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Tales from a Master's Notebook

When Henry James died he left behind a series of notebooks, fascinating records of his thinking and working life, which include around sixty ideas, or what James called 'germs', for fictions he didn't write. Professor Philip Horne, a renowned authority on Henry James, has commission ten authors and Jamesian enthusiasts to write new short stories based on these 'germs'. Richly suggestive and enticing, the 'germs' have inspired a collection of new and brilliant stories by some of our best writers, offering a fresh and original approach to an canonical literary author through well-known contemporary voices.

Among the authors contributing to the collection are Rose Tremain, Jonathan Coe, Paul Theroux, Amit Chaudhuri, Tessa Hadley and Giles Foden.

EDITED AND INTRODUCED BY PROFESSOR PHILIP HORNE

WITH A FOREWORD BY MICHAEL WOOD

Manual of Painting and Calligraphy

Jose Saramago (Author)

H. is a struggling artist with a commission to paint a portrait of a well-known industrialist. Whilst the industrialist sits for the portrait, H. begins an affair with his subject’s secretary. Meanwhile the painting starts to fail. For inspiration H. takes a trip to Italy to contemplate the works of the great artists but when his friend back home is arrested by the secret police of Salazar’s regime, H is pulled back to Portugal. Art, sexuality and politics collide in Saramago’s first novel.

The Origin of Species

Charles Darwin (Author)

PATTERNS OF THE PLANET: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF THE BEST POPULAR SCIENCE BOOKS

When the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin returned from South America on board the H.M.S Beagle in 1836, he brought with him the notes and evidence which would form the basis of his landmark theory of evolution of species by a process of natural selection. This theory, published as The Origin of Species in 1859, is the basis of modern biology and the concept of biodiversity. It also sparked a fierce scientific, religious and philosophical debate which still continues today.

Guns, Germs and Steel

Jared Diamond (Author)

PATTERNS OF THE PLANET: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF THE BEST POPULAR SCIENCE BOOKS

Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe? In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Jared Diamond puts the case that geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians. An ambitious synthesis of history, biology, ecology and linguistics, Guns, Germs and Steel remains a ground-breaking and humane work of popular science.

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Cradle to Cradle

Michael Braungart (Author) , William McDonough (Author)

PATTERNS OF THE PLANET: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF THE BEST POPULAR SCIENCE BOOKS
The manufacturing model of modern industry is inherently wasteful and polluting – the ‘cradle to grave’ system. In this book a new vision is proposed, one that takes nature itself as a model for making things. With the right redesign, objects that have come to the end of their useful lives should provide the basis for something new. In designing and producing products we need to stop worrying about being ‘less bad’ and start finding ways of actually being good. It is a radical manifesto for a revolution in design and it sets out a plan for a planet in which all waste can be put to good use.

Sapiens

Yuval Noah Harari (Author)

PATTERNS OF THE PLANET: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF THE BEST POPULAR SCIENCE BOOKS

Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us.

We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we’re going.

Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind’s extraordinary history – from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age – and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world

Adventures in the Anthropocene

Gaia Vince (Author)

PATTERNS OF THE PLANET : SPECIAL EDITIONS OF THE BEST POPULAR SCIENCE BOOKS

We live in epoch-making times. In recent decades human beings have altered the planet beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.5 billion-year history. We have become a force on a par with earth-shattering asteroids and planet-cloaking volcanoes. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing a geological boundary - from the Holocene into the Anthropocene, or the Age of Man.

Gaia Vince decided to quit her job to travel the world and to explore what all these changes really mean, especially for those experiencing planetary change in their daily lives. Looking at how humanity's changes are reshaping our living planet and transforming our relationship with the natural world,

Heritage

Vita Sackville-West (Author)

Ruth Pennistan is a farmer’s daughter, born and brought up in Kent. But her dark hair and eyes belie a forgotten ancestry - a Spanish gypsy grandmother and a passionate inheritance. Malory, the rather straight-laced guest of the family, falls head over heels in love, even whilst Ruth becomes trapped against her will in a drama of love and tragedy with another man. Vita Sackville-West’s first heroine echoes the passions and contradictions of the author's own life.

Family History

Vita Sackville-West (Author)

Evelyn, aged thirty-nine, is an attractive widow living an irreproachable life. Then she meets Miles, fifteen years her junior, and falls passionately in love. But both lovers have strong personalities and passion does not equal happiness. Evelyn, deeply jealous and conventional is shocked at her lover's casual ways and his insistence on working all day. Miles’s love for Evelyn is real but he cannot devote himself wholly to her whims. Vita Sackville-West collides attitudes to work, sex and society in the changing world of the early 1930s.

In the Land of Pain

Alphonse Daudet (Author)

Alphonse Daudet was a highly popular nineteenth-century French novelist, whose work radiated humour and good cheer. Few knew that for his entire adult life he suffered from syphilis, a disease both unmentionable and incurable at the time. What even fewer realised was that he kept an intimate notebook in which he recorded the development and terrifying effects of the disease. Describing a life in pain, and the sometimes alarming treatments he underwent, Daudet's journal is unique for its comic zest, lucid self-examination and stoicism.

Translated by the Booker Prize-winning writer Julian Barnes.

Kalevala

Elias Lonnrot (Author)

Kalevala is the poetic name for Finland: ‘the land of heroes’. Here you’ll find the cultural essence of a young country but an old land, the stories, songs and poems that recount the mythical adventures of humankind. Ambition, lust, romance, birth and death can all be found within its pages, as well as the sampo, a mysterious talisman that brings great happiness to its possessor and over which great battles will be fought.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HORATIO CLARE

Great Expectations (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)

Charles Dickens (Author)

‘I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.’

Pip's life as an ordinary country boy is destined to be unexceptional until a chain of mysterious events lead him away from his humble origins and up the social ladder. His efforts to become a London gentleman bring him into contact not just with the upper classes but also with dangerous criminals. Pip's desire to improve himself is matched only by his longing for the icy-hearted Estella, but secrets from the past impede his progress and he has many hard lessons to learn.

Also in the Vintage Classics Dickens Series:

A Christmas Carol
A Tale of Two Cities
David Copperfield
Hard Times
Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)

Charles Dickens (Author)

‘Please, sir, I want some more.’

Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on. Fleeing from poverty and hardship, he falls in with a criminal street gang who will not let him go, however hard he tries to escape.In Oliver Twist, Dickens graphically conjures up the capital's underworld, full of prostitutes, thieves and lost and homeless children, and gives a voice to the disadvantaged and abused.

Also in the Vintage Classics Dickens Series:

A Christmas Carol
A Tale of Two Cities
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Hard Times

David Copperfield (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)

Charles Dickens (Author)

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show...

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which will lead him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak and friendship and betrayal. Over the course of his adventures, David meets an array of eccentric characters and learns hard lessons about the world before he finally discovers true happiness.

Also in the Vintage Classics Dickens Series:

A Christmas Carol
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Hard Times
Oliver Twist

Hard Times (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)

Charles Dickens (Author)

‘Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else.’

The children at Mr Gradgrind's school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations and pay attention only to cold, hard reality. They live in a smoky, troubled industrial town so entertainment is hard to come by and resentments run deep. The effects of Gradgrind's teaching on his own children, Tom and Louisa, are particularly profound and leave them ill-equipped to deal with the unpredictable desires of the human heart. Luckily for them they have a friend in Sissy Jupe, the child of a circus clown, who retains her warm-hearted, compassionate nature despite the pressures around her.

Also in the Vintage Classics Dickens Series:

A Christmas Carol
A Tale of Two Cities
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Oliver Twist

A Christmas Carol (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)

Charles Dickens (Author)

‘Bah!’ said Scrooge, ‘Humbug!’

Ebenezer Scrooge is unimpressed by Christmas. He has no time for festivities or goodwill toward his fellow men and is only interested in money. Then, on the night of Christmas Eve, his life is changed by a series of ghostly visitations that show him some bitter truths about his choices. A Christmas Carol is Dickens' most influential book and a funny, clever and hugely enjoyable story.

INCLUDES 'THE CHIMES' AND 'THE HAUNTED MAN'

Also in the Vintage Classics Dickens Series:

A Tale of Two Cities
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Hard Times
Oliver Twist

A Tale of Two Cities (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)

Charles Dickens (Author)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Lucie Manette has been separated from her father for eighteen years while he languished in Paris's most feared prison, the Bastille. Finally reunited, the Manettes' fortunes become inextricably intertwined with those of two men, the heroic aristocrat Darnay and the dissolute lawyer Carton. Their story, which encompasses violence, revenge, love and redemption, is grippingly played out against the backdrop of the terrifying brutality of the French Revolution.

Also in the Vintage Classics Dickens Series:

A Christmas Carol
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Hard Times
Oliver Twist

Classic Ghost Stories

Various (Author)

Do you believe in ghosts?

Not monsters, not floating objects or unexplained coincidences, but an actual presence – a flicker in the corner of the eye, a shadow in a darkened hallway, a hand pressed against the window, or a figure at the end of the bed. Sometimes they are a malevolent warning, or they come seeking revenge, or as a horrible reminder of past misdeeds. But ghosts can visit on the brightest summer's day, or on a lonely stretch of beach, making themselves felt just when you least expect it.

The great writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, from Elizabeth Gaskell to Rudyard Kipling, also produced some of the most influential ghost stories ever written, shaping the conventions of the genre for generations of writers to follow. Collected here are some of the most iconic of these Victorian ghost stories, from Charles Dickens's 'The Signalman' to M.R. James's 'A Warning to the Curious', alongside more unexpected contributions from masters of the form such as J.S. Le Fanu and H.G. Wells.

You may think you don't believe in ghosts, but these stories will haunt you nonetheless.

Walden

Henry David Thoreau (Author)

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY BENJAMIN MARKOVITS

In 1845 Thoreau, a Harvard-educated 28-year-old, went to live by himself in the woods in Massachusetts. He stayed for over two years, living self-sufficiently in a small cabin built with his own hands. Walden is his personal account of the experience, in which he documents the beauty and fulfilment to be found in the wilderness, and his philosophical and political motivations for rejecting the materialism which continues to define our modern world.

To Have and Have Not

Ernest Hemingway (Author)

Harry Morgan is a tough guy making his living during the Depression from his motor boat in Key West, Florida. Although he normally takes out fishing parties, sometimes his boat can be put to other uses. If the money offered is worth his while, Harry will run guns, rum and men to and from Cuba. But he is playing a dicey game. Hemingway’s hardest hero risks not just his living, but his life.

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