They didn't seem to take much interest in my private parts which to tell the truth were nothing to write home about, I didn't take much interest in them myself.' From the master of the absurd, these two stories of an unnamed vagrant contending with decay and death combine bleakness with the blackest of ...Show more
So the club rose, the blood came down, and his bitterness and his anguish and his guilt were compounded' Drawing on his own experiences of prejudice in an America violently divided by race, James Baldwin's searing essays blend the intensely personal with the political to envisage a better world.
Tender Buttons is a 1914 prose poetry collection by American writer Gertrude Stein consisting of three sections titled "Objects," "Food," and "Rooms." While the short book consists of multiple poems covering the everyday mundane, Stein's experimental use of language renders the poems unorthodox and thei ...Show more
'He felt a sudden deep pity for the finger joint that lay there on the dresser, a few drops of blood gathering around the white bone.' A deliberately severed finger, a junky's Christmas miracle and a Tangier con-artist, among others, feature in these hallucinogenic sketches and stories from the infamous ...Show more
'To create today is to create dangerously' Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up for those who cannot in this powerful speech, accompanied here by two others. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Pengu ...Show more
Summer was drawing to a close, and I realized that the book was monstrous.' These labyrinthine short stories dissolve the boundary between reality and illusion and describe the limits of infinity.
Only when the littler, kinder hours had succeeded noon could she bring herself to come forth and face the recurrent sorrows of living' A collection of satirical short stories set in New York from the master of scathing wit Dorothy Parker.
Oh the cruelty of time, that destroys all things!' Beguiling, strange and hair-raising tales from early 20th century Japan- Nagai's Behind the Prison, Uno's Closet LLBand Akutagawa's deeply macabre General Kim.
Brideshead Revisited is Evelyn Waugh's stunning novel of duty and desire set amongst the decadent, faded glory of the English aristocracy in the run-up to the Second World War. The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh's novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the golden age before the Second ...Show more
Category: Literary | Reading Level: very good
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HAROLD BLOOM Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote de La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they t ...Show more
From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch - 'Scout? - returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the ...Show more
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Haunting, gripping and gorgeously written, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt is a re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders, for fans of BURIAL RITES and MAKING A MURDERER. 'Eerie and compelling' Paula Hawki ...Show more