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A Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

Author: Jules Verne

Publisher: (1864)

Journey to the Centre of the Earth has been consistently praised for its style and its vision of the world. It explores the prehistory of the globe, but can also be read as a psychological quest, for the journey itself is as important as arrival or discovery. Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel travel across Iceland, and then down through an extinct crater towards a sunless sea where they enter a living past and are confronted with the origins of man. A classic of nineteenth-century French literature, the novel's distinctive combination of realism and Romanticism has marked figures as diverse as Sartre and Tournier, Mark Twain and Conan Doyle.

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A Long Way To Shiloh

Author: Lionel Davidson

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2010)

Casper Laing, the young, fiery and brilliant Professor of Semitic Languages, is asked to decipher an ancient parchment found in Israel. Piecing together its mysterious fragments, his translation soon reveals directions to a shrouded location. Believed to be the secret hiding place of the True Menorah, an ancient and priceless Jewish candelabrum, the Jordanians and Israelis begin a frantic race to claim the prize. Surrounded by violent and treacherous rivals, Casper is enjoined on a deadly adventure deep into the burning Negev desert.

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A Place Called Freedom

Author: Ken Follett

Publisher: Pan (2011)

In a brutal world, charismatic rebel miner Mack McAsh - a slave by birth - is a man with the courage to stand up for what is right, and the strength to stick by his beliefs. Independent, rebellious Lizzie Hallim, meanwhile, is engaged to Jay Jamisson, the ruthless landlord's son and heir to an exploitative business empire. Born into separate worlds, Mack and Lizzie are thrown together when Mack becomes an enemy of the state and is forced to flee his homeland. Lizzie aids his escape, and it is not long before passions rage in the old world as well as the new . . .

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A Prayer For The Dying

Author: Jack Higgins

Publisher: HarperCollins (2008)

No one becomes a contract killer and expects to hang around to collect a pension. Sooner or later, even the best in their field make mistakes. Even Martin Fallon, the most ruthless hitman of them all.

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A Raft Of Swords

Author: Duncan Kyle

Publisher: Fontana Press (1979)

As plans go ahead for an International Peace Conference in Vancouver, a number of shadowy, unrelated characters head towards the Canadian shore. They include: A Greek shipping magnate with Russian connections A British expert on ‘mini-subs’ A team of frogmen with exaggerated ‘American’ accents The head of the Russian section of British intelligence. When six Sword nuclear missiles are dislodged from the floor of the ocean, the scene is set for some desperate international intrigue...

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A Sparrow Falls

Author: Wilbur Smith

Part of a series: The Courtneys

Publisher: Pan (2012)

From the trenches of France, General Sean Courtney comes back to fame, fortune and a seat in the Government. Mark Anders, the courageous young South African whom he has come to regard as his own son, returns to nothing, his grandfather murdered, and his property seized by an unknown company. At the bottom of the mystery is Sean's son Dirk, the jealous, violent and power-crazed genius whose all-consuming hatred can only end in blood . . .

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A Study In Scarlet

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it. After a harrowing tour in Afghanistan, Dr Watson returns to London to convalesce at 221B Baker Street, home to the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes. Their lives are irrevocably thrown together by news that a man has been found dead in a grimy ‘ill-omened’ house, with the word ‘rache’ – German for revenge – written in blood on the wall. This grisly discovery is complicated further by the look of utter horror on the victim’s face, and the complete absence of any wounds on the body or sign of a struggle. First published in 1887, ‘A Study in Scarlet’ is the remarkable first-outing of one of literature’s most famous partnerships.

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A Tale Of Three Lions

Author: H Rider Haggard


A thrilling adventure in which Allan Quatermain and his son hunt for lions in deepest Africa.

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A Thousand Bones

Author: P J Parrish

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2008)

Stranger are the creatures in the dark mind of man than in the deepest, darkest forest . . . Joe Frye, the only female detective in the Miami PD's Homicide division, has a secret. Not even her lover, detective Louis Kincaid, knows of the events in Joe's past which still haunt her to this day. It all began eleven years ago, when Joe was an ambitious rookie cop in a small Michigan town called Echo Bay . . . The bones found in the woods of Echo Bay were the first clue to a string of unimaginably brutal murders of young women. Plunged into a heated inquiry to find a dangerous predator, and caught between a reluctant sheriff and the state police, Joe finds herself battling both the killer and the bureaucracy suffocating the investigation. But the clues she uncovers indicate that the murderer has a mind more twisted than any of them could have imagined. Worse still, his sights are now firmly fixed on Joe, and she must hunt him down if she is to avoid becoming his next victim...

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A Time To Die

Author: Wilbur Smith

Part of a series: The Courtneys

Publisher: Pan (1995)

Beneath the unforgiving, blazing heat of the African sun, two men and a woman embark on a savage hunt. A hunt that will tear their safe safari apart, plunging them into the restless tides of a deadly civil war, in Wilbur Smith's bestselling adventure, A Time to Die. For Sean Courtney, veteran guerrilla fighter and professional warrior, it is a time to fight and a time to find a deep and passionate love. For the beautiful Claudia Monterro it is a time to face the ultimate test in a world where American values count for nothing. And for Riccardo, her father, a rich and ruthless tycoon, it is a time to confront a dangerous obsession.

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