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Modern British Short Stories, the Penguin Book of
Various
0140063064
July 1989
Paperback
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From Library Journal
These 34 stories have all the hallmarks of post-1945 British culture: an amused attitude toward Americans and Australians, a comic fascination with sex, a baffling affection for a cold evening meal called "tea." In most cases, though, as the narrator of Adam Mars-Jones's "Structural Anthropology" says, "just below the surface of story . . . lies the tangled richness of myth." Stylistically, the works vary from Samuel Beckett's succinct avant-gardism to Doris Lessing's extended revisiting of naturalism a la Flaubert. The entire volume is recommended, especially Ian McEwan's "Psychopolis," which makes it clear why many consider him Great Britain's leading writer. David Kirby, Florida State Univ., TallahasseeCopyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition...


The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen (Six Volume Set)
Jane Austen, R. W. Chapman
0192547070
November 17, 1988
Hardcover
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Book Description
"R.W. Chapman's fine new edition has, among its other merits, the advantage of waking the Jane Austenite up.... The novels continue to live their own wonderful internal life...freshened and enriched by contact with the life of facts. His illustrations are beyond all praise."--E.M. Forster,
Abinger Harvest. This beautiful set provides the definitive text of Austen's six great comic masterpieces and her minor works (the latter include three high-spirited efforts written at about age fifteen; a charming fragment, The Watsons, which has been thought to be a sketch for Emma; and a
tantalizing fragment, Sanditon, written in the last year of her life). All six volumes feature splendid early 19th-century illustrations as well as Chapman's detailed explanatory notes. Chapman has collated all the editions published in...


Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories
Agatha Christie
0425094863
October 1986
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From Publishers Weekly
Fans of the amiable, omniscient Miss Marple will be delighted by the first publication in one volume of all 20 short stories that Christie centered on the elderly sleuth. Wearing her black lace mittens, Miss Marple sits in her chair, knitting and digesting details of murders of all descriptions (from poisonings to a drowning to a shooting by bow and arrow). She manages, of course, to see through all false identities and bogus alibis, and neatly solves each puzzle, no matter how obscure or far-fetched. The bulk of the stories are gathered from The Tuesday Club murders, chronicling the meetings of a group formed by Miss Marple and a handful of her friends. The members take turns recounting mysteries to which they know the answers, while the others take a stab at cracking the cases. Readers will have fun playing...


The Best British Short Stories of 1922
Edward J. O'Brien
141915396X
June 2004
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Book Description
Looking back on it from this distance of time--it began in the early and ended in the middle eighties--I see the charm of ingenuous youth stamped on the episode, the touching glamour of limitless faith and expectation. We were, the whole little band of us, so deliciously self-sufficient, so magnificently critical of established reputations in contemporary letters and art. We sniffed and snorted, noses in air, at popular idols, while ourselves weighted down with a cargo of guileless enthusiasm only asking opportunity to dump itself at an idol's feet.

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Looking back on it from this distance of time--it began in the early and ended in the middle eighties--I see the charm of ingenuous youth stamped on the episode, the touching glamour of limitless faith and...


The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
0517220784


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Book Review
This volume, authorized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate, contains all 4 full-length novels and all 56 short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. At over a thousand pages, the weighty tome is a perfect gift for budding amateur sleuths, and it is an ideal companion for a long stay on a desert island (or a leisurely trip through the English countryside). As the reader wades past the tense introductions of A Study in Scarlet and moves towards such classic tales as The Hound of the Baskervilles, "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," and "The Final Problem," she is sure to draw her own conclusions about Holmes's veiled past and his quirky relationship with his "Boswell," Watson. Doyle never revealed much about Holmes's early life, but the joy of reading the complete Holmes is assembling the trivia of each story into something...


The Pacific and Other Stories
Mark Helprin
0143035762
June 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
As ambitious and imaginative as any of Helprin's past works (Memoir from Antproof Case; Winter's Tale; etc.), the 16 stories collected in the author's first book in nearly a decade are gloriously rich and varied. In "Perfection," Helprin's fabulist skills glitter as a Hasidic boy from 1958 Brooklyn makes a pilgrimage to "the house of Ruth" in the Bronx, believing that he must save Mickey Mantle and the "New York Yenkiss." Other tales explore loss, regret, retribution and time's passage, their exotic locations—Italy, France, Israel, the orange grove–era Pacific coast—imbuing them with exuberant life. In "Il Colore Ritrovato," a bookkeeper-turned-impresario, who years ago discovered one of the world's greatest (and unhappiest) opera singers, happens upon another untrained but perfect soprano and...


The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, et al
0393059162
November 30, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Sherlockians and more casual Holmes fans alike will delight in this comprehensive edition of the 56 original short adventures featuring the world's first private consulting detective. Modeling his efforts on William S. Baring-Gould's 1968 Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Klinger (The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library) packs as many extras into these two volumes as a special director's cut DVD: detailed essays on subjects as diverse as the Boer War and the history of rugby, illuminating citations to early drafts of Doyle's original manuscripts,and full discussions of the numerous theories developed over more than a century concerning ambiguities, contradictions and unresolved issues in the stories. Those new to such scholarship will be fascinated by the sophisticated multidisciplined approach, much of it based on close...


The Best British Short Stories of 1922
Edward J. O'Brien
1421801221
Jan 2005
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When Edward J. O'Brien asked me to cooperate with him in choosing each year's best English short stories, to be published as a companion volume to his annual selection of the best American short stories, I had not realized that at the end of my arduous task, which has involved the reading of many hundreds of stories in the English magazines of an entire year, I should find myself asking the simple question: What is a short story? I do not suppose that a hundred years ago such a question could have occurred to any one. Then all that a story was and could be was implied in the simple phrase: "Tell me a story...." We all know what that means. How many stories published today would stand this simple if final test of being told by word of mouth? I doubt whether fifty per cent would. Surely the universality of the...


The Dick Francis Complete Treasury of Great Racing Stories
Dick Francis
1578661412
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
From his extensive experience as a Steeplechase rider, he and John Welcome—a fellow best-selling writer—have gathered 28 of the most classic horse racing stories around. The authors range from Arthur Conan Doyle and Beryl Markham to John Taintor Foote and Francis himself. Damon Runyon’s “Pick the Winner” introduces us to the unforgettable, ironically named Hot Horse Herbie and his ever-loving fiancée, Miss Cutie Singleton. In her “Pullinstown,” Molly Keane brilliantly evokes racing among the Anglo-Irish gentry. Horse loving readers will definitely judge this a winner.


Poirot Investigates
Agatha Christie
0425174727
May 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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Literary Review
A capital collection of mystery stories.

Book Description
Cross a movie star, an archaeologist, a French maid, a prime minister, a wealthy dowager, and an Italian count with Hercule Poirot and you get a collection of the detective's most intriguing criminal puzzles.


The Towers of Trebizond (New York Review Books Classics)
Rose Macaulay, Jan Morris (Introduction)
159017058X
November 30, 2003
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--Brooke Allen, The Atlantic Monthly, December 2003
"one of the most erudite of books...also one of the funniest...a tour de force of sustained comedy."

Book Description
"'Take my camel, dear,' said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass." So begins The Towers of Trebizond, the greatest novel by Rose Macaulay, one of the eccentric geniuses of English literature. In this fine and funny adventure set in the backlands of modern Turkey, a group of highly unusual travel companions makes its way from Istanbul to legendary Trebizond, encountering potion-dealing sorcerers, recalcitrant policemen, and Billy Graham on tour with a busload of Southern evangelists. But though the dominant note of the novel is humorous, its pages are shadowed by...


The Best British Short Stories of 1922
Edward J. Obrien
1421913380
June 2005
Hardcover
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Diamonds Are Forever
Ian Fleming
0142002054
December 31, 2002
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Raymond Chandler
Bond is what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets.

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Tiffany Case, a cold, gorgeous, devil-may-care blonde, stands between James Bond and the leaders of a diamond-smuggling ring that stretches from Africa to London to the United States. Bond uses her to infiltrate this gang, but once in America the hunter becomes the hunted. Agent 007 is in real danger until help comes from an unlikely quarter, the ice maiden herself.

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The Best British Short Stories of 1922
Edward J. Obrien
1421913399
June 2005
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Rumpole and the Primrose Path (Rumpole Series)
John Mortimer
0641675402

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The Economy of the Short Story in British Periodicals of the 1890's
Winnie Chan
0415977339
June 2006
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Poirot Investigates: Eleven Complete Mysteries (Mystery Masters Series) [UNABRIDGED]
Agatha Christie, David Suchet (Narrator)
1572703210
July 2003
Audio CD
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From AudioFile
As always, the inestimable David Suchet rises to the challenge of playing Agatha Christie's vain and brilliant Belgian detective. His characterization is dead-on. As Poirot employs his "little grey cells" to solve a murder, a jewel robbery, and other misdeeds, Suchet not only captures Poirot's fussiness and mannerisms to a "T" but does the same with the supporting characters and the narrative itself. Poirot's sidekick, the clueless Captain Hastings, adds comic pomposity and aching frustration (over Poirot's vanity). All in all, Suchet's delivery tickles the ear like gentle, upbeat prose music. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

AudioFile, Dec/Jan 2004
"All in all, Suchet’s delivery tickles the ear like gentle,...


Making It Up
Penelope Lively
0670034479
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Making It Up, Booker Prize-winning author Penelope Lively's cleverly termed "anti-memoir," is an enthralling examination of how both fate and free will can dramatically alter the lives of each and every one of us. Each of Lively's expertly crafted stories reveals the life she could have lived, had she, or another, chosen a different path. Yet in answering a series of "what if" questions, Lively does more than indulge her imagination; rather, she challenges her readers to examine the consequences of both the significant, and the seemingly trivial decisions we make every day.

Each of the stories in Making It Up deals with a different stage of Lively's life, and examines fictional alternatives to the roads she and others traveled. The Mozambique Channel charts the course of Shirley, a British nanny who...



Masterpieces in Miniature: The Detectives
Agatha Christie
0312349386
November 2005
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Book Description
The most beloved characters by the most popular crime writer of all timetogether in her largest compendium of stories everAgatha Christie is the worlds most popular writer in modern times and her books have only been outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Best remembered for such classic crime novels as Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None, and Death on the Nile, her works have been cherished by generations of readers. Christie, however, was also a master of the shorter crime story and this volume collects some of her finest short pieces. Each of these thirty-nine stories features one of Christies famous detectivesMiss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Parker Pyne, and Harley Quinin some of their most baffling and intriguing cases, as these ingenious Christie tales show how satisfying and compelling the crime...


DAUGHTER OF TIME
Josephine Tey
0684803860
November 29, 1995
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Book Review
Josephine Tey is often referred to as the mystery writer for people who don't like mysteries. Her skills at character development and mood setting, and her tendency to focus on themes not usually touched upon by mystery writers, have earned her a vast and appreciative audience. In Daughter of Time, Tey focuses on the legend of Richard III, the evil hunchback of British history accused of murdering his young nephews. While at a London hospital recuperating from a fall, Inspector Alan Grant becomes fascinated by a portrait of King Richard. A student of human faces, Grant cannot believe that the man in the picture would kill his own nephews. With an American researcher's help, Grant delves into his country's history to discover just what kind of man Richard Plantagenet was and who really killed the little princes.


The Flame Trees of Thika : Memories of an African Childhood (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Elspeth Huxley
0141183780
February 1, 2000
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister
In 1913, at the age of six, Elspeth Huxley accompanied her parents from England to their recently acquired land in Kenya, "a bit of El Dorado my father had been fortunate enough to buy in the bar of the Norfolk hotel from a man wearing an Old Etonian tie." The land is not nearly what its seller claimed, but Elspeth's parents are undaunted and begin their coffee plantation. Her mother, a resourceful, adventurous woman, "eager always to extract from every moment its last drop of interest or pleasure," keeps an eye on Elspeth's education but also allows her extensive freedom. Through Elspeth Huxley's marvelous gift for description, early twentieth-century Kenya comes alive with all the excitement and naive insight of a child who watches with eyes wide open as coffee trees are...


Blackbird House
Alice Hoffman
0345455932
March 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Prolific novelist Hoffman (The Probable Future; Blue Diary;etc.) offers 12 lush and lilting interconnected stories, all taking place in the same Cape Cod farmhouse over the course of generations. Built during British colonial days by a man who dies tragically on a final fishing trip, Blackbird House is home, in the following generation, to a man who lost his leg to a giant halibut. In the late 19th century, Blackbird inhabitant Violet Cross has a brief affair with a Harvard scholar who inevitably betrays her; in the story that follows, she pushes her son, Lion West, to Harvard in 1908, which in turn launches him to life—and early death—in England. Lion's orphaned son, Lion West Jr., serves in World War II and meets a German-Jewish woman spirited enough to stand up to his possessive grandmother Violet....


The Singapore Grip (New York Review Books Classics)
J.G. Farrell, Derek Mahon (Introduction)
1590171365
January 28, 2005
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—John Spurling
"[Farrell] is telling not just a story, but history itself, from inside and outside."

—Jeremy Lewis, The Times of London
"The Singapore Grip is an enterprising, intelligent and—as might be expected—highly readable saga."

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Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders
John Mortimer
0143036114
October 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Mortimer's beloved barrister, Horace Rumpole, at last tells the tale, hitherto mentioned only in passing, of the Penge Bungalow murders, the case that made his reputation as a defense lawyer decades ago. Simon Jerold stands accused of shooting his father, a bomber pilot during WWII, and an RAF buddy of his father's some hours after a quarrel in which Simon threatened his father with a German Luger. Simon appears headed for the gallows with perfunctory defense from C.H. Wystan, Rumpole's by-the-book head of chambers. Leave it to young Rumpole, an inexperienced "white wig," to see a chink or two in the prosecution's case and step up to Simon's defense, even at the risk of ruffling his supercilious superior's feathers. Subplots include the farcical circumstances that lead the romantically challenged Rumpole to...


I, Richard
Elizabeth George
055338242X
July 29, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
In her first story collection, eminent British author George (A Traitor to Memory) presents five nimbly written and gripping tales, each with a stunning conclusion. "Exposure" concerns declining sexual prowess, as gossipy architecture students speculate about Polly Simpson, who is suspiciously friendly with elderly men touring Abinger Manor, where one oldster dies mysteriously just as some historic silverware is stolen. In "The Surprise of His Life," high-powered CEO Douglas Armstrong, obsessively jealous and mistrustful of his young wife, learns too late that she's planning an astonishing final surprise for both him and the reader. Similarly, a young widow in "Remember I'll Always Love You" is horrified to discover the secret double life led by her late husband, purportedly a sales director for a biotech firm,...

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