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Suffragette: My Own Story

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Boyhood Days

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by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore is famous for the school and university he founded in the Bengal countryside, but he spent much of his early childhood in Calcutta. Seen through the amused eyes of a precocious young boy, Tagore's memoir describes the joint family he grew up in, the city he played in, and the school he was sent to - much against his will. Boyhood Days is an exquisite portrait of both Tagore's childhood, ...
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Black Noise

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by Hiltunen, Pekka
This sequel to the prize-winning Cold Courage, published by Hesperus in 2013, presents the second instalment in the Studio series by Pekka Hiltunen, celebrated Finnish crime author.Lia and Mari live unusual lives. Both independent Finnish women living in London, they spend their spare time investigating difficult cases the police have failed to solve. Mari runs the mysterious 'Studio', a private crime fight...
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Letters From America

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by Rupert Brooke
In May 1913, Rupert Brooke embarked on a year-long expedition of North America, visiting the United States, Canada and finally the South Seas. He sent his impressions home in a series of letters, written for publication in the "Westminster Gazette", describing all his various experiences and reflections: the beauty of arriving, by boat, at night, in New York; the novelties of a baseball match; the awesome g...
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The Devil's Disciple

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by Shiro Hamao
'Prosecutor Tsuchida, I am being held here as a murderer. But the truth is that I am probably not that murderer. That's right. Probably.' While Shimaura Eizo sits in jail awaiting trial for the murder of a beautiful young woman, his erstwhile lover and initiator into a sinister, restless existence has risen in the ranks of the legal profession and is now the prosecutor on the case. Spinning a complex web o...
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The Mad Toy

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by Arlt Roberto
First published in 1920, The Mad Toy is set in Buenos Aires in the early twentieth century. Feeling the alienation of youth, Silvio Astier's gang tours neighbourhoods, inflicting waves of petty crime, stealing from homes and shops until the police are forced to intervene. Drifting then from one career and subsequent crime to another, Silvio's main difficulty is his own intelligence, with which he grapples. ...
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The Time of Man

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by Elizabeth Madox Roberts
Set at the turn of the century, The Time of Man tells the moving story of Ellen Chesser, a young woman with a mind of her own. She and her family travel from one small community to another in rural Kentucky, eking out a living as itinerant farmworkers. Initially she feels isolated and lonely, resenting the hardship of her life and longing to be with her childhood friends. Yet slowly she learns what it means...
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O Pioneers

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by Willa Cather
O Pioneers is a Pulitzer-prize winning novel by American literary legend Willa Cather. It is a tale of murder, love and money, as people struggle to carve out a life in the wilderness while battling ever-duplicitous human nature. Alexandra Bergson's father, John, is dying. He entrusts his farmstead on a desolate stretch of plain to her rather than to her brothers. Faced with the rigours of frontier living, ...
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The Sea-Wolf

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by London, Jack
A classic tale of adventure at sea from Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang. The Sea-Wolf is a dramatic tale of mutiny and shipwreck, but at its heart is the story of a love that flourishes in the unlikeliest of places. Naive young Humphrey van Weyden finds himself shipwrecked amidst a terrible storm before being rescued by the mysterious Captain Wolf Larsen of the ship Ghost. Wolf L...
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Cold Courage

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by Hiltunen Pekka
When Lia witnesses a disturbing scene on the way to work, she, like the rest of the city of London, is captivated and horrified. As details unfurl in the media the brutal truth transpires - a Latvian prostitute has been killed, her body run over by a bulldozer and then placed in the trunk of a car to be found. As the weeks pass and no leads are found, the story quickly disintegrates but Lia can't easily ...
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The Best Book in the World

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by Stjernstrom, Peter
Two authors. One idea. Who will be the first to write the best book in the world? This hilarious new Scandinavian sensation from Swedish author Peter Stjernstrom is a witty satire that can't be missed! Titus Jensen is waiting for his big break. But he's middle-aged, has rather a fondness for alcohol and no one seems to take his writing seriously enough. Eddie X is cool. Eddie X is a hit with the ladies and...
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Hemingway On Paris

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by Ernest Hemingway
'The scum of Greenwich Village, New York, has been skimmed off and deposited in large ladled on that section of Paris adjacent to the Cafe Rotonde. New scum, of course, has risen to take the place of the old, but the oldest scum, the thickest scum and the scummiest scum has come across the ocean, somehow, and with its afternoon and evening levees has made the Rotonde the leading Latin Quarter showplace for ...
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Charles Dickens on Travel

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by Dickens, Charles
Charles Dickens on Travel is a volume which presents a variety of key excerpts and essays written by the great novelist on the virtues and follies of travelling. Dickens’s travels took him to Italy, Switzerland, Italy, France, America, and up and down the length and breadth of nineteenth century Britain. His writings recall an age when travel meant a far greater investment of emotion and time. Spanning wid...
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Dickens On London

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by Charles Dickens
The sense of place was of the utmost importance for Dickens, and nowhere is more synonymous with his name than London. The most splendid of all his characters, the city was the subject of scrupulous research: Dickens spent several hours a day exploring its streets and inhabitants. The pieces collected here reveal London to be the primary inspiration for one of the geniuses of English literature.
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On Europe

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by Twain Mark
This is a brand new selection of Mark Twain's views on Europe and the Europeans, taken from several volumes of travelogues recounting his journeys across the continent with wit, vivacity and humour. Few fellow travellers, locals or ideologies are left unscathed. Uproariously funny at times and often cutting with his remarks, Twain always seems to pull it back from the brink and err on the side humour rather...
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The Maytrees

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by Annie Dillard
In 1940s Provincetown, on the tip of Cape Cod, poet Toby Maytree falls in love with Lou Bigelow at first sight. His slow courtship gradually wins her over, and so begins a love story that lasts decades. But when a friend comes between them, they must each renegotiate what it means to love.
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The Burning Leg

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by Minshull, Duncan
'I am looking for something more mysterious. For the path you read about in books, the old lane choked with undergrowth, whose entrance the weary prince could not discover.' - Alan Fournier Walkers, like lovers of literature, are driven by the urge to explore, and writers have blessed their fictional characters with itchy feet since the earliest of narratives. Milton's Adam and Eve leaving Eden, Mrs Yeobrig...
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The Duel

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by Giacomo Casanova
One of the few works written in Casanova's native Italian, The Duel is an important example of the infamous lothario's vivid prose and inimitable style. Having escaped from the infamous Piombi Prison in Venice, Casanova became an exile, travelling through Western Europe and being given shelter on account of his fame. The story recounts the duel he fought with a Polish nobleman, Count Branicky, who had insul...
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Life In The Country

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by Giovanni Verga
A licentious woman coerces her son-in-law into agreeing to an illicit affair; a young boy, forced to work down a mine to make his living, is robbed of his childhood and ultimately his life; a returning soldier toys with the affections of local girls, and unleashes a sea of passion and vengeance from within the village folk - read together, these stories form a remarkable chronicle of country life, in all it...
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Manon Lescaut

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by Antoine Francois Prevost
Manon Lescaut is a ground-breaking novel of passion and immorality, and one of the most famous love stories of all time. The Chevalier des Grieux is still a young man, but already life and bitter experience have worn him to a shell. The kindness of a stranger persuades him to reveal his troubles, the story of his helpless and ill-starred love for Manon, and the mutually destructive affair which has given hi...
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