One of Virginia Woolf's most famous novels, Mrs Dalloway is a triumph of experimentation, a cornerstone of Modernism and a subtle examination of love, freedom, mental illness and the female condition in society.
After a series of unhappy episodes, the orphaned Oliver Twist runs away to London. Here, he is thrust into the darkly comic world of Fagin, his apprentice the Artful Dodger and their gang of child thieves. Can Oliver escape from their clutches and discover his true history?
The disparity between Emma Woodhouse's self-confidence and her determination to arrange marriages for her friends while avoiding one for herself leads to a painful series of misunderstandings for everyone who suffers from her well-meaning altruism. This title is a comedy of manners that lays bare the limits on women's autonomy in Regency England.
Having been found guilty of adultery, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a scarlet letter "A" in order to expiate her sins. While her husband embarks on a quest to discover the identity of her lover, she is left to face the consequences of her infidelity and find a place for herself and her illegitimate child.
Shipwrecked on an unknown island, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself surrounded by its six-inch natives, the Lilliputians. But this is only the first in a long line of wonderful discoveries, as his adventures take him to other far-off lands such as Brobdingnag, populated by a race of giants, Luggnagg, and the country of the Houyhnhnms.
Set in 1953, this play is about tension, about friendship, and about karma - what it is and how you get it. It begins one fine morning with a few friends, honest laborers some of them, some close to being down-and-out, passing around a bottle of wine. It portrays an authentic and alternate 1950s America.
Pip escapes from his troubled childhood experiences to learn for himself the perils of love, the dangers of wealth, and how to sort his friends from his enemies. Through the lives of its characters - Pip, Magwitch, Miss Havisham, Estella - this title charts the course of an England undergoing rapid social and economic change.
Reissued to mark the 75th anniversary of the first publication of THE PROPHET, this is a gift edition of Gibran's work. THE PROPHET speaks of love and marriage, joy and sorrow, reason and passion, beauty and death. Inspired largely by nature, it conveys the yearning for a Unity of Being that can only be achieved through love.
Containing obvious parallels with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's own lives, The Beautiful and Damned is a tragic examination of the pitfalls of greed and materialism and the transience of youth and beauty.
Sentaro has failed: he has a criminal record, drinks too much, and hasnt managed to fulfil his dream of becoming a writer. Instead, he works in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days listlessly filling the pastries. Until one day an elderly, handicapped woman enters the shop.
Tokue makes the best bean paste imaginable, and begins to teach Sentaro her art. But as their friendship flourishes, societal prejudices become impossible to escape, in this quietly devastating novel about the burden of the past and the redemptive power of friendship.