Fiction & Literature (278)

The Diary of Adam and Eve

ISBN: 9781843910053

Author: Mark Twain    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Written in diary form, The Diary of Adam and Eve is an ingenious, witty, and ultimately delightful retelling of the dawn of human creation with many a grain of ...


Written in diary form, The Diary of Adam and Eve is an ingenious, witty, and ultimately delightful retelling of the dawn of human creation with many a grain of truth for today's gender disputes. Master storyteller Mark Twain hilariously recreates the very first days, portraying Adam as something of a recluse, and a man who is ill prepared for the arrival of Eve, a talkative, emotional, and highly charged female. Yet in time, and after many moments of conflict, they begin to learn to live together and come to realize that men and women can, in fact, exist in harmony.


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Publication Date: 28-09-2012


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The Bronte Sisters

ISBN: 9781840220605

Author: Bronte Sisters    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most popular works of English fiction. Although Charlotte Bronte's heroine is outwardly plain, she possesses an indom...


Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most popular works of English fiction. Although Charlotte Bronte's heroine is outwardly plain, she possesses an indomitable spirit, and great courage. Forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic Mr Rochester. Villette is based on Charlotte Bronte's personal experience as a teacher in Brussels. Rising above the confinement of a rigid social order, it is the story of a woman's right to love and be loved. Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte's wild, passionate tale of the intense love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. Agnes Grey is Anne Bronte's trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally starved conditions under which many governesses worked in the mid-nineteenth century. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin and betrayal.\nIt portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huniingdon, the mysterious 'tenant' of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband.


Pages: 1488


Dimensions: 152 x 250 x 58 mm


Publication Date: 01-05-2005


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Sherlock Holmes : The Complete Stories

ISBN: 9781853268960

Authors: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sidney Paget    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginni...


It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginning with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle's matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sleuth patiently assisted by his doggedly loyal and lovably pedantic friend and companion, Dr Watson. The stories are illustrated by the remarkable Sydney Paget from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive and who first equipped Holmes with his famous deerstalker hat. The literary cult of Sherlock Holmes shows no sign of fading with time as each new generation comes to love and revere the penetrating mind and ruthless logic which were the undoing of so many Victorian master criminals.


Pages: 1408


Dimensions: 150 x 232 x 53 mm


Publication Date: 01-04-1996


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Venus In The Cloister

ISBN: 9781843911920

Author: Abbe Du Prat    Publisher: Hesperus Press

"Oh God! Sister Angelique, do not come into my room; I am not decent right now. Do you think anyone should be caught in my state? I really did think I had close...


"Oh God! Sister Angelique, do not come into my room; I am not decent right now. Do you think anyone should be caught in my state? I really did think I had closed the door"

Sister Agnes was only thirteen when she entered the convent. I this repressive environment, she has spent her time secluded and naive. However, Sister Angelique, at nineteen years of age, is more worldly and proceeds to educate Sister Agnes... So follows a seduction and exploration of female sexual desire.
Written in 1683 as a series of dialogues (known as whore dialogues) between the two nuns, Venus in the Cloister shows erotic fiction was popular long before the days of EL James and could be just as titillating. In fact it was considered so shocking as the time in its portrayal of sexual voyeurism and notion of female intimacy, it was responsible for the first trial for obscenity in the United Kingdom.


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Pages: 112


Publication Date: 09-11-2012


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The Secret life of Nuns

ISBN: 9781843911029

Author: Pietro Aretino    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Nanna is in a quandary as to what to advise her daughter, Pippa, as she chooses her path in life. Should she become a nun, a whore, or a wife?
In ponderin...


Nanna is in a quandary as to what to advise her daughter, Pippa, as she chooses her path in life. Should she become a nun, a whore, or a wife?
In pondering this, Nanna begins to tell of her own experiences of being a nun, and relates her adventures concerning her acceptance and initiation into a convent.
Written in dialogue form, Aretino uses bawdy humour and colourful descriptions to create titillating page after titillating page and draw larger than life characters into being. the result is a vivid piece of erotic prose that has endured for centuries.


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Pages: 100


Publication Date: 09-11-2012


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The Secret Life of Wives

ISBN: 9781843911227

Author: Pietro Aretino    Publisher: Hesperus Press

In this hilarious sequel to The Secret Life of Nuns, courtesan Nanna reveals to her confidante, Antonia, what really goes on in the lives of married women. A wo...


In this hilarious sequel to The Secret Life of Nuns, courtesan Nanna reveals to her confidante, Antonia, what really goes on in the lives of married women. A woman can only be saved from a life-threatening craving and utter damnation by a well-endowed priest; an over-devout matron releases the devil within her when she meets an attractive hermit; an insatiable wife is redressed by her husband in a most barbarous manner - these are merely some of the 'truths' that Aretino exposes behind the respectable mask of marriage. And in describing the subterfuges, machinations and diabolical ruses wives resort to - unbeknownst to their poor husbands - in order to secure the secret object of their desires, Aretino adds another titillating page to his immense catalogue of human characters.


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Pages: 100


Publication Date: 09-11-2012


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On The End Of The World

ISBN: 9781843916192

Author: Joseph Roth    Publisher: Hesperus Press

‘What seething activity in this world, an hour before its end! The ministers, Europe’s racing waiters, run from one lost position to another and fresh misfo...


‘What seething activity in this world, an hour before its end! The ministers, Europe’s racing waiters, run from one lost position to another and fresh misfortune flourishes in the ruins!’

Having fled to Paris in 1933, following Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, Joseph Roth wrote a series of articles in that 'hour before the end of the world’, that he foresaw was to come and which would culminate in the Second World War.
This collection of Roth’s haunting journalistic essays has never before been translated into English and forms the latest installment in Hesperus' bestselling On series. Incisive and ironic, the writing evokes Roth’s bitterness and despair at the coming annihilation of the free world while displaying his great nostalgia for the Hapsburg Empire into which he was born and his ingrained fear of nationalism in any form.
Detailing the duplicities and criminalities of the Nazi regime, Roth denounced the terror sewn by Nazi storm troopers, the propaganda of Goebbels, the round ups, the assassinations and the construction of concentration camps, alongside the seeming blindness of the rest of Europe, which appeared paralysed in the face of Nazi expansion.
Following the Anchluss in 1938, Roth, isolated in Paris, sunk into morbid alcoholism which led to his death the following year. Within twelve months the Germans had overrun Paris.


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Pages: 120


Publication Date: 28-06-2013


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The Position of Peggy Harper

ISBN: 9781843913856

Author: Leonard Merrick    Publisher: Hesperus Press

The special thing that Merrick could do, and which no one else seems to have done, is to reproduce the atmosphere of low-class theatrical life: the smell of gre...


The special thing that Merrick could do, and which no one else seems to have done, is to reproduce the atmosphere of low-class theatrical life: the smell of greasepaint and fish and chips, the sordid rivalries, the comfortless Sunday journeys, the lugging of suitcases through the back streets of unfamiliar towns and the trudging up and down the Strand on worn-out boot-soles, the agents' offices where women in dyed frocks sit waiting their turn, the forlorn collection of press cuttings, the manager who bolts in the middle of the tour with all the takings. – George Orwell

Set in British theatre-land in the very early twentieth century, The Position of Peggy Harper tells of Christopher Tatham’s quest as an actor for a secure wage and fame. Tatham lurches from bit part to bit part, always hoping for the longed-for leading-man role, relying on the kindness of relations to keep him housed and clothed. A chance encounter with the enchanting Peggy Harper seems to pre-empt a change of fortune. Will they both attain the success they crave?

Toasting engagements with ginger-beer, living hand-to-mouth, Merrick’s seedy world makes for grim reading and when Peggy turns out to be as fame-hungry, vain and vacant as she first appears, Christopher’s lot looks unlikely to improve.

In an age in which fame and celebrity are widely courted and craved, The Position of Peggy Harper still makes for an intriguing and, potentially, cautionary tale.


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Pages: 240


Publication Date: 26-04-2013


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Nietzsche

ISBN: 9781843913832

Author: Stefan Zweig    Publisher: Hesperus Press

This brilliant, newly translated edition of Nietzsche displays Zweig’s particular forte for creatively mapping the psychology of his subject and their histori...


This brilliant, newly translated edition of Nietzsche displays Zweig’s particular forte for creatively mapping the psychology of his subject and their historical significance. It is the compelling third part of Stefan Zweig’s much overlooked ‘Master Builders of the Spirit’ series, entitled ‘The Struggle with the Demon’.

Zweig eschews traditional academic discussion and focuses on Nietzsche’s habits, passions and obsessions. This work, concentrating on the man rather than the work, on the tragedy of his existence and his apartness from the world in which he moved in enforced isolation, is a brief tour de force and essential reading for anyone interested in Zweig or Nietzsche. One is drawn inexorably into Nietzsche’s tragic trajectory.

Illustrated with stunning new photographs relating to Nietzsche and his European locations, this is essential reading for anyone interested in Nietzsche, Zweig, first-class biographies and philosophy.


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Pages: 120


Publication Date: 29-03-2013


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On Poverty

ISBN: 9781843916208

Author: Charles Dickens    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Dickens is famous for his moralising and the entreaties within his fiction to help the poor, and characters such as the Cratchit family, or little Joe in Bleak ...


Dickens is famous for his moralising and the entreaties within his fiction to help the poor, and characters such as the Cratchit family, or little Joe in Bleak House have become iconic figures in our recollections of the nineteenth century's working class struggles.

This collection includes articles such as ‘A Poor man and his beer’ and ‘Walk in the Workhouse’ based directly upon Dickens' own involvement and experience of walking round the more derelict areas of London and England to meet the poor firsthand and report their plights to the reading population, as well as considering Dickens' own charitable work, such as his involvement in setting up a refuge for prostitutes, as defended in his article ‘A Home for Homeless Women’. In contrast to his personal nostalgia for the innocence of childhood, Dickens tirelessly argued against those who hearkened back to the good old days, instead flying the flag for evolution and development.


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Pages: 120


Publication Date: 29-03-2013


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