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Born in 1857 in Poland, Joseph Conrad became a British citizen just before he turned 30.In the intervening years he lost both parents; becoming an orphan at 11 being thereafter raised by an uncle, who at 16 let the boy go to Marseille where he began to work on merchant ships though at times it included stints gun running and the intrigue of political conspiracy. At age 36 his life turned from one of ships to one of literary pursuit. Conrad brought to English Literature both a further layer of style and a deeper examination of the human psyche in a wealth of work. He wrote many novels, rightly regarded today, as some of the finest in English literature. Among their canon are Lord Jim, Nostromo, The Shadow Line and of course Heart Of Darkness.Show more
You Are Here is a dazzling exploration of the universe and our relationship to it. It is the story of how something evolved from nothing, and how something became everything. It is the story of science: the greatest story ever told. Here, for the first time in a single span, is the life of the universe, from quarks to galaxy super-clusters, and from slime to Homo sapiens. The universe was once a moment of perfect symmetry, and is now 13.7 billion years of history. Clouds of gas were woven into whatever complexity we find in the universe today: the hierarchies of stars, or the brains of mammals. With wit and erudition, Christopher Potter takes us on a voyage beyond even time and space, to present the state of scientific knowledge at its most up-to-date and exhilarating.Show more
Water. H2O. Adams Ale. An essential for life. Without it life is impossible. Was it always that way? In this volume of stories water becomes the landscape and narrative, a character more deadly and perhaps more aware of its power than us mere mortals. We are beguiled by its sight. Whether softly breaking waves on a sandy beach or a thunderous storm engulfing the cliff face. But also in other forms; as lakes and lagoons. Water is everywhere and where there is water is the shadow of menace.Show more
Women's Short Stories - Vol 4. The art of writing a short story can be barely noticed by a reader such is the quality with which they are usually written. It is a difficult trade, an unforgiving discipline but for those who master it the rewards are many. In this series of works by our greatest female writers we bring you a selection of those we consider the best. In Volume 4 we bring you the classics of A Pair Of Silk Stockings - Kate Chopin, Here We Are - Dorothy Parker, Right At Last - Elizabeth Gaskell. These stories are read for you by the renowned actresses Eve Karpf and Liza RossShow more
The art of writing a short story can be barely noticed by a reader or listener - such is the quality with which they are usually written. It is a difficult trade, an unforgiving discipline, but for those who master it, the rewards are many. In this series of works by our greatest female writers, we bring you a selection of those we consider the best. The stories are by Louisa May Alcott, Katherine Mansfield, Charlotte Mew and are narrated by Eve Karpf and Liza RossShow more
Women's Short Stories - Vol 2. The art of writing a short story can be barely noticed by a reader such is the quality with which they are usually written. It is a difficult trade, an unforgiving discipline but for those who master it the rewards are many. In this series of works by our greatest female writers we bring you a selection of those we consider the best. In Volume 2 we bring you the classics of The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Roman Fever - Edith WhartonShow more
Women's Short Stories - Vol 1. The art of writing a short story can be barely noticed by a reader such is the quality with which they are usually written. It is a difficult trade, an unforgiving discipline but for those who master it the rewards are many. In this series of works by our greatest female writers we bring you a selection of those we consider the best. In Volume 1 we bring you the classics of A Dill Pickle - Katherine Mansfield, The Storm - Kate Chopin, The Sexton's Hero - Elizabeth Gaskell. These stories are read for you by the renowned actresses Eve Karpf and Liza RossShow more
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in late April 1565 and baptized there on 26th April. He was one of eight children. Little is known about his life but what is evident is the enormous contribution he has made to World Literature. His writing was progressive, magnificent in scope and breathtaking in execution. His plays and sonnets helped enable the English language to speak with a voice unmatched by any other.William Shakespeare died on the 23rd April 1616, survived by his wife and two daughters. He was buried two days after his death in the chancel of the Holy Trinity church.Poets rarely praise another of their kind but Shakespeare deserved all their praise – and more. And our poets down the centuries have been lavish and fulsome with him. Or to paraphrase the great Bard himself:—‘If words shall be the food of love, read on….’Show more
The Short Stories Of William Makepeace Thackeray. The short story is often viewed as an inferior relation to the Novel. But it is an art in itself. To take a story and distil its essence into fewer pages while keeping character and plot rounded and driven is not an easy task. Many try and many fail. In this series we look at short stories from many of our most accomplished writers. Miniature masterpieces with a lot to say. In this volume we examine some of the short stories of William Makepeace Thackeray. The great author of Vanity Fair and The Luck Of Barry Lyndon was born in India in 1811. At age 5 his father died and his mother sent him back to England. His education was of the best but he himself seemed unable to apply his talents to a rigorous work ethic. After a few years of marriage his wife began to suffer from depression and over the years became detached from reality. He himself suffered from ill health later in his life and the one pursuit that kept him moving forward was that of writing and in his life time he was placed second only to Dickens. High praise indeed. In this volume we take some of his shorter works, they are perfect miniatures of the world as he saw it. Many of these stories are also available as an audiobook from our sister company Word Of Mouth.Show more
William Blake was born on 28th November 1757 in London to parents of modest income that could only afford a basic education of reading and writing although he did attend a drawing school for a short time. His artistic skill was apparent relatively early and at the age of 14 he stopped working in his father's hosiery shop and became an apprentice engraver. This apprenticeship finished when he was 21 and at 25 he married Catherine Boucher. He taught her to read and write and together in 1789 they published Songs of Innocence with text and engravings printed from copper plates and illustrations finished by hand with watercolours. It did not sell well and throughout his life he remained largely unrecognised often on the verge of poverty. This led to a deep depression for many years and he was often considered mad by his contemporaries. His creativity and imagination with its undercurrents of mysticism, spiritualism and philosophy are apparent in this selection of poems and whilst classed as a seminal figure in the Romantic Age it wasn't until the late 19th century that his work was recognised. The 20th century saw an even greater appreciation of his poetry with Blake's voyage beyond the rational and material chiming with the Beat poets, Dylan, Van Morrison and Jim Morrison of the band the Doors , named after Blake's phrase Doors of Perception from his poem Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Further acclaim has been attributed to him from many scholars of art, psychology and of course literature. His poems have inspired composers such as Vaughn Williams, Britten and Taverner and Jerusalem a hymn still sung today. Blake's vivid and intense work is still relevant to all to this day and he is recognised as a saint in the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. William Blake died on 12th August 1827 and in 1957 a memorial was erected at Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey.Show more
Wilkie Collins was a prolific writer of short stories. Always original, his combination of cleverly constructed plots and believable characters has made him one of our most widely read authors. In 'The Dead Hand', a visitor to Doncaster in race week is forced by circumstances to spend the night at an inauspicious inn; while an evening at a Paris gambling-house ends in near tragedy for the narrator in 'A Terribly Strange Bed'. In 'The Dream Woman', a nightmarish apparition exerts a sinister blight on a man's life. This collection is read for you by Richard Mitchley, who has worked in theatre throughout Britain as well as directing and acting with his Mayfly theatre company and Ian Holm, one of England's finest actors.Show more
'The author is widely regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century and a brilliant writer and commentator on social and political affairs. What I Believe offers a lucid and concise insight into the author's thinking on issues that preoccupied him throughout his life: atheism, religious morality and the impact of science on society. With the addition of two further essays, 'Why I Took to Philosophy' and 'How I Write', this is a superb example of the author as his very best.'Show more
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