Knighted for his service as a field doctor during the Boer War, Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) is best remembered as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. In addition to his ever-popular tales of the Baker Street sleuth, Conan Doyle wrote many works of history and science fiction, as well as plays, poetry, and stories that reflected his interest in the occult.
This anthology offers an excellent selection of tales from throughout the Scottish author's career. Sherlock Holmes's adventures include the novels "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "A Study in Scarlet", plus the stories "The Final ...|
Two centuries after their initial publication, the novels of Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) continue to enchant modern readers. Like many of her heroines, the author inherited a respectable pedigree but no wealth, which doubtless enhanced her insights into the lives of impoverished gentlewomen. Rich in memorable characters, Austen's compelling tales of love and marriage combine engrossing narratives with sparkling dialogue and psychological depth.
This anthology focuses on Austen's preoccupation with the domestic sphere and the limitations imposed upon women of her era. In addition to excerpts from her personal ...|
A landmark in the development of psychological realism, Stendhal's masterpiece chronicles a young man's struggles with the dualities of his nature. Julien Sorel, a young dreamer from the provinces whose imagination is afire with Napoleonic ideals, sets off to make his fortune in Parisian society of Restoration France. His encounters and experiences along the way incite constant inner conflict, drawing him back and forth between sincerity and hypocrisy, idealism and cynicism, humility and pride, love and ambition. ...|
Sparkling comedy of provincial manners concerns a well-intentioned young heiress and her matchmaking schemes that result in comic confusion for the inhabitants of a 19th-century English village. Droll characterizations of the well-intentioned heroine, her hypochondriacal father, plus many other finely drawn personalities make this sparkling satire of provincial life one of Jane Austen's finest novels. ...|
A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War and the Evolution of Us. ... What makes us human?
Sex for pleasure?
Mastery of fire?
In this thrilling tour of the animal kingdom, Adam Rutherford tells the story of how we became the unique creatures we are today. Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, THE BOOK OF HUMANS is a dazzling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them."Charming, compelling."
"This superbly accessible discussion about ...|
Fifteen-year-old Sam is not a famous vlogger, he's never gone viral, and he doesn't want to be the Next Big Thing. In fact he's ordinary and proud of it.
None of which was a problem until Dad got rich and Mum made the whole family move to London. Now Sam's off to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where everyone's busy planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands. Sam knows he'll never belong, even if he wanted to. And that's before he ends up on stage wearing nothing but a fur onesie.
A brilliantly funny look at fitting in, falling ...|
Based on the true story of Dita Kraus. ... Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious books the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles, as well as the "living books" - prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain ...|
Our world is full of patterns. If you pour milk into your tea and give it a stir, you’ll see a swirl, a spiral of two fluids, before the two liquids mix completely. The same pattern is found elsewhere too. Look down on the Earth from space, and you’ll find similar swirls in the clouds, made where warm air and cold air waltz.
In Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski links the little things we see every day with the big world we live in. Each chapter begins with something small – popcorn, coffee stains and refrigerator magnets – and uses it to explain some of the most important science and technology of our time.
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The number one bestselling author. ... It happened once. Surely it couldn`t happen...twice?
Witches are creating havoc in the Wildwoods. But Wish and Xar have found the Spell to get rid of them. Can they work together to find the ingredients to wipe out the greatest evil ever?"Fizzing with magic... another bestseller is born."
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From the author of How to Train Your Dragon.
The number one bestseller. ... Once there was Magic...
This is a story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior brought up as enemies. But have they been fighting that an ancient evel has returned unnoticed?"A triumphant return for Cowell... a series that deserves to run and run"
"Fizzing with magic... another bestseller is born"
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The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks and vampires. It`s no place for Shadowhunters, but through twi centures a Silent Brother has visited. Brother Zachariah was once a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray. Now he is searching for a relic from his past.
Follow Jem and see, against the backdrop of the Market’s dark dealings, Anna Lightwood’s doomed romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin and Tessa Gray as she is plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul and a young Jace Wayland finds safety.
In the Market is hidden ...|
"Funny, thought-provoking feminism"
Guardian, on The Exact Opposite of Okay ... Izzy O`Neill: writer, activist, world`s worst waitress.
It`s been two monts since eighteen-year-old Izzy O`Neill was slut-shamed in a national scandal. As well as coming to terms with the fact that thousands of people have seen her foofer - Izzy is juggling high school, writing a screenplay and figuiring out what to do next with her life.
When another girl`s nude photos are leaked, Izzy and the Bitches Bite Back team decide to take action. They`re taking the fight all the way to the top...and won`t let anyone bring them down.