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Honolulu's greatest detective – prepare to savour the wisdom of Charlie
Chan. From Hawaii to San Francisco, no crime is too baffling, no clue
too insignificant for Charlie.
A collection of over 60 poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and others
which reflect the joys of childhood, accompanied by Bible verses. A
collection of poems evoking the world and feelings of childhood.
Illustrated with antique pictures by some well-known children's book
Motherless Sara Crewe was sent home from India to school at Miss
Minchin's. Her father was immensely rich and she became "show pupil" -
a little princess. Then her father dies and his wealth disappears, and
Sara has to learn to cope with her changed circumstances.
A young architect comes to repair the church tower of a Cornwall
village but instead falls in love with the vicar's daughter, Elfride
Swancourt. They elope, but the project is frustrated and the architect
leaves to make his fortune in India.
Aesop's celebrated collection of fables has always been popular with
both adults and children. These simple tales embody truths so powerful,
the titles of the individual fables - the fox and the grapes, the dog
in the manger,
Over half a century before the rise of the great ‘Queens of
Crime’, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, Amelia B. Edwards was an expert
practitioner of crime fiction and murder mysteries, of which the best dozen are
included in this volume. These gripping tales range from ingenious
‘whodunnits’ - ‘All Saints’ Eve’ and ‘The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello’ - to
encounters with homicidal lunatics
is a sparkling collection of short stories written by modern masters
and mistresses of the crime fiction genre. Within these pages you will
find tales of murder, mystery and mayhem in a great variety of styles
and tones from the time-honoured whodunnit to the psychological chiller
to the history mystery to the crime procedural to the noir thriller to
the gangster epic and the darkly humorous narrative.
Written in an autobiographical form, this work follows the life of
David through many sufferings and great adversity. However there are
more light-hearted moments, and some of the most famous characters in
English fiction, such as Mr Micawber, Traddles, Uriah Heep, Creakle,
Betsy Trotwood, and the Peggotty family.
The title story transports the reader to a fabulous fantasy land of
such opulence that it has to remain a secret and jealously-guarded
domain. Fatal consequences lie in store for "bona fide" and uninvited
guests alike. Other stories included are "The Cut-Glass Bowl", "May
Day", "The Rich Boy", "Crazy Sunday", "An Alcoholic Case", "The Lees of
Happiness", "The Lost Decade" and "Babylon Revisited"
Often called the first modern novel, Don Quixote originally conceived
as a comic satire against the chivalric romances. However, Cervantes
did not destroy the chivalric ideal of the romances he rejected - he
transfigured it. The work have been seen as a veiled attack on the
Catholic Church or on the contemporary Spanish politics, or symbolizing
the duality of the Spanish character.
Hans Christian Andersen is the best-loved of all tellers of fairy
tales. This collection of over forty of Andersen's most popular stories
includes The Mermaid, The Real Princess, The red Shoes, The Little
Match Girl, The Snow Queen, The Tinder Box, The Ugly Duckling and many
Goethe's Faust is a classic of European literature. Based on the fable
of the man who traded his soul for superhuman powers and knowledge, it
became the life's work of Germany's
greatest poet. Beginning with an intriguing wager between God and
Satan, it charts the life of a deeply flawed individual, his struggle
against the nihilism of his diabolical companion Mephistopheles.
As a parody travel-memoir, this classic satirical fable reports on many
fictional lands and societies, whose names have entered the English
language, including the minute inhabitants of Lilliput, the giants of
Brobdingnag and the Yahoos in the land of Houyhnhnms.
Herodotus (c480-c425 BC) is 'The Father of History' and his Histories
are the first piece of Western historical writing. They are also the
most entertaining. Why did Pheidippides run the 26 miles and 385 yards
(or 42.195 kilometres) from Marathon to Athens? And what did he do when
he got there? Was the Battle of Salamis fought between sausage-sellers?
Which is the oldest language in the world?
Jules Verne's third science fiction novel describes the discovery and
exploration of a secret tunnel which leads through a volcano to the
centre of the Earth. The leader of the expedition, together with his
ward and joined by his nephew and an Icelandic guide commence the
"King Lear" has been widely acclaimed as Shakespeare's most powerful
tragedy. Elemental and passionate, it encompasses the horrific and the
heart-renting. Love and hate, loyalty and treachery, cruelty and
self-sacrifice: all these contend in a tempestuous drama which has
become an enduring classic of the world's literature. In the theatre
and on screen "King Lear" continues to challenge and enthral.
"King Solomon's Mines" tells of the search by Sir Henry Curtis, Captain
John Good and the narrator, Allan Quatermain, for Sir Henry's younger
brother George. He has been lost in the interior of Africa for two
years in the quest for King Solomon's Mines, the legendary source of
the biblical kings enormous riches.
"Little Women" is one of the best-loved children's stories of all time,
based on the author's own youthful experiences. It describes the family
life of the four March sisters living in a small New England community.
Castigated for offending against public decency, "Madame Bovary" has
rarely failed to cause a storm. For Flaubert's contemporaries, the
fascination came from the novelist's meticulous account of provincial
manners. For the writer, subject matter was subordinate to his
anguished quest for aesthetic perfection.
Traditional rhymes and stories have been collected under the wing of
Mother Goose for centuries, and this collection of favourite nursery
rhymes has been put together by the masterly illustrator Arthur
Rackham. It includes stories such as "Jack and Jill", "Baa", "Black
Sheep" and "Who Killed Cock Robin?" to comic alphabets and the fearful
face of Anthony Rowley.
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