Feckless, unwashed and charming, Trinity College law student Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield is an Irish-American with an English accent. Dreaming of dollars and ready women, he stumbles from public house to pawnbrokers, murmering delusive enticements in the ear of any girl who'll listen.
The second season of the television adaptation of UNDER THE DOME will receive its UK premiere on Channel 5 on Monday, August 25th. In one of Stephen King's most riveting novels, in which every chapter ends on a cliffhanger. a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome.
Confronting and solving problems is a painful process, which most of us attempt to avoid. Drawing on his own professional experience, the author, a psychiatrist, suggests ways in which facing our difficulties can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding. He discusses the nature of loving relationships.
Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare's hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage - the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her. But something goes wrong. Very wrong.
A collection by Pulitzer prize-winning novelist John Cheever that shows the power and range of one of the finest short story writers. It includes masterpieces such as "The Swimmer" and "Goodbye, My Brother" and date from the time of his honourable discharge from the Army at the end of the Second World War.
The narrator, Samson Young, enters the Black Cross, a thoroughly undesirable public house, and finds the main players of his drama assembled, just waiting to begin. It's a gift of a story from real life... all Samson has to do is to write it as it happens.
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
An elderly, proud black farmer, Lucas Beauchamp, is wrongfully arrested for the murder of a white man. The lynch mob are baying for his blood. His sole hope lies with a young white boy, bent on repaying an old favour, who with the help of Lucas's cynical lawyer will work to find the truth and hatch a risky plot to prove his innocence.
In 1975, a black child is mysteriously born to white parents. His name is Radar Radmanovic. Radar grows up in suburban New Jersey, but his story rapidly becomes entangled with terrible events in Yugoslavia, Norway, Cambodia, the Congo, and beyond.
On 31 March 1836 the publishers Chapman and Hall launched the first issue of a new monthly periodical entitled The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. The fame of Mr Pickwick soon spread worldwide - making The Pickwick Papers the greatest literary phenomenon in history. This book traces its history detail.
Aleksi lost his mother on a rainy October day when he was 13 years old. 20 years later, he is certain that he knows who's responsible. Everything points to millionaire Henrik Saarinen. The police don't agree. Aleksi has only one option: to get close to Henrik Saarinen and find out the truth about his mother's fate on his own.
Armed only with a counterfeit 100-Euro note, Ajatashatru the fakir arrives in Paris. His mission? To acquire a splendid new bed of nails. His destination? IKEA. Once there he finds an obliging wardrobe in which to lay his head, only to discover on waking that he is locked in and headed for England in the back of a truck.
Wisconsin, 1941. With all the men off to war, Fritzi and her sisters must learn men's work and the All-Girl Filling Station is born, complete with neat little caps, short skirts, and roller-skates. Their peace doesn't last long though: skilled women are needed to fly planes for the war effort...
You might find it hard to imagine that those ageing spinsters living quietly in small English towns ever led lives of passion or hardship, that they ever possessed beauty or romantic ideals. This title tells the story of two such old wives, sisters Constance and Sophia, from youth, through marriage, heartbreak, triumphs and disasters, to old age.
Flying out of India, a light aircraft is hi-jacked and flown into the high Tibetan Himalayas. The passengers on board anxiously await their fate, among them Conway, a talented British consul. But on landing they are unexpectedly conducted to a remote valley, a legendary paradise of peace and beauty, known as Shangri-La. Have they been kidnapped?
Spanning her last five collections and bringing together her finest work from the past fifteen years, this selection of Alice Munro's stories infuses everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight. It is written with emotion and empathy.
In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum of American society, releasing some of his best-loved literary creations on the scene.