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Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Paperback, 03/01/1998, £8.99
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HELEN SIMPSON From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.

Portable Conrad

Paperback, 02/02/2008, £12.99
A great novelist of the sea, a poet of the tropics, a harbinger of the modern spy novel, and an observer of the moments in which people are stripped of their illusions, Joseph Conrad is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. This title features some of the best known and most enduring of Conrad's works.

Less Than Zero

Paperback, 01/04/2011, £8.99
The cult classic reissued to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary.

I Am Legend

Paperback, 29/03/2010, £8.99
The SF classic that inspired the blockbuster vampire movie starring Will Smith.

Riddley Walker

Paperback, 24/05/2012, £10.99
The stunning and unique novel which is hailed as a modern classic

Brave New World

Hardback, 27/09/2013, £12.50
Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress...

Wasp Factory

Paperback, 27/06/2013, £8.99
Iain Banks' momentous first novel, published in 1984 is being reissued with a new cover alongside other classic titles from the Abacus list in our 40th Anniversary year.

New York Trilogy

Paperback, 04/06/2015, £8.99
A trilogy of three cleverly interconnected novels that exploit the elements of standard detective fiction.


Paperback, 05/02/1996, £8.99
This novel looks at life in the dark underside of Edinburgh, the AIDS capital of Europe, through the jaded eyes and harsh vernacular of heroin addict Mark Renton, who is sick of his friends, sick with the city and its deserted docklands, and above all sick with himself.

Generation X

Paperback, 07/11/1996, £8.99
Andy, Dag and Claire represent the new generation - Generation X.

Catcher in the Rye

Paperback, 04/03/2010, £8.99
Holden Caulfield is a dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.


Paperback, 04/07/2009, £12.99
One of the most talked-about novels of 2008: the visionary epic from a Latin American genius

Catch 22

Paperback, 06/10/1994, £9.99
Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, this is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him.

Gravity's Rainbow

Paperback, 03/01/1998, £10.99
Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then, "a screaming comes across the sky," heralding an angel of death, a V-2 rocket. Soon Tyrone is on the run from legions of bizarre enemies through the phantasmagoric horrors of Germany.

Revenge of the Lawn

Paperback, 18/09/2014, £8.99
62 of Brautigan's ultra-short stories, reissued to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. Introduced by Sarah Hall

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Paperback, 02/02/2009, £7.99
A powerful and perceptive coming-of-age story, in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye, from a talented young filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist.

Journey to the End of the Night

Paperback, 29/09/2012, £9.99
First published in 1932, Journey to the End of the Night was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and a turning point in French literature. This edition contains a foreword by John Banville.

Sagittarius Rising

Paperback, 11/04/2009, £14.99
Originally published: London: P. Davies, 1936.

Blade Runner

Paperback, 11/02/1999, £7.99
World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal - the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life. Then Rick got his chance...

Beautiful Losers

Paperback, 23/07/2009, £9.99
One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, this uninhibited tale centres on the hapless members of a love triangle, and their sexual obsession and shared fascination with a mythic saint.


Paperback, 05/11/2009, £9.99
Presents a story in which a blind man guides the hand of a sighted man as together they draw the cathedral the blind man can never see.

Rabbit, Run

Paperback, 01/06/2006, £9.99
It's 1959 and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job.

Clockwork Orange

Paperback, 07/04/2011, £7.99
Features fifteen-year-old Alex and his friends who set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery, rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State tries to reform him - but at what cost?

Fight Club

Paperback, 03/01/1998, £9.99
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Paperback, 02/08/1991, £9.99
Tells a story of the narrator, his son Chris and their month-long motorcycle odyssey from Minnesota to California profoundly affected an entire generation.

Slaughterhouse five

Paperback, 17/10/1991, £8.99
Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

Been Down so Long it Looks Like Up to Me

Paperback, 29/08/1996, £7.99
A title in which the hero, Gnossus Pappadopoulis, weaves his way through the psychedelic landscape, encountering - among other things - mescaline, women, art, gluttony, falsehood, science, prayer, and, occasionally, truth.

Everything is Illuminated

Paperback, 05/06/2003, £8.99
A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms; a "blind" old man; and an undersexed guide dog.

On the Road

Paperback, 24/02/2000, £8.99
Sal Paradise, a young innocent, joins his hero Dean Moriarty, a traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat, on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their search for release or fulfilment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits of the American dream.


Paperback, 28/09/2000, £9.99
A collection of short stories and essays showcasing one of Latin America's influential and imaginative writers. It was a literary spellbinder whose tales of magic, mystery and murder are shot through with deep philosophical paradoxes.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: a Novel

Paperback, 05/05/2005, £9.99
Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electroshock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy - who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates.


Paperback, 05/07/2012, £8.99
William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Paperback, 22/08/1994, £7.99
The complete edition of a timeless classic, includes the recently rediscovered Part Four and 'Last Words' by Richard Bach.Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the most celebrated inspirational fable of our time, tells the story of a bird determined to be more than ordinary.

Fahrenheit 451

Paperback, 16/08/1993, £8.99
The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Paperback, 04/04/2005, £8.99
'We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like, "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive ..."'

If on a Winter's Night a Traveller

Paperback, 05/04/2002, £8.99
Leads you through many different books including a detective adventure, a romance, a satire, an erotic story, a diary, and a quest.


Paperback, 11/07/1994, £8.99

Virgin Suicides

Paperback, 20/06/2013, £8.99
Previously adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst, this is the story of the five Lisbon sisters - beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the entire neighbourhood.

Cocaine Nights

Paperback, 01/09/1997, £8.99
'Snort up "Cocaine Nights". It's disorientating, deranging and knocks the work of other avant-garde writers into a hatted cock' Will Self

Master and Margarita

Paperback, 07/01/2010, £7.99
The devil makes a personal appearance in Moscow accompanied by various demons, including a naked girl and a huge black cat. When he leaves, the asylums are full and the forces of law and order in disarray. Only the Master, a man devoted to truth, and Margarita, the woman he loves, can resist the devil's onslaught.

As I Lay Dying

Paperback, 04/01/1996, £8.99
Successive episodes in the death and burial of Addie Bundren are recounted by various members of the family circle, principally as they are carting their mother's coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, in order to bury her among her people.


Paperback, 01/05/2009, £8.99
Cormac McCarthy's The Road hit the big screen in January 2010.


Paperback, 01/07/2010, £8.99
Meursault is different. He will not lie. He will not pretend. He is true to himself. So when his mother dies and he is unmoved, he refuses to do the proper thing and grieve. Returning to Algiers after the funeral, he carries on life as usual until he becomes involved in a violent murder.

Infinite Jest

Paperback, 05/06/1997, £12.99
* 'Ambitious, accomplished, deeply humorous, brilliant and witty and moving. A literary sensation' INDEPENDENT * With a new foreword by Dave Eggers

Post Office

Paperback, 02/04/2009, £8.99
Henry Chinaski is a lowlife loser with a hand-to-mouth existence. His menial post office day job supports a life of beer, one-night stands and racetracks.

American Gods

Paperback, 19/09/2005, £8.99
The extraordinary, highly acclaimed novel from a storytelling genius

Battle Royale: Remastered

Paperback, 08/05/2014, £9.99
A new translation of the pop-culture phenomenon that is Battle Royale.


Paperback, 27/06/2013, £8.99
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