity's decline since the Golden Age, and can be read as a celebration of rural life and a hymn to work.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WUTHERING HEIGHTS
    WUTHERING HEIGHTS
    BRONTE EMILY
    ISBN: 9781853260018
    Title: WUTHERING HEIGHTS
    Author: BRONTE EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by John S. Whitley, University of Sussex.

    'Wuthering Heights' is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.

    The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • YEARS AND BETWEEN THE ACTS
    YEARS AND BETWEEN THE ACTS
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9781840226812
    Title: YEARS AND BETWEEN THE ACTS
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This volume brings together Virginia Woolf's last two novels, 'The Years' (1937) which traces the lives of members of a dispersed middle-class family between 1880 and 1937, and 'Between the Acts' (1941), an account of a village pageant in the summer preceding the Second World War which successfully interweaves comedy, satire and disturbing observation. Rewriting the traditional family saga and the pageant, these unsettling novels provide extraordinary critiques of Englishness and English identity while pursuing compelling existentialist and psychological themes such as the nature of time, memory, personal relationships and sexual desire. Their tightly constructed narratives enable the reader to experience the fragmented lives of their characters and the difficulties that they have in communicating with each other and even understanding themselves. Read together, these novels illuminate each other in ways that will engage both the student and the general reader.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
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