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  • 120 DAYS OF SODOM
    120 DAYS OF SODOM
    DE SADE MARQUIS
    ISBN: 9780141394343
    Title: 120 DAYS OF SODOM
    Author: DE SADE MARQUIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new translation of Sade's most notorious, shocking and influential novel.

    This disturbing but hugely important text has influenced countless individuals throughout history- Flaubert and Baudelaire both read Sade; the surrealists were obsessed with him; film-makers like Pasolini saw parallels with twentieth-century history in his writings; and feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and Angela Carter clashed over him.
    This new translation brings Sade's provocative novel into Penguin Classics for the first time, and will reignite the debate around this most controversial of writers.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 1984
    1984
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781925355765
    Title: 1984
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Charlotte Wood.

    Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in what remains of a Britain ravaged by revolution. His every move is monitored by the Thought Police, who are responsible for detecting dissent against the Party and its leader, Big Brother-and eliminating it. When he meets Julia, Winston thinks he might have found love, and a fellow loather of the Party. But when the pair are arrested and sent to the sinister Room 101 for re-education, their bond-and commitment to their shared cause-will be tested to its limits.

    George Orwell's dystopian vision of a world enslaved by doublethink and thoughtcrime is as terrifying now as it was on its initial publication in 1949. One of the great classics of the twentieth century, 1984 is a startlingly original and arresting novel about tyranny and the universal struggle of the individual against the malevolent tendencies of the modern state.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
    ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
    TWAIN MARK
    ISBN: 9780141439648
    Title: ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
    Author: TWAIN MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tells the story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi on a raft that conveys the voice and experience of the American frontier. This is a satirical tale of childhood rebellion against hypocritical adult authority.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
    ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
    TWAIN MARK
    ISBN: 9780143107330
    Title: ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
    Author: TWAIN MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The classic boyhood adventure tale, updated with a new introduction by noted Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen.

    A consummate prankster with a quick wit, Tom Sawyer dreams of a bigger fate than simply being a 'rich boy.' Yet through the novel's humorous escapades - from the famous episode of the whitewashed fence to the trial of Injun Joe - Mark Twain explores the deeper themes of the adult world, one of dishonesty and superstition, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • AENEID
    AENEID
    VIRGIL
    ISBN: 9780140449327
    Title: AENEID
    Author: VIRGIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After half a century of civil strife in Rome and Italy, Virgil wrote The Aeneid to honour the emperor Augustus by praising Aeneas - Augustus' legendary ancestor. As a patriotic epic imitating Homer, The Aeneid also provided Rome with a literature equal to that of Greece. It tells of Aeneas, survivor of the sack of Troy, and of his seven-year journey- to Carthage, falling tragically in love with Queen Dido; then to the underworld, in the company of the Sibyl of Cumae; and finally to Italy, where he founded Rome. It is a story of defeat and exile, of love and war, hailed by Tennyson as 'the stateliest measure ever moulded by the lips of man'. David West's acclaimed prose translation is accompanied by his revised introduction and individual prefaces to the twelve books of The Aeneid.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AENEID
    AENEID
    VERGIL (BARTSCH SHADI-TRANS)
    ISBN: 9781788162678
    Title: AENEID
    Author: VERGIL (BARTSCH SHADI-TRANS)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    On his deathbed in 19 BCE, Vergil asked that his epic, The Aeneid, be burned and not published. If his wishes had been obeyed, western literature - and maybe even western civilisation - might have taken a different course.

    The Aeneid has remained a key text of university courses since the rise of universities, and has been invoked at key points of human history - whether by Saint Augustine to illustrate the fallen nature of the soul, by settlers to justify manifest destiny in North America, or by Mussolini in support of his Fascist regime.

    In this fresh and fast-paced translation of the Aeneid, Shadi Bartsch brings the poem to the modern reader. Along with the translation, her introduction will guide the reader to a deeper understanding of the epic's enduring influence.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AESOPS FABLES
    AESOPS FABLES
    AESOP
    ISBN: 9781851245376
    Title: AESOPS FABLES
    Author: AESOP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For twenty-five centuries, the animal stories that go by the name of Aesop's Fables have amused and instructed generations of children and adults alike. The tales are still as fresh and poignant today as they were to the ancient Greeks who composed them. This beautifully illustrated edition contains some of the best-loved fables, including The Boy who Cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg, The Hare and the Tortoise, and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, alongside many of the lesser-known tales. These timeless stories are illustrated with thirty-seven woodcuts by Agnes Miller Parker (1895–1980), one of the greatest British wood engraving artists of the twentieth century. Parker's distinctive work is strikingly stylised and deceptively simple. Commissioned in the 1930s by the fine press publisher Gregynog Press for their edition of the work, these exquisite engravings are among Parker's finest work.

    Imprint: Bodleian Library
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • AGAINST NATURE  (A REBOURS)
    AGAINST NATURE (A REBOURS)
    HUYSMANS JORIS-KARL
    ISBN: 9780140447637
    Title: AGAINST NATURE (A REBOURS)
    Author: HUYSMANS JORIS-KARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A wildly original fin de siecle novel, Against Nature contains only one character. Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excess. Veering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and art, exotic jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), rich perfumes and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences. Against Nature, in the words of the author, exploded 'like a grenade' and has enjoyed a cult following to this day.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    CARROLL LEWIS
    ISBN: 9780141439761
    Title: ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    Author: CARROLL LEWIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Collecting Alice's complete adventures, a source of delight to children and adults alike for generations, the Penguin Classics edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is edited with an introduction and notes by Hugh Haughton.

    Conjured up one 'golden afternoon' in 1862 to entertain Alice Liddell, the daughter of the dean of Carroll's college, the dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom depict order turned upside-down. Following the white rabbit into his warren, Alice falls into a world where croquet is played with hedgehogs and flamingos, a baby turns into a pig, time runs amok at a the Mad Hatter's tea-party, a chaotic game of chess makes Alice a Queen and the Mock Turtle and Gryphon dance the Lobster Quadrille. But amongst the anarchic humour and sparkling wordplay, unforgettable characters, puzzles and riddles, are poignant moments of nostalgia for a lost childhood. Original and experimental, adapted into countless film and television versions as Alice in Wonderland, the Alice books give readers a window on both child and adult worlds.

    This is the most comprehensively annotated edition available and includes the manuscript version of Alice's Adventures Under Ground and Carroll's 1887 essay '"Alice" on the stage'.

    Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) was the pen-name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, Carroll was appointed lecturer in mathematics in 1855, where he spent the rest of his life. In 1861 he took deacon's orders, but shyness and a constitutional stammer prevented him from seeking the priesthood.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • AMERIKA
    AMERIKA
    KAFKA FRANZ
    ISBN: 9780241372586
    Title: AMERIKA
    Author: KAFKA FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated with an Introduction by Michael Hofmann.

    'He had almost forgotten he was in the uncertain hold of a ship moored to the coast of an unknown continent'

    Karl Rossmann has been banished by his parents to America, following a family scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the strange experiences that lie before him as he slowly makes his way into the interior of the great continent. Although Kafka's first novel can be read as a disturbing allegory of modern life in all its alienation, it is also a novel infused with blitheness and exuberance.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANALECTS
    ANALECTS
    CONFUCIUS
    ISBN: 9780140443486
    Title: ANALECTS
    Author: CONFUCIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Analects are a collection of Confucius’s sayings brought together by his pupils shortly after his death in 497 BC. Together they express a philosophy, or a moral code, by which Confucius, one of the most humane thinkers of all time, believed everyone should live. Upholding the ideals of wisdom, self-knowledge, courage and love of one’s fellow man, he argued that the pursuit of virtue should be every individual’s supreme goal. And, while following the Way, or the truth, might not result in immediate or material gain, Confucius showed that it could nevertheless bring its own powerful and lasting spiritual rewards.

    This edition contains a detailed introduction exploring the concepts of the original work, a bibliography and glossary and appendices on Confucius himself, The Analects and the disciples who compiled them.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANCIEN REGIME AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
    ANCIEN REGIME AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
    DE TOCQUEVILLE ALEXIS
    ISBN: 9780141441641
    Title: ANCIEN REGIME AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
    Author: DE TOCQUEVILLE ALEXIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Ancien Régime and the Revolution is a comparison of revolutionary France and the despotic rule it toppled. Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–59) is an objective observer of both periods – providing a merciless critique of the ancien régime, with its venality, oppression and inequality, yet acknowledging the reforms introduced under Louis XVI, and claiming that the post-Revolution state was in many ways as tyrannical as that of the King; its once lofty and egalitarian ideals corrupted and forgotten. Writing in the 1850s, Tocqueville wished to expose the return to despotism he witnessed in his own time under Napoleon III, by illuminating the grand, but ultimately doomed, call to liberty made by the French people in 1789. His eloquent and instructive study raises questions about liberty, nationalism and justice that remain urgent today.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANNA KARENINA
    ANNA KARENINA
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9780140449174
    Title: ANNA KARENINA
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Their subsequent affair scandalizes society and family alike, and soon brings jealousy and bitterness in its wake. Contrasting with this tale of love and self-destruction is the vividly observed story of Levin, a man striving to find contentment and a meaning to his life - and also a self-portrait of Tolstoy himself.

    This translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky has been acclaimed as the definitive English version of Tolstoy's masterpiece.

    The volume contains an introduction and a preface by John Bayley.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • APOCRYPHAL GOSPELS
    APOCRYPHAL GOSPELS
    GATHERCOLE SIMON
    ISBN: 9780241340554
    Title: APOCRYPHAL GOSPELS
    Author: GATHERCOLE SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2021 New Release

    A new translation of the oldest non-canonical Christian gospels, including the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Judas

    In the early years of Christianity, several groups produced 'hidden' or 'apocryphal' gospels, alternative versions of the story of Christ. Sometimes these texts complemented the four canonical gospels, sometimes they subverted them and often they were completely different. We hear the young Jesus making live birds from clay, words of wisdom collected by his disciples, details of his trial, gnostic cosmologies, strange angels and the Harrowing of Hell. Often kept secret by their readers and frequently attacked by their detractors, these gospels shine a fascinating light on the early Christian Church and its surprising manifestations.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ARABIAN SANDS
    ARABIAN SANDS
    THESIGER WILFRED
    ISBN: 9780141442075
    Title: ARABIAN SANDS
    Author: THESIGER WILFRED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Wilfred Thesiger spent five years wandering the deserts of Arabia, producing Arabian Sands, 'a memorial to a vanished past, a tribute to a once magnificent people'. The Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Rory Stewart.
    Wilfred Thesiger, repulsed by what he saw as the softness and rigidity of Western life - 'the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets' - spent years exploring in and around the vast, waterless desert that is the 'Empty Quarter' of Arabia. Travelling amongst the Bedu people, he experienced their everyday challenges of hunger and thirst, the trials of long marches beneath the relentless sun, the bitterly cold nights and the constant danger of death if it was discovered he was a Christian 'infidel'. He was the first European to visit most of the region, and just before he left the area the process that would change it forever had begun - the discovery of oil.

    This edition contains an introduction by Rory Stewart discussing the dangers of Thesiger's travels, his unconventional personality and his insights into the Bedouin way of life.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
    AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
    VERNE JULES
    ISBN: 9780140449068
    Title: AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
    Author: VERNE JULES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions 20,000 pounds that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days – and he is determined not to lose. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, the reserved Englishman immediately sets off for Dover, accompanied by his hot-blooded French manservant Passepartout. Travelling by train, steamship, sailing boat, sledge and even elephant, they must overcome storms, kidnappings, natural disasters, Sioux attacks and the dogged Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard – who believes that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England – to win the extraordinary wager. Around the World in Eighty Days gripped audiences on its publication and remains hugely popular, combining exploration, adventure and a thrilling race against time.

    Michael Glencross's lively translation is accompanied by an introduction by Brian Aldiss which places Jules Verne's work in its literary and historical context. There is also a detailed chronology, notes and further reading.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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