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The African Trilogy: Things Fall Apart No Longer at Ease Arrow of God

Achebe, Chinua
Includes "Things Fall Apart", "No Longer at Ease", and "Arrow of God". In "Things Fall Apart" the individual tragedy of Okonkwo, 'strong man' and tribal elder in the Nigeria of the 1890s is intertwined with the transformation of traditional Igbo society under the impact of Christianity and colonialism.

The Divine Comedy

Alighieri, Dante
This edition prints all three parts of Dante's great poem about the journey of the soul - INFERNO, PURGATORIO and PARADISO - in the recent English translation by Allen Mandelbaum, with an introduction and explanatory notes on each canto by the noted Dante scholar, Peter Armour.


Asimov, Isaac
A story of the Galactic Empire, crumbling after twelve thousand years of rule.

The Handmaid's Tale

Atwood, Margaret
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. . . . .

Pride And Prejudice

Austen, Jane
Probably the popular favourite among Jane Austen's novels, Pride and Prejudice was the first to be written (1796-7), when the author was just twenty-one.

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Baldwin, James
Based in part on his own childhood in Harlem, the author chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a Pentecostal storefront church in Harlem.

Giovanni's Room

Baldwin, James
David has just proposed marriage to his American girlfriend, but while she is away on a trip he becomes involved in a doomed affair with a bartender named Giovanni. This title is set in the Paris of the 1950s, where a young American expatriate finds himself caught between his repressed desires and conventional morality.

The Book of Evidence & The Sea

Banville, John
Takes us into the hauntingly confused worlds of two ageing male protagonists - washed-up scientist Freddie Montgomery, desperate to explain why he is being held in an Irish prison for murder and recently widowed art historian Max Morden, who has returned to a sleepy seaside boarding house to relive the events of his first adolescent awakenings.

Flaubert's Parrot/History of the World

Barnes, Julian
Examines the attempts of an increasingly bemused researcher to establish certain facts about a famous French novelist and the stuffed bird which used to sit on his desk. This book blends fact and fiction in a virtuoso kaleidoscope of vignettes from Noah's time to the present.

Samuel Beckett Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies and the Unnamable

Beckett, Samuel
Samuel Beckett is the greatest Irish novelist of the later twentieth century, and this trilogy of novels is his masterpiece -which makes it perhaps the outstanding literary work of our time. This book deals with his life and work.

Elizabeth Bowen: Collected Stories

Bowen, Elizabeth
A brilliant and much admired novelist, Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) surpassed herself as a writer of short fiction: 'the supreme genius of her time', writes John Banville in his introduction;

Stories Of Ray Bradbury - Everyman

Bradbury, Ray
Includes tales such as 'Sound of Thunder', 'The Veldt', and 'The Fog Horn'. This title also contains the Irish stories, the Martian stories and the Mexican stories.