Fiction & Literature (280)

The Man Who Bought London

ISBN: 9781843915638

Author: Edgar Wallace    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Extra! Extra! American billionaire King Kerry is using his immense wealth to, quite literally, buy London in this gripping mystery from prolific writer and crea...


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 the obnoxious and dangerous Hermann Zeberlieff whose bad business decisions and gambling habit mean he would like nothing more than to get his hands on Kerry's fortune.When Elsie Marion, late for work again and in a dreadful rush, bumps into a charming grey-haired man on the tube, little does she know how much her life is about to change. For the dashing stranger has just bought Tack and Brighten, her place of employment, and is about to offer Elsie a new job she simply cannot refuse.Thus begins a whirlwind of mysterious events for Elsie, as she soon finds herself in the cut-throat world of business in a London which she never knew existed before. King Kerry's rivals will go to deadly lengths to topple his growing property empire, and when a long-buried dark romantic secret from King Kerry's past comes to light, a shock will lie in store for all.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 176


Publication Date: 20-04-2015


$24.99
The Wrong Box

ISBN: 9781843915584

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson    Publisher: Hesperus Press

The Wrong Box is a black comedy novel, co-written by Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and his ste...


The Wrong Box is a black comedy novel, co-written by Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne. Morris and John Finsbury stands to gain a lot of money if their Uncle Masterman dies, but none if Uncle Joseph dies first. So when Joseph seems to have come to an untimely end in a railway accident, a farcical sequence is set in motion. Determined to conceal the death, Morris hides the body in a barrel which he then ships to London. How will the situation resolve itself and how long can the deception continue for...? First published in 1889 and adapted several times for film and musical, The Wrong Box is Stevenson at his funniest. The farce moves at a tremendous pace with Stevenson rapidly piling up train crashes, missing uncles, cases of mistaken identity and surplus dead bodies.


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Pages: 208


Publication Date: 20-04-2015


$24.99
There Are No Horses in Heaven

ISBN: 9781927145678

Author: Frankie McMillan    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

"There Are No Horses In Heaven" is a warm, delightful collection from poet Frankie McMillan, full of vivid phrasing, eerie moments, and a colourful cast of char...


"There Are No Horses In Heaven" is a warm, delightful collection from poet Frankie McMillan, full of vivid phrasing, eerie moments, and a colourful cast of characters. Readers will keep recalling and revisiting these poems: they tingle with the same sense of the ineffable, like certain chords in musical pieces. Gorgeous, haunting and beautifully strange, they seem to have a ripple effect. One poem causes another, they glint and glance off each other depicting a world of real emotion and psychological mystery: how strange we are to ourselves and to each other, even when we have such depth of feeling for each other. "There Are No Horses In Heaven" has been designed and printed in a limited edition in collaboration with Ilam Press, Ilam School of Fine Arts. Original artwork for cover design by Lyttelton artist Nichola Shanley.


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Pages: 102


Dimensions: 125 x 200 mm


Publication Date: 20-03-2015


$25.00
A Place To Go On From : Collected Poems of Iain Lonie

ISBN: 9781927322017

Author: David Howard Ed.    Publisher: Otago University Press

Dunedin poet Iain Lonie (1932–1988), a Cambridge scholar who enjoyed an international reputation as a medical historian, died before his poetry was fully appr...


Dunedin poet Iain Lonie (1932–1988), a Cambridge scholar who enjoyed an international reputation as a medical historian, died before his poetry was fully appreciated. He published five slim volumes but his style was not the one that dominated New Zealand poetry at the time. And yet, argues Damian Love in an essay in this volume, ‘To read him now is, for most of us, practically to discover a new resource.’ This collection, assembled from sources public and private, is the result of poet David Howard’s determination to rescue a memorable body of work from oblivion. As well as the poems from Lonie’s published volumes, it includes over a hundred unpublished works, two essays and an extensive commentary. While his keen interest in mortality was focused by the premature death of his wife Judith (aged 46), Lonie’s poetry is also an attempt to recover the loved in us all. As he eavesdrops on desire and grief he reports back, often wittily, leaving the most poised body of elegiac poetry New Zealand has. For younger poets, Iain Lonie’s poetry has become ‘a place to go on from’


Bind: hardback


Pages: 392


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


$50.00
Landfall 229

ISBN: 9781877578908

Author: David Eggleton Ed.    Publisher: Otago University Press

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Publication Date: 20-05-2015


$30.00
Vera

ISBN: 9781843915713

Author: Elizabeth von Arnim    Publisher: Hesperus Press

First published in 1921 and believed to have been the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Vera is a darkly comic thriller which drew on the author's ow...


First published in 1921 and believed to have been the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Vera is a darkly comic thriller which drew on the author's own experience of unsuccessful marriage. When Lucy Entwhistle's father dies suddenly, she is left alone in the world struggling to find her place in life. But on the very same day she happens to meet the recently widowed Everard Wemyss. Their shared grief brings them together as they find in each other someone to talk to and in whom to confide, and Lucy finds a comforting hand to guide and protect her. As Wemyss' control over Lucy strengthens, an engagement seems imminent, only Lucy's aunt seems to apprehend some danger in the unsettling Wemyss.Returning from their honeymoon, Lucy takes up her place as mistress of 'The Willows', the Wemyss family home. But the spectre of Wemyss's first wife seems to hang heavy in the air as Lucy takes over the dead wife's sitting room and marital bed. With Everard's ever increasing controlling behaviour, the claustrophobic atmosphere deepens, and Lucy becomes more obsessed with the mysterious Vera. The oppressive situation threatens to build to crisis level. How did Vera really die? Can Lucy ever be happy at 'The Willows'?Vera is a forgotten thriller by a master of the genre, a brilliant exploration of the nature of control and love in the relationships between men and women.


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Pages: 336


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


$24.99
Poems for Palestine

ISBN: 9781843915515

Publisher: Hesperus Press

I looked at his thin, aged face / Each line represented a massacre / Each wrinkle, a dead son / Each groove, a year of occupation. 'Poems for Palestine' was lau...


I looked at his thin, aged face / Each line represented a massacre / Each wrinkle, a dead son / Each groove, a year of occupation. 'Poems for Palestine' was launched as a project aiming to collect together verse written by the people of Palestine, as a website open to all comers, all free to upload their work. The broad spectrum of the resulting talent displays a multitude of different poetic styles, subject matters and emotions. The role of art and poetry in particular, as a cathartic healer is crucial to this venture - the poems are in turn full of anguish, emotion, longing and love.In an age which sees a multitude of conflicts all over the world, it is important to make sure that we do not forget to listen to the voices of those affected. Too many people live in danger, in exile or in despair today - Poems for Palestine may well serve as a refrain for displaced people, from war-torn countries all over the word. Now collected together in volume form, it is hoped that this poetry will be able to gain a wider audience. Any profits will be donated to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund.


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Pages: 224


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


$27.99
The Wouldbegoods

ISBN: 9781843915317

Author: E. Nesbit    Publisher: Hesperus Press

The Bastable children have been banished to the country in disgrace - following a particularly damaging re-enaction of a jungle scene featuring expensive stuffe...


The Bastable children have been banished to the country in disgrace - following a particularly damaging re-enaction of a jungle scene featuring expensive stuffed animals and a garden hose. In this sequel to E. Nesbit's The Treasure Seekers, itself published by Hesperus Minor in 2013 with a foreword by Julia Donaldson, the gang of six, Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel and Horace Octavius (H.O.), decides to turn over a new leaf. Spurred on by Dora's urgings, the children found 'The Society of the Wouldbegoods' - aiming to mend their ways by being good whenever possible. But the schemes they undertake to try to be good and make themselves useful never seem to quite go to plan. Even when they are attempting to be well behaved, they seem unable to endear themselves to adults, instead, amongst other things, they cause a fire, some flooding, get held hostage and find time to purchase a pistol along the way. It seems that despite their best intentions, they are destined to leave a trail of destruction in their wake - and to be, well, frankly, naughty.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 304


Publication Date: 28-10-2014


$21.99
The Nutcracker

ISBN: 9781843915324

Author: E.T.A Hoffman    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Best known as the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker is a charming book in its own right. Full of magic and childish wonder, this coming-of-ag...


Best known as the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker is a charming book in its own right. Full of magic and childish wonder, this coming-of-age novella by E.T.A. Hoffmann has something for everyone: beautiful dolls, ferocious battles and dark undertones. It truly has all the elements of a fairy tale. Younger readers will be enchanted by this children's classic, while older readers will be intrigued to discover the background to the famous ballet libretto. It is Christmas Eve and little Marie has tired of her new presents, happily playing with a nutcracker instead. So when her brother Fritz breaks it, she is horrified, tenderly bandaging the little nutcracker with her ribbon and putting him to bed. When the clock strikes midnight, Marie is stunned to see an army of mice advancing, led by a seven-headed Mouse King. Her very own nutcracker leads the dolls and toys against the mouse army and a violent battle ensues. Just as the nutcracker looks like he might lose, Marie throws her shoe at the mice, and injures herself as she falls over. When she wakes up, her arm is bandaged but nobody will believe her unlikely tale of how she came to hurt herself.Soon after, her godfather comes for a visit and tells her the story of the nutcracker. As the tale unfolds, Marie learns about the ongoing feud between the mice and their enemy Princess Pirlipat. It sounds fanciful, but could it be true? And if the fairy tale is true, shouldn't there be a Prince Charming in the offing for Marie? This timeless tale is full of the magic of Christmas, but is a delight to read at any time of the year. Its enduring popularity is testament to its originality and charm.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 112


Publication Date: 28-10-2014


$21.99
The Breathing Tree

ISBN: 9781927145555

Author: Apirana Taylor    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

This collection offers 40 new poems from popular poet Apirana Taylor. Inspired by nature and mythology, he shifts his focus from the mundane to the mysterious, ...


This collection offers 40 new poems from popular poet Apirana Taylor. Inspired by nature and mythology, he shifts his focus from the mundane to the mysterious, and with characteristic wit and intensity shares his delight and despair in what he discovers. Accessible and tender, but pulling no punches, his work assumes many forms and has been included in New Zealand schools' English curriculum.


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Pages: 56


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 30-09-2014


$25.00
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