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Penguin 60s

God's Dice

Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Two unsettling visions of a dystopian society Martin Amis was born in Oxford in 1949. He is an acclaimed novelist, short-story writer and essayist. His latest volume of essays, Visiting Mrs Nabokov, features encounters with, among others, Salman Rushdie and Philip Larkin. Penguin also publishes much of his fiction, including London Fields, Time's Arrow and Einstein's Monsters, from which these two stories are taken. His latest novel is The Information.

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The Emperor's New Clothes (Penguin)

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark in 1805, the ambitious son of a shoemaker. He aspired to a career on the stage and one of the directors of the Royal Court Theatre funded his education. His first volume of stories appeared in 1835. Andersen’s world-wide fame rests almost entirely on his fairy-tales, which are classics in many countries. Some of the tales are historical, others are based on Danish folk-tales, but most are his own invention.

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From Le Pigeonnier

Author: Dirk Bogarde

Publisher: Penguin Group (1995)

Dirk Bogarde was born in 1921. In recent years he has become well known as a writer of six acclaimed volumes of autobiography and six bestselling novels, all published in Penguin. In 1990 he was made a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres and he was knighted in 1992. From Le Pigeonnier is taken from A Short Walk from Harrods, his sixth volume of autobiography.

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His Mouth Will Taste Of Wormwood

Author: Poppy Z Brite

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Four stories of contemporary horror.

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Summer

Author: Albert Camus

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Eight lyrical essays drawing on Greek mythology. Albert Camus was born in Algeria in 1913. He studied philosophy and became a journalist. Although he moved to Paris, he was always strongly associated with Algeria. His classic existentialist novel The Outsider was published in 1942 and he was awarded a Nobel prize in 1957. Many of his books, including The Plague and The Myth of Sisyphus, are published in Penguin, and the eight pieces collected here appear in Selected Essays and Notebooks.

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Five Lectures On Psycho-Analysis

Author: Sigmund Freud

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Sigmund Freud is the great twentieth-century psycho-analyst who developed the concept of the unconscious mind. His research, writing and lectures revolutionized the way we regard human nature, dreams, anxieties and sexuality. In these lectures, Freud outlines topics that make up the basis of his theories of psycho-analysis, including hysteria and repression, hypnosis, dream analysis and the importance of the erotic life. Together they are the building blocks that form an understanding of the human mind.

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Adam's Navel

Author: Stephen Jay Gould

Publisher: Penguin Group (1995)

Four eloquent and thought-provoking essays on natural history. Stephen Jay Gould is one of the foremost science writers of today. A professor at Harvard, he is also a frequent and popular speaker on the sciences and has received worldwide acclaim for his work on biology, evolution and man’s place in nature. Penguin publishes many of his books, including his collections of essays, among them Ever Since Darwin, Bully for Brontosaurus, Wonderful Life (winner of the Rhône-Poulenc Science Book Prize) and Eight Little Piggies.

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Five Letters From An Eastern Empire

Author: Alasdair Gray

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Originally published as part of the collection Unlikely Stories, Mostly, Five Letters From An Eastern Empire (Describing etiquette, government, irrigation, education, clogs, kites, rumour, poetry, justice, massage, town-planning, sex and ventriloquism in an obsolete nation) comprises of a series of letters from the poet Bohu concerning his journey to and arrival in the capital and his task – one which he has been raised from birth to accomplish – of writing a poem exalting the Emperor.

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Seven Yorkshire Tales

Author: James Herriot

Publisher: Penguin Group (1995)

Delightful stories of the joys and heartaches of working with animals. James Herriot was brought up in Glasgow but spent all of his veterinary career in North Yorkshire, feeling very much at home with the landscape, history, people and animals of the area. He wrote eight internationally bestselling books recounting his experiences as a country vet. All are known for their humour, vivacity and poignancy. The stories formed the background to the hugely popular BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small. He died in 1995.

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Baa Baa, Black Sheep

Author: Rudyard Kipling

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

These stories reflect Kipling’s own experiences in life Rudyard Kipling was born in India in 1865 but in 1871 he was sent to England to live with a foster family — an unhappy experience which is chronicled in ‘Baa Baa, Black Sheep’. He is best known for his stories The Jungle Book and Kim, and Penguin publishes much of his work. Kipling’s only son died in the Great War, and ‘The Gardener’ is an allegory of his suffering as a parent.

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A Long Night At Abu Simbel

Author: Penelope Lively

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Three short stories, the first of which focuses on a group of people trapped in an Egyptian airport without a tour guide. The second looks at a woman's outrage when a cat impregnates her kitten, and the third examines the end of an affair. All three explore beneath the veneer of good behaviour.

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Rumpole And Younger Generation

Author: John Mortimer

Publisher: Penguin (1978)

RUMPOLE AND THE YOUNGER GENERATION This is the first Rumpole story in the long-running series John Mortimer is a bestselling novelist and playwright and a former practising barrister. He is most famous for his creation of the irrepressible Horace Rumpole, and the Rumpole stories have all been made into popular television series. Among his many books published in Penguin are two acclaimed volumes of autobiography: Clinging to the Wreckage and Murderers and Other Friends. This story is collected in The Best of Rumpole.

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A Model

Author: Anais Nin

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Seven erotic tales of sensuous sexual fantasy. Anaïs Nin was born in Paris and spent her childhood in various parts of Europe. She underwent analysis for several years and became acquainted with a wide circle of artists and novelists. Her reputation grew slowly, but the publication of her Journals won her many admirers. In addition to her novels she wrote short stories and erotica. Anaïs Nin received an honorary doctorate from Philadelphia College of Art and was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974. She died in 1977.

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The Genius

Author: Frank O'Connor

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Four warm, humorous stories of Irish life Frank O’Connor was the pseudonym of Michael Francis O’Donovan, the self-educated writer born in Cork in 1903. His work includes two novels, translations from Gaelic and two volumes of autobiography. He shocked society with his productions of plays by Ibsen, Chekhov and Joyce and he wrote a prize-winning study of Turgenev. His several collections of short stories are a true reflection of life in his native Cork, notable for their close observation of its middle- and working-class life. He died in 1966.

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A Taste Of Life

Author: Sara Paretsky

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Sara Paretsky was born and brought up in Kansas. She is the author of eight novels featuring her feisty female sleuth V. I. Warshawski; her latest book, Tunnel Vision, along with most of her other stories, is published in Penguin. This collection features ‘A Taste of Life’, ‘Dealers Choice’ and ‘The Man Who Loved Life’, all previously unpublished in any of Sara Paretsky’s collections.

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The Snatching Of Bookie Bob

Author: Damon Runyan

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1995)

This collection of stories by Damon Runyan" includes 'The Snatching of Bookie Bob", "Sense of Humour", "A Very Honourable Guy", "It Comes Up Mud" and "The Bloodhounds of Broadway".

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The Secret Sin Of Septimus Brope

Author: Saki

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Dazzling wit from the world of the Edwardian rich Saki, one of the most wickedly amusing writers of his day, was born Hector Hugh Munro in Burma, though he was educated in England. When his father retired from the Burma police they travelled widely together in Europe. In 1904 Reginald was published, his first volume of short stories, some of which are contained in this volume. This was followed by further collections and ‘patriotic’ sketches. He enlisted in 1914, refused a commission and was killed in France in 1916. The stories in this volume show Saki at his most acerbic, satirical and funny.

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Down The Yangtze

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

An enthralling journey down the Yangtze River.

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Madame De Treymes

Author: Edith Wharton

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

A classic tale of thwarted love.

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The Happy Prince

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Penguin Group (1995)

Shimmering tales of imaginative brilliance. Oscar Wilde, writer of genius and flamboyant exponent of the Aesthetic Movement, was born in Dublin in 1854. Famous for his sharp wit and shrewd social observation, he took London by storm with a series of sparkling comedies, among them his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Yet his popularity was short-lived. An unsuccessful libel case led to his imprisonment and he died in self-imposed exile in France in 1900.

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Under The Garden

Author: Graham Greene

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Graham Greene departs from his usual stories in this unusual tale. The main character is soon to die, and returns to his home, recalling an amazing dream/adventure that he had as a child about the strange monarch who rules the land that exists ‘under the garden’.

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