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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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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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The Topless Tower

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by Silvina Ocampo
On the arrival of a mysterious stranger laden with paintings, Leandro finds his quiet life disrupted instantly and mysteriously. He awakens locked in a windowless room in a topless tower, the subject of one of the stranger's eerie paintings. His childish voice draws the reader into a mythical world full of imaginary beings. Basking in her friendship with literary luminaries such as Italo Calvino and Borges...
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My Kind Of Girl

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by Bose, Buddhadeva
Four middle-aged men, strangers to one another, await a train in Tundla station, Uttar Pradesh. Struck by the bliss and obliviousness of a passing young couple, they while away the long December's night by telling of the secret loves of their own pasts. As night draws towards dawn, the station's waiting room forms the backdrop to an elegant and tender consideration of memory's lasting power. Now available ...
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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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Farewell Song

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by Rabindranath Tagore
A landmark in Bengali literature, Farewell Song has been described as Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's masterpiece. Amit Ray, an Oxford-educated intellectual who aims to overthrow the old order of Indian literature, is on holiday in the Shillong hills when his car hits that of Labanya, a scholarly local governess. Unharmed, he immediately succumbs to her charms, and they embark on an erudite and passio...
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The Road to En-dor: A True Story of Cunning Wartime Escape

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by Jones, E.H.
Captured during the First World War, Lieutenant E.H. Jones (a Welsh officer in the Indian Army) and Lieutenant C.W. Hill (an Australian serving in the R.A.F.) were prisoners of war at the Yozgad prison camp in Turkey. To while away the time, the prisoners hit upon the idea of playing with a make-shift Ouija board to help keep themselves entertained. As it turned out, E.H. Jones had a knack for manipulation ...
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Spring Tide

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by Borjlind, Cilla
'Enough to keep any thriller fan up for hours...terrific and memorable' Peter Robinson The spring tides are the highest of the year in Nordkoster; the beach will be covered in particularly deep water tonight. Three men on the beach are digging a hole, covertly watched by a young boy. His intrigue turns to horror as he makes out a fourth figure - the woman for whom the hole is intended. Buried up to her nec...
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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. If you've read Jonas Jonasson's The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared try Peter Stjernstrom next. Titus Jensen makes ends meet by giving readings from obscure books to spaced...
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The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

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by Theriault, Denis
A beautifully tragic and thought-provoking tale, The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman perfectly reflects the elegance and style of Murakami and the skill and plotting of Julian Barnes. Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his post round every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. But he has found a way to break the cycle - Bilodo has taken to stealing people's mail, stea...
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Tales from the Queen of the Desert

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by Gertrude Bell
Gertrude Bell CBE is rightly known as 'The Queen of the Desert' and a new Hollywood film based on her life, featuring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson is due for release in 2015.
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Herland

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by Gilman, Charlotte, Perkins
'"But they look - why, this is a CIVILIZED country!" I protested. "There must be men."'Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1915 utopian novel Herland was a ground breaking work, in which she created an imaginary community populated entirely by women. An early feminist, writing the pioneering The Yellow Wallpaper, she paved the way for female writers and influenced authors such as Margaret Atwood.When three friends, ...
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Beneath the Heart of the Sea: The Sinking of the Whaleship Essex

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by Chase, Owen
Discover the amazing true story behind the inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby Dick and the new feature film Heart of the Sea. A tragic yet riveting narration of life and death and man against the elements, Beneath the Heart of the Sea is an extreme account of shipwreck survival.
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The Man Who Bought London

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by Wallace, Edgar
Extra! Extra! American billionaire King Kerry is using his immense wealth to, quite literally, buy London in this gripping mystery from prolific writer and creator of King Kong, Edgar Wallace. King Kerry and his associates own a huge and growing portfolio of properties and he has come to London to expand his empire. A charming and ambitious man, he nevertheless has made a few enemies along the way including...
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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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The Story of an African Farm

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by Schreiner, Olive
This stunning evocation of nineteenth-century South Africa spans the childhood and burgeoning adulthood of three young people. Set on a farm in the Karoo region, this book is a coming-of-age classic of South African fiction and an early feminist and modernist novel. Lyndall is a feisty young girl with an independent spirit who is frustrated by the limited options open to her as a girl in South African socie...
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On the Wild West

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by Mark Twain
The latest in Hesperus's 'On' series comes from master travel writer Mark Twain and concentrates on his journey through America's Wild West, tapping into the perennial interest in this period in history.From 1861 to 1867, a young Mark Twain travelled through the Wild West. Following an abortive foray into a career as a Confederate Cavalry man he opted instead to head off on a stagecoach road trip with his b...
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Breaking Ground: Classic Travel Writing from Pioneering Women

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Discover an astonishing collection of extraordinary characters in this brand new compilation of women's travel writing. Spanning three centuries, this assortment of writings reveals a rich treasure trove of anecdotes and adventures from incredible women worth celebrating and remembering.
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The Boy Who Belonged to the Sea

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by Theriault, Denis
The first novel by the author of The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman is a beautifully touching story of friendship, hope and despair - richly imaginative and stunningly lyrical.It is a sense of remoteness and abandon that first draws the two boys together. Each having lost a parent, they are trying to come to terms with their places in the world and find a sense of hope once more.As they struggle to under...
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