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  • BURROW AND OTHER STORIES
    BURROW AND OTHER STORIES
    KAFKA FRANZ
    ISBN: 9780241372593
    Title: BURROW AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: KAFKA FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by Michael Hofmann.

    'They come, you hear the scratch of their claws just below you in the ground, and already you are lost.'

    Strange beasts, night terrors, absurd bureaucrats and sinister places abound in this collection of stories by Franz Kafka. Some are less than a page long, others more substantial; all were unpublished in his lifetime. These matchless short works range from the gleeful miniature horror 'Little Fable' to the off-kilter humour of 'Investigations of a Dog', and from the elaborate waking nightmare of 'Building the Great Wall of China' to the creeping unease of 'The Burrow', where a nameless creature's labyrinthine hiding place turns into a trap of fear and paranoia.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CALL OF THE WILD WHITE FANG AND OTHER STORIES
    CALL OF THE WILD WHITE FANG AND OTHER STORIES
    LONDON JACK
    ISBN: 9780140186512
    Title: CALL OF THE WILD WHITE FANG AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: LONDON JACK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The biting cold and the aching silence of the far North become an unforgettable backdrop for Jack London's vivid, rousing, superbly realistic wilderness adventure stories featuring the author's unique knowledge of the Yukon and the behavior of humans and animals facing nature at its cruelest.

    Includes Batard, The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Love of Life



    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $15.99
    Price: $15.99
  • CANDIDE OR OPTIMISM
    CANDIDE OR OPTIMISM
    VOLTAIRE FRANCOIS-MARIC
    ISBN: 9780140455106
    Title: CANDIDE OR OPTIMISM
    Author: VOLTAIRE FRANCOIS-MARIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world. And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them - earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder - sorely testing the young hero's optimism.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CAPITAL : Volume I
    CAPITAL : Volume I
    MARX KARL
    ISBN: 9780140445688
    Title: CAPITAL : Volume I
    Author: MARX KARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A landmark work in the understanding of capitalism, bourgeois society and the economics of class conflict, Karl Marx's Capital is translated by Ben Fowkes with an introduction by Ernest Mandel in Penguin Classics.

    One of the most notorious works of modern times, as well as one of the most influential, Capital is an incisive critique of private property and the social relations it generates. Living in exile in England, where this work was largely written, Marx drew on a wide-ranging knowledge of its society to support his analysis and generate fresh insights. Arguing that capitalism would create an ever-increasing division in wealth and welfare, he predicted its abolition and replacement by a system with common ownership of the means of production. Capital rapidly acquired readership among the leaders of social democratic parties, particularly in Russia and Germany, and ultimately throughout the world, to become a work described by Marx's friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels as 'the Bible of the Working Class'

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CAPITAL : Volume II
    CAPITAL : Volume II
    MARX KARL
    ISBN: 9780140445695
    Title: CAPITAL : Volume II
    Author: MARX KARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Marx's major work was the product of 30 years' close study of the most advanced industrial society of his day. "Capital: volume 2" is introduced here by Ernest Mandel, author of "Late Capitalism", which was an attempt to develop its theoretical legacy.

    The "forgotten" second volume of Capital, Marx's world-shaking analysis of economics, politics, and history, contains the vital discussion of commodity, the cornerstone to Marx's theories.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CAPITAL : Volume III
    CAPITAL : Volume III
    MARX KARL
    ISBN: 9780140445701
    Title: CAPITAL : Volume III
    Author: MARX KARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Unfinished at the time of Marx's death in 1883 and first published with a preface by Frederick Engels in 1894, the third volume of Das Kapital strove to combine the theories and concepts of the two previous volumes in order to prove conclusively that capitalism is inherently unworkable as a permanent system for society. Here, Marx asserts controversially that - regardless of the efforts of individual capitalists, public authorities or even generous philanthropists - any market economy is inevitably doomed to endure a series of worsening, explosive crises leading finally to complete collapse. But healso offers an inspirational and compelling prediction- that the end of capitalism will culminate, ultimately, in the birth of a far greater form of society.Translated by David Fernbach with an introduction by Ernest Mandel

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CASTLE
    CASTLE
    KAFKA FRANZ
    ISBN: 9780241372579
    Title: CASTLE
    Author: KAFKA FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by J. A. Underwood with an Introduction by Idris Parry.

    'K., he said, had taken the rousing from sleep, the interrogation, and the obligatory threat of explusion from the country with a very bad grace'

    The Castle is the story of K., the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle nor accepted in the village, and yet cannot go home. As he experiences certainty and doubt, hope and fear, and reason and nonsense, K.'s struggles in the absurd, labyrinthine world where he finds himself seem to reveal an inexplicable truth about existence. Kafka began The Castle in 1922 and it was never finished, yet this, the last of his great novels, feels strangely complete.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CATILINES WAR / THE JUGURTHINE WAR / HISTORIES
    CATILINES WAR / THE JUGURTHINE WAR / HISTORIES
    SALLUST
    ISBN: 9780140449488
    Title: CATILINES WAR / THE JUGURTHINE WAR / HISTORIES
    Author: SALLUST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sallust (86–c. 35 bc) is the earliest Roman historian of whom complete works survive, a senator of the Roman Republic and younger contemporary of Cicero, Pompey and Julius Caesar. His Catiline’s War tells of the conspiracy in 63 bc led by L. Sergius Catilina, who plotted to assassinate numerous senators and take control of the government, but was thwarted by Cicero. Sallust’s vivid account of Roman public life shows a Republic in decline, prey to moral corruption and internal strife.

    In The Jugurthine War he describes Rome’s fight in Africa against the king of the Numidians from 111 to 105 bc, and provides a damning picture of the Roman aristocracy.

    Also included in this volume are the major surviving extracts from Sallust’s now fragmentary Histories, depicting Rome after the death of the dictator Sulla.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHARTERHOUSE OF PARMA
    CHARTERHOUSE OF PARMA
    STENDHAL
    ISBN: 9780140449662
    Title: CHARTERHOUSE OF PARMA
    Author: STENDHAL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Headstrong and naïve, the young Italian aristocrat Fabrizio del Dongo is determined to defy the wrath of his right-wing father and go to war to fight for Napoleon. He stumbles on the Battle of Waterloo, ill-prepared, yet filled with enthusiasm for war and glory. Finally heeding advice, Fabrizio sneaks back to Milan, only to become embroiled in a series of amorous exploits, fuelled by his impetuous nature and the political chicanery of his aunt Gina and her wily lover. Judged by Balzac to be the most important French novel of its time, The Charterhouse of Parma is a compelling novel of extravagance and daring, blending the intrigues of the Italian court with the romance and excitement of youth.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHRONICLES OF THE CRUSADES
    CHRONICLES OF THE CRUSADES
    JOINVILLE AND VILLEHARDOUIN
    ISBN: 9780140449983
    Title: CHRONICLES OF THE CRUSADES
    Author: JOINVILLE AND VILLEHARDOUIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I will not for any price leave the kingdom of Jerusalem to be lost, since I came to conquer and defend it'The Conquest of Constantinople by Geoffrey of Villehardouin and The Life of Saint Louis by John of Joinville are eye-witness accounts of going to war in the service of God. In the first years of the thirteenth century Villehardouin served as an envoy in the Fourth Crusade, at the very heart of a campaign that veered from its aim of conquering Muslim Egypt to the sacking of Greek Orthodox Constantinople. Half a century later, Joinville accompanied the French king, Louis IX, on crusade to Egypt and the Near East. The Chronicles of the Crusades are invaluable first-hand narratives of these campaigns and provide vivid insights into the characters and beliefs of the crusaders. This edition has a new clear, accessible translation form the Old French by Caroline Smith, and introduction on the history of the crusades and the different approaches of the two authors, a chronology, maps, further reading, appendices of extra material, a glossary, notes and indexes.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CIVIL WARS
    CIVIL WARS
    APPIAN
    ISBN: 9780140445091
    Title: CIVIL WARS
    Author: APPIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Taken from Appian's Roman History, the five books collected here form the sole surviving continuous historical narrative of the era between 133 and 35 BC - a time of anarchy and instability for the Roman Empire. A masterly account of a turbulent epoch, they describe the Catiline conspiracy; the rise and fall of the First Triumvirate; the murder of Julius Caesar; the formation of the Second Triumvirate by Antonius, Octavian and Lepidus; and brutal civil war. A compelling depiction of the decline of the Roman state into brutality and violence, The Civil Wars portrays political discontent, selfishness and the struggle for power - a struggle that was to culminate in a titanic battle for mastery over the Roman Empire, and the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by Octavian in 31 BC. John Carter's modern translation conveys the compelling style of the original. His extensive introduction provides an in-depth assessment of Appian as historian and places the work in context.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CLOUD OF UNKNOWING AND OTHER WORKS
    CLOUD OF UNKNOWING AND OTHER WORKS
    ISBN: 9780140447620
    Title: CLOUD OF UNKNOWING AND OTHER WORKS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Contains The Cloud of Unknowing, The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, The Book of Privy Counselling, and An Epistle on Prayer. Against a tradition of devotional writings which focussed on knowing God through Christ's Passion and his humanity, these texts describe a transcendent God who exists beyond human knowledge and human language. These four texts are at the heart of medival mystical theology in their call for contemplation, calm, and above all, love, as the way to understand the Divine.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COLD COMFORT FARM
    COLD COMFORT FARM
    GIBBONS STELLA
    ISBN: 9780241418895
    Title: COLD COMFORT FARM
    Author: GIBBONS STELLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders- cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who saw 'something nasty in the woodshed'. But Flora loves nothing better than to organize other people, and resolves to take each of them in hand. A hilarious parody of rural melodramas, Cold Comfort Farm (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COLLECTED PETER PAN
    COLLECTED PETER PAN
    BARRIE J M
    ISBN: 9780198813965
    Title: COLLECTED PETER PAN
    Author: BARRIE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'To die will be an awfully big adventure.'

    Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up, is one of the immortals of children's literature. J. M. Barrie first created Peter Pan as a baby, living in secret with the birds and fairies in the middle of London, but as the children for whom he invented the stories grew older, so too did Peter, reappearing in Neverland, where he was aided in his epic battles with Red Indians and pirates by the motherly and resourceful Wendy Darling.

    Peter Pan has become a cultural icon and symbol for escapism and innocence, remaining popular with both children and adults.

    In this collected edition, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst brings together five of the main versions of the Peter Pan story, from Peter Pan's first appearance in The Little White Bird, to his novelisation of the story, the stage version, and unrealised silent film script.

    This edition contains a lively introduction, detailed explanatory notes, original illustrations, and appendices that include Barrie's coda to the play that was only performed once.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • COLLECTED STORIES
    COLLECTED STORIES
    MANSFIELD KATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780141441818
    Title: COLLECTED STORIES
    Author: MANSFIELD KATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALI SMITH

    Katherine Mansfield's clear, sparkling and perceptive short stories revolutionized the genre, and this collection represents the whole range of her writing. Moving, resonant, full of light and colour, they range from short sharp studies to longer, richer tales, encompassing her three major volumes Bliss, The Garden Party and In a German Pension, and fifteen tantalizing fragments of unfinished stories published after her tragic death, including 'Honesty', an intriguing tale of two bachelors, and 'The Doves' Nest', an exquisite story of a widowed mother and her daughter in the Riviera who receive a mysterious gentleman caller. Graceful, delicate and quietly devastating, they observe apparently trivial incidents to create sensitive, often painful revelations of her characters' inner lives.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • COMPLETE DEAD SEA SCROLLS IN ENGLISH
    COMPLETE DEAD SEA SCROLLS IN ENGLISH
    VERMES GEZA
    ISBN: 9780141197319
    Title: COMPLETE DEAD SEA SCROLLS IN ENGLISH
    Author: VERMES GEZA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'He will heal the wounded and revive the dead and bring good news to the poor'

    The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Judaean desert between 1947 and 1956 was one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time. These extraordinary manuscripts appear to have been hidden in the caves at Qumran by the Essenes, a Jewish sect in existence before and during the time of Jesus. Written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, the scrolls have transformed our understanding of the Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and the origins of Christianity.

    This acclaimed translation by Geza Vermes, the world's leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, has established itself as the classic version of these texts. This revised seventh edition contains a new foreword, amendments and a fully updated bibliography.

    'No translation of the scrolls is either more readable or more authoritative than that of Vermes' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'Excellent, up-to-date . . . will enable the general public to read the non-biblical scrolls and to judge for themselves their importance' The New York Times Book Review

    Translated and edited with an in

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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