Orwell's chilling farmyard parody of Soviet Russia is brought vividly to life with illustrations by Quentin Blake.
Set during the Alaskan gold rush of 1897, Jack London’s classic adventure story inspired Kerouac and Orwell. In this Folio edition, Abigail Rorer’s drawings depict the fierce beauty of the frozen Yukon. David Vann introduces.
Douglas Adams brilliantly combines science fiction with the finest tradition of English humour. In this, the first of his ‘trilogy of five’, he introduces Earthbound readers to Zaphod Beeblebrox, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters, the Babel fish and the stolen Heart of Gold starship.
A beautiful edition of Tolkien's classic children's story. Leaving his comfortable hobbit hole Bilbo Baggins goes on a reluctant adventure to defeat a dragon, and along the way he encounters the vile, but pathetic Gollum, and his ‘Precious’ – a ring to rule them all.
One of the most influential novels of the 20th century, it is both a gripping thriller and an ingenious parable about the nature of civilisation. Following a plane crash, a group of schoolboys is left marooned on a tropical island. Their initial attempts at co-operation soon flounder and, as the veneer of civilisation wears away, their primitive instincts are unleashed.
Mark Twain's reputation grew ever larger as the rest of the world caught up with his wickedly dry wit. In these stories, satires, travel pieces, speeches, letters and anecdotes, Twain pokes fun at himself and other Americans in places as diverse as the Mississippi riverboats and the castles of Europe.
In this award-winning history, Mary Beard guides us through the daily life of Pompeii – an existence that is far more complex than we might have realised. Lively, exciting and accessible, this book brings us as close as possible to the real Pompeii.
Before the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit came The Silmarillion - a rich tapestry of tales and legends which tells the story of Middle Earth. Revealing the origins of the elves and the rise of the Dark Lord, it offers readers a deeper insight into Tolkien's magical world.
Tomboy Scout and her older brother Jem tell thrilling stories about local bogeyman, Boo Radley, but when their father defends a black man accused of raping a white girl, they discover that 1930s Alabama contains things far more terrifying than Boo.
The name of Oscar Wilde has become synonymous with wit. This volume brings together some of the finest and most biting examples - chosen by his grandson from a wide range of essays, stories, plays and poetry - all of them the authentic product of the man who claimed he had nothing to declare but his genius.