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Don Quixote

Authors: Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby

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Because his brain has dried up through lack of sleep (caused by reading too much), Alonso Quixano has come to believe that the fictional tales of chivalry that he reads are all true. He decides to set out as a knight-errant in search of adventure, inspired by the heroes of these tales, and renames himself Don Quixote. After a short and somewhat unfortunate period acting on his own, he asks his neighbour, the farmer Sancho Panza, to be his squire; and, together, they set out on their adventures. This edition includes Part One, first published in 1605; Part Two, first published in 1615; and introductions by the author and by the translator.

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Dreams

Author: J K Jerome

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Erewhon

Author: Samuel Butler

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Erewhon (an anagram for "nowhere") is a faraway land where machinery is forbidden, sickness is a crime, and criminals receive compassionate medical treatment. Butler's brilliant Utopian novel is an entertaining and thought-provoking work.

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Espirit De Corps: Sketches From Diplomatic Life

Author: Lawrence Durrell

Publisher: Faber And Faber

The author of Bitter Lemons and the acclaimed novel Justine wrote a number of light-hearted short sketches which have been gathered together under the title Esprit de Corps. Here are entertainment and relaxation pure and simple. Except that there is a point where laughter can become painful . . .

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Everybody Died, So I Got A Dog

Author: Emily Dean

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2019)

Growing up with the Deans was a fabulous training ground for many things: ignoring unpaid bills, being the most entertaining guest at dinner, deconstructing poetry. It was never home for the dog Emily craved. Emily shared the lively chaos with her beloved older sister Rachael, her rock. Over the years the sisters bond grew ever closer. As Rachael went on to have the cosy family and treasured dog, Giggle, Emily threw herself into unsettled adventure - dog ownership remaining a distant dream. Then, tragically, Rachael is diagnosed with cancer. In just three devastating years Emily loses not only her sister but both her parents as well.

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Excellent Women

Author: Barbara Pym

Publisher: Virago Press (2008)

Mildred Lathbury is one of those 'excellent women' who is often taken for granted. She is a godsend 'capable of dealing with most of the stock situations of life - birth, marriage, death, the successful jumble sales, the garden fete spoiled by bad weather'. As such she often gets herself embroiled in other people's lives - especially those of her glamourous new neighbours, the Napiers, whose marriage seems to be on the rocks. One cannot take sides in these matters, though it is tricky, especially as Mildred, teetering on the edge of spinsterhood, has a soft spot for the dashing young Rockingham Napier. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest and most touching.

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Extract From Captain Stormfield's Visit To Heaven

Author: Mark Twain

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The last story published by Twain, in 1909, tells of Captain Elias Stormfield's journey to heaven and his experiences there. This irreverent satire punctures conventional religious views of the afterlife and delivers a sharp critique of so-called human virtues—which are often humanity's own vanities in disguise.

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Extracts From Adam's Diary

Author: Mark Twain

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"Extracts from Adam's Diary" is a comic short story by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. Adam (based on Twain himself) describes how Eve (modeled after his wife Livy) gets introduced into the Garden of Eden, and how he has to deal with "this new creature with the long hair" The piece gives a humorous account of Genesis. It begins with the introduction of Eve, described as an annoying creature with a penchant for naming things, which Adam could do without. It moves on to detail Eve eating the apple and finding Cain, a perplexing creature which Adam can not figure out. He devotes his ironically scientific mind to demystifying Cain's species, thinking it a fish, then a kangaroo, then a bear. Eventually he figures out it is a human, like himself. The work is humorous and ironic, and gives a new spin on Genesis: few people have considered what life must have been like for Adam, who is discovering everything anew; the work does not consider God's role at all; and eventually, despite his initial deep annoyance with Eve, Adam finds himself in love with her.

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Eye Of The Tiger

Author: Wilbur Smith

Publisher: Pan (1975)

The deep. The deadly. The damned... For a thousand years, an unimaginable treasure has rested on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, hidden by swift blue currents, guarded by deadly coral reefs, and even deadlier school of man-eating great white sharks. Harry Fletcher, a former soldier turned fisherman, is now being pulled into a murderous mystery by men willing to kill and a beautiful woman willing to lie for what rests far beneath the sea. Now, Harry has no choice but to enter full bore into an international battle to raise an extraordinary object from the deep. Because possessing this treasure isn't just about getting rich--it's about staying alive...

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Faking Friends

Author: Jane Fallon

Publisher: Penguin (2018)

Best friend, soulmate, confidante . . . backstabber. Amy thought she knew everything there was to know about her best friend Melissa. Then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. Until she pays a surprise trip home to London. Jack is out, but it's clear another woman has been making herself at home in their flat. There's something about her stuff that feels oddly familiar . . . and then it hits Amy. The Other Woman is Melissa. Amy has lost her home, her fiancé and her best friend in one disastrous weekend - but instead of falling apart, she's determined to get her own back. Piecing her life back together won't be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all.

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