Classics (148)

The Velveteen Rabbit & Other Stories

ISBN: 9781840225754

Author: M W Bianco    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

This endearing edition proudly includes the original telling of the beloved tale, 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Margery Williams. Together, we travel alongside the ...


This endearing edition proudly includes the original telling of the beloved tale, 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Margery Williams. Together, we travel alongside the Velveteen Rabbit on his magical journey towards becoming real and discover how he and other toys are brought to life once they are truly loved by their little owners. Also in this edition are modern, infant-friendly retellings of: 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff', 'The Three Little Pigs', 'The Frog Prince' and 'The Tale of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse'. All stories are beautifully illustrated with exclusive line drawings which truly bring these charming tales to life…just like your favourite toys.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 112


Publication Date: 20-03-2015


Tags: March 2015   Childrens   Classics
$7.99
Treasury of Aesops Fables

ISBN: 9781841355061

Author: Val Biro    Publisher: Award Publications

Enjoyed by generations the world over, Aesop's tales are a delight for all children. Illustrated with great humour by Val Biro, this bumper edition is perfect f...


Enjoyed by generations the world over, Aesop's tales are a delight for all children. Illustrated with great humour by Val Biro, this bumper edition is perfect for sharing or for easy reading alone.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 198


Dimensions: 206 x 270 mm


$29.99
Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

ISBN: 9781841353586

Author: Val Biro    Publisher: Award Publications

Retold and illustrated by Val Biro, this lavish edition contains some of Hans Christian Andersen's best-loved stories: The Wild Swan, Dan the Dunce, The Emperor...


Retold and illustrated by Val Biro, this lavish edition contains some of Hans Christian Andersen's best-loved stories: The Wild Swan, Dan the Dunce, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Flying Trunk, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Tin Soldier, The Nightingale and Thumbelina.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 198


Dimensions: 208 x 270 mm


$29.99
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

ISBN: 9781843910701

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Dr Henry Jekyll has been obsessed since early manhood by the uneasy duality of good and evil he senses in himself and others, and is driven - to his peers' dism...


Dr Henry Jekyll has been obsessed since early manhood by the uneasy duality of good and evil he senses in himself and others, and is driven - to his peers' dismay - to tamper with the mysterious and transcendental side of science. The respected doctor becomes inexplicably silent and reclusive, while at the same time the terrifying Mr Edward Hyde begins to stalk the streets of London...At heart a chilling tale of the perils of ambition and hubris, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde reflects many of the preoccupations of Stevenson's own Victorian milieu - the dangers of a morbidly repressive society, and the post-Darwinian fear of man's beast nature.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 112


Publication Date: 20-04-2015


Tags: April 2015   Classics
$21.99
The Red & The Black

ISBN: 9781840225839

Author: Stendhal    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

The Red and the Black has been hailed as the first great ‘realist’ novel of the nineteenth century, offering a lively and detailed picture of social and pol...


The Red and the Black has been hailed as the first great ‘realist’ novel of the nineteenth century, offering a lively and detailed picture of social and political life in the provinces and in Paris towards the end of the 1820s, the close of the stifling reactionary period of the Bourbon Restoration. Stendhal himself claimed that no-one before him had ventured to portray with such verisimilitude the ‘moral and morose’ France of 1830. However ‘moral and morose’ his novel is definitely not. Ironic, fast-moving, entertaining and incisive in its social criticism, it is a novel of ambition and passion, of indignation and tenderness, of polemic and poetry, which speaks to us today, as clearly as it did to the author’s contemporaries, of the heights, depths and idiocies of which our human nature is capable or culpable.


Pages: 576


Publication Date: 30-01-2015


Tags: March 2015   Classics
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Pollyanna Grows Up

ISBN: 9781843915522

Author: Eleanor Porter    Publisher: Hesperus Press

In this sequel to the classic children's book Pollyanna, our beloved heroine continues to cheer up everyone around her with her sunny personality and relentless...


In this sequel to the classic children's book Pollyanna, our beloved heroine continues to cheer up everyone around her with her sunny personality and relentless good humour. When we left Pollyanna at the end of the first book, she was trying very hard to stay positive after a car accident injured her spine and paralysed her. Now old fans and new will be intrigued to read about Pollyanna's miraculous recovery: she can walk - something she was assured she would never be able to do again!Now that Pollyanna's aunt has married kind old Dr Chilton, the newlyweds whisk Pollyanna off to Europe every winter and all three start to enjoy their newfound family. Pollyanna also has the chance to travel to Boston, and makes plenty of new friends as well as reuniting with her oldest pals. As Pollyanna grows up, she matures into a thoughtful young lady but never loses her characteristic spark of good cheer. Her goal in life is still to be glad under all circumstances, but with her aunt experiencing a tragedy and Pollyanna herself getting embroiled in a complicated love triangle, it will take a special type of person to come through it all with a smile on her face.Luckily Pollyanna is a very special young lady indeed.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 256


Publication Date: 20-02-2015


$21.99
Riders of the Purple Sage

ISBN: 9781843915614

Author: Zane Grey    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Written by the bestselling Western author of all time, Riders of the Purple Sage can be seen at the original Western. When Lassiter, a gun-slinging avenger in b...


Written by the bestselling Western author of all time, Riders of the Purple Sage can be seen at the original Western. When Lassiter, a gun-slinging avenger in black with a fearsome reputation, rides into the Mormon village of Cottonwoods in Southern Utah, he finds a town in turmoil. An underhand land battle is in full force. Beautiful young rancher Jane Withersteen is in possession of the richest land holding in the Cottonwoods, but the Mormon church have plans to take control by forcing the unwilling Jane into marrying Elder Tull. Outnumbered and outgunned, Jane sees no escape...until Lassiter arrives.A lone gunman fighting for justice, Lassiter has his own agenda. His sister has been kidnapped by a Mormon proselytizer and he is determined to find out what happened to her. Jane finds herself drawing ever closer to Lassiter while he tries to unravel the complex web of intrigue that underlies the corrupt village.Adapted five times for film in the past hundred years, the enduring affection for the Western genre doesn't show any sign of decreasing. In Lassiter, Zane Grey creates an iconic prototype hero that inspired many books and films to come. With a complex plot and engaging with issues of morality, isolation and religion, Riders of the Purple Sage is more than just the first Western - it is a classic.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 368


Publication Date: 20-02-2015


$24.99
The Yellow Fairy Book

ISBN: 9781843915409

Publisher: Hesperus Press

'A cat had made acquaintance with a mouse, and had spoken so much of the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at last the Mouse consented to live in...


'A cat had made acquaintance with a mouse, and had spoken so much of the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at last the Mouse consented to live in the same house with her, and to go shares in the housekeeping. 'But we must provide for the winter or else we shall suffer hunger,' said the Cat. 'You, little Mouse, cannot venture everywhere in case you run at last into a trap.' Hesperus is proud to present the fourth book in its beautiful children's 'Fairy Book' series. Following on from the Blue and Red books, The Yellow Fairy Book makes another stunning addition to the set as it publishes here alongside The Green Fairy Book. First published in 1894, this extensive fairy tale anthology was edited by Andrew Lang, a pioneering author and critic. By bringing together folk tales from all over the world and having them translated into English, many for the first time, he was able to create rich and varied collections of stories, opening readers' eyes to a whole world of magical possibility overseas. Adults and children alike will enjoy the old favourites in this collection such as The Emperor's New Clothes along with the unsung gems such as The Snow-Daughter and The Fire-Son and In the Land of Souls. The stories come from as far afield as Iceland and Greece and from such differing sources as Native American oral tradition and the Brothers Grimm. Accompanied throughout by the original illustrations and with a stunning cover design, The Yellow Fairy Book is certainly a book to treasure.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 384


Publication Date: 20-11-2014


Tags: November 2014   Childrens   Classics
$34.99
The Green Fairy Book

ISBN: 9781843915393

Publisher: Hesperus Press

There was once upon a time a castle in the middle of a thick wood where lived an old woman quite alone, for she was an enchantress. In the daytime she changed h...


There was once upon a time a castle in the middle of a thick wood where lived an old woman quite alone, for she was an enchantress. In the daytime she changed herself into a cat or a night-owl, but in the evening she became like an ordinary woman again. She could entice animals and birds to come to her, and then she would kill and cook them. If a pretty girl came within her boundary, the old enchantress changed her into a bird, and shut her up in a wicker cage. She had quite seven thousand of such cages in the castle with very rare birds in them. Andrew Lang's famous legacy of fairy books is here continued with the publication of the third title: The Green Fairy Book. Purchased and read all over the world, Lang's books proved tremendously popular when first published and the spellbinding stories resonate to this day. This volume features renditions of old favourites such as 'The Story of the Three Bears', 'The Three Little Pigs', 'The Magic Swan' and 'The Story of the Fisherman and His Wife' along with some perhaps less well-known titles such as 'The Enchanted Snake' and 'Jack my Hedgehog'. Dip into this beautiful collection and disappear into imaginary worlds and magnificent kingdoms, accompany princesses on their quests for princes, goblins in their search for treasure and talking animals just trying to make their way in life. Republished with a beautiful green jacket, and illustrated throughout with original drawings,


Bind: hardback


Pages: 384


Publication Date: 20-11-2014


Tags: November 2014   Childrens   Classics
$34.99
The Chimes

ISBN: 9781843915386

Author: Charles Dickens    Publisher: Hesperus Press

In the second of his series of Christmas books, Charles Dickens wrote The Chimes one year after A Christmas Carol. Tackling familiar themes of redemption, socia...


In the second of his series of Christmas books, Charles Dickens wrote The Chimes one year after A Christmas Carol. Tackling familiar themes of redemption, social injustice and family, it is a story of hope and contemplation and is a moving festive read well worth discovering. As Trotty's working day as a lowly messenger draws to a close, his daughter, Meg, arrives with her fiance Richard in tow, and they proudly announce their wedding for the following day. This is cause for celebration of course, although their happiness is tempered by the comments of an alderman and other well-off citizens on the rights of the poor to marry. During the night, Trotty hears the chimes of a church bell and ventures out to climb the belltower. At the top he is greeted by goblins who tell him that he died during the climb and must now spend his time watching his friends and family live out their lives. What he witnesses makes for grim viewing: Richard turns to drink and dies penniless, leaving a widowed Meg to cope with bringing up their child; Trotty's friend Will is in and out of prison, and Will's daughter Lilian ends up falling into prostitution. But the worst is yet to come. Destitute and desperate, Meg contemplates drowning herself and her young child. Wild with fear, Trotty cries out that he has learnt his lesson and suddenly his daughter is able to see him. At the last second, he rescues her from the brink of destruction. Trotty wakes as if from a dream to the bells chiming out the beginning of a new year, and finds that no time has passed and it is New Year's Day. But as he sees his daughter cheerfully preparing for her wedding day, he is baffled as to whether this is just a dream within a dream.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Publication Date: 20-11-2014


Tags: November 2014   Classics
$21.99
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